A new social experiment, comedy, drama and a suspense thriller are just some of the new things come to TV this July; here are the new shows not to miss this month.
You’ll have seen the intriguing adverts being played on Channel 4 for quite some weeks now, and Eden will finally get its premiere this July.
In a remote corner of the UK, 23 men and women will try and build a new life and new society from scratch, isolated from the rest of the world. For an entire year the group – which includes a doctor, vet, chef, carpenter and shepherdess – will get the chance to start again. The group will take in with them only what they can carry and the basics needed to kick start their experience. After that, together they must decide on their own rules and laws, build their own shelter, grow their own food and raise their own livestock.
Based on a bestselling novel, the Dutch series is about a young couple who move to the suburbs and become friends with their neighbours who emerge as a pair of corrupt swingers. They have a foursome, and their lives quickly unravel. It was a hit in Holland, most likely because the couples in the show are together in real life too.
Brief Encounters is set in the 1980s and follows Steph, Pauline, Nita and Dawn: four unlikely entrepreneurs who begin to sell exotic lingerie. The four women are led to Ann Summers for a variety of reasons including shyness, loneliness and being under appreciated.
The project, which was originally envisioned as a comedy, has been in development at ITV for more than a year, and is based on select chapters of Good Vibrations. The series stars Penelope Wilton, Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin and Sharon Rooney.
Watch on ITV July 4 at 9pm
A high school becomes a battleground in a new comedy from HBO which premieres on Sky Atlantic this month.
The series follows two vice principals who lock horns over control of the halls, Danny McBride and Walton Goggins play the rival administrators who are constantly at odds with each other as they compete for the top spot of principal.
Shades of Blue
Jennifer Lopez stars as New York Detective Harlee Santos, a single mother who runs with a group of dirty cops, taking her cut of the bribes and protection money. She’s caught by the FBI and must turn informant.
Watch on Sky Living July 12 at 9pm
A love letter to the 80s supernatural classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. Winona Ryder stars as the missing boy’s mother.
Watch on July 15
Dubbed Belgium’s answer to Desperate Housewives, The Outlaws, formerly named ‘Clan’ centres around five sisters who conspire to kill off the nasty husband of one of them.
Watch on July 15
Someone Knows my Name
Based on the best-selling novel The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, Someone Knows My Name is a six-part series that follows Aminata Diallo played by Aunjanue Ellis on her incredible journey in 18th century America. A strong and determined woman, Aminata is intent on overcoming slavery and hardship to secure her freedom. It also stars Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and Ben Chaplin.
Watch on Fox UK July 17 at 9pm
Rosewood follows Dr Beaumont Rosewood Jr, (Morris Chestnut), the most brilliant private pathologist in Miami. Using his wildly sophisticated autopsy lab, he performs for-hire autopsies to uncover clues that the Miami PD can’t see. His new partner-in-crime is Detective Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz), a Miami PD detective with attitude and demons to spare. While she’s impressed by Rosewood’s incredible abilities, his constant optimism is more annoying than it is infectious. But somehow, week-to-week, this unlikely tag team will solve many crimes together.
Watch on Alibi July 26 at 8pm
Wasted is the brand new E4 comedy, about the stupid things you end up doing, when there’s nothing to do.
Lovable fantasy fanatic Morpheus, (Danny Kirrane), manages a bong shop, (Stoned Henge) with his neurotic sister Sarah (Rose Reynolds). His secret crush is their mate Alison (Gwyneth Keyworth), the quirky girl who runs a tattoo business out the back of the shop, and his cocky best friend Kent (Dylan Edwards) sleeps on the sofa, rent free. Together they’ve been living in each other’s pockets since school and aren’t moving anywhere fast.
But Morpheus is a dreamer, and his dreams take the form of his hero Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), who appears in full medieval garb, as Morpheus’ personal spirit guide, to help him navigate the rough seas of wasting your twenties.