The best new TV in June 2017


Sun 11 June


The third instalment of the lustful period drama is here. Based on the book series by Winston Graham, this season adapts his 1973 novel The Black Moon and the first half of The Four Swans. The story is set in the 18th century and filmed in Cornwall as it follows brooding bad boy Ross Poldark (Aiden Turner). This season will see him “traverse new family, new loves and new battles, as the French revolution casts a shadow over life in Cornwall”. Eleanor Tomlinson plays Ross’ poor sidelined wife Demelza, while Heida Reed plays his love interest Elizabeth. The last season was dark and ominous ending on a huge cliffhanger, but this season’s trailer isn’t giving much away either. But we can no doubt expect the usual brooding beach scenes, countless cliff top encounters – and many moody exchanges.

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Fri 9 June


The incredibly popular prison epic returns to our screens with its fifth season. Based on the real life experience of Piper Kerman from her 2010 memoir Orange is The New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison and initially adapted to just two seasons, it has now become one of Netflix’s most-watched original series. According to the trailer, this time round “it’s about to get real.” The trailer takes us back to the cliffhanger ending of the fourth season, featuring Daya (Dascha Polanco) with a gun to the head of the corrupt corrections officer Thomas Humphrey (ichael Torpey). It seems like Alex (Laura Prepon) and Piper (Taylor Schilling) are back on good terms too. However, when they say “we’re staying out of trouble” in the latest trailer… well, that’s pretty unlikely given their track record. If this season is anywhere near as gripping as the last this will be a binge watcher for sure.


Sat 10 June


The fifth and final season of the Emmy-winning TV show continues the unique story of Beth Childs and Sarah Manning, both played by Tatiana Maslany. The pair locked eyes when Beth jumped to her death from a train platform. The two became linked, immersed in a clone conspiracy that took over Sarah’s whole life. The Clone Club has expanded since that fateful day, but now it’s time to say goodbye. The trailer proves this will be the most dark and twisted season yet. The winning cast also includes the likes of Ari Millen, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Skyler Wexler, Kevin Hanchard and many more.


Fri 23 June


Set in the ‘80s, Alison Brie stars as Ruth Wilder – the struggling actress living in Los Angeles. She tries for countless film auditions but never seems to get lucky. Down to her last few dollars, she attends an audition looking for ‘different women’. The show is called GLOW, which turns out to stand for “gorgeous ladies of wrestling”, and the brainchild of Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) – a failed director who’s picked up a few bad habits along the way. Ruth suddenly finds herself thrown into the strange and sparkly world of women’s wrestling. The group are all very different, but all share that same feeling of being Hollywood outcasts. GLOW is guaranteed to be a funny, empowering romp packed with all the usual ‘80s clichés.

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