5 TV shows returning in July

ByKim Staples
Mr Robot

July’s the perfect time for sun, sea, and… new series? Yep, that’s right - some of our favourite TV programmes are returning for brand new seasons this month.

Here are five continuing shows that you don't want to miss, whether you're a comedy fan, a hacktivist, or just still on the edge of your seat from the last season finale.

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BoJack Horseman

(Netflix, 23 July)

BoJack Horseman

Everyone's favourite alcoholic self-loathing washed-up anthropomorphic horse actor - and there are so many to choose from! - is ready to arrive on Netflix for a new season. This time around, poor BoJack is going through an "increasingly turbulent" Oscar campaign, and having a bit of an existential crisis over how he'll be remembered.

Netflix promises that it'll be, and we quote, "a very funny and good season of television. Don't worry." So there you go.

The third season kicks off on 23 July. You'll find Netflix online and on every gadget known to man, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, game consoles, Virgin Media TiVo boxes, and more.

Mr Robot

(Amazon Prime Instant Video, 14 July)

Mr Robot

It's time for the next chapter of the Golden Globe-winning tale of Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity expert turned hacktivist helping to take down the so-called Evil Corp. Elliot's become even more of a recluse than usual thanks to last season's revelations, and we've got the chance to find out a little more about what he's going through.

And as if we haven't already seen a big enough twist, the new season is "riddled with Easter eggs," according to co-star Christian Slater. It'll satisfy the geek in you and the thrill-seeker.

Series two starts on Amazon Prime Instant Video from 14 July, with one new episode arriving each week. Or if you don't have an Amazon Prime subscription and want to give it a go from the beginning, the first series is airing on Universal Channel (Sky 113, Virgin Media 137, YouView 320) every Thursday from 21 July.

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Friday Night Dinner

(Channel 4, 22 July 10pm)

Friday Night Dinner

Would you believe it's been two years since we last heard from the Goodmans? There's been a lot of Friday nights since then, and now the family is ready to put them back on our screens, with more farcical japes than you can possibly imagine.

According to the Radio Times: "Jonny comes back from Las Vegas with a wife, Adam is left stranded outside in only his pyjama top - and no pyjama bottoms, Dad invites a friend over who speaks with his eyes closed, Mum is forced to pretend her mother has just died, neighbour Jim - who's terrified of his own dog - gets a cat, and 'Horrible Grandma' returns for more horribleness."

Hoo boy. Catch it every week on Channel 4, where you can literally watch it while eating your own Friday night dinner, from 22 July.

Ballers

(Sky Atlantic, 26 July)

Ballers

If you love a bit of Rock and balls and didn't watch the first season of Dwayne Johnson's sporting comedy, now's the time to catch up. Johnson stars as Spencer, a former NFL star (which Google tells us is American football, if you were wondering) trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for today's athletes. The second series sees Andy Garcia stepping into the picture as an adversary to Spencer's firm, and Spencer/Dwayne getting mistaken for Vin Diesel.

Ballers returns to Sky Atlantic - on Sky channel 108 or via Now TV - starting 26 July.

How do I get Sky Atlantic?

Suits

(Dave, 17 July 10pm)

Suits

Harvey and Mike are back for more legal hijinks - but things seem to have taken a turn for the worst, if the end of season five is anything to go by. And, yep, the new season starts up exactly where the old one left off: with Mike's first night in prison, and some very empty law firm offices. Yikes. 

See Suits' spectacular sixth season on Dave (Freeview/YouView 12, Sky 111, Virgin Media 128), Sundays from 17 July. Don't worry if you miss it - it'll be available on-demand on UKTV Play, which is online, and on smartphones, streaming sticks, Virgin Media TiVo boxes, and more.

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