7 TV shows you can’t miss this August

ByKim Staples
Marvel's The Defenders

Bored of the school holidays? Looking for something to binge-watch on the aeroplane? We’ve got your back - and this August is packed with top telly.

Here are our picks of the very best shows on TV this month, whether you want a bit of cooking, fun comedy-drama, or superhero-filled action.

Nadiya's British Food Adventure

(BBC Two, from 31 July, 8.30pm)

Nadiya's British Food Adventure

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya is going on a cooking trip all around the UK, to learn about her favourite British dishes and ingredients. In her British Food Adventure, she'll take us to Cambridgeshire to see how potatoes turn into crisps, to Norfolk to catch some crabs, and pretty much everywhere else too.

It's quaint and delightful, and of course full of tasty recipes. Catch it from 21 July at 8.30pm, on BBC Two.


(Sky Atlantic, from 3 August, 10.35pm)


Awkward, relatable comedy ahoy. Insecure is a new-ish HBO show based on Issa Rae's web series Awkward Black Girl, with the second season landing on Sky Atlantic this month. It follows best buds Issa and Molly (Yvonne Orji) as they try to navigate their careers, relationships, and everything else life throws at them - and Solange is the show's music consultant, if that sways it for you.

Find it on Thursday evenings on Sky Atlantic - Sky channel 108, or through an Entertainment Pass from NOW TV. It'll all be available on demand if you miss an episode.

Diana: In her own Words

(Channel 4, 6 August, 8pm)

20 years on from her passing, Channel 4 has produced this new documentary to reveal an intimate portrait of the people's princess. In old footage from the 1990s, Diana candidly discusses her marriage to Prince Charles, her relationship with the royals, her battle with bulimia, and more.

The clips do come with a bit of controversy: they weren't originally intended to be broadcast. However, a few of Lady Di's loved ones agree that her words deserve to be heard.

The doc airs at 8pm, 6 August on Channel 4, and will be available on All4 if you want to catch it later.


(Netflix, from 11 August)


The latest new kid on the Netflix block is Atypical: a coming-of-age comedy-drama about Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a high schooler on the autistic spectrum.

Now 18 years old and technically an adult, Sam has decided he wants more independence - and a girlfriend. His quest to grow up with his own particular view of the world proves a tad challenging for his mum (Jennifer Jason Leigh)… and asks us what 'normal' really means.

The whole series lands on Netflix on 11 August. Find Netflix online, or via the app on your smartphone, tablet, smart TV, YouView box, TiVo box, or pretty much any other gadget.

Marvel's The Defenders

(Netflix, from 18 August)

Marvel's The Defenders

Speaking of Netflix originals, it's time for the latest miniseries from the streaming giant's own li'l corner of the Marvel universe - The Defenders. Our favourite local heroes - Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist - must band together to battle a common enemy, new supervillain Alexandra. Who's played by Sigourney Weaver, by the way.

Elektra's back too, as is Foggy Nelson and of course Rosario Dawson as nurse Claire.

The first ep of the series arrives on 18 August, with one more being added every day. Maybe wait 'til the end of the week if you want to binge the lot.

Trust Me

(BBC One, from 8 August, 9pm)

Trust Me

Check out the new Doctor Who in action in this brand new psychological thriller. Jodie Whittaker plays Cath Hardacre, a nurse sacked for whistle-blowing who takes desperate measures to get back on her feet. Seeing an opportunity when a senior doctor friend moves away, she steals her pal's identity… and finds herself balancing a double life. We're on the edge of our seat already.

Trust Me airs on Tuesdays, 9pm on BBC One. Episodes will sit around on iPlayer for a bit, so you can catch up if you miss one.

Bobby and Harriet Get Married

(Viceland, 2 August, 10pm)

Want to watch two stand-up comics continually screw up their real, actual, seriously-this-isn't-scripted relationship? Good news! You can do exactly that on Viceland this month and have a good chuckle doing it.

It's reality TV about a wedding, à la Don't Tell the Bride, but because our happy couple are comedians, we get a wry, frank, and often hilarious glimpse into engaged life.

Catch it live on Viceland, 2 August on Sky channel 153 - or on demand via Sky Go or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass.


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