I Am Victoria on Channel 4

Best new TV this week including a powerful female-led drama on Channel 4

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From a powerful documentary about gay conversion therapy to how to watch Britain’s fastest woman, here’s our guide on what to watch on TV over the next few days. 

Searching for your next TV obsession? Of course you are. And the next few days sees a plethora of TV shows and films to quench your thirst. 

There’s the return of the female-led anthology series I Am on Channel 4; a powerful documentary from Ryan Murphy about conversion therapy; and the chance to watch Great Britain’s fastest woman in action. 

And so, without any further ado, here is everything we recommend watching this weekend. 

Billie Eilish: Up Close on BBC One
Billie Eilish: Up Close on BBC One

BILLIE EILISH: UP CLOSE 

With the release of her new album Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish speaks to Clara Amfo about her dizzying rise to fame over three short years. Amfo travels to LA to learn more about what makes this young woman tick, her history-making career and what it feels like to have the world’s eyes on you. 

Saturday 31 July, 10.30pm, BBC One 

Olympics 2020 on BBC One
Olympics 2020 on BBC One

OLYMPICS 2020

This is her moment. Dina Asher-Smith takes to the Tokyo track to race in the 100m final. Her current PB is 10.83 seconds, and hope is high that she can beat that time and take gold.  Although she will be up against Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, whose own personal best is a minuscule 0.3 seconds faster. 

The sprinter has a busy few days ahead as she will also compete in the 200m final on Tuesday. Sending luck Dina…

Saturday 31 July, 12.45pm, BBC One

Blind Ambition on BBC Two
Blind Ambition on BBC Two

BLIND AMBITION

This new documentary explores what it means to lose your sight. It follows TV director Jamie O’Leary, who has incredibly poor eyesight and is facing eye surgery that could lead to him losing his vision. He is joined by blind comedian Jamie MacDonald and the pair travel the country meeting blind creatives to see how they cope and how they create. 

Sunday 1 August, 10pm, BBC Two 

The Equalizer on Sky Witness
The Equalizer on Sky Witness

THE EQUALIZER

Queen Latifah takes the lead in this re-imagining of the classic 1980s crime drama. She plays Robin McCall, a disillusioned former CIA operative, and single mother, who protects those with nowhere else to turn. 

Wednesday 3 August, Sky Witness and Now 

PRAY AWAY 

Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee and American Horror Story produces this hard-hitting and personal documentary about conversion therapy. It focuses on Exodus International, which was set up by five men in the 1970s who were struggling with their sexuality, but it soon became the world’s largest conversion therapy organisation in the world. 

The film meets some of the survivors of the movement and looks at the damage it caused, as well as speaking to some of those leaders who have now disavowed the group. 

Wednesday 3 August, Netflix 

I Am Danielle on Channel 4
I Am Danielle on Channel 4

I AM 

The powerful channel 4 female-centred anthology series returns with another star-studded cast for three unique dramas. 

Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones kicks off with I Am Victoria, about the anxieties beneath a seemingly perfect existence. Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Small Axe) stars in I Am Danielle, which puts the lens on love in the age of social media, while Oscar-nominated Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Mum) explores long-term relationships in I Am Maria

Thursday 4 August, 9pm, Channel 4

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