What to watch next week

We’ve picked out some of next week’s shows that you don't want to miss...

With the nation going through a pandemic, it’s time to come together as a country and do what we do best; laugh, cry – and watch TV.

Channel 4 will keep you up to date with the latest developments in the world, as well as being your own personal entertainer, supplying your eyes with a whole load of new shows and classics we all know and love.

Monday 3rd August

Inside The Zoo: Down Under - 9pm on M4

Brand new: Narrated by Naomi Watts, this insight into Sydney's Taronga Zoo provides exclusive access to a conservation success story - just as the park wraps up the most exciting changes in its history. Over a century old and nestled in Sydney Harbour, Taronga's home to more than 5,000 creatures and hundreds of keepers and vets who blend world-class expertise with their laidback Australian spirit. In this opening episode, for the first time in a decade Taronga's vets get up close to a gorilla. Zookeepers have noticed that their silverback Kibali has been unwell, and in order to find out what's wrong they must anesthetise and transport him to Taronga's wildlife hospital. But giving a nearly 200KG gorilla an injection is not straightforward. Elsewhere in the zoo, Taronga's overprotective White Rhino mum refuses to let anyone near her new-born calf, posing problems for the keepers. And Taronga vets try and save an injured Albatross, the world's largest sea bird, after it is battered on rocks in a violent storm.

Inside The Zoo: Down Under

Jurgen Klopps: Germany's Greatest Export - 10pm on C4

The extraordinary story of how Jürgen Klopp went from being relatively unknown in Britain to becoming the saviour of Liverpool Football Club, becoming Germany's greatest export and one of the most admired football managers in the world. In 1990 Liverpool were the kings of English football. The manager, Sir Kenny Dalglish, had led the Reds to a record 18th league title. He followed in the footsteps of some of the greatest managers in history: Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan. Liverpool were a winning machine; the famous boot room was a production line. Then the title wins stopped. For 30 years Liverpool fans watched on as their rivals overtook them. The club looked to a charismatic, witty and immensely likeable German manager, Jürgen Klopp, for salvation. In 2020 he delivered. This programme charts his success with the people who know him, some of the great players and managers of our time, including Sir Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard, Jurgen Klinsmann and John Barnes. With revealing archive, we see how the man with a modest background and limited footballing talent became a Liverpool icon.

Jurgen Klopp


Tuesday 4th of August

How To Lose Weigh Well: Summer Special - 8pm on C4

In this summer special, Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr Helen Lawal ask ordinary Brits to road test popular and talked-about diets, while cook Stacie Stewart helps turn the diets into delicious dishes. Friends Sophie and Zoe have one week to trim down ahead of an event. Sophie goes on the Citrus Diet, while Zoe tries the Sexy Pineapple Diet, eating nothing but pineapple every other day. Which diet is the most fruitful? Glamorous grannies Barbara and Denise go on six-week diets to slim down for a trip to Ibiza, with Barbara on the Summer Salad Diet, while London cabbie Denise is on the Summer Sandwich Diet, eating up to eight slices of bread a day. And footballing friends Theo and Ervis want to lose weight for a pool party in three months' time. Helen has designed the Greek Island Longevity Diet for ex-professional footballer Theo, taking her inspiration from the Mediterranean and the long lives of the Ikarian people. For electrician Ervis, Xand has designed the South American Diet, which focuses on the wide variety of colour and flavour in the healthiest South American cuisine. Plus, Xand investigates slimming teas and finds out whether vitamins are better taken from pills or from our plates.

How to lose weight well

The Talk - 10pm on C4

In this one-off documentary - co-funded by Whisper and directed by Geoff Small - well known black Britons talk about... the talk. This is the conversation that parents of black and mixed raced children feel they must have because of the racism their kids face as they grow up. It's a life lesson nobody wants to give or receive but it's been a feature of black families for generations. The talk explains why people outside your home may see you as different; it arms you for what you might face at school and work, with the police and in everyday life. It's the talk that might save your life. Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sandé, Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock, actor Lennie James, rugby star Maro Itoje, presenter Ade Adepitan and a host of other stars share their childhood experiences of the talk, and how it prepared them for the challenges they faced on the path to success in their chosen fields. Now, those who are parents themselves must reflect on what kind of talk they need to give their children. Their stories are poignant, funny and emotional, a glimpse into a ritual many never knew existed. 

The Talk

Wednesday 5th of August

Stumptown - 9pm on Alibi

Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) stars as Dex Parois, a former army veteran turned private investigator whose brash style and disregard for the rules lead her into trouble. Struggling with PTSD after an explosion killed her childhood sweetheart in Afghanistan, burdened by heavy gambling debts and dealing with the responsibility of taking care of her younger brother, Dex teams up with her friend and ex-felon Grey (Jake Johnson) to take on cases the police are unwilling to pursue.


Dr Pimple Popper - 10pm on Really

Dr Sandra Lee isn’t just one of America’s top leading dermatologists. On YouTube, she is known as Dr Pimple Popper and has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures on her channel.

Dr Pimple Popper


Thursday 6th of August

Escape To The Chateau: Make Do And Mend - 8pm on C4

Dick and Angel Strawbridge help families across the UK tackle their design and DIY dilemmas. In this episode, Dick and Angel help to design an eco-friendly bedroom for a teenager, creating the bed, shelving and picture frames from pallets, and a swing chair using the ancient art of macramé. Dick rolls up his sleeves to show Chris how to re-lay and re-point a patio to help make his garden a safe sanctuary for his elderly mum, while Angel teams up with her fellow vintage fan Rachel to breathe life back into an old drinks trolley, using the 17th-century French art of decoupage. And there's a surprise in store for Angel's dad, 'Papi Steve'. Amid it all, life at the chateau goes on, as Dick continues his project of converting an old stable into his dream potting shed. He also discovers an original 150-year-old path, re-instates it with grit from the local quarry and uses old stone from the walls to create a new door frame.

Dick and Angel

Friday 7th of August

Reef Break - 9pm on Alibi

Poppy Montgomery stars in this sunny new energetic US series. Cat Chambers is a professional surfer with a shady past and ties to a crime syndicate. Cat's less-than-perfect past gives her an instinctive gift for understanding crime and criminals and she is soon trying to avoid wiping out in a string of fast-paced, high-octane island adventures.

Reef Break

Saturday 8th of August

Battle of the Sexes (Network Premiere) - 9pm on C4

It's Emma Stone versus Steve Carell at tennis in this sporting, or not so sporting depending on your side of the net, comedy drama based on the true story of the world's top female tennis player Billie Jean King playing an exhibition against Bobby Riggs, who was looking to prove that men are better than women and make a shed load of cash doing it. It's 1973 and ex-champ and current chancer Bobby Riggs (Carell) puts in a call to World Number One and campaigner for equal pay for women in tennis, Billie Jean King, suggesting they play a match. Make no mistake, it's gonna be a show, Riggs dubbing it 'male chauvinist pig versus hairy legged feminist'. Billie Jean is not immediately taken by the idea, but after some very public baiting from the ageing male athlete, she declares it to be very much on. Riggs doesn't believe he can lose, even if he treats the game as a joke and makes no lifestyle changes at all, let alone do any training. Meanwhile, King sees it very differently. This is a real match, with high stakes, both professionally and personally. And very much a must win... Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton of Little Miss Sunshine fame.

Battle of the sexes

Sunday 9th of August

Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Highlights - 6.30pm on C4

Steve Jones, with David Coulthard and Mark Webber, presents highlights from Silverstone of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix as the cars take to one of the most prestigious tracks on the Formula 1 calendar. This cathedral of motorsport has seen some of F1's finest moments, and with 2020's unprecedented and unpredictable times, it's sure to be another exciting race.





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