TV Guide 02.08.21

Monday 2nd August

Olympics 2020, 6am-6pm, BBC 1

Gabby Logan and Hazel Irvine host coverage of day 10 in Tokyo, with medals to be decided in artistic gymnastics and Team GB's Dina Asher-Smith expected to compete in the 200m. We can’t wait to see if USA’s Simone Biles will compete to retain her title in the floor event from 9:45am. Coverage continues all week.

George Clarke's Remarkable Renovations, 9pm, 4/7

In this new series, architect George Clarke follows people as they attempt to breathe new life into disused commercial properties. In this episode, he meets a Staffordshire couple who, having fallen in love with a derelict 19th-century coach house, sold their home and put in their savings to buy it. How will they cope cooped up in a caravan on-site with the children while they oversee the renovation?

Jerk, 10:45pm, BBC1

Jerk follows the life of Tim, a man who uses the fact that he has cerebral palsy to try and get away with almost anything. In the first episode of series two, Tim is back and has enrolled himself on a university course, and a student visa means he can stay in the UK – where he intends to wreak more havoc.

Tuesday 3rd August

The Equalizer, Now

In this series remake of the classic film, Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah) – an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background – uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall comes across to most as an average single mum who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is ‘The Equalizer’ – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who's also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.

Wednesday 4th August

Lucan, 9pm, ITV

Lucan is a two-part drama based on the life of flamboyant aristocrat Lord Lucan. In 1974, with escalating gambling debts and his marriage collapsing, Lucan becomes obsessed with regaining custody of his children. On one fateful night in November that year, the youngsters' nanny Sandra Rivett is bludgeoned to death in the basement of the family home in Belgravia – and the earl is never seen again. Stars Rory Kinnear, Christopher Eccleston, Catherine McCormack, Michael Gambon, Paul Freeman, Rupert Evans, Gemma Jones and Leanne Best.

Cooking With Paris, Netflix

Paris Hilton is turning the traditional cooking show upside down. She’s not a trained chef and she’s not trying to be. With the help of her celebrity friends, she navigates new ingredients, new recipes and exotic kitchen appliances. Inspired by her viral YouTube video, Paris will take us from the supermarket to the finished table spread – and she might actually learn her way around the kitchen at the same time.

Cocaine Cowboys, Netflix

Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami is a six-part saga on the South Florida traffickers indicted in one of the largest drug cases in US history. Alleged to be the chief distributors for two of Colombia’s biggest cartels, Cuban exiles Augusto “Willy” Falcon and Salvador “Sal” Magluta were accused of smuggling over 75 tons of cocaine into the US in the 1980s. The high school friends built a reputed $2bn empire that made Willy and Sal, aka “Los Muchachos,” two of Miami’s biggest celebrities. While law enforcement plotted their takedown, the world champion powerboat racers managed to outrun and outmanoeuvre prosecution for decades before the chase finally came to an end. Featuring colourful interviews with those closest to them, their defence team and the Feds tasked with taking them down, the series paints a vivid portrait of the last of Miami’s “cocaine cowboys”.

Thursday 5th August

White Boy Rick, 9pm, Film4

Rick Wershe (Matthew McConaughey) is a single father who's struggling to raise two teenagers during the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Detroit. Wershe sells guns illegally to make ends meet but soon attracts attention from the FBI. Federal agents convince his son, Rick Jr (Richie Merritt), to become an undercover drug informant in exchange for keeping his father out of prison. But when young Rick gets in too deep, he finds himself seduced by the lure of easy money and becomes a drug dealer himself.

Saturday 7th August

Queens of Pop: Viva La Diva, 9.30pm, BBC2

Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic explores the key elements that have shaped the identities and sounds of Beyoncé, Cher, Grace Jones, Madonna and Mariah Carey, investigating the lives and legacies of these five pop superstars. The singer unpicks their triumphs and tragedies to get a better understanding of what makes them so special, before setting out what a diva might look like in the future.

Sunday 8th August

Pose, 9pm, BBC2

It’s series three – and now 1994 – and ballroom feels like a distant memory for Blanca, who struggles to balance being a mother with being a present partner to her new love and her latest role as a nurse’s aide. Meanwhile, as Aids becomes the leading cause of death for Americans aged 25 to 44, Pray Tell contends with unexpected health burdens. Elsewhere, the emergence of a vicious new upstart house forces the House of Evangelista members to contend with their legacy.

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