TV round-up: June 20th – 26th

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This week’s TV round-up shows that that the next seven days sees the closure of many TV series, with Fargo and Wallander‘s season finales airing this weekend. However, to brighten up this disappointing news, Friday Night Dinner sees its return tonight along with with a compelling social documentary on BBC Two entitled, Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter. See below for full details.

Friday Night Dinner: The sitcom is finally back for its third season, starring our favourite Inbetweener Simon Bird and Episodes‘ Tamsin Greig. Though the humour is somewhat cleaner than the infamous Inbetweeners, the one-liners are still fast and frequent. A little too late to coincide with the conventional dinner, the show airs tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.

Sunday Morning Live: A brand new series of Sunday Morning Live means a brand new Sunday morning full of ethical debates. Joining the new presenter Sian Williams this week will be June Brown (a.k.a. Eastenders‘ Dot Cotton) who will also be involved in this week’s religious debates. This will be integrated with inviting the audience at home to join in. Tune in on BBC One at 10pm this Sunday.

Wallander: The Swedish TV series will be concluding its third season this Saturday. Adapted from Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander novels, the final episode will be based on a restaurant owner who is kidnapped, with the Ystad team unravelling the mystery that constructs the missing business owner. The finale will air on BBC Four, Saturday at 9pm, lasting for a total of 90 minutes.

280512-fargo-tv-series-to-air-on-channel-4Fargo: This weekend will also see the end of another incredible TV show, Fargo. This will be the tenth episode of its first season and follows the story of Lester, an insurance salesman, who continues to have to manipulate everyone around him to maintain his façade of innocence. Starring Martin Freeman, the drama is an extensive adaptation of the original 1996 film directed and written by the Coen Brothers. Catch the conclusion to this epic season on Channel 4, 9pm, this Sunday.

FIFA World Cup Live 2014 (Costa Rica v. England): Last Saturday, England lost to Italy with a 2-1 defeat which was followed by another defeat yesterday for England of 2-1 to Uruguay. Check into ITV for a 5pm kick-off to discover England’s fate in a game that is both England’s and Costa Rica’s last Group D meeting.

Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter: Presented by Dr Pamela Cox, this documentary is set to look at the progression of female involvement in retail shops. Visiting the state of Victorian shops, it is clear that they were run and owned by men with females almost invisible. Cox looks at the inspirational group of women who desired a change: the Ladies of Langham of Place. An interesting watch to track societal developments, particularly with regard to changing gender identities. Watch it at 9pm on BBC Two next Tuesday.

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