TV round-up: 25/07/14 – 31/07/14

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The Edge‘s TV round-up is back for another week to recommend the best upcoming programmes around for you to watch during the depths of your Summer break. This week includes a US comedy series focussing on a male nanny, the return of Scandal and Noel Fielding gracing our screens again with his iconic idiosyncrasy in his second series of Luxury Comedy.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man Summer Special: This edition sees Alan Carr present his commercially-popular Chatty Man show for this year’s Summer special. Guests include Miranda Hart, Vin Diesel, the cast of the upcoming The Inbetweeners sequel, as well as Virtually Famous and Glee‘s Kevin McHale. This is, of course, not forgetting the fact that Noel Fielding is going to pop in along with Rizzle Kicks performing their latest single, ‘Tell Her’. Watch it tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

Melissa & Joey: This American comedy series focuses on a young female politician who is left with her niece and nephew after a family scandal puts them in her care. As a result, she seeks the help of a male nanny to ease her into this new lifestyle. Although Melissa & Joey‘s first season originally aired in 2010, E4 is now showing the first season’s first episode this Monday at 3pm, with the second episode following straight after.

Art of ChinaAndrew Graham-Dixon opens this three-parter by examining the history of Chinese art along with appreciating these pieces within their historical and social context. Graham-Dixon begins by looking at the recent discoveries of ancient art that is influencing China today and its understanding of its own origination. As well as finding a collection of alien-line bronze masks, he travels to the Yellow River and discovers the beginnings of calligraphy. Watch it on BBC Four, Wednesday at 9pm.

Scandal: The US political drama begins its third season next week, which starts with the crisis manager Olivia Pope who becomes White House’s most recent scandal. Her team begins to think about how to proceed whilst First Lady Mellie takes it upon herself to be the saviour. The new series begins next Thursday on Sky Living at 9pm.

Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii: The follow-up series to the first season that aired back in 2012, this season sees Noel Fielding in a coffee shop at the edge of a volcano. The mix of live-action and animated comedy creates an odd hybrid that could only be courtesy of the eccentric Fielding. The first episode sees the Magnum PI’s cast try and sacrifice Noel to a volcano which results in his fate being in the hands of Paul Panfer, an internet sensation. Catch it on E4 at 10pm on Thursday.

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