There’s a massive Game of Thrones shaped hole in our lives, but we’re going to do our best to fill it by advising you on all things culture as we enter the month of July.
This week sees the final send-off for a legendary EastEnders matriarch, Peggy Mitchell. Barbara Windsor left the show for good last month, after a series of guest appearances since her departure in 2010. With Peggy taking her own life before her terminal cancer took away the strength that defines her as a person, it was emotional scenes all round. At her funeral this week, we are sure to get buckets more of sad moments. Son Phil (Steve McFadden) is back after a short break from the show, along with Peggy’s troublesome daughter Sam (Big Brother‘s Danniella Westbrook). Though not appearing on-screen, the ghost of the third Mitchell sibling, Grant, is very much lurking after Ross Kemp’s guest appearance in Peggy’s last episode, which saw him nearly reignite his flame with his former wife and Phil’s current wife, Sharon (Letitia Dean). Sam knows Sharon’s secret, but will Phil find out, and hit the roof Mitchell style? EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday and Friday this week, on BBC One.
Brian Cox is back with a wondrous new documentary; Forces of Nature with Brian Cox. The physicist opens his new series, which examines how the smaller things in the world fit into the massive picture that is the universe, by looking at the forces behind the world’s beauty. Episode one is adorably entitled ‘The Universe in a Snowflake’. Any Brian Cox documentary is always a joy to watch, so be sure to catch this one on BBC One at 9pm on Monday 4th July.
Edge favourite Brian K. Vaughan releases a new comic book this week. The sixth instalment of his popular Saga series sees baby Hazel arrive at interspace kindergarten. It’s heavily based on the world of Star Wars (always a good start, right?), and follows Hazel’s parents Alana and Malko as they flee from an intergalactic war. It won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, and one of our writers reviewed Vaughan’s earlier comic, Y: The Last Man, calling it ‘beautiful and challenging’. It’s out on Tuesday 5th July, to the excitement of many fans.
At the Mayflower Theatre, Joe McElderry dons the coveted coat in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, when it arrives for a stint this week. The classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical recalls the Biblical story of Joseph (McElderry), his many brothers, and his vibrant coat, through iconic songs like ‘Close Every Door’ and ‘Joseph’s Dreams’. The show is at the Mayflower from the 5th–9th of July.