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July 3, 2016

Best TV shows to catch-up with: Wimbledon, Formula E and more on Freeview Play

by John_A

It has been a real summer of sport and that is reflected in our weekly round-up of TV shows from the last seven days you should catch-up on.

If you scroll backwards through a Freeview Play electronic programme guide, you can click on any of the following and they’ll instantly open up the related on demand app – BBC iPlayer, All 4 or ITV Hub – and play without having to search for them further. Alternatively, you can always navigate to the individual apps yourself on any connected device.

Freeview Play TVs and set-top-boxes also have access to Channel 5 content, through the Demand 5 app, but it’s far easier to use the EPG for now.

So grab the remote, settle down and check out any of the following shows below to see if they tickle your fancy.


Battle of the Somme 100 – Zero Hour

BBC News (BBC iPlayer) – broadcast on Friday 1 July

To mark the 100th anniversary of first day of the Battle of the Somme, the Beeb presented a live programme from Thiepval in France – the site of the devastating events – and Westminster Abbey.

It’s part of the BBC’s commitment to look back at the first World War that has been running throughout the year.

E01 (Flickr)

Wimbledon 2016

BBC One & BBC Two (BBC iPlayer) – broadcast from Monday 27 June

The Wimbledon 2016 Championship has started and you can catch up with highlights and matches ahead of the second week of tennis action.

Bar a few showers here and there, it’s not been interrupted too much. Let’s hope it stays that way (touch wood).


The Graham Norton Show

BBC One (BBC iPlayer) – broadcast on Friday 1 July

If you missed the last series, you can now catch-up with a compilation show of highlights featuring plenty of the incredible guests to have appeared over the last few months.

Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Hiddleston, Ryan Gosling, Ben Affleck, Meryl Streep and many more appear throughout.

Formula E

Formula E Live

ITV (ITV Hub) – broadcast on Sunday 3 July

The second London Formula E grand prix took place on Sunday and you can catch up with the action now.

The all-electric motorsport is really gaining traction and it’s great to see ITV invest so much time, effort and cash into broadcasting it.


Goodwood Festival of Speed

ITV 4 (ITV Hub) – broadcast from Wednesday 29 June

Also available for motorsports and general car fans are several shows broadcast on ITV 4 that brought us some true highlights from this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

We were there too, so you never know, you might even see a Pocket-linter in the background of some of the shots.

Channel 4

Ramsay’s Hotel Hell

Channel 4 (All 4) – broadcast on Thursday 30 June

We featured Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares last week, a show the Michelin Star chef has finished with. Now here’s the first episode of series three of his new programme, Hotel Hell.

It’s basically the same thing, but with hotels. And it is five parts hilarious, to six parts cringeworthy. In a good way.

Channel 4

First Dates

4seven (All 4) – broadcast on Wednesday 29 June

The BAFTA winning series, where couples meet and chat for the first time in front of cameras, is being repeated on 4seven at the moment.

It’s easily the best reality TV show on the box at present and we find it compulsive viewing.

Get catch-up and on demand TV for £0 per month with Freeview Play. Click here to find out more.

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