From Stranger Things to Poldark - the top five must-watch TV shows for summer
John Boland charts the top five best TV shows airing this summer...
Netflix, July 4
The third season of a show that came out of nowhere and immediately found an international audience lands next week. Scary rather than violent, this tale of uncanny goings-on in small-town America is worthy of Spielberg in his ET phase, with winning teenage leads to ground the inventive storyline. If you somehow missed it, you can catch up by binge-watching the excellent first season before starting the new one.
Netflix, July 19
Now in its third season, this exuberantly twisty and often violent Spanish thriller concerns a major robbery where all may not be quite as it seems. Expect cliffhangers galore in a brilliantly shot show, though you may need to hark back to the start of the first season if you’re to make sense of it.
Sky Atlantic, date TBC
Based on an Israeli series, this saga of American high-school students searching for identity through sex, drugs and social media has already caused controversy in the US for its graphic frankness, though viewers on this side of the Atlantic may take it more in their stride.
Sky Atlantic, August
The second season of the acclaimed drama about a dysfunctional global media family sees ruthless patriarch Brian Cox stepping aside to make way for his equally unsavoury offspring. An awful lot better than BBC1’s recent clunky media-mogul drama, MotherFatherSon, starring Richard Gere.
This ratings winner returns this summer for its fifth and possibly final season, with sultry Dubliner Aidan Turner still rippling his muscles on the Cornish coast, and Eleanor Tomlinson no doubt remaining fiery as his flame-haired spouse. Comfort TV for lovers of period drama.