hmv.com previews… July's Best TV
hmv.com previews five of the most exciting TV shows that will be coming to your screens in July…
Game Of Thrones
(July 17th, Sky Atlantic)
The fantasy behemoth returns for a seventh and penultimate season next month, slightly slimmed down from its usual 10-episode run to seven instalments.
There might only be 15 episodes of the show to go, but there’s still plenty to be settled. The fight for the Iron Throne grows ever bloodier and more intense with events beyond the wall now also threatening to spin out of control.
Jim Broadbent and Tom Hopper join the cast for the show’s seventh outing.
Top Of The Lake: China Girl
(Start Date TBC, BBC Two)
The dark and winding detective drama returns for a second run at the end of July.
The first series of the show starred Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin, a police detective who returns to her hometown in rural New Zealand after a 12-year old girl attempts to kill herself, an event which uncovers a series of nasty secrets for the local population.
Joining Moss in the second series are Game Of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie and Nicole Kidman, which is directed and co-written by Jane Campion, best known as writer and director of The Piano.
David Dencik, Alice Englert and Ewen Leslie will also join the cast for the second series, which will see Moss's character try to solve a case after the unidentified body of an Asian girl washes up on Sydney's Bondi Beach.
(Start Date TBC , E4)
Stand-up comic and 8 Out Of 10 Cats regular Róisín Conaty writes and leads this black comedy, which debuted on Channel 4 in 2014 as a pilot and has now been taken to a full series.
Conaty plays Marcella, a struggling actress who turns to her life coach and driving instructor to help her make her way and recover from a traumatic break-up. Starring alongside her are are Uncle's Nina Toussaint-White and Ripper Street's Damien Molony.
Against The Law
(Air Date TBC, BBC Two)
Fergus O'Brien directs this new drama, the centrepiece of the BBC’s Gay Britannia, a season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, an act which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21.
In this drama Line Of Duty star Daniel Mays plays Peter Wildeblood, a journalist who was found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed. After spending a year in Wormwood Scrubs he emerges determined to do all he can to change these draconian laws against homosexuality.
Mark Gatiss, Charlie Creed-Miles and newcomer Richard Gadd co-star in this powerful drama.
(Sky Atlantic, July 24th)
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson returns for a third run as Spencer Strasmore, the smooth-talking retired NFL player turned financial manager.
Now cured of his long-standing hip problem, Strasmore is on a mission to win new friends and clients in the fevered atmosphere of downtown Miami.
Joining him in the new season are Andy Garcia, Dulé Hill and The West Wing star Richard Schiff.