What To Watch: The Iris’ Weekly TV Picks (29th July-4th August 2015)

Need to catch a TV break and don’t know what to watch? Simon takes us through his top picks on must-see shows and films for the week. Click through to see what’s showing for your entertainment needs.

Wednesday 29th July 2015

Bosch-SBS-9.30pm AEST

For those unfamiliar with the character of Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. For those long time fans of the LA cop, get excited, as Michael Connelly’s creation is about to make his small screen debut. Originally airing on online giant Amazon’s streaming service, Bosch is a 10-episode adaptation of three of Connelly’s most popular books, The Concrete Blonde, City of Bones and Echo Park. Starring Titus Welliver in the title role, Bosch is sure to be exciting viewing for anybody looking to vicariously live out his or her LA fantasies.

Thursday 30th July 2015

The Bachelor-Ten-7.30pm AEST

If it’s trashy television you’re after, look no further than the third season of The Bachelor. After a slew of controversy surrounded last year’s lady killer Blake Garvey, fans are eager to see what dramas are in store now new bloke Sam Wood is dishing out the roses. He certainly sounds like an entirely different man to male stripper Garvey, with Wood’s profession as the owner of a children’s health and fitness company seemingly slotting him straight into the ‘Sensitive New Age Guy’ (SNAG) category. But who knows, he might have a dirty street pie incident in him yet.

Friday 31st July 2015

QI-ABC-8pm AEST

If you find you’ve had a rough week and are desperately in need for a few good laughs, there is nothing better than settling in on the couch to spend some down time with Stephen Fry. The semi-quiz show has been running for 12 years now, and is guaranteed to not only give you a good chuckle but also arm you with a host of interesting facts and tidbits which will stand you in good stead at your local pub trivia night. This week’s guests on the panel include David Mitchell, Ross Noble, Jeremy Clarkson and Alan Davies.   

Saturday 1st August 2015

Empire of the Sun-Nine-1pm AEST

Empire of the Sun is a sprawling epic, a coming age film set amidst the horrors of WWII which is perhaps best known for being Christian Bale’s first film role. Directed by Stephen Spielberg (who is on the record as saying this is one of his most important films) and based on the semi-autobiographical novel by J.G. Ballard, the film tells the story of Jim Graham (Bale), who goes from being a wealthy British expat living with his parents in Shanghai, to a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. Also starring John Malkovich, Empire of the Sun is an astonishing tale of one young man’s fight for survival.

Sunday 2nd August 2015

Gone Girl-Premiere Movies-8.30pm AEST

If you’re inviting your new love interest over for a movie night, Gone Girl is the last thing you want to put on. For everyone else, settle in for a Sunday night in with both one of the best and most disturbing films of 2014. When Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) comes home to find his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing and the house in tatters, he quickly becomes the prime suspect in Amy’s kidnapping and suspected homicide. But David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s award-winning novel quickly proves itself to be anything like your regular whodunit murder mystery. Not for the faint hearted.

Monday 3rd August 2015

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver-Comedy Channel-6.30pm AEST

In just two short seasons, Last Week Tonight has proven itself to be one of the most entertaining and informative news show on television today. Not bad for a satire show hosted by a stand-up comedian. Each week host John Oliver delves into many of the more taboo topics effecting both the US and wider global community, presenting segments which are not only incredibly funny but often more honest and accurate than any ‘real’ news outlet. Oliver’s show is arguably one of the most talked about TV shows currently on the tube, and with Jon Stewart soon leaving the daily show I daresay John Oliver is the new king of satire.

Tuesday 4th August 2015

I Am Cait-E!-8.30pm AEST

The highly anticipated new reality show I Am Cait is finally on the air, an 8-part series that chronicles the gender transition of the much loved US athlete and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner. The series follows Jenner’s journey as she embarks on this brave new chapter of her life, with a particular focus on the affect this has on her family and friends such as her infamous stepdaughter Kim Kardashian. Early reviews of the show have been highly positive, with critics saying it places an important spotlight on the issues faced by the transgender community on a daily basis. Trashy viewing this is not.