What to Watch: The Iris’ Weekly TV Picks (5th August-11th August)

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 5th August 2015

If You Are The One-SBS2-6.30pm AEST

If You Are The One is not only the greatest Chinese dating shows of all time, but perhaps one of the greatest shows of all time full stop. Weird, wacky, and downright hilarious, the shows sees willing bachelors fight for the hearts of a number of different women, many of whom end up humiliating the lonely heart in the process with their offhand comments and insults. Currently one of the highest rating shows in its native China, If You Are The One is a show you have to check out.

Thursday 6th August 2015

Ainsley Harriott’s Street Food-SBS-8.30pm AEST

Cooking shows are always a great guilty pleasure, and Ainsley Harriott’s Street Food is no exception. Featuring Ainsley Harriott on hosting duties (obviously), the shows sees the celebrity chef travelling to some of the most exotic corners of the globe to discover the best street food our world has to offer. This week Harriott ventures to Istanbul, where not only does he chow down on some delicious tucker, but he also finds himself caught in the midst of a dangerous football riot.

Friday 7th August 2015

The Ashes: Fourth Test-Gem-7.30pm AEST

What better way to spend a Friday night in then watching our Aussie team go head to head with the Brits in the fourth test of this year’s highly contentious Ashes series, airing live from Trent Ridge in Nottingham. It is looking like a pretty tight race at this point in time, so fingers crossed our team can deliver the goods and hold on to the trophy for another year.

Saturday 8th August 2015

Mallrats-Eleven-9.30pm AEST

Written and directed by Kevin Smith, Mallrats is a cult classic film that is seriously worth watching. Set in Smith’s ‘View Askewniverse’ (which features many of his other films such as Clerks and Chasing Amy), Mallrats depicts the day in the life of two recently dumped friends who find solace and adventure in their local mall. Featuring a star studded cast which includes the likes of Ben Affleck, Jason Lee and even Stan Lee playing himself, Mallrats is a movie that is guaranteed to have you in stitches.

Sunday 9th August 2015

Thunderbirds Are Go!-Go!-9.30pm AEST

If you have never heard of the Thunderbirds franchise, you may be wondering why we are so hyped for a kids show. First airing in the sixties, Thunderbirds was a revolutionary sci-fi series that followed the family run secret spy organisation International Rescue (IR). Thunderbirds Are Go! sees the exploits of the Tracy family continue, with the biggest obvious change being that they are no longer marionette puppets but CGI/miniature hybrids created by Weta Workshop. Relive your youth and tune in.

Monday 10th August 2015

Degrassi: The Next Generation-ABC3-8.30pm AEST

These days it’s pretty hard to meet anyone who didn’t grow up tuning in to catch the latest trials and tribulations of the kids from Degrassi High. The Canadian franchise first kicked off back in 1979, with this fourth iteration of the show originally airing in 2001. Over the years its never been afraid to tackle some of the biggest issues in life, with many plotlines focusing on teen pregnancy, drug addiction and more, ensuring that the show will remain relevant even when it goes in to reruns for the millionth time. Be sure to look out for a young actor known as Aubrey Graham on the show, you music fans might recognise him better by his stage name Drake.

Tuesday 11th August 2015

The Great Australian Spelling Bee-Ten-7.30pm AEST

The spelling bee has long been a prized American institution, a competition that sees young brainy kids pitted against each other largely for the entertainment of their adult counterparts. Well now it’s Australia’s turn to get on board this long-running fad, with The Great Australian Spelling Bee proving just how strangely addictive this concept can be. Hosted by Chrissie Swan and Grant Denyer, the show sees 50 of our nation’s best and brightest kids going toe-to-toe in a series of challenges to prove they know that ‘i’ always comes before ‘e’ (except after ‘c’ of course).