May we suggest Gold Diggers? (Picture: Walter Presents/ All4)
Need a distraction from the heat?
It might be July, but there are still plenty of top quality shows landing on our favourite streaming services this week.
WalterPresents has a steamy new import from Russia, or if you’re after something truly wacky, Netflix’s dating show Sexy Beast will certainly, ahem, make an impresssion.
The only Russians we usually get to see in TV dramas are gangsters, pimps and thugs.
So while the protagonists of this Russian tale are not exactly your home-loving, wholesome types, at least we get a glimpse of modern Russian living, Moscow-style.
The vibe is very Footballers’ Wives as we follow the adulterous scheming of a hard-hearted bunch of individuals who are all on the make, one way or another, as they pursue riches that remain tantalisingly out of grasp.
It’s a full-frontal asset-stripper of a drama that – if you come in at the right/wrong moment – plays like a porn movie that actually has a plot.
Flat Out Fabulous
Whinnie Williams is making home magic on a tiny budget (Picture: BBC / Ricochet Ltd)
Property makeover shows have long focused on home-owners with a big budget to splash on their properties so it’s good to see one that rings the changes and gives the rental market a look-in.
Whinnie Williams is the designer in charge and, with tiny budgets to work with, she specialises in blithely ignoring the punters she’s working with and bringing boho maximalist to Cambridge (no idea) and ’80s Miami to Bournemouth, to name but two of the out-there looks.
They could have called it Don’t Tell The Landlord but that might have been asking for trouble.
Will the weird masks put off potential daters? (Picture: Netflix)
While most dating shows pay lip service to the idea that it’s the personality that counts – while filling the screen with skimpily clad beach-ready bods – this mildly bonkers addition to the genre at least covers up its contestants in a bid to dig a little deeper.
Borrowing costumes that look like leftovers from The Masked Singer, the picker and the dates are all disguised, which means chemistry has to come down to conversation.
The looks when the masks come off are priceless.
Turner & Hooch
The trend for digging back into old movies for new TV shows continues with this sequel to the fondly remembered 1989 Tom Hanks original, which doesn’t stray too far from the original.
Josh Peck stars as Scott Turner, son of the original Turner, and he’s got a faithful pooch who’s a worthy successor to the original crime-cracking Hooch.
Together they solve crimes, learn life lessons and form an unbreakable bond. It’s soft and sweet, and dog-lovers will lap it up.
Episode one available today; further episodes released on Wednesdays.