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As the nights draw in, the television beckons us closer. From Les Miserables to Luther, Wanderlust to Strangers and a saucy new series which has had TV reviewers fanning themselves to cool down, there’s something for everyone. Let’s look at five top dramas coming soon to a TV near you.

Great Yarmouth’s Hippodrome Circus Summer Spectacular is an absolute delight, whatever the weather. Roll up, roll up for a show that you’ll remember forever.

Born in Great Yarmouth and raised in Lowestoft, actor Karl Theobald’s career began when he was cast in an east coast production of West Side Story at school - after he’d been a Grifter-riding member of The Midnight Raiders gang, of course.

It starts stealthily when you manage to keep a cactus alive. The next thing you know, you’ve got a windowsill of plants that you’d normally have killed months ago - is a newfound ability to garden (a bit) a sign that I’m growing up?

Channel 4 wasn’t kidding when it named its latest series of short stories ‘On the Edge’. The final episode in a trinity of programmes tapped into the #MeToo debate and started a new conversation about sexual assault.

He left Lowestoft brimming with enthusiasm for the adventure of a lifetime and ended his days in the corner of a foreign field, his bravery in the theatre of war saving the lives of at least two others as he made the ultimate sacrifice. Recorded in France as an Australian, Claude Castleton’s story is incredible.

Well this is a rarity: a remake of a funny comedy which is just as good (if not better) than the original. Stephen Mangan’s remake of Lisa ‘Friends’ Kudrow’s Web Therapy is a foul-mouthed joy to behold.

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Chuckle Brother Barry Elliott, who has died at the age of 73, brought laughts to young and old with beloved brother Paul. Here we pay tribute to 10 of the pair’s most memorable moments, from rapping with Tinchy Stryder to headlining at Bestival.

No idea what Love Island is all about? It might be too late to immerse yourself in the latest series, but you can definitely prepare yourself for the next - or at the very least be able to hold a semi-lucid conversation with your offspring about where they’ve been disappearing to at 9pm every night.

For three years, Steven Roberts brought the sensitive soul George to life in the prime-time soap hit Hollyoaks. As he prepares to take on roles in two very different stage productions this year, Steven reflects on the impact George had in highlighting homelessness and cutting prejudice.

If you tuned in to the new TV adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock expecting to hear pan pipes and see a carbon copy of Peter Weir’s classic, dreamy film, you’d have been disappointed. But this new version is definitely worth watching.

My Shirley Valentine Summer is a new reality series from the creators of Love Island and will see eight female celebrities travelling to Greece to rediscover themselves – we look back at the original film and remember some of Shirley’s most memorable quotes.

Do you have a killer idea for a brand new food business? If so, First Dates’ Fred would like to hear from you

It’s difficult not to be overjoyed to hear that Outnumbered’s Mum and Dad are together in real life. To celebrate, we look at 10 other TV couples who took their love from the small screen to real life.

One famous partnership sealed their love with a Royal Wedding, another saw themselves separated when one fell foul of the law - it’s been a busy six months in teleivison terms, let’s look back at some of the high - and low - lights.

The Clangers was one of my favourite programmes when I was a child – melancholic, eerie, slightly dark, cryptic, plenty of strange homemade costumes, somewhat meditative… and then there was the programme itself, which was almost as weird as I was.

The many stages of being an England fan watching the game on TV at home - the hope, the fear, the joy, the misery, the desperately needing to have a wee but not daring to leave the screen...ahead of England v Sweden, writer Cory Varney dissects the experience of being the 12th man.

A Harry Potter-inspired afternoon tea is coming to Norwich and it looks so good its riddikulus. If your acceptance letter to Hogwarts got lost in the owl post, head to The Assembly House where you can expecto be impressed.

After herring a rumour that Bob and Paul were coming back to Norfolk to cast off, we decided to find out if it was o-fish-al. If you hear any more about the TV funnymen in the county, do let minnow.

For the first time, the men’s finals at Wimbledon clashes with the World Cup final - while Andy Murray has ruled himself out of the running, England still have a chance of making it all the way and most sports fans would be interested in watching both. Cue clash confusion.

How ridiculously cute was Olivia Colman as a child? New family photographs of the Norfolk-born actress are revealed along with images of her ancestors ahead of her appearance on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Matthew Wright - who quit his daytime Channel 5 show last month - has remembered the days when the programme was produced in Norwich and the audience included substance users paid £5 a day to be in the audience. Happy days.

Actor Kristian Nairn has revealed he really likes Ed Sheeran - unless he’s doing a cameo on Game of Thrones, in which case he thinks it’s all a bit stupid.

Sex and the City premiered on TV 20 years ago this month: part comedy, part drama, part fashion Bible, part lifestyle manifesto, part love song to the sisterhood and friendship, the show broke down barriers. Here are 20 SATC facts to celebrate 20 years: including news of a flatulence double.

The lost daughters of Picnic at Hanging Rock have returned to haunt us once again as a new Amazon Prime adapation is shown on BBC2. Will to be able to mirror the brilliance of the 1975 Peter Weir film?

On first viewing, Channel 4’s new sitcom set in a lettings agency is definitely interesting, and I’ll be back for a second viewing, even if it does remind me of traumatic renting experiences of the past.

High-leg leotards, women dealing with outrageous sexism, big hair, big characters and a soundtrack that will transport you back to the decade taste forgot. GLOW is The Breakfast Club in Lycra and here are 10 reasons you should watch it.

A-tench-on TV? Whatever next? This new gentle TV series is like chicken soup for the soul, as meandering as the rivers it features, as relaxing as watching water, as life-affirming as stories round a camp-fire. As an added bonus, episode one was based in Norfolk.

‘One of his eyebrows looks like it’s about to devour its weaker sibling...’ Sam Bird is the subject of intense eyebrow debate on social media but he has other matters on his mind as two single ladies vye for his attention in order to stay in the villa.

Mind master Derren Brown learned to espresso himself in a whole new way when he gave making coffee another shot at a Norwich cafe and roastery which he always makes a point of visiting when he’s in the city.

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