What's on TV this week: The top 6 shows from 'Floodlights' to 'Derry Girls'

·TV Reporter, Yahoo Entertainment UK
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Our pick of the week's best TV. (BBC/Channel 4)
Our pick of the week's best TV. (BBC/Channel 4)

Looking for what to watch on TV this week?

You won't want to miss this pick of the six best shows, including the hilarious and moving finale of Derry Girls, and the emotional dramatisation of ex-footballer Andy Woodward's story of football and abuse in Floodlights.

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Whether you're looking for drama, comedy or documentary, there's something you'll love this week.

The best things to watch on TV this week, 16 - 22 May, 2022

Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood - BBC One - Monday, 9pm

Joe Wicks shares some tough early experiences. (BBC)
Joe Wicks shares some tough early experiences. (BBC)

Most of us know him as the man who managed to get our kids through lockdown with his PE With Joe YouTube videos, but cheery Joe Wicks is hiding a traumatic past.

In this documentary, he tells the story of his difficult childhood living with his mum's mental health struggles and his dad's drug addiction, and explains his battle to break the cycle with his own parenting.

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Wicks has said he had many messages during lockdown from parents suffering with their own mental health problems and explains how he wanted to help out with his family exercise classes.

The Time Traveler's Wife - Sky - Monday, 9pm

Adapted by Steven Moffat from the beloved novel of the same name, The Time Traveler’s Wife follows the intricate and magical love story between Clare (Rose Leslie of HBO’s Game of Thrones), and Henry (Theo James of Divergent), and a marriage with a problem...time travel.
Theo James and Rose Leslie star. (Sky/HBO)

You've read the book, you've seen the film, and now you can watch the TV series.

Audrey Niffenegger's story about a time travelling man and his lifelong romance with the woman he returns to at all stages of her life gets a new retelling at Sky.

It's been adapted by former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, and this time stars Rose Leslie and Theo James.

Floodlights - BBC Two - Tuesday, 9pm

Gerard Kearns will star as Andy Woodward in Floodlights. (BBC)
Gerard Kearns will star as Andy Woodward in Floodlights. (BBC)

Be warned, while Floodlights might be important viewing, it's certainly not relaxing.

This dramatisation of former footballer Andy Woodward's harrowing childhood being trained up in the sport also tells the story of how his bravery in talking about his experiences changed the face of the game.

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When Woodward spoke out about being abused as a child by his coach Barry Bennell, he prompted an avalanche of other players who revealed they had suffered similar abuse.

This is their story of hidden abuse in football and how it changed their lives forever.

Derry Girls - Channel 4 - Wednesday, 9pm

Derry Girls S3 Specials (L-R) Michelle Mallon (Jamie - Lee O'Donnell), Orla Mccool (Louisa Clare Harland), Erin Quinn (Saoirse Monica Jackson), Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn)
The show's finale is here. (Channel 4)

Hit 90s sitcom Derry Girls draws to a close in this feature-length episode that concludes series three.

We might be used to scenes of hilarity from the teenage friends as they navigate growing up as convent school students in Derry, but this week's finale comes with fair warning of heartbreak.

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The series is set against the backdrop of the Troubles, and the ending will coincide with the Good Friday Agreement, revisiting the gang one year on from the previous episode as they prepare for leaving school and 18th birthday parties.

Life & Beth - Disney+ - Wednesday

Life & Beth (Disney+)
Amy Schumer stars in Life & Beth. (Disney+)

Amy Schumer takes the lead in this new comedy series about a New York wine merchant who appears to be living her best life, but makes some drastic changes after a health scare.

She decides to return to her rural roots in search of a more meaningful life, but finds it isn't quite that easy to become more wholesome.

Hunted - Channel 4 - Sunday, 9pm

The contestants go on the run. (Channel 4)
The contestants go on the run. (Channel 4)

SAS: Who Dares Wins might have concluded last week, but Channel 4 Sunday nights are still reserved for challenge shows - although this one can't claim to be quite as tough as Special Forces selection.

Pairs of contestants are tasked with going off grid and evading capture as they make their way around the country with detection pros in pursuit.

Who will get caught out and will any of them go on to win the series prize?

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