Unwind from the week with a long night of British programming on WLIW21. Some sweets, some light romantic comedy and someone else’s work antics.
Friday Night Line-up
The Great British Baking Show
Fridays at 8pm
Follow the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best. Each week, the bakers on The Great British Baking Show tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds. Mary Berry, a leading cookbook writer, and Paul Hollywood, a top artisan baker, serve as judges. Together with hosts and comic foils Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, Berry and Hollywood search for the country’s best amateur baker by testing the competitors’ skills on cakes, breads, pastries and desserts, crowning a winner after 10 weeks of competition. WLIW21 members can stream all seasons of The Great British Baking Show, including the latest – Season 5 – any time with the member benefit WLIW21 Passport.
Keeping Up Appearances
Fridays at 9pm
Keeping Up Appearances returns to the schedule from the very beginning! When it comes to snobbery, Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “bouquet,” thank you very much!) is in a class by herself among her frightfully common relatives. She’s so obsessed with etiquette and breeding that she makes her husband’s life a perfect misery. Award-winning actress Patricia Routledge stars in this popular British comedy.
Are You Being Served?
Fridays at 9:30pm
A large, old-fashioned department store in London, Grace Bros is still run on strictly hierarchical lines. Each member of staff knows their place – in theory. In practice, they are all engaged in their own private wars, with management and with each other.
Fridays at 10pm, through July 6
Starring Olivier Award winner and BAFTA nominee Lesley Manville, Mum is a family comedy seen through the eyes of Cathy, a mother in her late fifties who finds herself at a milestone in life after the death of her husband. Over the course of one year, from the funeral in January to New Year’s Eve, Cathy must navigate the everyday realities of this new era of her life alongside the good intentions of her lovably baffling family. Offering a refreshingly funny and modern perspective on an often overlooked stage in our lives, Mum is the story of a woman discovering who she is again and maybe, if she could only see him, finding love second time around.
The Wrong Mans
Fridays at 10:30pm, through July 6
The laughs come as fast as the thrills and spills in this action-packed comedy from Bafta and Tony award-winning actor and writer James Corden and British Comedy Award winner Mathew Baynton, heading a stellar international cast. Ordinary office workers Sam Pinkett (Mathew Baynton) and Phil Bourne (James Corden) find themselves unwittingly caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy when Sam answers an abandoned mobile phone after witnessing an horrific car crash. Just by trying to do the right thing, Sam and Phil end up being kidnapped, framed for murder and dodging bullets while on the run from both the good and the bad guys. This is an unmissable comedy thriller about two friends in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong skills. Sam and Phil are The Wrong Mans.
Vicious, Season 2
Fridays at 10pm, starting July 13
This comedic series tells the story of aging partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), two men who have lived together in their Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Freddie was a budding actor and Stuart worked in a bar when they first met, but their careers are pretty much over and their lives now consist of entertaining their frequent guests, making sure that their aged dog Balthazar is still breathing, and hurling caustic insults at each other.