Reasons to shun the sun and stay indoors

It might be sunny outside, but there are plenty of reasons to stay in and watch the telly

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Britain is having a bit of a heat wave. Had you noticed?

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We’ve run outside, shed our clothes and abandoned our poor telly sets. But there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful (and they have nothing to do with the weather).

Go on, soothe your sunburn, shelter from the pollen and avoid rubbing that sore spot between your toes. Here are just a few reasons why we should return to the comfort of our sitting rooms…

Ray Donovan – starts today, 10:00pm, Sky Atlantic

Liev Schriber stars as a professional ‘fixer’ whose personal life starts to fall apart when his father is unexpectedly released from prison. It’s done incredibly well in the US, where it airs on Showtime, setting a new record for the most watched series debut. Plus Elliott Gould – you know, Monica and Ross’s dad in Friends – stars, and everyone’s got a soft spot for a former-Geller.

Family Tree – starts today, 10:00pm, BBC2

The adorable Chris O’Dowd stars in this eight-part comedy, which kicks off tonight on BBC2. The single-camera, improvisational style comedy follows 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (O’Dowd) who is unemployed, single and directionless. After inheriting a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt he never met, Tom embarks on a journey to find out more about his ancestors. Create by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, Family Tree also stars Nina Conti and Tom Bennet.

The Apprentice: The Final – on tomorrow, 8:00pm, BBC1

Dum de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum… It’s finally here. Lord Sugar will point his magical firing finger for the very last time this series and make either Leah or Luisa a very happy lady indeed. Don’t think you can record this and watch it later. You can’t expect Twitter, or your work colleagues, to keep their mouths shut on Lord Sugs’ verdict. And you wouldn’t want to miss out on all the drama by having a beer in the garden, now, would you?

Sherlock – on Friday, 8:30pm, BBC1

You won’t have a pale and interesting complexion like our favourite Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch if you hang around in the sunshine too much. Plus, if you don’t come inside you’ll miss BBC1’s repeat of Sherlock series two. This week, Russell Tovey stars in The Hounds of Baskerville, a creepy instalment that just gets better the more you  watch it. We promise.

Top of the Lake – continues Saturday, 9:10pm, BBC2

Jane Campion’s creepy and claustrophobic drama, set in the breathtakingly beautiful countryside of New Zealand’s South Island continues this weekend. The second instalment follows detective Robin Griffin as she struggles to find  missing pregnant 12-year-old Tui. If you missed the first episode, don’t despair. You can still find it on iPlayer.

The White Queen – continues Sunday, 9:00pm, BBC1

Glossy, historical romp The White Queen races on, and as we move into the sixth episode of this ten-parter you won’t be able to help caring about the plight of the series’ troubled and vulnerable characters. This week Elizabeth and Edward’s marriage is under threat while poor Anne struggles to find a place for herself at court.

Burton and Taylor – on Monday, 9:00pm, BBC4

Now this really is a reason to come in from the sun. Not only does Burton and Taylor see Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter take on the iconic roles of the twice-married, twice-divorced Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, the programme is also BBC4’s last original drama.

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Penned by Made in Dagenham’s William Ivory, the drama sympathetically follows the couple’s on stage reunion in the early 80s when they performed in a Broadway production of Private Lives.