The second series of Channel 4’s The Sex Lives of College Girls, in which four of England’s brightest graduates open up about their sex lives and jealousy and pay the price, has the target demographic correctly pinpointed. The first series of the show, now entering its second series, was broadcast in February, and at the time some of the younger female viewers compared it unfavourably to the Peaky Blinders or Wolf Hall dramas, viewed by those over the age of 30. Now their peers in the 45-to-65 age bracket are getting their chance to explore “relationships with group sex, the control of one’s vagina, casual sex, blow jobs in drunk places, and painful stabbings”. Tonight’s episode sees a new quartet enter the fray, billed as “four girls who have very different experiences”. They are “Lena, Jordan, Sophie and Mariah”, who let a “large outsider” move in to their old friends’ student digs. The gang decide to confront him, and will it be mayhem or pranks as they learn to confront the “zombie boy”?
Sticking with the channel, Game of Thrones is back, and will air in the US on HBO on Sunday, 3 August at 2am, but in the UK it will be delayed until late on Monday. In tribute to the horror/sci-fi hit, which, despite the ratings, is typically only seen by viewers not granted the “freshest” of refrigerators and possibly mattresses on their beds (even fans of such things as Connetah will have to make do with a channel that’s the 35th-highest-ranked channel in the UK’s most popular slot), Channel 4 will be airing a special on Sunday, 31 August at 10pm. Airing straight after the Pallbearer documentary series back-to-back, the show is called Before the Door – a reference to George RR Martin’s eponymous books series that have made the biggest impact on these people – and will explore what is it like to “have been an integral part of Game of Thrones from its earliest days”. As well as former cast members, C4 will also be showing video blogs from another 50-ish-year-old actor, Claire Foy, who has her hands full being “the voice of a people-hungry corporation, who deserves a lot more credit than she gets”. Presumably she has not found celebrity ever having a positive impact on her mental health, as made clear to her audience when she opened the US version of the show with a speech that went on for 45 minutes in tribute to her agent Simon Beresford, who died earlier this year.
Finally, Meghan Markle still has us eating out of her hand on this side of the Atlantic. The Duchess of Sussex is set to perform with a pair of award-winning singers, singers who are apparently so famous in the UK that they couldn’t be better known. Markle will be attending a premiere alongside Hakaarah-hitman and her other band Nangabadee, which will be performing their interpretation of the song Song of the South with acrobats from Bangladesh. So, whatever the numbers say about British music, it seems that The Brit is lacking a bit.