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Our TV editors pick out the ten best shows to watch out for this summer

Time Out's TV critics have chosen ten upcoming TV shows to watch this summer. Including new drama, entertainment and coverage of the Olympics. Do you agree with their choices? Let us know what shows you're looking forward to seeing in the comment box below.

  • Veep

    As the US Presidential contest gathers pace, Armando Iannucci’s American take on ‘The Thick of It’ arrives over here. But without a Tucker-esque equivalent, will it suffer by comparison? Julia Louis Dreyfus is smart casting for the hapless VP, and ‘In the Loop’ showed Iannucci’s sensibilities could work on both sides of the pond. Starts Monday June 25, 10pm, Sky Atlantic.

  • The Angelos Epithemiou Show

    Ever since the frankly scandalous decommissioning of ‘Shooting Stars’ we’ve been wondering what would become of Angelos. Happily, Dan Renton Skinner’s brilliantly ludicrous comic creation has been given his own show. Expect stunts and sketches, audience participation, celebrity interviews and band performances. Starts mid July, C4

  • Shakespeare's History Cycle

    With Rupert Goold, Sam Mendes and Richard Eyre behind the scenes and Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston as the kings, the Beeb’s adaptations of ‘Richard II’, ‘Henry V’ and ‘Henry IV Parts I & II’ should be a treat, even for those a little exhausted with all things William. Late June, BBC2

  • Line of Duty

    The channel’s much-trumpeted commitment to Original British Drama continues, with Jed Mercurio’s five-part drama set to bring the same level of forensic scrutiny and healthy cynicism to bear on police corruption as his ‘Bodies’ did to medical malpractice. Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Lennie James lead a fine cast. Starts Tuesday June 25, 9pm, BBC2

  • Euro 2012

    With any luck, a divided England (whose campaign begins on June 11) may provide as much entertainment off the pitch as France did in the last World Cup. Nevertheless, expect The Lads to be given absurdly short odds in what promises to be an open, entertaining series of tussles. The winners, of course, will be Spain and the BBC. June 8 – July 1, BBC1 & ITV1

  • Bank of Dave

    Intriguing two-parter in which successful businessman David Fishwick attempts to start an independent bank in Burnley. He’ll be looking to offer market-leading interest rates, support and advise local small businesses and also explore the myriad ways in which the traditional banking giants have let us down. July, C4

  • London Olympic Games 2012

    Obviously. But not just so we can catch up on what we couldn’t see in person. Major sporting events have always been a huge driver of new technology on television, so the way in which we choose to watch Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis et al may well dictate the future of sports broadcasting for the next few years. And, with Channel 4 keen to make a big impression after their patchy, occasionally hapless coverage of the World Athletics Championships, don’t count them out to rustle up a few innovations for the Paralympics. July 25 – Aug 12, BBC & Sky 3D; Aug 29 – Sep 9, C4

  • Coming Up

    This annual strand is always worth keeping an eye on – its late night slot represents a rare opportunity for new writers to get a TV platform. It usually hauls in some surprisingly heavy-hitting performers too and this year is no exception. Look out for turns from Russell Tovey, Ashley Walters, Lara Pulver, MyAnna Buring, Thomas Turgoose and many more. July, C4

  • The Girl

    The curse of Toby Jones continues, with the actor’s latest project – impersonating Hitchcock – potentially doomed to be overshadowed by Anthony Hopkins’ own take, probably due later this year. Never mind: the making of ‘The Birds’, a famously tortured affair, should provide rich psychoanalytical grist, and Sienna Miller makes intriguing casting as Tippi Hedren. Late Summer, BBC2

  • Superstar

    Anyone up for a rock version of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’? Preceded by a lengthy televised audition process helmed by Amanda Holden and involving Dawn French, Jason Donovan and Andrew Lloyd Webber himself? Of course you are! The fun will last all summer and culminate in an arena tour beginning in autumn. Summer, ITV1

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