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Borgen, Love Island, Money Heist and more…

Ok, technically this Sex Pistols drama came out at the end of May, but June is when most people can see it. Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, etc.) eschewed a Johnny Rotten contribution to base his story on the memoir of guitarist Steve Jones, and while the resulting series isn’t perfect, it does offer a glimpse of a incredible era for popular culture.

Borgen – Power & Glory Netflix, Thursday June 2

Borgen – Power and Glory.

While Scandi noir might look a bit like 2011, this Danish political drama continues to fly the flag for Danish talent in the TV world. This fourth series has eight new episodes, revolving around a crisis for Minister Birgitte Nyborg after the discovery of oil in Greenland.

Love Island, Virgin Media Two, June 6

Gemma Owen on Love Island.
Gemma Owen on Love Island.

As the networks reduce their schedules, this show is guaranteed to deliver plenty of headlines throughout the summer. Confirmed candidates for the Mallorcan villa include Gemma Owen – daughter of soccer star Michael Owen – and Dublin microbiologist Dami Hope.

On the roads with Simon Delaney, RTÉ One, June 6

The affable actor presents a new four-part series on various issues relating to Ireland’s road transport network. Traffic jams, road safety and the urgent need to abandon the car as the main means of transport are among the issues discussed with various experts. Delaney also travels to Sweden to see how they are already making major changes.

Everything I Know About Love, BBC One, June 7

Everything I know about love.
Everything I know about love.

A seven-part adaptation of Dolly Alderton’s best-selling memoir about her experiences as a woman in her twenties living in London around 2012. The story of friendship, sex and love in the early coming of age seems to be one of the biggest series of the summer.

Zoo Live RTÉ One, June 7-9

Ella McSweeney leads a new series from Dublin Zoo for three consecutive nights. As well as watching the animals in the zoo’s enclosures, various celebrities will try their hand at the work of the keepers, and we’ll see segments from some of the facility’s conservation partners in Asia and Africa.

Young Plato RTÉ One, June 9

Kevin McArevey in Young Plato.
Kevin McArevey in Young Plato.

Documentary about Kevin McArevey, the maverick headmaster of Holy Cross School in Ardoyne, Belfast. A black belt in karate, he uses the tools of ancient Greek philosophers to try to endow his young proteges with resilience.

The Lazarus Project, Sky Atlantic/Now, June 16

Joe Barton’s previous show Giri/Haji probably didn’t get the audience it deserved when it aired in 2019 on the BBC, but perhaps this eight-part thriller will have a bigger impact . In a sci-fi thriller, Dermot Gleeson tries to avert a nuclear disaster by time traveling.

Money Heist: Korea, Netflix, June 24

Money Heist: Korea
Money Heist: Korea

For those missing the high-octane Spanish drama, this Korean version may fill the gap. Around a hostage crisis and the possible reunification of the Korean peninsula, you will inevitably see some faces of Squid Game.

Westworld, Sky Atlantic/Now, June 27

Thandiwe Newton in Westworld

Thandiwe Newton in Westworld

The dystopian tale has likely lost a few viewers since its 2016 debut, but die-hard fans are salivating at the prospect of season four. They’ve been waiting two years for season four, with the convoluted plot still making room for characters played by Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton and Ed Harris.