We’ve got Gentleman Jack and Conversations with Friends to start.
But the romance and drama don’t stop there. From next month’s die-hard Love Islanders fanbase to gripping dramas and dark relationship comedies, here’s our list of the best – and most hilarious – shows. about life, love, laughter … and tears.
Love Island series eight, ITV2, scheduled for June 6
The Love Island mansion opens in Mallorca to host eternally tanned brown-skinned men and men trying to find love (and thousands in brand deals on social media). and former WAG Sophie Draper. Humor Iain Stirling returns with more puns than you can shake a piñata, alongside host wife Laura Whitmore.
Everything I Know About Dolly Alderton’s Love, BBC One and BBC iPlayer, airs June
The romantic comedy, based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by writer Dolly Alderton, is set in a London apartment block in 2012.
It revolves around friends Nell, Maggie (Emma Appleton, star of The Witcher), Birdy, and Amara, and how they navigate romance and heartbreak in their 20s and older.
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Blockco 181, Sky Atlantic and NOW, June 21
Expect plenty of nudity and violence from this suspenseful Italian drama set on the outskirts of Milan.
Eight floors revolves around the relationships between three residents living in the fictional Blockco 181 apartment complex, which is rife with drugs and machete-wielding cocaine peddlers.
Sexy, fearless Bea (Laura Osma from El Chapo) becomes romantic with two friends – party-loving Ludo (Alessandro Piavani from House of Gucci) and close friend Mahdi (Andrea Dodero from The Good Mothers).
Their relationship is all about sex, friendship, and belonging to a new kind of family while they traverse the criminal hierarchy as a dangerous trio.
LOVE ME, Acorn TV, June 6
Set in Melbourne, this hypnotic six-part Australian drama tells the story of the love and loss of three different family members at very different times in their lives.
The Mathiesons have it all on the surface, but when Christine and her husband are sick, Glen (Lord of the Rings star Hugo Weaving) tries his best to be a good husband and caretaker.
Their daughter Clara (Bojana Novakovic from Birds of Prey) and son Aaron (Wakefield star William Lodder) support him while trying to fend for himself. When Christine dies, their lives will go into a spiral, having a profound impact on their lives. Also starring is Line Of Duty’s Shalom Brune-Franklin.
Ulrika Malm’s photo)
Love & Anarchy, Season 2, Netflix, June 16
The sexy, sassy Swedish series returns. Divorced mother-of-two Sofie is desperate to create a life for herself and her handsome son, Max.
Instead, she finds herself caught up in a mid-life crisis and has huge divisions for both of them.
The Summer I Became Beautiful, Prime Video, June 17
A coming-of-age story about first love and first pain as a complicated love triangle develops between a girl and two brothers.
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The One That Got Away, Prime Video, June 24
Singer Betty Who hosts the show as six people looking for their soul mate to get a second shot to see if they can connect with someone from their past. Potential suitors enter through the “Portal” to surprise them and snap a photo.
Dangerous Liaisons, Netflix, July 8
You’ll forget the French subtitles as you get sucked into the smoldering plot, very loosely based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel of the same name. Ideal teenager Celene leaves home in Paris and her sweet fiancé to school in Biarritz.
There, she is courted by a handsome surfer named Tristan. She quickly loses her heart to him, not realizing she’s at the center of a ruthless bet between him and a heartless Instagram stalker named Vanessa.
The book’s last incarnation was the 1999 film Cruel Intentions. It’s basically the French version, with a wide variety of social media curated for younger audiences.
Marriage, BBC One and BBC iPlayer, TBC
The Split star Nicola Walker and Game of Thrones legend Sean Bean join forces in this intimate four-part drama that follows the ups and downs of a married couple who have spent 30 years together. . Written and directed by BAFTA winner Stefan Golaszewski, the film is a mix of humorous and poignant scenes, as Emma and Ian grapple with their marriage.
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Convince, Netflix, July 15
Adapted from the novel Jane Austen. Living with a snob family on the verge of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot is a woman who doesn’t fit modern sensibilities. When the dandy Frederick Wentworth returns to her life, she must choose between letting go of the past or listening to her heart.
Catfish 2, MTV UK, this summer
The quirky series that helps amorous young people try to meet their love online – while in doubt about their true identities – is about to return. Last season’s host Oobah Butler returns alongside 24-year-old YouTube star Nella Rose. Together, they play detectives and spot rogue catfish.
Virgin River, S4, Netflix, July 20
Progress is slow, but the great setting and chemistry between the two main characters – handsome veteran Jack and gorgeous nurse Mel – make this drama worth watching. The series eventually ends with rumors that Mel is pregnant but it is uncertain whether the baby is Jack’s or her late husband’s Mark. Jack is determined to side with her, but of course things won’t go well…
Purple Hearts, Netflix, July 29
Struggling singer-songwriter Cassie (Sofia Carson) and Luke (Nicholas Galitzine), a troubled Marine, agree to marry, despite their differences, for military gain. When tragedy strikes, the line between what’s real and what’s pretend begins to blur.
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Dating with my friends, Channel W, summer TBC
What do you get if you merge First Date with Dine With Me and Dinner Date? Something like this. This dating program has four best friends dining together. For each course, they will be served on a different day before discussing which one they like best.
At the end of the night, their date returns only to check on one of the two partners. But will there be a match, or will their choices wreak havoc? Here is the possibility of some serious skirmishes.
Cosmic Love, Prime Video, August
About as nooky as it is. Four singles are matched with a future spouse based on their zodiac signs. The show is set at a romantic retreat run by paranormal instructor Astro Chamber. AstroTwins (oh yes) Ophira and Tali Edut act as matchers for singles, who date (and eliminate) a series of astrological matches in hopes of finding the One.
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