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While the coronavirus epidemic in Spain is largely under control it has left its mark on the country and its social culture. Spaniards will miss the kissing and hugging which feel so normal in this tactile country whereas to us reticent north Europeans, holding off the kissing will seem almost normal.

Perhaps the most important change is how we socialise. We are all socialising within the limits of COVID-19; only meeting among friends, in small groups for quiet dinners, wearing masks, cleaning hands in gel and foregoing that annual break somewhere nice.

The lockdown and now the summer heat has sparked a swimming pool craze in Spain. Pool sales have shot up by 400%, Spanish manufacturers say, as the month of May was the hottest in the country for 55 years.

We still have some new programmes for you to watch on your TV this week.

On ITV, The Voice Kids returns with a fresh batch of talent on Saturday and Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs is back in business for a one-off special on Wednesday.

On BBC TWO you can enjoy new documentary series with The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty on Tuesday and Bears About The House on Wednesday.

The Plot Against America is a new drama based on an intriguing, 2004 alternate history novel by Philip Roth which you can see on SKY Atlantic on Tuesday.

In sport, alongside the opportunity to relive major past events in Cricket, Tennis Athletics and the Olympics, you can see live action.

On BBC TWO on Saturday there are highlights of the Inspiration Games, as 30 track and field superstars compete simultaneously across eight disciplines in different venues across the globe.

The opening Test between England and the West Indies continues with highlights on BBC TWO over the weekend and the second Test is showing from Thursday on BBC one and TWO.

Channel4 presents highlights of the second Grand Prix of the 2020 Formula 1 season from Spielberg in Austria on Sunday.

 

Take Care and Stay Safe in the Sun

 

Editor´s pick of the week

Our Yorkshire Farm

on channel5 on Tuesday at 10pm

Our Yorkshire Farm is back following shepherds Amanda, Clive and their nine children. As the kids continue to grow, the heart-warming series follows the highs and lows of their remarkable childhood across the seasons on their remote hill farm. Across the series, the whole family faces emotional landmarks, including bidding farewell to eldest daughter Raven when she leaves for university, pulling together when a major operation takes dad Clive out of action and bracing for winter and the festive season. In the first episode, further education beckons for Raven, prompting a tear-jerking farewell. Four-year-old Clemmy is old enough to start school, but unlike her big sister, she is less keen to leave the farm, and best friend Tony the Pony, behind. And, it’s all hands on deck to keep the farm running, when Clive goes under the knife for hip replacement surgery.

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