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What to watch this weekend: 'Great British Baking Show,' 'Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling' documentary

The Great British Baking Show returns for a fourth season June 16 on PBS.


The Great British Baking Show returns for a fourth season June 16 on PBS.



It's biscuit week: The Great British Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show is one of the best, most soothing shows on Netflix. Across the pond it's known as the Great British Bake Off, but in the States it airs on PBS and currently has three seasons of delightful baking on Netflix. The show returns for a fourth season Friday on PBS with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who create 30 challenges for 12 amateur bakers to test their skills and creativity on the journey to be crowned Britain's best. The simplicity of the show, the niceness of the judges and contestants and the decadent, top-tier creations make this series perfect for a rainy day or when you just need a break from all the seedy crime dramas and zombie killing. 9 p.m. Friday, PBS.

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The original Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Get wild: GLOW

Next week, Netflix will be home to GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), a scripted series that follows the flashy, glittery women's wrestling stars of the 1980s. The new series is a sort-of reboot/spinoff of the original unscripted women's professional wrestling program that ran from 1986 to 1990. To get yourself in the permed hair, neon spandex bodysuit mindset, check out the 2012 documentary GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, also on Netflix. It looks back on the rise and popularity of the GLOW series, told through interviews with the original women like Matilda the Hun, Little Egypt, Jail Bait, Mountain Fiji, Big Bad Mama and more. So much big hair. So much glitter. It's probably one of the most '80s things you'll ever see.

Winter is coming: Catch up on Game of Thrones

In one month, HBO's smash epic fantasy hit Game of Thrones will return for its penultimate season. If my calculations are correct, the series has had at least seven different claimants to the iron throne, and we're still counting. Some of them didn't carry the crown for long, others have died trying to get there and some haven't even made it to Westeros yet to stake their claim. The end goals of every character for the past six seasons have been the same - rule the seven kingdoms or help put a family member on the throne. That still holds true, but now the people of Westeros have to deal with the long winter ahead and the threat of ice zombies (White Walkers) seeking to destroy their world. Game of Thrones is bloody, extremely violent and often disturbing, but features stunning scenescapes and a host of characters you can root for - or hope die a painful death. The end of last season hit a series high of 8.9 million viewers, making it one of HBO's most popular shows. You can stream the first six seasons through HBO Go, HBO Now and through Amazon Prime's HBO channel.

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Relive it: Truth and Lies: Watergate

Part of ABC's Truth and Lies series, Watergate explores the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon's resignation and the convictions of many administration officials. ABC revisits Nixon's downfall with never-before-seen Super 8 home movies taken by his White House aides, Watergate crime scene photos and interviews with key players like Joan Felt, daughter of FBI informant Mark Felt aka "Deep Throat"; Watergate burglars; officers who arrested them; and journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who broke the story in the Washington Post. It's been 45 years since the break-in and there's even a new movie coming out in September dubbed The Silent Man with Liam Neeson portraying Felt. The Truth and Lies: Watergate special airs at 9 p.m. Friday on ABC.

Upcoming streaming releases

Friday: The Ranch Part 3 (Netflix)
Saturday: Grey's Anatomy Season 13 (Netflix), Star Trek Beyond (Hulu)
Tuesday: Moana (Netflix)
June 23: GLOW (Netflix), Tarzan (Hulu)
June 28: Okja (Netflix), David Lynch: The Art Life (Amazon)

Contact Chelsea Tatham at Follow @chelseatatham.


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