If you look hard enough at the television schedule then there are shows that are on the television that aren’t football, such as the new David Tennant drama and comedy panel show A Short History of Everything Else.
Although you can take some solace with the idea that not all television is football at the moment, what if you deliberately want to miss the antics of Rooney, Terry and Cole? Then here is a step-by-step guide of what to watch when the England games are on television.
The first England match takes place on Monday 11th June at 5pm on ITV1. England will be taking on France in their first match of the competition. Alternative viewing options include Come Dine With Me, Channel 4 at 5pm, which is on all the time but in this time of need you will want to see people get drunk and fail to make soufflés. If you don’t fancy that then Bridezillas, melodramatic bridal dramas, is on Really at 5pm, and 5* are replaying episodes of US sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.
To cover the second half of the match then switch to Channel 4 for their daily dose of The Simpsons at 6pm, and then the perfect television accompaniment to your dinner, Dave has a double dose of Man v Food at 6.20pm.
With one match successfully avoided, we move to England’s second match. It is on Friday 15th June at 7.45 on BBC One and sees England take on Sweden. The night’s options include BBC Three’s double bill repeat of the Doctor Who episodes, starting at 7pm with Vincent and the Doctor as well as The Lodger. After that, Channel 4 welcomes back the Million Pound Drop Live, which you can also play either on your laptop or on the new app which launched last week. Then with the football over at 10pm everyone should get back together to watch Episodes on BBC Two.
The last group match for England is against Ukraine and is on Tuesday 19th June at 7.45 on ITV1. At the same time you can watch a repeat of the Hairy Biker’s Mum Knows Best from 7pm on BBC Two. There is also a repeat of Inspector George Gently on BBC One from 8.30 to 10pm. And depending on how desperate you are to avoid watching the football, Channel 4 is showing Embarrassing Bodies.