On the agenda: Catch up with a Cuban sexpot, a quirky chiller and a quick chukka or two

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The Street, the award-winning BBC drama from Jimmy McGovern, has scored a bit of a coup. Tomorrow night's episode stars long-time Hollywood exile Anna Friel, back on British TV as a struggling single mum. McGovern has revealed that his highly acclaimed series won't be returning to our screens for a fourth season because of cost-cutting at ITV studios in Manchester, which produced the series – so catch it while you can. BBC1, 9pm. Adam Jacques

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School's out for the summer, but what to do with the kids? With one eye on its adult patrons, child-friendly restaurant chain Giraffe has launched a pop-up bar in Hardman Square, the focal point of the Spinningfields area of Manchester. Thanks to the new open-air cinema opposite, little ones can watch a free performance of Grease or ET on the big screen and munch hotdogs and burgers, while you sip on a well-earned Pimm's. Visit www.spinningfieldsonline.com for full film listings; www.giraffe.net. AJ


Carlos Acosta (pictured above right) is a busy man all right. In the past year alone, the Cuban Sex Missile has released his autobiography in the US (to rave reviews), performed with the Royal Ballet, signed a recording contract with Decca... and featured in the Natalie Portman film New York, I Love You. Phew. But if, like us, you can't get enough of the ballet superstar, you'll already have tickets for the sold-out four-day run at the London Coliseum, starting Wednesday, of his Olivier-award winning show Carlos Acosta and Guest Artists, a smorgasbord of classical and contemporary work. www.sadlerswells.com AJ


Who are the Tigers or the Federers of the polo world? Ask most of the 18,000 spectators descending in their finery on Sussex's Cowdray Park Polo Club for the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup today and it's doubtful they'll be able to name a player. And that's because it's now less about mallet-bashing and more about an afternoon of celebrity-gazing. And for the lucky few, gaining entry into Veuve Clicquot's private marquee, where rock stars mingle with royalty (and C-listers). www.cowdraypolo.co.uk AJ


American pastor and anti-consumerist Dave Bruno is halfway through his 100 Thing Challenge: living for a year with only 100 items of clothing. It's supposed to make you realise you don't need a spring, autumn or – madness, this – trans-seasonal wardrobe. Is it time not only to stop buying clothes, but to throw most of them out, too? Who has ever stood next to a bulging wardrobe, complaining they have nothing to wear? Who refused to throw out their 1982 stonewash-denim jacket because it might come round again? Who looked foolish when stonewash featured on all the summer catwalks? Not us. Testify. www.guynameddave.com Harriet Walker


If you take one new novel on your British seaside holiday, make it MJ Hyland's This Is How (Canongate, £12.99) – her first since 2006's Man Booker-shortlisted Carry Me Down. Set in a nameless English resort, it is reminiscent of Camus's L'Etranger, but with prose that's chilled right down for a UK summer. Set in an urgent first-person present tense with a slightly weird but madly compelling narrator, it isn't giving away too much to say that the book is based on a true story from the 1990 book Life After Life: Interviews with Twelve Murderers. One to make you shiver, whatever the weather.