Tuesday, 19 April 2016
The TVweek: Saturday 23rd - Friday 29th April 2016
Notable Continuing Series: Britain's Got Talent, 8.00pm, ITV
8.00pm Arnie Schwarzenegger's 50 Greatest Ever Stunts Channel 4 - Hollywood action man Arnold Schwarzenegger guides viewers through some of the world's most cunning stunts, including feats of strength, endurance, bravery, and sometimes just dumb luck. Using clips of the stunts themselves, in addition to commentary from fans, comedians, stunt coordinators and daredevils, this one-off show takes a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most famous, jaw-dropping stunts ever, with Arnie providing humour, shock, awe and delight as the programme counts down to number on
8.30pm Shakespeare Live! From the RSC BBC2 - From the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, hosts David Tennant and Catherine Tate are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Dame Helen Mirren, Meera Syal, David Suchet, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Gregory Porter, Joseph Fiennes, English National Opera, The Royal Ballet and Akala for a very special evening. Together they mark the life and work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. This unique event takes place in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and celebrates Shakespeare's extraordinary legacy and his enduring influence on all performance art forms - from opera to jazz, dance to musicals.
9.00pm Hinterland BBC4 - Fifth series of the subtitled Welsh crime drama.
8.00pm Mystery of the Crossrail Skulls Channel 4 - Engineers digging for Crossrail have made a chilling discovery: dozens of skulls under London's Liverpool Street station. It's clear the skulls are from Roman London, but nothing like this has been found before. This documentary unravels the mystery, using ground-breaking archaeological investigation.
Notable Conitiuning Series: Undercover, 9.00pm, BBC1
9.00pm Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion BBC2 - Louis Theroux spends time at King's College Hospital in London - a specialist liver centre - where he immerses himself in the lives of patients in the grips of alcohol addiction and the medical staff trying to make them better.
8.00pm Wild Australia with Ray Mears ITV - Ray Mears explores the wildlife of Australia. In this programme he journeys to the Great Barrier Reef, where he encounters a humpback whale calf learning how to swim, and ventures underwater to interact with giant manta rays, green turtles and a host of marine creatures.
8.00pm Joe and Caspar Hit the Road E4 - The first of two programmes in which vloggers Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee hit the road on an epic European adventure as Joe challenges his flatmate to survive the trip using only the money they can earn each day.
9.00pm Horizon: How to Find Love Online BBC2 - Mathematician Dr Hannah Fry uses Dr Xand Van Tulleken as her guinea pig to test whether the algorithms that dating sites use to match people actually work. While Hannah builds a dating site, Xand meets the scientists investigating online dating - and learns what pictures to use and what to write in his profile.
9.00pm Game of Thrones Sky Atlantic - The highly anticipated sixth series of the HBO mega-hit begins.
Notable Continuing Series: The Island with Bear Grylls, 9.00pm, Channel 4
10.00pm Flowers Channel 4 - Six-part comedy-drama starring Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt, written and directed by Bafta-nominated Will Sharpe. The series begins with a double bill, followed by one episode per night until the finale on Friday 29th April. The Flowers are an eccentric and dysfunctional family struggling to hold themselves together. Maurice, the author of illustrated children's books The Grubbs, and his music teacher wife Deborah are barely together, but are yet to divorce. They live in a crumbling old house with Maurice's ailing mother Hattie and their maladjusted 25-year-old twins Amy and Donald. Both are competing for the affection of neighbour Abigail as they endeavour to burst through the confines of their arrested development. As Maurice fights inner demons and dark secrets, Deborah tries to keep the family together at all costs and becomes increasingly suspicious that Maurice is in a secret homosexual relationship with his Japanese illustrator Shun. Continues Tomorrow Night.
9.00pm Inside The Billionaire's Wardrobe BBC2 - Reggie Yates investigates the reality behind the global super-rich's insatiable appetite for luxury goods. Top of the list is animals, but how much do we really know about the origins of exotic skins and furs? And what is the real cost? To find out, Reggie visits Siberia in search of the world's most expensive fur. In Australia, he discovers the reality behind croc farming, and in Indonesia he goes deep into the forest in search of the pythons that end up as bags and phone cases. But how far can this trade go?
Notable Continuing Series: The A-Word, 9.00pm, BBC1
10.45pm Never Again: Fear and Faith in Paris BBC1 - The end of April marks the Jewish Passover festival, when Jews remember the Israelites escaping slavery in ancient Egypt. This documentary explores a much more recent phenomenon, the decision of 8,000 Jews to leave France in 2014, concerned about terror attacks and rising anti-Semitism in the country. We hear from the families most affected and explore the reasons behind the rise in anti-Semitism.
Notable Continuing Series: Scott & Bailey, 9.00pm, ITV
24 Hours in Police Custody, 9.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm The Ivy ITV3 - Exclusive documentary that goes behind the scenes as one of the world's most eminent restaurants undergoes its first major renovation in 25 years. The film follows The Ivy's charismatic director Fernando Peire and executive chef Gary Lee as they oversee every twist and turn on the road to the London institution's re-launch. Featuring interviews with the restaurant's illustrious clientele including Calvin Klein, Dame Joan Collins, Maggi Hambling, Ronald Harwood, Tracey Emin and Julian Fellowes.
8.00pm Kirstie & Phil's Love It Or List It Channel 4 - Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer return for a new series of the show where they help people who've fallen out of love with their homes. After listening to their issues, Kirstie sets about transforming their current home, while Phil tries to tempt the owners into selling up and buying somewhere else. In this first episode they meet recently married couple Matt and Lucia, whose home in Royal Wootton Bassett is creaking at the seams, with three grown-up kids from previous relationships. Matt loves it, while Lucia does not. Kirstie tries to change the layout, while Phil finds some alternative properties to rival their current home. What do the family choose to do, Love It or List It?
9.00pm What Would Be Your Miracle? ITV - Emma Willis follows the inspirational stories of families whose lives have been transformed by the power of modern medicine.
9.00pm The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis Channel 4 - Uplifting documentary following the extraordinary story of a man trying to rebuild his body and his family after a devastating illness. In November 2013, father-of-one Alex Lewis caught a common cold. In an extremely rare case, the cold developed into toxic shock syndrome, with shattering effects. Alex lost both his legs, both his arms and part of his face as doctors fought to save him. But his physical rehabilitation wouldn't be his biggest challenge; rebuilding his relationship with his partner Lucy and winning back the love of his three-year-old son would be. Filmed intimately over two years, and from just days after he lost his limbs, filmmaker Leonardo Machado's documentary follows Alex's incredible story as he seeks to rebuild his life and his relationships and to reinvent himself. He wakes up an alien to himself, and a different father to Sam, his son, who can't bring himself to kiss his dad's new disfigured face.
Notable Continuing Series: Line of Duty, 9.00pm, BBC2
The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4
9.00pm The Secret Life of Puppies Five - A dog's-eye view of its first year of life. The puppies experience their first eight weeks of life from birth to becoming part of a human family.
9.00pm The Wolfpack Sky Atlantic - Striking documentary about a group of film-obsessed brothers banned from leaving their public-housing apartment in New York.
9.00pm The Secret ITV - Four-part crime drama starring James Nesbitt. Set in Coleraine, Northern Ireland in 1990 and based on true events. Colin Howell is a leading member of the Baptist community, a loving husband and father. Then he meets fellow churchgoer Hazel Buchanan and they begin an affair - one that will have cataclysmic consequences for themselves, for Colin's wife Lesley and for Hazel's husband Trevor.
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
Line of Duty: Episode 2 poses more questions.
Just excuse me I'm still picking up my jaw from the floor after last week's utterly gripping opener. Jed Mercurio is a master. I don...
Peter Kay & Sian Gibson chat Car Share
They've made us wait a while, but Tuesday sees the welcome return of one of the best comedies on British television. Peter Kay's Car...
Win Inside No.9 - Series 3 on DVD
We've got two copies of the third series of Inside No.9 to giveaway. Answer the question below for your chance to win. Good Luck! ...
Line of Duty: We're halfway through and the plot thickens.
There are two sides to Line of Duty which have been showcased perfectly during the first half of the drama's current run. On one han...
Line of Duty: Episode 4 leaves us with more questions.
I often believe that the measure of a good TV drama is how much you think about the events of an episode after the credits have rolled. A lo...
Line of Duty: The best drama on British television returns
Line of Duty is one of those TV shows that I would define as the little drama that could. Originally debuting on BBC Two over the summer...
In the Flesh: Why we should be shouting about this more
Amid the tremendous bevy of high quality programmes delivered over the past few months – Prey , Happy Valley , From There to Here ...
Broadchurch: The final anticlimax
I've had a night to process that final episode of Broadchurch. I slept quite well, woke up feeling quite perky as the sun poked it'...