Monday, 3 April 2017
The TVweek: Saturday 8th - Friday 14th April 2017
8.30pm An Evening with Take That ITV - Having sold over 45 million records in a career spanning three decades, Take That are one of the nation's most successful and popular bands. In this one-off special, they welcome fans to join them in a magical show with exclusive performances of brand new material, special versions of their classic hits and plenty of surprises along the way.
Notable Continuing Series: Line of Duty, 9.00pm, BBC1
8.00pm Devon and Cornwall Cops ITV - four-part documentary series about the work of the Devon and Cornwall Police.
8.00pm Warship Channel 4 - HMS Ocean is Britain's biggest warship and the flagship of the Royal Navy. She's a floating village with her own hospital, shop, police force, church, bank, laundry, gym and even pubs. But this village is also an amphibious assault weapon, designed to sail across world and, when necessary, bring violence to an enemy. Its crew have a deep affection for their ship. But one third of these men and women are new recruits, off to sea for the first time. And the 20-year-old vessel is showing signs of strain. Keeping it going requires non-stop maintenance. With exclusive access to the ship and her crew, this series follows HMS Ocean on a sensitive seven-month active deployment, culminating in becoming the first ever UK ship to lead a US task force in the Middle East, policing some of the most volatile waters on the planet and co-ordinating the fight against Isis.
Notable Continuing Series: Broadchurch, 9.00pm, ITV
24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4
Big Little Lies, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
9.00pm Prison Break FOX - Return of the gritty US drama. Years after Michael's supposed death, evidence emerges that Michael may be alive after all. Lincoln - who is in desperate personal straits - reunites with old friends and enemies to solve the mystery. But even if Michael is still alive, is he still the same man he used to be?
8.00pm The Biggest Night in British Theatre - The Olivier Awards ITV - Hosted by Jason Manford
9.00pm Peter Kay's Car Share BBC1 - Four-part second series of the comedy written by and starring Peter Kay and Sian Gibson. After moving in with her sister, Kayleigh is now traveling on her own to work, but will she manage to resist temptation or will she call her old car-share buddy John? The three remaining episodes will go live on the BBC iPlayer immediately following the end of this episode.
9.00pm Obesity: How Prejudiced is the NHS? BBC2 - Professor Rachel Batterham explores whether there is 'fat prejudice' against obese patients within parts of the NHS that is stopping them accessing a potentially cost-effective surgery, even when recent scientific research supports it. She meets several NHS patients who say they were made to feel 'not worthy' and were denied life-changing bariatric surgery and other routine operations. She also speaks to others who have tried to use the NHS weight management services, with one admitting it actually made her gain two stone. Professor Batterham also meets patients who are successfully using the diet and lifestyle programme Tier 3 services, which the NHS require them to do for two whole years before being considered for surgery. Could weight loss surgery actually be a more cost effective method of treatment for the NHS?
9.30pm Our Friend Victoria BBC1 - Six-part series celebrating the comedy of Victoria Wood presented by long-term friend and collaborator Julie Walters. This edition tackles age and features classic clips, including Chrissie the long-distance swimmer, dinnerladies, Acorn Antiques, Waitress (aka Two Soups) and 14 Again. With contributions from Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Anne Reid, Maxine Peake, Thelma Barlow and Shobna Gulati, who talk about working with Victoria, and friends and fans, including Michael Ball, Richard E Grant, Aisling Bea, Ted Robbins, Kate Robbins and Harriet Thorpe, pick out their favourite moments.
10.00pm Katie Piper's Face to Face Channel 4 - One off documentary that sees Katie Piper invite women with facial conditions to Central London's Harvey Nichols for a special makeover. But what they don't know is that the glamorous person helping them shares the same facial condition - will they be able to tell?
9.00pm Reported Missing BBC1 - Documentary series following the search for missing people. In Darlington, the police are increasingly concerned for the safety of 12-year-old Joshua, who has stormed off after a row with his mum and seemingly disappeared. Prone to escaping into a superhero-inspired world of fantasy, Joshua's learning difficulties and trusting nature make him especially vulnerable, and as the minutes become hours, and as darkness falls, fears mount. It is down to Inspector Sarah Honeyman and her team to try to find Joshua. In a rural town in County Durham, the alarm is raised when 13-year-old Katie disappears from home leaving behind a suicide note. All available officers are immediately scrambled to the search, and a search dog and handler from the local Mountain Rescue team is drafted in - but budget cuts mean police helicopters are more thinly stretched than ever, and with the local one tied up on a firearms job, there is an agonising wait to try to get vital air support.
9.00pm The Knowledge: World's Toughest Taxi Test Channel 4 - Documentary that goes behind the scenes of one of the hardest exams in the world; the one that all the black cab drivers in the capital must take: The Knowledge of London. Candidates must memorise the capital's 25,000 streets and traffic restrictions, and its ever-changing 100,000 points of interest. The volume and detail of information is compared to doing a degree in law or medicine.
10.00pm Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience BBC2 - Comedian Rhod Gilbert tries his hand at some proper jobs. In this episode, Rhod takes to the streets of Cwmbran to learn the business of selling houses. Rhod's mentor Gavin believes happy people sell, so how will the grumpy comedian cope in a high-octane sales environment?
10.00pm My Online Nightmare Channel 4 - Documentary series that explores remarkable tales of extraordinary scammers and fraudsters who used the internet to lure and con their victims with terrifying, and sometimes deadly, results.
8.00pm The World According to Kids BBC2 - 70 children aged between six and 11 across the UK tell us what they really think of the world, with insightful, funny and moving results. Equipped with cameras at home, they film their own lives through major events, while their after school clubs are rigged with cameras and a number of tasks devised by philosophers shake through the big issues of the day offering an intimate insight into how children think. In this first programme, children from a debating club in Bradford, a pony club in Berkshire and a drama class in Gloucester explore their feelings of love and hate. Eight-year-old Abigail is getting used to the idea of her mum and dad's impending wedding, Daniel is bursting to see his father, who has been posted away with the army for the last six months, whilst Edmund just loves to hate his little sister.
9.00pm The Detectives: Inside the Major Crimes Team ITV - Three-part documentary series focusing on Lancashire Police's major investigation team.
9.00pm Guerrilla Sky Atlantic - Oscar winner John Ridley's story of two lovers taking a stand amid the racial struggle of 1970s London. Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay star, with Idris Elba.
Notable Continuing Series: The Good Fight 9.00pm, More4
10.00pm The Super Orgasm Channel 4 - For most women multiple orgasms can seem almost mythical. But some women orgasm not once, twice or even ten times, but 60, 70 or 100 times: a super-orgasm. In this documentary, a group of ordinary women with an extraordinary ability have volunteered to be put through a series of challenging tests in an unprecedented scientific investigation to reveal the truth behind the super-orgasm. With the help of these women - who include a motorbike-mad engineering student, a stay-at-home mum and a woman whose passion is singing in her Catholic church choir - a group of international scientists from a range of disciplines attempt to measure and record the super-orgasmic phenomenon for the first time.
10.00pm Bucket BBC4 - Frog Stone and Miriam Margolyes star in this four-part comedy about a mother-daughter relationship on a bucket list road trip to resolve the past that has made their present tense. The irrepressible Mim celebrates turning 70 by writing a bucket list. Her reserved daughter Fran tries to make the effort, but new starts and openness are easier said than done.
10.30pm Baskets FOX - Critically acclaimed US comedy. When Chip Baskets finds that studying at a French clown school requires a command of the French language - a skill he does not possess - he decides to pack it in and return to his home in Bakersfield, California. Before departing, he proposes to his French girlfriend, Penelope, who accepts, but makes no secret of the fact that she's doing so only to get a Green Card. Once home, he lands a new, poorly paying job as a rodeo clown and gets a new clown name, 'Baskets', but finds the job does little to feed his soul or support Penelope's lifestyle.
8.00pm The Wild Weekenders Channel 4 - Are you tempted by the thought of a weekend away but unsure what to do? Here to show you the amazing range of what's on offer in Devon are The Wild Weekenders. Comedian Adam Buxton checks out the best places to stay, Paralympics presenter and ex-Royal Marine Arthur Williams shows you how to get your adrenaline pumping, and food lover Clem Green finds out how to get the most out of Devon's bountiful produce. And after their weekend escapades, our three presenters meet up, review their results and pick a favourite. Weekends have never been more fun.
9.00pm Spin More4 - Walter Presents - which showcases the best foreign language drama from around the world - features the third series of the tense political thriller from France. It is six months until the presidential elections and an extreme right-wing party is leading in the opinion polls. Spin doctor Simon Kapita is working hard on behalf of his client, President Alain Marjorie, when the leader of this far-right party is assassinated before his very eyes. The attack provokes a violent outcry from supporters and throws the political parties into turmoil, triggering a ruthless race for power. Throughout the final months of Marjorie's presidency, he must fight fire on all sides, with political parties on the left and right of the spectrum engaging in manoeuvring, backstabbing and betrayal. Meanwhile, in the President's private life, his relationship with his wife Elisabeth, who sparks a diplomatic scandal in the Middle East, comes under increasing scrutiny from the tabloids.
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