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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The TVweek: Saturday 1st - Friday 8th September 2017

Saturday
6.00pm The Family Chase ITV - Spin-off of the popular quiz show, hosted by Bradley Walsh. This edition sees the Bennett family from Hampshire joining forces to try and outsmart one of the country's finest quiz brains - the Chaser.
7.00pm Cannonball! ITV - Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff presents the action-packed show in which 24 brave contestants hit the water and take on a series of challenging inflatable games and obstacles in a bid to win the Cannonball Cup. Frankie Bridge, Radzi Chinyanganya, Ryan Hand and Maya Jama are all poolside offering commentary, words of encouragement and the occasional critique of the contestants as they tackle the challenging courses.
8.00pm The X Factor ITV - Dermot O'Leary hosts as the UK's biggest singing competition returns for a fourteenth series. Simon Cowell once again heads up the judging panel, alongside seasoned judges and music industry veterans Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger.
9.30pm The Jonathan Ross Show ITV - Joining Jonathan for the first in a brand new series of his chat show are Harry Styles, fresh from his acting debut in Dunkirk and number one solo album, Sir Mo Farah, who gives his first interview since his retirement from track racing, actor Suranne Jones, who won a Bafta for her performance in hit drama Doctor Foster, and the always entertaining comedian John Bishop.
Sunday
Notable Continuing Series: The X Factor, 8.00pm, ITV
  From Russia to Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier 8.00pm, Channel 4
       Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling, 9.00pm, BBC1
8.00pm World's Most Expense Cars More4 - Ant Anstead goes behind the scenes with the car hunters of auction house RM Sotheby's as they travel the globe tracking down expensive classic cars for auction. These rare models - from Ferrari to Aston Martin, Lamborghini to Jaguar - come with mind-blowing price tags, sometimes in excess of $10 million
Monday
9.00pm Diana and I BBC2 - Tamsin Greig, Jemma Jones, Nico Mirallegro and Tuppence Middleton star in a one-off drama showing the impact Princess Diana's tragic death has on four ordinary people. Jack is the only child of an adored mother who dies the same night as Princess Diana. He struggles to come to terms with her death while computing the loss of an icon who meant so much to both of them. Yasmin is unhappily married to Hassan, an unsuccessful businessman who can't admit his failure. Inspired by the public outpouring of emotion at Diana's death, Yasmin goes on a journey of self-discovery. Michael is a junior reporter on his honeymoon in Paris with his new wife Sophie when news of Diana's death breaks. Spending more and more time on the story at the expense of his honeymoon, Michael struggles to balance his career with his fledgling marriage. Mary is a Glaswegian florist, struggling for money. Mary hatches a plan to drive to London and sell flowers before Saturday's funeral.
9.00pm The Murder of Tia Sharpe: My Daughter Five - Documentary looking at the 2012 killing of 12-year-old Tia Sharpe. Featuring interviews with Tia's father, the detective who led the case and a journalist who interviewed the man eventually found guilty of her murder - Stuart Hazell, the victim's grandmother's boyfriend.
Notable Continuing Series: 999: What's Your Emergency? 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                              The Americans, 10.00pm, ITV Encore 
9.00pm The Davina Hour W - Davina McCall and guests discuss life's biggest challenges. Dr Christian Jessen and Will Storr talk about how far people will go to get a perfect body.
10.00pm White Kid, Brown Kid Channel 4 - Documentary following two girls from very different worlds who try to become friends in one of Britain's most racially segregated towns. Dewsbury in West Yorkshire is home to a growing Asian Muslim community with parts of the town 98% Asian, while other parts remain totally white. Told with honesty and humour, this documentary follows 16-year-old Siobhan and 17-year-old Farhana as they cross the racial divide and step into one another's world for the very first time. What unfolds is a timely story that highlights the complexities of integration. As the girls face their differences, they find themselves navigating both family and community concerns.
10.00pm Celebs Go Dating E4 - Celebs Go Dating returns to E4 for a third series as the Celebrity Dating Agency opens its doors to a brand new bunch of single celebrities who are all looking for love. But the stars aren't dating each other - they're dating real people in the real world! TOWIE star James 'Arg' Argent is slimmer and fitter than ever, and ready to find love under the watchful eye of agents Nadia and Eden; Ex on the Beach star and Les Dawson's daughter Charlotte Dawson is looking for the father figure she so desperately craves; Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo from Made in Chelsea is determined to find love outside SW3; Calum Best is keen to say 'I love you' to someone for the very first time; and TOWIE's Bobby Norris wants to put his dating drought to bed.
11.05pm Trump's War on the Border Channel 4 - A timely insight into life on the U.S. Mexican border as Donald Trump attempts to deliver his most controversial campaign pledge: to build a wall. When running for presidency, Trump pledged to 'build a big, beautiful wall between the U.S. and Mexico.' As crowds of supporters chanted his rhetoric, Trump reasoned: 'When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They are sending people that have lots of problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists... And some I assume are good people.' Trump's War on the Border spends the first months of the Trump presidency on the U.S. border, witnessing the impact for those who live and work on the frontline. As well as insightful contributions from locals directly affected by the idea of a wall, this visceral observational documentary includes access to the U.S. Department for Homeland Security Customs and Border Patrol as they battle to protect the border from illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
Tuesday
Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake Off 8.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Doctor Foster BBC1 - Surrane Jones returns for a second series of the intense thriller. Two years after Doctor Gemma Foster dramatically exposed her husband Simon's betrayals, forcing him to leave town, her life is destabilised once again when he returns.
9.00pm The 21st Century Race for Space BBC2 - Brian Cox gains exclusive access behind the scenes at Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Spaceport America, exploring what is really happening in privately financed space flight right now. From space tourism to asteroid mining, and even dreams of colonies on Mars, these new masters of the universe refuse to limit their imaginations. But are private companies led by Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk really going to be able to pull this off? How will they overcome the technical challenges to achieve it? And is it really a good idea, or just a fool's errand?
9.00pm Lisa Riley's Baggy Body Club ITV - Personal and revealing documentary following TV personality Lisa Riley as she continues her strict healthy lifestyle, copes with the baggy body she has been left with following her weight loss and pursues drastic surgery to have it removed.
10.00pm The Hotel Inspector: Checking in, Checking Out Five - Alex Polizzi returns to hotels and guest houses to discover how the business has fared since she last visited. Eighteen months ago, Redditch hotel owner Donna was struggling to channel her energy away from the front line and into transforming the hotel's concept. How is the value-conscious establishment faring now?
Wednesday
9.00pm Grand Designs Channel 4 - Few people would be brave or foolish enough to buy a building plot without visiting it first. But that's exactly what ex-RAF pilot Jon and GP Gill Flewers did. Returning to the UK after a four year stint in New Zealand, this intrepid pair want to build a Kiwi-style hill house on the slopes of the Malvern hills in Worcestershire. Their ambitious three storey upside-down home will be clad in wood and stone, clinging to the hill and designed to take advantage of and enhance the surrounding scenery. But there are problems. The site is so steep that builders don't want the job. So, despite a complete lack of experience, Jon quits his job to run the project himself. It proves an emotional rollercoaster ride.
10.00pm Back Channel 4 - New comedy starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. The Nichols family are preparing for the funeral of Laurie, a much loved father, brother, husband and the celebrated landlord of the John Barleycorn Pub. Uncle Geoff insists that Stephen should say one last goodbye to his dad at the funeral home, but Stephen is scared he won't know what to say and pretends he's too busy. As the day of the funeral arrives there's an unexpected mourner at the graveside: the charismatic and charming Andrew. He was one of the many children fostered by Stephen's family in the 80s - his parents' favourite. Just about everyone is thrilled to see Andrew, except Stephen who can't seem to remember him at all. Is Andrew who he says he is? And why has he turned up now after 30 years?
Thursday
9.00pm Tribes, Predators and Me BBC2 - Gordon Buchanan joins a tribal family on a remote Pacific island to see if it is possible to live close to sharks. Sharks are an animal most people find terrifying, but the men of Owarigi island in the Solomon Islands freedive to catch fish and encounter dangerous sharks almost every day, sometimes at night. Can the islanders teach Gordon to swim and share the ocean with sharks in this tropical paradise?
9.00pm Safe House ITV - Stephen Moyer and Zoe Tapper star in a brand new series of the drama series. When former detective Tom Brook hears news of a shocking abduction, he is convinced that the Crow, a notorious killer, is back. The family of the missing woman are soon placed under Tom's protection in his safe house.
Notable Continuing Series: Educating Greater Manchester 9.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Tin Star Sky Atlantic - Tim Roth stars in a revenge-driven thriller as an alcoholic small-town police chief whose life is shattered by unspeakable tragedy.
Friday
9.00pm Cold Feet ITV - Return of the popular comedy drama. Adam may have won the heart of his landlady Tina, but is the relationship going to last? Karen's lavish business launch reminds Jenny that life is no rehearsal, but is Pete ready to step up and support her all the way? Robert is given access to the lucrative Cheshire set by his client Nikki and tries to impress her - but is it purely for business purposes?
9.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 - Britain's favourite opinionated TV viewers return for a new series, to share more of their sharp, insightful, passionate and sometimes emotional critiques of the week's biggest and best shows.
10.35pm Comedy Playhouse: Mr. Winner BBC1 - Sitcom about a hapless but loveable and well-meaning man who is prone to accidents, complications and landing himself in unusual and often somewhat dangerous situations. Leslie plans to propose to his girlfriend, Jemma Smith, but unknown to him, she is having doubts about their relationship as he doesn't take life seriously enough. Jemma is a young professional from Croydon, who loves Leslie, but doesn't know if that's enough as he doesn't have a job, any money or ever take her anywhere. But he makes her laugh more than anyone else ever has.

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