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Tuesday, 28 April 2020

The TVweek: Saturday 2nd - Friday 8th May 2020

Saturday
9.00pm State of Happiness BBC4 - Double bill of a new Norwegian drama. It is December 1969 and international oil companies are pulling out of Stavanger in Norway after years of test drilling without success. Christian Nyman works as a diver on one of the rigs, while Toril Torstensen's American boyfriend works for Shell, but what happens next affects everyone in town.
Sunday
Notable Continuing Series: Race Across the World, 8.00pm, BBC2
                                                  Killing Eve, 9.15pm, BBC1
11.05pm The Other Mother Channel 4 - New French drama. When a three-year-old boy tells a school psychologist that his mother is not his real mother, he seeks the help of a police captain, who is reluctant to take on the case as she's already occupied by a major robbery investigation.
Monday
9.00pm Isolation Stories ITV - Four-part drama mini-series filmed by the cast in isolation during the pandemic. Sheridan Smith stars in the first episode. Alone, heavily pregnant, and fed up with life, Mel (Sheridan Smith) faces having to go through birth without the married father of her child - who has chosen to stay with his wife and family - and without her own family, who have given her the cold shoulder.  She might be the only person in the country who doesn’t mind isolation. At least everyone else will understand what it’s like to be miserable. The four fifteen-minute episodes will air all week at 9.00pm.
Notable Continuing Series: Normal People, 9.00pm, BBC1
9.00pm Police: Hour of Duty Five - Real-time documentary following police officers on duty between 9pm and 10pm. The first episode sees officers responding to a car driving into someone's garden, a woman who claims to have taken an overdose, and a distressed mother who has been attacked by her daughter. Elsewhere, an undercover prepares to bring a prostitution ring to justice, and an investigation crossing county lines requires detectives to contact the crown prosecution service and try and demonstrate they have enough evidence to convict their suspects.
10.00pm Mo Gillgun's All-Star Happy Hour Channel 4 - The stand-up presents a mix of comedy, music and games, with members of the public going head to head with famous faces in a quest to win prizes. Accompanied by some surprising guests, Mo also gives his take on the week's TV and funniest clips, with some of the nation's favourite music acts performing their biggest hits in a new way.
Tuesday
9.00pm The A Word BBC1 - Third series of the family drama about a family coming to terms with their son's autism diagnosis. Joe struggles to cope with the changes resulting from his parents' divorce, as he spends his days shuttling back and forth between the old house in the Lakes and his mother's new home in Manchester. Since retiring, Maurice has become a volunteer firefighter, and is called in to a fire at Paul's house. When he decides to show Joe the damage, it only leaves the youngster feeling more adrift and drives him to reject his music.
9.00pm Rob & Romesh vs Sky1 - Comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan team up again, beginning by going behind the scenes at Birmingham Royal Ballet Company. They are put through their paces, meet creative director Carlos Acosta and are given roles in a real performance of Swan Lake.
Wednesday
9.00pm NHS Heroes Channel 4 - Documentary telling the personal stories of a collection of NHS workers on the frontline of the Covid-19 battle, revealing the shocking reality of the challenges they are facing. Luke, an intensive care nurse, has to make unbelievably difficult decisions about whose hand to hold in their final moments on his ward, while Jess and Richard face new challenges and personal sacrifices as the pandemic forces them into new roles.
Notable Continuing Series: Save Me 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
                                                Run,9.00pm, Sky Comedy
10.00pm Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience BBC2 - Filmed before the coronavirus crisis swept the nation, the comedian takes on one of his toughest challenges yet, working as a carer. As well as facing the challenge of doing intimate personal care, Rhod is nearly drowned by an octogenarian in a swimming pool, and finds himself upstaged for bawdy humour by a poet with Parkinson's.
Thursday
10.00pm Brassic Sky1 - Return of the comedy, starring Joe Gilgun. Tommo and Erin try to lure Vinnie out of hiding to assist them in their plan to fleece a travelling circus with the assistance of a disgruntled clown.
10.30pm Harley Quinn E4 - Animated action comedy in which the wisecracking villainess becomes fed up of being the Joker's sidekick and strikes out on her own, aiming to make her name as the criminal kingpin of Gotham City. Voiced by Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell.
Friday
8.00pm VE Day 75 BBC1 - To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the BBC and the Royal British Legion honour and celebrate the Second World War generation in a programme featuring recollections from some those who remember this historic day. Popular songs of the era are performed by stars including Katherine Jenkins, Adrian Lester, Anton Du Beke, Beverley Knight, Helen George, Sharon D Clarke, Shane Richie and Emma Barton. In a fitting finale at 9.00, the nation is asked to unite for a very special rendition of We'll Meet Again, as a gesture of thanks to the veterans and in memory of lost loved ones. Presented by Sophie Raworth.
8.00pm Captain Tom's War ITV - The former British Army Officer who raised more than £28million for the NHS by walking 100 lengths of his garden with his frame, actually fought in Burma and shares his memories of the conflict to draw attention to the “forgotten war” on the occasion.
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
10.00pm The Last Leg: Locked Down Under Channel 4 - Things are far from normal as the Bafta-nominated entertainment series returns for a re-fashioned series. Taking viewers on a global tour across hemispheres, from Melbourne to London and the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield, an audience joins hosts Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker in their respective homes for their comic review of current events. As ever, special guests from the worlds of comedy, entertainment, music and politics appear too, offering their thoughts on the highs and lows of isolation.

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