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Monday, 21 September 2020

The TVweek: Saturday 26th September - Friday 2nd October 2020

 Saturday

6.15pm The Hit List BBC One - Marvin and Rochelle Humes present the return of the music-based quiz show, in which contestants must name as many hit songs and artists as possible under intense pressure, with a £10,000 jackpot up for grabs for the winners.

7.00pm Little Mix: The Search BBC One - The girl group search for the next global singing sensation, with the winning band joining them on their next UK tour. In the first edition, Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Jade put together a boyband. The talented hopefuls are auditioned individually, before being put through their paces alongside their competitors. Only the most impressive will make it through to the final line up to battle it out for the prize in the performance shows. Continues Tomorrow at 6.45pm.

Sunday

Notable Continuing Series: Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing 8.30pm, BBC Two
                                               Better Things, 10.00pm, BBC Two

9.00pm Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History BBC Four - Lenny Henry and Suzy Klein celebrate black classical composers and musicians across the centuries whose stories and music have been forgotten.

9.00pm Our Valley Life Five - Documentary focusing on the Fisher family in the Welsh valleys, including sisters Shania and Nikita, house-proud mum Paula and aspiring rock star dad Anthony. When 17-year-old Shania announces she has lined up her first date, the family are queuing up with advice about boys, and it's not all good.

Monday

9.00pm Freddie Flintoff: Living with Bulimia BBC One - The former England cricketer faces up to his eating disorder of 20 years as he challenges the stigma around the condition in men. He explores how bulimia has played a part in the course of his life, discusses his own experience in detail and meets specialists and young men with eating disorders across the UK.

9.00pm The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story BBC Two - Chris Wilson re-examines the case of Harold Shipman, exploring how attitudes to the elderly enabled the GP to get away with the murder of hundreds of patients. In the first instalment, he reveals how the doctor's crimes were first discovered and how he was finally apprehended and charged with the murder of 15 of his elderly patients. Continues Tomorrow Night at 9.00pm 

Honour ITV - Keeley Hawes stars in this true-crime drama. When Banaz Mahmod's boyfriend reports her missing, DCI Caroline Goode discovers the missing 20-year-old had been to the police five times to report threats to life, even presenting a list of people wanting to kill her for shaming her family. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm and Concludes Wednesday at 9.00pm

9.00pm Police Suspect #1 Five - Documentary following the work of police officers and detectives as they attempt to identify those responsible for criminal acts, exploring the intricacies of producing irrefutable evidence, conducting interviews and finding ways to make the guilty confess. The first edition focuses on an armed robbery in Norfolk in which a vehicle is stolen and innocent people are shot.

10.00pm Sex on the Beach Channel 4 - Seyi Rhodes heads to Gambia to investigate the West African country's reputation as a destination for British sex tourists, looking at the truth behind the tabloid headlines. He meets 58-year-old Michelle, who recently married a younger Gambian man, and her 60-year-old friend, who regularly visits on holiday for a bit of `fun".

10.00pm Extreme Fare Dodgers Five - With special access to Transport for London's revenue protection teams, this documentary tells the stories of frontline enforcement officers and undercover investigators fighting back against passengers dodging fares across the English capital ever day.

10.35pm Stand Up for Live Comedy BBC One - Showcase for emerging talent, filmed in six different cities across the UK in outdoor locations with socially distanced audiences. The first edition is from Bristol, where local comedian Jayde Adams plays host to Mo Omar, Lauren Pattison and Tom Lucy.

Tuesday

9.00pm Life BBC One - Drama following the interconnecting stories of the tenants of a house in Manchester divided into four flats. Gail bumps into an old friend who makes a startling observation about her marriage. Belle's ordered life is thrown into disarray when he has to look after her niece. David returns from holiday with an unexpected guest. Pregnant Hannah reconnects with the father of her child. Starring Alison Steadman, Peter Davison and Adrian Lester.

10.00pm The Rangananation BBC Two - Romesh Ranganathan hosts an isolation version of his topical comedy show, in which a diverse group of 25 members of the public drawn from all walks of life are invited to share their thoughts on the state of modern Britain today. Romesh and his outspoken and passionate focus group will be joined in the studio by a selection of celebrity guests.

Wednesday

9.00pm The Savoy ITV - Documentary offering a glimpse into the lives of those lucky enough to check into the glamorous London hotel, and those who serve them. It's the start of the new year, and after their busy festive period, the hotel has high hopes for 2020 - looking at how they can improve all areas of their service and make it the most successful year in the hotel's history. Head butler Sean is determined to make his newest recruit - 37-year-old former actor Michael - the perfect Savoy butler, and is putting him to the test. As well as having to juggle a multitude of requests, Sean wants Michael to host an exclusive cocktail party for regular VIP guests, Mr and Mrs Cuming, in their suite.

9.00pm The Comey Rule Sky Atlantic - Political drama charting the events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, telling the story of two powerful men, former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald J Trump, whose strikingly different ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course. Starring Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson. Part Two airs immediately afterwards.

10.45pm Love Life BBC One - Romantic comedy anthology series. After struggling to make romantic connections in her younger years, Darby finally falls in love. Starring Anna Kendrick.

Thursday

8.00pm How to Beat Ageing Channel 4 - Kate Quilton and Dr Javid Abdelmoneim are joined by 10 volunteers, who each have a history of failed dieting, to take part in an experiment. 

9.00pm The Apprentice BBC One - A light-hearted look back at 15 years of the business challenge, beginning with some of the most unforgettable candidates. These are the wheeler-dealers, the walking egos, the sharp-suited entrepreneurs and the jokers who make the show what it is - from the sales patter of Paul back in series one and tenacious Ruth Badger 12 months later, right up to the barrow-boy banter of Thomas last year.

10.00pm First Dates Channel 4 - Maître D' Fred Sirieix and his team fling open the doors of the restaurant of romance another series.

Friday

8.00pm Mountain Vets BBC Two - A look at the work of mountain vets at the ancient Kingdom of Mourne, Northern Ireland.

9.00pm Have I Got News For You? BBC One - Actor and producer Damian Lewis hosts as the satirical quiz returns for its 60th series. Journalist Katy Balls and comedian Josh Widdicombe join regular team leaders Ian Hislop and Paul Merton to poke fun at the week's events.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Top of the Pops: The Story of 1990 BBC Four - A look back at the musical tastes of the early 1990s, when the new pop grammars of hip-hop and dance bewildered the old school institution that was the BBC's weekly chart show. Adamski, Orbital, 808 State and Snap! struggled to translate their brand of cool beats to the BBC's need for musicianship and random dancers, while the likes of Betty Boo, MC Tunes and Beats International brought the British take on hip-hop to the studio. In a year in that even saw footballer John Barnes embrace rap, these breakthrough hip-hop artists had to share the limelight with big balladeers including Sinead O'Connor and Maria McKee.

9.00pm Brave New World Sky One - Sci-fi drama based on the dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley, set in a seemingly perfect future society where family, money, monogamy and privacy have been abolished in the name of order and harmony. When Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne journey outside the strict social order of New London to the Savage Lands, they encounter difficult truths beyond the confines of the New World. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Harry Lloyd and Jessica Brown Findlay.

10.45pm The Graham Norton Show BBC One - The host returns with a stellar line-up of guests in a show that sees him joined by esteemed actor Rupert Everett, comedian and actress Lolly Adefope and stand-up comedian and writer Sara Pascoe in the studio, and music legend Dolly Parton and Emmy-winning British star Riz Ahmed remotely. Plus, Roisin Murphy performs her single Murphy's Law and members of a reduced-size audience try to recount an anecdote from the dreaded red chair.

11.30pm Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens BBC One - Awkwafina stars as Nora Lin in this scripted comedy series based on her real-life beginnings in Queens, New York. Raised alongside her cousin by her father and grandmother, Nora leans on her family as she navigates young adulthood. In this opening episode, she takes her first steps towards financial independence in an attempt to move out of her childhood home.

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