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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

The TVweek: Saturday 24th - Friday 30th October 2020

 Saturday

7.00pm Guy Martin's Super Van Channel 4 - The presenter remembers some of the most memorable adventures he has had in his beloved transit van. Guy salvaged the supposedly written-off vehicle after a collision with a car transporter, and transformed it with the aid of custom engineers. He has entered it in the Nevada Open Road Challenge, tested it to its limits on Bonneville Salt Flats, and broken a world record at the Nurburgring in Germany.

9.00pm DNA BBC Four - Double bill of a new Danish crime drama. Rolf Larsen, a respected detective on the Copenhagen police force, investigates the case of a missing child, but his life is brutally upended when his own baby daughter goes missing. Five years after the event, a new lead emerges when a serious flaw is uncovered in the police's DNA database. 

Sunday

9.00pm Piers Morgan's Life Stories ITV - As he turns 80, Cliff Richard joins Piers Morgan to look back on his life and six-decade career. He recalls his journey from a poverty-stricken childhood, how he became Britain's first rock-and-roll star, and at one stage the biggest selling singles artist in the world.

9.00pm ABBA Forever Five - A celebration of the Swedish supergroup. Original interviews, rare archive footage and a lot of music, re-tells the story of one of the most successful pop groups of all time.

9.00pm The Case of Caylee Anthony Sky Crime - An investigation into the disappearance and death of toddler Caylee Anthony in 2008. Jim Clemente and Laura Richards team up to explore what may have happened to the two-year-old, whose mother faced trial for her murder.

10.20pm The Olivier Awards ITV -  Jason Manford hosts from The London Palladium, celebrating the best of British theatre and featuring performances from nominated musicals & Juliet, and Dear Evan Hansen. Other nominees include Hayley Atwell, Sharon D Clarke, Juliet Stevenson and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who are all up for Best Actress, and Toby Jones, James McAvoy, Wendell Pierce and Andrew Scott vying for Best Actor. Lyricist Don Black will be one of two award winners also being honoured.

Monday

9.00pm Inside the Bat Cave BBC Two - Lucy Cooke presents a documentary taking a journey into the secret world of one of the most endangered and least understood animals on Earth - bats. With cutting-edge night-vision cameras and ultrasonic detectors, this programme follows a greater horseshoe bat roost for four months, capturing the hidden life of the colony as never before, witnessing the birth of a new generation of pups and tracking their progress towards their perilous maiden flights outside the roost.

9.00pm The Sister ITV - Four-part drama written and created by Luther creator Neil Cross. The twisty thriller stars Russell Tovey in his first lead role in a drama series.Nathan Redman has spent years trying to atone for a terrible event from his past and is now a decade into his marriage, but one rainy evening he is surprised by an unwelcome visit by a figure from his old life. Bertie Carvel co-stars. The four episodes will air over four consecutive nights this week. Concludes 9.00pm on Thursday.

9.00pm President Trump: Tweets from the White House Channel 4 - This programme looks at the impact on US politics of his use of Twitter, and whether they have caused problems and controversies, or, seemingly, solved intractable foreign policy problems.

9.00pm Paddington Station 24/7 Five - The return of the documentary going behind the scenes at the London station.

9.00pm The Undoing Sky Atlantic - US thriller from David E. Kelley and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. The six-part series is based on Jean Hanff Korelitz's novel. Grace Fraser's seemingly perfect life is rocked by a violent death and the disappearance of her husband.

Notable Continuing Series: Adult Material 10.00pm, Channel 4

Tuesday

8.00pm Autumnwatch BBC Two - Nature series celebrating UK wildlife.

9.00pm The Perfect Weapon Sky Documentaries - Documentary exploring the rise of cyber conflict, and the potential for disruption of the 2020 US presidential elections.

9.40pm Room 104 Sky Comedy - Third series of the anthology series. An estranged brother and sister reunite at the site of their future joint investment - but things soon take a grim supernatural turn. Starring Luke Wilson.

10.15pm Hair Power: Me & My Afro Channel 4 - Academic Emma Dabiri presents a documentary about the importance of afro-textured hair in black British history and culture. Black people from across the country share their personal experiences, discussing how what they do with their hair has been a rite of passage, a source of empowerment, or a focus of otherness and rejection.

10.45pm Rent Like a Boss BBC One - Estate agents help young people find the best rental properties on tiny budgets. The first episode features 25-year-old Dan from Wigan, who is looking to move to central Manchester, and 21-year-old Ciaran who lives at home in Belfast.

Wednesday

9.00pm The Boy Next Door Channel 4 - A poignant and reflective documentary marking the 20th anniversary of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor's violent murder on a North Peckham Estate in south London, presented by the radio presenter, writer and former resident of the estate Yinka Bokinni, who was a childhood friend of Damilola. Throughout the film, Yinka attempts to reconcile the two versions of her past and try to understand how the warm and loving community she remembers so fondly from her childhood was presented in the media as a notorious, crime-ridden estate that was somehow to blame for the tragic loss of a young life.

10.00pm 5 Mistakes that Caught a Killer Five - The errors made by Mick Philpott that led to his arrest for causing the death of five of his children and their half-brother by setting light to his home in Derby. The programme examines how his unconvincing appearance at a press conference and ill-timed attendance of a karaoke party raised the police's suspicions - leading them to bug his hotel room and hear an incriminating conversation.

10.45pm The Rap Game UK BBC One - Six unsigned MCs compete to become the next rap superstar, as they go head-to-head in a battle to sign for rap legends Krept and Konan's record label. In the first episode of the new series, the artists perform for the first time in front of rap legends Krept, Konan, and DJ Target, demonstrating their A Capella skills, before rapping about a key moment in their life to guest mentor Rapman.

Thursday

9.00pm Agents of Chaos Sky Documentaries - Documentary examining Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, analysing leaked classified information and featuring interviews with key experts. With never-before-seen footage from inside the Russian troll farms and the Russian deep web, all the evidence highlights Russia's sophisticated plans to undermine democracy and underline the frightening vulnerability of America's political process.

10.00pm MAXXX Channel 4 - Comedy about a former boy-band star who hankers after the life he once had by planning a comeback - and in a last-ditch attempt tries to rehash things with his old group, Boytown. Written by and starring O-T Fagbenle, with Jourdan Dunn, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Alan Asaad, Christopher Meloni and Helen Monks.

10.00pm Mr Inbetween FOX - Hitman Ray makes a life out of balancing his criminal activities with his obligations to friends and family. In the first episode, a business associate falls from grace, while Ray takes the fall for a mate. Australian black comedy, starring Scott Ryan.

10.45pm Exposure: America's War on Abortion ITV - An investigation into one of the most divisive issues in US politics. Film-maker Deeyah Khan hears from doctors who face an ever-present threat of violence, even murder, from anti-abortion fanatics, a man convicted of bombing clinics and women who face one of the most difficult decisions of their lives in choosing to have an abortion.

Friday

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm,Channel 4

                                      The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4 

9.30pm The Royle Family BBC One - Another chance to see the first series of the classic comedy. With Dave and Denise's wedding fast approaching, the arrival of a huge phone bill is the last thing Jim needs. Another chance to see the first-ever episode of the award-winning comedy, starring Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston.


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