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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

The TVweek: Sunday 12 - Thursday 15th October 2020

 Sunday

9.00pm Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson BBC Two - A look at 400 years of human trafficking from Africa to the New World, from the perspective of three different storylines. In the first episode, the actor travels to Gabon on the west coast of central Africa, where captives were herded onto ships.

8.00pm Inside Hotel Chocolat Five - Second series of the documentary series.

9.00pm The Bridge Channel 4 - Twelve strangers come together on a lakeside in the beautiful British countryside to try to win a life-changing sum of money. A prize of £100,000 lies on an island in the lake and the 12 must build an 850-foot bridge by hand within 20 days to reach it. In the first episode, the 12 get to know each other, including Billie, the daughter of TV presenter Trisha Goddard, Covid-19 survivor Tara, and the oldest member of the team, 60-year-old Sly. The team attempt to come up with a plan to build the bridge, but tempers quickly fray over who should lead the group.

9.00pm Diana: The Interview - 25 Years On Five - A look back at one of the most memorable moments in TV history, when Diana, Princess of Wales, was interviewed by Panorama reporter Martin Bashir. 

Monday

9.00pm Who Do You Think You Are? BBC One - The genealogy documentary follows more celebrities as they trace their family trees to uncover facts about their heritage. First up is Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, who looks into a romantic story she has been told about how her paternal grandmother Greta came to be given the middle name of Verdun - which was a First World War battle. On her mother's side, Jodie gets to the bottom of how her great-great-grandfather worked his way up from child labourer in a Yorkshire coal mine to becoming the owner of one.

9.00pm John Bishop's Great Whale Rescue ITV - Two-part documentary in which the comedian follows the journey of two beluga whales being released from captivity in an entertainment park in China and returned to the ocean. John's mission starts when he flies to Shanghai and visits the Beluga Theatre at Changfeng Park, where Little Grey and Little White have spent every day for the last 10 years performing for the crowds. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm.

Notable Continuing Series: Adult Material 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Drama Out of a Crisis: A Celebration of Play for Today BBC Four - Marking the 50th anniversary of the first Play For Today, this film celebrates the acclaimed series of controversial single dramas broadcast on BBC One between 1970 and 1984, told by a number of its producers, directors and writers.


Tuesday

8.00pm Craig & Danny: Funny, Black and on TV ITV - As part of ITV's programming to mark Black History Month, Red Dwarf stars Craig Charles and Danny John-Jules celebrate 50 years of black British comedy legends, from trailblazers such as Charlie Williams to rising stars including Michaela Coel. Others whose work features include Sir Lenny Henry, Rising Damp's Don Warrington and Desmond's star Norman Beaton, alongside those from the new generation of comedy talent like BGT star Kojo and Stateside breakout Gina Yashere.

9.00pm Escape to the Farm with Kate Humble Five - Documentary following life at the presenter's farm in Monmouthshire, where she has been growing produce and breeding livestock for the past 10 years. In the first episode, all is looking rosy for Sausage the Welsh pig, who is hours away from giving birth. After successfully delivering 27 piglets, this should be a breeze, but it soon becomes apparent that Sausage's life - and the life of her unborn litter - are in danger, and Kate gets hands-on to rescue her animal and the little ones.

10.45pm Being British East Asian: Sex, Beauty & Bodies BBC One - Elaine Chong lifts the lid on how many British East Asians feel being caught between cultures of West and East. In this first episode, she looks at love and sex.

Wednesday

8.00pm Autumn at Jimmy's Farm Channel 4 - Following life on Jimmy Doherty's farm during the autumn months, as the team prepare the farm and wildlife park for the oncoming seasonal changes. The team prepares for the arrival of some new, and unpredictable, animals which could prove a handful for Jimmy and the rangers. Meanwhile, wildlife in the woodland starts to harvest the summer's bounty to get ready for winter.

9.00pm Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster Five - Three-part drama-documentary series revealing the truth about England's most infamous King, King Henry VIII. Filming in historic locations including Hampton Court, Windsor Castle and the Vatican and unearthing new documents never seen before on TV, a team of Tudor experts uncover the real Henry, and explore how his complex personality fundamentally shaped the nation. In the first episode, experts examine how Henry VIII's traumatic childhood affected his personality, from the death of his older brother to the tragic early death of his beloved mother.

9.00pm The Kennedys: Tragedy & Triumph More4 - Documentary charting the lives of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and their children, uncovering how and why this family so significantly impacted 20th century America, revealing how personal relationships within the Kennedy dynasty helped shape national and global events from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the struggle for civil rights legislation.

10.00pm Dando: 20 Year Hunt for a Killer Five - Documentary re-examining the case of Jill Dando's murder, the BBC presenter who was mercilessly shot dead as she entered her Fulham home in April 1999. Two years after her death, Barry George was found guilty of her murder, but following a dramatic retrial in 2008, he was acquitted and released from prison. Now more than 20 years on, this programme looks back at some of the unanswered questions surrounding the case.

10.00pm Warrior Sky One - Series 2 of the US drama. Back with the Hop Wei, Ah Sahm spends his nights at the Barbary Coast fight pit, confronting new anti-Chinese group Teddy's Boys. Meanwhile, Bill finds it hard to break out of his role as Zing's enforcer, and Penny is determined to continue running Mercer Steel, much to Blake's dismay. The return of the period crime drama, starring Andrew Koji.

Thursday

8.00pm Ugly House to Lovely House Channel 4 - Fiona and Hugh's ugly Hampshire home has not been touched in decades, and they hate absolutely everything except the garden. They have £180,000 budget to transform the entire house, so George enlists award-winning architect Greg Blee. However, while the owners buy into his modernist scheme the local planners do not. Can he salvage his design and come up with a scheme that will tick all the boxes?

9.00pm The Trump Show BBC Two - Four years after Donald Trump unexpectedly became president of the most powerful nation on earth, this documentary series tells the inside story of this most extraordinary presidency, with contributions from key players including Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, Omarosa Manigault Newman and Anthony Scaramucci. The first episode charts the first 18 months, covering Trump's change of lifestyle as he moved into the White House, his fraught relationship with the press and his downgrading of White House briefings - preferring instead to talk directly to the public through Twitter.

9.00pm Taskmaster Channel 4 - The award-winning celebrity challenge comes to Channel 4, with Greg Davies as the all-powerful Taskmaster and Alex Horne (the show's creator) as his sidekick, setting all manner of perplexing and downright extraordinary tasks for five contestants from the comedy world - Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Daisy May Cooper, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Herring. They'll be facing giant bears, disappearing cows and flying eggs as they begin their campaign to win the ultimate prize - Greg's golden head.

9.00pm Riviera Sky Atlantic - Third series of the Sky original drama starring Julia Stiles.

10.00pm Black, British and Funny with Mo Gilligan Channel 4 - Mo Gilligan goes on a journey through his comedy roots, shining a light on some of the artists who are part of the vibrant British black comedy circuit, and questioning why they have often never achieved mainstream success. Mo features pioneers of the scene such as Angie Le Mar, the veteran comic from The Real McCoy who was the first female black comedian to have a sell-out show in London's West End. He also meets the multi-award-winning Slim, who inspired Mo to take up comedy, and breakout stars such as Michael Dapaah, who plays spoof rapper Big Shaq.

10.00pm Miscarriage: Our Story Five - One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, but those affected rarely talk about it, even to their partners and closest friends. In this poignant documentary broadcast on International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, nine women and men, including broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky, actresses Lacey Turner and Jane Danson, violinist Izzy Judd, and journalists Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson, recall their personal stories of the day they lost their babies.

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