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Tuesday, 23 February 2021

The TVweek: Saturday 27th February - Friday 5th March 2021

 Saturday

9.00pm Man in Room 301 BBC Four - In 2019, twelve years after the tragic death of his grandson Tommi, Risto Kurtti receives a mysterious letter at his home in Helsinki. In 2007, the family arrives for Midsummer celebrations down by the lake – much to the interest of local boy Elias Leppo.

9.00pm Zara & Anne Channel 5 - Documentary examining the relationship between Princess Anne and her daughter, using archive footage and interviews with historians, royal correspondents and insiders to reveal how Zara Tindall has been brought up to follow in her mother's footsteps.

Sunday

7.00pm Attenborough's Life in Colour BBC One - Millions of years ago the first animals had eyes that were unable to distinguish colour. Gradually, however, this changed and ‘seeing in colour’ gave animals many advantages, whether to find food, attract a mate or warn off an enemy. From the peacock’s magnificent tail and the poison dart frog’s bright warning colours to a mandrill baboon’s striking facemask, this episode reveals the many spectacular ways that animals use colour to attract attention, to win a mate and to fight off enemies. New camera technologies reveal ultraviolet flashes on a butterfly’s wings and facial markings on a damselfish that are used as secret communication channels. And a camera able to capture polarised light reveals the strangest of patterns sported by the peacock mantis shrimp.

7.00pm A New Life in The Sun: Roadtrip Channel 4 - Fred Sirieix embarks on a road trip around some of Europe's most beautiful locations, meeting the Brits who have set up lives abroad. In the first edition, he sets out on a tour of southern Spain's whitewashed villages in Andalucía, where three sets of expats each run beautiful boutique hotels. He meets a couple with a grand plan to host weddings, and another learning on the job. Plus, can a single mum juggle work and family?

8.00pm McDonald & Dodds ITV - Return of the drama about two chalk-and-cheese police partners solving crimes on the streets of Bath. In the first episode, five friends take a hot-air balloon trip but only four come back down alive, leaving McDonald and Dodds to untangle a complex web of lies spanning 30 years. Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia star, with guest appearances from Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Martin Kemp and Patsy Kensit.

Notable Continuing Series: The Great, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Surviving a Serial Killer More4 - The personal stories of people who have survived face-to-face meetings with murderers.

Monday

5.30pm Drawers Off Channel 4 - Comedian Jenny Eclair hosts as amateur artists reveal their naked ambition in a life drawing class like no other, as they compete to win a cash prize. This brand new series features five different artists each week who aren't just here to paint, as they take it in turns to strip off and strike a special pose for their fellow artists to capture on canvas. At the end of each session, the model chooses the winner, with a place in the coveted winners' gallery and the chance to be crowned Jenny's artist of the week. The artists who are getting creative in the studio in this first week include tattooist Glyn, who has plenty of life drawing experience, and PR consultant Sara, who has very little. But which of them will best depict the first of the group to model, burlesque enthusiast Shevon?

9.00pm Masterchef BBC One - John Torode and Gregg Wallace return with the cookery competition as 40 contestants are put through their paces.

Notable Continuing Series: Would I Lie To You? 8.30pm, BBC One

                                             Unforgotten, 9.00pm, ITV

                                     Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, 9.30pm, Sky Comedy

9.00pm Max Clifford: The Fall of a Tabloid King Channel 4 - For over 20 years, publicist Max Clifford was the self-appointed arbiter of right and wrong. He launched the careers of countless stars and had a celebrity client list that included the likes of Simon Cowell and Jade Goody. Clifford buried secrets and sold kiss-and-tells that ruined the careers of some of the most powerful people in the UK. All this made Clifford a hugely influential man who was rarely off our TV screens. But in 2014 he was jailed as part of Operation Yewtree's investigations into historic sex crimes. For the first time, the survivors of Clifford's crimes, women who were as young as 15 when he abused them, tell the story of the real Max Clifford - of the secret life he tried to bury, and the awful impact he had on their lives. For these women, their eventual day in court proved to be empowering, but they still carry the scars of the trauma. This feature-length documentary tells their story alongside explosive revelations about Clifford and the industry that kept his secret for decades. Many of these revelations are narrated by Clifford himself, through audio recordings that have never previously been heard and that were made by his biographer Angela Levin, who also appears in the film alongside several Fleet Street insiders. 

9.00pm Love Island Australia ITV2 - The inhabitants of the villa meet for the first time, with Cartier and Gerard splitting off from a tour to get to know each other.

10.35pm Shut-Ins: Britain's Fattest People Channel 4 - Documentary catching up with people who been featured in previous series and had life-changing weightloss surgery.

Tuesday

7.00pm GP's: Behind Closed Doors Channel 5 - Return of the fly on the wall docuseries.

9.00pm Why is Covid Killing People of Colour? BBC One - David Harewood sets out to investigate the high Covid-19 death rates in black and minority ethnic patients in the UK, and what they reveal about health inequality in modern Britain. Visiting health experts and doctors at hospitals in areas with high rates of admissions, he discovers the impact of job opportunities and air pollution in deprived communities can leave the residents far more vulnerable, as well as hearing from patients who feel their concerns were disregarded by health professionals.

9.00pm DNA Family Secrets BBC Two - Stacey Dooley helps people answer life-changing questions by examining their DNA. In the first episode, she comes to the aid of Richard, who wants to learn if a man claiming to be his biological father is the genuine article, and Charlie, who wants to know what her chances are of contracting the same terminal illness as her father.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E 9.00pm, Channel 4 

9.00pm Your Honor Sky Atlantic - Bryan Cranston stars in this tense US drama centring around the son of a respected New Orleans judge who is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Written by Peter Moffat of Silk and Criminal Justice.

10.00pm The Sex Clinic Channel 4 - Second series of the consumer series that helps young people get their sex lives back on track. Marco is desperate for an STI test after discovering a worrying lump on his penis. Harriette's self-esteem has taken a hit after a recent break-up. She has come to the clinic to have her dry vagina checked over. Iffy checks in to tackle long-term problems with premature ejaculation and catches the eye of a fellow patient. And Frankie wants to know how to make her lovers last longer in bed.

10.00pm Everest: The Deadliest Mountain Channel 5 - The stories of mountaineers who have reached the summit of the world's tallest mountain.

Wednesday

5.00pm Four in a Bed Channel 4 - After a four-month break due to the Covid pandemic, the competition continues as Linda Milner and her friend Lany welcome the B&Bers to Bay House in Scarborough for a socially distanced stay. 

9.00pm The Terror BBC Two - Thriller anthology series inspired by infamous or mysterious real-life historical tragedies. In the first episode, the crew of a 19th century Royal Naval expedition are sent on a dangerous mission to find the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage. Starring Ciaran Hinds, Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies and Adam Nagaitis.

9.00pm Fergie's Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story ITV - The story of Jane Andrews, the former royal dresser who was convicted of murdering her boyfriend.

9.00pm Inside Chernobyl with Ben Fogle Channel 5

10.00pm The Pandemic at No.47 Channel 4 - Single documentary to mark the anniversary of the first national lockdown. Director Paddy Wivell (Prison) films the effect that this prolonged period of isolation has had on his own community. Like many British people, he only knows a few of his neighbours. And, of course, the rules of lockdown prevent the public from visiting other people in their homes or even standing within two metres of each other. So Wivell embraces these restrictions and films the diverse mix of London residents at a distance - through their doorways and windows. Over the months that follow, the filmmaker befriends people who were once strangers, as they reveal their fears and anxieties but also enjoy some new-found opportunities. What emerges is a 'socially distant' but intimate film about people recalibrating what is important in life. 

Thursday

8.00pm Luxury Holidays: How to Get Away this Year Channel 4 - Sabrina Grant investigates whether a proper break in 2021 is possible, and where we can visit once restrictions are lifted. 

9.00pm The Yorkshire Ripper's New Victims Channel 5 - Documentary about the long-lasting effects on those affected by the Yorkshire Ripper's murder spree.

9.00pm Supernanny USA E4 - Jo Frost comes to the rescue of more parents in need.

Friday

7.35pm Tommy Cooper at the BBC BBC One - Marking the centenary of his birth, Lenny Henry presents a selection of performances by the comedian.

9.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 - The Armchair telly critics return for a new series.

Notable Continuing Series: The Last Leg, 10.00pm. Channel 4

                                              Ramy, 11.05pm, Channel 4 

9.00pm Deutschland 89 More4 - November 1989 sees political unrest and the HVA short-staffed. Fritz approaches East German spy Martin Rauch for a `simple" courier job - stop further liberal reforms from being passed by the GDR government and carry out a political assassination if necessary. Martin doesn't want to touch this job, but his son Max's future is at risk so he agrees. Once he's in position, he goes rogue and his mission snowballs, culminating in East Germans flooding over the border into West Berlin. Meanwhile, his aunt Lenora has become radicalized in prison and is very angry about the sudden events taking place in her beloved state, and Fritz infiltrates a group who hope to turn East Germany into a socialist Utopia. Drama sequel, starring Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader and Sylvester Groth. In German.

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