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Tuesday, 16 March 2021

The TVweek: Sunday 21st - Friday 26th March 2021

 Sunday

6.30pm All Star Musicals ITV - John Barrowman hosts a show as celebrities Ranj Singh, Robert Peston, Rob Rinder, Barney Walsh, Jessica Hynes and Luisa Bradshaw-White perform songs from hit musicals such as Chicago, The Greatest Showman, Guys and Dolls and Beauty & the Beast. They will be trying to impress musical theatre stars Elaine Paige, Samantha Barks and Trevor Dion Nicholas, as well as the viewing audience.

8.00pm Midsommer Murders ITV - Brand new episode.

9.00pm Line of Duty BBC One - The BBC's prestige police drama returns for a sixth series. Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar reprising their roles as DS Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings. New information comes to light about a possible suspect in a year-long unsolved murder, and DCI Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) appears keen to finally bring Gail Vella's killer to justice. However, her conduct soon arouses suspicion, and it's not long before AC-12 are on the case. But as their investigation uncovers deeper and darker information, will Davidson turn out to be their most dangerous adversary yet?

9.00pm Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honour & Crown - Royals Declassified Channel 4 - Recently declassified documents reveal an unseen side to the Queen and Prince Philip, exploring the key personal events that have shaped their public and family lives. The programme examines the end of Philip's high-flying naval career and clashes with the palace old guard, Princess Margaret's turbulent love life, and Prince Charles being bullied at school, and questions the personal price the Queen paid in her approach to each fresh challenge.

Monday

9.00pm Football's Darkest Secrets BBC One - Three-part documentary exploring historic child abuse that took place in youth football in England from the 1970s to the 1990s and the code of silence surrounding it. The first episode focuses on former footballer Andy Woodward's 2016 revelation of abuse at the hands of a youth coach, and the personal accounts of players from various youth sides. Continues Tomorrow at 10.45pm

Notable Continuing Series:  Unforgotten, 9.00pm, ITV

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

9.00pm 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4 - Return of the brilliant documentary series. A 23-year-old man with a history of violence is questioned over a string of offences that have left victims badly hurt, but refuses to give any answers. Without fresh evidence, the police has no choice but to release the suspect. Within days of leaving police custody, he reoffends and officially ends up on the Most Wanted list.

9.00pm Hoarder Homes: No Room to Move Channel 5 - Documentary shining a light on the many and varied reasons why people hoard.

Tuesday

9.00pm The Detectives BBC Two - Return of the documentary series. Police are called after a wealthy man suspected to be linked to drug crime was taken from his home in central Manchester by an armed gang. After locating the address where the victim was held and tortured, forensic evidence leads officers to name suspects, but while the hunt is on to find these dangerous criminals, another horrific kidnap happens.

9.00pm Kate Garraway: Finding Derek ITV - In this intimate and deeply personal film, cameras follow Kate Garraway and her family as they cope with her husband Derek's hospitalisation with Covid-19. 12 months after he was first admitted into hospital, Derek remains seriously ill, leaving Kate and her family to adjust to a very different way of life. Throughout the programme, Kate meets other people who have been affected by coronavirus, from a community nurse still experiencing life-changing symptoms of Long-Covid, to a woman whose husband has not regained consciousness after contracting the disease.

Notable Continuing Series: Your Honor, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.15pm Strangers Making Babies Channel 4 - There are currently 70,000 people signed up to co-parenting sites, looking for platonic partners to have children with - without the added complication of finding love first. This series follows a group of single women as they are matched with several men, guided by fertility specialist Marie Wren and matchmaking expert Gillian McCallum as they spend time together and work out whether or not to have a baby together. Up first are professional nanny Venicia, who longs to have a child of her own, and amateur ballroom dancer Sarah.

Wednesday

9.00pm This is My House BBC One - Stacey Dooley hosts this property-based guessing game in which four people claim to own the same house. It's then up to celebrity judges Bill Bailey, Emily Atack, Judi Love, Jamali Maddix - joined each week by a special guest - to watch the four `owners" interact and figure out which one is telling the truth and who are the impostors. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen joins in the fun for the first edition, set in a converted barn in Kent. 

9.00pm First Dates Hotel Channel 4 - Maitre d' Fred and his team of matchmakers invite more singletons to the luxury hotel in the hope of finding love in the sun. A string of unhappy relationships has left 24-year-old Thalia with a phobia of kissing. Her date with 25-year-old Essex lad Jack date gets off to a great start after a discovery of a shared love of sharks. Widower Tony is looking for someone to share his twilight years and is paired with the glamorous Lesley, a fellow East Ender. However, a surprising differing of political opinions threatens to derail their date.

9.00pm Predator: Catching The Black Cab Rapist Channel 5 - Documentary offering new analysis of the investigation into the prolific serial rapist John Worboys, who drugged, raped and sexually assaulted over 100 victims in the back of his black cab between 2000 and 2008. With access to some of his victims, and the police team that finally cracked the case once flaws in the original investigation emerged, this film's new analysis of the facts explains why it took years before Worboys's long and violent campaign of terror against women was finally brought to an end.

9.00pm Framed by the Killer Sky Crime - Real-life crime documentary featuring murders in which police realised their suspect was framed by the actual killer. Surprising clues are unearthed in the autopsy of an entrepreneur found dead, bringing a devious sex cult and a cunning killer to light.

Thursday

8.00pm Sort Your Life Out BBC One - Stacey Solomon challenges members of the Yaku family to declutter their home in seven days. In order to do this, they have to let go of half their possessions so that they can then reorganise their property. Emotional moments lie in store as the family goes through its most treasured items and friction develops as members decide what - and what not - to part with. Mum Tash in particula struggles to let go of the hundreds of sentimental items that took up much needed space. Plus, tidying and upcycling tips from home improvement gurus Dilly Carter, Iwan Carrington and Robert Bent.

9.00pm Black Power: A British Story of Resistance BBC Two - A look at the 1960s and '70s through the eyes of the young black people who refused to take racism as a part of the natural order of things in the UK. The documentary shows how the civil rights struggle in America inspired activists to take a stand, and features rare archive of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael's activities in Britain, as well as footage of leading figures in the movement in the UK including Altheia Jones-LeCointe, Darcus Howe and Roy Sawh.

9.00pm Covid-19: Through The Storm Sky Documentaries - Behind the scenes on hospital wards as Covid deaths peak and the NHS faces its most challenging month yet. Sky News journalists reveal a story of loss, strength and hope.

Friday

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                               The Flight Attendant, 9.00pm, Sky One

9.00pm Churchill Channel 5 - Documentary exploring the life of one of Britain's most iconic Prime Ministers, Winston Churchill. It begins with his early years, when he is driven by the desire to prove himself to his father. He is born into aristocracy in the grand family home of Bleinhem Palace. From a young age he is acutely aware he has a lot to live up to. His father, Randolph Churchill, is an ambitious, controversial, highly successful politician and a strict disciplinarian who fails to give young Winston the affection he craves. Churchill never gets the chance to reconcile with his father and channels his sense of loss at his untimely death into a fierce determination to succeed at all costs.

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