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Tuesday, 24 August 2021

The TVweek: Saturday 28th - Friday 3rd September 2021

 Saturday

8.30pm Parkinson at 50 BBC One - The host looks back on his career with his son and producer Mike, and examines how his talk show went from being a temporary 10-week filler programme to an iconic Saturday night staple. He discusses his first celebrity interview, with Mick Jagger, how the management of movie star's public images shifted over the years, and reflects on the loss of the show's entire first series - including an appearance by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The programme also looks back on some of the most memorable moments from the show, including his multiple encounters with Billy Connolly and Muhammad Ali.

8.30pm The Cube for Soccer Aid ITV - Phillip Schofield hosts a special charity edition of the game show, with Olly Murs and Joel Dommett, and Ore and Portia Oduba attempting to win £250,000 for Unicef. Both celebrity pairs come under intense pressure as they face a series of new and classic Cube games that put their skills to the ultimate test.

8.30pm Princess Alexandra - The Queen's Confidant Channel 5 - Documentary looking back on the friendship between two women whose unique bond has survived eight decades, asking what it takes to be the monarch's best friend. The pair struck up their friendship in the 1940s when the then Princess Elizabeth was courted by Prince Philip at Alexandra's home Coppins in Berkshire and was a bridesmaid at their wedding.

9.00pm PEN15 Special Sky Comedy - A special episode of the critically acclaimed US comedy.

11.55pm Stormzy at Reading and Leeds BBC One - The rapper and grime pioneer performs on Main Stage East at Leeds, performing songs from his albums Gang Signs & Prayer and Heavy Is the Head.

Sunday

6.30pm On Yer Bike for Soccer Aid ITV - Freddie Flintofff hosts as eight celebrities take part in a cycling challenge to raise money for Unicef, following a route made famous by the Tour de France as they battle across the Yorkshire Dales to reach the finish line in Emmerdale. Team England's Alex Beresford, Sair Khan, Barney Walsh and Rebecca Sarker take on Team World's Keith Duffy, Maura Higgins, Joe McFadden and Zoe Lyons, with British cycling legend Bradley Wiggins putting them through their paces.

8.00pm Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing BBC Two - Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse embark on more angling trips round the UK, beginning by heading to North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Completely unlike anywhere they have fished before, this small, remote and beautiful island has an intricate network of tidal pools and sea lochs, making it near enough equal parts land and water and therefore the perfect place to fish for sea trout.

8.00pm Vera ITV - DCI Vera Stanhope must unravel the mystery when well-respected local builder and family man Jim Tullman is found beaten to death on the steps of the Collingwood Monument the day before he was due to testify in court as the key witness in a violent assault case. Return of the crime drama, starring Brenda Blethyn.

8.30pm Chris and Meg's Wild Summer BBC Two - Chris Packham and his stepdaughter Meg McCubbin go on a wildlife-watching road trip, setting off in a camper van to travel through some of the last untouched wildernesses in Britain. Their journey starts in Pembrokeshire, where the duo set sail for Skokholm island in pursuit of the perfect photograph of a puffin, then head north for an early morning canoe trip down the tranquil River Teifi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive otter.

9.00pm Vigil BBC One - The first big BBC drama of the autumn from the producers of Line of Duty. A crew member is found dead under suspicious circumstances aboard a nuclear submarine. However, the vessel is unable to return to port due to its status as part of the UK's nuclear deterrent, so a police inspector is sent on board to investigate. Despite an initial diagnosis of accidental overdose, she suspects foul play, but finds the crew closing ranks against her. Starring Suranne Jones, Shaun Evans, Martin Compston, Patterson Joseph and Rose Leslie. Episode 2 of 6 will air Tomorrow Night with the rest of the series continuing on Sundays.

9.00pm Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins for Stand up Cancer Channel 4 - Ulrika Jonsson and Kerry Katona are among the latest celebrity recruits facing the gruelling tasks and interrogations that make up SAS training. In the first episode, they must brave an aerial assault course designed to test how candidates manage fear, and carry out a hostage rescue in a building that has been exposed to CS gas.

Notable Continuing Series: Pose, 10.45pm, BBC Two

9.00pm Murders at the Boarding House Sky Crime - Two-part documentary about Dorothea Puente, the owner of a boarding house for the elderly, whose secret life as a serial killer emerged when a body was found in her backyard.

11.35pm Liam Gallagher at Reading and Leeds BBC One - The Oasis frontman headlines the main stage.

Monday

7.30pm Mastermind BBC Two - Clive Myrie invites four more contestants to brave the black chair to answer question on the specialist subjects of the Blandings stories of PG Wodehouse, Seattle Seahawks, the listed buildings of Liverpool, and the music of Beyoncé, before each is tested on their general knowledge.

9.00pm Surviving 9/11 BBC Two - The stories of 13 people caught up in the events of September 11, 2001, moving between accounts of the two-hour period when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and hijacked Flight 93 and what has happened in the 20 years since. The film examines what was it like to actually live through such a historic event and how easy it was to move on from a day that society wants to go on remembering.

9.00pm Stephen ITV - Thirteen years after their son's racially motivated murder in 1993, Doreen and Neville Lawrence continue their fight for justice. Meanwhile, DCI Clive Driscoll finds Stephen's files and is convinced the cold case can be solved, despite opposition from within the police. Fact-based drama by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, starring Sharlene Whyte, Hugh Quarshie and Steve Coogan.

9.00pm 999: On the Frontline Channel 4 - A delivery driver is the victim of a carjacking and ends up being dragged along the road. On the M40, 13 stowaway migrants are found in a lorry full of tyres and in need of urgent medical care. A man collapses while having a fit in the middle of a busy road, and a woman experiences uncontrollable spasms in her legs at the stress of losing a child.

Notable Continuing Series:  Vigil, 9.00pm, BBC One

                                The White Lotus, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Married at First Sight UK E4 - The return of the experiment to see whether science can help people fall in love, with experts Mel Schilling, Paul C Brunson and Charlene Douglas ready to help 16 hopeful singles find their perfect match. Before these strangers walk down the aisle, they get to celebrate their final night of freedom together at the ultimate stag and hen parties - where a surprise is in store. Continues Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday at 9.00pm

9.00pm £4 Million Restoration: Historic House Rescue More4 - Dr Anna Keay introduces a look at a project to transform a ruined Georgian dairy into a heritage holiday cottage with new Gothic ceilings and stained-glass windows.

10.30pm One Night Stand? E4 - Couples who enjoyed a one-night stand reunite to find out whether their romance can be rekindled.

Tuesday

9.00pm 9/11: Inside the President's War Room BBC One - Almost 20 years since September 11, this feature-length documentary follows President George W Bush and his staff as they dealt with the large-scale terrorist attack, in which four commercial aircraft were used as missiles on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. The events of that day led to two decades of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. As America and its allies now withdraw from Afghanistan and the Taliban resume control, this is the story of how it all began. The film features testimony from George W Bush himself, as well as staff members Don Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.

9.00pm In Search of Sir Walter Scott BBC Four - Author Damian Barr marks the 250th of Sir Walter Scott's birth by going in search of the legacy of one of Scotland's great historical figures, novelists and poets . He reveals the long lasting influence of Scott and his writing, his political campaigning and his role in creating a version of Scotland that still exists today.

9.00pm Sex & Power Channel 5 - Three-part series delving into the world of tabloid journalism, exploring the lengths the tabloids go to for a story, and the lives they have impacted in the process, featuring rarely seen archive footage and the voices of editors, journalists and celebrity contributors. The first edition focuses on the intertwined narratives of tabloid newspapers and celebrity culture, examining the tabloid's treatment of famous faces such as Kerry Katona and Daniella Westbrook. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Thursday.

10.00pm Kinky Daters E4 - Dating show featuring singletons who enjoy unusual kinks, fetishes or alternative lifestyles, as they are set up on unique dates with similar-minded individuals.

10.35pm Back to Life BBC One - Return of the comedy-drama about a woman struggling to fit back into society 18 years after being released from prison. Miri is optimistic about her future. She has got a trial shift at the supermarket, and she and neighbour Billy have been spending more time together. But then her past returns to trouble her with the arrival of an unexpected visitor. Daisy Haggard stars, with Geraldine James and Adeel Akhtar.

Wednesday

9.00pm Lee Mack's Road to Soccer Aid ITV - Following the comedian's bid to get match fit for this year's Soccer Aid match, as he works to improve his skills, stamina and physical strength with the help of a host of celebrities and sporting legends, including Rob Brydon, Eddie Izzard, Chunkz, Paul McKenna, Sven Goran Eriksson, Sir Mo Farah and Nicola Adams.

9.00pm Grand Designs Channel 4 - Kevin McCloud visits a couple planning to build a home that looks like a work of art overlooking a valley in south Devon. Joe and Claire's new home will be a giant sculpture inspired by the local landscape, 70 metres long and featuring 34 enormous angled zinc shards jutting out in all directions. It will also be complicated to build and equally as expensive. And although Joe is wealthy, ambitious and fearless, his team quickly come up against problems and the budget virtually doubles the first walls go up. Is his dream home in danger of become a nightmare?

10.00pm Code 404 Sky One - Series 2 of the comedy about a detective who is brought back from the dead by an experimental police AI project. Starring Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin.

10.10pm World's Greatest Weddings E4 - From unforgettable celebrity weddings to viral videos, this series features heart-warming and sometimes shocking marital moments caught on camera.

11.30pm Hayley Goes... BBC One - During lockdown, the demand for pandemic pups reached staggering new heights, with a 200 per cent increase in people looking to take home a four-legged friend. Hayley Pearce finds out why people are going pooch-crazy by looking after her friend's dog Baxter. She meets a trainer who shows her how to keep Baxter under control, visits a grooming salon and sits in on a major operation to see first-hand the dangers of buying flat-faced designer breeds.

Thursday

10.00pm Late Night Mash Dave - Nish Kumar and the team, including Rachel Parris, Ellie Taylor, Geoff Norcott and Steve N Allen, share up-to-the-minute topical insights and fake news reports.

10.00pm Married at First Sight: Afters E4 - AJ Odudu hosts the round-up show digesting all the drama from this year's Married at First Sight UK. She is joined by DJ Nick Grimshaw and comedian Suzi Ruffell.

Friday

7.35pm A Question of Sport BBC One - Paddy McGuinness takes over from Sue Barker as host of the light-hearted quiz, with celebrity guests joining new team captains Ugo Monye and Sam Quek.

9.00pm Grantchester ITV - Sixth series of the period crime drama.

9.00pm The Disappearance of Laci Peterson Sky Crime - An in-depth look at the infamous case of Laci Peterson, a woman whose story hit headlines when she vanished while eight months pregnant.

10.00pm Elvis: The Rise and Fall of a King Channel 5 - The story of Elvis Presley's life and legacy, exploring his childhood, his relationships and musical influences as well as charting the landmark performances in his career. The programme looks at the man behind the legend by speaking to the people who knew him well, and examines how he became such an influential artist, his impact on the world and how the pressures of fame and success ultimately led to his death.

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