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Tuesday, 31 August 2021

The TVweek: Saturday 4th - Friday 10th September 2021

 Saturday

5.30pm Catchphrase for Soccer Aid ITV - Stephen Mulhern hosts a special charity edition game show, with former footballer David James, singer-songwriter and TV presenter Chelcee Grimes and radio host Marvin Humes attempting to guess the well-known phrases from the animated clues as they try to win the £50,000 jackpot for Unicef.

6.30pm Soccer Aid 2021 ITV - England v Soccer Aid World XI FC (Kick-off 7.30pm). Dermot O'Leary and Alex Scott present coverage of the pro-celebrity match from Etihad Stadium. 

7.15pm The Hit List: Celebrity Special BBC One - Marvin and Rochelle Humes present a celebrity edition of the music-based quiz show, with contestants Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Lady Leshurr, Shane Richie, Russell Watson, Will Kirk and Shazia Mirza trying to name as many hit songs and artists as possible under intense pressure, with a £10,000 jackpot up for grabs for the charity of their choice.

9.00pm The Hunt for a Killer BBC Four - Swedish crime drama, based on the real-life disappearance and subsequent murder of a 10-year-old girl in 1989. Five months after the murder, a body is found in a lay-by, leading to suspicions the same killer is responsible for both murders.

Sunday

8.00pm Lawn Wars Channel 5 - People who are obsessed with their lawns, including a 78-year-old who even misses holidays as he would not be able to water his grass while he was away. There is also a visit to a lawnmower museum, and the film hears from Karim, an insect-mad entomologist who wants everyone to forget about short, neat grass and let it grow wild.

Notable Continuing Series: Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing, 8.00pm, BBC Two

                                                Vigil, 9.00pm, BBC One

9.00pm Love Island: The Reunion ITV2 - Laura Whitmore is joined in the studio by Iain Stirling and all 37 contestants from across the series to reflect on the most dramatic moments from the villa and answer all the big questions. Is love still on the cards, what happened when the cameras stopped rolling, and who's been secretly hooking up.

Monday

8.00pm Landmark Sky Max  - Gemma Cairney hosts a contest in which artists and local communities join forces to compete for the chance to create the UK's next major monument, with three artists competing in the opening heat.

9.00pm Silent Witness BBC One - Return of the BBC's forensic crime drama. Nikki deals with disturbing memories when she and Jack visit a high-security prison to investigate the suspicious death of an inmate. The victim's cellmate turns out to be the student responsible for a mass shooting she witnessed 10 years earlier. Nikki becomes increasingly convinced that Scott is their prime suspect, but Jack worries she is not following the evidence.

9.00pm Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League BBC Two - Documentary series looking at the formation and success of the top-flight division after breaking away from the rest of the English Football League in 1992 and the selling of the live TV rights to Sky. In 1991 a secret plot was hatched by a group of five tightly knit club chairmen to form an elite breakaway league, while media tycoon Rupert Murdoch spotted an opportunity. Featuring interviews with Paul Merson, Martin Edwards, Dave Hill, Vinnie Jones and Les Ferdinand.

9.00pm Bin Laden: The Road to 9/11 Channel 4 - Three-part documentary following the life of the Al Qaeda leader, The first episode focuses on his childhood in Saudi Arabia, and reveals how as a young man in 1980, he travelled to Afghanistan to join resistance against the Soviet invasion. While considered a liability on the battlefield, his wealth and family background in construction proves invaluable after the Soviet withdrawal - but the success of his endeavours leads to the founding of Al Qaeda.

Notable Continuing Series:  Stephen, 9.00pm, ITV

                                The White Lotus, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Ready to Mingle ITV2 - Dating game show hosted by Katherine Ryan in which a woman tries to find a partner from 12 suitors, half of whom are only pretending to be single in order to win the £50,000 prize. In the first edition, Sophia and the guys all move into a house in Devon and get to know one another.

9.00pm Evil Alibi - Second season of the US drama series. The team is given the task of evaluating the likelihood of Leland being possessed, which if decided true, would require them to exorcise him.

10.00pm First Dates Channel 4 - The first of this series' couples bond over a love of Japanese culture, although nerves threaten their chances. A police detective goes on a date with a man who used to be on the force, an actor meets a journalist and Latin ballroom dancer, and an entrepreneur with a flashy exterior and even flashier car is hoping to find someone to settle down with.

10.45pm My Childhood, My Country: 20 Years in Afghanistan ITV - Documentary following Amir over the course of two decades, beginning when he was seven and living in a cave alongside recently-destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan in central Afghanistan. The film charts his life until, as an adult with a family of his own, he decides to pursue his own career as a news cameraman in Kabul.

11.05pm In the Shadow of 9/11 Channel 4 - Documentary telling the bizarre story of how seven black men in Miami were indicted for the biggest supposed Al Qaeda plot since 9/11. Victims of an FBI sting that led to a terror prosecution, the accused had no weapons or any connection to Al Qaeda.

Tuesday

7.30pm Wonders of Scotland with David Hayman ITV - The Scottish actor David Hayman embarks on a journey to explore the scenic beauty, history, and culture of Scotland.

8.00pm The Yorkshire Vet Channel 5 

9.00pm A House Through Time BBC Two - David Olusoga reveals the extraordinary story of a Victorian house's first resident, lawyer William Bruce, who tried and failed to save the life of a man convicted of murder. Tracking our house forward, David uncovers the remarkable rags-to-riches story of Ann Dawson, before learning that master builder William Nicholson, founder of a famous dynasty that built Leeds landmarks including County Arcade, once resided in the property.

9.00pm 9/11: Life Under Attack ITV - A unique and compelling documentary examining the events of September 11th 2001, featuring never-before-seen footage captured by those on the ground on that fateful day. Told in the moment without interview, commentary, or narration, this riveting documentary weaves together the personal video of a dozen people whose accounts provide a raw and unfiltered telling of 9/11.

10.00pm My Mother's Murder Channel 4 - Documentary revisiting the murder of Rachel Nickell from the perspective of her son. Alex Hanscombe was just two years old when he was the sole witness to his mother's killing on Wimbledon Common in July 1992. 

Notable Continuing Series:  Back to Life 10.35pm, BBC One

10.00pm The Holden Girls: Mandy & Myrtle E4 - Documentary-style series featuring actress and broadcaster Amanda Holden and her grandmother Myrtle. A concerned Amanda persuades her lonely nan to relocate, it isn't long before tempers fray and Amanda is forced to choose between her husband and her awkward elder relative.

11.05pm Ladybaby BBC One - Comedy set in Edinburgh, following a thirtysomething woman unexpectedly reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption when she was 15. Starring Amy Manson and Mirren Mack.

Wednesday

8.00pm Animals with Cameras BBC Two - Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan leads a team using specially designed on-board cameras to film groundbreaking new behaviour in some of the animals who depend on our oceans. In Cape Verde, Gordon starts the adventure with a look at one of the world's largest populations of nesting loggerhead turtles, before heading to the Bahamas with Caribbean reef sharks.

9.00pm Joanna Yeates: Body in the Snow Channel 5 - True crime documentary examining the murder of landscape architect Joanna Yeates and the subsequent hunt for her killer. The programme explores the police investigation and the events that surrounded it in forensic detail, including powerful testimony from key witnesses, detectives and those at the heart of the case. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm

9.55pm Garage People BBC Four - Documentary exploring the lives of everyday people in the Russian Arctic, who find refuge and solace in their garages, places where everything can be found - except cars.

10.00pm Grenfell Channel 4 - Community artist Constantine Gras shares footage he filmed in the years before the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, casting new light on the story of the worst UK residential fire since the Second World War. Gras was filming inside Grenfell Tower throughout its £10million refurbishment in the years before the fire, when highly combustible cladding was applied to the outside of the building. His footage documents the struggles of the Grenfell Residents Group, who raised issues and concerns about the work being carried out.

Thursday

7.30pm The National Television Awards 2021 ITV - Joel Dommett is the host for the 26th staging of the awards, which take place at The O2 in London, with the winners chosen once again by the British public

9.00pm A Killing in Tiger Bay BBC Two - Documentary series telling the story of five Cardiff men arrested for murder, three of whom were found guilty in one of Britain's most notorious and astonishing miscarriages of justice. On Valentine's Day 1988, 20-year-old Lynette White was murdered in Cardiff's docklands, and despite evidence pointing to a lone white male killer, a 10-month investigation concluded with the arrest of five local black men.

10.00pm QI BBC Two - Sandi Toksvig returns to host the 'S' series of the panel game show.

10.00pm The Russell Howard Show Sky Max - Fifth series of the topical comedy.

10.35pm Imagine: Tom Stoppard - A Charmed Life BBC One - Tom Stoppard is one of the world's leading, funniest and cleverest playwrights. Ever since he hit the ground running in the 1960s with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, there has always been a streak of melancholy beneath the sparkling surface of his work. Now with his latest play, Leopoldstadt, he comes full circle and faces up to the pain and loss in his past. In this programme, he recounts his extraordinary life story presenter Alan Yentob.

Friday

8.00am Black to the Front: The Big Breakfast Channel 4 - AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan host this one-off revival of the offbeat mix of lively entertainment from Lock Keepers' Cottages in east London. Newsreader Phil Gayle returns to deliver the morning's headlines, while Melvin Odoom is out on the streets somewhere in the UK, where one viewer will be playing for prizes on their doorstep.

8.00pm Black to Front: Love it Or List Channel 4 - A special episode in which two new property experts take the reins - siblings, business partners and experienced developers Scarlette and Stuart Douglas, who head to Ipswich to help a family living in a four-bed semi. City-loving Norbert loves the bedroom sizes, the neighbours, the location and the convenient commute to work, but Shammie hates the busy road, small kitchen and only having one bathroom. Armed with £30,000, Stuart comes up with a masterplan to create a more sociable family space downstairs, with real `wow" factor, and also give them a much-needed second bathroom upstairs.

9.00pm The North Water BBC Two - Drama starring Jack O'Connell, Stephen Graham, Colin Farrell and Sam Spruell. In Hull in 1859, cashiered Irish army surgeon Patrick Sumner boards the whaling ship Volunteer as its surgeon. Hoping to escape the horrors of his past, he finds himself on an ill-fated journey to the arctic in the company of a murderous psychopath. 

9.00pm Black to Front: Celebrity Gogglebox Channel 4 - A mix of famous friends and Gogglebox families - including Mo Gilligan and Babatunde Aleshe - take to their sofas to share their opinions on what they have been watching during the week. Others taking part include Wretch 32 and Ghetts, Jourdan Dunn and brother Antoine, and Eddie Kadi and Michael Dapaah.

9.00pm Wolfe Sky Max - Drama created by Paul Abbott in which Babou Ceesay stars as Professor Wolfe Kinteh, a forensic scientist who is the north of England's finest crime-scene expert. Wolfe and his team are called to a meat processing plant where a worker has been ripped to pieces by one of the deboning machines. They uncover a web of connections that leave them questioning whether the incident was an accident at all.

9.30pm The Cleaner BBC One - Crime scene cleaner Wicky heads to the suburbs to `cleanse" a particularly grizzly murder. However, he finds himself continually getting interrupted by people unexpectedly dropping in on the crime scene - including a mysterious, heavily armed woman. Comedy, written by and starring Greg Davies, with Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Chowdhry and Shobu Kapoor.

10.00pm Highlife Channel 4 - Docu-reality series following the lives of a group of aspirational, ambitious, successful British Nigerians and Ghanaians.

11.05pm Big Age Channel 4 - Comedy pilot following four young Black-British friends in the `big age" era of their lives. Sade Layode has turned 25, quit her job to be a writer and decided to tell her friend Zeke how she really feels - all before 10am. When free-spirited Dela, prescribes a day of decadent distraction to celebrate turning `twenty-thrive", Sade's quickly on board. Bumping into her old crush wasn't in the plan, but that meeting alongside a chance encounter with an icon are just a few of the twists and turns that lie in store for her. Ronke Adekoluejo, Racheal Ofori, Michael Workeye and CJ Beckford star.

11.35pm Unoplogogetic Channel 4 - A late-night topical discussion where guests are encouraged to say what they want to say without apologising. This isn't a show about black people - this is the show where black people talk freely about everything, offering new views on existing subjects as well as bringing new subjects and voices to the table. Hosted by DJ and presenter Yinka Bokinni and social media star and presenter Zeze Millz.

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