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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

The TVweek: Saturday 25th September - Friday 1st October 2021


5.30pm Global Citizen Live: Music Festival for the Planet BBC One - Live coverage of the one-off 24-hour event begins, with Emma Willis and Ade Adepitan introducing the star-studded worldwide concert which covers six continents and aims to unite people in tackling poverty and climate change. Hugh Jackman reveals his involvement, whilst Roman Kemp, Clara Amfo and Ana Matronic are backstage in London, New York and Paris. Elton John performs at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, Rag 'n' Bone Man and Kylie Minogue are in London, and there is an exclusive from BTS in Seoul.

7.00pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC One - Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the first proper show of this year's series, introducing the 15 celebrities as they perform their first routines, eager to be this year's Bill Bailey - and not another Ann Widdecombe. Judging their efforts are Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and `king of the ballroom" Anton Du Beke, now settled in as a permanent panellist after his two-week stint last year. But the dancers need not worry just yet, as no one will be leaving tonight. The judges' scores will be carried over to next week, when the viewers have the chance to vote for their favourite couple.

8.20pm Britain's Forgotten Wars with Tony Robinson Channel 4 - The presenter looks back at conflicts Britain was involved in during the second half of the 20th century, beginning with Operation Desert Storm in 1990, when 35 nations retaliated against the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. Service personnel share their memories of one of the first wars to be televised live across the globe, and reflect on how many of the same armies would find themselves back in Iraq a decade later.

9.20pm Global Citizen Live: Music Festival for the Planet BBC One - Live coverage of the 24-hour live music event continues with Ed Sheeran's performance in Paris and Duran Duran in London. Michael Sheen and Edith Bowman join hosts Emma Willis and Ade Adepitan in the studio, while Roman Kemp, Clara Amfo and Ana Matronic are backstage in London, New York and Paris. Coverage continues at 10.10pm on BBC Two.


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

9.00pm The Bambers: Murder at the Farm Sky Crime - The true story of the White House Farm murders, where Jeremy Bamber took the lives of his adoptive parents, sister and her twin sons in 1985.

10.00pm Foxy's Fearless 48 Hours Channel 4 - The first in a series in which Jason Fox sets celebrities daring challenges designed to push boundaries and build resilience. First up is actor and comedian Rob Delaney, who is challenged to jump off a 40-metre-high abandoned viaduct. To prepare him for this, he must first dive from a cliff into a flooded quarry, and cross a 300-foot long highline spanning a 250-foot-drop.


8.30pm The Goes Wrong Show BBC One - Amateur dramatics group The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society return for a second series of shambolic performances. Internal conflict has left Robert taking charge of the first show, period drama Summer Once Again, but as the show descends into chaos, he resolves to give the viewers the best possible experience by starting the whole show over again.

9.00pm Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek! ITV - Gordon Ramsay, Gino D'Acampo and Fred Sirieix head off around Greece to immerse themselves in the culinary traditions and spectacular landscape of the nation. They begin by going lobster-diving and pastry-making in Crete before visiting the hot springs of Santorini and then moving on to make traditional sausages in Mykonos. 

9.00pm 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4 - The compelling documentary series returns for a new run of episodes. Police officers search for a man in Luton who disguises himself as a delivery driver to force his way into people's homes and commit brutal assaults. However, when the police investigation fails to make headway, the family of one of the victims launch a campaign for information on social media - which increases the likelihood of the criminal seeing he is at risk of discovery and going to ground.

9.00pm D-Day: Invasion Channel 5 - The events of June 6, 1944, when more than 150,000 troops took part in the largest amphibious invasion in history with the aim of liberating Europe from Germany. The programme begins with veterans and the family of soldiers involved describe their experiences from midnight until 7.30am, with expert commentary from historians Max Hastings and Onyeka Nubia. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm

9.00pm The Great Debate Sky Showcase - Trevor Phillips hosts a weekly live discussion programme, tackling the biggest issues of the moment. A live virtual audience put the questions to a panel of leaders and decision-makers.

9.00pm For Life - Sky Witness - The return of the legal drama about a wrongly convicted prisoner-turned-lawer. Aaron must find a way to gain the upper hand on Maskins, while Marie faces criminal charges for assisting Aaron in previous cases.

9.00pm Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist E4 - Zoey returns after an extended time away and discovers that a lot has changed at work and in her personal life. Musical comedy drama, starring Jane Levy.

9.00pm The World's Most Beautiful Landscapes More4 - The landscape of The Amazon, following its course for 4000 miles from its source deep in the mountains of the Peruvian Andes towards the Atlantic. Narrated by Robert Lindsay.

Notable Continuing Series: Alma's Not Normal, 10.00pm BBC Two

                          Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 10.00pm, Sky Comedy

10.35pm RuPaul's Drag Race UK BBC One - Matt Lucas joins the first round of the drag queen competition as a guest judge, and must decide which of the 12 contestants will be dropping out straight away. The contenders are asked to showcase two different looks on the runway, and hope to avoid being asked to lip-sync for their lives.

11.50pm The Celebrity Apprentice Australia BBC One - With two undercover advisers in their midst, the celebrities must create selfie-inspired artworks to sell at auction for charity. The team with the highest profit will win. The losing team must face Lord Sugar and someone will be fired.


Notable Continuing Series:  Only Murders in the Building, Star on Disney +

                                          Back to Life 10.35pm, BBC One

10.00pm Police Code Zero: Officer Under Attack Channel 5 - Programme exploring the rising number of assaults on police officers, revealing what they face in the line of duty, and the emotional toll these incidents take.


Streaming Today - The Chesnut Man - Netflix - The six-part series is set in the quiet suburb of Copenhagen, where the police make a terrible discovery one blustery October morning. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small man made of chestnuts. The ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned to the case, along with her new partner, Mark Hess. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and was presumed dead - the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. From the team behind the original The Killing.

8.00pm Location, Location, Location Channel 4 - Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are house-hunting in south London with two couples at different stages of their lives. Jess and Zac are searching in a popular area, and post-lockdown have realised they want a good-sized garden and more space indoors to work from home. Kirstie is with Rachel and Alan, who call themselves the oldest first-time buyers in town. Fed up with paying a whopping £2,000 a month in rent they want their own home - a place they can put their own stamp on.

9.00pm 28 Up: Millennium Generation BBC One - The return of the documentary catching up every seven years with a group of people from different backgrounds. Sanchez from Leeds has been forced to give up his football career as a result of serious injury, Bolton-based Gemma, severely paralysed by a virus at the age of two, is searching for work in an increasingly competitive job landscape, and Eton-educated Oliver has re-evaluated his priorities after spending time in the US.

9.00pm Hollington Drive ITV - Grief tears through a picturesque suburban street when 10-year-old Alex Boyd is declared missing. Sisters Theresa and Helen struggle to hold their lives and families together as secrets begin to surface in the wake of the tragedy. Theresa is troubled by her own son's behaviour - is it possible that he was somehow involved in Alex's disappearance? Drama, starring Anna Maxwell Martin and Rachael Stirling.

9.00pm How to Paint the Mona Lisa More4 - Artist Adebanji Alade unlocks the secrets of the world's most iconic painting whilst creating a gallery-worthy replica, using techniques radically different to those he is used to.

9.00pm Hitmen: Reloaded Sky Comedy - Misfits, friends, and contract killers - Jamie and Fran are back and ready to put on their 80s gear for a school reunion, where a vengeful assassin lies in wait. Written by and starring Mel & Sue.

9.00pm Rob Beckett's Undeniable Comedy Central - Comedy panel show in which four celebrities try to outdo one another with their favourite bits of trivia, beginning with guests Joe Swash, Kae Kurd, Angela Barnes and Ivo Graham.

10.00pm Outsiders Dave - David Mitchell oversees Toussaint Douglass, Ed Gamble, Kerry Godliman, Jessica Knappett, Jamali Maddix and Lou Sanders as they undertake outdoorsy tasks.

10.00pm The Blob: A Genius Without a Brain BBC Four - Documentary about leading scientists' investigations into the properties of a one-billion-year-old, single-cell organism that could challenge the concept of intelligent life.

10.00pm The Love Triangle E4 - Dating show featuring couples who are wanting to try a polyamorous relationship. Presented by Desiree Burch, assisted by a voiceover from Bimini Bon Boulash.


9.00pm Don't Exclude Me BBC Two - With school exclusions at their highest in a decade, behavioural expert Marie Gentles visits Milton Hall Primary School in Southend to help the establishment manage their most challenging pupils.

9.00pm The Real Manhunt: The Night Stalker ITV - Susanna Reid interviews senior officers from Operation Minstead to tell the real story of the 17-year hunt for the serial rapist known as The Night Stalker, and the 17-day stakeout that led to his eventual arrest. Former SIOs Colin Sutton and Simon Morgan speak candidly about one of the most complex investigations the Met has ever had to face.

9.00pm Hell's Kitchen USA ITV2 - The return of the show in which Gordon Ramsay attempts to make chefs out of aspiring American cooks, with the 18 participants this time all aged 24 or under and looking to win the head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas. First up, the contenders all cook their signature dishes.


Streaming Today - Maid - Netflix - Ten-part drama starring Margett Qualley.   The series is inspired by Stephanie Land’s memoir, “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive” and is created and written by “Shameless” writer and playwright Molly Smith Metzler. Qualley stars as Alex, a young woman who’s recently left an abusive relationship with her young daughter in tow. The two have no money and are living in a shelter. In order to make ends meet, Alex takes to being a maid. Qualley is the predominant focus in the trailer, but there’s an equally impressive cast surrounding her — including her own mother, actress Andie MacDowell. MacDowell plays Alex’s mother, Paula, a woman with undiagnosed bipolar disorder who doesn’t understand her daughter’s motivations to leave the father of her child.

Seinfeld - Netflix - All nine seasons of the iconic '90s comedies comes to Netflix in its entirety for the first time ever.

8.30pm Richard Osman's House of Games Night BBC One - Ed Gamble, Sian Gibson, Dara O'Briain and Sindhu Vee go head to head testing their general knowledge skills in a variety of fun trivia-based games. For this latest run, host Richard has some surprises up his sleeve, including a House of Games House Band, led by David O'Doherty. A weekly winner is declared following a quick-fire round at the end of each show as the scores are tallied across the series resulting in an overall champion being crowned at the end.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                                 The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

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