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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

The TVweek: Saturday 9th - Friday 15th October 2021

 Saturday

8.55pm Princess Michael: The Controversial Royal Channel 5 -A profile of the Czech-born member of the British Royal Family, who married the Queen's first cousin Prince Michael of Kent in 1978 following a five-year courtship.

9.00pm Paris Police 1900 BBC Four - Crime drama set in early 20th-century Paris. As news of a notorious spy's release from Devil's Island spreads, a young inspector begins his first murder case. In French.

Sunday

8.00pm Bargain Loving Brits in France Channel 5 - Documentary following three sets of characterful Brits who have fallen for France and made it their home.

9.00pm Angela Black ITV - Angela seems like a happy mum-of-two, but she is hiding something - her seemingly charming husband Olivier is in fact violent and manipulative. Then she is followed by a stranger, and things become darker still. Drama, starring Joanne Froggatt, Michiel Huisman and Samuel Adewunmi.

9.00pm Tom Parker: Inside My Head Channel 4 - The singer and former member of boy band The Wanted allows cameras into his home as he and his family learn to live with a stage four cancer diagnosis and arrange a star-studded charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall to raise awareness about brain tumours. He has just months to get the show on the road, and reunite his old band for the first time in seven years, all while undergoing draining cycles of chemotherapy.

9.00pm A Year In Provence with Carol Drinkwater Channel 5 - The actress and author shares her love of Provence in the South of France, where she has lived for the last 35 years with her husband, Michel. In the first episode they reveal how their relationship blossomed after an immediate proposal of marriage. Plus, how their lives changed when they bought a derelict olive farm near Cannes, and transformed the run-down villa into their dream home.

9.45pm Dave BBC Two - Return of the US comedy about a neurotic suburbanite convinced he is destined to be a rap star. 

Monday

7.00pm Iolo's Pembrokeshire BBC Two - Iolo Williams explores Pembrokeshire's stunning landscape and goes in search of its hidden wildlife spots, finding a rare butterfly and an old oil storage site where hundreds of orchids have bloomed. Iolo also walks round St David's Head, where he finds fearsome looking beetles and Britain's only venomous snake.

9.00pm Paul Merson: Football, Gambling & Me BBC One - The former footballer looks back on the ways that gambling has affected his life, and questions if enough is being done to prevent young people from becoming addicted.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in Police Custody, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                    Alma's Not Normal, 10.00pm BBC Two

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

9.00pm The Abduction of Lesley Whittle Channel 5 - Documentary telling the story of the kidnapping and murder of the 17-year-old in 1975, one of the most infamous crimes of the decade, carried out by career criminal Donald Neilson. Lesley's ordeal began at her home in Shropshire on 14 January, when her mother Dorothy went to wake her daughter and found an empty bed. In the lounge, there were three ransom notes demanding £50,000 and a warning not to involve the police. Seven weeks later, Lesley was found hanging from a wire at the bottom of the drainage shaft where Neilson had tethered her.

9.00pm Nature and Us: A History Through Art BBC Four - James Fox tells the story of the human race's ever-changing relationship with nature through the lens of some of the world's most extraordinary artworks, beginning with a look back at the art of the ancient world, looking at the art of prehistoric hunters, the advent of agriculture, the first cities, and the beginnings of Hinduism and Christianity.

9.00pm Scenes from a Marriage Sky Atlantic - Modern reimagining of Ingmar Bergman's Swedish drama from 1973 which follows the lives of a couple through the twists and turns of their marriage, from the beginning of their relationship to periods of separation and reconciliation. After a tense day of reflection and disclosure, Mira and her husband Jonathan navigate the consequences of unexpected news. Starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.

9.00pm The World's Most Beautiful Landscapes More4 - The extraordinary landscape of Queensland, Australia, from its great national parks through its rich aboriginal history, to the wonders of the coral of the Great Barrier Reef.

10.00pm Dispatches: Cops on Trial Channel 4 - Ellie Flynn reports on the true scale of sexual misconduct by serving British police officers, including personal accounts from those who presented themselves to the police as the victim of a crime, and long term partners of serving officers who have endured domestic violence and abuse.

Tuesday

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

9.00pm Who Do You Think You Are? BBC One - Comedian Josh Widdicombe embarks on a roller-coaster ride through his extraordinary family history.

10.00pm Question Team Dave - Richard Ayoade invites three comedians to join his Question Team, and in this panel show it's the players who set the questions. The first guests are Bob Mortimer, Thanyia Moore and Kerry Godliman.

Wednesday

Streaming Today - Reservation Dogs Star on Disney + The first two episodes of a brilliant new US comedy co-created by Taika Waititi. The series follows the lives of four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma, as they spend their days committing crime and fighting it, in an effort to get to California.

8.00pm Portrait Artist of the Year Sky Showcase/Sky Arts - Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell return with the contest, as the first heat sees nine artists create portraits of singer Gabrielle, actor Jacob Fortune-Lloyd and model Grace Neutral. Kathleen Soriano, Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan judge their efforts.

9.00pm Hunting the Essex Lorry Killers BBC Two - Documentary revealing how Essex Police caught the people responsible for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the trailer of an articulated lorry in October 2019. Spanning Britain, Europe and Vietnam, the film shows how detectives cracked open a multi-million-pound international smuggling ring, with its roots in a seemingly innocuous haulage business in the heart of Northern Ireland. The film also travels to Vietnam to meet the families of some of those who died in the back of the lorry, hearing their stories of losing loved ones on the false promise of a new life in the UK.

10.00pm My First Threesome Channel 4 - A recent study found that 95 per cent of men and 87 per cent of women fantasise about having sex with more than one person at a time. This documentary follows a group of first-timers as they go after their ultimate erotic experience, while also meeting those who have already been there to answer key question, such as how do you find people and what is it like to see your partner with someone else?

Thursday

8.00pm Shop Well for the Planet BBC One - Chris Bavin, Jordan Banjo, Joanna Page and Melanie Sykes help a family go green and save some cash. Eco toilet roll and natural deodorant are put through their paces, but how the clan gets on with a new electric car remains to be seen.

9.00pm Guilt BBC Two - In an Edinburgh cellar, two gunshots ring out. Across town, Max McCall is released from prison. These two events gradually converge as Max tries to rebuild his life, while new arrival Erin is trying to save hers. Return of the thriller, starring Mark Bonnar.

9.00pm Will.i.am: The Blackprint ITV - The musician explores what it means to be Black and British, embarking on a unique, nationwide quest to learn about the lives of Black Brits. Meeting civil rights heroes, inspirational schoolchildren and trailblazers in technology, Will's journey spans the heartbreak of the past, struggles of the present and hopes for the future.

9.00pm Myleene: Miscarriage and Me W - Myleene Klass opens up about the trauma of her miscarriages, with the aim of breaking the taboo which often surrounds this type of pregnancy loss.

10.00pm Complaints Welcome Channel 4 - Comedians Tom Allen, Jessica Knappett and Munya Chawawa join forces to assemble a "complaints committee" of viewers who have plenty to say about the television shows that are getting the nation talking. From daytime to documentaries, pre-school to politics, no genre is off limits. Tom, Jessica and Munya are joined in the studio by guests from the world of TV as they playfully dissect the week's televisual complaints, looking for resolutions and ultimately deciding whether the viewers' feedback will be upheld or rejected.

Friday

Streaming Today - YOU Netflix - Third season of the brilliant US drama about a serial killer starring Penn Badgley. Joe and Love, now married and raising their baby, have moved to the balmy Northern California enclave of Madre Linda, where they're surrounded by privileged tech entrepreneurs, judgmental mommy bloggers and Insta-famous biohackers. Joe is committed to his new role as a husband and dad, but fears Love's lethal impulsiveness. And then there's his heart. Could the woman he's been searching for all this time live right next door? Breaking out of a cage in a basement is one thing. But the prison of a picture-perfect marriage to a woman who's wise to your tricks? Well, that'll prove a much more complicated escape.

7.30pm Stand Up to Cancer 2021 Channel 4 - Davina McCall, Maya Jama, Adam Hills and Alan Carr host a spectacular, star-studded evening of entertainment to raise funds for vital cancer research, with Joe Lycett cajoling the audience all night via his high-tech hub with help from his nationwide band of celebrity reporters. Over the course of the night, the initiative is supported by stars including Olivia Colman, Usain Bolt, Jack Black, Tom Jones, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Sue Perkins, Rosie Jones, Mo Gilligan, James Blunt, Kate Beckinsale, Steve Coogan, Jeremy Clarkson, Josh Widdicombe, Jamie Oliver and Natalie Imbruglia appear. Friends and family members compete in fiendishly silly challenges, and famous faces throw themselves into ridiculous stunts, all to illustrate the impressive science behind SU2C's goal of ending cancer.

9.00pm Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story BBC Two - A journey through the trailblazing life of Jackie Collins. Spinning together fact and fiction, this documentary tells the untold story of a groundbreaking author and her mission to build a one-woman literary empire. Narrated by a cast of Jackie's closest friends and family, the film reveals the private struggles of a woman who became an icon of 1980s feminism while hiding her personal vulnerability behind a carefully crafted public persona.

9.00pm COBRA: Cyber War Sky Max - In the aftermath of both solar and political storms, Prime Minister Robert Sutherland attempts to steer the country on a more even course, assisted by his loyal Chief-of-Staff Anna Marshall. COBRA responds to a volatile situation in Kent, while an unseen enemy strikes from the shadows. Political thriller, starring Robert Carlyle and Victoria Hamilton.

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