PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Happy Valley Sunday 29th January BBC One
- The Last of Us Monday 30th January Sky Atlantic
- Everyone Else Burns Monday 30th January Channel 4
- 24 Hours in A&E Tuesday 31st January Channel 4
- Our Flag Means Death Wednesday 1st February BBC Two
- Nolly Thursday 2nd February ITVX
- Dear Edward Friday 3rd February Apple TV+
6.05pm The Welsh Valley That Won the Lottery Channel 4 – Documentary focusing on several of the 400 plus people in the south Wales valley of Rhymeny who, in 2022, shared a lottery win of 3.7 million pounds. Subjects of the programme include mother-of-seven Mary who, before the win, had taken to growing fruit and veg to feed her family and has used the money to take her brood on their first family holiday in fourteen years. We also meet former DJ John Price who has used the money to fulfil a lifelong dream of owning a quad bike.
7.45pm Don Quixote from Birmingham Royal Ballet BBC Four – A new production of the classic ballet filmed at the Birmingham Hippodrome and helmed by Carlos Acosta
8.00pm Arctic from Above Sky Nature – The first of a two part series in which Liz Bonnin journeys to The Arctic – one of the world’s last great wildernesses, to reveal fresh, never-before-seen insights into its amazing creatures. Both episodes available on Now from today.
9.00pm Jeremy Clarkson: King of Controversy Channel Five – Following his recent controversial comments about Meghan Markle, this documentary explores the last thirty years of the presenter’s career as it focuses on his most shocking moments from punching Piers Morgan to a diplomatic incident in Argentina.
10.15pm The Stasi: Secrets, Lies and British Spies ITV1 – Julie Etchingham fronts this documentary which reveals some of the UK operations of the notorious East German secret police who were still operating in this country following the end of the Cold War. With access to recently opened court files, Etchingham discovers why the identities of many of the alleged British informers are still secret, thirty years after Germany made its file public.
9.00pm Putin Vs The West BBC Two – This three-part documentary, telling the story of how the west has struggled to deal with Putin for the past decade, begins by taking us back to 2014 when the Putin first attacked the Ukraine and seized the Crimean peninsula. Told by the leaders who have clashed with Putin in the past; including David Cameron, Francois Hollanded and Ukraine’s then President Petro Poroshenko, they recall being bitterly divide on how to handle him following several devastating incidents. The key players inside the room tell the story of the critical summits and fraught phone calls as the West is blindsided by Putin’s land-grab, and how he pressed home his advantage when he saw division in the West.
9.00pm Beast from the East: The Blizzard of 2018 Channel Five – With contributions from the likes of BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker and Countryfile’s Adam Henson, this film recounts the ten day Siberian weather system that lasted ten days in the UK from February 26th 2018. The documentary uses news archive and video footage to recall how Britain was chilled to the bone when temperatures plummeted to -10C.
9.00pm The Royals: A History of Scandals More4 – In this new documentary series, . Professor Suzannah Lipscomb looks at the roles the press, parliament and public have played over the centuries in generating outrage and spreading rumours, exploring some royal scandals you might know, but many you won’t. n this first episode, Suzannah exposes the scandals that stemmed from royal spending getting out of control – from Henry VIII’s Field of Cloth of Gold to the extraordinary debt that George IV accrued. Suzannah also finds out how a medieval commoner woman became one of the richest women in Britain.
10.05pm Buffering ITV2 – Second series of the sitcom co-created and starring Iain Stirling. In this first episode, Iain decides that the group should throw a party in a desperate attempt to cling onto their youth.
7.00pm Eurovision Song Contest 2023: Handover and Allocation Draw BBC Two – AJ Odudu and Rylan present the event which determines which country will compete in which semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest as well a deciding which of the Big Five countries and last year’s winners Ukraine will vote in. Taking place in front of an invited live audience in host city Liverpool, the event will also see Scott Mills will give viewers an insight into what to expect from the semi-finals and look back at memorable moments from the past few years of the contest.
8.00pm Great British Menu BBC Two – Host Andi Oliver and judges Tom Kerridge, Ed Gamble and Nisha Katona all return for a new series of the cooking competition. Once again professional chefs across the country will be looking to get their dishes to a new banquet, which this year will be celebrating the best of British animation and illustration. This week will focus on the North East heat where veteran judge Angela Hartnett OBE will be judging and advising the chefs ahead of two of them cooking for the judges later in the week. Continues Wednesday and Thursday.
9.00pm Emily Atack: Asking for It BBC Two – The comedian and actress fronts this personal film in which she delves into receiving unwanted sexual attention from men from a young age. Emily documents how this intensified in lockdown when she began receiving unwanted sexually explicit content from men over social media. In the programme, Emily reaches out to these men to understand their motives. This debate eventually took her to parliament as she has proposed a bill to make cyber-flashing illegal. The film culminates with Emily speaking to her parents for the first time about this topic and reflects on how these incidents have shaped her, in the hope that she can finally stop blaming herself and realise that she was never ‘asking for it’.
10.00pm Brink’s-Mat Robbery Channel Five – Documentary charting the almost forty-years old event where a gang of armed robbers stormed into the Brink’s-Mat security depot near Heathrow and escaped with twenty-six-millions-pound worth of gold. Speaking about the November 1983 incident, many for the first time, police officers and key witnesses reveal the inside story of the event.
9.00pm Blood and Treasure Sky Sci-Fi – As season two begins, Danny and Lexi make plans for their future but these are derailed when terrorists attack The Vatican. As a person from Danny’s past returns, he and Lexi are led on a hunt to recover one of the greatest lost treasures of Asia; The Spirit Banner of Genghis Khan.
9.00pm The Magical World of Moss BBC Four -This documentary looks at how mosses have colonised almost every of the Earth’s surface. Travelling to moss covered landscapes in Japan, Iceland, France and Denmark, the programme meets scientists and experts investigating moss’s astonishing properties and potential.
10.00pm Building Britain’s Superhomes Channel Four – Documentary series following the opulent exploits of maverick property developer Guy Phoenix, focusing on his latest lavish project in Nottingham – the challenging transformation of a dated hillside house into a bespoke, luxurious superhome. The series also treats us to VIP tours of Guy’s previous sumptuous superhomes, both in the UK and the south of France. The entire series will be available on All4 following the transmission of episode one.
10.00pm Charlotte in Sunderland BBC Three – Fly-on-the-wall series following Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby who introduces us to her hometown of Sunderland where life is busy with her family, partner Jake, an extraordinary social life and growing her business empire. However, as she enters a new era of her life, Charlotte is confronted by some life-changing news.
Nolly ITVX – Three-part drama from Russell T Davies starring Helena-Bonham Carter as legendary actress Noele Garden who, as Crossroads’ Meg Richardson, was the darling of the TV establishment until, in 1981, she was axed without ceremony, warning or explanation. With the boss’s words “all good things must come to an end” ringing in her ears, Noele Gordon, or ‘Nolly’ to her friends, found herself thrown out of the show that was her life for over eighteen years. All three episodes are available on ITVX from today.
9.00pm Cold Case Forensics – The Murder of Rachel Nickell ITV1 – Documentary exploring how world-leading forensic scientist Dr Angela Gallop and her team unpicked the clues of the death of Rachel Nickell, who was stabbed death in 1992 on Wimbledon Common, which finally brought her killer to justice.
9.00pm The Rookie Sky Witness – As season five of the crime drama begins, John Nolan nears the end of his training and is once again confronted by serial killer Rosalind, who wants him to know that she’s not done with him yet.
Your Honor Paramount+ – Second series of the thriller starring Bryan Cranston. Hope Davis, Isaiah Whitlock Jr, Margo Martindale and Rosie Perez feature among the supporting cast.
Dear Edward Apple TV+ – Ten-part drama series starring Connie Britton and Taylor Schilling. It centres around Edward, a 12-year-old who is the only survivor of a plane crash. The series will look at how Edward and everyone else whose life was impacted by the tragedy try to make sense of life after the crash while unexpected friendships, romances, and communities are formed. The series comes from Jason Katims.
Top Dog All4 – Swedish-German crime drama focusing on how a mysterious disappearance forces the extremely odd couple of recently released convict Teddy and lawyer Emily to work together. All episodes available from today on All4.
7.30pm Bill Gates: Amol Rajan Interviews BBC Two – In this wide-ranging interview the journalist meets the tech titan in a remote region outside Nairobi, Kenya where Gates is supporting local farms and hospitals. During the programme, Rajan challenges Gates on some of the issues he has faced over the years head on, as he finds out what motivates the tech mogul. He also explores why conspiracy theorists are obsessed with him and the real price of the power, influence and wealth he possesses.