Saturday 7th-Friday 13th January 2023

by | Jan 3, 2023 | All, TV Week

PICKS OF THE WEEK

  • Happy Valley Sunday 8th January BBC One
  • Search Party Monday 9th January BBC Three
  • 24 Hours in A&E Tuesday 10th January Channel 4
  • Reginald the Vampire Tuesday 10th January Sky Sci-Fi
  • Welcome to Chippendale Wednesday 11th January Disney+
  • Our Flag Means Death Wednesday 11th January BBC Two
  • The Light in the Hall Wednesday 11th January Channel 4
  • The Reunion Thursday 12th January ITVX
  • Servant Friday 13th January Apple TV+

Saturday

8.30pm Ant and Dec’s Limitless Win ITV1- Second series of the game show where contestants can win a limitless amount of cash.

8.30pm Secrets of the Royal Palaces Channel Five – Kate Williams returns to tell more behind-the-scenes tales of British monarch’s residence. This episode looks at the make-up used in the Elizabethan Court and explores how George II was imprisoned and tortured in Kew Gardens to his his mental decline.

9.00pm Mystery Road: Origin BBC Four – This prequel to the Australian drama is set in 1999 and sees a young Jay Swan returns to his hometown where he is greeted by guns, friction with his father his feelings for local girl Mary Allen. y.

9.30pm The John Bishop Show ITV1 – The comedian returns with the second series of his successful Saturday night topical chat show.

9.30pm The Big Snow of 1982 Channel Five – Documentary telling the story of the extreme weather that hit Britain in December and January forty years ago. New archives, interviews with celebrities and home movies are used to tell stories including a deadly train crash caused by a blizzard, daring motorway rescues and RAF helicopters delivering care package to people stranded in the Highlands.

Sunday 

7.45pm The Great Pottery Throwdown Channel 4  – Siobhán McSweeney welcomes twelve new potters into the pottery as their offerings are judged by Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller. In this first episode, the contestants take on a birthday tea set challenge and a surprise second task that sees them making handleless milk jugs that must survive the bucket of doom. At the end of the episode one contestant is crowned potter of the week whilst one will find themselves the first to be eliminated.

8.00pm 22 Kids and Counting Channel Five -The documentary following the Radford family returns s Sue celebrates her 47th birthday and decides its time to improve her fitness. Meanwhile, Sue and Noel’s pregnant 27-year-old daughter Chloe faces a medical emergency.

8.00pm Twelfth Night from Shakespeare’s Globe BBC Four – Filmed in 2021 at London’s’ Globe theatre, this interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy is directed by Sean Holmes and is infused with the mesmeric and soulful music from the world of Americana.

9.00pm Harry: The Interview ITV – Two days before his memoir is published, Tom Bradbury visits The Duke of Sussex at his Californian home for this ninety-minute interview.

9.00pm The Kardashians: Billion Dollar Dynasty Channel 4 – The first of a two-part exploration of arguably the most influential family of the 21st century who’ve kept us gripped for the past fifteen years. This first episode starts in 2007 when Kim Kardashian was a relative unknown, working in LA as Paris Hilton’s assistant.. It focuses on how Kim’s infamous sex tape played a role in getting Keeping Up with the Kadarshians commissioned. Elsewhere friends and associates of Kris Jenner describe the  origins of her relentless drive for fame and wealth, and how the ‘share all’ philosophy she instilled in her children ultimately culminated in a backlash when Kim was accused of having a fraudulent wedding with basketball star Kris Humphries, purely to boost ratings. Episode Two is available on All4 following episode one’s transmission and airs tomorrow night at 9pm. 

9.00pm Spector Sky Documentaries – The first of a four-part documentary telling the story of Phil Spector and the events that led up to the shooting and death of Lana Clarkson in 2003.

Monday 

8.00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Channel 4 -In this opening episode of the new series, Clarke visits a carpenter who’s trying to save a boat bound for the breakers yard, and a woman rebuilding her business thanks to a vintage caravan that she wants to turn into a vegan café. He also heads to Israel -to visit a gorgeous modern apartment carved out of three centuries-old rooms in the ancient city of Jaffa. Elsewhere, Clarke unveils e of his most ambitious and personal builds to date, as he sets out to create a stunning, one-off Arts and Crafts caravan to replace the eccentric static he built in his first-ever series. All episodes will be available on All4 following the transmission of episode one. 

8.00pm Hornby: A Model World Yesterday – Britain’s best-loved model making company opens its door once again to reveal how they shrink mighty trains, planes and automobiles to create perfect miniature masterpieces. Later episodes of the series will feature some famous fans of the model-making kits including Jools Holland and Pete Waterman.

10.00pm The US and The Holocaust BBC Four -Documentary focusing on how American leaders and the people of the USA responded to the Holocaust. This episode looks at how many Jewish people fled to America following Hitler’s growing support for his anti-Semitic rhetoric. It also explores how President Roosevelt and other world leaders are concerned by the growing refugee crisis but fail to coordinate a response.

Tuesday

8.00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show: Live ITV1 – The money-saving expert returns with bill-busting tips for the new years and suggestions about how to clear debts. He’ll also discuss the latest financial news in his weekly Big Briefings and reveal the must-have money deals of the week in New You Can Use.

9.00pm Bradley and Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad ITV1  – The father-and-son team return for a road trip around Latin America. In the first episode of tonight’s double bill, the boys are in Mexico where they take on Lucha Libra wrestling before visiting the eerie ‘Island of the Dolls.’ However, something far scarier  is waiting for them when they find themselves clinging to the side of a mountain.

9.00pm Reginald the Vampire Sky Sci-Fi – Horror comedy drama about a directionless fast food worker who is turned into a vampire and begins an undead life that he never dreamed of. All episodes available on Now following the broadcast of the first episode. 

10.00pm Tulsa King Channel Five – The start of a terrestrial airing of the drama starring Sylvester Stallone which initially debuted on Paramount Plus. In the drama, Stallone plays a Mafia Captain who is released from previous and is unceremoniously exiled to Oklahoma by his boss. He quickly settles in and builds up a crew, helping to establish a new criminal empire in a place that may as well be a million miles away from New York.

11.05pm Life After Love Island Untold Channel 4 – Broadcaster and podcaster Will Njobvu investigates what happens to contestants after they leave the popular reality show. He meets former contestants, finding out who has made it and who has gone back to a more regular, ‘normal’ life. He interviews past winners and more recent contestants who are still struggler to get a foot in the influencer door. Industry experts shed light on some of the surprising revelations of life after the limelight, and some of the most popular Love Islanders from past series also share their stories

Wednesday 

Welcome to Chippendales Disney+ – Eight-part drama that tells the true story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee (played by Kumail Nanjiani), the Indian-American entrepreneur who started Chippendales.

8.00pm Landscape Artist of the Year Sky Arts – The artistic competition returns for its eighth series with Stephen Magnan and Joan Bakewell welcoming the first batch of painters to Blackpool’s North Pier.

9.00pm Next Level Chef ITV1- Eight-part series, set in an iconic and trailblazing TV studio like no other, with three unique kitchen spaces set across three storeys and almost 50ft high. Each floor will test the contestants’ culinary creativity, agility, flare, and expertise, as they vie to progress to the Next Level. From the top-level state of the art kitchen utopia to the gloomy basement level ‘scraps only’ surroundings, Next Level Chef will task its chefs to prove they can thrive in any environment. In a quest to unearth the culinary world’s next sensation, Gordon Ramsay will be joined by two of the most elite names in food, as the three judges preside over and mentor a group of talented chefs who will compete against each other to prove they can handle the heat in any kitchen space that is thrown at them. The contestants will be under the watchful eyes of the panel across all three floors as they battle it out to produce the most mouth-watering dishes and avoid elimination. Ultimately, only one can be named Next Level Chef, and the winner will receive a life changing cash prize of £100k and a one-year mentorship under all three mentors.

9.00pm Billion Dollar Downfall: The Dealmaker BBC Two – Documentary focusing on the rise and fall of businessman Arif Naqvi who is currently under house arrest after being accused of fraud and racketeering following the ollapse of the world’s biggest private equity firm Abraaj.

Thursday 

The Reunion ITVX – The French Riviera-set series adapted from Guillaume Musso’s bestselling novel “The Reunion” aka “La Jeune Fille et la Nuit,” stars Gruffudd, Ivanna Sakhno, and Grégory Fitouss, Dervla Kiwan, Vahina Giocante, Rupert Graves, Shemss Audat, Cosimo Fusco, and Salóme Gunnarrsdóttir. The story opens in the present day, at a high school reunion in the south of France where three former friends reconnect. They grew apart and lost touch, but they are still bound by a tragic secret tied to the disappearance of a high school girl who went missing 25 years ago in the region.

9.00pm Britain’s Notorious Prisons ITV1 – The first of a two-part documentary focusing on Britain’s two most notorious prisons, telling the story of Manchester’s Strangeways which has housed some of Britain’s most dangerous convicts including Ian Brady and Harold Shipman. The programme also focuses on the prison’s degrading conditions and unsanitary processes as well as shining on light on a 1990 riot where inmates took over the institution for twenty-five days.

10.00pm In the Footsteps of Killers Channel 4 – The return of the true crime series, in which leading criminologist Professor David Wilson, former senior detective Dr. Graham Hill and actress Emilia Fox investigate unsolved murder cases that have gone cold, looking for new leads that the original investigations may have missed. This episode looks at The Templeton Woods Murder where 20-year-old Elizabeth McCabe was found murdered in the same woods in which 18-year-old Carol Lannen was found dead in a year earlier in March 1979. The trio investigate both cases and uncover some explosive new evidence that convinces them that they know who’s responsible. The full series will be available on All4 following the transmission of episode one. 

Friday 

Servant Apple TV+ – Fourth and final season of the horror drama created by Tony Bagsgallop and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, stars Toby Kebbell, Lauren Ambrose, Nell Tiger Free and Rupert Grint.

Hunters Prime Video – Second season of the 1970s set Nazi Hunter drama starring Al Pacino.

Dark Rivers All4 – German crime drama, streaming on the Walter Presents strand. The series focuses on a Berlin poliec officer who, after testifying against an Arab clan boss, she and her daughter are sent into a witness protection programme in Bavaria. However, she discover that being on the run from the past doesn’t mean that the past can’t catch you.

8.30pm Travel Man: 48 Hours in Vilnius Channel 4 – Joe Lcett is joined by Sarah Millican for this fast and funny exploration of the Lithuanian capital. They take to the skies in a hot air balloon to see the city from above and explore Lithuanian cuisine. They also try their hands at making sakotis; a giant cake cooked on a spit in front of a fire and make their own jewellery after discovering everything there is to know about amber.

9.00pm Jon and Lucy’s Odd Couples  Channel 4 – Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont put their own marriage flaws to one side in order to judge everyone else’s in this new comedy panel show in which two unsuspecting celebrity couples to go head-to-head to decide who has the best relationship. This first episode sees Rachel Riley and partner, professional dancer Pasha Kovalev compete against comedian couple Richard Herring and Catie Wilkins. The famous pairs take on some patience-testing challenges, including a nightmare makeover, tackling an impossibly dirty bathroom, and a rather alarming lie detector test in which one of the stars is outed as a shower pee-er…

Matt Donnelly

Matt Donnelly

03/01/2023

Made in Staffordshire, Matt is the co-editor of the site and co-host of The Custard TV Podcast. Matt has been writing about TV for over fifteen years and has written for the site for almost a decade. He's just realised this makes him a lot older than he thought he was.

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