The TVweek: Monday 17th – Friday 21st May 2021

by | May 11, 2021 | All, TV Week


9.00pm The Pact BBC One – New drama starring Laura Fraser, Eiry Thomas, Heledd Gwynn and Julie Hesmondhalgh. When a young brewery boss is found dead, a chain of events is triggered that draws four of his employees into a fragile pact of silence that will change their lives for ever. Anna and her friends Nancy, Louie and Cat work at the brewery under young boss Jack Evans, whose bullying, spite and manipulation has taken its toll. After too many drinks at a work function, the women make a snap decision to bundle Jack into a car and dump him in the woods as a prank – but soon after, Jack is found dead. Concludes Tomorrow night at 9.00pm

9.00pm Innocent ITV – The return of the crime drama, starring Shaun Dooley, with Katherine Kelly and Jamie Bamber. DCI Mike Braithwaite reinvestigates the murder of 16-year-old schoolboy Matthew Taylor in the Lake District five years previously when the teacher convicted of killing him is found not guilty on appeal and released from prison.

9.00pm Catching Paedophiles: Crime and Punishment Channel 4 – Documentary exploring the challenges of investigating and prosecuting child sexual abuse, and how to manage predators when they’ve been caught. Detective Claire Lyons, who works for Hampshire Constabulary’s Internet Child Abuse Team, has to prove that her suspicions are right about a man who has been uploading indecent images of children – and not risk any mistakes that would lead to the suspect walking free and being able to offend again.

Notable Continuing Series: Motherland, 9.00pm, BBC Two

                                 Mare of Easttown, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                 Wellington Paranormal, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy

                                 Inside No.9, 9.30pm, BBC Two

                                 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 10.05pm, Sky Comedy.

                                 Starstruck, 10.30pm, BBC One

9.00pm Classic British Cars: Made in Coventry BBC Four – To celebrate the award of UK City of Culture 2021 to Coventry, local boy Mark Evans tells the full history of the classic cars made in Coventry. This passionate retrospective runs from the industry’s beginnings in 1897 through to the present day and includes interviews and archive footage detailing the stories behind the creation of classic marques such as the Daimler, the Triumph, the Riley and the Jaguar and the companies and people behind them.

10.00pm Dispatches: Second Wave: Did the Government Get it Wrong? Channel 4 – A look at whether Government decisions led to the second wave of Covid-19 in the UK.

10.10pm The Nevers Sky Atlantic – Supernatural drama from Joss Whedon. A gang of Victorian women find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world. In the opening episode, police inspector Frank Mundi investigates a string of murders at the hands of a reportedly Touched and highly dangerous serial killer named Maladie. Fantasy adventure, starring Laura Donnelly.


8.00pm Eurovision Song Contest BBC Four – Rylan Clark-Neal, Scott Mills and Chelcee Grimes commentate on the opening semi-final from Rotterdam, which sees the first 16 countries competing for a place in Saturday’s grand final. The show is opened by the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence, the most recent winner from 2019, before the hopeful nations – Lithuania, Slovenia, Russia, Sweden, Australia, North Macedonia, Ireland, Cyprus, Norway, Croatia, Belgium, Israel, Romania, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Malta – take to the stage.


9.00pm The Psychedelic Drug Trial BBC Two -Documentary chronicling a ground-breaking new trial at Imperial College London, which sees a psychedelic drug tested against an antidepressant as a treatment for depression. Filmed over 16 months, the programme follows a team of scientists and psychotherapists as they compare the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient of magic mushrooms, with an antidepressant on a small group of participants with clinical depression.

9.00pm A Very Royal Baby Channel 4 – A Very Royal Baby – As the world awaits the imminent arrival of Harry and Meghan’s second child, this documentary celebrates what it really means to be born royal. A combination of archive footage and interviews provides an insight into every stage of the royal baby story, looking at the pressures faced by royal mums-to-be and how attitudes have changed over the past 100 years. How does press intrusion compares with the birth of Meghan’s babies? Why have the royals moved from home to private hospitals? And what really happened at Meghan’s baby shower?

9.00pm Murdered By the Mob Channel 5 – Documentary examining the case surrounding the murder of Iranian asylum seeker Bijan Ebrahimi, who was harassed by a hate-fuelled vigilante mob and brutally killed. The documentary pieces together CCTV footage and evidence from the days leading up to Bijan’s death, and tries to understand what happened that night in 2013, and why.

9.00pm Our Towns Sky Documentaries – How the rise of civic and economic reinvention is shaping and transforming small cities and towns across the US.


9.00pm Subnormal: A British Scandal BBC One – In the 1960s, West Indian migrants to the UK counted on providing better opportunities for their children. However, there are suggestions that before having a chance to develop intellectually, their offspring were labelled as `stupid, difficult and disruptive” as psychologists such as Hans Eysenck and Arthur Jensen theorised that black people were genetically less intelligent than white. IQ tests were then based on these theories with the odds stacked against them. Featuring first-hand interviews with key participants of the time, this documentary examines what is potentially one of the biggest scandals in the history of British education.

10.00pm We Are Lady Parts Channel 4 – Comedy charting the highs and lows of Muslim punk band Lady Parts, as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussain – a geeky microbiology PhD student, who is recruited to be their unlikely lead guitarist at the instigation of fiery frontwoman Saira, who sees something in Amina that the others cannot. Amina is torn between two different worlds and on the lookout for love, romance – and a husband. Anjana Vasan, Sarah Kameela Impey, Juliette Motamed and Lucie Shorthouse star.


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                          This Time with Alan Partridge, 9.30pm, BBC One.

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