The TVweek: Monday 20th – Friday 24th January 2020

by | Jan 14, 2020 | All, TV Week


Notable Continuing Series: Cold Feet 9.00pm, ITV

9.00pm 999: What’s Your Emergency? Channel 4 – The return of the documentary following the work of emergency services in Northamptonshire, with this edition focusing on the demise of the Great British high street – with many town centres hotbeds of antisocial behaviour, crime and violence. PCs Louise O’Sullivan and Sean Whelan attend a call from a distraught homeless man, who has taken refuge in a shop after being threatened with a knife.

10.00pm Diamond Dealers and Cockney Geezers Channel 4 – Documentary going behind the scenes at Trotters Jewellers in Bethnal Green in London’s East End, a family-run business the ownership of which has recently passed to 26-year-old Judd, who manages with old schoolmates Alex and Kallum.


8.00pm Crazy Delicious Channel 4 –  Jayde Adams presents the culinary contest in which inventive cooks are challenged to come up with original takes on classic meals and impress judges Heston Blumenthal, Niklas Ekstedt and Carla Hall. The three contestants in the first episode must come up with a strawberry-based dish and a new take on the hot dog, before one of them is eliminated and the remaining two assigned to create a special birthday meal.

9.00pm Chris Packham 7.7 Billion People and Counting BBC2 – The naturalist investigates the impact of a growing human population on the world in light of predictions that the number of humans could reach 10 billion by the year 2050. He considers the steps that will need to be taken for Earth’s natural resources to support so many people, visiting a city in Brazil that is on the verge of running out of water and a community school in Nigeria that may present a possible solution. Featuring contributions from leading environmental experts including David Attenborough.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                               Better Things, 10.00pm, BBC2

10.00pm Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency Channel 4 – Documentary series following NHS staff in Nottinghamshire dealing with emergency mental health cases, including a woman with no history of mental illness who developed post-partum psychosis, and attempted to kill herself, her husband, and their newborn baby by driving her car into a wall. The child and adolescent mental health team is confronted by an 11-year-old girl suffering from extreme panic attacks, suicidal thoughts and full body seizures, and have to immediately make the judgement of whether her stated intent to kill herself is genuine or a symptom of a more complicated diagnosis.


8.00pm Easy Ways to Live Well BBC1 – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Steph McGovern reveal some of the easy fixes that can help to dramatically improve people’s diet, fitness and mental wellbeing.

9.00pm Spy in the Wild BBC1 – Second series of the wildlife documentary that puts hidden cameras in with wild animals.

10.00pm Avenue 5 – Armando Iannucci’s sci-fi comedy set 40 years in the future, starring Hugh Laurie, Suzy Nakamura, Rebecca Front, Zach Woods and Josh Gad.  A malfunction occurs aboard the luxury space cruise ship Avenue 5, and it is up to engineer Billie McEvoy to warn captain Ryan Clark and owner Herman Judd that the incident may have a cataclysmic knock-on effect.


9.00pm Travels in Euroland with Ed Balls BBC2 – The former MP heads to Europe to discover how the divisions exposed by Brexit are reflected across the EU, exploring the role that national identity and pride have had to play in fuelling the rise of right-wing populism across the continent. He begins in the Netherlands, and the fishing towns of Den Helder and Scheveningen, where he meets a veteran fisherman who explains how EU rules and regulations have made the job harder.

9.00pm Inside The Crown: Secrets of the Royals ITV – Documentary series telling the inside story of the royal family and the Queen’s record-breaking reign. The first episode focuses on the conflict between love and duty that faces the royals – and which has occasionally threatened to bring down the House of Windsor. Edward VIII fatefully chose love when he abdicated to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson. Charles chose duty when he married Diana. The Queen, however, has managed to find a balance, maintaining a long marriage while becoming the longest-serving monarch.


Notable Continuing Series: Would I Lie To You?, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                               Deadwater Fell 9.00pm, Channel 4

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