The TVweek: Monday 4th – Friday 8th December 2017

by | Nov 28, 2017 | All, TV Week


Notable Continuing Series:  Would I Lie To You?, 8.30pm, BBC1

                                                 Employable Me, BBC2

9.00pm The Real Marigold on Tour BBC1 – After exploring what it is like to grow old in India, Miriam Margolyes, Wayne Sleep, Rosemary Shrager and Bobby George reunite to sample retirement in China. They stay in the capital of the Sichuan Province, Chengdu. A bustling city of over 14 million people, all the group find the language barrier difficult, and Miriam in particular struggles with the regional cuisine. A swim in a high-tech pool makes a bad situation worse as Miriam discovers a modern China at odds with her memory of it from a trip 30 years ago. After experiencing city life, the group opt for an overnight stay in a country retreat. A ride on a high-speed bullet train takes them into the mountains surrounding the city. Home to the giant panda, a feeding session at a local sanctuary leads to an emotional moment for Miriam, while Rosemary can’t quite understand what all the fuss is about. Back in Chengdu, a final night at the Sichuan opera gives the group an opportunity to reflect on their time in China.

9.00pm Concorde: Designing The Dream Five – Two-part documentary. The designers, pilots and passengers tell the incredible story of how the Anglo-French Concorde saw off competition from the Americans and Soviets to become the world’s only supersonic airliner. For more than a quarter of a century and unmatched to this day, Concorde was the undisputed queen of the skies.


8.00pm Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas Channel 4 – Kirstie Allsopp returns with her ultimate guide to the perfect Christmas in a brand new edition. From decorations to gifts, to food and drink, Kirstie shows how to have a fabulous, crafty and stylish Christmas – without breaking the bank, or pulling your hair out. Kirstie meets some of the most talented crafters in the country. There’s a handmade fairy of dazzling detail and delicate diorama baubles; a superb recipe for salmon; a cocktail masterclass; and some Scandinavian baking. There’s also hand-printed wrapping paper, ceramic birds and bespoke Christmas cards. It promises to be the most beautiful, inspiring and festive Christmas yet.

Notable Continuing Series: The A Word, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                                 Motherland, 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Finding Me a Family Channel 4 – There are over 2000 children in England in care, waiting to be adopted. Children in sibling groups, or older than five, or from different ethnic backgrounds, or with additional needs, or several of the above, struggle the most with finding families. On paper, many adopters have traditionally preferred babies or toddlers. So what if prospective parents were to meet face to face with children waiting to be adopted? How might human interaction and chemistry figure? Finding Me a Family follows adoption activity days organised by the children’s charity Coram. It’s a party that could change the lives of both the kids and the adopters.

9.00pm David Jason’s Secret Service More4 – Sir David Jason – a passionate enthusiast of all things espionage related – reveals the secret places, the people and the compelling tales behind the incredible true story of Britain’s spy history from the early 20th century to the modern day. In this first episode he searches for the origins of the British Secret Service and discovers the legendary characters, audacious missions and makeshift methods that characterised the early days of spying. Sir David reveals how a maverick spymaster turned a bunch of amateurs into secret agents and along the way invented the professional spying game, which was pivotal to the Allied victory in World War

10.00pm Extraordinary Teens: My Gay Life Channel 4 – Shot over seven years, this documentary follows the story of a young gay boy growing up in the 21st century. Billy realised he was gay aged seven, and by 11 felt confident enough to appear dressed as Lady Gaga at Brighton’s Gay Pride, where he was spotted by a documentary producer. He has been filming himself ever since. Now 17, Billy is ready to reveal the story of what life was like for him and his family as he developed. A family saga for the modern era, this longitudinal film charts what it is like growing up gay in modern Britain; and shows how what you do today affects what happens tomorrow.


Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                             Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm, BBC2                                                                                                           Detectorists, 10.00pm, BBC4


9.00pm Catching a Killer: A Bullet Through the Window Channel 4 – It’s the early hours in Milton Keynes when a single bullet is shot through an open window in a quiet suburban street. Its victim is a 19-year-old boy. No one is seen. A frantic 999 call is made as the only witness desperately tries to resuscitate the boy and begs for the police to arrive more quickly. ‘There’s blood in his mouth’ he screams through his tears. With exclusive access to Thames Valley Police, this documentary follows this tragic murder case as the police attempt to piece together the events that led up to that fatal shot. With the suspect still at large and live firearm missing, time is of the essence for the force and they must act quickly to track down the killer. But is there more to the case than meets the eye, with a potential second suspect?


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                        The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

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