The TVweek: Monday 4th – Friday 9th December 2016

by | Nov 28, 2016 | All, TV Week


8.30pm Lawful Killing: Mark Duggan BBC1 –  Drama documentary about the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham in August 2011. The incident triggered the worst riots in modern British history. But while the impact of the event extends far beyond the Duggan family and the community of Tottenham, key details about what actually happened that day remain unclear – shrouded in secret intelligence and obscured by misreporting which remained uncorrected for days, leaving the public with only a partial understanding of the event. To try to understand what happened, this film hears from those close to the story, combining documentary interviews with dramatised reconstruction of the 24 hours leading up to the shooting. Interviews with Mark Duggan’s family and friends, journalists and experts are combined with verbatim testimony re-enacted from the transcripts of evidence given at the coroner’s inquest by witnesses and police officers.

9.00pm Titanic’s Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster BBC2 – On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Britannic, Kate Humble and Andy Torbet piece together exactly how she suffered the very same fate as her sister ship the Titanic, despite being re-engineered to be even stronger than the tragic liner. The programme speaks to descendants of suvivors, and uses rarely seen and unpublished diaries and letters of the captain and crew to recreate how the Britannic’s survivors fought for their lives.

9.00pm Brits Icon: Robbie Williams ITV – Robbie Williams celebrates being awarded the BRIT Icon award – the third artist to receive this award – with a special one-off show from the Troxy in London. He also tells his story in a series of clips featuring key individuals from throughout his career, including Take That, Nicole Kidman and Kylie.

9.00pm The Secret Life of Puppies: The Terrible Twos Five – Documentary series of a dog’s-eye view of life. Between about five and 12 months, all puppies go through their version of the terrible teens. Dalmatian-cross Suki has developed an independent streak and has caught the eye of an English mastiff. Big Ron the English bulldog is piling on the pounds, and is given a new exercise regime.


8.35pm We Have Been Watching: Christmas Special GOLD – Join famous comic performers in their living rooms, including Ricky Tomlinson, Ralf Little, Sally Phillips and Craig Charles, as they enjoy classic festive comedy clips.

9.00pm This Is Us Channel 4 – Hit US drama series from the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love follows the lives of a variety of individuals and, as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways.

10.40pm The Coming War on China ITV – Filmed over two years in the Marshall Islands, Japan, Korea, China and the US, this film reveals a build-up to war on the doorstep of China. Bringing together a combination of rare archive footage and interviews with witnesses, the film documents America’s secret history in the region.


8.00pm I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!: Coming Out ITV – After Sunday’s series finale, this programme follows this year’s celebrities from the moment they step off the bridge to emotional reunions with their family and friends. It also captures their reactions as they spend their first night back in luxury.

8.00pm Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas Channel 4 – Kirstie Allsopp returns for the festive season, celebrating everything that makes a magical British Christmas. Kirstie takes inspiration from around the UK, from the snowcaps and castles of Scotland to the rolling hills of England and the lights of London.

9.00pm Six Wives with Lucy Worsley BBC1 – Documentary series featuring dramatic reconstruction in which Lucy Worsley revisits key events in the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives, revealing how each attempted to exert influence on the king and the Tudor court. Lucy delves into records of private moments and personal feelings in the women’s lives that ended up shaping the course of history.

9.00pm The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve BBC2 – The UK’s leading inventors create ingenious new solutions to every-day problems and build life-changing solutions for people in desperate need. The team of inventors are challenged to come up with solutions for three very different problems. They attempt to help a terminally ill photographer who can no longer use his hands to operate a camera. They try to bring cutting-edge communication to a remote Welsh village which has no internet access and an unreliable telephone connection. And they work to give some control back to a young designer who has Parkinson’s disease and who has been unable to use a pen since developing tremors in her hands two years ago.

9.00pm in Plain Sight ITV – First of a three-part crime drama. Peter Manuel, recently released from a nine-year prison term for a series of sexual assaults, is determined to make Detective William Muncie – the man responsible for his incarceration – pay the price. After a further sexual attack on a young woman named Mary McLauchlan, Manuel elects to defend himself in court and manages to secure a not-proven verdict. Muncie promises a distraught Mary that he will not rest until Manuel is behind bars.

Notable Continuing Series24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Finding my Twin Stranger Channel 4 – Social media is fuelling a global phenomenon of people seeking their twin stranger. The craze has caught the attention of leading twin experts at King’s College, London, who’ve been studying similarities between identical twins for years, but are now interested in what they can learn from non-related pairs. In a unique experiment, seven doubles, or doppelgänger pairs, have agreed to a series of tests, involving 2D and 3D facial comparison and DNA analysis. They include 32-year-old Darren, from Glasgow, who discovered his doppelganger David, on Instagram. Both have worked as nightclub managers and even have matching quiffs. Twenty-year-old Fiorella, from London, travels to Missouri, USA to find her ‘twin’, Ambrosia.


Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm BBC1

9.00pm Extraordinary Weddings ITV – Heart-warming, three-part documentary series following couples who are tying the knot despite facing some of life’s toughest challenges.


8.00pm Hairspray Live! ITV2 – A production of the hit Broadway musical, recorded live for US television. In 1962 Baltimore, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on the Corny Collins Show, a TV programme popular with local teens. Against all odds, Tracy wins a role on the show and becomes a celebrity overnight, meeting a colourful array of characters along the way. Tracy’s mother – the indomitable and stuck-in-the-past Edna – has her eyes opened by her daughter and her new friends, and encourages Tracy in her campaign to integrate the all-white Corny Collins Show.

9.00pm Ball & Boe for One Night Only ITV – Olivier award-winning stage star Michael Ball and the nation’s favourite tenor Alfie Boe perform a selection of theatrical classics from their new album and an exclusive medley from Les Miserables, as well as welcoming special guest stars for some unique collaborations.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm Channel 4
                                                 The Last Leg, 10.00pm Channel 4

11.25pm Adele in New York City BBC1 – Grammy Award-winning singer Adele performs in New York at Radio City Music Hall, showcasing songs from her album 25. The show also features Adele interacting with her fans from the iconic Radio City stage and performing landmark songs from throughout her career. Cameras were also rolling behind the scenes in the days leading up to the concert, offering exclusive access to the preparations for this extraordinary event.

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