The TVweek: Saturday 10th – Friday 16th February 2018

by | Feb 7, 2018 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Modus BBC4 – Second series of the Swedish crime drama. US president Helen Tyler is on a state visit to Sweden and, although accompanied by both FBI and her own security service, it’s Swedish police who will be in charge of ensuring her safety while in Stockholm. Everything looks set to run smoothly until something unimaginable happens. As panic ensues, high-ranking FBI agent Warren Schifford jostles for position with the local head of police.


Notable Continuing Series: Call the Midwife,8.00pm, BBC1
                                                Endeavour, 8.00pm, ITV

                                                Dragon’s Den, 9.00pm BBC2

8.00pm South Korea: Earth’s Hidden Wilderness BBC2 – Beyond the bustling cities of South Korea, pockets of untouched wilderness provide a home to remarkable species of wildlife such as the raccoon dog, fishing spider and the fearsome goshawk.

9.00pm Britain’s Favourite Rom-Com Five – Countdown show celebrating the most memorable romantic comedies ever made. Crammed with clips, behind-the-scenes secrets and interviews with stars including Rita Wilson (Sleepless in Seattle), Clare Grogan (Gregory’s Girl), Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day) and Felicity Montagu (Bridget Jones’ Diary).

9.00pm Survival of the Fittest ITV2 – A brand-new reality entertainment show from the makers of ‘Love Island’. Laura Whitmore is the host as a team of girls and a team of boys go head to head in an ultimate battle of the sexes set against the stunning backdrop of the African savannah. Expect drama, rivalry and romance as the teams – all of whom are single – face daily physical and mental challenges in a battle to see which sex comes out on top. With a massive cash prize up for grabs for the winners, can money win over romance?


9.00pm Julius Caesar Revealed BBC1 – Mary Beard is on a mission to uncover the real Caesar, and to challenge public perception. She seeks the answers to some big questions. How did he become a one-man-ruler of Rome? How did he use spin and PR on his way to the top? Why was he killed? And she asks some equally intriguing little questions. How did he conceal his bald patch? Did he really die, as William Shakespeare put it, with the words Et tu, Brute on his lips? Above all, Mary explores his surprising legacy right up to the present day.

9.00pm Collateral BBC2 – Four-part drama starring a stellar cast including Carey Mulligan, John Simm and Nicola Walker.  DI Kip Glaspie leads the investigation into the unexplained shooting of Abdullah Asif, a pizza delivery driver and Syrian refugee.

9.00pm Trauma ITV – Three-part drama starring Adrian Lester and John Simm and airing over three consecutive nights until Wednesday. After a bad day at work, Dan Bowker arrives home drunk to discover that his 15-year-old son Alex has not come home and no one knows where he is. Meanwhile, Trauma surgeon Jon Allerton is at home celebrating his birthday; despite being off duty, he is then called into work. Jon’s patient is Dan’s son Alex, who has been stabbed. From Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett.

9.00pm The World’s Most Luxurious Airline Channel 4 – With exclusive access to Singapore Airlines, this documentary reveals the lengths the airline goes to building a first-class suite for the super wealthy, spending $850m over the course of four years. What’s the all-important travellers’ verdict as the multi-million pound transformation comes into service?

10.00pm Dara O’Brain’s Go 8 Bit Dave – The comedy videogame show returns for a third series.


8.00pm Joe Wicks: The Body Coach Channel 4 – Health and fitness guru Joe Wicks, aka the Body Coach, is the social media sensation who’s reshaped the bodies of thousands. Now he’s bringing his 90-day body confidence revolution to the whole nation, inviting all couch potatoes to jump off the sofa and take part. With short intense work outs and super-fast tasty recipes, Joe promises to turn our health and lifestyle around with a body confidence boost bringing spectacular results. In the first episode, Joe meets four people battling their health, diet and body confidence: Natalie from Lowestoft, who doesn’t want to be a fat bridesmaid at her brother’s wedding; teacher Asa, whose bad-boy diet and fondness for a G&T has caused his weight to balloon; and Liz and Hannah from Abbey Wood, south London. Liz is battling her size and type 2 diabetes, and needs to learn how to change her eating habit; while student daughter Hannah wants to downsize for her graduation day.

9.00pm Shetland BBC1 – Fourth series of the crime drama starring Douglas Henshall.  Thomas Malone returns to Shetland after serving 23 years in jail for the murder of teenager Lizzie Kilmuir, a crime he swears he didn’t commit. Whilst most of the islanders are convinced of Malone’s guilt, the appeal and his subsequent release have thrown up the possibility that someone else could be responsible for Lizzie’s murder, but as Malone arrives back on Shetland, local journalist Sally McColl is found murdered. Perez and the team must investigate both cases.

Notable Continuing Series: Trauma, 9.00pm, ITV

                                   24 Hours in A&E,9.00pm, Channel 4                                               

10.00pm Tattoo Fixers: Valentine’s Special E4 – oth hearts and tattoos are being fixed in this Valentine’s special. This week Jordan has a proposal for Sketch that needs dealing with, Glen helps drag queen Riley become even more of a Diva, and Jay has a heart to art with Leon’s backside. Meanwhile, Alice covers up Suzanne’s naughty little Cupid, Jay deals with Wez’s feminist faux pas, and Sketch frees Chris from his rather large back problem.

10.45pm Sex, Drugs and Murder: A Year in the Red Light Zone BBC1 – An uncompromising look at the lives of sex workers in the Holbeck area of Leeds filmed over 12 months. Those buying or selling sex in Holbeck are not arrested.


9.00pm Earth’s Natural Wonders BBC1 – Earth’s Natural Wonders are parts of the natural world that nature has carved on such a scale, that they beggar belief – vast mountain ranges, impenetrable rainforests and dazzling tropical islands. Places where nature is visible at its most primal, most powerful, and most extraordinarily beautiful. Survival for human beings can be an incredible challenge.

9.00pm Generation Gifted BBC2 – Observational series following six bright teenagers from low-income backgrounds across the UK over a period of three years. In Port Talbot, avid reader and top-tier student Ann Marie knows she wants to go to university, but she suffers from anxiety around her exams. Meanwhile in Tamworth, Shakira’s school recognises that she is a talented artist and tries to help her find her creative voice by pushing her out of her comfort zone. Confidence is less of an issue for Birmingham-based aspiring paediatrician Jada: her determination to ace her Year 9 exams is pinned on her dream of winning a future place at nearby Sixth Form grammar school. But however determined she and her mum are, money may halt her dream.

Notable Continuing Series: Trauma, 9.00pm, ITV

9.00pm The £1 Houses: Britain’s Cheapest Street Channel 4 – Liverpool City Council are selling off derelict houses – for just £1 each. But is this the dream scenario that it appears to be? The houses haven’t been touched for 10 years, and the buyers must invest their own cash to renovate them, which is at least £40k. If the work is not completed within 12 months, the council can take the houses back, with no compensation. The Wavertree area is renowned locally for crime, drugs and anti-social behaviour. The newcomers are relying on each other to build a solid community from scratch. This series, filmed over two and a half years, captures the highs and the lows of the people who are gambling their savings to step onto the property ladder and trying to achieve ordinary dreams in extraordinary circumstances. In the first episode, childhood sweethearts Mel and Rob are desperate to give their kids a home through sheer hard graft and a tiny budget.

10.00pm Damned Channel 4 – The fearless topical comedy from Jo Brand, Morwenna Banks and Will Smith returns for a second series set at Elm Heath Social Services where much has changed – but quite a lot hasn’t. Starring Jo Brand, Alan Davies, Kevin Eldon, Georgie Glen, Himesh Patel, Isy Suttie, and Lolly Adefope. The team come under pressure over a single mum sex worker and a case of historic abuse, while Nat thinks there might be records missing from the newly-digitised files.

10.00pm Bliss Sky1 – Andrew’s got two families, two lives and one huge predicament in this comedy drama by Arrested Development’s David Cross. Stephen Mangan and Heather Graham star.


8.00pm Sea Cities BBC2 – Series meeting the people who live and work around Britain’s port cities. Sunderland gets a new landmark with the arrival of the centrepiece for the Northern Spire Bridge. The Navy’s HMS Ocean pays a visit and the city gears up for a thrilling air show.

Notable Continuing Series: Generation Gifted, 9.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Children Who Kill ITV – Susanna Reid meets America’s child killers. With exclusive access to high-profile cases involving children who kill and first-hand testimony about what it means to spend a life in jail, this documentary provides a vivid insight into a justice system divided by strong opinions over what the correct punishment should be for these most heinous of crimes.

9.00pm Married at First Sight Channel 4 – Third series of the reality show that sees couples get married on their first ever meeting. This time, thousands applied for the chance to instantly change their relationship status. Putting their trust in science, the participants have signed up to allow a panel of experts to make them a match, with the possibility of marrying someone they’ll only meet seconds before saying ‘I do’. But the path from single to married is far from easy, especially when you are about to marry a complete stranger. This episode features police officer Stephanie and quantity surveyor Benjamin; and estate agent Carrie and insurance broker Wayne. Before they can get married, the newly engaged singles need to persuade their friends and family that marrying a stranger isn’t a completely crazy idea. And then comes the ultimate test – how will they react when they first set eyes on one another – on their wedding day?

10.00pm The Job Interview Channel 4 – Second series of the reality series that takes cameras into the boardrooms. Going back inside the nerve-wracking interview room as an eclectic assortment of real job-seekers from across the country interview for real roles at some of Britain’s biggest and best-known brands. Formidable recruitment duo Diego and Kathryn from Virgin Trains are looking for someone to bring sparkle to the role of serving drinks and snacks on the West Coast Main Line. Hoping to impress them and win the £24,000-per-year role is 29-year-old Bianca, who, with mounting student debt, has had to put her studies on hold.


8.00pm Love Your Garden ITV – Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney, Frances Tophill and Katie Rushworth transform unloved backyards into stunning oases. In this episode the team tackle the run-down London garden of Joan Myers OBE, a nurse who has worked tirelessly to help improve the way that children are cared for within the NHS. As Alan and the team get to work creating a peaceful retreat with flavours of Africa and the Caribbean -as well as a splash of Joan’s favourite colour purple – the team are given an extra challenge.

9.00pm First Dates Channel 4 – Fred Sirieix and the team welcome hopeful daters to the First Dates restaurant for a Valentine’s special.

9.00pm 999 Rescue Squad W – Reality series following the work of Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team. Paramedic Rochers fights to save a DIY mechanic crushed by his own car.

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

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