The TVweek: Saturday 11th – Friday 17th February 2017

by | Feb 7, 2017 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Terry Pratchett: Back in Black BBC2 – Poignant and humorous film telling the story of the hugely popular author Terry Pratchett, creator of Discworld, whose books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide. When the writer Sir Terry Pratchett died in 2015, he was working on one last story – his own. But Terry’s Alzheimer’s meant he never got to finish it. Back in Black reveals Terry’s road to success was not always easy, from his troubled schooldays to being dismissed by literary critics, to his battle with Alzheimer’s. But knighted by the Queen, adored by millions of fans and with a legacy of 41 much-loved novels – Terry Pratchett is still having the last laugh.


6.00pm The Big Painting Challenge BBC1 – Mariella Frostrup and Rev Richard Coles host a competition in which amateur artists compete against one another.

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

                                               Dragons’ Den, 8.00pm, BBC2       

9.00pm The BAFTA Film Awards 2017 BBC1 – Stephen Fry hosts the British Academy Film Awards live from the Royal Albert Hall in London.


9.00pm First Dates: Valentine’s Special Channel 4 – It’s Valentine’s Day in the First Dates restaurant, where more lovebirds are hoping that Cupid will bless their blind dates. Coiffured PA Azedeh suffers from the misconception that she’s materialistic but wants to show that there’s more to her than meets the eye.

10.00pm The Wedding Day Channel 4 – Documentary  looks behind the pomp and ritual of one wedding to unveil British attitudes to marriage, through two very different families. Serena and Jordan, a bright, ambitious couple in their twenties, are getting married. They have contrasting backgrounds: Serena is from a wealthy Cambridgeshire family while Jordan comes from a more modest background in Stoke. Serena’s parents are divorced, Jordan’s are still together. For the first time in years the entire family will all be in the same room but this time with new girlfriends and step-parents. Confessional interviews with the couple and their families reveal their expectations of married life and how their different stories influence their view of marriage.

10.00pm Celebs go Dating E4 – he Celebrity Dating Agency is opening its doors to a brand new bunch of single celebrities who are all looking for love.

10.00pm Girls Sky Atlantic – Final season of Lena Dunham’s critically acclaimed comedy.


8.00pm Superslimmers: Did They Really Keep the Weight Off? Channel 4 – This documentary meets six extraordinary weight loss champions, who lost 80 stone between them, to find out what happened to them next. After they collected their prizes and the press photographers left, did they manage to keep the weight off?

9.00pm Andrew Marr: My Brain and Me BBC2 – In a very intimate story, broadcaster and political journalist Andrew Marr is on a mission to understand the mysteries of the human brain and to achieve further recovery after suffering a life-threatening stroke four years ago. Andrew quickly regained his ability to speak and was able to resume work after his stroke, but he is still frustrated by lack of movement in his left arm, hand and leg. Andrew meets some of Britain’s million stroke survivors and travels the world in search of a miracle cure.

Notable Continuing Series: The Moorside, 9.00pm, BBC1

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

                                         This is Us, 11.00pm, Channel 4 

9.00pm Life of a Mountain: A Year on Blencathra BBC4 – Terry Abraham returns to the Lake District to showcase ‘the people’s mountain’ – Blencathra. It looks at the lives of local residents, school children and visitors to the mountain with contributions from comedian Ed Byrne, broadcaster Stuart Maconie, mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE and record-breaking fell runner Steve Birkinshaw. Abraham’s breathtaking photography and stunning time-lapse sequences of this unique landscape will inspire newcomers and regular visitors alike.

10.00pm The Great British Skinny Dip Channel 4 – Andrew Welch has a difficult job. As marketing director for British Naturism, he’s paid to promote social nudity and attract new and younger recruits to an organisation with a membership that gets smaller and greyer every year. His brainchild for 2016 is the Great British Skinny Dip. The idea is for venues across the country to host nude swims over one weekend in September – so young people can give nakedness a go in its most accessible form.


9.00pm The Real Marigold Hotel BBC1 – Second series of the documentary series that sees a group of celebrities travel to India to see whether retirement would be more rewarding there than in the UK. Entertainer Lionel Blair, wildlife presenter Bill Oddie, actress Amanda Barrie, snooker champion Dennis Taylor, TV personality Rustie Lee, TV doctor Miriam Stoppard, Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson and Just Good Friends actor Paul Nicholas arrive at their new home, a 16th-century mansion in Old Kochi. Sheila is keen to make sure she gets what she wants out of the experience, but Lionel finds dealing with the realities of living in India unsettling – the animals in the street, the more basic way of life and the piles of rubbish that can distract from the beauty.

Notable Continuing Series: Hospital, 9.00pm, BBC2

                                             No Offence, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm 24: Legacy FOX – Reimagining of the 24 brand minus Keifer Sutherland. When an attempt on U.S. Army Sergeant Eric Carter’s life is made after his return home from a mission to kill terrorist leader Bin Khalid, he discovers that he and his fellow Rangers’ identities have been compromised. Carter enlists the help of former National Director of CTU, Rebecca Ingram, who quarterbacked the raid that killed Khalid and is one of the few who knew the Rangers’ identities. Together they work to uncover a sophisticated terrorist network in a race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil.

10.00pm The Kettering Incident Sky Atlantic – Double bill of a critically acclaimed Australian drama. Returning to her home town of Kettering 15 years after a traumatic event, Anna finds it has become a very different place.


8.00pm The Supervet Channel 4 – In the first episode of the new run, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick pulls out all the stops to give a rescue West Highland puppy called Rodney two bionic feet and a new lease of life. Nell, a young husky collie, is brought to the practice with a badly damaged pelvis after being hit by a car. Noel has to come up with a different plan when the usual hip replacement runs into trouble. And lazy dachshund Rollo needs double surgery and lots of physio.

8.30pm June Brown at 90: A Walford Legend BBC1 – Celebrate a milestone birthday and all things Dot Cotton as EastEnders actress June Brown chats about her life and career. Featuring famous Walford faces and one or two surprises.

9.00pm Russia’s Hooligan Army BBC2 – A shocking look at Russian football firms, from the violent thugs who terrorised Marseille to the next generation preparing for the 2018 World Cup by arranging brutal forest fights.

9.00pm Mafia Women with Trevor MacDonald ITV – First of two programmes in which Trevor McDonald returns to the world of the Mafia, this time gaining unprecedented access to the wives, daughters and girlfriends of notorious gangsters.

9.00pm The Great British Benefits Handout Five – Three unemployed households each receive £26,000 in cash, on condition that they give up their current benefits. Lorraine is keen to set up a market stall selling kids’ clothes, Donna has big plans to open her own hair salon, while cancer survivor Kim just wants to return to normality.


9.00pm The Lake District: A Wild Year BBC2 – Cutting-edge camera techniques give a new and unique perspective on a turbulent year-in-the-life of England’s largest national park. For the wildlife and people who live amongst the epic scenery of the Lake District, life is one of continuous change.

9.00pm The Team More4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama from around the world – features this gripping European crime thriller in which an elite team of investigators from Belgium, Denmark and Germany join forces to probe a string of murders. But the killings are far from random, and the detectives soon discover that a sophisticated criminal network is behind them

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