The TVweek: Saturday 11th – Friday 17th April 2015

by | Apr 8, 2015 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Ninja Warriors UK ITV –  Brand new series hosted by Ben Shephard, Rochelle Humes and Chris Kamara. Competitors from all over the country take on TV’s toughest obstacle course. Who will rise to the challenge, conquer Mount Midoriyama and be crowned the UK’s first Ninja Warrior?

7.45pm Atlantis BBC1 – Drama Series returns. When news reaches Pasiphae of Ariadne and Jason’s impending marriage, she is terrified that Atlantis will be lost to her forever and resolves to do all she can to stop the union, no matter the cost. But Pasiphae’s pursuit of power has far-reaching and devastating consequences, and as the battle for Atlantis continues, it seems no-one is immune to her touch.

8.00pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV – Ant and Dec host the ninth series of Britain’s biggest talent competition. The judging panel of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams return for a fourth year to give their verdict on the first batch of 2015’s weird and wonderful auditions – from a hypnotising dog to a girl with a hula hoop that defies gravity, a burlesque troop with a twist and a man playing music on a comb. The lucky act who is crowned the winner in the live grand final will secure a life-changing cash prize of 250,000 pounds and the opportunity to perform at this year’s The Royal Variety Performance.

9.20pm Play To the Whistle ITV – Holly Willoughby presents the brand new family entertainment show. Each episode features a line-up of top sportsmen, comedians and celebrities for traditional panel show rounds.

9.20pm Britain’s Got More Talent ITV2 – Stephen Mulhern hosts bonus auditions.


8.00pm Britain’s Winter: Storm Heroes Channel 4 – With first-person footage from those facing the brunt of the weather, including rescuers on the frontline, this documentary tells the story of Britain’s ferocious winter weather.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Poldark, BBC1

                                    9.00pm  Indian Summers, Channel 4

10.00pm Tatu BBC3 – Drama series in which UK backpackers Kyle and Budgie find themselves involved in a supernatural murder mystery in the Cook Islands. Previous to his backpacking trip around the world, Kyle had a tattoo inked on his arm – a mark that he had designed himself. Upon his arrival in the beautiful South Pacific island of Manutaki, he finds that the tattoo provokes unexpected reactions from the locals, and he and his friend Budgie decide to determine their significance. Along the way, Kyle believes he has uncovered a terrible crime, but struggles to convince anybody that it has been committed. While he tries to convince his friends, he unwittingly upsets the Manutaki residents, who do not take kindly to foreigners making accusations.


8.00pm Wild Ireland ITV – New series in which Christine Bleakley drives, climbs, walks and swims her way along the longest continuous coastal route in the world, Ireland’s 1,500 mile long Wild Atlantic Way.

Notable Continuing Series: 8.30pm Travel Man, Channel 4

                                                9.00pm Code of a Killer, ITV
                                               10.00pm Raised by Wolves, Channel 4

                                               10.00pm Bluestone 42, BBC3

9.00pm Inside Harley Street BBC2 – Documentary series describing life within a unique grid of streets in central London, exploring the world of Harley Street and the surrounding medical neighbourhood. The series goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the doctors and patients who conduct their business behind these elegant Georgian facades. The first episode features a range of patients, some very wealthy but others whose care is paid for by foreign governments or in some cases by charity. Interwoven with these moving and surprising stories are tales of everyday life on Harley Street – a flower delivery service, a cycle courier delivering medical samples, as well as an interview with the director of the Howard de Walden estate, which owns almost all the property in the area and allocates leases to doctors wishing to practice here.

9.00pm Skint Channel 4 – Welcome to Merthyr Tydfil, the former industrial powerhouse in the Welsh valleys. On the face of it Merthyr is idyllic – the gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park. But the town has issues, as its youth know only too well. It’s over 30 years since the coal mines and iron works closed. Unlike their forefathers, who had jobs for life, the younger generation live in a town with few opportunities and one of the highest unemployment rates in Wales. When you’re young with no qualifications and limited job prospects, you do what is necessary to survive. In this first programme, Ash, who is 23, goes for his first interview in four years. He’s never had a steady job and his partying is causing conflict with his mum.

9.00pm Far right & Proud: Reggie Yates’s Extreme Russia BBC3 – In the first of three programmes revealing the extreme side of Russia, Reggie Yates travels to Moscow to get close and personal with some of the country’s most dangerous people – the nationalists. With Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles and squaring up to the West, Reggie arrives in the Russian capital only days before a march in which thousands of ultra-nationalists take to the streets in a show of strength and unity. Reggie immerses himself into a world where patriotism and loving your country is becoming the norm, one with very dangerous consequences. He trains with knife-wielding far-right nationalists, talks to the young artists who idolise Putin, and confronts teenage neo-Nazis who believe that if you’re not white then you have no place in Russia.

9.00pm Game of Thrones Sky Atlantic – The hit fantasy drama returns for season five. Tyrion is presented with a new possibility and Daenerys grapples with her tempestuous dragons.

10.00pm Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk BBC2 – Jack Dee and a panel of four guest comedians turn agony uncle to help a live studio audience solve their election problems and shed light on their dilemmas and issues relating to the general election. Nothing is written or prepared and the panel don’t know what the questions from the audience will be until the show begins. In this episode Jack’s guests include Romesh Ranganathan and Claudia Winkleman.

10.00pm Virtually Famous E4 – Return of the panel game show hosted by Glee’s Kevin McHale.

10.00pm Thronecast Live Sky Atlantic – Broadcasting live, Sue Perkins and Jamie East are joined by special guests as they look back at the premiere episode of Game of Thrones’ fifth season.


Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Ordinary Lies, BBC1

9.00pm Britain’s Favourite Foods: Are they Good For You? BBC2 – Professor Alice Roberts discovers which are Britain’s most popular fresh foods – and uses the latest science to uncover the surprising health benefits of our favourite foods. Last year in Britain we spent over 84 billion pounds on food.

9.00pm Building the Dream More4 – Charlie Luxton returns with the third series of the show that helps self-builders up and down the country to own a dream home without breaking the bank. In this first episode, Charlie heads to Yorkshire to help Rob and Claire Hartley build a family home on the family farm.

10.00pm My Big Fat Asian Wedding Channel 4 – This one-off observational documentary meets Raj Somaiya, one of Britain’s busiest and most exuberant Asian wedding planners – who’s on a mission to establish his family-run business as the go-to organiser for the UK’s most decadent and lavish ceremonies. Across the wedding season, Raj and his team go to extraordinary lengths to deliver on his clients’ challenging demands, with six-figure budgets, guest lists regularly running to 300 or 400, and brides and grooms desperate for increasingly unusual touches in their bid to go one better than their peers. Raj and his team turn the banking district of London into an Ibiza-inspired rave; lead an Asian invasion into Blenheim Palace; and create a celebration in Leeds that could be straight out of a Bollywood blockbuster.

10.45pm Billionaire Basement Wars BBC1 – The super-rich are maximizing property value in the heart of London as never before. But they’re not building up, they’re digging down, creating mega-basements or ‘iceberg homes’ – nicknamed because there’s more square footage under the ground than above. Over the last ten years an estimated 2000 new basements have been dug in central London. Into these multi-level subterranean structures owners are building anything from cinemas, swimming pools, beauty parlours, squash courts, wine cellars and servants’ quarters. Some take as long as three years to complete. As the Royal Borough of Kensington Council responds to angry residents and tries to regulate the number of mega-basements and the disruption they cause, this documentary goes behind the hoardings to look inside the extraordinary structures and talk to builders, owners and irate neighbours to tell the story of the conflict that has gripped the millionaires and gold-paved streets of London’s smartest postcodes.


8.00pm Give a Pet a Home ITV – Brand new series which sees Amanda Holden recruit a team of celebrity animal lovers who leave their glitzy and glamorous lives behind as they devote their time, with the support of the RSPCA, to finding new homes for the mistreated and abandoned creatures who arrive at Newbrook Farm Animal Centre in Birmingham.

8.00pm Million Pound Properties Channel 4 – From Scottish castles to central London shoeboxes and some ex-council houses, a record number of British properties are valued at a million pounds plus. Filmed over one of the most unpredictable years the property market’s ever known, this documentary reveals what a million pounds actually buys across the UK and uncovers a council house millionaire.

9.00pm Kill the Christians BBC2 – Christianity is facing the greatest threat to its existence in the very place where it was born. Jane Corbin travels across the Middle East to some of the holiest places in Christendom and finds that hundreds of thousands of Christians are fleeing Islamic extremists, conflict and persecution. From the Nineveh plains in Iraq to the ancient city of Maaloula in Syria, Kill The Christians reveals the story of how the religion that shaped Western culture and history is in danger of disappearing in large parts of its ancient heartland.

9.00pm Newzoids ITV – Brand new topical puppet animation comedy sketch show featuring the voices of top impressionists Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, Lewis Macleod and Simon Greenall. Targets include politicians in the build up to the election, as well as poking fun at royals, pop stars, sports personalities, TV favourites, and some international despots.

9.30pm The Delivery Man ITV – Darren Boyd stars in this new sitcom as a man who changes careers. Matthew is a policeman who becomes disillusioned with his job and quits to become a male midwife on a busy maternity ward. A teenage dad tries to visit his pregnant girlfriend without her parents finding out his identity and new boy Matthew has to choose whose side to take. His whale music is not the ideal choice, and his day gets worse when Pat reports him for abuse.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm The Island: The Men’s Island, Channel 4

                                              10.00pm First Dates, Channel 4

10.40pm Raining In My Heart ITV – Documentary telling the heart-warming story of three extraordinary children at the forefront of cancer research. The decisions they make, and the risks they take with their own lives, will benefit countless others and adults affected by cancer in the future.


Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, Banished, BBC2 

                                               9.00pm, The Women’s Island, Channel 4

                                               9.00pm, The Hotel Inspector, Five.                                               10.00pm, Inside No.9, BBC2

9.00pm The Jinx: The Life & Deaths of.. Sky Atlantic – Compelling documentary examining the life of property heir Robert Durst, as he talks, for the first time, about the murders he’s accused of.

10.00pm The Secret Life of the Pub Channel 4 – The average British man spends a year and a half of his life in a pub. For many, it’s a place of sanctuary, somewhere to unwind and just be themselves, or, to quote one boisterous patron: ‘Women go to pubs to talk about their problems. Men go to pubs to get away from them.’ The Lord Nelson, a traditional boozer in London’s East End, has been rigged with cameras to see what men really say when women are not around and they’re not on their best behaviour. Expect plenty of witty banter, a little argy-bargy and an end-of-night drunken sing-along. This fresh, funny and engaging documentary meets a diverse mixture of men. Cudge and Dodds have been best mates for 35 years. In their twenties they were as thick as thieves.


8.00pm Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davies ITV – Warwick Davis and his family return to travel around the UK in their trusty camper van. Warwick’s quest is to uncover the best of Great Britain and prove to his family that there is no need to hop on a plane to have the holiday of a lifetime. The first episode finds them in the Peak District, where Warwick gets stranded 40 feet up a pole during a stint with Derbyshire mountain rescue. His family surprise him with a trip to Heanor’s vacuum cleaner museum so Warwick is in hoover heaven! The Davis clan then step back in time to visit the Black Country living museum in full Victorian garb and end up enlisting to fight in the First World War.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Have I Got News For You?,BBC1

                                                9.00pm Gogglebox, Channel 4

                                               10:00pm, Alan Carr Chatty ManChannel 4

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