The TVweek: Saturday 11th – Friday 17th September 2021

by | Sep 6, 2021 | All, TV Week


Spitting Image – Series 2 BRITBOX – Second series of the satirical comedy with puppets.

8.30pm Beat the Chasers ITV – The return of the quiz in which contestants from across the UK take on a team consisting of Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha, Jenny `The Vixen” Ryan, Anne `The Governess” Hegerty, Shaun `The Dark Destroyer” Wallace, Mark `The Beast” Labbett and Darragh `The Menace” Ennis hoping to win big money. Bradley Walsh hosts.

9.00pm Amy Winehouse: A Life in 10 Pictures BBC Two – A journey through the singer’s life in 10 defining photos, from famous shots to private snaps, with the stories behind them revealed by those who were there and those who knew her best, including her parents and close friends.

9.00pm Fergie & Meghan: Inconvenient Royals Channel 5 – Exploring the parallels between Sarah, Duchess of York and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The film asks what the future holds for them both, and what lessons Meghan can learn from Fergie’s experiences. The only previous royal to tell all on Oprah’s couch was Fergie herself – once to publicise her autobiography in 1996, and then to apologise for selling out Prince Andrew to the News of the World for £500,000.

9.00pm In the Same Breath Sky Documentaries – Documentary focusing on how the Chinese government turned pandemic cover-ups in Wuhan into a triumph for the Communist Party.

9.00pm Ready to Mingle: No Filter ITV – Katherine Ryan presents the funniest and naughtiest previously unseen moments from the first week in the house.

9.35pm Paul O’Grady’s Saturday Night Line Up ITV – Comedy chat and game show in which Paul puts questions, scenarios and dilemmas to celebrity guests, who must arrange themselves from best to worst correctly to match the order the British public have put them in. In the first edition, he is joined by Jack Dee, Joanna Page, Rob Rinder and Mica Paris.


Notable Continuing Series: Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing, 8.00pm, BBC Two

8.00pm Endeavour ITV – Eighth series of The Morse prequel fronted by Shaun Evans and Roger Allamm. It’s the start of 1971 – though wearied from the events of the past year, there’s no chance of ‘light duties’ at the CID. Crestfallen and rarely without a scotch in hand, Endeavour finds himself right back in the thick of it when an explosive murder at an Oxford college has potentially far-reaching political ramifications. Meanwhile, the IRA have made a threat against the life of the Oxford Wanderers’ star striker, and Endeavour is tasked with the duty of acting bodyguard.

8.00pm Million Pound Motorhomes Channel 5 – A look at the world’s most impressive mobile residences, including the £1.5m Newell luxury motorhome, previously owned by ex-Formula One champion Jenson Button. TV presenter Dom Littlewood takes viewers on a trip down motorhome memory lane and there is a sneak peek inside the factory of RC Motorhomes to see the manufacturing process behind these luxurious, British-made vehicles.

9.00pm Life Drawing Live BBC Two – Josie d’Arby hosts a live broadcast of a life drawing class led by artists Daphne Todd and Lachlan Goudie, offering viewers the chance to draw along with the six amateur artists in the studio as they capture a series of poses. Plus, artist and teacher Diana Ali offers some helpful tips.

10.00pm Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Homecoming Event Channel 4 – Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe host a special celebration for the UK’s Paralympics team. Alongside interviews with the athletes, there are performances from Sigma, Birdy, Clean Bandit with Wes Nelson, Ella Henderson, Jay Prince, Jamie Cullum, James Arthur and Madness. 

10.15pm Surviving Squalor: Britain’s Housing Shame ITV – Daniel Hewitt reports on shocking conditions being endured by some people and families living in social housing – homes owned and run by local councils and housing associations. He investigates the scale of the unmet demand for stable, secure housing and asks why some of the most vulnerable in society are being failed by a housing system that consistently ignores their concerns, fails to fix their problems and offers them nowhere else to go.


6.30pm Take a Hike BBC Two – Competition held in a different part of Britain each week in which five people showcase countryside walks, with each judged by the other hikers on the quality of the route, the picnic, the views and the entertainment. Kicking off the first week in Devon is 63-year-old taxi-drives Helen, who taking the others for a cultural tour of Ilfracombe’s coastal path with a surprise splashy ending.

8.00pm Coronation Street: Icons ITV – Sally Lindsay narrates a tribute to Coronation Street legend Malcolm Hebden and his character as they both bid farewell to the cobbles after 26 years.

8.00pm Jamie Oliver: Together Channel 4 – The chef prepares the perfect meals for social events, beginning with a celebratory meal for family and friends to make up for 18 months of missed family milestones. 

Notable Continuing Series:  Stephen, 9.00pm, ITV

                               The White Lotus, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 9.30pm Sky Comedy.

9.00pm Inside America’s Treasure House: The Met BBC Four – The story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s closure during the Pandemic, just as the staff were preparing to mark the museum’s 150th anniversary. Featuring a guide to the history of the museum’s exhibitions, from the gilded age tastes of its founders to more contemporary events.

9.00pm Submarine: Life under the Waves Channel 5 – Documentary that captures life on board nuclear submarine HMS Trenchant on its four-month tour of duty to the mid-Atlantic, uncovering the reality of life at sea. Her crew prepare the submarine to leave port for the first time in six months, with enough food coming on board to last for up to 120 days underwater. Their mission is to travel to the mid-Atlantic to protect a British submarine that’s carrying Trident nuclear missiles.

9.00pm Look Away Sky Showcase/Sky Documentaries – Documentary hearing from women groomed in their early teenage years by rock stars, as well as exploring the lengths the music industry went to in order to protect its own.

9.00pm The Complaints Department Comedy Central – Jason Manford hosts the comedy panel show in which guests take on a series of games based on the finest moans, whines and protests from the public, with Jimmy Carr, Russell Kane, Sara Barron and Sayeeda Warsi joining him for the first edition.

10.00pm Alama’s Not Normal BBC Two – Another chance to see Sophie Willan’s comedy pilot.

10.00pm British As Folk Dave – Darren Harriott, Fern Brady and Ivo Graham are on a mission to find out what it means to be British in the UK, beginning in Leicester.

10.00pm Legendary E4 – MC Dashaun Wesley host a reality contest exploring the world of ballroom culture, with voguing houses facing off in fashion and dance challenges that are judged by Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado and Megan Thee Stallion. In the opening episode, the inaugural ball kicks off with an epic Grand March, which finds the houses of Escada, Ebony, Ninja, Gucci, West, St. Laurent, Lanvin and Balmain leaving it all on floor to make a killer first impression.


Streaming Today – Kiri Netflix – Jack Thorne’s acclaimed four-part drama comes to the streamer for the first time. Sarah Lancashire stars a social worker who is in charge when a young girl is killed.

Streaming Today – Travels With My Father Netflix – Final series of the travelogue series from Jack Whitehall and his dad Michael. 

9.00pm Long Lost Family: Born Without a Trace ITV – Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell provide an update on some of the stories of people who were abandoned as babies. Eighteen months ago, DNA revealed that foundlings Helen and David, left as newborns on either side of the Irish border, were full brother and sister – now further research shows their story of extraordinary family secrets is far from over.

9.00pm Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain Channel 4 – The story of the girl group, made to mark 25 years since the release of their debut album Spice. Using rarely seen archive footage and interviews, the series charts the evolution of the Spice Girls over the past quarter of a century and explores the impact of girl power around the world. The first episode looks at the group’s formation in 1994, against the backdrop of ladette culture, the group’s rise to stardom, and what it meant for contemporary feminism. By 1997, the band reach new heights as the best-selling girl group of all time, with an extraordinary presence internationally.

Notable Continuing Series:  Only Murders in the Building, Star on Disney +

                                          Back to Life 10.35pm, BBC One


9.00pm The Last Artifact BBC Four – A hi-tech vault just outside Paris is the home of the kilogram, a small metallic cylinder that is used as the base unit of mass – it is the item against which everything else is measured. But over time, this small hunk of metal has mysteriously eroded by the weight of an eyelash, a change that could have dire consequences. This documentary tells the story of the kilogram, and follows a group of scientists as they try to redefine the weight of the world.

9.00pm Fred and Rose West: Reopened ITV – Trevor McDonald presents as investigators explore new leads in the infamous case of Fred and Rose West, suggesting there may be more victims than the 12 already known. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm

9.00pm This Week on the Farm Channel 5 – Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson return to celebrate the very best of the autumn season with brothers Rob and Dave Nicholson at Cannon Hall Farm in South Yorkshire.

10.00pm The Man Putin Couldn’t Kill Channel 4 – An investigation into the incident in August 2020 when Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny was taken ill during a flight to Moscow, having been poisoned.


Streaming Today – No Offence: The Complete Series Disney+ – All three series of Paul Abbott’s brilliantly quirky crime drama that began life on Channel 4.

9.00pm Patrick Kielty: Northern Ireland, The Union and Me BBC One – In its centenary year, the presenter investigates why a new trade border in the Irish Sea has led to violent protests in Northern Ireland, sparking fear of a return to conflict nearly 25 years after the end of the Troubles – a conflict that claimed thousands of lives. Patrick focuses on a new generation born after the ceasefire as he tries to understand what is driving this new wave of unrest, particularly in loyalist communities. He also explores why some feel that a united Ireland could now be on the horizon and how the trauma of Northern Ireland’s past is shaping its future.

9.00pm Help Channel 4 – One-off drama set in a fictional Liverpool care home telling the moving story of a young care home worker and a challenging patient during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020. Intelligent social misfit Sarah unexpectedly finds her calling as a carer with a talent for connecting with residents, especially 47-year-old Tony, whose young-onset Alzheimer’s causes periods of confusion and violent outbursts. Sarah’s success at managing him and the other patients soon helps to restore her self-belief. Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham star, with Cathy Tyson, Angela Griffin and Sue Johnston.

9.00pm All Creatures Great & Small Channel 5 – Second series of Channel 5’s successful reboot.


Streaming Today – Sex Education Netflix – A third season of the popular high school comedy.

8.00pm The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres Channel 5 – The poet sets off on a journey around the region that takes in parts of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, beginning in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water.

8.00pm Young Rock Sky Showcase/Sky Comedy – Sitcom inspired by Dwayne Johnson’s formative years, starring Johnson as himself looking back on his formative years while running for president in the year 2032.

9.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 – The armchair critics share their opinions on what they have been watching during the week, with cameras capturing their instant reactions.

9.00pm Lighthouses: Building the Impossible Channel 5 – Rob Bell heads nine miles out into the English Channel to see why building the world’s first rock lighthouse was such a monumental achievement. At Eddystone Reef, Rob witnesses the awesome power of rough seas and jagged rocks for himself, before a vivid demonstration of why building a tower on a wave-lashed rock was regarded as an impossible dream.

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