The TVweek: Saturday 11th – Thursday 16th July 2020

by | Jul 6, 2020 | All, TV Week


7.25pm The Voice Kids ITV – Emma Willis presents the fourth series of junior singing contest, with newcomer Paloma Faith joining, Danny Jones and Pixie Lott on the judging panel.


9.00pm Romesh Ranganathan: Misadventures from My Sofa BBC2 – The comedian revisits memorable moments from his travel series, beginning with a look back at the episodes where he explored Zimbabwe, Bosnia and the Sahara. The programme features some never-before-seen footage shot for these episodes, including the moment when Romesh tried to make a horror film in the desert.


9.00pm Once Upon a Time in Iraq BBC2 – Documentary examining the realities of war and life under Isis, with unique personal archive from civilians and soldiers from both sides of the conflict. As war began, many Iraqis were hopeful. Ahmed Al Bashir, now a renowned comedian, remembers practising his English with US troops before the realities of occupation became clear. Waleed Neysif was 18 when George Bush gave Saddam Hussein just 48 hours to leave Iraq. He was, like many Iraqi teenagers at that time, infatuated by the West. But while many of his generation grew up enjoying songs by the Backstreet Boys, Waleed formed Iraq’s first heavy metal band.

9.00pm Paramedics: Britain’s Lifesavers Channel 4 – Documentary following West Midlands Ambulance Service at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in April, from the perspective of the crews, control room staff and managers as they deal with the human cost of the biggest ever challenge to the service. To get more ambulances onto the frontline, managers deploy student paramedics, with 21-year-old Sam and 20-year-old Caitlyn encountering patients with breathing difficulties, in care homes, and with mental health issues that appear isolation-related.

9.00pm Miricle Workers Sky Comedy – Second season of the US comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe. There are new challenges in the Middle Ages. Alexandra pursues education but family business draws her in, while Prince Chauncley tries to live up to ex.

Notable Continuing Series: I May Destroy You 10.45pm, BBC1


8.00pm Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby BBC2 – Giles Coren and Monica Galetti visit a hi-tech hotel in the self-governing Chinese gambling capital of Macau. Monica gets special access to a secret set of VIP suites dubbed The Mansion, where it takes more than just money to book an exclusive room. Giles visits a special theatre that sends its audience flying through the air, and helps to arrange the flowers for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

9.00pm The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty BBC2 – Three-part documentary about the media mogul’s influence on international politics and the power struggles within his own family. The first episode focuses on the build-up to the 1997 general election, where Rupert Murdoch had to decide if his business interests were best served by the continuation of John Major’s struggling government, or a new Labour leadership under Tony Blair. Eventually, the full force of his media empire is placed behind the rising Labour leader, but some question how high a price was paid. Elsewhere, Murdoch marries a woman 37 years younger than he is, dividing his children and jeopardising his plans to choose a successor.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                               Betty, 9.35pm Sky Comedy
                                                I May Destroy You 10.45pm, BBC1

9.00pm Our Yorkshire Farm Five – Return of the documentary series following hill shepherds Amanda and Clive Owen and their nine children.

9.00pm The Plot Against America Sky Atlantic – Drama imagining an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh – an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist – who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism. Starring Winona Ryder, Anthony Boyle and Zoe Kazan. From the creator of The Wire David Simon.


8.00pm Bears About the House BBC2 – Conservationist Giles Clark embarks on his biggest mission to date – taking on the illegal wildlife trade and helping to build a new bear sanctuary in Laos, south-east Asia. Giles has been asked by good friend Matt Hunt, CEO of Free the Bears, to help for 12 months and is not long into his role when he has to step in to help Mary, a five-month-old sun bear. Mary was rescued after her mother was killed in the wild and was spotted on the back of a truck for sale into the illegal wildlife trade. Fragile and malnourished, she lives with Giles and Matt at home while she needs round-the-clock specialist care.

8.00pm Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs – Back in Business ITV – In this special episode, Paul returns to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to see how staff coped during one of the most extraordinary and dramatic periods in its history – the Coronavirus pandemic. Before Battersea closes its doors to the public for the first time in 160 years, Paul spends one last day at the centre helping in whatever way he can, as the team goes all out against the clock to rehome more than 150 dog and cats, puppies and kittens.

10.05pm Maura Higgins: You’re Joking Me ITV2 – Documentary following the Love Island star as she prepares to compete in the Spartan Race, a gruelling 5km extreme obstacle course around Twickenham rugby ground.


8.00pm Glow Up BBC2 – Stacey Dooley presents the return of the contest in which aspiring make-up artists battle it out.

8.00pm Stephen Lawrence: Has Britain Changed? ITV – The killing of George Floyd in the US triggered global protests, with thousands also taking to the streets in Britain. In light of these events, Rageh Omaar and Anushka Asthana host this live debate to examine racial equality in the UK. They discuss how much has changed in Britain almost three decades after the racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence.

9.00pm The Murder of Stephen Lawrence ITV – Paul Greengrass’s 1999 dramatisation of Doreen and Neville Lawrence’s struggle to bring their 18-year-old son’s killers to justice, exposing the flaws in the system that had failed them. Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Hugh Quarshie star as the bereaved parents, with David Calder as Metropolitan Police Chief Sir Paul Condon.

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