The TVweek: Saturday 12th – Friday 18th May 2018

by | May 7, 2018 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The Eurovision Song Contest BBC1 – Live coverage from Lisbon

9.00pm The Private Life of the Royal Academy BBC2 – Shot over five years leading to its 250th anniversary, this film is an intimate portrait of one of Britain’s most enduring cultural institutions. With unique access, the documentary illuminates the inner workings of the Royal Academy of Arts and reveals how it embraces the challenge of balancing tradition and innovation.


8.00pm The BAFTA TV Awards BBC1 – Highlights from the British Academy Television Awards, hosted by Sue Perkins at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

8.00pm Neanderthals – Meet Your Ancestors BBC2 – This first programme in a two-part series investigates what Neanderthals looked like and how they lived in their Ice Age world.

8.00pm Midsomer Murders ITV – New episode of the gentle crime drama.

9.00pm Burma with Simon Reeve BBC2 – Two-part documentary series in which Simon Reeve heads to beautiful and troubled Burma, or Myanmar, as it is now officially called. Cut off for decades under military rule, the country now has a democratically elected government led by world-famous Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

9.00pm Kylie at 50: Especially for You Five – Special documentary celebrating Kylie Minogue’s 50th birthday. Featuring archive footage alongside a soundtrack that represents both the best of Kylie’s thirty years in music and some of the most joyful and infectious pop ever recorded.

9.00pm Patrick Melrose Sky Atlantic – Witty, wealthy, and carrying a litany of issues. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Patrick Melrose in an adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s acclaimed novels.

10.00pm Atlanta BBC2 – First of a double bill of Donald Glover’s Golden Globe-winning and critically acclaimed comedy. Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks is broke, out of luck and living with his ex-girlfriend and their daughter. When he learns that his cousin Alfred is on the verge of rap success as Paper Boi he sees an opportunity for both of them.


9.00pm Heart Transplant – A Chance to Live BBC2 – Documentary looking at a  year in the lives of seven patients in desperate need of donor hearts, and the extraordinary medical teams using cutting-edge technology to save their lives.

9.00pm Innocent ITV – Lee Ingleby and Hermione Norris lead the cast of this new four-part thriller which will air over the next four nights. The drama series tells the compelling story of David Collins (Lee Ingleby) who is living a nightmare. Convicted of murdering his wife Tara, David has served seven years in prison. He’s lost everything he held dear: his wife, his two children and even the house he owned. He’s always protested his innocence and faces the rest of his life behind bars. His situation couldn’t be more desperate. Despised by his wife’s family and friends, his only support has been his faithful brother Phil (Daniel Ryan) who has stood by him, sacrificing his own career and livelihood to mount a tireless campaign to prove his brother’s innocence. Concludes on Thursday.

9.00pm Catching a Killer – A Knock at the Door Channel 4 – Return of the exceptional true crime documentaries. At 6pm on 31 January 2017, three days after Chinese New Year, 64-year-old Hang Yin Leung hears a knock at the door. She’s alone at home and not expecting any visitors. Her husband works seven days a week at the takeaway business they’ve built together. She answers the door and, within seconds, the lives of this hard-working family are changed forever.

9.00pm Lucifer FOX – In the Season Two premiere, Lucifer is distracted by his mother’s escape from Hell, as he and Chloe investigate the murder of a stand-in actress. Meanwhile, Chloe’s faith in Lucifer is tested by the new medical examiner, Ella. Also, Amenadiel hopes to rein in Lucifer’s wild side as they both deal with the absence of Maze.


Notable Continuing Series: The Secret Life of 5-Year-Olds, 8.00pm, Channel 4

                                                               The Split, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                                                Innocent, 9.00pm, ITV.

9.00pm Nigeria’s Stolen Daughters BBC2 – Documentary following a group of school girls as they adapt to life after their traumatic imprisonment at the hands of Boko Haram.

9.00pm The Windsors: Royal Wedding Special Channel 4 – The satirical comedy returns to celebrate the royal event of the year. Harry and Meghan are excited about their impending marriage, but before their big day, they must take Charles to America to meet Meghan’s mum, Doria, but Charles does nothing to reassure Doria’s concerns about Meghan marrying into the royal family. Wills is forced to protect his subjects from the net of Windsor’s evil Trampcatcher. Beatrice meets a hunky political firebrand who sweeps her off her feet. Fergie finds an ingenious way to get invited to the wedding. Camilla continues to stir up trouble for the junior royals. And Pippa has a violent reaction to Harry’s marriage.

9.00pm Intercity 125: The Train That Saved Britain’s Railways Five – Two-part documentary. The Intercity 125 is one of British transport’s unsung heroes. Currently powering more than half of the trains in its class, the record-breaking workhorse is now giving way to hi-tech imports. Celebrity champions join designer Sir Kenneth Grange to remember a transport design classic.

9.00pm Bulletproof Sky1 – Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke buddy up as streetwise cop duo Bishop and Pike in this blockbuster blast around London.

10.00pm Meet the Markles Channel 4 – Amelia Dimoldenberg, from Chicken Shop Date, travels to the United States in an attempt to get in with the Markle family and win herself an invite to Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Amelia meets Meghan’s first kiss; goes to a cannabis trade fair with Meghan’s nephew, and eats alligator nuggets in Florida with a very close relative. She also tracks down one of Meghan’s distant relatives, who offers a shocking revelation about one of Meghan’s ancestors.

10.00pm Inside Out Homes More4 – The design series that explores how the home is changing as house and garden merge.

10.45pm Manchester Bomb: Our Story BBC1 – Documentary about the 2017 Manchester terrorist attack.


Notable Continuing Series: Innocent, 9.00pm, ITV

9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 – The RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a new run following patients treated in the same 24-hour period at St George’s in south west London.

10.00pm What Makes a Woman? Channel 4 – Transgender model and social activist Munroe Bergdorf examines the changing world of gender and identity, as she becomes both author and subject of her first UK documentary. The documentary follows Bergdorf undergo dramatic facial feminisation surgery as part of tackling her gender dysphoria – a hugely personal moment that kick-starts an exploration of the central question: What Makes a Woman?

10.00pm Jon Richardson – Ultimate Worrier Dave – Comic and chronic fretter Jon Richardson is joined by Josh Widdicombe and Suzi Ruffell to rank worries concerning the home, including anxieties about dishwashers.


8.00pm Cruises from Hell – Caught on Camera Channel 4 – Jaw-dropping real-life footage – from the funny to the dramatic – shows what can go wrong when we venture out on water.

Notable Continuing Series: Ambulance, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                            Innocent, 9.00pm, BBC1                                         The Good Fight, 9.00pm, More4

                                          Barry 10:45pm Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Million Pound Menu BBC2 – 12 restaurant concepts seek major investment to launch their brand. Presenter Fred Sirieix welcomes an all-British fine-dining concept, Epoch, and a Scottish street-food trader, ShrimpWreck, selling tempura prawn buns to Manchester. Epoch is seeking £600,000 to open its first restaurant in central London. ShrimpWreck is after £100,000 to open in Scotland.

9.00pm Humans Channel 4 – The critically acclaimed drama series returns for a third series. One year after the dawn of consciousness, a decimated and oppressed Synth population fights to survive in a world that hates and fears them. Max, Mia and Flash live in a designated area for Synths known as ‘the Railyard’ while they try to broker an uneasy peace with the human world. Following Hester’s violent attack, Leo lies in a coma being cared for by Max and Anatole, the Railyard’s medical Synth advisor. Meanwhile, removing herself from the plight of the Synths, Niska lives with Astrid and passes herself off as a human. The Hawkins family adjusts to their new lives with Laura and Joe living apart. Laura struggles to fight for basic rights for newly conscious Synths, but a job offer from an unexpected source could give her a platform to bring her message to a larger audience.

10.00pm Me and My Mental Illness Five – 1 in 4 people in the UK live with mental disorders. Opening up about their personal struggles are comedian Iain Lee, who has had depression for some years, talk show queen Trisha, whose anxiety drove her to attempt suicide, and actor Adam Deacon, whose weed habit brought about psychosis.

10.00pm The Week That Wasn’t Sky1 – Nothing and no one is off limits as Alistair McGowan, Ronni Ancona and co put words into the mouths of famous faces in a fun-packed version of the week’s news.


8.00pm Tap America: How a Nation found its Feet BBC4 – Clarke Peters explores the origins, development and modern significance of a great American vernacular art form he has loved since a child – tap dancing.

Notable Continuing Series: The Bridge, 9.00pm, BBC2

                                              Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4  

                                              Friday Night Dinner, 10.00pm, Channel 4                                            9.00pm Britain’s Favourite Royal Five – Affectionate, respectful and celebratory look at that greatest of British institutions, the Monarchy. A public vote decides who among the royal line Brits have the greatest affection for. Plus a look at the lives and careers of the Royal Family, a guide to royal etiquette, and meeting the most loyal royal fan.

10.00pm Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC2 – Frankie Boyle helps make sense of the bewildering times we live in. The show features Frankie at his brilliant best, doing stand-up, review and discussion as he tackles the biggest issues troubling the planet. Over the series, Frankie makes a string of bold and often outrageous statements which he then picks apart with the help of Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Mona Chalabi and a variety of other guests, including comics and experts.

11.00pm The Meghan Markle Effect Channel 4 – On the eve of the royal wedding, Channel 4 hosts a lively conversation exploring the Meghan Markle effect. What will the Hollywood actress and campaigner bring to the monarchy and what impact will she have on feminism and race in her adopted nation? Will Meghan and Harry become the international face of British royalty? Is her marriage to Prince Harry simply a celebration of two people and their fairytale romance, or does it represent something much more significant?

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