The TVweek: Saturday 12th – Friday 18th September 2020

by | Sep 7, 2020 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Fergie & Diana: At War Channel 5 – Documentary exploring the relationship between the two princesses. Their mothers had been schoolfriends, and they had known each other since adolescence, becoming close friends despite stories of intense rivalry. However, as both their marriages broke down, the strain took a toll on their relationship with each other.

10.00pm Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club ITV – The host presents a stand-up comedy showcase, featuring sets by some of the most exciting new stand-ups in the UK. Mawaan Rizwan co-hosts the first episode, which features Kae Kurd, Flo & Joan and Sophie Duker, as well as some new material from Rob Beckett.


7.00pm Tipping Point: Lucky Stars ITV – Ben Shephard hosts as comedian Paul Merton, actress Sally Lindsay and Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing take part in the celebrity version of the game show, in which they must answer questions to win turns on an arcade-style machine

8.00pm Extinction: The Facts BBC One – With a million species at threat, David Attenborough explores the science of extinction and how this crisis has consequences for everyone. The programme examines why biodiversity loss is happening and what it means – not just for the natural world, but for all mankind.

8.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Captain Sir Tom Moore joins Piers Morgan to look back on his extraordinary life – which spans an entire century.

Notable Continuing Series: Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing 8.30pm, BBC Two

                                               Better Things, 10.00pm, BBC Two

9.00pm The Singapore Grip ITV – Six-part period drama. For rubber baron Walter Blackett and his family, life in 1941 Singapore is full of wealth and privilege, where the horrors of war-torn Europe are a distant whisper. But when their power and stability are rocked by new arrivals and the looming threat of a Japanese invasion, Walter has a cunning plan. Adaptation of the novel by Booker Prize-winner JG Farrell, starring Luke Treadaway, David Morrissey, Charles Dance, Jane Horrocks and Colm Meaney.

9.00pm Emergency Rescue: Air, Land and Sea More4 – Rescue stories from up and down the land, following the thousands of volunteers, as well as search and rescue specialists, who put their lives on the line. In Newquay in Cornwall, Rescue 912 race to fisherman Andy after he is washed off rocks and into the Atlantic Ocean, while a fun day out on the water leaves a group of friends and a dog stuck in mud in Cornwall.


9.00pm Our Cops in The North BBC One – One-off edition of the observational documentary following the work of Northumbria Police across Newcastle, Sunderland and beyond, telling stories of the force’s officers and victims of crime. The programmes examines how long-serving and newly-qualified Northumbria Police officers respond to the changing world of modern crime, including managing online sex offenders and the threat of firearms.

9.00pm Des ITV – Fact-based drama starring David Tennant as notorious serial killer Dennis Nilsen. On 9 February 1983, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay is called to the leafy north London address of 23 Cranley Gardens, where he discovers the drains clogged with rotting human flesh and bones. But the extent of this grisly discovery only becomes apparent when the culprit returns from work. Dennis Nilsen, a meek man, freely admits to the police that it’s not just one or two bodies, but as many as 15 or 16. As the police try to secure a conviction and identify the victims from scant DNA evidence, biographer Brian Masters attempts to understand why. A game of chess with `Des” begins, and while Brian may be exhilarated by his newest subject, he’s unaware what this new obsession could do to his life. Also starring Daniel Mays, Jason Watkins and Barry Ward. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Wednesday.


7.30pm Harbour Cops ITV – Documentary series following the daily work of Dyfed-Powys Police officers over the busy summer months.

8.00pm Flying for Britain with David Jason ITV – The actor meets members of the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, charged with preserving historic aircraft from the Second World War. The team is emerging from lockdown, having been forced to cancel several anniversary events. A qualified pilot, David joins them in their historic Spitfires and Hurricanes for a special tribute fly-past.

9.00pm HS2: The Biggest Dig – The People’s Story BBC Two – Professor Alice Roberts and Dr Yasmin Khan investigate the excavation of a disused Georgian cemetery near Euston Station to make way for the HS2 rail link. They discover what the site reveals about the lives of the people who were buried there, from the founders of Christie’s auction house to a small child who was accidentally buried alive.

9.00pm The Third Day Sky Atlantic – Drama chronicling the individual journeys of a man and woman who arrive on a mysterious island at different times. Starring Jude Law and Katherine Waterston. From Utopia writer Dennis Kelly.

9.35pm Room 104 Sky Comedy – Second series of the comedy Anthology. Three friends on a weekend trip to celebrate Grace’s 30th birthday are surprised by the arrival of her uninvited sister. Starring Charlyne Yi.


9.00pm Ambulance BBC One – Filmed in the autumn of 2019, cameras follow a new cast of characters from the London Ambulance Service as they care for the nine million people of the city. In the first episode, ambulance crew members Kate and Femi are dispatched to a young man who is struggling to breathe during a severe anxiety attack. Meanwhile, just three hours into the morning shift, control deal with the third assault of the day, having already responded to four stabbings.

10.00pm Lost at Sea: My Dad’s Last Journey Channel 4 – One-off documentary following Louis Bird’s journey to piece together the life of his father, Peter Bird, after he disappeared on a voyage at sea in 1996.


8.00pm Saving Lives at Sea – Fifth series of the documentary that shines a spotlight on the work of volunteers for the RNLI.

9.00pm The Real ‘Des’ The Dennis Neilsen Story ITV – Following on from the three-part drama about the serial killer Dennis Nilsen, this documentary explores the personality of the man behind the crimes – on the surface a mild-mannered civil servant who admitted to murdering up to 15 young men over a four-year period in the late 1980s and early 1980s, disposing of their bodies in the garden and down the drain.

9.00pm 10 Ways to add 20K to your Home Channel 5 – Britain’s best-loved TV property and interior experts share the secrets of adding value to a property in the most budget-friendly way possible. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Linda Barker, Scarlette Douglas, Laura Hamilton and Gary McCausland present a number of projects, including converting a garage into a bedroom or cinema room, installing a home office in the garden, and creating an open-plan living space by knocking down walls between kitchens and sitting rooms.


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Five Guys a Week Channel 4 – Essex-based photographer Chris, haulage guy Lou, shopping centre manager Adam, health worker Kris and oven cleaning technician Michael move in with Tara, a 32-year-old business consultant from Halifax in West Yorkshire, each hoping to win her affections. Nearly all of Tara’s friends are married, and just about the most serious relationship she had to date has been with Kaiser – her beloved German shepherd. Top of Tara’s list of requirements is a man who can make her laugh. Eventually, five become one – will Tara make the right choice?

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