The TVweek: Saturday 13th – Friday 19th July 2019

by | Jul 8, 2019 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Moon Landing: The Launch Channel 4 – A chance to relive the drama of the launch day of Apollo 11, combining NASA archive with global television footage from the day to take viewers back in time. Moon Launch Live relives the drama of the launch of Apollo 11 and uses contemporary references, flashes of the Vietnam War, adverts from the era and interviews from around the world to fully immerse viewers in the world of the summer of 1969.

9.00pm TV’s Black Renaissance: Reggie Yates in Hollywood BBC2 – Documentary exploring how a wave of hit shows, written by and starring African-American talent, are shaking up the TV industry. Reggie Yates travels to LA to meet some of the stars, writers and directors of shows such as Atlanta, Dear White People and Insecure, including Mahershala Ali, Caleb McLaughlin, Lena Waithe and Justin Simien, and tackles some of the questions in Trump’s America that their work addresses.

10.00pm  Atlanta – The triumphant US comedy from Donald Glover returns for its second season. This is a must watch.


8.00pm My Houseful of Animals Five – Heartwarming and dramatic stories of animal rehabilitation focusing on the people who look after animals 24/7, when there is nowhere else for them to go. Former security guard Geoff opened the doors of his bungalow in Nuneaton to care for animals in need 17 years ago and, since then, he has looked after 47,000 of them, while Jenny has been rehabilitating bats in her home for more than 40 years.

9.00pm Poldark BBC1 – The final series of the period drama begins. Ross travels to London to answer a plea for help from an old friend, and finds himself faced with a conspiracy masterminded by a slave trader – whose daughter has caught Geoffrey’s eye. Demelza is confronted with a new enemy as she manages the family’s affairs in Cornwall, while George remains devastated following Elizabeth’s death, leaving Cary to take up the task of expanding a family empire that is driven into dangerous territory by grief.

9.00pm Louis Theroux: Surviving America’s Most Hated Family BBC2 – Thirteen years since first encountering one of America’s most notorious hate groups, award-winning film-maker Louis Theroux makes a long-anticipated return to Kansas to spend time with the Westboro Baptist Church – a hugely-controversial Christian ministry that for years has picketed at military funerals and other high-profile events with deliberately provocative and homophobic placards. Immersing himself in the strange world of Westboro, Louis explores what happens when a hate-group largely populated by one family loses its patriarch.

Notable Continuing Series: The Handmaid’s Tale, 9.00pm, Channel 4   


7.30pm School of Rock E4 – US comedy based on the movie, starring Tony Cavalero.

8.00pm Time to Eat with Nadiya BBC2 – Nadiya Hussain shares a selection of stress-free recipes designed to help save time and calm hectic lives, beginning with dishes for when people are in a rush.

9.00pm Stargazing: Moon Landing Special BBC2 – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain travel to Cape Canaveral in Florida – where the historic mission began. They hear first-hand from former astronaut Charlie Duke what it was like to guide Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the Moon and how he followed in their footsteps three years later. They also are joined by Kevin Fong and Hannah Fry to explore the latest developments in human space flight – from cutting-edge spacewalk technology to a future Mars buggy.

Notable Continuing Series:  Big Little Lies 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
                                                Year of the Rabbit, 10.00pm, Channel 4


9.00pm The Day We Walked on the Moon ITV – On July 20 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. This documentary reveals how he got there, using a combination of spectacular footage and interviews with key figures in the Apollo 11 mission,áincluding astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the command module while Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic moonwalk.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.15pm Naughty!: The Life and Loves of Boris Channel 5 – Examining the career of the Conservative Party leadership candidate and former Mayor of London, featuring interviews with people who know him and journalists who have reported on him. The programme asks whether some of the gaffes, scandals and amiable buffoonery associated with Boris represent the real person, or if they are part of a well-constructed act.


9.00pm Our Cops in the North BBC1 – Observational documentary following the work of Northumbria Police across Newcastle, Sunderland and beyond, telling stories of the force’s officers and victims of crime.

9.00pm Boris: In His Own Words Channel 4

10.00pm Better Things BBC2 – Second series of Pamela Adlon’s masterpiece comedy. Sam is concerned that teenage daughter Max is seeing 35-year-old Arturo, and that his brother seems to have the hots for older women – namely herself.

10.00pm GameFace Channel 4 – Return of the sitcom, starring Roisin Conaty. Marcella passes her driving test, but lets driving instructor Jon think she has failed in order to keep seeing him. She also continues her life-coaching sessions with her therapist and his student, visits her mum and finds her ex Simon in a compromising position.

10.00pm Fred & Rose West: Five Clues That Caught the Killers Five – The infamous crimes of Fred and Rose West, who carried out a series of murders at their home on Cromwell Street, Gloucester between 1967 and 1987. Deputy senior investigating officer Terry Moore reveals the details of the police work that resulted in their arrests and ultimately the conviction of Rose West, with Fred committing suicide while on remand in 1995.


8.30pm Britain’s Greatest National Treasures ITV – Trevor McDonald and Julia Bradbury celebrate 20 of the most famous landmarks in the country, in this countdown of iconic buildings, ancient monuments, breathtaking natural wonders and awe-inspiring feats of engineering.


10.00pm The Lateish Show with Mo Gilgun Channel 4 – RTS award-winning and Bafta-nominated comedian and actor Mo Gilligan shot to fame with his sell-out Coupla Cans tour across the UK. After his success, he went on to co-host The Big Narstie Show. Now, singer Jessie J and comedy actors Steve Coogan and Asim Chaudhry join Mo for the first edition of his own show, in which he chews the fat over celebrity culture and fronts iconic studio games where viewers at home have a chance to win prizes

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