The TVweek: Saturday 14th – Friday 20th May 2016

by | May 10, 2016 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The Eurovision Song Contest BBC1 – Graham Norton introduces and commentates on the 61st Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Joe and Jake fly the flag for the United Kingdom, performing their anthemic song You’re Not Alone. They are one of 26 acts competing for the coveted title of Eurovision Song Contest winner 2016.


7.30pm Let’s Do It!: A Tribute to Victoria Wood ITV – In this celebration of the life and work of the much-loved entertainer, friends and famous fans pay tribute to the comedian who wrote some of television’s greatest comedy sketches, dramas and musicals, and won two BAFTA awards for her drama Housewife, 49. Stars including Sir Lenny Henry, Peter Kay and Alison Steadman talk about Victoria Wood’s contribution to entertainment, while friends and fellow actors such as Celia Imrie, Michael Ball, David Threlfall and Anne Reid recall what it was like to work with her.

8.35pm The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration ITV – Ant and Dec host this spectacular event in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen to mark the monarch’s 90th birthday. Held in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, the best of British talent joins more than 900 horses and 1,500 participants for this special celebration of the Queen’s life. Stars taking to the stage include Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Shirley Bassey, Kylie Minogue, Andrea Bocelli, Gary Barlow, Damian Lewis, Jess Glynne, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Alfie Boe, James Blunt, Katherine Jenkins, Beverley Knight, Jennifer Saunders, Alan Titchmarsh and Martin Clunes. Appearing in the arena are The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Chilean Huasos, Azerbaijani horses and riders and over 100 pipers.

Notable Continuing Series: Undercover, 9.00pm, BBC1                                               

9.00pm Louis Theroux: A Different Brain BBC2 – Louis Theroux takes a look at the issues that some of the estimated one million people in the UK living with the long-term effects of a brain injury have to deal with. Louis spends time with staff and service users at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, one of the UK’s largest providers of neuro-behavioural rehabilitation, in an effort to understand how individuals and their families come to terms with this life-changing condition.

10.40pm Stupid Man, Smartphone BBC2 – A chance to see the new BBC Three show that sees Russell Kane tasked with taking a camel across the dry, unforgiving north Saharan terrain. Joining our Stupid Man and his Smart Phone is online prankster Arron Crascall. The pair are convinced that even though they have no survival skills or knowledge of the local culture, they’re sure they can stay alive with only the help of their smartphone.


9.00pm The Great British Sewing Bee BBC2 – The Great British Sewing Bee returns for an eight-part series presented by Claudia Winkleman. Under the scrutiny of Savile Row’s Patrick Grant and Central St Martin’s Esme Young, ten fresh-faced home sewers face three challenges designed to test their skill and understanding of basic garment construction.

9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 – The RTS award-winning documentary series returns, following patients treated in the same 24-hour period at St George’s Hospital in south west London: one of the most advanced and busiest A&E departments in the world. A place where stories of life, love and loss unfold every day.

9.00pm Undercover – The Big Sting Five – Documentary series in which undercover journalist Paul Connolly turns the tables on criminals up and down the country. Paul’s team of investigators track down a huge financial racket, climaxing in his most ambitious undercover operation ever.

Notable Continuing Series: Game of Thrones, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                               Upstart Crow 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Nev’s Indian Call Centre Dave – Entertaining series charting Nev Wilshire’s attempt to set up a call centre in India. In this episode, Nev’s unique interview style is unleashed on some unsuspecting locals.


8.00pm Obsessive Compulsive Country House Cleaners Channel 4 – Behind the ornate front doors of some of Britain’s most spectacular homes lie years of neglect and grime. The owners are struggling to maintain their houses without help from domestic staff, who have long since departed. Often, a vast ancestral hoard of clutter going back several generations dominates the house, collecting yet more grime. Entire wings are uninhabitable and home owners find it impossible to let go of treasured possessions that have been in their families for generations. Could a group of obsessive cleaners rescue these grand mansions from housekeeping hell and add some polish to their faded grandeur?

10.00pm Locked Up Channel 4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this tense, provocative Spanish thriller. Set up by her lover to take the blame for corporate fraud, Macarena Ferreiro, a naive young woman, finds herself locked up in a high-security women’s prison surrounded by tough, ruthless criminals. Still in denial about her crime, she lies to her parents and tells them she’s gone away on a sailing trip, but prison proves to be a very rude awakening for Macarena and she finds herself struggling to cope.

10.00pm Kids Hospital: Your Child in Their Hands Five – Reality series following the emotional journeys made by the parents of some of the young patients admitted to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

10.45pm Leicester’s Impossible Dream BBC1 – Documentary telling the story of how Leicester City went from 5000/1 outsiders to champions of the Premier League.


8.00pm Lose Weight for Love BBC1 – Documentary series following couples who are locked in a cycle of overeating that threatens not only their health, but also their relationships. Becky and Phil drink three litres of fizzy drinks a day, Phil’s yo-yoed between 15 and 30 stone twice, while Becky caves in to any takeaway temptation. Clinical psychologist Prof Tanya Byron and her team separate them for ten weeks in a bid to overhaul their habits.

9.00pm Deepcut: Behind the Barbed Wire BBC2 – As the inquest into the death of young soldier Cheryl James delivers its verdict, former soldiers who served alongside her at the notorious Deepcut barracks speak for the first time about life behind the barbed wire – about a culture of bullying, physical and sexual abuse which has cast a shadow over the army for over two decades.


8.00pm Paxman in Brussels: Who Really Rules Us? BBC1 – As the EU referendum debate approaches its climax, Jeremy Paxman takes viewers on a journey to the heart of Europe, meeting the movers, shakers and anonymous faces who run the EU. His central question is simple – has the UK given the power to rule it to Europe, and if so, does it matter? Meeting crucial figures like Michael Gove and Nick Clegg, he hears arguments on both sides, whilst also trying to understand just how the incredibly complex organisation operates. On his journey he struggles through the Parlamentarium (an EU museum that tries to explain the place), tries on a replica of Margaret Thatcher’s famous EU jumper and samples the EU-regulated wares of the Portobello Road.

9.00pm The Truth about Dementia BBC1 – Angela Rippon investigates Alzheimer’s. She meets people who are living with it and explores her own risk of developing it.

9.00pm Living with Quads ITV – Documentary following the ups and downs of family life when quadruplets arrive.

Notable Continuing Series: Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm BBC2

                                 24 Hours in Police Custody, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                 The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4

9.00pm The Americans ITV Encore – Fourth series of the superb US drama about two Soviet spies working undercover in Washington DC in the 1980s by posing as an ordinary American couple. The trip to Germany has repercussions for the Jennings family – Elizabeth and Philip are told by Gabriel they must acquire samples of US biological weaponry from a contact. Back in the USSR, Nina continues to work with Anton for her own freedom. Pastor Tim continues to prise information out of a guilty and confused Paige, but neither of them knows that the phone is bugged.

10.00pm The Boy Who Sees Upside Down Five – Documentary about a 12-year-old Indian boy called Mahendra with a rare condition that has left him unable to lift his head. Following publicity in the press about his plight, a woman from Liverpool called Julie was inspired to raise funds to pay for a ground-breaking operation, this programme follows Mahendra’s progress and Julie’s emotional journey to Delhi to meet him.

10.00pm Going Forward BBC4 – Jo Brand returns as Nurse Kim Wilde in a three-part follow up to acclaimed comedy Getting On.


7.30pm The Best Bottoms in the Land: Shakespeare’s Dream BBC1 – To mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company has selected six amateur actors from the capital to perform in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, taking on some of the play’s key roles – including the much-loved character Bottom. But how will they cope over the tense months leading up to their big opening night at the Barbican?

8.00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Houseboats Channel 4 – George Clarke looks back across five series of Amazing Spaces and some of the amazing houseboats people have built for the Great British waterways.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                                The Secret 9.00pm, ITV 

                                                Mum 10.00pm, BBC2

9.30pm Love, Nina BBC1 – Helena Bonham Carter stars in a new drama set in 1982. Twenty-year-old Nina from Leicester moves to north London to care for the two young boys of working single mother George, the editor of a London literary review. After a rocky start, Nina gets to know George and her family, and news about one of their neighbours leads to an awkward encounter for Nina.

10.00pm Banshee Sky Atlantic – Double Bill to kick off the fourth season of the US drama.

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