The TVweek: Saturday 14th – Friday 20th September 2019

by | Sep 9, 2019 | All, TV Week


10.15pm The Jonathan Ross Show ITV – The host is joined for the launch of a new series by Downton Abbey stars Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery, who discuss reviving the period drama for a new movie. Other guests include Stephen Fry, Craig David and Martin Freeman.


8.00pm Inside Cadbury: Chocolate Secrets Unwrapped Channel 4 – Documentary examining the world of one of Britain’s biggest and best-loved chocolate makers. Behind closed doors at Cadbury’s Bournville plant, a team of scientists struggle to meet the biggest challenge the company has faced for a century, to dramatically cut sugar from their Dairy Milk recipe.

Notable Continuing Series: Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Stacey Dooley Investigates BBC2 – In North-East Nigeria Stacey Dooley meets Falmata. She was kidnapped by Boko Haram at the age of 13, forced to marry three times and finally strapped to a suicide belt and sent out on a bombing mission.

9.00pm The Real Patrick Swayze: In His Own Words Five


9.00pm Crime & Punishment Channel 4 – Documentary that captures the work of police, probation, prison, prosecution and parole all coping with difficult cases and managing risk to the public and themselves, with limited resources. The dilemmas are real, as is the pressure. The series shares these difficulties with the viewers and challenges them to decide how they would manage the risks faced daily by the justice professionals. This series offers important evidence about the state of the justice system at a crucial time – with the government proposing major changes. Twenty-eight-year-old Paul Bousell is serving time in HMP Winchester with no release date. His crime? Holding up a Londis store and threatening staff with a knife, following a history of violent offending. Paul now faces the prospect of lingering in jail until his death. He is serving a controversial IPP sentence, or Imprisonment for Public Protection, a sentence that has been labelled by MP Ken Clarke ‘a stain on the Criminal Justice System’. Created in 2003 by the then-Home Secretary David Blunkett, it allowed courts to pass a sentence with no specific end date – if it was decided you were deemed potentially dangerous. Therefore, in addition to a minimum tariff behind bars, the IPP sentence meant that you would only be released if you could convince the Parole Board that you no longer pose a risk to the public, or you remain in prison indefinitely.

Notable Continuing Series: Succession, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                               Stath Lets Flats, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm McDonald’s vs Burger King: Burger Wars Five – Documentary examining how the fast-food giants grew from humble origins to become two of the most recognisable brands in the world. The programme assesses the chains’ marketing ploys and promotional techniques, while vloggers and food critics compare the rivals’ most notable products and the ways in which they are presented. Industry insiders also reveal the secrets behind both chains’ success and how they see off the competition.


8.00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show Live ITV – When should you save and when should you spend? That’s the question – and Martin Lewis is the man with the answers in this Live one hour.

Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake-off, 8.00pm, Channel 4

                                                Euphoria, 10.10pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Love in the Countryside BBC2 – Sara Cox goes back to her farming roots as she meets eight singletons living in the countryside as they begin their journey to find love.

10.00pm Defending the Guilty BBC2 – Comedy following idealistic pupil barrister Will Packham, as he is shown the ropes by his cynical, worldly-wise pupilmaster, Caroline. Mistakenly believing that his role is to serve justice, Will must navigate his way through a criminal justice system seemingly designed to be as opaque and confusing as possible. Starring Will Sharpe and Katherine Parkinson.

10.15pm My Dad the Paedophile Five – Documentary featuring three women, Natasha, Emily and Maya, who were abused at the hands of their own fathers. They discuss how they have created new lives for themselves, and the programme also shows the extent of how the crimes affected other family members.


9.00pm Japan with Sue Perkins BBC1 – Sue Perkins embarks upon a trip around Japan.

Notable Continuing Series: Grand Designs, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                                Better Things, 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm The Fall of M&S: Food to the Rescue? Five

9.00pm City on a Hill Sky Atlantic – American crime-drama, starring Kevin Bacon as corrupt but venerated FBI agent Jackie Rohr working in Boston in the early 1990s. Jackie teams up with idealistic prosecutor Decourcy Ward, and the pair attempt to take down a gang of armoured car thieves.

10.35pm Breaking Fashion BBC1 – A behind-the-scenes look at life in the In The Style offices in greater Manchester and the new world of ultra-fast fashion. The series follows the work of 32-year-old business owner Adam Frisby and his team during the summer season, as the company competes with rival fast fashion brands to sign up the latest talent, come up with the hottest styles and supply them faster and better than any other brand.


9.00pm The Cameron Years BBC1 – The first in a two-part documentary drawing on an interview with former prime minister David Cameron to explore his leadership, the events that led to the EU referendum and its impact on the political landscape – not to mention his own career.

9.00pm 1944: Should We Bomb Auschwitz? BBC2 – In 1944 two Jewish prisoners escaped from Auschwitz. After they told the world of the horror of the Holocaust, it raised one of the greatest moral questions of the 20th century – should the Allies bomb the camp? This documentary tells the whole of the story, combining dramatic reconstructions of the arguments that took place at the highest levels with first-hand testimony from survivors to explore a moral dilemma that still resonates today – how to act in the face of genocide.

10.00pm Gary Usher Channel 4 – Chef Gary Usher was discarded as a teenage loser but has turned his life around to make good food at a decent price. Now he sets out to bring his food to Prescot, Merseyside, which has not had a new restaurant in more than 30 years. His plan is to open a bistro in the rundown town centre. But to achieve his dream, he must crowdfund ú50,000, build a French-style eaterie out of rubble and convince the sceptical townsfolk to fall in love with the exotic food he will be serving.

10.00pm American Horror Story FOX – In the summer of 1984, five friends escape Los Angeles to work as counselors at Camp Redwood. As they adjust to their new jobs, they quickly learn that the only thing scarier than campfire tales is the past coming to haunt them.


9.00pm Inside the Vatican BBC2 – A film crew gains exceptional access to Vatican, afforded a year to examine its inner workings. Cameras capture everyone including Pope Francis himself, his head of security, the nuns who cater for the homeless, the choristers of the Sistine Chapel, the papal gardener and the chief of the diplomatic corps to gain a unique and exclusive insight into the lives of those who live and work in this independent City State. The first of two programmes follows the build-up to Easter, when tens of thousands of pilgrims arrive and Pope Francis takes centre stage in the world’s biggest theatre of faith.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Secrets of The Royal Flight Five – Documentary examining the royal family’s history with air travel, from the first King’s Flight in 1936 to the modern-day journeys undertaken by Queen Elizabeth II. Cameras step inside the private world of regal life in the air, uncovering the mysterious traditions and protocols behind royal travel, from the story of the Queen’s Commonwealth tour in 1953 to the unique challenges presented in more recent times.

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