The TVweek: Saturday 15th – Friday 21st August 2020

by | Aug 10, 2020 | All, TV Week


8.00pm VJ Day 75: A Nation’s Tribute BBC1 – A spectacular event pre-recorded on Horse Guards Parade, telling the story of the campaign in the Far East that helped bring the Second World War to an end. Key moments of the conflict as it developed will be reflected through testimonies, readings and musical performances, and will also feature current serving personnel. The Duke of Cambridge will also give an address paying tribute to the veterans and the wartime generation, as the nation honours, thanks and remembers all those who sacrificed so much during the war. Narrated by Joanna Lumley.

9.00pm The Bridge BBC Four – Another chance to see the fantastic first series of the Scandi Noir.

9.00pm We Love Gavin & Stacey Channel Five – A celebration of Ruth Jones and James Corden’s comedy, with stars including Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb and Melanie Walters revealing backstage gossip. Location manager Nicky James lets viewers in on filming secrets, including how they managed to pull off that cliff-hanger finale, despite hundreds of fans turning up to watch, while favourite scenes are recounted as fans of the show including Ruth Langsford and Tamzin Outhwaite talk about why they love the sitcom.


7.00pm Toddlers Behaving (Very) Badly Channel Five – Childcare expert Laura Amiss takes on the tears and the tantrums and teaches toddlers how to listen, have self-control, obedience and good manners. This week, toddler tamer Laura takes on three children and their desperate parents, including army wife Stacey, whose son James has been giving the whole family the runaround.

9.00pm Live: Derrin Brown – 20 Years of Mind Control Channel 4 – The illusionist performs his latest psychological trick live, and also revisits some of the most memorable moments of his 20 years of making programmes for Channel 4. He reveals how he has used hypnosis and the power of suggestion to baffle the British public, before opening up about his most controversial, headline-grabbing moments, including playing Russian roulette, ‘sticking’ viewers to their sofas, and the zombie-fuelled Apocalypse illusion.

9.00pm Outcry Sky Crime – The story of high-school football star Greg Kelley, who was sentenced to 25 years for the sexual assault of a four-year-old boy, and how a show of support from the community called the conviction into question.

10.10pm Albion BBC Four – Mike Bartlett’s tragi-comic drama about national identity, family, passion and the disappointment of personal dreams, directed for the stage by Rupert Goold. Filmed at London’s Almeida Theatre, the play is set in the garden of an English country house, which has been bought by successful businesswoman Audrey Walters (Victoria Hamilton), who intends to restore the ruined garden to its former glory, and to create a memorial to the son she recently lost in a foreign war.


9.00pm The Trial of Alex Salmond BBC Two – In March this year, Scotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond emerged from the High Court in Edinburgh cleared of 14 charges of sexual misconduct, with the verdict concluding one of the most dramatic trials Britain has seen. This programme sees Kirsty Wark travelling across Scotland as she follows the trial and interviews people who were present at key moments surrounding the political scandal, and looking back at Salmond’s political career and the growing rift between him and Nicola Sturgeon.

9.00pm The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries ITV – Another chance to see the superb two-part drama starring Jason Watkins. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm

9.00pm Lovecraft Country Sky Atlantic – Drama horror series based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name, following Atticus Freeman as he joins his friend Letitia and his Uncle George on a road trip across 1950s America in search of his missing father. Starring Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett.


8.30pm Babs BBC One – Another chance to see the Biopic of the ‘Carry On’ legend.

9.00pm Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom BBC Two – Documentary about the people living and working in Manchester’s remarkable housing boom. A millionaire developer plans to transform the city’s red-light district into a fashionable residential quarter, as well as taking charge of organising a fundraising concert for a homelessness charity. In Salford, a single mother finds herself priced out of the area she grew up in and must find a new home for her two young children.


8.00pm Britain’s Busiest Airport – Heathrow ITV – Documentary going behind the scenes of the airport, finding out how its infrastructure helps staff process thousands of passengers arriving from 84 countries. In 2019, the airport is having its busiest year to date, and are expecting more than 81 million passengers to fly in and out of the terminals, with its 76,000 staff ready to take on whatever is thrown at them.

8.30pm Coronation Street Icons ITV –  Narrator Sally Lindsay focuses on Coronation Street’s legendary characters, beginning with its longest-serving resident, Ken Barlow. There’s a look at the best moments of William Roache’s six decades in Weatherfield, from the show’s first episode in 1960 right up until the present day. Chris Gascoyne (Peter) and Kate Ford (Tracy) reveal how William thrives on physical scenes, and the actor himself admits his passion for an on-screen punch up, and how he has always tried to make them look as real as possible.

Notable Continuing Series: Reported Missing 9.00pm, BBC One


9.00pm Hoarders: Junk Apocolypse Channel Five – First of a two-part documentary following people with a compulsion to hoard. Cleaners Caz and Tee help Great Yarmouth woman Esther, who is under threat of eviction if she does not clear out her home. But they have only three days to do it. Emotional trauma is at the root of Nigel’s problem and he receives a visit from fellow hoarder Janice, who makes him see the situation is totally out of control.

10.00pm Cursing the Classroom: Tourettes and Me Channel Five – The extraordinary story of Natalie, a teacher with a difference – her Tourette’s means lessons may be interrupted by uncontrollable swearing and the sort of comments one would never expect to hear in a classroom. The condition was triggered by a traumatic event in her past and while it colours every aspect of her life, she is determined to prove it is no barrier to succeeding at her job. But as she wrestles with new challenges, not to mention the constant stigma and judgement of others, can she overcome the obstacles the faces on a daily basis?


8.00pm Secrets of the Luxury Super Yachts Channel Five – Documentary following the `birth” of a new, 65-metre luxury vessel called Life Saga – designed, sold and captained by the best of British boaters. This expose of the secretive world of super yachts also spills the beans on how the super-rich really behave on board their boats, reveals how security teams employ hi-tech tools to defend against pirates, and features the brokers who shake hands on mega-million pound deals.

9.00pm When Pop Stars Go Wrong Channel Five – Bad moments and falls from grace suffered by some top artists. Members of boyband 5ive exclusively open up about the feud that saw the chart-topping band split, while Eurovision’s Surie speaks about her now infamous stage invasion that left her shaken but determined the show should go on. Bucks Fizz star Jay Aston recalls the time that their tour bus crashed, leaving the future of the band in jeopardy and Mike Nolan’s life hanging in the balance. Plus, the moment singer James Arthur would rather forget, when some dubious tweets get him in the papers for all the wrong reasons.

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