The TVweek: Saturday 16th – Friday 22nd December 2017

by | Dec 11, 2017 | All, TV Week


6.30pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the Strictly Come Dancing grand final.

9.00pm Feud: Betty and Joan BBC2 – Double bill of the new US drama. In 1962, Hollywood legend Joan Crawford realises that good roles are not being written for women of her age, so she decides to find one for herself. Coming across the novel What Ever Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell, she knows that she has found the perfect part. She convinces director Robert Aldrich to champion the movie, but now she needs to bring her bitter Hollywood rival and star of equal magnitude, Bette Davis, on board the project. Sparks are about to fly.


6.45pm Sports Personality of the Year 2017 BBC1 – Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan present the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In front of a 10,000-strong crowd, live from Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

6.45pm The Chase: The Bloopers ITV – Bradley Walsh presents a special programme focusing on all the bits viewers were never meant to see but will want to see again! Featuring Chasers the Governess, the Beast, the Vixen, the Sinnerman and the Dark Destroyer.

9.00pm The Apprentice: The Final BBC1 – Lord Sugar hires his next business partner.

9.00pm The Alternativity BBC2 – Unique, hour-long film following the production of a contemporary one-off performance of the nativity play quite unlike any other.

9.00pm Inside Bentley – A Great British Motor Car Channel 4 – Bentley Motors have been building bespoke cars for the rich and famous for almost a century, and for the first time in their long history, the doors of its historic home in northwest England have been opened to the cameras as they invest millions in the plant and roll out a new range of 4x4s that start at £135,000.

10.00pm Detectorists Christmas Special BBC2 – Another chance to see the Christmas Special of Mackenzie Crook’s fabulous comedy that first aired in 2015 on BBC Four.


8.30pm Mary Berry’s Christmas Party BBC1 – Mary Berry opens kitchen to some of TV’s best-loved faces as they join her in cooking delicious dishes especially for her Christmas party table. With varying degrees of nerves, skill and determination, but tons of excitement, Alex Jones, Fearne Cotton, Darcey Bussell and Adil Ray take turns to join Mary beside her stove. To top it all off, classically trained pianist and singer Myleene Klass joins the celebrations and can’t resist tickling the ivories on the house piano, inspiring a chorus of impromptu carol singing.

9.00pm Birds of a Feather ITV – Festive special of the Essex-set sitcom. It is Christmas in Chigwell and the Birds are back. Tracey has big plans that could upset the festive harmony in the house, Sharon has found a novel way of doing her Christmas shopping and Dorien has got a mystery to solve. What could possibly go wrong?

9.00pm The Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds at Christmas Channel 4 – With social isolation one of the biggest problems for the elderly, and never more so than during the Christmas period, Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds reunites Hamish, Zina, Pat and David, residents of St Monica Trust, with some of their young friends, including Solomon, Nelson, Millie and Eva. The programme explores whether the older group are still showing signs of progress in mood, memory and mobility. Did the friendships with the children and their families develop further? For this festive special, the older adults and children have a brand new timetable full of seasonal fun and Christmas memories. And the clock is ticking with just two weeks to plan, prepare and perform a Christmas carol concert in front of an audience of over 100 people – from proud parents to specially invited guests from the local community.

9.00pm ABBA: When All is Said & Done Five – Drama documentary telling the untold story of ABBA’s women in the words of their close circle and the women themselves. This biopic traces the highs and lows of ABBA through the eyes of the two female members. A story of two friends and mothers torn apart by being in one of the world’s most successful groups.

10.00pm The League of Gentlemen BBC2 – Familiar faces return to Royston Vasey, settling old scores and digging up some old friends – with more bad blood than an abattoir with septicaemia. Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss star in scripts written by themselves and Jeremy Dyson. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Wednesday!


7.30pm The Royal Variety Performance ITV – Miranda Hart makes her debut as host for the Royal Variety Performance in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, from the London Palladium.

8.00pm Jamie’s Italian Christmas Channel 4 – Jamie Oliver draws inspiration from the snowy Alps of northern Italy to help create his most delicious Christmas Day yet. In a cosy log cabin, accompanied by his mentor Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie cooks up an epic meal for the big day, giving turkey and trimmings extra sparkle with an Italian twist.

9.00pm U2 At the BBC BBC1 – U2 bring their stadium-filling rock to Abbey Road Studios to perform exclusive versions of classics like With or Without You, Beautiful Day and One, alongside new music from their latest album Songs of Experience, accompanied by a live orchestra and choir. Host Cat Deeley chats to Adam, Larry, Bono and the Edge about how four school friends became one of the biggest bands in the world, and reveals the reality of life on the road with U2 when she joins them on tour in South America.

9.00pm Shamed Channel 4 – In a world where almost every day there are more media revelations of historic abuse and impropriety at the hands of male authority figures, this timely single drama imagines a 27-year-old woman exacting her finely choreographed revenge for such an act. It’s an act of revenge for her teenage self, an act that has been brewing in her head for 10 years. When she was 17, Sarah Ivy was a happy, carefree teenager with a world of opportunity before her; fast forward 10 years and she has two men kidnapped and held in a room… The first man, Nathan Bowyar, is looking forward to his stag do and wedding day, but, before he makes it to either of them, he’s seized and taken to an unknown location.

9.00pm Britain’s Best Biscuit Five – In a definitive top twenty countdown, Channel 5 reveals Britain’s favourite biscuit. A host of celebrities including Vanessa Feltz and Joe Swash reveal how they eat theirs as part of a quest to prove which is the nation’s number one.

10.00pm Extraordinary Teens: Young, Gifted and Broke Channel 4 – Pianist and composer Shane Thomas hit the headlines in 2009 when he was hailed as Britain’s answer to Mozart, aged just 10. But seven years later Shane’s promising career has disappeared into obscurity. This documentary picks up with Shane as he turns 17, to explore why he didn’t fulfil his potential; and the year when the programme is made turns out to be the most transformative in his life.


8.00pm Judi Dench’s Secret Woodland BBC1 – Documentary following Judi Dench and her own secret woodland through the seasons, as she explores the lives of trees.

Notable Continuing Series: The Real Marigold on Tour, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                                 Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm, BBC2   

9.00pm A Night for the Emergency Services ITV – Ashley Banjo and Diversity present a celebration of the people behind the uniforms. The show features talented members of the emergency services displaying their amazing skills in front of an audience made up of emergency service staff. With special guest stars Leona Lewis, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, and Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers.

10.45pm Male Rape: Breaking the Silence BBC1 – It is estimated that one in six men are victims of rape, but only 10% of these men report the crime to the police. This film tells the stories of three men who are now breaking their silence, revealing a unique perspective on male rape in Britain today.


8.00pm The Supervet Channel 4 – Professor Noel Fitzpatrick helps a Humboldt penguin chick with a very unhappy foot. Wall-e is from Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire and needs surgery. This is new territory for Noel. Also, a three-legged Maine Coon cat called Ivor needs help with a mysterious swelling in his back leg, requiring innovative surgery and a fight against chronic infection. And a husky from Thailand undergoes hip surgery. But will he be fit in time for Christmas?

9.00pm Joanna and Jennifer: Absolutely Champers BBC2 – Two of the country’s best loved comedy icons, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, reunite on-screen to take a trip to the Champagne region of France to find out exactly how to put the bubbles into bubbly. They immerse themselves in all things fizz, joining the grape pickers during their annual two week harvest, adventuring down the miles of underground cellars and even tasting a tipple or two. During their journey they take a trip down memory lane, sharing special stories of filming Ab Fab and reminiscing about their friendship. Packed with funny moments and favourite Ab Fab clips, this is a festive special best served with something chilled.

9.00pm Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Great Christmas Roast ITV – Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo battle it out to produce the ultimate Christmas festive menu, creating scrumptious starters, magnificent mains and delectable desserts for 100 deserving diners. Members of the public and the emergency services decide which of the rival chefs is to be crowned banquet champion as they vote for their favourite dish. Master maitre d’ Fred Sirieix ensures the heroes have a night to remember in the sumptuous surroundings of London’s Merchant Taylors’ Hall.

9.00pm The Undateables at Christmas Channel 4 – The Undateables returns with some familiar faces sharing their extra special plans with loved ones for the festive season – from releasing a Christmas single, to delivering the seasonal post on time.

9.00pm The Great Xmas Rant ITV2 – A one-off stand-up show in which a selection of top comedians have a good old rant about the 24 reasons to hate Christmas. From too much turkey to endless hangovers, from panic buying to cringeworthy office parties, some of television’s finest funny people let it all out as they describe what annoys them most about the festive season. The show features some nostalgic archive footage, as well as a few famous faces sharing their pet hates about Christmas.


9.00pm Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie BBC2 – John Travolta, Barry Gibb and Bruno Toniolo star in a documentary celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1977 blockbuster dance movie. Tonioli and the film’s cast and crew tell the story of how a small budget film and a quickly-assembled soundtrack became a mega-hit that changed popular culture forever.

9.00pm Al Murray’s Make Christmas Great Again ITV – Set in a late-night pub lock in, Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, is joined at his very own Christmas house party by an audience of celebrity guests and in which fun, games and music all come together in what promises to be a night to be remembered.

9.00pm The Last Leg Christmas Special Channel 4 – The award-winning show rounds off the 12th series with their unique brand of irreverent satire, topical comedy and a sprinkle of festive cheer. The final instalment of the year is a merriment-packed live Christmas edition where the boys are joined by some special guests live in the studio including writer, actor and comedian Stephen Merchant.

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