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

by | Sep 11, 2017 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Even Better Than The Real Thing BBC1 – Five tribute acts go head to head in this one-off special hosted by Paddy McGuinness. The five acts pay tribute to music legends Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, George Michael, Little Mix and Whitney Houston. The acts each perform one of the most iconic songs originally made famous by their artist, before the studio audience choose their favourite three to perform again. This time they pull out all the stops with a very special collaboration, where they are joined on stage by another tribute artist paying homage to an iconic music legend. After the duets round, the studio audience vote again for their favourite act of the night, and that act is crowned the winner.

9.00pm Black Lake BBC4 – Double bill of a Swedish thriller series. Remote and neglected, Black Lake has been closed for years. Johan invites his friends there on a test trip, with the idea of reopening the ski resort. They are soon gripped by a series of disturbing experiences. On the first night, Johan’s girlfriend, Hanne, is woken by a strange noise coming from the cellar. The caretaker refuses to let them investigate. They soon uncover the real reason Black Lake was abandoned all those years before, and Hanne becomes convinced that someone or something wishes them ill. Who can be trusted? Who will survive? Continues at 10.00pm


8.00pm Speed With Guy Martin: F1 Special Channel 4 – Motorcycle racer, lorry mechanic and speed lover Guy Martin joins the Williams Martini Racing team to see if he can make it as a member of the elite Formula 1 pit crew, who can change four tyres in an unbelievable 1.92 seconds. Guy lived, ate, travelled and worked with the pit crew at the recent 2017 Belgian Grand Prix, giving this programme an unprecedented insight into Formula 1. With never-before-seen camera angles and access to the normally secret team radio, this is every fan’s dream: F1 from the inside.

9.00pm Electric Dreams Channel 4 – Electric Dreams is a bold new sci-fi anthology series of epic and ambitious stand-alone episodes, each inspired by a Philip K. Dick short story, and set in a different and unique world. These pointed, thrilling stories are adapted by leading British and American writers including Ronald D. Moore, Michael Dinner, Tony Grisoni, Jack Thorne, Matthew Graham, David Farr, Dee Rees and Travis Beacham. The series features an all-star cast, including Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Timothy Spall, Holliday Grainger, Mel Rodriguez, Vera Farmiga, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, and Bryan Cranston, who also serves as an executive producer on the series. The first episode, The Hood Maker, is set sometime in the future in a strangely archaic city. This world is an analogue world, precipitated by the Great Shower; a meteor shower that fried communications, energy conversion and the internet.


7.30pm Celebrity Driving School E4 – The All Star Driving School opens its doors to three celebrity learners. Paired up with their instructors, they’re unleashed onto the roads of Essex to embark on an intensive driving course, in the hope of passing their tests at the end of the week. Tattoo Fixers’ Paisley Billings has failed two previous driving tests and always for the same fault: roundabouts. Instructor Ricky forces her to face her nemesis head on and, despite their clashes, Ricky’s determined to steer her to pass – third time lucky. The Vamps bassist Connor Ball is paired up with instructor Pells, who swears by the mantra ‘Pass with Pells’. Connor has no previous experience and he’s terrified of big lorries, often making dangerous moves to avoid them.

Notable Continuing Series: Rellik, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                                Liar, 9.00pm, ITV

                                            The Undateables, 9.00pm,Channel 4 

9.00pm Joel and Nish v The World Comedy Central – Comedians Joel Dommett and Nish Kumar see if Joel’s ludicrous fitness regime can prepare him for life with Mongolian Nomads.

10.00pm W1A BBC2 – Third series of the spoof comedy that goes behind the scenes of the BBC.

10.00pm First Dates Channel 4 – The Bafta Award-winning show is back, and as summer draws to an end, the First Dates restaurant re-opens its doors for a new term of love.

10.45pm Professor Green: Is It Time to Leagalise Weed? BBC1 – Documentary presented by rapper Professor Green looking at Britain’s relationship with cannabis. Before finding success as a musician, Professor Green, aka Stephen Manderson, sold weed, and between the ages of 16 and 24 he smoked cannabis every day. With those days behind him, he embarks on a personal film to take an in-depth look at Britain’s most popular illegal drug and explore the arguments for and against legalisation.


8.30pm Call The Cleaners ITV – Six-part series venturing into the world of extreme cleaners as they tackle the grimiest of jobs.

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

                                                Doctor Foster, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Alaska: A Year in the Wild Five – Documentary series exploring the wilderness and wildlife of Alaska. As temperatures hit minus 60 food becomes scarce, and animals such as foxes and hares shed their colourful coats to camouflage themselves in the snow. The end of winter heralds one of the world’s greatest feeding frenzies as large ocean predators target the millions of fish who have found refuge in the Gulf of Alaska.

9.00pm The Secret Life of the Ballroom W – Documentary series following five novice dance couples who have just three months to master six ballroom and Latin routines, competing against each other every fortnight.


8.00pm Bad Move ITV – Jack Dee, Kerry Godliman and Miles Jupp star in a new six-pat comedy. Nicky and Steve left their old lives in Leeds and moved to their dream house in the country, but the dream is rapidly turning into a nightmare, especially for Steve, whose business as a website designer faces a slight problem – they cannot get their internet connected. When Nicky finds some gardening work in the village, she hopes it will tide them over – but she is in for a shock. The couple’s mood is not helped by their gloating neighbours Matt and Meena, whose homegrown produce is going from strength to strength. They also have to contend with Grizzo, the locally-based rock star who has a hyperactive approach to country living.

9.00pm The Detectives BBC2 – Following Manchester’s murder detectives over the course of a year. In this episode, when a burnt body is discovered in a homeless camp under railway arches close to the city centre, GMP’s Major Incident Team are called to the scene and very soon a murder investigation is underway. As extensive forensic work is carried out at the scene, the investigation leads detectives into the world of Manchester’s exploding young homelessness crisis. Also in this episode, another case comes into MIT. A woman is the victim of a horrific petrol bomb attack in her own home. With the suspected attacker on the run and armed with more petrol bombs, police launch a full scale man hunt.

9.00pm Doc Martin ITV – Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz return for more of the gentle comedy drama.  Martin and Louisa are living together again in the surgery. Portwenn is buzzing with activity as preparations for Janice and Penhale’s wedding go ahead. Penhale has his own medical issue, which could prevent him from making it down the aisle. Al is struggling with the demands of being best man, especially when Bert’s marketing antics mean there is only Large whisky at the pre-wedding party.

Notable Continuing Series: Grand Designs 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                                Back, 10.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Porters Dave – Dave’s brand new and exclusive comedy, with guest star Kelsey Grammer. Wannabe doctor Simon stars work as a hospital porter, but a mix-up forces him to pose as a real medic.

10.35pm Fugitives Channel 4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this high-octane crime drama from Chile. Four men are recruited by a powerful drug cartel for a job that will change their lives: transporting tons of cocaine from Bolivia to Chile in exchange for a large sum of money. When a brutal ambush disrupts their plans and causes the failure of the operation, the four men become fugitives with both the police and a rival cartel hot on their trail. Each of them is hiding something, but they have to stay together in order to survive, running away without even knowing who they’re running from. Starring Nestor Cantillana, Francisco Reyes, Benjamin Vicuna, Luis Gnecco, Claudia di Girolamo and Blanca Lewin. After the premiere of episode one on Channel 4, the full series will be immediately available, free to view or download, on All 4.


8.00pm The Supervet Channel 4 – A new run of episodes starts with a dramatic emergency when a Staffordshire bull terrier called Lulu is hit by a car and her pelvis is smashed in more than 25 pieces. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick’s only option is to pin the larger pieces back together in an operation that will require all his expertise. A giant schnauzer called Florence has lost her tail wag with a sore knee. And a pointy-eared Jack Russell called Muffin has a mysterious problem with her back legs.

Notable Continuing Series: Ambulance, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                        Educating Greater Manchester 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Eamonn and Ruth: The 7 Year Itch Five – Eamonn and Ruth investigate the myriad ways to add a dollop of spice to a marriage to bring back the spark in a relationship. They start with an alternative sex therapy session and then meet a fetish dungeon dominatrix.

10.00pm The Russell Howard Hour Sky1 – Funnyman Russell Howard mocks the madness of the week’s biggest stories as he puts his unique spin on the headlines. With celebrity guests and stand-up stars.


Notable Continuing Series: Cold Feet, ITV, BBC1

                                        Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

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