The TVweek: Saturday 16th – Friday 22nd January 2021

by | Jan 12, 2021 | All, TV Week


9.30pm Wallis Before Edward Channel 5 – A profile of Wallis Simpson, focusing on her early years before she met the future king, asking whether she was a scheming seductress or one of the most maligned women in history. 


Notable Continuing Series: A Perfect Planet, 8.00pm, BBC One

                                               The Great, 9.00pm, Channel 4

8.00pm Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? ITV – Six more contestants have 15 questions, four lifelines and one chance to win £1million as the quiz hosted by Jeremy Clarkson returns. Donald Fear became the series’ sixth jackpot winner in 2020, but it remains to be seen whether any of the latest players have what it takes to become the seventh millionaire.

9.00pm Finding Alice ITV – Six-part drama starring Keeley Hawes, Gemma Jones and Kenneth Cranham from acclaimed writer Simon Nye. For Alice, Harry and their daughter, Charlotte, moving into their new home should have been a dream come true. But it turns into a nightmare when Alice discovers Harry dead at the bottom of the stairs in the property he designed.

9.00pm Charley Boorman: Ireland to Sydney by any Means BBC Four – Series following the adventurer through 25 countries, as he tries to travel by land and sea from his home in Co Wicklow to Australia on more than 100 local forms of transport. After deciding on a route that avoids the most dangerous places on Earth, he, his producer and his cameraman begin the first leg of the journey across the Irish Sea to England.

9.00pm Rich Holiday, Poor Holiday Channel 5 – Return of the documentary in which two families with different incomes exchange holidays to see if money can buy happiness. Just who really has the time of their lives when faced with windy campsites and basic bedrooms in Benidorm or luxury foreign villas and private yachts? And does the top 10 per cent ever want to share their loungers with the bottom 10 per cent?

9.00pm The Case Died With Her Sky Crime – Documentary about the case of Emilie Morris, a woman in her 30s who suffered an untimely death just after bringing charges against Jim Wilder for sexually inappropriate behaviour when she was a minor.

9.00pm Expecting Amy Sky Documentaries – Cameras follow Amy Schumer as she prepares for a stand-up special, while also coping with a difficult pregnancy. The first episode follows the second trimester.


8.00pm Devon & Cornwall Channel 4 – The return of the documentary examining life in the two counties, beginning by meeting the people who live and work along the beautiful and rugged coastline. In Looe on the south coast of Cornwall, the whole community gears up for one of the biggest events of the year – the one-mile wild swim from St George’s Island back to the town beach.

9.00pm Cornwall: This Fishing Life BBC Two – The return of the documentary about the county’s fishing communities, beginning in the popular tourist resort of Newquay as restrictions begin to ease after the coronavirus lockdown.

9.00pm Long Lost Family ITV – Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell return to help more people reunite with long-lost relatives. Phyllis and Kevin Haran fought in vain to get their son back through the courts after putting him up for adoption when they were homeless, jobless and desperate to put their baby’s interests first.

9.00pm Made for Murder Sky Crime – The crimes of Stephen Hough, who was arrested for sexually assaulting a schoolgirl in 2016, linking him to the killing of another 15-year-old 40 years earlier in 1976.

9.00pm A.P. Bio Sky Comedy – Third season of the US comedy.

9.30pm Real Time with Bill Maher Sky Comedy – Comedian Bill Maher invites three guests from different parts of the political spectrum to discuss the week’s events.

9.00pm The Murdoch Murders Alibi – A vaudeville comic’s death leads Murdoch to suspect that Charlie Chaplin was the intended target.

10.00pm Shut-Ins: Britain’s Fattest People Channel 4 – The return of the documentary revealing what life is like for the UK’s most overweight people, following two of them as they attempt to regain control of their lives. 

10.45pm Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK BBC One – Second series of the reality competition.


8.00pm Winterwatch BBC Two – Winter wildlife stories from around the UK. Chris Packham will be in the New Forest watching winter transform his home, and Iolo Williams is at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, hoping to see some murmurations.

8.00pm Lose Weight Like Me Channel 4 – Jordan Banjo and Dr Sara Kayat present two members of the public with four weight loss success stories, and invite them to pick one health regimen to follow for eight weeks – without meeting the person behind it. The two volunteers are Jamie from Yorkshire, who is trying to be a better role model for his children, and Londoner Kathleen, who wants to regain control of her weight before she experiences the menopause.

9.00pm Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain BBC Two – Cerrie Burnell presents a history of disabled people’s struggle for human rights in Britain. The film looks back to the policies in place in Victorian workhouses, uncovering the original records of an institution created to segregate disabled people and stop them from having children. She also shares inspiring stories of pioneering campaigners for social change, and looks at the challenges still to be faced in the future.

9.00pm Outbreak: The Virus That Shooked the World ITV – Documentary exploring the spread of Covid-19 across four continents during 2020. Featuring contributions from medical professionals, a look at the initial outbreak in China and suggestions that the authorities attempted to cover up the danger, and an examination of how the decisions taken by governments and public health officials helped shape the course of the infection.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Till Kingdom Come BBC Four – Documentary exploring the close ties between US evangelicals and Israel’s foremost philanthropic organisation, and its influence on both nations’ foreign policies.

10.00pm First Dates Channel 4 – A parliamentary assistant fears talking politics scares men away, but may have met her match in an outspoken journalist. A 69-year-old former roadie is looking for someone to settle down with after surviving cancer, while a Lithuanian spa therapist searches for an older man who she can start a family with.

10.00pm Royal Antique Repairers More4 – Victoria Coren Mitchell meets restoration experts working on pieces of royal history, including King George IV’s piano and a very rare copy of King Louis XV’s roll-top desk.


9.00pm Disability Hate Crime BBC Two – Disabled filmmaker Richard Butchins’ brutally honest film explores the abuse and aggression faced by disabled people in everyday life, from verbal insults to violent physical attacks. The film features a wide range of testimony from survivors themselves as they share their own experiences of the abuse they have faced.

9.00pm The Bay ITV – Second series of the Morecombe set crime drama starring Morven Christie and Daniel Ryan. After dealing with the repercussions of her actions from last year, DC Lisa Armstrong is given the opportunity to step up when asked to assist a murder investigation in Morecambe. Tensions remain high as Lisa struggles to do her job whilst following the orders of her previously lower ranking colleague, Med. As the team tries to uncover why the victim was targeted, Lisa and her children are unknowingly stalked by a mysterious figure. 

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

9.00pm Bulletproof Sky One – Third series of the crime drama, starring Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke.Pike and Bishop escape London for a much-deserved break in South Africa, but the fun does not last as they are drawn into a new case. 


7.00pm Inside Culture with Mary Beard BBC Two – The classicist returns with the cultural review show, and hot on the heels of Joe Biden’s inauguration, she talks to Veep and The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci to ask how comedians and satirists adjust to a new regime. She is also joined by David Olusoga, who recently interviewed Barack Obama, to explore succession through the ages.

9.00pm The Chasers Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles ITV – Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace – three of the biggest brains of the quizzing world – travel the world to uncover the cognitive abilities of animals and artificial intelligence. They start out in the USA, where they pit their wits against Kanzi, a bonobo ape who is able to communicate with humans using a series of pictures and symbols – and is also thought to be one of the first apes to show an understanding of spoken English. They also meet a chimpanzee memory wizard, a 25-year-old orang-utan that enjoys playing video games and that well-known genius of the ocean, the dolphin.

10.00pm Back Channel 4 – Return of the comedy series starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. After a long absence, a rejuvenated Stephen heads back to the John Barleycorn, just as Andrew is starting to feel restricted and weighed down by the mundanities of being a provincial pub landlord. However, the opening of a rival pub just up the road evokes curiosity – especially when it becomes apparent that the new establishment needs a manager.


Notable Continuing Series: Would I Lie To You?, 9.00pm, BBC One

9.00pm The Investigation BBC Two – Danish drama in Danish and Sweedish. Copenhagen chief of homicide Jens Moller learns of a missing Swedish journalist who has not returned from interviewing the designer of a home-made submarine. Initial garbled reports indicate that she and the designer have returned to harbour, but this proves to be false, as only the designer is rescued before the vessel sinks. A search for the woman is launched, but Moller decides to charge his suspect with murder, despite the lack of a body. Months of intricate detective work follow to ensure that justice is obtained. Soren Malling stars in this drama based on a true story.

9.00pm It’s a Sin Channel 4 – Russell T Davies’ drama, set in the 1980s during the Aids crisis, following the lives of a group of young gay men. September 1981 finds 18-year-old Ritchie leaving the Isle of Wight to go to university. In London, Roscoe walks out of parents’ home, while Colin arrives from Wales to start a new career on Savile Row. The three boys meet, and along with fellow student Ash and best friend Jill form a gang and move into a flat, christened the Pink Palace. However, a distant threat on the horizon means that life in the ’80s might be all too precious. Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells star.

9.00pm Tiger Sky Documentaries – First of a two-part documentary profiling golf’s Tiger Woods.

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