The TVweek: Saturday 17th – Friday 23rd October 2020

by | Oct 12, 2020 | All, TV Week


7.15pm Guy Martin’s War Machines Channel 4 – The presenter looks back on some of his favourite engineering projects involving military vehicles. The programme features the restoration of a Mark 1 Spitfire, the recreation of a First World War tank which was one of the earliest armoured vehicles the final flight of an Avro Vulcan, and a reenactment of a paratrooper drop from D-Day.

7.50pm Strictly Come Dancing 2020 BBC One – Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the launch of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, joined in the ballroom by 12 brand new celebrity contestants and judges Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas. As well as revealing this year’s pairings, the show will feature two spectacular group routines from the Strictly professionals, a very special musical performance from Joel Corry and MNEK, and the return of reigning champion Kelvin Fletcher.

9.00pm The Million Pound Cube: Celebrity ITV – Phillip Schofield hosts a special edition of the game show ahead of a new run of weekday episodes in which the prize fund has been increased to £1million. Two teams, consisting of Mo Gilligan and David Ajao, and Jason Manford and his brother Stephen, compete in a series of increasingly difficult challenges, ranging from agility tests to skill trials, to win the million for the charity of their choice.

10.15pm The Jonathan Ross Show ITV – The host kicks off a new series of the chat show in the company of Nick Frost and Samson Kayo, who discuss new horror-comedy series Truth Seekers, as well as Katherine Ryan and Clare Balding. Billy Ocean chats about his career and performs some of his greatest hits.

10.45pm The Story of Songs Five – Documentary examining the personal and musical development of bands and artists by investigating the stories behind three of their greatest hits, beginning with Madonna’s Holiday, Like a Virgin and Material Girl.


7.00pm City Life to Country Life Five – A look at four intrepid families who have rejected the city and embraced a rural lifestyle in some of the most stunning parts of the UK. The series begins with Ian, who left his career as a builder, and former teacher Sarah, who decided to start a goat farm from scratch at the foot of the Mendip Hills. Their new life allows them to spend more time together with their two sons, as well as indulge in their creative passions

9.00pm Roadkill BBC One – Four-part political thriller starring Hugh Laurie. Celebrating his win in a newspaper libel case, cabinet minister Peter Laurence is summoned to Downing Street to see PM Dawn Ellison, who reveals she is looking to promote him to an office of state. However, he is soon bought back down to earth with a bump when his special adviser Duncan Knock reveals an inmate in a women’s prison is claiming to have a secret about his past that could affect his future. 

9.00pm Queen: The Band who Rocked the World Five – The classic rock band’s career highlights, from Freddie Bulsara’s early days in Zanzibar to his life-changing days as Freddie Mercury with the band Smile and eventually Queen. Aside from featuring clips from their first TV appearances, Live Aid, and the recent Oscar-winning biopic, there are also contributions from biographers, superfans, actors, celebrities, music experts and journalists.

11.00pm Walter Presents: The Twelve Channel 4 – Flemish courtroom drama. At the beginning of the Millennium trial in Ghent, 12 people must decide the guilt or innocence of respected school principal Frie Palmers.


8.00pm Trump’s Coronavirus Catastrophe Channel 4 – Matt Frei investigates the president’s policies, actions and decisions during the pandemic, which has cost more than 200,000 American lives. There are revelations gathered from months of conversations with White House advisers and insiders, whistle-blowers, politicians who have worked with Trump and leading US scientists, as well as loyal Trump supporters.

9.00pm The Million Pound Cube ITV – Phillip Schofield hosts as more contestants try to complete a series of increasingly difficult tasks, hoping to win the increased jackpot of £1,000,000. Brothers Adam and Jon have their teamwork put to the ultimate test, while twin sisters Priya and Shreya endure a nerve-shredding journey in their quest. Just seven games stand between both pairs and a fortune – but can they handle the pressure and beat the Cube? Airs all week at 9.00pm. Concludes Friday.

Notable Continuing Series: Adult Material 10.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Schitt’s Creek E4 – Airing of the first season of the award-winning Canadian comedy. A wealthy family lose their fortune after being defrauded by their business manager and move to the small town they bought for their son as a joke birthday gift in 1991. First episode of the comedy, starring Eugene Levy.


10.00pm Out of Her Mind BBC Two – Sitcom, written by and starring Sara Pascoe, exploring heartbreak, family and how to survive them. When her sister announces she is getting engaged, Sara responds by trying to prove scientifically that love does not exist. Scared that the people she cares about are outgrowing her, Sara tries to befriend an anti-social fast-food employee.


9.00pm Harlots BBC Two – Third series of the period drama set in London in the 1760s following Margaret Wells as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. 

9.00pm Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview Channel 4 – Piecing together the story behind Diana, Princess of Wales’ November 1995 explosive interview with BBC’s Panorama, 25 years on from the momentous broadcast. The programmes revelations stunned the world, painted the monarchy as cruel and oppressive, and put its future in jeopardy. Now, insiders at the BBC, and those who knew and worked closely with the Princess, along with archive documents, reveal the truth behind the historic interview.

9.00pm There’s Something About Movies Sky One – Alan Carr returns with the comedy panel show, with Gemma Arteton, Jonathan Ross and Guz Khan joining team captains Jennifer Saunders and Michael Sheen.

9.00pm Billions Sky Atlantic – Return of the US drama series starring Damien Lewis. Bobby Axelrod reaches a major milestone, and Chuck struggles to get his bearings as he and Wendy navigate a new normal.

9.00pm Wrongly Released: Australia Sky Crime – A look at two tragic cases and the failings of the Australian justice system that led to the release of two predators from jail, leaving them free to strike again.

10.00pm The Noughties BBC Two – A light-hearted look at the social and cultural changes society went through since the turn of the 21st century, featuring contributions from politicians and celebrities. In this episode, Angela Scanlon, Ellie Taylor and Geoff Norcott take a light-hearted look back at the year 2000, from Kylie’s iconic gold hotpants to Anne Robinson becoming TV’s most feared woman.


9.00pm Billion Pound Cruise More4 – Documentary series following life on the mammoth cruise ship the Symphony of the Seas, which boasts 20 pools and jacuzzis, two surf simulators, a rock-climbing wall, an ice rink, a basketball court and a mini golf course. It’s all hands on deck for the crew members as 6,680 passengers arrive for the holiday of a lifetime.

10.00pm Mock the Week BBC Two – New series of the topical news quiz.


9.00pm Gogglebox: Su2c Special Channel 4 – Mo Gilligan and Babatunde Aleshe are among the famous faces hitting the couch for a special episode for this year’s Stand Up to Cancer appeal. From Saturday night entertainment juggernauts to the week’s biggest news stories, from hard-hitting documentary series to gritty drama, the contributors offers sharp, insightful, funny, and sometimes emotional critiques of popular and topical TV shows.

9.00pm Walter Presents: The Same Sky More4 – German crime drama. At the Stasi Espionage Training Centre, 25-year-old Lars Weber is called upon to commence an assignment as a `Romeo” spy, sent to West Berlin to romance and seduce a high-ranking intelligence analyst at Nato, a lonely 43-year-old divorcee, and to feed back any intelligence gained to his contact. Detective thriller, starring Tom Schilling, Sofia Helin and Friederike Becht. 

10.00pm The Last Leg Channel 4 – Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker front a 90-minute special in aid of Stand Up to Cancer, joined by big-name guests from comedy, entertainment and politics to help dissect the week’s biggest news. As usual, the hashtag #isitok paves the way for the gang to round up, examine and explain the leading and most entertaining news stories of the week.

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