The TVweek: Saturday 17th – Friday 23rd February 2018

by | Feb 13, 2018 | All, TV Week


9.10pm Troy: Fall of the City BBC1 –  David Threlfall, Frances O’Connor, Tom Weston-Jones, Chloe Pirrie and Aimee-Ffion Edwards star in this eight-part adaptation of Homer’s classic tale. Following a fateful encounter with the gods, the life of young herdsman Paris changes forever. At the Troy city games, he discovers something extraordinary, and on a trip to Sparta, he falls in love with unpredictable and far-reaching consequences.

10.00pm Mosaic Sky Atlantic –  Steven Soderbergh presents a twisting thriller following the disappearance of a high-profile resident of a picturesque rural Utah town. Starring Sharon Stone.


8.00pm The BAFTA Awards 2018 BBC1 – Joanna Lumley hosts the British Academy Film Awards live from the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Notable Continuing Series:  Dragon’s Den, 8.00pm BBC2

                                               Endeavour, 8.00pm, ITV                                                

8.00pm The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man Channel 4 – This documentary follows the UK’s most ambitious and cutting-edge ancient DNA project to date. For the first time, a team of top scientists at the Natural History Museum and University College London have analysed the DNA of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton. Known as Cheddar Man, this human male fossil was originally unearthed over 100 years ago in Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.

9.00pm Life and Death Row: Mass Execution BBC2 – Documentary series about the historic number of executions scheduled in Arkansas, USA, of eight men in ten days. In this episode we meet death row inmate Stacey Johnson, who is scheduled to be executed for a crime that he claims he didn’t commit. With just weeks to go, his wife Judy and stepdaughter Tasha are doing all they can to stop the execution from going ahead. We also meet Susan, whose mother was murdered in a home invasion by inmate Don Davis in 1990. Susan has been waiting for Davis’s execution for decades and wants justice to finally be carried out so she and her family can find peace.

9.00pm Homeland Channel 4 – As the seventh series of the US thriller starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin begins, Carrie and Franny are living with Maggie’s family in DC. Saul and the 200 other federal employees detained after the attempt on the President-elect’s life are still in prison. And President Keane’s administration is under scrutiny.


Notable Continuing Series:  Collateral, 9.00pm BBC2

9.00pm Marcella ITV – Second series of the crime drama starring Anna Friel. The discovery of a young boy’s body sets Marcella and the team on the hunt for a child killer.

9.00pm 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4 – The Bafta Award-nominated series that follows Bedfordshire Police’s detective work around the clock returns for a new run, starting with an extraordinary first episode that reveals what happens when a police officer who is meant to be investigating a crime turns out to be the man who committed it.

10.10pm Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Sky Atlantic – British comedian and writer John Oliver delivers more breaking news on a weekly basis in this satirical series.


7.30pm 100 Years Driving School ITV – ‘100 Year Old Driving School’ follows some of Britain’s oldest and much-loved drivers as they put themselves through the paces of a mature driving assessment. In this episode, we meet 102-year-old veteran Royal Naval Officer John Errol Manners – who has successfully cheated death three times before – 91-year-old Joan Beech and her long-suffering grandson Callum, and international judo grandmaster Jack Hearn, who can still throw people half his age and twice his size at 93 years of age.

8.00pm The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies Five – Documentary series following the work of RSPCA officers. Inspector Sarah has her hands full when she enters one of the largest multi-dog households she’s ever seen. Also when six dogs are caught up in a house fire, inspector Anthony comes to the rescue.

9.00pm Benidorm: 10 Years on Holiday ITV – Documentary celebrating the success of ITV’s comedy. With interviews with key cast and crew as it reaches its tenth series.

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

9.00pm Here and Now Sky Atlantic – A “perfect” multiracial family shows some of its cracks as the father’s 60th birthday party approaches. From Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball. Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter star.

10.00pm Mum BBC2 – The comedy starring Lesley Manville as a widow returns for a second series. It is Cathy’s 60th birthday and the family are going for lunch.

10.00pm Working with Wiensiten Channel 4 – Under criminal investigation in Britain and the US, expelled from Bafta and the Academy of Motion Pictures, Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace has been swift since allegations of sexual abuse and harassment emerged against him last October. This programme hears testimony from those who worked with him across over 30 years of British film, and investigates how he kept his accusers quiet for decades.

10.30pm The Archiveologists BBC2 – Comedy performers Diane Morgan and Joe Wilkinson delve into the archives to parody a 1970s documentary about Luton Library.

10.45pm Plastic Surgery Capital of the World BBC1 – As a baby, Annie Price was badly burnt in a fire. She had life-saving operations on her face, but growing up her mum encouraged her to get on with her life rather than focusing on further plastic surgery. Now, aged 31 and about to get married, Annie is travelling to South Korea, where cosmetic surgery is so common that 60 per cent of women in their twenties have had plastic surgery, and each year hundreds of thousands of people travel there specifically to get procedures done.


8.00pm The BRIT Awards 2018 ITV – Jack Whitehall hosts a star-studded award ceremony live from London’s O2 Arena.

8.00pm Supershoppers: Savers Special Channel 4 – Supershoppers Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant present more money-saving tips and reveal more tricks of the retail trade.

9.00pm Murdered for Love? BBC2 – With unique access to some of her closest friends, this documentary tells the story of Samia Shahid’s life. On 14 July 2016, Bradford girl Samia flew to Pakistan to visit her family. Six days later she was found dead. She was 28 years old. Eight days later, her first husband and father were arrested in connection with her murder. The case was taken up by Bradford MP Naz Shah, who wrote to the prime minister of Pakistan describing the case as an honour killing. The film contains the first interview with Samia’s second husband, who tells the dramatic and tragic story of Samia’s return to Pakistan.

Notable Continuing Series: Damned ,10.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Undercover: Nailing the Fraudsters Five – Consumer show in which Paul Connolly investigates scammers. Phishing is when fraudsters pretend to be your bank, mobile phone provider or even the police, to get you to hand over your personal details – then they empty you out. Paul reveals a gang who stole ú113m over three years, and tracks down one criminal who ‘earns’ ú100k a week.


8.00pm The Big Bang Theory E4 – The 11th series of the hit US comedy returns after a mid-season break.

8.30pm Young Sheldon E4 – The US comedy series and spin-off prequel to The Big Bang Theory comes to E4, giving TV audiences the chance to meet the eccentric and extraordinary Sheldon Cooper in childhood as he embarks upon his awkward and hopeful journey towards the man he will become. For nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. Possessing a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are kings. And, while the vulnerable, gifted and naive Sheldon deals with the world, his family must find a way to deal with him. His father, George, is struggling to navigate a path as a high school football coach and father to a boy he doesn’t understand. Sheldon’s mother, Mary, fiercely protects and nurtures her son in a town where he just doesn’t fit in. Sheldon’s older brother, Georgie, does the best he can in high school, but it’s hard to be cool when you’re in the same classes as your nine-year-old sibling.

9.00pm Girls on the Edge BBC2 – Observational documentary following three families whose daughters have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act to protect them from harming themselves. The teenagers are all being treated at Fitzroy House. Their detainment is indefinite and the film explores the impact on them, their parents and siblings. Told in their own words with directness and raw honesty, the film aims to remove shame and stigma surrounding mental illness as well as explore some of the pressures on young people growing up.

9.00pm John Worboys: The Taxi Cab Rapist with Susannah Reid ITV – Cab driver John Worboys is one of Britain’s most prolific sex attackers and is thought to have assaulted over 100 women, but the Parole Board says that he’s now fit to be released less than ten years after being jailed. In this new documentary, Susanna Reid tells the chilling story of the taxi cab rapist; she speaks to some of his victims, the people who knew him, and the people who want to know if he’s really no longer a threat to women.

9.00pm My Wonderful Life Sky1 – Four people diagnosed with terminal illness arrange for extraordinary gifts, messages and surprises to be delivered after they’ve died to those they love.

10.00pm Our Cartoon President Sky Atlantic – The animated adventures of Donald J Trump. The President attempts to deliver the greatest State of the Union speech in history.


9.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 – The biggest and best TV moments of the week get their weekly grilling from Britain’s sharpest armchair critics as Gogglebox returns for a brand new series.

9.00pm The Old Grey Whistle Test BBC4 – Hosted by Bob Harris, this live studio show features music, special guests and rare archive footage to mark the 30 years since the legendary series was last broadcast. Featuring performances from Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson, Albert Lee and more. Bob also chats to Whistle Test alumni, including Dave Stewart, Joan Armatrading, Ian Anderson, Chris Difford and Kiki Dee, as well as fans Danny Baker and Al Murray.

Notable Continuing Series: The Last Leg,10.00pm, Channel 4

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