The TVweek: Saturday 17th – Friday 23rd June 2017

by | Jun 13, 2017 | All, TV Week


7.00pm The Autistic Gardener Channel 4 – Autistic gardener Alan Gardner is back. This time, Alan is the Avant Gardener, launching himself into suburbia with ingenious designs and taking tired, overgrown gardens from wasteland to wonderland using his unique brand of horticultural know-how. Alan also travels to the USA – to New York, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas – in search of horticultural inventiveness. He also finds inspiration for his designs in wind turbines, jet engines and even old-school geometry. The first episode comes from Lancashire, where Pinky and Joe urgently need help with their oddly shaped, triangular plot. Alan has ú10,000 to bring the beautiful Lancashire countryside into their desolate plot. He also visits an urban oasis in New York.

7.15pm Pitch Battle BBC1 – New singing competition where groups of singers must impress the panel of musical judges – the nation’s favourite choirmaster Gareth Malone, former choirgirl turned international recording artist Kelis and this week’s superstar guest judge singer songwriter Bebe Rexha.

7.30pm Blind Date Five – Revamped series of the hugely popular dating gameshow. The new series will be hosted by Paul O’Grady.


8.00pm Great Canal Journeys Channel 4 – Timothy West and Prunella Scales have been exploring canals for half a century. But now they embark on their most ambitious voyage ever, along the waterways of India. In this episode, they explore the extraordinary backwaters of Kerala: a 1000 mile network of palm-fringed lakes, rivers banked by rice paddies and some very familiar-looking British-built canals. 

9.00pm 20 Days: The Battle of Supremacy BBC2 – Docudrama that tells the story of the Conservative Party’s 2016 leadership campaign, from the day David Cameron resigned to the day Theresa May became Prime Minister.  Based on exhaustive research and first-person testimonies, this dramatised narrative goes beyond the headlines to lay bare the politicking and positioning, betrayals and blunders of this extraordinary political time. The programme also features key interviews with people who were intimately involved in the campaigns of the main contenders.

Notable Continuing Series: The Handmaid’s Tale  9.00pm, Channel 4 

10.00pm The Paul O’Grady Story Five – Profile of new Blind Date host.

10.15pm Merciless Channel 4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this gritty, dark and visceral crime thriller from Brazil in which a brutal but charismatic serial killer living the life of a handsome, successful political adviser infiltrates the police to play a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the forensic psychologist in charge of tracking down the murderer. In the first episode, FBI detective Vera Muller arrives in Brazil from the USA to help Chief of Police Alexandre Dias with a case involving a string of sadistic murders.


9.00pm Supermarket Shopping Secrets BBC1 – Gregg Wallace and journalist Babita Sharma get the inside track on the latest tactics in the supermarket wars to help people stay one step ahead. In this episode, Gregg discovers the high-tech acoustic kit being used to get an edge in the battle to bring us a perfect avocado. Plus what’s going on in the new battlefield of luxury products on a budget, and Babita uncovers what can be learned from supermarket data gatherers.

9.00pm Ripper Street BBC2 – Fifth and final series of the drama series. It is just day after the cruel murder of Bennet Drake and his once friends Edmund Reid, Homer Jackson and Long Susan are drawn together to bring his killer – a new serial killer stalking Whitechapel’s streets ‐ to justice. They are hampered by one fact, they themselves are now hunted by the police for the extra-­judicial killing of Long Susan’s father Theodore Swift.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in Police Custody. 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                                 The Americans, 10.00pm, ITV Encore 

9.00pm The Murder of April Jones: Five Years On Five – Five years after the murder of April Jones, a look at what happened to the key characters in one of Britain’s most heart-breaking crimes, including what happened to the family she left behind and the community shattered by her loss.

9.00pm Vlogglebox E4 – Vlogglebox is a weekly, fast-turnaround series that reveals what 16 to 24-year-olds are really watching and sharing on their phones, laptops and tablets. The cast of young reviewers react to some of the most popular viral content that everyone is talking about in the week of transmission.

9.00pm The Dressing Room W – Reality series which explores life behind the closed doors of amateur sporting teams. Emotions run high in the lead up to the match between Three Bridges and Chatham Town.


8.00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show Live ITV – Consumer champion Martin Lewis returns with another one-off live special, this time concentrating on holidays and how to stretch your budget as far as possible while on a break away. Martin’s tips on saving cash include how to get cheap flights in peak season, advice on the best way of spending while abroad and details of how to get hundreds of pounds back if your holiday goes wrong. People planning staycations are not left out either, as Martin suggest some ideas for free and discounted trips in the UK ideal for keeping the whole family entertained.

Notable Continuing Series: Broken  9.00pm, BBC1
                                                Veep, 10.10pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Hospital BBC2 – The opening episode of the second series follows events as St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington receives victims from the Westminster terror attack on Wednesday 22 March. In the immediate aftermath of the terror attack on Westminster Bridge, three miles away a major incident is declared at St Mary’s Hospital – the nearest of London’s four major trauma centres.

9.00pm Trouble in Poundland ITV – Documentary that goes behind the scenes at the leading discount store chain. Filmed over twelve months following the EU referendum vote, the programme follows the impact that tough economic times and a change of leadership have had on the store’s success.


8.00pm Eat Well for Less BBC1 – Gregg Wallace and greengrocer Chris Bavin help families across the UK sort food fact from fiction and eat well for less. They have come to Nottingham hoping to help the Brook family, who are well and truly stuck in a rut.

8.00pm Love Your Garden ITV – In the first of this new series, Alan Titchmarsh and the team head to Plymouth to create a show-stopping contemporary garden for ex-marine Mark Ormrod and his young family. Despite tragically losing both his legs and an arm while serving in Afghanistan, Mark has made a remarkable recovery and become an inspiration to injured veterans everywhere. Because he desperately needs an outdoor space where he can play safely with his children and enjoy time together as a family, his friends and colleagues asked Alan and the team to help create a truly spectacular oasis of greenery.

9.00pm Brexit Means Brexit BBC2 – Award-winning director Patrick Forbes goes beyond the headlines to film the bitter battle to govern Britain after 2016’s referendum vote. Filmed over one extraordinary year, it’s a story of low politics, high ambition and bitter personal animosities – at stake the biggest decision the UK has taken for decades. Can the prime minister tame the judges, the opposition and finally the public to deliver Brexit?

Notable Continuing Series: The Met: Policing London  9.00pm, BBC1
                                                  24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm,  Channel 4
                                                  Fargo, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm A Plastic Whale Sky Atlantic – A special report on the devastating effects of plastic on ocean wildlife, after a post-mortem of a Cuvier’s beaked whale confirmed its intestines were entirely clogged with plastic.

10.00pm The Secrets of Sleep More4 – This documentary series follows 12 people with debilitating disorders as they attempt to overcome their troubled nights and transform their lives. Their bizarre sleep behaviour is analysed by experts, who prescribe a life-changing treatment plan. From sleep paralysis to restless leg syndrome, extreme night terrors to narcolepsy, each episode sees four patients check into a state-of-the-art sleep clinic in heart of the English countryside. With the assistance of cutting-edge tech and a dream team of leading sleep specialists, the patients are diagnosed and issued with a treatment plan.


9.00pm Who Should We Let in? Ian Hislop on the First Great Immigration Row BBC2 – Ian Hislop takes an entertaining, provocative look at the decades from the Victorian Era to the First World War, when modern Britain introduced its first peacetime restrictions on immigration. The Victorians had an open door to foreigners, drawing no distinction between economic migrant and asylum seeker. But rising immigration in the late 19th century triggered a debate fuelled by clashing values, economic anxiety and the media. Winston Churchill spoke out against the tough curbs proposed by the 1902 Royal Commission, lambasting it as the work of prejudice and racism.

9.00pm Killer Women with Piers Morgan ITV – Piers Morgan returns with five more of America’s most notorious female murderers in a quest to discover what drives a woman to kill.

9.00pm Host this Week Channel 4 – Scarlett Moffatt plays guest host for the first episode of the brand new topical studio entertainment show hosted by a different celebrity each week – but there’s a twist. She won’t have a rehearsal, won’t have a script and won’t have any idea of what’s coming next – everything is a complete surprise. Scarlett is guided through the show by the regular cast of talented improvisers and character comedians, directed by Tom Parry, from award-winning sketch group Pappy’s, who help her deliver a comedy monologue, act in several topical sketches, host her very own chat show, anchor a special edition of Channel 4 News and run her own game show. There may even be the odd cameo from some familiar faces.

10.00pm First Dates USA E4 – Everyone can relate to the experience of a first date: the promise of potential love when it goes well and the hilariously awkward moments when things crash and burn. This new US series, narrated by Drew Barrymore and based on the hit UK show, offers a close-up look at a variety of real first dates that take place during one night at the same restaurant in Chicago. The daters represent all ages and backgrounds and come from across the United States. At the end, it is revealed whether the participants want to see each other again or will be heading back to love’s drawing board. In the second episode, trust issues prevent a love connection, single parents find their spark, a couple learn they have a surprising number of things in common, a social media addict searches for love beyond the swipe, and a returning dater gets a second chance.


8.00pm Glastonbury BBC2 – Presenters Jo Whiley, Huw Stephens and Clara Amfo kick off BBC Two’s weekend of extensive live coverage from the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in Pilton, Somerset. Join them as they whet your appetite for the weekend ahead and take you into the heart and soul of the world’s most famous festival with highlights from the myriad of stages including the Pyramid Stage. Alongside all the news from the first day of the festival there is a smattering of short films and special bespoke acoustic performances to keep you entertained as we look forward to Glastonbury veterans Radiohead returning to headline the legendary Pyramid Stage on the first day of Glastonbury Festival 2017.

9.00pm Peter Kay’s Comedy Shuffle BBC1 – National comic treasure Peter Kay is back with a celebration of his finest and funniest moments from the last 20 years. With a special appearance from Sir Trevor McDonald.

9.00pm The Celebrity Crystal Maze Channel 4 – Maze Master Richard Ayoade guides a team of five intrepid celebrities in this brand new series of the epic game show adventure through four fantastical zones: Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic. In each zone the team must tackle Physical, Skill, Mystery and Mental challenges in a bid to win crystals. These elusive crystals each give the team five seconds in the final test: the iconic Crystal Dome where they hope to collect gold tokens to win prizes. In the first show, Ore Oduba, Vicky Pattison, Alex Brooker, Lydia Bright and Louie Spence join forces, hoping to crack the crystal in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

9.30pm Tracey Breaks the News BBC1 – A political and topical offering from award-winning actress, impressionist and comedian Tracey Ullman. For the first time Tracey is taking on an impression of Theresa May, alongside favourites Angela Merkel and Nicola Sturgeon. The show is a mix of famous political figures and everyday people reacting to the results of the general election and the anniversary of the Brexit vote. As the election result will have global implications, the show also looks at the reaction of the Russians, Europeans and Melania Trump.

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