The TVweek: Saturday 17th – Friday 23rd July 2021

by | Jul 13, 2021 | All, TV Week


9.00pm French & Saunders: Funny Women GOLD – Filmed on the set of their sketch show, much-loved duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders discuss all the crucial and female contributions to the pantheon of comic history across the globe.


7.00pm Wipeout USA E4 – John Cena, Nicole Byer and Camille Kostek host the show in which people from all walks of life compete over extreme obstacle courses to become the champion and win a cash prize.

9.00pm Baptiste BBC One – The French detective travels to Hungary to help the British ambassador find her missing family. When a body is found, the pressure is on to save Emma’s two sons. The case proves to have a devastating impact on Baptiste, leading to the final breakdown of his marriage – but a chance of redemption comes when the ambassador turns up on his doorstep with fresh evidence. Fiona Shaw co-stars in the second series of the detective drama.

9.00pm Professor T ITV – University of Cambridge criminology professor Jasper Tempest is obsessed with cleanliness, structure and order, and is persuaded by a former student – now a police detective – to help her investigate a serial rapist. Meanwhile, when he discovers his mother Adelaide is trying to sell his long-abandoned family home, Jasper makes a momentous decision. Crime drama, starring Ben Miller, Frances de la Tour.

Notable Continuing Series:  The Handmaids Tale, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm The Night Caller Sky Crime – Documentary series telling the story of Australian serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke, and the violent crimes he committed in the city of Perth in the 1950s and 1960s.


7.00pm Plate of Origin W – Judges Manu Feildel, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan oversee proceedings in a culinary challenge that see contestants cook international food cuisines, beginning with Team China taking on Team Australia.

9.00pm Killing Escobar BBC Two – The true story of Scottish mercenary Peter McAleese, who was hired to kill Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, offering a full account of that fateful mission and the dark consequences for those involved, and featuring exclusive interviews, archive footage and drama reconstruction. 

9.00pm Taken: Hunting the Sex Traffickers Channel 4 – Documentary following a three-year police investigation into a human trafficking gang kidnapping women in South America to be forced to work as prostitutes in the UK. The first episode begins with a covert police unit being tipped off to an organised crime group behind the trafficking, and explores how large-scale surveillance teams and undercover officers are employed to gather evidence on the organisation.

9.00pm Call the Bailiffs: Time to Pay Up Channel 5 – Documentary following the work of enforcement agents as they execute High Court writs on behalf of people desperate to recover money they are owed. Alex and Sherry are on the trail of a car sales company who owe £10,000 to a customer who was sold a faulty vehicle, while KC and Alex visit a kitchenware shop to chase a debt owed to a supplier.

9.00pm In Treatment Sky Atlantic – The drama returns after an absence of 10 years, this time following the stories of therapist Dr Brooke Taylor and her patients. A troubling dream finds home health aide Eladio reaching out in the middle of the night, forcing Brooke to re-establish boundaries as his therapist. Starring Uzo Aduba.

Notable Continuing Series: Wellington Paranormal, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy

10.45pm Robson and Jim’s Icelandic Fly-Fishing Adventure ITV – Actors and best friends Robson Green and Jim Murray travel across Iceland in the fishing adventure of a lifetime. The start of the trip sees them arrive in Iceland and commence their search for the much-coveted wild Atlantic salmon. However, as they arrive at the beginning of the salmon season, they discover that finding them is far more difficult than they imagined. Robson also opens up about how fly fishing and fishing in general helped him through a tough time in his life.


8.00pm Secrets of the Museum BBC Two – Return of the documentary going behind closed doors at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

9.00pm Uprising BBC One – In the early hours of 18 January 1981, in a house in south London, a birthday party ended in a fire. Thirteen young black British people died. The fire and its aftermath would ignite an uprising by the black British community. This three-part documentary from Oscar-winning film-maker Steve McQueen begins by telling the stories of the young people who were at the party and the events that led up to it. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Thursday at 9.00pm.

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

                                        Betty, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy

9.00pm Adam Henson’s Family Farm Rescue Channel 5 – Countryfile presenter and farmer Adam Henson examines the changes farmers are making to their businesses to survive, from transforming drab barns into luxuriously usable spaces to tapping into the lucrative tourist trade and maximising profit with farm-to-fork ventures. He begins at Castlehill Farm, where Ian and Karen Taylor’s children are keen for their parents to find a new source of income to keep them going in their retirement.

10.00pm Torn Apart: Family Courts Uncovered – Dispatches Channel 4 – In an investigation two years in the making, Dispatches reveals what goes on behind closed doors in family courts, revealing shocking personal testimony, footage of children being forcibly removed from save, loving homes at midnight and the results of a questionnaire of family court users and family lawyers. Reporter Louise Tickle asks what changes are needed and whether judges should be held to account.

10.35pm Flat Out Fabulous BBC One – Whinnie Williams and Tyler West host this home makeover show, helping people transform their living spaces on a budget. They begin in Salford, where seven students want to give their digs a new lease of life. Whinnie’s plan is to come up with a Roaring Twenties theme for just the cost of a big night out.

11.00pm Walter Presents: Gold Diggers Channel 4 – Russian drama about Marina, the mistress of a powerful businessman, who enjoys a life of luxury as part of Moscow’s moneyed social elite. She is unexpectedly reunited with an old schoolfriend, whom she does not realise intends to destroy everything she has built for herself. The situation takes an even darker turn when Marina’s lover uncovers a secret that drives him to take drastic action. In Russian.

11.35pm – Fast Food Face-Off BBC One – Comedian Josh Jones pits Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones’ Hodor) and Gemma Bradley (Radio 1) against each other in a competition to find the best takeaway in Northern Ireland.


9.00pm Les Dawson: The Lost Tapes ITV – Documentary unearthing unique and previously unseen family footage and clips of the funnyman, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday in 2021. Featuring contributions from celebrity fans including Brendan O’Carroll, Jason Manford, Omid Djalili and John Thomson – as well as lifelong friends such as Ruth Madoc and Gloria Hunniford – plus Les’s wife and daughter Tracy and Charlotte.

9.00pm George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations Channel 4 – Across Britain, more than 600,000 buildings lie unused and unloved, and nearly a third of them are commercial. Architect George Clarke follows people as they attempt to breathe new life into these properties. First up are Cornwall couple Richard and Sarah, who bought their former local high street bank for £50,000 and now face the challenge of converting the Victorian grade II-listed building into a unique family home.

9.00pm New Amderstam Sky Witness – Third season of the US medical drama.


9.30pm Heist: The Northern Bank Robbery BBC Two – Darragh MacIntyre and Sam McBride shed new light on the 2004 robbery in Belfast, when two families were held hostage for 24 hours, while two bank employees were forced to take £26.5million. Despite an international police investigation and heavily rumoured IRA involvement, the case remains unsolved. Darragh and Sam examine internal bank CCTV, police 999 calls, archive footage and court transcripts for fresh clues, and consider the impact of the crime on the Northern Ireland peace process.


7.30pm Olympics 2020: Opening Ceremony Highlights BBC One – Coverage of the Opening Ceremony from Tokyo.

9.00pm Remembering Amy BBC Two – To mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the singer, Amy Winehouse’s closest family and friends reveal the truth about her and the impact that her loss has had on them. Janis Winehouse-Collins aims to reclaim the legacy of her daughter by celebrating her as a complex and strong woman, giving a different version of events from the story of the singer so often told. With access to never-before-seen family archives and rare musical performances.

Notable Continuing Series: Celebrity Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Deception Alibi – Short-lived US crime drama. The art of illusion takes the stage as disgraced magician Cameron Black puts his skills of deception and illusion to work at the FBI.

10.00pm The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan Channel 4 – The RTS award-winning and Bafta-nominated comedian returns with sketches, studio games and in this first edition guests including comedy hotshot Jack Whitehall, singer-songwriter Lily Allen and Fast and Furious star Nathalie Emmanuel. Plus, for one night only, chart-topping sensation Anne-Marie joins the house band as guest vocalist.

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