The TVweek: Saturday 18th – Friday 24th May 2019

by | May 13, 2019 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The Eurovision Song Contest BBC1 – Graham Norton returns to the commentary box to cover all the action from the 64th edition of the Grand Final live from Expo Tel Aviv, following Israel’s triumph in Lisbon last year.

8.00pm The BBC Young Dancer of the Year BBC4 – Anita Rani and Ore Oduba host as the winners of the four heats, plus a wildcard dancer selected by the judges, take to the stage of the Birmingham Hippodrome.


7.00pm What the Durrells Did Next ITV – Keeley Hawes reveals the adventures of this eccentric family once they left Corfu.

7.00pm Chaos at the Castle Channel 4 – Documentary going behind the scenes at Bickleigh, England’s oldest inhabited castle – witness to a thousand years of bloody wars, revolting peasants and blue-blooded aristocrats. Today, owners Sarah and Robbie Hay run the Devonshire castle as a top wedding and events venue. But in an age where the customer is always right and the staff working downstairs are no longer willing to be lorded over by those upstairs, can they hold it together for the all-important summer season? Key members of their team include Sarah’s cousin John, who runs the B&B and is Bickleigh’s unofficial online reviews handler, and groundskeeper, barman and all-round handyman Richard, who lives on site. With so much at stake for Sarah and Robbie, and endless jobs to do, things don’t always run smoothly between the owners and Richard, who freely admits he is not a ‘yes man’.

9.00pm Gentleman Jack BBC1 – Sally Wainwright’s historical drama, with Suranne Jones as controversial 19th-century landowner Anne Lister, and following her efforts to transform her family estate.

9.00pm The Raganation BBC2 – Topical comedy show hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, in which a group of 25 members of the public get the chance to have their say on the state of modern Britain.

9.00pm My Crazy Rich Asian Wedding Five – Series exploring some of the grandest, glitziest wedding ceremonies on the planet.

9.45pm What We Do in the Shadows BBC2 – Sitcom spin-off from the movie in which a documentary crew follow the lives of a group of vampire housemates in New York. Starring Matt Berry and Kayvan Novak.

10.00pm Life is a Circus BBC4 – Documentary following a group of homeless people in Oxford over the course of a year, as they come together to devise and stage an original piece of theatre.


9.00pm Thatcher: A Very British Revolution BBC2 – The rise and downfall of Margaret Thatcher, as told by members of her inner circle, who reveal how a political outsider won power and came to dominate the 1980s.

9.00pm Hatton Garden ITV – Crime drama series based on the real-life Hatton Garden robbery of 2015. What was supposed to be a sleepy Easter Bank Holiday weekend in London’s world-famous Jewellery Quarter is thrown into chaos when a gang of ‘old school’ villains attempt to carry out the daring task of burgling the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company. The gang are led by ‘the master’ Brian Reader, who is assisted with the operation by Terry Perkins, Danny Jones, John ‘Kenny’ Collins, Carl Wood, and the mysterious Basil. Continues until Thursday.

9.00pm The Hunt for Jihadi John Channel 4 – This feature documentary from Channel 4 in conjunction with HBO investigates the controversial extremist Jihadi John. The film tells the inside story of Mohammed Emwazi’s journey from an ordinary London boy to becoming ‘Jihadi John’ – one of the most notorious terrorists ever

10.00pm Iraq – The Hidden Story BBC4 – Documentary examining the mental health crisis in Iraq, which has just one psychiatric hospital for a population of 38 million and one psychiatrist for every 300,000 people.


8.30pm Britain’s Busiest Airport – Heathrow ITV – Return of the documentary series.

Notable Continuing Series:  Years & Years 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Alistair Campbell: Depression & Me BBC2 – The journalist and former Downing Street press secretary talks about his lifelong battle with the illness, and sets out to discover if science can allow him to live depression-free.

9.00pm The Murder of Charlene Downs Five – True crime documentary series following the disappearance of 14-year-old Charlene from her home in Blackpool in 2003, with unprecedented access to Charlene’s friends, family, suspects and police. The information the police received would unveil what was considered to be Britain’s first grooming gang scandal.

9.00pm Rhythms of India BBC4 – British-Asian sarod player and composer Soumik Datta presents a musical travelogue around India, beginning by looking at some of India’s most ancient musical traditions.

10.35pm Hot Property BBC1 – Dating show in which participants get to snoop around the homes of potential partners.


9.00pm Panorama: Undercover Hospital Abuse BBC1 – A shocking undercover report from a hospital for vulnerable adults, revealing patients being mocked, taunted and intimidated by abusive staff.

9.00pm Summer of Rockets BBC2 – Drama series set in the UK during the Cold War period, following an inventor and designer of bespoke hearing aids who is tasked with a secret mission by MI5.

Notable Continuing Series: The Virtues, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Mum, 10.00pm, BBC2

                                               Barry, 11.45pm, Sky Atlantic

10.00pm Judge Romesh Dave – The comic holds court over real-life disputes, featuring an extra who is costing his friend acting work. Plus, famous rappers Harvey and Romeo argue over copyright to some lyrics.


8.00pm Eat Well For Less BBC1 – Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin help a couple of busy mums in Bridgend who have little time for proper meals, a problem made worse by their fussy-eating children

8.00pm The Secret Life of the Zoo: Underwater Special Channel 4 – Welcome to the colourful world of some of Chester Zoo’s rarest animals. This fully immersive, deep-dive special episode explores the extraordinary underwater world of the zoo, as cameras probe the depths of a mysterious habitat that teems with amazing tales. Rare blind cave fish Tiny Tim needs a love potion to help him become a dad.

9.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1 – The experts adapt the Torquay home of Stuart, who has multiple sclerosis, making the house more suitable to his needs and that of his primary carer – his blind 73-year-old mother.

9.00pm Big Animal Surgery BBC2 – Liz Bonnin enters the world of wild animal surgery, beginning at a sanctuary in South Africa, where she witnesses an operation to fix a lion’s teeth.

9.00pm Free Solo Channel 4 – This extraordinary multi-award-winning feature-length documentary provides an intimate and unflinching portrait of professional rock climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to attempt the first ever free solo climb of the 3200-foot vertical face of El Capitan, one of the highest peaks in America’s Yosemite National Park.

9.00pm Rivera Sky Atlantic – Second series of the Sky Orginal starring Julia Stiles.

9.00pm The Big Bang Theory of Everything E4 – An hour-long celebration of everything ‘Big Bang’ related, with comments from fans including Jamie Laing, the stars of Derry Girls and Krishnan Guru-Murthy.Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes and red-carpet footage, as well as classic clips from 12 series of the sitcom.

10.00pm The Other Two E4 – US satire of the entertainment industry that takes a cynically witty look at fame, success and belonging. Siblings Cary and Brooke are trying to find their place in the world. Cary is an aspiring actor, struggling to find roles. Brooke, a former professional dancer, is just trying to work out what she’s doing with her life. But it all becomes a little more complicated when their 13-year-old brother Chase finds sudden internet fame as teen pop sensation ChaseDreams. Along with Hollywood-ready mother Pat and newly hired manager Streeter, Cary and Brooke must work hard to simultaneously cash in on their brother’s success and help him as he grows up in this crazy new world.


8.00pm Puppy School Channel 4 – Every year, almost a million of us enjoy the fun and excitement of getting a puppy. But they don’t come with instructions and puppy parenthood can be hard work. Help is at hand with Channel 4’s unique pop-up Puppy School. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Chatsworth House and run by three of the UK’s leading dog experts – Oli Juste, Katie Patmore and Hannah Molloy – each episode a new class of puppy parents from across the country enrol

9.00pm Hatton Garden: The Inside Story ITV – Documentary about the Hatton Garden robbery fronted by Ross Kemp.

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