The TVweek: Saturday 18th – Friday 24th November 2017

by | Nov 14, 2017 | All, TV Week


8.10pm Michael McIntyre’s Big Show BBC1 –  Ed Balls plays Celebrity Send to All, and there is music from chart sensation Emeli Sande and stand-up comedy from rising star Joe Lycett. Michael plays the Midnight Game Show and performs some of his own unmissable new comedy material, and one unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the Unexpected Star of the Show.

9.00pm My Country BBC2 – In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre of Great Britain spoke to people nationwide, aged 9 to 97, to hear their views on the country they call home. In a series of deeply personal interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny and sometimes extreme. These real testimonials are interwoven with speeches from party leaders in this new programme by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Rufus Norris.


Notable Continuing Series:  Blue Planet ll, 8.00pm, BBC1

8.00pm Guy Martin’s WW1 Tank Channel 4 – Guy Martin wants to build a full working replica of a World War One tank. It could well prove Guy’s most ambitious engineering challenge. He wants to celebrate this groundbreaking British invention – created in Lincoln, just a few miles from his home – and remember those who built and fought in the machine which helped end the war. It’s the centenary of the Battle of Cambrai, where tanks first proved their effectiveness. With help from British engineering giant JCB and the Norfolk Tank Museum, Guy attempts to build his own 30-tonne tank in just five months. He visits battfields in France, delves into recordings from the archive of men who served in the original tanks, and the women who built them.

9.00pm I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! ITV – Ant & Dec host for the next two weeks as a new batch of campers head down under.


8.30pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 – Rob Brydon hosts the award-winning comedy panel show with David Mitchell and Lee Mack as the lightning-quick team captains. Over the course of the show, celebrity guests reveal amazing stories about themselves, some of which are true and some of which are not. The aim of the game is to fool the opposition into mistaking fact for fiction and fiction for fact. This episode’s guests are David Baddiel, Ed Balls, Jo Brand and Kimberly Wyatt.

9.00pm Elizabeth & Philip: Love and Duty BBC1 – As the Queen and Prince Philip approach their seventieth wedding anniversary, Kirsty Young offers a unique view of their life together. It is a love affair that is said to have started with the briefest of encounters on a rainy day in July 1939, and one that was sealed with a fairy-tale wedding on 20 November 1947.

9.00pm Labour: The Summer That Changed Everything BBC2 – Film-maker David Modell follows Labour MPs through an extraordinary six months in the life of their party, through the election and its aftermath, as the shocking result changes British politics in ways few of them predicted.

10.00pm Insert Name Here BBC2 – Sue Perkins hosts the comedy panel show about people with just one thing in common – they all have the same name. In this series opener Josh Widdicombe is joined by Nish Kumar and historian Kate Williams, while Richard Osman is joined by Katherine Ryan and Gabby Logan.

10.45pm Stalkers BBC1 – With access to a national charity that helps protect victims of stalking, this documentary follows the stories of three victims, each trying to bring a resolution to their ordeal.


Notable Continuing Series:  The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, 8.00pm, Channel 4

                                                 The A Word, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                                 Motherland, 10.00pm, BBC2

10.00pm The Truth About Muslim Marriage Channel 4 – Myriam François presents the results of a ground-breaking Channel 4 survey, which reveals that many Muslim women in Britain are unaware that their religious marriages are not recognised in British law, so they don’t have the same rights and protections afforded to couples in a legally recognised marriage. Myriam talks to women who – like her – had a nikah religious ceremony without having a civil ceremony as well. Without this legal protection, women are unable, in the event of a divorce, to go to the Family Court where the judge would then have looked as a starting point at dividing their assets 50/50 depending on the needs of the couple and their children.

10.45pm Drugsland BBC1 – Documentary series which travels deep into the worlds of drug users, abusers and dealers, revealing in shocking and personal detail the impact of drugs in Bristol, as we follow the professionals whose job is to tackle them. Sgt Green and PC Spence have a known prolific street dealer in their sights. But the cards are stacked against them in bringing him down

11.05pm Mr Avila Channel 4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this dark crime drama from Mexico. Mr Avila tells the story of a middle-class family man who is a life insurance salesman, husband and father, but leads a double life as a hitman for hire in a criminal organisation.


8.00pm Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets BBC1 – Four-part series in which Mary Berry discovers the rich history of the nation’s greatest stately homes.

Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                             Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm, BBC2                                                Detectorists, 10.00pm, BBC4

9.00pm Raped – My Story Five – Landmark documentary in which ten people speak out for the first time about what happened to them. Told directly to camera, their extraordinarily honest accounts reveal first-hand how the decisions made hours, weeks, months or even years after an assault can result in a case being won or lost. However, only one of the survivors’ stories ends with a guilty verdict.


9.00pm Blitz: The Bombs that Changed Britain BBC2 – During the Blitz over 450,000 bombs dropped on Britain, and every bomb has its own story. This series examines the specific effect of four bombs, from their initial impact on individual lives right through to their wider consequences for the Second World War, and all the way to the present day. The first episode follows a bomb that fell on Martindale Road in the East End of London on the first night of the Blitz. Initially there was relief as this bomb remained unexploded and Martindale Road residents were evacuated. However, while some residents decided to leave London others were not so lucky, as those who put their faith in the authorities suffered a tragedy when the bombers returned. Thousands lost everything in the first weeks of the Blitz; this documentary explores the work of one MP who put into place city-wide welfare systems that worked for everyone and joined the call for a National Health Service.

10.00pm The Search for a Miracle Cure Channel 4 – Mark Lewis, one of Britain’s leading lawyers, may have taken on one of the world’s most powerful media moguls, but can he do the same with multiple sclerosis? Filmed over the course of a year, with exclusive access, this documentary follows the progress of high-profile media, libel and privacy lawyer Mark Lewis, as he participates in revolutionary stem cell trials for MS. It’s a journey that will end either in medical breakthrough, and miraculous recovery, or see his continued decline. At the age of 25, Mark received the devastating news that he had MS – a degenerative condition of the central nervous system, for which there is currently no cure. He is now 50 and over the last few years, Mark’s condition has worsened.

10.00pm Madam Secretary Sky Living – Morgan Freeman directs and guest stars in the season four premiere. A ‘fake news’ story circulates implicating Elizabeth in the death of a minister.


8.00pm Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast Channel 4 – Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty’s cafe opens for business for a fifth series. The new run kicks off with Simon Pegg, Hollywood’s hottest geek, dropping in at the cafe at the end of Southend Pier. On the menu is a delicious, melt-in-the mouth lamb tagine, inspired by Simon’s time spent filming in Morocco. Jamie prepares an indulgent Provençal bake, made by layering pancakes and packing them full of smoked ham and oozy cheese. This series, Jimmy uses his DIY skills to create imaginative solutions to foodie dilemmas. This time, he creates an ingenious Korean barbecue from a picnic table, to help a wheelchair rugby team’s celebration. And the boys are back on the road, taking to campaigning like ducks to water, as they champion for more free range duck farming in the UK.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                        The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

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