The TVweek: Saturday 18th – Friday 24th September 2021

by | Sep 13, 2021 | All, TV Week


7.45pm Strictly Come Dancing: The Launch BBC One – Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the launch of this year’s contest, joined in the ballroom by 15 brand new celebrities, who are paired with their professional partners before hitting the floor in a huge group number. Taking part this time around are Adam Peaty, AJ Odudu, Dan Walker, Greg Wise, John Whaite, Judi Love, Katie McGlynn, Nina Wadia, Rhys Stephenson, Robert Webb, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Sara Davies, Tilly Ramsay, Tom Fletcher and Ugo Monye. Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse all return to the judging desk, alongside Anton Du Beke, with Bruno Tonioli unable to appear for the second consecutive year due to Covid-related travel restrictions. Reigning champion Bill Bailey also returns to the dancefloor, and there is a musical performance by Anne-Marie.

9.30pm When Nirvana Came to Britain BBC Two – Documentary examining the band’s visits to the UK between 1989 and 1994, with contributions by former members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. The programme charts Nirvan’s rise from performing in pubs and tiny venues through to their legendary and infamous TV appearances on programmes such as The Word and Top of the Pops – moments that helped to cement their status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet and brought grunge culture to the mainstream.

9.30pm The Murder of Mountbatten: Minute by Minute Channel 5 – The events surrounding the killing of Louis Mountbatten in August 1979, when his boat was blown up at sea by the IRA off the west coast of the Republic of Ireland. Royal insiders, local journalists and victims’ family members recall the attack minute by minute, revealing how Thomas McMahon slipped onto the unguarded Shadow V at night to plant the bomb. The programme also considers Mountbatten’s legacy, and how the tragic circumstances of his death never eclipsed his status as one of the most significant and influential royal family members of the 20th century.


7.30pm The Sun: Who Cares Wins Channel 4 – Award ceremony celebrating the healthcare heroes who have helped the public through one of the most difficult years in living history, and deserve to be recognised for their achievements. The evening of moving stories and music features a host of big-name stars, including David Beckham, Kate Garraway, Bill Bailey, Trevor McDonald and many more.

Notable Continuing Series: Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing, 8.00pm, BBC Two

9.00pm Sean Connery: The Man & the Movies Channel 5 – A profile of the Oscar-winning actor, examining the journey that took him from a humble childhood in an Edinburgh tenement to a life on the A-list and Hollywood superstardom. Connery shot to fame as the original James Bond, and his performance set the benchmark against which all subsequent 007s are judged, while the programme also shows how he was eventually able to reinvent himself on screen and show audiences what a versatile and talented actor he was.

9.00pm Rifkin on Rifkin: Private Confessions of a Serial Killer Sky Crime – Through newly revealed interviews from Attica Correctional Facility, New York’s most prolific serial killer, Joel Rifkin, reveals exclusive insights into the mind of a monster.


8.00pm Don’t Tell the Bride Revisited E4 – Catching up with people featured on the show, with couples, best men, bridesmaids and family members looking back on their unconventional big days. In the first edition, Ellis and Luke are joined by best man Afro and the bride’s straight-talking mum Dee to look back on their unforgettable rave wedding in 2013.

9.00pm Manhunt: The Night Stalker ITV – Second series of the true-crime drama series starring Martin Clunes as DCI Colin Sutton. DCI Colin Sutton is asked to review the police investigation into a series of rapes, sexual assaults and burglaries that took place in south-east London between 1992 and 2009. Working with Det Supt Simon Morgan and the Operation Minstead team, the detective proposed a strategy he believed could catch one of Britain’s most prolific rapists. The four episodes are airing across the week at 9.00pm with the series concluding Thursday at 9.00pm.

9.00pm Catching Britain’s Speeders Channel 5 – Nicky Campbell narrates a look at how the nation’s roads are policed, joining Cheshire’s elite team of motorway officers as they crack down on Britain’s worst drivers. In the opening edition, Amy Hollis is on the hunt for a drunk driver who has been on a late-night wrecking spree through the streets of Chester, leaving a trail of damage to parked cars.

9.00pm Hawking: Can You Hear Me? Sky Documentaries – The life and career of Stephen Hawking, exploring the remarkable story of a man who became one of the most famous physicists of the 20th century.

Notable Continuing Series: The White Lotus, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                 Alma’s Not Normal, 10.00pm BBC Two

10.35pm Nowhere to Run: Abused By Our Coach BBC One – Broadcaster and journalist Charlie Webster speaks about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child, when she and other members of her all-girls running club in Sheffield were assaulted by their coach. Charlie left Sheffield and didn’t speak to anyone from the club again. To this day she doesn’t know what they went through. Now she wants to find out – she’s finally ready to talk to them, but she doesn’t know if they’ll talk to her.

10.50pm The 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sky Showcase – Cedric the Entertainer hosts the ceremony celebrating the best in American TV from the past 12 months, held at the Event Deck at LA Live in Los Angeles.


Streaming Today – Y: The Last Man Disney+ – Based on DC Comics’ acclaimed series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event decimates every mammal with a Y chromosome but for one cisgender man and his pet monkey. The series follows the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better.

Love on the Spectrum – Netflix – Second series of the sweet-natured Australian reality show that follows people on the autistic spectrum as they search for romance. 

8.00pm The Great British Bake-off Channel 4 – Culinary competition in which amateur cooks compete in a variety of culinary challenges, hoping to be crowned Britain’s best amateur baker. Contestants create a wide range of sweets and pastry dishes, before judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith cast a critical eye over their efforts. Each week, the bakers must prepare their own take on a tried-and-tested recipe, complete a technical challenge with minimal instructions, and finally pull out all the stops to create an outstanding showcase of their talents.

Notable Continuing Series:  Only Murders in the Building, Star on Disney +

                                          Back to Life 10.35pm, BBC One

9.00pm Nevermind the Buzzcocks Sky Max – Greg Davies takes over as host as the comedy music quiz returns, with team captains Noel Fielding, Daisy May Cooper and regular panellist Jamali Maddix joined on the first show by singer Anne-Marie, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and comedian Nish Kumar.


Streaming Today – Crime Stories: India Detectives Netflix – Documentary series that follows Indian criminal investigations from the time the crime is reported until the suspect gets captured.

Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan Netflix – Documentary series. In the late 1970s, an accused serial rapist claims multiple personalities control his behavior, setting off a legal odyssey that captivates America.

9.00pm Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers BBC One – In a documentary originally conceived to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday, more than a dozen members of the royal family offer their personal thoughts and reflections as they pay tribute to the life of the longest-serving royal consort in history. All the children of the Queen and Prince Philip take part, along with grandchildren and other members of the family, while clips from the Queen’s private cine-film collection help to capture a portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history, by those who knew him best.

9.00pm Neutrino: Hunting the Ghost Particle BBC Four – The astonishing tale of how scientists have battled against the odds to detect and decode the neutrino – the strangest, most elusive particle in the universe.

10.00pm Under the Sheets with Alice Levine Channel 4 – The presenter steps out of her comfort zone to embark on a journey of sexual discovery. Invited into homes across the UK, she explores what sex means for modern Brits – whether they’re doing it for pure pleasure, for money or even seeking spiritual enlightenment. She begins by meeting a Bournemouth couple who have quit their jobs to make adult content around the clock and a boyfriend and girlfriend in Newcastle who top up their incomes by streaming what they get up to in the bedroom.

10.00pm Levi Bellfield: Getting Away with Murder? Channel 5 – In a follow-up to the previous feature-length documentary, The Abduction of Milly Dowler, this documentary examines the crimes of serial killer Levi Bellfield, who was convicted of the abduction and murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler, and questions how this a prolific and notorious criminal managed to remain free for so long. Using new evidence, which suggests that Bellfield has an offending history even longer than previously thought, the programme explores his dark past, and asks how many other violent crimes he might have committed.

10.00pm One Stop Wedding Shop E4 – Cameras follow life inside a bespoke wedding boutique and on-site salon where a team of experts come to the rescue of brides and grooms in need.


8.00pm The Hairy Bikers Go North BBC Two – Simon King and Dave Myers explore the best of northern British food on a road trip from east to west. They begin in Lancashire, in the Trough of Bowland, and end at Notarianni’s famous ice cream shop. The Bikers cook a traditional steak, mushroom and ale pie, a cheese-lover’s lasagna and a stunning gin and lime key lime pie.

9.00pm Taskmaster Channel 4 – Greg Davies sets tasks to a team of celebs comprising Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson and Victoria Coren Mitchell. The first set of challenges features with tasks featuring creepers, catapults and one (fake) cactus. As usual, Greg’s loyal sidekick Alex Horne offers the intrepid contenders moral support.


Streaming Today – Midnight Mass Netflix – Mini-series from the minds behind The Haunting of Hill House. An isolated island community experiences miraculous events – and frightening omens – after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest.

Dear White People Netflix – Final season of the comedy.

8.00pm The Great British Bake-off: Extra Slice Channel 4 – Companion show to baking contest, featuring unseen footage from the programme and an interview with the week’s eliminated baker.

8.30pm Mr. Mayor Sky Showcase/Sky Comedy  – A retired businessman runs for mayor of Los Angeles as a joke, but after winning he realises the job is not so easy. Comedy, starring Ted Danson and Holly Hunter.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm The Last Leg Channel 4 – Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker are joined by celebrity guests for a comic review of the significant moments of the past seven days. As usual, the hashtag #isitok paves the way for the gang to round up, examine and explain the leading and most entertaining

10.35pm The Graham Norton Show BBC One – The host is joined by the stars of the long-awaited James Bond film No Time to Die. Daniel Craig – making his final appearance as 007 – is joined by Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch and Rami Malek. Graham also chats to global superstar Ed Sheeran, who performs his new single 

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