The TVweek: Saturday 19th – Friday 25th November 2016

by | Nov 15, 2016 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Britain at Low Tide Channel 4 –  In this new series, Tori Herridge and Alex Langlands explore Britain’s coastal archaeology, to reveal stories from our extraordinary maritime, industrial and natural history. In Northumberland, Tori and Alex investigate the tragic story of a French fishing trawler that was wrecked in 1913, and discover the ancient community that thrived in the Middle Ages in what is now one of the north-east’s top tourist destinations.

8.10pm Micheal MicIntyre’s Big Show BBC1 – Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from Ellie Goulding and an exclusive performance from the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new West End musical School of Rock. One unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the unexpected star of the show, there is new comedy material from Michael himself, and Olly Murs hands over his phone in Celebrity Send to All.

9.10pm Sold! Inside the World’s Biggest Auction House BBC2 – Two-part series lifting the lid on the secretive and private world of Christie’s, the world’s largest auction house. From London to Dubai, from New York to Hong Kong, we meet a plethora of auction ‘insiders’, movers and shakers from key art markets and go behind the scenes to reveal the people who keep the wheels of the huge enterprise in motion.


7.00pm 0 to 60mph: Britain’s Fastest Kids Channel 4 – One-off documentary meets three very different families whose young children are chasing the Formula 1 dream. In a world where money talks and costs rocket at each stage, just one wrong turn can make the difference between getting elusive sponsorship or not, and the pressure on these children couldn’t be greater. The Dodds and the Dennys each spend over ú100,000 a year on their young racers, while the Chapman family from Cumbria reveal a different side of the karting world. Fenn Chapman is 10 and karting has helped him overcome his autism. But unlike most other competitors in the British karting championship, his family can’t afford to join a professional team.

8.00pm The Lost Lotus: Restoring a Classic Channel 4 – Philip Glenister and Ant Anstead return for a one-off special as the boys decide to restore a Lotus Elite – a classic of 1950s British motoring and the first road car designed and built by Formula 1 genius Colin Chapman.

9.00pm Life and Death the Pentecostal Way BBC2 – With unprecedented access to the workings of a Pentecostal church in London, this one-off documentary in the Black and British season lifts the lid on a faith that is growing fast. Featuring charismatic sermons, passionate worshipping, the full-immersion baptism of teenagers and the fabulous hats and attire of the congregation, this documentary follows the powerful personal stories of members of the congregation at defining moments in their lives. While traditional Christianity is seeing its numbers fall, how has this faith become so successful?

Notable Continuing Series: Planet Earth II, 8.00pm, BBC1

                                               Humans, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm The Freddie Mercury Story: Who Wants to Live Forever? Five – To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s tragic death, this part-dramatised documentary marks what would have been his 70th year with a celebration and in-depth appraisal of his personal life, relationships and creative brilliance, and an examination of how he came to die at just 45 years old.


9.00pm The Last Miners BBC1 – Documentary following the workers at Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, the last deep coal mine in Britain, as it prepares to close.

9.00pm Back in Time For Brixton BBC2 – Documentary following a family who give up their modern lives for one summer to experience what life was like for Caribbeans who immigrated to Britain in the postwar period. Beginning in 1948, the year the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury and discharged its passengers, the Irwin family travel through the 1950s and 60s, guided by presenter Giles Coren and social historian Emma Dabiri who introduce them to their new homes as well as the events of the time. Along the way the Irwins discover the food, work and entertainment of first-generation immigrants making their lives in Brixton.

9.00pm Our Guy in India Channel 4 – Guy Martin’s love of industry and endeavour leads him to China, a country recognised for its innovation, technological development and gigantic manufacturing. His eclectic interests provide the guidebook as he reveals the unseen side of China’s outstanding achievements. Guy’s adventure starts in Chongqing, the fastest growing city in the world, where he works in a factory to build his own electric motorbike.

9.00pm The Affair Sky Atlantic – The US drama starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson returns for a third series. With Noah adapting to a new life three years after the events of the trial. But someone is watching him.

9.30pm American Dad ITV2 – Eleventh series of the animated comedy. Haley decides to become a blonde in a bid to get more attention. Meanwhile, Stan and Steve try to find a new home for the Smiths.

10.00pm Two Doors Down BBC2 – Return of the comedy. Cathy and Colin have returned from a luxury cruise and seem strangely keen to persuade neighbours Eric and Beth to join them on their next trip.


7.00pm Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge Dave – Physically punishing game show with WWE legend Steve Austin. Eight women take on a series of challenges with daunting names likes ‘the Pulverizer’!

8.00pm Breaking the Silence Live Channel 4 – This ground-breaking observational documentary brings together a group of profoundly deaf people over the course of an hour of live television and shares the moment when they may hear for the very first time, since having a cochlear implant fitted. The implant, an electronic device that stimulates the inner ear, can replace hearing that has been lost and gives access to sounds that users were previously unaware of. The programme provides privileged access to this potentially huge life-altering moment, as it happens.

9.00pm What Britain Earns with Mary Portas Channel 4 – Mary Portas lifts the lid on the nation’s salaries, at the top and the bottom of the wage scale, and explores why we are so secretive about our pay packets. British people are seven times more likely to tell someone we are having an affair than reveal what they earn, but Mary is determined not to take no for an answer and hits the road to find out. From the PM’s salary to footballers’ wages, from junior doctors’ pay to CEOs’ bonuses, and from what firemen make to a vicar’s take home pay, Mary meets a range of earners to discover how far their salaries stretch in Britain today, and reveals the best and worst paid places in Britain to live.

10.00pm One Killer Punch Channel 4 – This Cutting Edge documentary explores the phenomenon of a one punch kill, a single hit with dire consequences. From a row over a parking space in an Asda car park to an unanticipated fight outside a nightclub and an argument at a teenage house party, these singular moments result in one life-changing act, a deadly punch. By examining three different assaults, this documentary shows that a single punch can have a colossal effect, often in innocuous locations and circumstances.


Notable Continuing SeriesThe Missing, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                               24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Kids on the Edge: The Last Chance School Channel 4 – An unprecedented number of children in the UK are being diagnosed with and treated for mental health disorders. This documentary follows three of these children at the Tavistock and Portman’s day unit, Gloucester House, a unique NHS-run primary and early secondary school for children with complex emotional, social and behavioural problems. The specialist team of teachers, mental health nurses, therapists and support workers work intensively with its 18 students, many of whom have been excluded from mainstream schools. The programme follows 11-year-old Josh in his last term at the school. He was adopted when he was six, but his traumatic early years have been worked through in his time at the school.


8.00pm Who Do You Think You Are? BBC1 – EastEnders actor Danny Dyer hopes that he will ‘freak a few people out’ with his family history. Danny sets out to discover the history of his tough working-class family in the East End of London, but in the process he unearths an extraordinary lineage stretching back to the Norman conquest.

Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm BBC1

9.00pm Grand Designs: House of the Year Channel 4 – Kevin McCloud hosts Grand Designs: House of the Year. The competition is run in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects and celebrates excellence in housing design. Over this four-part series, Kevin is joined by Damion Burrows and Zac Monro, as they explore some of Britain’s most cutting-edge contemporary homes, all of them in the running for the prestigious prize – the Bafta of the architecture world. In this first episode, Kevin and co profile five amazing country homes on the long-list for the prize: including a large house camouflaged within a hill; a loving restoration in Wiltshire of a prototype modernist retreat; a Scottish home that blends an agricultural exterior with a sleek modern interior; and a slice of spectacular California modernism in Cornwall. Kevin then reveals which of these homes will make it onto the final shortlist.

9.00pm Black Nurses: The Women Who Saved the NHS BBC4 – Documentary which tells the story of the thousands of Caribbean and African women who answered the call 70 years ago to come to the UK to save the then ailing health service. It’s a tale of a struggle to overcome racism, their fight for career progression and their battle for national recognition.


8.00pm Alan Carr’s Happy Hour Channel 4 – Alan Carr throws open the doors to a brand new series where celebrity guests, stand-up comedy, variety acts and live music are all on the bill. Filmed at a social club in front of a specially invited audience, Happy Hour is Alan’s own club night packed full of big laughs, amazing audience surprises and exclusive performances. Brought together by Alan’s trademark humour and charm, it’s the best night out you can have, without ever leaving home.

9.30pm Walliams and Friends BBC1 – Comedy series in which David Walliams is joined by a different guest in each episode for a variety of sketches, alongside a talented supporting cast. David is joined by award-winning comedian Jack Whitehall. The episode includes Jack and David’s inappropriate take on Sherlock and Watson, the world’s worst dating show contestant and Jack doing something David has never done before – dressing as a woman.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm Channel 4

                                                 The Last Leg, 10.00pm Channel 4

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