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

by | Mar 14, 2016 | All, TV Week


Notable Continuing Series: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, 7.10pm, ITV

8.00pm Coastal Walks with My Dog More4 – There’s no better way to experience the beauty of Britain’s shorelines than on a coastal walk with your dog. Six celebrities walk Britain’s diverse and dazzling coastline accompanied by their faithful four-legged friends, meeting local experts, enthusiasts and fellow walkers along the way. The celebrities taking part include actor Angela Griffin, Cerys Matthews and property presenter Phil Spencer. In the first episode, Bill Bailey goes on a smugglers’ trail in North Devon, while 6Music broadcaster Cerys Matthews walks Pembrokeshire’s rugged coastline, and actor and impressionist Debra Stephenson is on Dorset’s Jurassic coast.

9.00pm Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall BBC2 – Documentary by Spike Lee about the ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jackson, which follows him from his early years at Motown Records until his legendary first solo album Off the Wall. Including archival footage from Michael’s personal collection plus interviews with contemporary talents and family members.

9.00pm Follow the Money BBC4 – Double bill of a new Danish drama  series set in the economic crime world: at banks, in the equity market and in boardrooms. When the body of a man is washed ashore near a wind farm, police detective Mads is called out to investigate. At first, it merely looks like an industrial accident, but the case implicates the upper echelons of Energreen – one of Denmark’s most successful and leading energy companies. The CEO of Energreen is the charismatic Sander, and young lawyer Claudia is working hard to advance in the company. Nicky, a former car thief and mechanic, works at his father-in-law’s garage.


5.15pm Sport Relief 2016: The Best Bits BBC1 – Another chance to see all the best moments from an incredible night of TV as the biggest stars come together to raise money for Sport Relief. Highlights include Michael Crawford donning his beret for the first time in nearly 40 years as Frank Spencer in a special edition of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em with Sir Bradley Wiggins. David Walliams and Peter Crouch team up in a special Little Britain. Idris Elba stars alongside Lenny Henry and a host of sport stars in a one-off Luther. Jack Whitehall has an encounter with football superstar Gareth Bale, and Jo Brand, Eddie Izzard, and Greg James relive their fundraising challenges.

6.00pm Heston’s Dinner in Space Channel 4 – Long before lifting off for his six-month mission on board the International Space Station, British astronaut Tim Peake challenged Heston Blumenthal to create dishes to take with him, which would remind him of home.

8.00pm Great Canal Journeys Channel 4 – Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on more spectacular canal journeys. Sweden is a land of deep forests, vast lakes and island-strewn coasts, and linking it all together is a ribbon of blue. Tim and Pru head into uncharted waters as they attempt one of the longest and most beautiful canal journeys in the world, travelling 350 miles, coast to coast across Sweden.

Notable Continuing Series: The Night Manager, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                 Thirteen, 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Tribes, Predators and Me BBC2 – Gordon Buchanan joins a Waorani tribal family in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle as they search for giant anacondas. The tribe know this remote rainforest and its spectacular wildlife better than anyone else.


8.30pm The Food Chain Channel 4 – This new food series follows the journeys made by Britain’s best-loved foods; from field, farm, and sea, all the way into delicious dishes in our supermarket aisles, kitchens, cafes and some of the country’s top restaurants.

9.00pm The Tube: Going Underground Five – Documentary series following the work of the staff who keep London’s underground train service running smoothly. Charlotte struggles to keep the ageing stock of Piccadilly Line rolling. At Bank station, Naeem’s plan to send passengers to London Bridge during a strike leads to chaos. At Holborn, station supervisor Tony tries to update a decades-old rule on the escalators.

Notable Continuing Series: American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, 9.00pm, BBC2
                                             Fresh Meat, 10.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Scheiffer Bates: I Con E4 – Scheiffer Bates is a man of many voices. In this hidden camera show, the rising online star is let loose on the streets of Britain, to convince members of the public that they’re actually having a conversation with an incredible celebrity. Scheiffer puts his impressions to the test in a series of wild pranks.


9.00pm The A-Word BBC1 – New six-part drama from writer Peter Bowker. In their idyllic Lake District home, the extended Hughes family reunites for Joe’s fifth birthday party. But tensions soon rise among Alison, Paul and patriarch Maurice when newly-arrived Eddie and Nicola suggest Joe has communication problems. When they take him to a specialist their lives are turned upside down.

9.00pm The Beginning and End of the Universe BBC2 – Two-part documentary in which Professor Jim Al-Khalili looks at the biggest subject of all, the universe. In part one he takes us back in time to tackle the greatest question in science – how did the universe begin? Uncovering the origins of the universe is regarded as humankind’s greatest intellectual achievement. By recreating key experiments Jim unravels the cosmic mystery of science’s creation story before witnessing a moment, one millionth of a second, after the universe sprang into existence.

9.00pm One Born Every Minute Channel 4 – The documentary series that explores the drama and emotion of a maternity unit from the perspective of the parents-to-be and the maternity ward staff returns for a new run. Nineteen years after becoming the first triplet to be delivered at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Kirsty has returned to have a baby of her own.

9.00pm Ross Kemp’s Britain Sky1 – Ross Kemp explores some of the most challenging issues facing Britain today in a hard-hitting new documentary series. He begins with immigration.

9.00pm Agent Down Sky Atlantic – In 2011 Special Agent Victor Avila was ambushed by a gang of assassins from the notorious Los Zetas drugs cartel. Victor suffered life threatening injuries. He now tells the story in a world exclusive.

Notable Continuing Series: First Dates, 10.00pm, Channel 4
                                              Alan Partridge’s Mid-Morning Matters, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic

10.45pm The Battle for Christianity BBC1 – Documentary about confident, assertive faith replacing traditional churches in the UK. Professor Robert Beckford looks at how immigration, radical social action, conservative morality and charismatic worship are transforming the face of Christianity in this country and asks what that might mean for the future in an increasingly secular society.


7.30pm Jane The Virgin E4 – The US comedy drama set in Miami returns for a second series.

8.00pm Masterchef BBC1 – A new series of the cookery competition begins as John Torode and Gregg Wallace return to the judging table on the hunt for the twelfth MasterChef champion.

8.00pm The Supervet Channel 4 – The Supervet returns for a new run of shows. Ruth and her husband Chris have spent their lives saving stray animals. They live with a menagerie of chickens, ferrets, fish, and a three-legged cat called Jersey, who has recently become lame on her single back leg. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick has to decide if the first-ever hip replacement on a three-legged cat is viable. Also, a Great Dane that’s two metres tall gets a custom-designed spinal implant. And a Dogue de Bordeaux gets help with elbow dysplasia.

9.00pm Inside Europe’s Terror Attacks BBC1

9.00pm Employable Me BBC2 – Britain’s most extraordinary job seekers look to prove that having a neurological condition shouldn’t make them unemployable. Up until six years ago, 52-year-old Paul was a normal dad doing a nine to five. Now Paul has the most severe case of Tourette’s syndrome you will probably ever see. Against all the odds and with the help of leading scientists, Paul uncovers extraordinary talents that could allow him to provide for his family once again. But to have the chance of success, he has to put himself in very uncomfortable – and sometimes dangerous – positions. 34-year-old Brett has autism and has been rejected from every job he has applied for over the past eight years. After visiting Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, a world-renowned expert on autism, Brett’s true hidden genius is revealed. And when Brett finally gets the chance to showcase his autistic gifts to a potential employer, something truly remarkable unfolds.

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

9.00pm Chef v Science: The Ultimate Kitchen Challenge BBC4 – Materialist scientist Professor Mark Miodownik challenges two-Michelin-star chef Marcus Wareing to the ultimate cookery competition. Over the course of 90 minutes they cook up some of the nation’s best-loved dishes, from starter to dessert, in a head-to-head contest to see who can create the most flavoursome food. Marcus has flair, passion, and experience, while Mark an understanding of cooking at the molecular level and access to state-of-the-art technology. Ultimately the question they will try to answer is this: is cooking a science or an art?


9.00pm Line of Duty BBC2 – Third series of the superb crime drama about an anti-corruption unit. Sergeant Danny Waldron and his armed response team shoot dead a hardened criminal, but cracks soon appear in their story. Are they hiding a cold-blooded murder?

Notable Continuing Series: The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4


8.00pm Britain’s Whales ITV – Part one of a two-part adventure in which Ben Fogle and Ellie Harrison go in search of Britain’s whales and sharks. Off the coast of Ireland, Ben comes face to face with a pod of humpbacks and witnesses dolphins working with the whales to hunt down their prey. But sharks are proving much harder to find. Using the biggest shark bait on Earth, the duo prepare to head out to sea.

8.30pm Travel Man Channel 4 – Richard Ayoade packs his carry-on case once again as he resumes his quest to show the world how to enjoy an optimal 48 hour mini city break. This time he is joined by comedian Rob Delaney for two days in Seville, in southern Spain: where they learn to dance flamenco; eat tapas and churros; explore Metropol Parasol, one of the boldest pieces of modern architecture in Europe; and take a road trip to the Wild West, and Fort Bravo, the film set built for the spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars. After seeking to channel their inner Eastwood, the amigos repair to the saloon for some Fanta and a Kinder egg.

9.00pm Boomers BBC1 – Second series of the comedy following the ups and downs of three retired couples. The gang visit a campsite to celebrate Trevor’s birthday. John and Maureen are in a top of the range Winnebago, Trevor and Carol in Trevor’s beloved caravan and Alan and Joyce in a leaky two man tent. The boys get into trouble on a charity bike ride and Trevor’s plans of upgrading the caravan are put on hold. Meanwhile, the girls meet a handsome young Swede with a penchant for older ladies, but find out he’s not as good as he looks.

9.00pm Springwatch BBC2 – Springwatch is back for in a one-hour Easter special that showcases the best of British wildlife as it starts to emerge after an exceptional winter.

9.00pm Britain’s Sharks ITV – Part one of a two-part adventure in which Ben Fogle and Ellie Harrison go in search of Britain’s whales and sharks. In an ambitious operation, Ben and Ellie return the body of a humpback whale to the sea and reveal how the death of these marine giants can trigger a feeding frenzy to match. With over 200 blue sharks attending the feast, it marks the greatest gathering ever in UK waters.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                   The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Blue Eyes: Let the Party Begin More4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama from around the world – continues with this taut, contemporary thriller from Sweden. As a general election draws near, the murder of a controversial candidate has dramatic consequences for Swedish politics and for the safety of the country’s citizens. Just a few weeks before the elections, Sarah Farzin, the chief of staff at the Justice Department, vanishes without a trace. The Minister of Justice, Gunnar Elvestad, replaces her with the former incumbent, Elin Hammar. Elin soon discovers that someone is trying to cover up Sarah’s mysterious disappearance, important documents are missing and others have been falsified. Meanwhile, in a small community, Annika Nilsson, the local representative of an extreme right-wing party, is brutally murdered after making a controversial speech in the town square.

10.25pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 – Graham is joined by the stars of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in a special edition of the talk show. On the sofa are Batman himself, Oscar winner Ben Affleck; his alien adversary Superman, British star Henry Cavill; and five-times Oscar nominated Amy Adams, playing Superman’s love interest Lois Lane. With music from the Pet Shop Boys, performing their new single The Pop Kids.

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