The TVweek: Saturday 19th – Friday 25th September 2020

by | Sep 14, 2020 | All, TV Week


7.30pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC One – A selection of the nation’s favourite moments from themed weeks on Strictly, beginning with Movies. Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, each special will see the judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli – as well all the Strictly professional dancers and special guests, reminisce about the iconic dances, the high-octane group numbers and the standout moments from the movie-themed weeks over the years.

8.00pm Weekends Away with Jane MacDonald Five – The singer embarks on short weekend breaks in Europe, the UK and the USA, and shares her pick of the best destinations for a short break. In Valetta, the historic 16th-century capital city of Malta, Jane spends a couple of days soaking up the culture and visiting the famous sites. She starts her visit with a water-taxi tour around the bay, and then joins a private walking tour around the heart of the old city, including the fountain, main entrance gates, amphitheatre and finishing at St John’s Co-cathedral.

9.00pm Mystery Road BBC Four – Second series of the Australian crime drama. A decapitated corpse and drug-running bring taciturn detective Jay Swan to the remote, tight-lipped coastal community of Gideon.


8.00pm Family Fortunes ITV – Gino D’Acampo takes over hosting duties on this revamped version of the popular game show, which sees two families trying to guess the answers to survey-based questions posed to 100 people. And for anyone who hasn’t seen it, the family who score the most points go through to the final round, where they play for the a £30,000 jackpot.

Notable Continuing Series: Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing 8.30pm, BBC Two
                                               Better Things, 10.00pm, BBC Two

9.00pm Us BBC One – Douglas and Connie Petersen look forward to a holiday of a lifetime, touring Europe with their teenage son Albie before he leaves home for university. However, the trip soon becomes a desperate quest to save the couple’s marriage. The holiday begins in Paris, where Douglas and Connie struggle to hide the tension between them from Albie, who’s already less-than-thrilled to be backpacking with his parents. On the family’s first night abroad, Albie exchanges an evening spent with his mum and dad for time alone on the streets of Paris with his guitar. Drama based on the novel by David Nicholls. Starring Tom Hollander, Saskia Reeves and Tom Taylor.

9.00pm Dale Farm: The Great Gypsy Eviction Five – Although travellers legally owned the land of Dale Farm in Essex, they did not have planning permission to develop it and the site grew in size. Early attempts by the council to move them on were thwarted by the New Labour government, and the adoption of the Human Rights Laws resulted in a stalemate between the resident travellers and the council that lasted a decade. Through interviews with people on both sides of the eviction, this film looks back at the dramatic events of 2011.

9.00pm The Forgotten West Memphis 3 Sky Crime – Podcaster Bob Ruff re-examines the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys, looking into their final movements and consulting a DNA expert.


8.00pm Only Connect BBC Two – Victoria Coren Mitchell presents the return of the quiz show based on patience and lateral thinking, in which successful contestants make connections between things that at first do not appear to be linked. In the first edition, a trio of Boston United fans known as the Pilgrims take on the Corkscrews – a team of wine lovers.

8.30pm Ghosts BBC One – Return of the comedy, starring Charlotte Ritchie, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Simon Farnaby. Alison and Mike are trying to find a semi-harmonious routine with the ghostly housemates of Button House.

9.00pm The 7.39 BBC One – Another chance to see the two-part romantic drama first shown at the start of 2014 starring Sheridan Smith and David Morrisey as a pair of commuters who find love putting their lives outside of the train in jeopardy.  Concludes Tomorrow Night.

9.00pm Rose West & Myra Hindley: Their Untold Story with Trevor McDonald ITV – The veteran journalist tells the extraordinary untold story of how the two most notorious women in British crime, Rose West and Myra Hindley, became lesbian lovers in jail. Former Category A prisoners, including reformed Mafia member Marisa Merico and ex-gangster Linda Calvey, tell Sir Trevor how Rose West revealed her murderous temper in prison, while former prison governor Veronica Bird, police officers and prison visitors describe how Hindley cleverly manipulated people in jail, even persuading a female guard to help her escape.

9.00pm Brain Surgeons: Between Life & Death Channel 4 – Documentary series following patients undergoing life-changing brain surgery at the Neurological Centre in Southampton – one of Britain’s foremost neurosurgical units, where some of the most difficult and complex operations in the country are performed.

9.00pm Evil Alibi – US drama from creators of The Good Wife, Robert and Michelle King. Sceptical forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard is hired by the Catholic Church to determine whether a serial killer is possessed by a demon or simply a psychopath.


8.30pm The Great British Bake Off Channel 4 – Matt Lucas takes over from Sandi Toksvig as host for the 2020 series, alongside returning presenter Noel Fielding and regular judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. The 12 contestants for this series have been required to form a social bubble due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

9.00pm Appropriate Adult ITV – Another chance to see the two-part true-crime drama first shown in 2011. Telling the story of how serial killers Fred and Rosemary West were brought to justice. In 1994 the life of Gloucestershire voluntary worker Janet Leach is turned upside down when she is asked by police to sit in on interviews as an independent safeguard on behalf of a man they have arrested. Within minutes he makes a shocking confession of murder. From then on she is drawn into the centre of the investigation and a complex personal relationship with West, who tells her information about other victims that she cannot pass on to the authorities because of her obligation of confidentiality to him. Starring Emily Watson, Dominic West, Monica Dolan. Concludes Tomorrow Night.

9.00pm 9-1-1: Lonestar Sky Witness – US drama about a New York firefighter who relocates to Texas with his son to work with a new team of first responders. Starring Rob Lowe and Liv Tyler.

9.30pm The Write Off’s Channel 4 – Two-part documentary that sees Sandi Toksvig help eight adults who cannot read or write to master basic literacy, setting them fun challenges to put what they have learned so far to the test. In the first episode, Sandi meets the group for the first time, and after four weeks of tuition, they are set a travel-based challenge in the Peak District, getting to grips with map reading, signs, and railway departure boards.


9.00pm Brunel: The Man Who Built Britain Five – Examining the story of the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the man who designed the world’s fastest railway, longest suspension bridge and largest ship.

10.00pm Grayson Perry’s Big American Roadtrip Channel 4 – In 2019, award-winning artist and social commentator Grayson Perry travelled across America to explore some of the big cultural and political fault lines in US, and divisions surrounding race, class, identity and economic opportunity, and to make some art about what he found. Since then, the coronavirus pandemic and the protests against racial injustice and police violence that have erupted across America have brought such divisions into sharper focus. In his first trip, Grayson travels to the American South, from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington DC, and tackles head-on arguably the oldest and most intractable division in the US, race.


8.00pm The Grand Party Hotel BBC One – Documentary series that goes behind the doors of the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, which has themed party suites so guests can celebrate important moments in their lives. But with the hotel’s online rating having slipped, a new general manager has been called in to shake things up, although his changes do not go down well with the staff. Elsewhere, wedding planner Ciara helps brides-to-be Trudie and Danielle, while guest relations officer Liam looks after Laura, who has checked in to celebrate her recent divorce.

9.00pm London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year ITV – In March, ZSL London Zoo and its sister zoo Whipsnade fell silent as potential visitors stayed away. This two-part documentary reveals how a dedicated skeleton staff continued to care for the 20,000 animals in Regent’s Park and the Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire.

9.00pm Critical Condition Five – Return of the documentary following the work of medical staff at Stoke’s Royal University Hospital, as they strive to save the lives of sick and injured patients.


7.00pm The Gadget Show Five – Craig Charles continues his mission to create the ultimate smart home, while Georgie Barrat acquires FitBit’s latest smart watch, which not only will track a person’s workouts but says it can help predict illness and alleviate stress.

8.00pm The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice Channel 4 – Companion show to baking contest, featuring unseen footage from the programme and an interview with the week’s eliminated baker. Jo Brand welcomes the main programme’s new host Matt Lucas, presenter AJ Odudu and Extra Slice favourite Richard Osman to discuss the new bubble of bakers and get stuck into Cake Week. Plus, comedian and regular contributor Tom Allen invites an array of home-bakers to bravely present him with their delights.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Australian Hits at the BBC BBC Four – A look at a wide-ranging selection of songs and music acts that came from Down Under, with clips of their appearances on some top UK shows. Featured chartbusters include pop pioneers the Easybeats, rock ‘n’ roll legends AC/DC, and INXS who became one of the nation’s most successful acts of all time. Also included are ground-breaking Aborigine band Yothu Yindi, and the more famiiliar faces of Nick Cave, John Farnham, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.

10.00pm Later – With Jools Holland BBC Two – The musician open the doors to his unique south London recording studio, joined by an esteemed guest to discuss their musical journey, loves and influences. Their discussion is illustrated by classic clips from the archive, supplemented by some unique new performances performed during the current restrictions. Beginning the series is this special episode featuring the winner of the much-coveted Mercury Prize 2020.

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