The TVweek: Saturday 1st – Friday 7th September 2018

by | Aug 28, 2018 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The X Factor ITV – New series of the long-running singing competition with judges Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Aydia Field.

9.00pm The Plague BBC4 – New Spanish drama about the illness of the 16th century.

9.15pm The Jonathan Ross Show ITV – Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are among the guests.


7.00pm 5 Gold Rings ITV – Philip Schofield returns for a brand new series of the game show.

Notable Continuing Series: Bodyguard, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Vanity Fair ITV – Seven-part period drama. Lowly teaching assistant Becky (Olivia Cooke) issues headmistress Miss Pinkerton (Suranne Jones) with an ultimatum – pay her properly to teach at her Academy for Young Ladies or find her a station elsewhere. Miss Pinkerton calls Becky’s bluff, and Becky is forced to pack away her meagre possessions. Catching sight of kindly stockbroker’s daughter Amelia Sedley (Claudia Jessie), Becky dabs away her tears and laments her misfortune. Amelia takes pity on the poor orphan and offers to take her home for the week. She has nowhere else to go. Amelia’s dreams are like any other girl’s – she wants to be married and happy. But Becky wants to make sure tomorrow is better than today, and plans to seize the opportunity to better herself.

Continues Tomorrow Night.

10.05pm The Imitation Game ITV – The Imitation Game is a high-energy panel show for ITV hosted by Alexander Armstrong, that sees team captains and top impressionists Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson lead teams of the UK’s favourite mimics and comedians in a number of fast-paced games and challenges. Each week, both teams go head-to-head as they re-enact iconic movie scenes, re-voice news footage, blast out some surprising cover versions and put unlikely words in the mouths of all kinds of celebrities.


9.00pm Reported Missing BBC1 – Second series of the documentary series following the search for missing people.

9.00pm Mother’s Day BBC2 – Vicky McClure and Anna Maxwell-Martin star in a powerful single drama based around the real-life families caught up in an IRA bomb attack in Warrington in 1993.

9.00pm Married to a Paedophile Channel 4 – Every week in Britain over a hundred wives discover their husbands are not the men they thought they were married to. Due to advances in detection, the police are charging more men than ever before for possession of images of child sex abuse – and many of them ostensibly happily married family men. Tracing the impact over 12 months, this powerful film captures two families – the wives, the children and the offenders themselves – as they navigate fraught relationships, deal with the shame and the stigma of the offence, and make difficult decisions about their future. Using an innovative technique designed to protect the identity of the families involved, the film was first made as an audio documentary, following the real and authentic events with the families as they unfolded. After completion, the audio documentary was then shot as a drama using lip-synced performances from actors (who appear to speak the words). This innovative approach allows the film to combine the emotional intensity and intimacy of documentary with the heightened aesthetic of drama. In doing so, it gives a voice to families whose lives are shaken by the events and who would never agree to take part in a conventional documentary.


Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake Off, 8.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Wanderlust BBC1 – Six-part relationship drama series. After years of marriage, Joy (Toni Collette) and Alan Richards (Steven Mackintosh) find themselves in a sexual rut.

Therapist Joy is trying to find a way to keep her spark with her husband, following a cycling accident which has put their sex life on hold. Suddenly Joy and Alan find themselves drawn to new people, and both are tempted to make the ultimate indiscretion. With their marriage in crisis Joy comes up with an audacious, unorthodox, but potentially brilliant proposal that will have huge ramifications for the future…

9.00pm We Are British Jews BBC2 – Two-part series that sees eight British Jews with a broad range of opinions, beliefs and practices, go on a journey to explore what it means to be Jewish in Britain today and examine some of the most pressing questions and challenges facing the Jewish community at home and in Israel. Concludes Tomorrow Night

9.00pm The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair Sky Witness – Patrick Dempsey stars as a literary icon suspected of the murder of a young girl in a new US drama series.

10.45pm Killer in Our Classroom BBC1 – Documentary about the Parkland School shooting in Florida.


8.00pm Trust me I’m a Doctor BBC2 – Documentary going behind the headlines to give the definitive answers to health questions.

8.00pm The Extreme Diet Hotel Channel 4 – The Extreme Diet Hotel introduces viewers to the weird and wonderful world of Russian weight-loss guru and ‘detox diva’ Galia Grainger, at her Georgian mansion in the Sussex countryside. Galia attracts the overweight and unhappy to her diet hotel with promises of losing up to a stone in just seven days, under her authoritarian rule. The documentary follows bride-to-be Kirsty, who has bought a wedding dress two sizes too small and only has six weeks before she walks down the aisle.

8.30pm Upstart Crow BBC2 – Third series of the Ben Elton comedy that sees David Mitchell star as William Shakespeare.

9.00pm DIY SOS: Grenfell BBC1 – In this two-part series, Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team are attempting by far their biggest and longest build yet, constructing two brand new buildings for the Grenfell community on a 750 square metre site over several months to create spaces worth about £2 million.

9.00pm Coronation Street’s DNA Secrets ITV – In this one off special, Coronation Street’s DNA Secrets reveals the secrets lying deep in the DNA of Britain’s best-loved street. Uncovering the ancestral stories of Weatherfield’s finest – and revealing incredible connections they had absolutely no inkling about…until now.

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

10.00pm Married at First Sight USA E4 – US remake of the series that sees complete strangers get married.

10.35pm Walter Presents: Cover Story Channel 4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this compelling and gritty drama from Iceland. When Laura, a journalist on maternity leave, finds herself newly single and in deep financial trouble, her outlook is bleak. She is a single mother struggling with financial and personal issues after losing a defamation case and deciding not to move abroad with the father of her newborn child. Instead she tries to save her uncertain career as an investigative journalist at a tabloid newspaper. But with two kids, no work assignments and deep in debt, she doesn’t know where to turn. A solution to her problems presents itself in the form of handsome but notorious businessman Hrafn, who has been accused of involvement in the death of a young woman whose body was found in a playground. Aware of Laura’s intuitive skills as an investigator, he hires her to help prove his innocence in exchange for a lavish sum. Laura is saved from her desperate financial situation, but at what cost?


9.00pm Press BBC1 – Six-part drama about two rival newspapers from Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett. Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley and David Suchet star.

9.00pm The Mighty Redcar BBC2 – Real-life documentary about the seaside town.

9.00pm Ross Kemp and The Armed Police ITV – This one-off documentary which kicks off ITV’s 2018 Crime & Punishment season fronted by Ross Kemp goes inside police tactical firearms teams to investigate how gun crime in Britain has exploded, increasing by 20% since 2017 – and how the force are dealing with it.

9.00pm Spying on My Family Channel 4 – Ever wondered what your loved ones get up to when you’re not around? In this extraordinary experiment, the Kirks from Essex get a chance to find out. For one week, the family will see into every corner of each other’s lives, every social media post and text message laid bare. Cameras will track their every move, and – using cutting-edge smartphones – they’ll be able to watch each other 24/7. Ex-copper Rob can’t wait for the week to start: ‘I’m very nosy, it’s just something that comes natural. This is going to be my dream.’ As a proud dad, he’s confident his two sons are too well-brought up to misuse social media, but as he logs into their phones, to his horror, he discovers his 11-year-old already has images of semi-naked women. Meanwhile Rob and his 17-year-old daughter Chloe have had a strained relationship ever since he divorced her mum. However, the experiment gives Rob a chance to covertly watch her – and he begins to realise how years of mutual misunderstanding have come between them.


9.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 – Return of the nation’s sofa-based TV critics.

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