The TVweek: Saturday 1st May – Friday 15th May 2020

by | May 4, 2020 | All, TV Week


9.00pm The Real Peter Sellers BBC2 – The comedy pioneer behind the Goon Show, Dr Strangelove and the Pink Panther series is explored in depth in this film surveying his meteoric rise to fame and troubled personal life. The film charts his formative years backstage as part of his parents’ itinerant music hall revue group, his years of wartime service in India and Burma, through to his global superstardom. His two surviving children Sarah and Victoria recall the challenges of growing up alongside his mood swings, while his grandson Will explores the troubled legacy his grandfather left behind.

9.20pm The Queen’s Speeches Five – Documentary taking a look at a selection of Elizabeth II’s most famous speeches and the events that inspired them, including the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Queen Mother, Britain entering the first Gulf War, and the coronavirus pandemic. Royal experts and insiders provide the context of what has led to these addresses to the nation, revealing what prompted the monarch to take to the airwaves to reassure her subjects, how she managed it, and whether she captured the mood of the public.


7.00pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? ITV – Jeremy Clarkson returns with another series of the big-prize quiz, broadcast over six consecutive evenings this week.

9.00pm Walking With Elephants Channel 4 – Explorer, conservationist, author and presenter Levison Wood treks alongside hundreds of elephants on their annual migration across Botswana. He gets up close and personal for the first time with a group of orphans and takes part in an ancient ceremony, before setting off into the bush in search of a herd to follow. Following potentially dangerous encounters with a buffalo and a pride of lions, Lev finds his first herd, but is forced to leave them alone when one threatens to charge.

9.00pm Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children Sky Crime – With racial division rife in Atlanta, outrage begins to brew when African-American children start disappearing and showing up dead.

Notable Continuing Series: Killing Eve, 9.15pm, BBC1

9.15pm The Ranganation BBC2 – Romesh Ranganathan hosts an isolation version of his topical comedy show, in which a diverse group of 25 members of the public drawn from all walks of life are invited to share their thoughts on the state of modern Britain today. Romesh and his outspoken and passionate focus group will be joined in the studio by a selection of celebrity guests.

10.00pm Dave BBC2 – Sitcom starring American rapper and comedian Lil Dicky as Dave, a neurotic suburbanite who knows he is destined to be one of the world’s biggest hip hop stars – but has a harder time convincing everyone else. While hanging around the music studio where his friend works, Dave meets fellow hanger-on GaTa, who attempts to fill him in on the complicated social dynamics of the rap world. He also promises to get him the chance to perform a guest verse for famous rapper YG, who is currently recording in the studio for one of his songs.


Notable Continuing Series: Normal People, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Hospital: Fighting Covid-19 BBC2 – The documentary returns to follow the day-to-day realities the NHS faces in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, following staff and patients at London’s Royal Free Trust from the first day of the lockdown. The Royal Free Hospital’s emergency department is inundated with patients displaying symptoms, among them 88-year-old Peter, who is struggling for breath. He is quickly put on oxygen and moved to what was the coronary care unit, but has now become a ward for covid-positive patients. Concludes Tomorrow.

9.00pm I Know This Much is True Sky Atlantic – Drama based on the best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, starring Mark Ruffalo as identical twin brothers in an epic story of betrayal and forgiveness, set against the backdrop of 20th century America.

9.00pm Kim Kardashian-West: The Justice Project Sky Crime – Documentary that sees inmates share their stories of how they ended up behind bars, as a team of lawyers work to set them free.


Notable Continuing Series: The A Word 9.00pm, BBC1

8.00pm Life Drawing Live BBC4 – Josie d’Arby hosts a live broadcast of a life drawing class, allowing viewers to draw along with the students in the socially distanced studio. The models present a variety of poses inspired by classical works of art, while artists Lachlan Goudie, Diana Ali and Nicky Philipps are on hand to share their passion and knowledge.


9.00pm The Country that Beat the Virus: What Can Britain Learn? Channel 4 – Documentary examining the way South Korea has dealt with the coronavirus outbreak, revealing a story of careful planning, mass testing and contact tracing on an astonishing scale which allowed South Korea to avoid a UK-style lockdown and economic devastation. With countries across the world failing to control the spread, the programme questions if South Korea will be able to hold off a second wave of infection, and what the UK can learn from the strategy South Korea adopted.

Notable Continuing Series: Run,9.00pm, Sky Comedy


9.00pm Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe BBC2 – The writer and broadcaster returns to front his own show since the award-winning Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe, to take a satirical look at life under lockdown. As well as the crisis itself, he will be finding out what people have been watching to while away the hours, with help from the ever-insightful Philomena Cunk.

9.00pm Paddington: A Year on the Tracks Five – Documentary following 12 months of Paddington train station and the Western network, following the staff, engineers, drivers and signalers who keep the railway running. Cheltenham races sees thousands of extra passengers arrive – many of whom fancy an early morning tipple – while chaos ensues when a passenger chases a fraudster round the station, accusing him of selling her out-of-date football tickets. In Swindon, the control room staff hear that heavy rainfall might cause flooding and block the mainline to Cornwall – leaving them facing a big decision.


8.30pm Kermode and Mayo’s Home Entertainment Service BBC4 – With cinemas closed and the nation on lockdown, Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo turn their attention to the small screen, presenting a guide to the best – and worst – of streaming culture, across movies and premium TV. In the first edition, they review Netflix’s The Eddy, BBC’s Normal People (including a chat with director Lenny Abrahamson), Eliza Hittman-directed Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Mubi docu-feature Romantic Comedy and Terry Gilliam’s classic Twelve Monkeys.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Portillo’s Empire Journey Five – Michael Portillo tells the story of how a small island on the edge of Europe built the biggest empire the world has ever seen. In the first episode, Michael travels to India to uncover how the British East India Company – the world’s first multinational corporation – raised a private army to create an empire. Beginning his journey in the slums of Kolkata, he explores the ruins of the grand residence of Clive of India, who became the undisputed ruler of Bengal – amassing a vast personal fortune and making millions for shareholders in Britain.

10.00pm Later with Jools Holland BBC2 – The music programme returns with a lockdown twist. Each week, Jools chats to a guest via videolink, beginning with Christine & the Queens, who talks about her musical journey as well as her influences, with a selection of her favourite Later performances pulled out of the archive. New music will also continue to feature throughout the series, and in this first edition Laura Marling plays a track from her seventh album Song for Our Daughter, which she released earlier than originally planned in light of the current pandemic.

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