The TVweek: Saturday 20th – Friday 26th February 2016

by | Feb 16, 2016 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway ITV  – Ant and Dec return for a brand new series of their award-winning entertainment show. Hollywood star Michael Sheen acts as guest announcer, James Corden gets a surprise when the boys go undercover in Los Angeles, Wet Wet Wet provide the music for Singalong Live, and Stephen Mulhern presides as the boys take on a spectacular life-size version of Pac-Man in Ant v Dec. As ever, one lucky member of the studio audience will also be playing to win the contents of a commercial break in Win the Ads.


9.00pm The Night Manager BBC1 – Drama series based on the John le Carre novel. Hotel night manager Jonathan Pine receives a plea for help from a well-connected guest. His actions draw him into the world of Richard Roper, a businessman and arms dealer. Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Tom Hiddleston star.

9.00pm Let’s Play Darts for Sports Relief BBC2 – Gabby Logan hosts as Greg Davies and Katherine Ryan try their hands at playing darts against the pros.


2.15pm Moving On BBC1 – New series of the contemporary daytime drama series. The first episode entitled Taxi for Linda stars Julie Hesmondhalgh, Jon Thompson and Shane Richie.  Continues with a different story all week.

9.00pm Grace Dent on Romance W

Notable Continuing Series: American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, 9.00pm, BBC2

                                             Vinyl, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

10.00pm Fresh Meat Channel 4 – The award-winning comedy drama is back for the fourth and final series. Halfway through the second term, an unannounced visit from JP’s (Jack Whitehall) older brother Tomothy (Richard Goulding) makes the Hartnell Avenue residents realise how close to the end of the year and their university lives they really are. Howard has created a secret revision den in the cellar, but as a series of texts from Candice could upend his plans, it falls on Josie (Kimberley Nixon) to educate him about the difference between what people say and what they actually mean. Meanwhile panicked Student Union President Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie) seeks the counsel of her support officer Rosa (Ayda Field) as she attempts to win a prestigious scholarship in the US, but will her self-penned motivational book be the answer? Vod (Zawe Ashton) comes up with a scheme to help with her money troubles, and Kingsley (Joe Thomas) is on the lookout for love, but possibly in all the wrong places. But before the housemates knuckle down to some hard-core studying, JP has plans for one last big blow out.

10.45pm Cuckoo BBC1 – Third series of the BBC Three comedy which is available to view weekly online. Back in Lichfield, six months after Dale’s dramatic departure. Rachel is still heartbroken, but has managed to salvage a certain friendship with her jilted former fiance, Ben. Just as life looks like it’s about to return to normal in the Thompson household, a transformed Dale returns from China to shake things up all over again. Greg Davies. Helen Baxendale and Taylor Lautner star.

10.45pm Girls Sky Atlantic – Lena Dunham’s comedy returns for a fifth season.

11.20pm Togetherness Sky Atlantic – Second series of the HBO comedy following a group of thirty somethings as they navigate the world of relationships.


9.00pm Who’s the Boss BBC2 – Three British companies rip up the rule book of recruitment and give staff the power to hire a new member of staff.

9.00pm First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon Channel 4 – n June 2014, the world was transfixed by images of men emerging from the deepest Amazonian rainforest for the first time. This tribe were among the last people living on our planet who had had no contact with the outside world. In this extraordinary documentary, filmmaker Angus Macqueen gains exclusive access to this extraordinary tribe, to Xani and Shirimaku and their families, to find out how they lived, why they had remained isolated for so long and what finally brought them out of isolation.

Notable Continuing Series: Happy Valley, 9.00pm, BBC1

Alan Partridge’s Mid-Morning Matters, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic

10.45pm Life and Death Row BBC1 – Second series of the compelling documentary which available weekly online via BBC Three. Series telling the story of capital punishment through the eyes of young people whose lives have been shaped by it. On March 11 2009, Daniel Lopez was pulled over for driving erratically. The dramatic car chase that ensued killed a police officer. 27-year-old Daniel was given the death penalty. Unusually for a death row prisoner, he is resisting all appeals to block his execution – which is due in five week’s time. The state appointed attorneys for Lopez are arguing that their client is using the justice system as a form of suicide.


8.00pm The BRIT Awards 2016 ITV – Ant and Dec host the star-studded ceremony live from London’s O2 Arena. Featuring performances from some of the biggest names in music including Adele, Coldplay, Little Mix, Justin Bieber, James Bay and Rihanna.

Notable Continuing Series: The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, 8.00pm, BBC1
                                                24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Tomorrow’s Food BBC1 – Dara O Briain and a team of experts reveal the future of food. Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett is off to the Netherlands to discover the future of the burger and find out how a 3D printer could soon become an essential kitchen gadget.

9.00pm Inside Buckingham Palace Five – This two-part series explores one of the most famous buildings in the world, and its roles as a family home.

9.00pm The Prosecutes: Real Crime and Punishment BBC4 – Series documenting the work of the Crown Prosecution Service. The prosecutors must decide how to charge a driver after a child is killed in a collision, with no evidence that he was drunk or speeding or on his phone. In every serious criminal case, the CPS must decide who to charge and what to charge them with, decisions which lie at the heart of the criminal justice system.

10.00pm Live from the BBC BBC2 – Series showcasing some of the best new comedy talent.

10.00pm Person of Interest Five – Double bill of the US crime drama.


8.00pm Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke Channel 4 – In this new series, George Clarke shows that even the ugliest house can be transformed into something to be proud of. George matches some of Britain’s most unloved houses with some of the country’s leading architects, who join cutting-edge conception to a tight budget, proving that great design doesn’t have to cost the earth. In the first episode, Tony and Sarah feel uninspired by their 70s house in the Vale of Glamorgan, including its dirty pebbledash facade, small windows and dated decor.

Notable Continuing Series: Death in Paradise, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4

10.00pm The Great British Sex Survey Channel 4 – Based on a nationally representative survey specially commissioned by Channel 4 and conducted by YouGov, The Great British Sex Survey counts down the UK’s top ten fetishes, kinks and unusual sexual practices. The programme meets ordinary people from across the UK who get up to some jaw-dropping and eye-watering activities in the bedroom.


7.30pm Eurovision: You Decide BBC4 – Hosted live from the O2 Forum Kentish Town by self-confessed Eurovision fan Mel Giedroyc, this is the culmination of the UK’s biggest ever national song search for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

10.35pm Hospital People BBC1 – This mockumentary follows the lives of porters, hospital radio DJs, chaplains and managers – the hospital staff who could be called ‘non-essential’, though they would all strongly disagree.

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