The TVweek: Saturday 21st – Friday 27th September 2019

by | Sep 16, 2019 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the first live episode of this year’s series.

9.45pm Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin BBC2 – Documentary in which Werner Herzog sets out on a journey inspired by his friend, writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin, who had a passion for the nomadic life. Carrying the rucksack that Chatwin gave him on his deathbed, Herzog travels to South America, Australia and the Welsh borders, uncovering stories of lost tribes, wanderers and dreamers.


Notable Continuing Series: Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm, BBC1

10.00pm Tories at War Channel 4 – Documentary filmed over the last nine months, telling the inside story of the bitter hatreds that mark the Conservative Party’s struggle over the defining issue of the day – Brexit. Featuring access to Cabinet ministers, Brexiteers and Remainer rebels, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Sir Nicholas Soames, Anna Soubry, Sir Alan Duncan, Andrew Bridgen and Nicky Morgan, the programme starts in January as Prime Minister Theresa May battles to sell her hard withdrawal agreement to an increasingly sceptical House of Commons.


5.15pm Strictly: It Takes Two BBC1 – Zoe Ball returns with the weekday fanzine devoted to the ballroom dancing extravaganza, and is joined by her new co-host Rylan Clark-Neal to run down the latest gossip.

9.00pm Arena: The $50 Million Art Swindle BBC2 – Documentary telling the remarkable story of a charlatan art dealer who swindled more than $50million from the art establishment before going on the run.

Notable Continuing Series: Crime & Punishment, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                               Succession, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
                                               Stath Lets Flats, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Coca-Cola v Pepsi: Cola Wars Five – Documentary about the ongoing battle between world-famous brands Pepsi and Coca-Cola to prove which one of them is top of the pops. The film looks at the secrets of each drink’s success and also reveals the strategies and secrets behind the fierce contest between the long-time rivals, interrogating their canny marketing ploys and aggressive promotional techniques in their battle to win the never-ending cola war.

11.00pm 71st EMMY Awards Sky1 – Highlights from the award ceremony, which took place at Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.


9.15pm The Circle Channel 4 – Factual entertainment series asking provocative questions about modern identity, how people portray themselves and how they communicate through social media. Individuals from all walks of life compete in a popularity contest to win up to £50,000. They will all live in one modern block, but separately in individual apartments, interacting with one another exclusively through a bespoke voice-activated social media platform called `The Circle”. Emma Willis hosts.

Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake-off, 8.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Euphoria, 10.10pm, Sky Atlantic

9.15pm Inside Mr Kipling’s Cake Factory Five – A behind the scenes guide to the Mr Kipling Factory in Carlton, Yorkshire, which first opened in the 1970s and was the largest bakery in Europe at the time

10.35pm Junior Doctors: On the Frontline BBC1 – Documentary following six junior doctors beginning new placements at Salford Royal hospital. A doctor assigned to the geriatrics ward has to work on his bedside manner, while a colleague in the colorectal ward has her knowledge of bowel surgery put to the test and is given the difficult task of delivering some bad news to a patient.


9.00pm Doc Martin ITV – Martin Clunes returns as the surgeon who is forced to retrain as a GP and takes up a post in a sleepy Cornish village where he soon finds himself at odds with the locals. In the first of a new series, Martin’s medical career remains under scrutiny, as a GMC representative has come to assess him and his surgery. Meanwhile, Al accidentally proposes to Morwenna, and Mrs Tishell has a new lease on life.

Notable Continuing Series: Grand Designs, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Better Things, 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Secrets of the Royal Palaces Five – Light-hearted glimpse into the world of the British royal family, exploring regal traditions and priceless jewels, as well as looking through the keyhole of the grand palaces.

9.00pm Churchill & the Movie Mogul BBC4 – Documentary exploring the friendship and collaboration between Winston Churchill and the film producer Alexander Korda. In 1934, Korda signed Churchill up as a screenwriter and historical advisor, and Churchill provided script notes for Korda’s productions and penned a screenplay. When the Second World War broke out, Korda was sent on a mission to Hollywood to help bring America into the war, with positive results.

10.00pm Krypton E4 – Return of the sci-fi drama set on Superman’s home planet. Seg-El finds himself stranded far from home where his grandfather is leading a rebellion.


8.00pm Secrets of the Royal Dressmakers Five – The designers who create outfits for royal occasions, including wedding dresses. Featuring a look at some of the most memorable dresses and interviews with their creators. Plus, a look at outfits that were designed for Princess Diana but never worn and the reason the Queen always stands out in a crowd.

9.00pm Conspiracy Files: Vaccine Wars BBC2 – As Britain loses its measles-free status and cases surge worldwide, the World Health Organisation has labelled `vaccine hesitancy” a top 10 threat to global health. But campaigners claim that vaccines are unsafe, and the cause of a health catastrophe.

9.00pm Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars ITV – Documentary going inside the walls of six prisons to offer a sharp insight into the harsh realities of life behind bars. Thirty-year-old repeat offender Gemma, serving five years for burglary at HMP Downview in Surrey, talks about how her upbringing led her into a life of crime. She has a reputation for bad behaviour – which soon becomes apparent when she threatens a fellow prisoner. Meanwhile, new officer Jon Aldridge begins his first shift at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire and seeks advice from one of the most respected men on the wing – top dog Anthony.

9.00pm New Amsterdam More4 – US medical drama series. The new medical director at America’s oldest public hospital decides he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed and underfunded establishment – even if it means tearing up its bureaucracy and starting all over again.

10.00pm Frayed Sky1 – Brand new sitcom. A wealthy London housewife returns to her hometown in Australia, where she is forced to confront her past and the reasons that caused her to leave years ago.


9.15pm Air Force One: Behind the Cockpit Five – Documentary about the £350million Boeing 747 that flies the US President around the globe. With the current Air Force One showing signs of age, Donald Trump is the first leader in 30 years to order an entirely new plane. Controversially, he has also decided to change its distinctive light blue livery – first approved by John F Kennedy – for a new colour scheme that he believes is `more American”. Contributors including former White House chief of staff Andrew Card and former chief steward Howie Franklin share recollection of an aircraft forever associated with moments of victory, terror, tragedy and shame.

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