The TVweek: Saturday 21st – Friday 27th April 2018

by | Apr 16, 2018 | All, TV Week


Notable Continuing Series: Britain’s Got Talent, 8.00pm ITV

8.00pm The Queen’s Birthday Party BBC1 – A celebration concert for Her Majesty the Queen’s 92nd birthday, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London and attended by HM the Queen and members of the royal family. Alongside contemporary hits, there are songs from classic musicals, swing favourites and much more. Performers include Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Sting and Shaggy. Also on the show are Shawn Mendes, South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Anne-Marie, Craig David, Jamie Cullum, Donel Mangena, Laura Mvula and The Dhol Foundation, led by Johnny Kalsi. Performing songs from the likes of Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Top Hat are Welsh Luke Evans, Tom Chambers and Helen George. Alfie Boe celebrates the sound of Benny Goodman and the swing era, and there is a celebration of the music of the legendary ukulele maestro George Formby, featuring 40 players from the George Formby Society.


7.00pm Little Big Shots ITV – Dawn French returns for a new six-part series of her talent show that shines a spotlight on some of the world’s most talented children.

9.00pm The Woman in White BBC1 – Five-part drama series based on the novel by Wilkie Collins. After a haunting encounter with a woman all in white, drawing master Walter Hartright finds a startling resemblance between her and his new pupil, the beautiful Laura Fairlie. Ben Hardy and Charles Dance star.

9.00pm Diana to Meghan: Royal Wedding Secrets Five – Behind-scenes documentary uncovering how a royal wedding is put together. Exclusive interviews from a host of royal insiders reveal the hidden work and drama the public never see, from engagement to honeymoon. Diana’s dressmaker shares some memories, Katherine and William’s florist spills the beans, and there’s a look at the high-jinx involved in a royal stag do.


Notable Continuing Series: Travel Man 8.30pm, Channel 4
                                               The island, 9.00pm Channel 4

9.00pm The Real Camilla: HRH The Dutchess of Cornwall ITV – One-off documentary programme following a year in the life of HRH Camilla Duchess of Cornwall. Family, friends and the people who know her best talk candidly about Britain’s most private royal and the woman who will one day be queen.

9.00pm Westworld Sky Atlantic – Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton return in the second season of JJ Abrams’ cerebral sci-fi epic.

10.20pm West Word Sky Atlantic – Lauren Laverne and a panel of celebrity superfans download and decode all the events of the thrilling second season of Westworld.


9.00pm The Split BBC1 – Six-part drama from Abi Morgan writer of River and The Hour.  A leading divorce lawyer finds business is personal when she leaves the family firm for a rival and finally faces her estranged father, who walked out 30 years ago. Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan and Anthony Head are among the cast.

9.00pm Fatberg Autopsy Channel 4 – Under the streets of Britain’s cities an epidemic of fatbergs plagues our sewers. These monster blockages of congealed fat, wet wipes, and human waste, are a product of what we’ve flushed down our toilets and sinks. But why are we suddenly seeing more and more of them, and what exactly do they contain? Presenter and science enthusiast Rick Edwards joins a team of scientists and sewer workers to perform the first-ever fatberg autopsy – taken from one of the biggest blockages ever found in the UK, at east London’s Abbey Mills Pumping Station, the ‘cathedral of sewage’. Pathology technician Carla Valentine and a team of experts analyse the contents to discover the chemistry, biology and toxicology of this beast from the sewer, revealing our dirty secrets and the danger that fatbergs pose to our cities and health.

Notable Continuing Series: Cunk on Britain, 10.00pm, BBC2

10.45pm Rent for Sex: Ellie Undercover BBC1 – Journalist Ellie Flynn investigates the ‘rent for sex’ trend, where landlords across the UK offer free rooms in exchange for ‘sexual favours’.

11.00pm Walter Presents: Flight Hs13 Channel 4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this tense thriller from the Netherlands about a woman’s search for the truth behind her husband’s mysterious disappearance and the secrets she uncovers that threaten to destroy her entire family.


9.00pm Britain’s Fat Fight With Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC1 – Documentary series exploring the obesity crisis. Britain is now the most obese country in Western Europe. Two-thirds of us are already overweight and there’s no doubt that our poor diet and lack of exercise is slowly killing us, as well as crippling the NHS. After smoking, obesity is the next biggest cause of premature death in the UK. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is on a mission to try and do something about it. In this new series, he pushes some of the biggest food companies and restaurant chains to become more transparent about what they are selling and he asks the government what they are doing to tackle this health crisis. Hugh’s also sees if it is possible to change the eating habits of a whole city by challenging the people of Newcastle to lose 100,000lbs in a year.

Notable Continuing Series: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, 9.00pm, BBC2                       The Americans, 10.00pm, ITV4

9.00pm Me and My Addiction Five – Candid documentary miniseries. Ten survivors talk candidly about the experiences that plunged them into the dark hole of addiction, and the battles they faced to escape it. Drugs are no respecter of class or background – and the voices we hear reflect all walks of life, including those who have stood in the spotlight of fame.


8.00pm The Truth About Obesity BBC1 – Chris Bavin looks at the latest scientific research on obesity and shows how small lifestyle changes can help people maximize their chances of keeping trim. The programme reveals when the best time to eat is, how people’s gut bacteria may influence their weight and how a simple piece of string can reveal how healthy someone is. Plus we meet cutting edge researchers who hope to solve obesity with a simple injection.

8.30pm Paul O’Grady For the Love of Dogs: India ITV – In this brand-new programme, Paul O’Grady travels to India to help some of the 400,000 dogs living on the streets of Delhi. In the series opener, Paul meets an abandoned street dog pup with a potentially fatal virus and an adorable golden retriever who will not stop chewing her paw. He also rolls up his sleeves like never before as he rescues a litter of puppies that were born in the grounds of the beautiful Lodhi Gardens from almost certain death.

9.00pm Ambulance BBC1 – Third series of the fly on the wall documentary following the work of West Midlands Ambulance service.

9.00pm Harrold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV – This documentary features exclusive new testimony from eyewitnesses and police officers revealing how Shipman groomed a community and preyed on the most vulnerable. It also tells the inside story of how the man detectives called ‘Doctor Death’ was eventually brought to justice.

Notable Continuing Series: The Good Fight, 9.00pm, More4

10.00pm Micheal Portillio: Our Housing Crisis: Who’s to Blame Five – Feature length documentary about the rise and fall of the British council estate. Michael Portillo investigates the extraordinary story of the social housing revolution that has transformed the country. Featuring contributions from council tenants, private renters, housing campaigners and historians.

10.45pm Barry Sky Atlantic – Superb new HBO comedy starring Bill Hader as Barry, a hitman searching for direction. While on a job in LA, Barry gets the acting bug.


8.00pm Our Wildest Dreams Channel 4 – This new series follows British families as they leave the UK, making life-changing moves and starting from scratch in some of the most remote places on earth. Every step of the journey is captured, as the families leave it all behind to build a new life and home in the wild. In the first episode, ex-businesswoman Mari leaves her home in Greenwich, overlooking the skyscrapers of London’s Canary Wharf, for a new life in Ecuador, and a distant, isolated corner of the Amazon. Mari hopes the move to the wild with her native husband Kurikindi, and their five-year-old daughter Samai, will be a fresh start that brings the family even closer. Mari is only the second white person to have ever entered this remote region: a tiny community of just 26 people, where her husband is welcomed as the local shaman and the family aims to build an indigenous home on gifted land.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

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