The TVweek: Saturday 21st – Friday 27th October 2017

by | Oct 16, 2017 | All, TV Week


9.10pm Gunpowder BBC1 – New three-part historical miniseries from Top Boy creator Ronan Bennett concentrating on Robert Catesby’s plot to assassinate King James I. Kit Harrington stars as Catesby whilst Peter Mullan, Liv Tyler and Mark Gatiss all co-star in the drama. 


8.00pm Robot Wars BBC2 – Dara O’Briain and Angela Scanlon return for a new series of the reboot of this classic show. Some of the new twists this series include the Robot Redemption rounds in which losing teams have a chance to get back into the contest and the Ten Robot Rumble in which 10 teams battle to the death with no time limit. 

9.00pm Louis Theroux’s Dark States – Murder in Milwaukee BBC2 – In the final part of the series, Louis examines gun crime in the US city where homicide rates are twelve times the national average. He follows the police department’s homicide officers, spends time with a family who’ve lost a love one and meets a former gang member who has become a social activist dedicated to finding solutions to her city’s problems. 

9.00pm Your Song ITV – Emma Willis hosts the show in which members of the public receive private performances from some of their favourite musical stars. The show includes performances from Paloma Faith as she acts as a celebrant at a gay wedding and Rita Ora who revisits a youth club she attended as a teenager. 


8.00pm Autumnwatch 2017 BBC2 – Chris Packham, Michela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games return to showcase this season’s wildlife from their base at the National Trust’s Sherborne Park in Gloucestershire. 

9.00pm Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents BBC2 – New documentary series, which includes dramatic reconstructions, that examines the spy network who helped protect Elizabeth I from assassination and treason for over forty years. This first episode focuses on William Cecil who was charged with stopping assassins, sent by the Catholic church, from getting to the Queen. 

9.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – First in a new four-part series that sees Morgan return to grill more famous faces about their careers. In this episode Morgan meets actress Kim Cattrall who reveals why she turned down Sex and the City 3 and opens up about her three marriages as well as why she was forced to pull out of a West End play. 

9.00pm My Week as a Muslim Channel 4 – Saima invites Katie, who lives in a predominantly white town to spend a week with her living as part of Manchester’s Muslim Pakistani community. A team of specialist make-up and prosthetic artists transforms Katie’s appearance to make it look like she is of Pakistani origin so she can experience first-hand what it is like to be a member of Saima’s community.

Notable Continuing Series:  W1A, 10.00pm, BBC2

                                           Curb Your Enthusiasm, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic


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

                                             Our Girl, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                                The Deuce, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm The 18-30 Stone Holiday ITV – Eight overweight Brits travel to the world’s only plus-size friendly hotel; The Resort in The Bahamas. For years they’ve been ashamed of their bodies, but at The Resort, the sun loungers are supersize, the beds are reinforced with steel and the guests can strip off without humiliation. Cameras follow them as they confront their deep-rooted body issues, before heading home to change their lives for the better.

10.20pm The End of the F***ing World Channel 4 – New road trip comedy featuring Alex Lawther as a loner who has violent fantasies and whose life changes when he meets Jessica Barden’s new girl Alyssa who accosts him in the school canteen. 


8.00pm Marvel’s Inhumans Sky One –  In Marvel’s latest TV series, Anson Mount stars as Black Bolt who, when his brother organises a military coup, finds his royal family of genetic superhumans stranded in Hawaii, he then must find a way back home. Serinda Swan, Ken Leung and Iwan Rheon also star in the fantasy drama. 

Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                           Grand Designs 9.00pm, Channel 4 

10.00pm Man Down Channel 4 –  Greg Davies returns for a fourth series of his self-penned sitcom. This time Dan quits his much-hated job as a teacher whilst impending fatherhood forces him to find a new home for his soon-to-be-family. 


Notable Continuing Series:  Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs 8.30pm,ITV 

The Ganges with Sue Perkins 9.00pm, BBC1 

Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine 9.00pm, ITV 

9.00pm Feral Families Channel 4 – Documentary following parents who have decided to raise their children without rules claiming it will make them healthier and happier and turn into more rounded adults. The programme follows on thirteen-year-old Archie who can juggle fire and play with knives but still struggles to read and write and seven-year-old Jessica who appears to be thriving after her parents take her out of school. 

9.00pm The Three Day Nanny More4 – Professional nanny Kathryn Mewes helps restore peace and calm to households in distress. This time, in Luton, two-year-old Sebastian is literally banging his head against the wall in frustration. This toddler will also hit, bite and kick to get his parents’ attention.


7:30pm Sounds Like Friday Night BBC1 – Greg James and Dotty are joined by guest host Jason Derulo to front this new music entertainment show from the refurbished BBC Television Centre in White City. Alongside Derulo other acts performing on the show include Charlie Puth and Jessie Ware whilst Dave Grohl features in a special sketch. 

Notable Continuing Series: Travel Man 8.30pm Channel 4 

                                        Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                        The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9:00pm Bear’s Mission with Anthony Joshua ITV – Adventurer Bear Grylls takes unified world champion Anthony Joshua to the notorious Commando Ridge in Cornwall in order to teach him some alternative survival skills. 

9:00pm The Good Doctor Sky Living – New medical drama starring Freddie Highmore as a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome trying to make his way in a prestigious big-city hospital. 

9:30pm Tracey Breaks the News BBC1 – Tracey Ullman returns with this topical sketch show which allows her to react to event of the moments. During the show, Ullman will impersonate Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon as well as, for the first time, Jeremy Corbyn. 

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