The TVweek: Saturday 22nd – Friday 28th May 2021

by | May 17, 2021 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The Eurovision Song Contest BBC One – After a year like no other, which saw the world-famous competition cancelled in 2020 in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Graham Norton returns once more to introduce live coverage from Rotterdam of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. This year, the singer-songwriter James Newman will be representing Britain with his song Embers, co-written with Conor Blake, Danny Shah, Tom Hollings and Samuel Brennan. London-based Newman, who is 35, won the award for British Single of the Year at the 2014 Brit Awards for his song, Waiting All Night. Will he have what it takes to be crowned this year’s winner?

9.30pm African Apocalypse BBC Two -Poet Femi Nylander investigates the atrocities committed across the West African state of Niger by rogue French army captain Paul Voulet at the end of the 19th century. The officer’s actions closely mirror the colonial horror depicted in Joseph Conrad’s celebrated novel Heart Of Darkness, which was written at the same time that Voulet unleashed his killing spree in 1899.


6.30pm The Great British Cake-Off Channel 5 – Counting down the nation’s top 20 cakes, with celebrities including JB Gill, Duncan James, Grace Dent, Natalie Anderson and Radzi Chinyanganya sharing their favourites. Royal baker Fiona Cairns also shares the secrets of William and Kate’s wedding cake, while there is a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mr Kipling factory. 

9.00pm Dark Matter: A History of the Afrofuture BBC Four – Science-fiction and fantastical influences on the work of black artists around the world, examining how they address the horrors of the past while imagining alternative futures. The film explores the work of techno musicians Drexciya, visual artists Ellen Gallagher and Hew Locke, visionary musician Sun Ra, multidisciplinary artist Tavares Strachan, writer Ekow Eshun and painter Kerry James Marshall.


8.00pm Your Home Made Perfect BBC Two – Angela Scanlon returns with the property makeover show in which cutting-edge virtual reality and visual effects enable people to see what the future of their home could look like, before it is built in reality. In the first edition architects Laura Jane Clark and Julian McIntosh compete to remodel Shelley and Steven’s three-bedroom semi-detached home in Bromley, south-east London.

8.30pm Cook Clever, Waste Less with Prue & Rupy Channel 4 – Prue Leith and Dr Rupy Aujla set out to transform the cooking and food shopping habits of four British families, offering inspiration to shake up their mealtimes and tackle their food waste. The first episode focuses on a couple from Bristol who are struggling to cope with their children’s food allergies. Prue and Rupy design a time and money saving food plan that’s gluten and dairy free, including recipes for an edible burrito bowl, a rich parsnip cake, and a smoothie that uses up banana skins.

9.00pm Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace ITV – Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell return with more stories of people who were abandoned as babies, helping them try to find their birth families and know their identities. In the first edition, they examine whether two baby girls abandoned in Chesterfield in the late 1980s could be related? Through DNA, the team makes a shocking new discovery.

9.00pm Year of Carona Channel 4 – Documentary examining personal stories of Britain during lockdown. The programme includes an interview with the nurse who treated Boris Johnson in intensive care, and examines the news reports written in the event of his death. Other stories include the scientists and frontline workers striving to control the crisis, and a single mother whose son went missing during the first lockdown.

Notable Continuing Series: Motherland, 9.00pm, BBC Two

                                 Mare of Easttown, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                 Wellington Paranormal, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy

                                 Inside No.9, 9.30pm, BBC Two

                                 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 10.05pm, Sky Comedy.

                                 Starstruck, 10.30pm, BBC One

9.00pm Great British Photography Challenge BBC Four – Film-maker Rankin sets a series of challenges for six talented amateur photographers. In the first round, they are tested on the speed of their reactions on Brighton seafront, where they must capture stunning images using just a smart phone. They are then joined by Chris Packham in the New Forest to take shots of wildlife, and finally take a celebrity portrait of Anna Friel.


8.00pm Bake Off: The Professionals Channel 4 – Pastry chefs from hotels, restaurants and small businesses in Cardiff, Bristol, Norfolk, Brighton and London compete to be crowned best patisserie team in Britain. The teams face testing challenges judged by two world-class patisserie experts, Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden. For their first challenge, the teams must produce two different types of miniature classics – Tarte Piémontaise and the Jaffa Cake. They must make 24 perfect and identical items of each pastry in just three and a half hours.

9.00pm City on a Hill Sky Atlantic – Return of the American crime-drama, starring Kevin Bacon. When an assistant US attorney is left for dead, Decourcy Ward suspects Jackie Rohr’s involvement.

9.00pm George Floyd: From Murder To Justice? Sky Documentaries – A look at the death of George Floyd and the subsequent trial of former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murder in April 2021.


8.00pm Greggs: How Do They Do It Channel 5 – Documentary revealing the secrets of the successful bakery chain, offering a behind the scenes look at the products they sell and staff who work in their stores across the country. From the staff’s secret pastry codes to the untold story behind Greggs’ most famous recent success – the vegan sausage roll – the programme gives viewers a chance to learn more about one of Britain’s most loved bakeries.

9.00pm The Black American Fight for Freedom BBC Two – Fifty years on from the promise of equality and the Civil Rights Act, this documentary examines moments where America had the chance to become more equal and why that didn’t happen. Through interviews with those who were at the forefront of the struggle for a fair system in education, housing and criminal justice, the film reveals the key court cases, Supreme Court rulings and laws that failed to bridge the gap.

9.00pm Before We Die Channel 4 – Crime thriller based on the hit Swedish drama of the same name, starring Lesley Sharp, Vincent Regan and Patrick Gibson. When her married lover and fellow police officer Sean Hardacre goes missing in mysterious circumstances, DI Hannah Laing persuades her colleagues to launch an urgent manhunt. She manages to contact one of Sean’s confidential sources, but can `Izzy” help her find him before it’s too late?

9.00pm Broadmoor’s Most Notorious Channel 5 – A rare insight into the workings of the high-security psychiatric hospital, Broadmoor, with testimony from those who have come face to face with Britain’s most notorious killers. Broadmoor Hospital is home to around 200 of Britain’s most dangerous men, and this documentary offers a glimpse of what life is like behind bars for some of its most famous inhabitants, including Peter Sutcliffe and Robert Maudsley

10.45pm Scam City: Money, Mayhem and Maseratis BBC One – Mobeen Azhar investigates the story of a 20-year-old medical student, who went from handing out cash to strangers to being at the centre of an alleged multi-million-pound scam.


8.00pm Supervet Special: Saving My Dog Channel 4 – Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, returns for a new run, featuring the extraordinary work of his unique veterinary practice where families bring their beloved animals to receive the finest specialist care. This new run starts with a special episode and one of the most emotional and heart-rending stories ever filmed: the story of Noel’s dog, Keira. It’s been 15 years since Noel began expanding the boundaries of veterinary medicine at his practice in Surrey, and his soulmate – the inimitable ‘ball of furry joy’ Border terrier Keira, who’s 13 – has been by his side all the way.

9.00pm What Are We Feeding Our Kids? BBC One – Across the world childhood obesity rates have risen tenfold in 50 years. In the UK 21 per cent of children are living with obesity when they leave primary school – the highest it’s ever been. Ultra-processed food is cheap and convenient, and accounts for the majority of young people’s calorie intake – 64 per cent for children and 67 per cent for teenagers. Yet alarmingly, scientists know very little about exactly how it affects youngsters’ bodies. Dr Chris van Tulleken investigates the impact of ultra-processed food, as he undergoes a gruelling self-experiment that even shocks the scientists.

9.00pm The Road to Partition BBC Two – On June 22, 1921, King George V and Queen Mary arrived in Belfast for the official opening of the first Northern Ireland parliament. Fearful for their lives, they had come to a city scarred by bitter sectarian violence. One hundred years on, this is the story of the dramatic events that led to the partition of Ireland – one that continues to reverberate to the present day.

9.00pm 21 Day Body Turnaround with Michael Mosley Channel 4 – The journalist and doctor asks five volunteers to put their lives in his hands as he attempts to turn their health around in just 21 days. Initial testing reveals all of them to likely be at risk from debilitating conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic inflammation and stress. Most have the aerobic fitness age of someone at least 20 years older. In the first episode, Michael investigates their digestive health and starts them out on a new training plan in conjunction with GP and fitness trainer Dr Folusha Oluwajana.

10.00pm Living with Chronic Pain Channel 5 – Around 43 per cent of the UK population, roughly 28 million people, suffer from chronic pain conditions, and these symptoms can greatly affect quality of life. This observational documentary follows three people who face this painful reality on a daily basis as they undergo new treatments they’ve never tried before.

10.00pm Breeders Sky One – With Ava now 10 and Luke almost 13, Paul and Ally now must confront their children’s burgeoning independence, and question whether their tried and tested parenting style is still going to hold up. Return of the comedy, starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard.


9.00pm Friday Night Dinner: 10 Years and a Lovely Bit of Squirrel Channel 4 – A celebration of Robert Popper’s comedy Friday Night Dinner, to mark its 10-year anniversary. The sitcom, which coined the catchphrase `lovely bit of squirrel”, centred on the fortunes of the eccentric Goodman family and their even more surreal neighbour Jim. With behind-the-scenes material and never-before-seen outtakes, this documentary features interviews with stars including Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, Mark Heap and Tracy-Ann Oberman. It also includes the thoughts of celebrity fans Claudia Winkleman, Joe Thomas, David Baddiel and Jessica Hynes.

Notable Continuing Series: This Time with Alan Partridge, 9.30pm, BBC One.

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