The TVweek: Saturday 23rd – Friday 29th September 2017

by | Sep 19, 2017 | All, TV Week


6.25pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the first live episode of this year’s series. The celebrities have had two weeks to rehearse their first routine, and now the 15 couples will perform live to try to impress the judges – Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and new head judge Shirley Ballas. The judges will score each couple, but there will be no farewells – instead their scores will be carried over to next weekend, when the viewers get the chance to vote for their favourite couple.

7.30pm Front Row BBC2 – Front Row comes to television, bringing viewers a rich mix of interviews, news, features and performances from the world of the arts. Columnist and broadcaster Giles Coren is joined in the studio by radio DJ Nihal Arthanayake and writer and comedian Viv Groskop to cherry-pick the best of the cultural week. And alt-rockers Wolf Alice perform live in the studio.


7.00pm Escape to the Chateau Channel 4 – Dick and Angel Strawbridge continue their adventures in France for a third series. It’s two and a half years since the couple swapped their flat in Southend for a 19th century Chateau in France – which cost them only £280,000. The intrepid couple have spent the time converting the Chateau De La Motte Husson from a derelict sleeping beauty into the fairy tale castle of their dreams. But with only half of the 45 rooms completed, there is still a huge amount of work to be done – including growing their fledgling events business, converting the outbuildings, and bringing the walled garden back to life.

8.00pm Egypt’s Great Pyramid: The New Evidence Channel 4 – Egypt’s Great Pyramid may be humanity’s greatest achievement: a skyscraper of stone built without computers or complex machinery. This super-sized tomb has fascinated historians and archaeologists for centuries, but exactly how the ancient Egyptians finished the monument and fitted its two and a half million blocks in a quarter of a century has long remained an enigma. Today the secrets of the pyramid are finally being revealed thanks to a series of new findings. At the foot of the monument, archaeologists are uncovering the last surviving relic of the pharaoh Khufu, whose tomb it is: a huge ceremonial boat buried in flat-pack form for more than 4500 years. It’s a clue that points to the important role that ships and water could have played in the pyramids’ construction. This documentary follows investigations that reveal how strong the link between pyramids and boats is. It’s a story of more than how Egypt built a pyramid: it’s about how the pyramid helped build the modern world.

9.00pm The Child in Time BBC1 – One-off drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a writer of children’s books who is confronted with the unthinkable when his only child, four-year-old Kate, disappears in a supermarket. Stephen and his wife Julie quickly find themselves torn apart by the scale of their loss. Three years on, Julie has moved to the coast to retreat to a quieter way of life, while Stephen continues his daily, futile searches for their daughter. Stephen is sustained by his dinners with best friends Charlie and Thelma, but when they decide to move away Thelma suggests he reach out to Julie again. Stephen does and so begins a tentative reconnecting. On visiting their new home, Stephen learns that Charles and Thelma’s motives for moving to the country transpire to be much darker and more complex than they’d initially led Stephen to believe.

Notable Continuing Series: Dragons’ Den, 9.00pm, BBC2
                                         Electric Dreams, 9.00pm,Channel 4 


9.00pm The Human Body: Secrets of your Life Revealed BBC2 – Chris and Xand van Tulleken explore the latest understanding of how we all grow. They uncover the secret reason our childhood is longer than any other creature on earth and reveal the communities of microbes – our microbiome – that we cultivate throughout our lives. They uncover the mysterious trigger for our transformation from child to adult and, for the first time, show the remarkable ‘spark of life’ that is emitted when sperm and egg first meet.

Notable Continuing Series: Rellik, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                Liar, 9.00pm, ITV
                                            The Undateables, 9.00pm,Channel 4 

                                             W1A, 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm The Vietnam War BBC4 – Ten years in the making, this immersive series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War, bringing the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life.

10.45pm Professor Green: Living in Poverty BBC1 – Rapper Professor Green presents an intimate documentary looking at what life is like for young people living on the breadline.


Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake Off 8.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Doctor Foster, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Horizon: Being Transgender BBC2 – Film exploring what it means to be transgender and what happens when a person transitions psychologically, physically and biologically. How does a person know their gender? Do they see themselves as male or female, or somewhere in between?

10.00pm The Deuce Sky Atlantic – Major new HBO series from creators of ‘The Wire’.  Twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino (James Franco) navigate the world of 1971 Times Square at the dawn of the modern pornography industry.

10.20pm Surviving The Island with Bear Grylls Channel 4 – A month after marooning 10 celebrities on a remote Pacific island, Bear Grylls returns to find out how they coped when left to fend for themselves in the wild and pushed to the edge. Ravaged by insect bites, thirst and hunger, and lashed by a succession of tropical storms, some celebs crumbled and quit. The celebs talk candidly about events on the island.


8.00pm Billion Dollar Deals and How they Changed Your World BBC2 – From ADHD in children to the way GPs diagnose depression in adults Jacques Peretti investigates the deals struck between health professionals and pharmaceutical companies.

Notable Continuing Series: The Detectives, 9.00pm, BBC2

                                               Grand Designs 9.00pm, Channel 4 

                                                Back, 10.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm The Pact BBC2 – Comedy pilot written by Sarah Solemani and Brett Goldstein. As kids, Amy and Andy made a pact – if they are still single at 35, they will get together. 20 years on, will they be true to their word?


9.00pm Russia with Simon Reeve BBC2 – 100 years after the Russian Revolution, Simon Reeve embarks on the first leg of an extraordinary three-part journey across Russia. Setting out amongst the active, snow-capped volcanoes of Kamchatka, over 4,000 miles from Moscow, Simon explores one of the remotest regions of the country. The population of Russia’s far east has fallen dramatically in recent years but travelling by chopper and skidoo, Simon finds indigenous reindeer herders who are still eking out a fragile existence in this spectacular but inhospitable wilderness.

Notable Continuing Series: Ambulance, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                        Educating Greater Manchester 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Sky Living – Edie Falco stars in the dramatic retelling of the true crime story of  The Menendez Brothers who murdered their parents.


8.00pm Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb Five – Travelogue series with father-and-son duo Larry and George Lamb, exploring Britain’s national parks from the saddle. On the Yorkshire Dales, the pair learn how to train a sheepdog, make pork pies, go fly-fishing and enjoy a raucous evening of ferret racing.

Notable Continuing Series: Cold Feet, ITV, BBC1
                                        Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm A Celebrity Taste of Italy Five – Five famous faces set up home in an Italian villa to explore the food and culture of the region. Judith Chalmers, Rula Lenska, Johnny Ball, Ian Lavender and Diana Moran must first get used to living together, before learning some of the local dishes and, for Rula, picking up an Italian Stallion dish of her own.

10.35pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 – Graham is joined by Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, who star in Blade Runner 2049, Margot Robbie, starring in Goodbye Christopher Robin, and Reese Witherspoon, who stars in the romantic comedy Home Again. Plus music from Bananarama, who perform Cruel Summer.

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