The TVweek: Saturday 23rd – Friday 29th July 2016

by | Jul 20, 2016 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The Marvelous World of Roald Dahl BBC2 – Fighter pilot, inventor, spy… the life of Roald Dahl is often stranger than fiction. From crashing his plane over Africa to hobnobbing in Hollywood and his remarkable encounters with everyone from Walt Disney to President Roosevelt, this is the story of his greatest adventures and how his real life escapades find expression in his most famous books – from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory to Matilda.

Through a vast collection of his letters, writings and archive, the story is told largely in his own words, voiced by Robert Lindsay, with contributions from his last wife Liccy, daughter Lucy and biographer Donald Sturrock.

8.00pm Alan Carr’s Grease Night Channel 4 – Broadcasting live from a 1950s style high school prom in the UK, Alan Carr’s Grease Night is a one-off entertainment extravaganza hopelessly devoted to all things Grease and 50s Americana. Featuring some very special famous faces, including the original Frenchy, Didi Conn, and Katherine Ryan. There’s dancing, dating, plus some big audience surprises. At the end of the night two lucky prom revellers win the ultimate high school accolade of being crowned Prom King and Queen.

9.00pm Keith Richards: The Origins of the Species BBC2 –  This is the story – filmed by acclaimed director, Julien Temple – of Keith Richards’ formative years during the post-war period, and an exploration of how they impacted his life, and influenced the 60s and the decades that followed.

9.45pm Mrs. Brown’s Boys Live BBC1 – Live episode of the popular comedy series.


8.00pm Robot Wars BBC2 – New series of the popular 90’s show.

8.00pm Saddam Goes to Hollywood Channel 4 – This documentary tells the extraordinary story of Saddam Hussein’s farcical venture into the movie business, revealing for the first time on UK screens a film that has been lost in a garage in Surrey for the last 35 years. The tale involves notorious hell-raiser Oliver Reed, a lavish film set, debauchery, black humour and a terrified cast and crew trying desperately to get a film in the can as the Iran-Iraq War raged around them. The epic film, which had a multi-million-pound budget on a par with Return of the Jedi, was bankrolled by Saddam as he was determined to tell the birth story of modern Iraq.

9.00pm Dragons’ Den BBC2 – Series in which budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to multi-millionaires.

10.00pm Fixing Dad BBC2 – Geoff was an overweight, over-worked night security guard, close to having his foot amputated and resigned to a premature death due to a catalogue of dangerous conditions linked to type 2 diabetes.His sons decided it was time to step in. Documentary film-makers Anthony and Ian Whitington turned their cameras on their dad in a last-ditch attempt to save his life.


7.30pm Coach Trip E4 – The Coach is back and on E4. And it’s hotter than ever, as a gang of young, fun-loving Brits hop aboard to visit some of southern Europe’s top party spots. Seven eager pairs are on the Road to Ibiza. Every day they take part in exhilarating activities as well as checking out the local nightlife and each other. But at the end of each day, the pairs must vote face to face to decide who they no longer wish to travel with. The last pairs standing at the end of the 30-day tour will be in with a shot of winning a luxury stay in the glamorous, sun-drenched, party destination of Ibiza. International tour guide Brendan Sheerin takes charge of this lively, party-mad crowd, trying to keep them in check. The first episode comes from Magaluf.

10.00pm Naked Attraction Channel 4 – Daring new dating series that starts where some good dates might end: naked. Modern dating is business. Simple decisions are influenced by countless factors: what you wear, what you do and how you present yourself online. Filtered photos, push-up bras and enhanced profiles are just a few of the things that can get in the way of singletons finding ‘the one’. But what happens if we’re stripped of everything? Could picking a partner based solely on the naked body and animal magnetism help us find our perfect mate? In each episode, two new singletons join host Anna Richardson as they seek to choose a date from a selection of six naked people, who will be revealed to them one body part at a time. Round by round, they whittle these six naked suitors down to one, based solely on pure physical attraction.


8.00pm Inside The Factory BBC2 – Documentary going behind the scenes in food factories to see how our favourite foods are made.

9.00pm Caught on Camera: Holiday Horrors ITV – Stories include the walk in the woods that became a fight for survival, the world’s worst case of sunburn, the dad who ruined his once-in-a-lifetime holiday snaps and the bloke from Wales who became a shark wrestler.

9.00pm Ballers Sky Atlantic – Dwayne Johnson returns as Spencer Strasmore in the raucous comedy-drama. An old feud is reignited when Spencer makes a TV appearance

9.35pm Vice Principals Sky Atlantic -When a High School principal (Bill Murray) retires, his two vice principals (Danny McBride and Walton Goggins) lock horns over the vacant job.

10.00pm Wasted E4 –  Danny Kirrane, Dylan Edwards, Gwyneth Keyworth and Rose Reynolds star in the new six-part comedy about a gang of four twenty-something wasters, one West Country village and the ex-Lord of Winterfell. Lovable fantasy fanatic Morpheus (Kirrane) manages bong shop Stoned Henge with his neurotic sister Sarah (Reynolds). He has a secret crush on their quirky mate Alison (Keyworth), who runs a tattoo business from the back of the shop. Together with his cocky best friend Kent (Edwards), who sleeps on the sofa rent-free, they’re all living in each other’s pockets and aren’t moving anywhere fast. In the first episode, Kent returns to Neston Berry after failing at being a DJ, much to Morpheus’s delight, while Sarah and Alison hear a legend about a mythical stash of nineties pills buried in a field and endeavour to find them.


8.00pm Wild Animal Reunions ITV – Three-part documentary that compiles the internet’s most moving animal reunions with actual reunions as they happen in the wild. Keepers who raised orphan elephants return to the wild to find them and see whether their bond has stood the test of time. A surrogate mother to an orphaned chimp returns to his sanctuary to see how she’ll be received and a scientist who has spent his life working with black bears puts it all on the line to prove that wild bears and their cubs can develop bonds with humans.

8.00pm The Three Day Nanny Channel 4 – The Three Day Nanny is called to Northamptonshire, where the Scott family are at breaking point. Three-year-old Bobbie and two-year-old Freddie will pinch, punch, kick or bite anyone in sight and parents Chris and Becky seem unable to stop the onslaught. Kathryn Mewes witnesses some of the most extreme behaviour she’s ever confronted and wastes no time giving Chris and Becky a wake-up call – things have to change for the future of their family.

9.00pm Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb More4 – A new series of the show where Amanda Lamb lets home sellers check out their rival vendors’ properties for inspiration.


9.00pm Hugh’s War on Waste BBC1 – Documentary challenging the food industry to drastically cut down on the amount of waste they generate.

9.00pm Celebrity Big Brother Five – Live coverage of the launch of the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother, as another group of famous faces enter the house.


7.30pm BBC Proms 2016 BBC4

8.00pm Amazing Spaces – Shed of the Year Channel 4 – George Clarke and the Amazing Spaces team return for the highlight in every shed owner’s calendar: The Shed of the Year competition. From hundreds of entries, just 32 have made it on to the judges’ shortlist for 2016, and only one will take the ultimate shed accolade. The first episode features the ‘Unique’ and ‘Historic’ categories, including a shed that rotates 360 degrees to follow the sun, to a shed that can hit the road clocking in at 90mph. There is also a faithful replica of an Anglo Saxon longhouse and a Vietnam War bunker in Staffordshire.

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