The TVweek: Saturday 23rd – Friday 29th October 2021

by | Oct 18, 2021 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Sir David Jason: Lancaster Bomber at 80 Channel 4 – The actor narrates a look at the origins and legacy of the iconic aircraft that played a pivotal role in the Second World War. The programme features contributions from military historians and surviving crew members, revealing some of the untold stories behind the bomber, as well as examining the complex legacy of RAF Bomber Command Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Arthur `Bomber” Harris.

8.00pm The Nile with Sir Ranulph Fiennes Channel 5 – The explorer is joined by his actor cousin Joseph Fiennes to embark on a journey following the course of the river in a re-creation of his 1969 expedition. The pair gather at Alexandria, where they prep their Land Rovers for the voyage ahead and as they retrace Ranulph’s footsteps, they encounter venomous snakes and crawl through narrow tombs full of mummies

8.55pm The 80s – Music’s Greatest Decade? With Dylan Jones BBC Two – The journalist and author celebrates the music of the decade, arguing that this maligned era is one of the most inventive periods of pop culture and hearing from leading musicians and producers who were at the forefront. In the first programme he asserts that the 1980s, unlike other decades, was undefinable by monolithic movements such as punk, disco or Britpop, and unleashed myriad new genres in just 10 years. Featuring interviews with Nile Rodgers, Bananarama, Bobby Gillespie, Mark Ronson, Trevor Horn and Jazzie B.

10.40pm Trevor Horn at the BBC BBC Two – A collection of classic hits from the producer, from his early days as frontman with the Buggles right up to recent collaborations with the likes of Robbie Williams. Featured artists include Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Grace Jones, ABC, Seal and Pet Shop Boys.


8.00pm Escape to the Chateau Channel 4 – Eighth series of the series that follows Dick and Angel Strawbridge as their children as they renovate their French Chateau.

9.00pm Joe Lycett Climate Investigation Channel 4 – Ahead of the COP26 climate change summit, Joe Lycett takes on one of the world’s most powerful companies – Shell – as he investigates whether its eco-friendly advertising really paints the right picture of a corporation that still drills a huge amount of oil and gas. Joe meets climate experts and attempts to engage Shell in his own uniquely fearless fashion, before deciding to make his own version of their ads and tries to get his parody broadcast on national television.

9.00pm Salt by Selina Thompson BBC Four – Performance artist Selina Thompson re-creates her award-winning and deeply personal monologue about her journey by cargo ship, retracing the route of the transatlantic slave trade.

9.00pm Celebrity Ghost Trip E4 – Brendan Sheerin takes celebrity pairings on a journey around some of the UK’s spookiest locations, with the most popular couple crowned the winner after five days. Kerry Katona and her daughter Lilly McFadden, Ibiza Weekender stars David Potts and Callum Izzard, kids’ TV legends Dick and Dom, reality stars Chloe Veitch and Nicole O’Brien, and Rap Game UK winner Graft and The Apprentice winner Sian Gabbidon start in Alnwick in Northumberland, where a visit to a psychic artist brings laughter, tears and the spirit of Michael Jackson.

9.00pm The Priest and the Paedophile Hunter Sky Crime – The extraordinary case of Crystal Hunnisett. Many feel she is guilty of two gruesome murders, while others think she is the real victim.


8.00pm UFO Sky Documentaries – Documentary exploring people’s fascination with unidentified flying objects and the clandestine influence that the American government, private companies and the military may have in shielding the truth.

9.00pm The Outlaws BBC One – Sitcom created by Stephen Merchant, starring Rhianne Barreto, Darren Boyd and Gamba Cole, with Merchant himself and Christopher Walken. Seven strangers from vastly different walks of life begin Community Payback sentences, renovating a derelict building in Bristol. But a criminal mistake will unite these people in ways they had thought impossible. 

9.00pm The Long Call ITV – Four-part crime drama starring Ben Aldridge, with Juliet Stevenson and Neil Morrissey. When a body is found on a beach in Devon, DI Matthew Venn and his team search for a way into a case that has no witnesses, no forensics and seemingly no motive. Matthew is also dealing with the death of his father and being thrust back into a community he was forced to leave. Continues until Thursday at 9.00pm.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in Police Custody, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                              Succession, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                             Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 10.00pm, Sky Comedy

10.00pm Frankie Boyle’s New World Order BBC Two – The comedian returns with the programme in which he tries to make sense of the modern world. Frankie tackles the biggest issues troubling the planet, making a string of bold and often outrageous statements which he then picks apart with the help of a variety of celebrity guests.

10.00pm Breastfeeding my Boyfriend Channel 4 – Documentary attempting to break the taboo surrounding adult breastfeeding, featuring men and women who share intimate details about this underground scene. The programme also meets the women who follow a complex process to produce milk for their partners, explores why there is a growing adult appetite for breastmilk, and goes behind the scenes of the lucrative lactation porn industry.

10.00pm Scotland: Escape to the Wilderness More4 – Some of Britain’s best-loved celebrities join wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin as they leave behind their daily routines and immerse themselves in nature. In this opening edition, Martin Clunes braves the elements as he joins Hamza for an escape that brings back childhood memories, as they go camping in the Inner Hebrides.

10.00pm Sandylands GOLD – Second series of the comedy. After waking up on a deserted beach, Emily and Les arrive home to discover her estranged mother – but can Emily trust her? Continues Tuesday, Concludes Wednesday.

10.40pm Curb Your Enthusiasm Sky Comedy – Larry David’s sitcom returns for an 11th season, as he continues to get into scrapes at home, work and about town.


Notable Continuing Series:  Only Murders in the Building, Star on Disney +

                                             Impeachment: American Crime Story, 9.15pm BBC Two

8.00pm Autumnwatch BBC Two – Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan are at Wild Ken Hill in Norfolk to see what has changed since spring and to revel in the Snettisham Spectacular – an autumn highlight in the birding calendar. In Northern Ireland, Gillian Burke finds out how moles cache worms for the cooler months, and Megan McCubbin is on the Isle of Mull, a place famous for its eagles, red deer and otters.

9.00pm Insecure Sky Comedy – The final season of Issa Rae’s Emmy-winning comedy begins, as Molly and Issa re-evaluate their relationships to figure out who and what still matters.

10.15pm Stath Lets Flats Channel 4 – Return of the comedy, starring Jamie Demetriou. Incompetent letting agent Stath is faced with rescuing the family business, Michael & Eagle, and his relationship with Katia, while expecting his first child with Carole. Meanwhile, his sister Sophie and best friend Al deal with the fallout of finally declaring their feelings for each other. Co-starring Natasia Demetriou, Katy Wix, Ellie White and Al Roberts.


Notable Continuing Series:  Only Murders in the Building, Star on Disney +

9.00pm Universe BBC Two – Professor Brian Cox begins his epic exploration of the cosmos, beginning with the great luminous bodies that bring light and warmth to the universe, the stars. Throughout the opening episode, he looks at how stars created life and meaning in the cosmos, from the dawn of time through to the arrival of our own star, the Sun.

9.00pm Police: Hour of Duty Channel 5 – The return of the documentary following Derbyshire police on duty between 9pm and 10pm, beginning as officers prepare to raid the address of a suspected drug dealer with links to an organised crime group. At Comms HQ it is a hectic night and at 9.10pm a woman calls 999 reporting that her brother is threatening to slit his wrists.

9.00pm 15 Minutes of Shame Sky Documentaires – A look at public shaming in modern-day culture.


Notable Continuing Series:  Guilt, 9.00pm, BBC Two

9.00pm Temple Sky Max – Second series of the drama starring Mark Strong and Daniel Mays. Daniel wants to forget the bunker ever existed and reunite his family, but when his wrongdoing catches up with him, he is in danger of losing everything. Meanwhile, Anna threatens to go rogue, Lee is faced with a crisis, Beth’s recovery is tainted by suspicion, and Eve is leading a secret double-life.

9.00pm The Good Fight More4 – Fifth season of The Good Wife spin-off. Flashbacks to 2020 reveal how the team at Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart experienced the year’s major events, including the global pandemic. Diane is forced to question whether it’s appropriate for her to help run an African American law firm with Liz when the firm loses two top lawyers. Meanwhile, Marissa and the firm become entangled with Hal Wackner, a regular Chicagoan who decides to open his own courtroom in the back of a copy shop.


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                                 The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.30pm Mrs Brown’s Boys: Halloween Special Live BBC One – It’s Halloween in Finglas and everyone is getting into the spooky spirit of things. Agnes is ready for any trick-or-treaters, but instead receives a surprising visitor from her past. As no one else can see her ghostly guest, they think she’s gone mad – not even Doctor Flynn can help. Luckily, Father Damien is on hand, and with a little help from Grandad, they get rid of the unwanted guest in time to head down to Foley’s for the fancy dress shindig. A live special of the comedy, written by and starring Brendan O’Carroll.

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