The TVweek: Saturday 24th February – Friday 2nd March 2018

by | Feb 20, 2018 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway ITV – Ant and Dec are back with the Happiest 90 Minutes of the Week in a brand-new series. Amanda Holden is the first celebrity to fall victim to an outrageous ‘Undercover’ prank this series, Stephen Mulhern is back with an ‘Ant Versus Dec’ Monster Truck race between the boys, and Scarlett Moffatt returns to Takeaway with an audacious stunt. Olly Murs will be joining in as the Star Guest Announcer and pop superstar Kylie Minogue will both open and close the show in a hilarious ‘End of The Show Show’.


8.00pm Top Gear BBC2 – The series kicks off with Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid taking a motorsports road trip across America’s Wild West, in the latest V8 sports cars from McLaren, Jaguar and Ford. Rob Brydon tackles the Top Gear track in the Reasonably Fast Car.

8.00pm Hannibal’s Elephant Army: The New Evidence Channel 4 – The story of Carthaginian general Hannibal crossing the Alps with an army of 40,000 men, 9000 cavalry and 37 elephants is one of history’s greatest legends. But the details of the journey – what route he took and how he and his entourage managed to conquer the treacherous mountain terrain – were a mystery, until now. For the first time, an international team of scientists is searching for clues hidden deep beneath the Alps’ rocky soil, and their extraordinary discoveries are shedding new light on Hannibal’s almost-impossible journey. The scientists are joined by paleobiologist Dr Tori Herridge and historian Dr Eve MacDonald, who follow in Hannibal’s footsteps to experience what it must have been like as this ancient army battled raging rivers, hostile tribes and mighty mountains.

9.00pm Strike: Career of Evil BBC1 – Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger star in a second two-part crime drama from Robert Galbraith the alterego of JK Rowling. A dismembered leg sent to Strike’s office sends both his and Robin’s lives into disarray, forcing them to confront spectres from their pasts.

Notable Continuing Series: Endeavour, 8.00pm, ITV   

                                               Life and Death Row: Mass Execution, 9.00pm, BBC2

10.45pm Top Gear – Extra Gear BBC2 – Extra Gear is back for a series packed full of Top Gear exclusives, special guests and even more motoring madness. In the first episode Texan tuner John Hennessey and Sabine Schmitz join host Rory Reid in the studio to celebrate all things V8. Rory gets behind the wheel of an MK 1 GT40 with 1969 Le Mans winner Jackie Oliver and Chris Harris takes a Vauxhall VXR8 GTS R around the Top Gear test track.


8.30pm Classic Mary Berry BBC1 – Mary Berry prepares some classic dishes. Here, she indulges her love of comfort food with homely recipes, including eggs benedict florentine, slow-cooked lamb shanks and deliciously rich chocolate truffle pots. She invites Swedish fire-chef Niklas Esktedt to share the joys of caveman cooking with her, and enjoys his inventive venison meatballs with blackened celeriac and mouthwatering Swedish donuts.

9.00pm Masterchef BBC1 – Out of the thousands who applied, 56 amateur cooks have made it through to compete over four weeks of heats. In this first episode, the first seven hopefuls try to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

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

10.00pm Electric Dreams Channel 4 – Following on from the acclaimed first run of Electric Dreams, the sci-fi anthology series continues on Channel 4 with four more episodes. Each episode is a stand-alone story; each inspired by one of Philip K. Dick’s renowned short stories. The worlds we are invited into vary from a collapsed society populated by citizens denied freedom of choice by an automatic product-manufacturing factory; an average suburban town suffering from an alien invasion with the fate of the human race resting in the hands of a young boy; one man’s stand against a totalitarian regime and its xenophobic policies and a futuristic city living under a terror-prevention regime. Viewers will once again be thrust straight into these worlds and left questioning society as we know it. Leading the starry cast are Greg Kinnear, Juno Temple, Janelle Monae, Mel Rodriguez, Vera Farmiga and Maura Tierney.


8.00pm How to Get Fit Fast Channel 4 – Series in which Anna Richardson and Amar Latif separate fact from fiction when it comes to exercise, helping viewers find out the exercise that’s right for them. Offering shortcuts and hacks based on up-to-date scientific research, How to Get Fit Fast, ensures viewers achieve the maximum benefit as quickly as possible.

9.00pm Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby BBC2 – Giles Coren and Monica Galetti fly to the other side of the world to work in one of the world’s most luxurious eco resorts on the small island of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia.

9.00pm 100 Years Younger in 21 Days ITV – Eight well-loved and well-worn celebrities take part in a bold and unique experiment in a four-part series to find out if we really can stop the ageing process. Soap legend June Brown, actress Claire King, presenter Roy Walker, EastEnders stalwart Sid Owen, actress and presenter Sherrie Hewson, musician Shaun Ryder, astrologer Russell Grant and TV personality Sandra Martin are subjected to scientific testing to discover how well – or badly – they are ageing inside and out.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E,9.00pm, Channel 4

                                                Mum, 10.00pm, BBC2

10.00pm The FGM Detectives Channel 4 – Documentary filmed over two years that examines the problem of female genital mutilation, or FGM, which involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia. It’s estimated that some 137,000 women and girls are affected by FGM in England and Wales, and in any given year it’s thought that 20,000 girls in the UK are at risk of FGM.

10.10pm Divorce Sky Atlantic – Second season of the black comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Robert and Frances start their new, single lives after signing divorce papers.

10.45pm Acid Attack: My Story BBC1 – In 2012 Naomi Oni was doused in sulphuric acid after being stalked through London by someone disguised in a niqab. Since 2012, acid attacks have doubled in the UK, and now two acid attacks are carried out in the UK every single day, with 450 occurring each year in London alone. Known as ‘face melters’, corrosive liquids have replaced knives as the weapon of choice for gangs and others wanting to inflict maximum damage on their unsuspecting victims. The physical and psychological effects of these attacks are devastating. In an instant, a victim’s life is irreversibly transformed, as are the lives of their family, children and partners. This powerful film reveals the story behind one of the most shocking and bizarre acid attacks of recent years. It’s a twisted story of betrayal, calculation and devastation. The film combines archive footage, stylised recon and interviews with the victim, police, family and friends.


8.00pm World’s Most Extraordinary Homes BBC2 – Presenters Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin travel to Portugal for the first time to find another four extraordinary homes. They are keen to visit a country that has a reputation for great design and craftsmanship but is less exhibitionist than its European neighbours. Their first house is located in the Portuguese Riviera, an upmarket area west of Lisbon. From the road Wall House gives little away, hiding behind its modern castle-like wall. But crossing a contemporary drawbridge Piers and Caroline discover a huge, breathtaking luxury home of glass, wood and concrete.

8.00pm The Supervet Channel 4 – 11th series of the documentary that follows the pioneering work of vet Noel Fitzpatrick.

9.00pm American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace BBC2 –  Drama about the shocking true story of a manipulative, narcissistic fantasist with a fatal charm. It’s 15 July 1997, and gunning down world-famous fashion designer Gianni Versace in Miami puts Andrew Cunanan in the spotlight he craves, but his trail of lies told, and lives taken, stretches back years.

9.00pm Benidorm ITV – Tenth series of the comedy set in the Spanish holiday resort.

9.00pm Violent Children, Desperate Parents Five – Third series that sees child psychologist Laverne Antrobus takes on some of the UK’s most violent and difficult children.

9.00pm Save Me Sky Atlantic – Drama written by and starring Lennie James. Ne’er-do-well Nelly’s life is rocked when he is accused of abducting his estranged daughter. Suranne Jones also stars.

Notable Continuing Series: Damned ,10.00pm, Channel 4


8.30pm The Cruise: Voyage to Alaska ITV – It’s Destination Alaska as the crew of the Star Princess voyage to one of the world’s last frontiers. With over four hundred and fifty cruise ships around the world competing for passengers, offering a unique journey is a must, but taking five-star luxury to the remote Alaskan seas means that the Captain and his crew must go the extra mile to satisfy passengers. In this first of a three-part series, the Star Princess is in Vancouver ahead of a cruise north through the ‘Inland Passage’.

9.00pm Civilisations BBC2 – Simon Schama looks at the formative role art and the creative imagination have played in the forging of humanity itself. Simon explores the remote origins of human creativity with the first known marks made some 80,000 years ago in South African caves – marks which were not dictated merely by humanity’s physical needs.

9.00pm Serial Killer with Piers Morgan ITV – Piers Morgan comes face to face with Lorenzo Gilyard, a seemingly ordinary man who killed 13 times before discarding his victims on the streets. Although he is serving six life sentences, Gilyard protests his innocence despite overwhelming DNA evidence against him.

9.00pm Panic at 30,000 Feet: Airline Emergency Five – Documentary series exploring what happens when flights lose control. Stories include a packed passenger jet bursting into flames just moments from take-off, the panicking pilots who caused a catastrophic crash, and the family fun flight that ended in disaster when a mid-air collision left them free falling through burning debris at 12,000 feet.


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                              The Last Leg,10.00pm, Channel 4

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