The TVweek: Saturday 24th – Friday 30th January 2015

by | Jan 21, 2015 | All, TV Week


7.30pm Guy Martin’s Spitfire Channel 4 – In this special documentary, Guy Martin – speed junkie, motorcycle racer, lorry mechanic and Spitfire fanatic – joins a restoration team as it embarks on a two-year rebuild of this Spitfire. This extraordinary project provides a look at the amazing engineering and skills involved in building the aircraft, and is also a fitting homage to the bravery of everyone involved in its service: the male and female factory workers, the ground crews and the pilots.

9.00pm Holocaust: Night will Fall Channel 4 – A powerful documentary about the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and how combat and newsreel cameramen filmed the almost unbelievable scenes they found there. When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, their terrible discoveries revealed for the first time the full horror of what had happened.

9.20pm The Jonathan Ross Show ITV – With guests, Colin Firth, Caroline Quentin and a performance from Take That.


8.00pm Top Gear BBC2 – Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are in Russia for an incredible race across the vast and beautiful urban landscape of St Petersburg. With their chosen methods of transportation – a tiny Renault, a bicycle and a hovercraft – they race each other and The Stig, who is silently making his way towards the finish line on public transport, across town. Hammond also heads to the test track to find out if the dramatic new Lamborghini Huracan is as flamboyant and fun as an Italian supercar should be.

8.00pm All Star Family Fortunes ITV – Hairy Biker Dave Myers and Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd and their respective families go head-to-head.

9.00pm Dragons’ Den BBC2 – The Dragons return to hear from more hopeful business partners.

9.00pm Mr. Selfridge ITV – The period drama based on the life of department store founder Harry Selfridge returns for a third series. It is now 1919 and the Great War is over. After losing his beloved wife, Harry and his children look forward to a happy family event – his daughter Rosalie is to be married. Among the staff, there is a romantic surprise in store for Agnes. Harry’s empire is growing apace and he is on the lookout for new business opportunities. Little does he realise that an old adversary has returned to London and has plans to bring him down – plans that involve someone within Harry’s own family.

Notable Continuing Series: 8.00pm Call the Midwife, BBC1
                                                8.00pm The Hotel, Channel 4
                                            9.00pm  Last Tango in Halifax, BBC1
                                            9.00pm Walking the Nile, Channel 4

10.20pm Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain ITV – Based on private letters, diaries and the testimony of his personal physician – who knew the Prime Minister better than almost anyone else – this dramatised documentary reveals how Winston Churchill turned his own failings around and saved the nation over three months in 1940. France was collapsing, the Nazis had the allies on the run, the British Army was being defeated at Dunkirk and Britain faced invasion.


8.00pm The Holidaymakers Sky1 – Tag along to the ultimate family holiday and find out what happens when colourful clans of all shapes and sizes are thrown together in a luxury villa in Spain.

Notable Continuing Series: 8.00pm Waterloo Road, BBC3 (Repeated at 10.35pm on BBC1)
                                              9.00pm, Silent Witness, BBC1
                                              9.00pm, Broadchurch, ITV
                                              9.00pm, The Undateables, Channel 4

                                              10.00pm Catastrophe, Channel 4 

9.00pm David Starkey’s Magna Carta BBC2 – David Starkey looks at the origins of this document created in 1215 to check the abuses of King John – and how it nearly died at birth. He explores its subsequent deployment, its contribution to making everyone – even the monarch – subject to the rule of law, and how this quintessentially English document migrated to the North American colonies and eventually became the foundation of the US constitution.

9.30pm South Side Story BBC3 – Structured reality show focusing on the real lives of a group of 18-25 year-old south Londoners, who like to burst into song to express themselves via the UK’s biggest chart hits.


8.00pm Alex Polizzi: The Fixer BBC2 – Alex Polizzi, champion of small businesses, finds fixes for the critical issues that kill so many companies. In this episode, Alex helps a seaside business struggling with change. In 2012, Marlene and Ray Messer followed their seaside dream and bought the Singing Kettle tearooms in Torquay. But seaside business has changed enormously over the years and their cafe has taken a turn for the worse. Alex visits luxury bakery Konditor and Cook to investigate what today’s cake-buying customer desires. Can she get the Singing Kettle to brush off the cobwebs of a bygone coastal era and learn to identify a new target market?

8.00pm Bad Builders: Bang to Rights ITV – Three-part series in which consumer champion Dominic Littlewood confronts dodgy builders, meets the people whose lives they have ruined and helps rebuild and repair their homes.

8.00pm Costa Del Casualty Five – Observational documentary series following the medical teams, staff and their British patients at Benidorm’s busy hospital and GP practice.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Silent Witness, BBC1
                                            9.00pm, 24 Hours in Police Custody, Channel 4
                                            10.00pm, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Dave

9.00pm Touched by Auschwitz BBC2 – Feature-length documentary exploring the experiences of six Auschwitz survivors, from their survival in the years after liberation to the present day.


8.00pm Midsommer Murders ITV – 17th series of the gentle crime drama.

9.00pm Churchill: The Nation’s Farewell BBC1 – On the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, Jeremy Paxman tells the story of his state funeral and examines whether Churchill’s immense legacy still has resonance today. He meets a wide range of people who were involved in the events of that day, from soldiers who bore the coffin, to members of Churchill’s close family,

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Wolf Hall, BBC2

                                             9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4

10.00pm Age Gap Love Five – Documentary series featuring people in relationships with much younger partners. Five couples reveal the benefits and drawbacks of married life across the generations, including an 82-year-old Austrian multimillionaire wed to a 24-year-old former Playboy bunny, a man branded a paedophile and ostracised by his son for falling in love with a 16-year-old, a former Californian felon married to his cellmate’s mother, a 43-year-old former musician whose 69-year-old wife has become his primary carer, and a couple in Sheffield about to tie the knot.


8.00pm Eat Well for Less? BBC1 – Gregg Wallace and award-winning greengrocer Chris Bavin, with the help of dietician Lucy Jones, are on a mission to help families across the UK save money, sort food facts from food fiction and eat well for less.

8.00pm Anttenborough’s Paradise Birds BBC2 – Documentary tracing David Attenborough’s lifelong passion for birds of paradise. One of the first to film many of their beautiful and often bizarre displays, David has tracked these ‘birds from paradise’ all over the jungles of New Guinea.

9.00pm Modern Times: The Vikings are Coming BBC2 – Series of films documenting life in contemporary Britain. Growing numbers of British women are using donor sperm, with many of them turning to Denmark, the new sperm capital of the world. It has become a huge global business and is now one of Denmark’s biggest exports. Each week, straws of frozen Danish sperm are shipped out to over 70 countries. Award-winning film-maker Sue Bourne’s film follows four women as they try to make a baby using Danish sperm.

9.00pm Fortitude Sky Atlantic – Aniticpiated new crime drama starring Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and Sofie Gråbøl which focuses on a dark event that rocks a remote Arctic town that has no crime.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, Death in Paradise, BBC1

                                                9.00pm, Cucumber, Channel 4,

                                                10.00pm Banana, E4

9.00pm The Good Wife More4 – The sixth season of the US legal drama starring Julianna Margulies begins. Alicia is adamant in her refusal to run for the position of State’s Attorney, despite Eli’s attempts to persuade her to launch a campaign. As Diane considers joining Florrick/Agos as a partner, a sudden crisis occurs that threatens to destroy the firm. Michael J Fox guest stars.

10.00pm Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe BBC2 – In the first of a new series, Charlie and guests attempt to wring a laugh out of the dark and depressing start to 2015 as they cast their eyes over all that is ridiculous on the telly, news and online as well as anything else that’s generally causing a stir. 2015 is scary.

10.00pm The Mega Brothel Channel 4 – As Britain debates what should be done to update our antiquated prostitution laws, this unique documentary takes a look inside one of the biggest brothels in Europe – part of the Paradise mega-brothel chain in Germany – to explore what life is like for the women, clients and management in a country with some of the most liberal prostitution laws in the world.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Channel 4
                                               10.00pm, The Last Leg, Channel 4

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