The TVweek: Saturday 25th – Friday 31st July 2020

by | Jul 21, 2020 | All, TV Week


9.00pm The Last Wave BBC4 – As the residents of Brizan gather on the beach for the annual surf party, a strange cloud suddenly falls over the ocean. When it retreats, 10 competing surfers have disappeared and only their empty and abandoned boards are pushed back by the waves onto the shore. Supernatural French drama, starring David Kammenos and Marie Dompnier.


9.00pm A Suitable Boy BBC1 – In a newly independent India in 1951, passionate literature student Lata Mehra is looking towards her own future as she sets out to make her way in the world. She is not interested in romance, but her resolve is challenged when she starts to fall for a mysterious fellow student Kabir Durrani. Meanwhile, religious tensions mount between Muslims and Hindus in the wake of Partition, as India’s first national democratic election approaches. Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel, starring Tanya Maniktala.

11.20pm The Adulterer Channel 4 – Return of the Dutch psychological thriller, starring Sylvia Hoeks and Fedja van Huet. In Dutch.


8.30pm Anthony BBC1 – In July 2005, 18-year-old Anthony Walker was murdered by two white men in an unprovoked racist attack in a Liverpool park. Jimmy McGovern’s drama imagines what life may have held for Anthony if the teenager had not been killed, with the reverse chronology seeing him realise his dreams and enjoy the life he had a right to before fate – and hate – took it all away. Toheeb Jimoh stars.

Notable Continuing Series: Once Upon a Time in Iraq 9.00pm, BBC2

10.00pm Celebs Go Virtual Dating E4 – Famous faces vet potential matches via video before going on socially distanced dates, featuring Geordie Shore star Chloe Ferry, rugby union player and Celebrity X Factor star Levi Davis, TOWIE heart-throb Pete Wicks and Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips.


9.00pm Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures ITV – Unseen footage from the actress’ travelogue programmes, beginning with a look at her journey from Japan to Siberia.

9.00pm Prodigal Son Sky1 – Former FBI criminal psychologist Malcolm Bright is hired by the NYPD as a consultant to help find a killer, but discovers similarities to the MO of his father Martin Whitley, an incarcerated serial killer known as the Surgeon. Malcolm decides to visit his father for the first time in 10 years for help identifying the culprit. Starring Tom Payne and Michael Sheen.

10.00pm Our Baby: A Modern Miricle Channel 4 – Documentary following transgender couple Hannah and Jake Graf as they start a family. Filmed over the course of a year, the programme follows Hannah and Jake from their first meeting with a surrogate through to their baby’s birth in the midst of lockdown. The film also explores their experiences of transitioning and the prejudice they’ve faced, as they strive to realise their dream of becoming parents.


Notable Continuing Series: Mrs America 9.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Anne: The Princess Royal at 70 ITV – A special documentary marking Princess Anne’s 70th birthday, as she talks openly about her life and work, and the reality of growing up as a member of the Royal family.

9.00pm What We Were Watching BBC4 – Grace Dent explores the sights, sounds and schedules of the Great British Summer, an epic journey that covers everything that informs viewers attitudes to summertime. She looks back at a range of influential television, from the travel shows of the sixties and seventies that first brought the world’s finest resorts into our living rooms, to Del and Rodney Trotter fooling about abroad.

10.45pm Ibiza Dreams BBC1 – A group of 10 young people try to kickstart their careers over one season on the party island of Ibiza, spending six weeks living together in workers apartments. From a naked butler and a VIP host, to teetotal vegans and a party girl, the youngsters move in determined work hard and follow their dreams in the face of non-stop temptation.


8.00pm Escape to the Chateau: Make Do Mend Channel 4 – Dick and Angel Strawbridge use the handiwork and design skills with which they have renovated their French chateau to give viewers ideas on fixing up their own homes.

8.00pm The Secret World of Your Rubbish Five – Documentary meeting people dedicated to keeping Britain tidy.

9.00pm 5 Mistakes That Caught a Killer Five – An investigation into the case of doorman and car clamper Levi Bellfield, who committed three murders – including that of schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002. But would he have gone on to claim even more victims had he not made a string of mistakes that alerted police? Interviews with detectives, including the officer who interrogated Bellfield, as well as a former partner of the murderer, reveal the errors that led to his arrest.


7.00pm The British Academy Television Awards BBC1 – Richard Ayoade hosts the annual ceremony celebrating the best of both British and International talent in front and behind the camera, which was postponed from its usual slot in mid-May by the coronavirus. Nominees include Mo Gilligan, Pheobe Waller-Bridge, Guz Khan, Jodie Comer, Stephen Graham, Suranne Jones, Ncuti Gatwa and Lee Mack. In accordance with current restrictions, the ceremony will take place as a closed studio, socially distanced show, with nominees invited to accept their awards virtually.

8.00pm Travel Man’s Greatest Trips Channel 4 – Richard Ayoade raids the Travel Man archive to look back on some of his greatest trips.

9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – Sean Lock and Kerry Godliman take on Jon Richardson and Joe Wilkinson in the classic words and numbers quiz, while Mr Swallow – aka Nick Mohammed – joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner. Hosted by Jimmy Carr with Rachel Riley looking after the numbers and letters.

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