The TVweek: Saturday 26th August – Friday 1st September 2017

by | Aug 22, 2017 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Les Dawson Forever ITV – Documentary featuring family, friends and extraordinary, previously unseen and revealing footage to tell the story of one of British TV’s greatest comedians. As the king of the one-liner, brilliant off-key pianist, and a favourite of mothers-in-law everywhere, Les Dawson’s was an incredible journey from the back streets of Manchester to millions of living rooms. Contributors include his widow Tracy, daughter Charlotte, comedy partner Roy Barraclough, writer Barry Cryer, Rick Wakeman, Ken Dodd, Johnny Vegas, Vicki Michelle, Penny Morgan, Johnny Ball, Andy Hamilton and Lorraine Chase.


7.00pm Possibly.. The Best Adverts in the World ITV – Hugh Dennis hosts a look at the UK’s best ads.

7.30pm Diana: 7 Days BBC1 – In August 1997, the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, stunned her family and catapulted the British public into one of the most extraordinary weeks in modern history. This programme hears from some of those most affected and those in the public eye at the time, such Diana’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry, her siblings Earl Spencer and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, former prime minister Tony Blair and members of the royal household. What was it about Diana that resulted in such an outpouring of grief? And what did that week reveal about Britain’s relationship with the monarchy, then and now?

Notable Continuing Series: From Russia to Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier 8.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling BBC1 – Three-part drama  series based on the novel by Robert Galbraith. (JK Rowling). Cormoran Strike, an injured war veteran turned PI, and secretary Robin Ellacott seek the truth surrounding the mysterious death of supermodel Lula Landry.

9.00pm Victoria ITV – Jenna Coleman returns for a second series of the drama series about the early days of Queen Victoria.

10.10pm There’s Something about Romcoms More4 – From Four Weddings and a Funeral to Notting Hill, When Harry Met Sally to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Meg Ryan, Hugh Grant, Richard Curtis, Rupert Everett and Stephen Merchant reveal the untold stories behind the greatest romantic comedy films of recent times in this documentary narrated by Julie Walters.


9.00pm In Solitary: The Anti-Social Experiment Five – Three people, a social-media addict, a trainee nurse who is clsoe to her family and a lifestyle blogger, detach themselves from the modern world to experience life without TV, phones, the internet and any form of human interaction. Presenter George Lamb also takes up the challenge.

Notable Continuing Series: 999: What’s Your Emergency? 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                                      Game of Thrones 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic 

                                        The Americans, 10.00pm, ITV Encore 

10.00pm The Secret Life of The Holiday Resort Channel 4 – A look at the great British holiday maker abroad. Back at the largest all-inclusive resort on the Costa del Sol, lifelong friends from Liverpool – Paddy, Steve and John – take time out from the family to indulge at the all-inclusive bar and experience the full range of the evening entertainment the resort has on offer.


8.00pm Diana: The Day Britain Cried ITV – Documentary marking the 20th anniversary of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, a defining moment in history which brought the world to a standstill. Narrated by Kate Winslet, this film tells the story of that day through the memories of people who played a part in it, many speaking for the first time. It is the untold story of an extraordinary day, two decades on.

8.00pm The Great British Bake Off Channel 4 – Bake Off is back. Over the next 10 weeks, 12 of the best amateur bakers in Britain will whisk, knead, ice, beat and bake their way through classic British cakes, perfect patisserie, Italian delights, sticky caramel constructions and elaborate layered puddings. All 12 will be hoping to impress with their skill, creativity, knowledge and passion to clinch the Bake Off Crown. Each of the 30 new challenges have been carefully designed by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith to reveal just who is a star baker. But it’s not just a new experience for the bakers. Also joining the tent for the first time are Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, who will be with the bakers every step of the way, ready with a pertinent pep talk, a helpful hand or just a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. The Bake Off begins with Cake Week, and sees the bakers take on a fruity signature challenge.

8.00pm The Story of Only Fools & Horses GOLD – Definitive documentary series, exploring every aspect of Britain’s most loved sitcom. Here, David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst reflect on their classic roles.

9.00pm Horizon: What Makes a Psychopath? BBC2 – Presented by psychologist Professor Uta Frith, this is an in-depth exploration of the psychopathic mind, including one of the most notorious psycopaths of all, Moors murderer Ian Brady. Through an ongoing correspondence between the Horizon team and Brady, the film features some of the very last letters he wrote. The film also features a series of candid interviews with prison inmates who not only describe their crimes but why they think they committed them.

9.00pm Manchester: 100 Days after the Attack ITV – In May 2017, a suicide bomber attacked a pop concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester, killing 22 people and seriously injuring 59. Many of the victims were children and their parents. This is the story of the events of that night and a city’s response over the past 100 days, featuring powerful and emotional testimony from those who were there and those who are rebuilding their lives.

9.00pm The Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls Channel 4 – In a brand new series of Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, 10 brave celebrities endure four weeks surviving in one of the toughest environments on earth. All they will have are the clothes on their back, basic tools, medical supplies, 24 hours of water and each other. The aim of the game is simple – survive. The group, made up of celebrities from the worlds of sport, television, music and comedy, includes Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte, Olympian and broadcaster Iwan Thomas, actor and Rizzle Kicks singer Jordan Stephens, comedian Mark Watson, actor Ryan Thomas, former Towie star Lucy Mecklenburgh, Olympian and TV presenter Sharron Davies, former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton, comedian and writer Shazia Mirza, and TV doctor Sara Kayat.

9.00pm Inside Balmoral Five – A look inside The Queen’s favourite residence.

10.20pm Married to a Celebrity: The Survival Guide Channel 4 – Even the happiest of celebrity couples have minor gripes about each other, and in this new three-part series, we leave no superstar grumble unturned. In the first episode, Joan Collins, Freddie Flintoff, Jon Richardson and their other halves write a list of things their partners do that drive them nuts, before coming together to air their grievances for the very first time.


8.00pm World’s Busiest Cities BBC2 – Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan reveal the hidden systems and armies of people running some of the greatest cities on earth. This time, they are in Hong Kong, where space is at a premium and real estate is the most expensive in the world.

8.00pm Love Your Home and Garden ITV – Alan Titchmarsh takes the garden makeover show to the next level in this spin-off series, as he and his team transform not just the outside but the interiors of a deserving person’s home. In this edition, he heads to Banbury to surprise two young carers – 12-year-old Claudia and nine-year-old Leonie – who look after their mother Donna when her husband Lee is working.

9.00pm The Week The Landlords Moved In BBC1 – Final three episodes of the series challenging some of Britain’s most successful landlords to spend a week living in one of their own rentals. Ben is making a fortune from renting to students, but what will he think when he lives with them? And proud millionaire Paul admits he has lost touch with reality.

9.00pm Mountain: Life at the Extreme BBC2 – Wildlife series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit which uses breathtaking photography to take viewers to the greatest mountain ranges of the world to reveal the extraordinary animals and remarkable people who make their home there. The Rockies are the spine of North America, a beautiful wilderness of snow-capped peaks and hidden valleys. Cougars hunt in abandoned ranches, wolverines search the deep snow for food and grizzly bears hunt in the high mountain meadows. Daredevil wingsuit fliers leap from mile-high cliffs and Native American tribes compete in breakneck horse races. It is also the range of surprises, with tiny cannibal salamanders hunting in mountain ponds and hummingbirds making enormous migrations.

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

10.00pm Cutting Edge: Bring Me Back to Life Channel 4 – Powerful and surprisingly uplifting documentary tells the story of 22-year-old father Taylor Britton as he fights for his life in Intensive Care. Taylor broke his neck in a car accident on his way home from work. Doctors have put him into a coma so that a machine can support his breathing. They say if he survives, he’ll remember nothing of his time in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit of Southampton General Hospital. So this Cutting Edge documentary sets out to record Taylor’s medical journey as well as the love and support of his family and friends as they visit him in hospital. They hope that Taylor will recover and one day be able to see for himself what has happened to him.

10.00pm New Build Nightmares Five – Documentary series investigating the problems some homebuyers discover after moving into a new build property. One London apartment block resident had to face a bathroom overflowing with sewage in both her bath and toilet.


Notable Continuing Series: Ambulance, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                               Top of the Lake: China Girl, 9.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm The Detectives ITV – Documentary series focusing on Lancashire Police’s major investigation team. In the last episode of the series, detectives investigate an armed robbery at a remote farmhouse where the owner was tied up and various items were stolen, including seven hunting rifles and the victim’s car. Detectives also seek the truth when a baby is severely injured during a shocking incident of domestic violence.

9.00pm Educating Greater Manchester Channel 4 – The warm and honest series that explores what life’s like for school students and teachers returns, at a new school. Harrop Fold Secondary in Salford, Greater Manchester is a school at the heart of a changing community, dealing every day with everything that that throws at them. In this first episode, the pupils at Harrop Fold are comparing Trump’s hairstyle with Hitler’s, writing rude words on the back of a delivery van, and adjusting to an influx of students from a range of foreign countries. Rani, who’s 11, is originally from Syria. He joined Harrop Fold a few months ago after fleeing his war-torn home with his family. Jack is also in Year 7. He’s old before his time and full of northern charm. A new friendship flourishes between Rani and Jack, and they both claim it will last forever. And the school also has to respond to the shockwaves of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert, which eight of the pupils and one teacher attended.

10.00pm The Great British Bake Off: Extra Slice Channel 4 – Jo Brand returns to talk to the first to leave the tent.


8.00pm The Crystal Maze Channel 4 – The Crystal Maze is back, with teams chosen from some of the 30,000 applicants from across the nation. Maze Master Richard Ayoade guides the teams of five intrepid adventurers through the epic game show adventure via four fantastical zones: Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic

9.00pm Cruising with Jane McDonald Five – Ocean-bound travelogue with ex-cruise singer Jane McDonald. Jane takes her first Scandi-cruise aboard the Viking Sky, visiting Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm, and doing everything from meeting cats to becoming the fifth member of ABBA.

10.35pm Comedy Playhouse: Tim Vine Travels Through Time BBC1 – Sitcom featuring master of the pun Tim Vine. Tim is in search of a celebrity for the grand opening of his antiques shop, and it just so happens that his very first customer is sports presenter and Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba, who asks Tim if he can mend his ancient golden arrow. Tim steps inside his very special grandfather clock, which takes him back in time to Sherwood Forest during the days of Robin Hood and his band of merry men.

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