The TVweek: Saturday 26th October – Friday 1st November 2019

by | Oct 21, 2019 | All, TV Week


7.15pm Take Me Out ITV – Paddy McGuinness presents the dating show, with a stripper, a farmer and a gymnast and Scarlett Moffatt’s ex-boyfriend entering the `love lift”, and giving it their all in the hope of impressing 30 single women and winning a date. But they must first get the female participants to keep their lights on as a sign of approval.

8.00pm Michael Portillo’s Railway Journeys BBC2 – Michael Portillo ventures Down Under to explore Australia by train. He begins by riding the legendary Ghan Railway, a train almost a kilometre in length and hauled by two locomotives, which covers nearly 2,000 miles across Australia’s red centre. Michael traces its route from the southern harbour of Port Augusta to Darwin on the north coast, along the way meeting the indigenous people of Alice Springs, visiting a kangaroo sanctuary and joining Australians to mark the anniversary of Anzac Day, the First Word War battle that defined their nation.

9.00pm Pose BBC2 – The superb drama returns for a second season which BBC2 plans to air in double bills. Blanca senses that the ballroom scene is on the verge of breaking into the mainstream, and encourages her House of Evangelista children to follow their dreams. Angel pursues her ambition of becoming a fashion model, while Pray Tell joins an activist organisation fighting for the rights of HIV-positive people.


6.15pm Seven Worlds, One Planet BBC1 – David Attenborough narrates a look at life on each of the seven continents, revealing how each distinct land mass has shaped the creatures found there and the many challenges faced by animals in a modern world dominated by humans. He begins with Antarctica, where Weddell seals grind back the ice with their teeth, colourful starfish carpet the seabed, huge colonies of king penguins crowd any ice-free land, and four-ton elephant seals fight for territory on the beach. However, the ocean here is warming – and with that comes an uncertain future.

9.00pm ABBA: Secrets of their Greatest Hits Five – Tracing the personal and musical development of ABBA by delving into three of their greatest hits – Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen and The Winner Takes It All. The film discovers exactly what happened in the studio when they were recorded, what inspired them, the cultural and personal circumstances and, crucially, the drama that surrounded them.

10.00pm It’s Grime, Up North Channel 4 – Light-hearted documentary charting the rise of unlikely internet sensations in Blackpool – super young, baby-faced grime artists whose YouTube videos have been watched by millions.


9.00pm Who Are Calling Fat? BBC2 – Two-part documentary.  Nine people who live with obesity move in together to explore what it means to be larger-bodied in Britain today, exploring, examining whether they should love their bodies and embrace their size, or strive to get healthy and lose weight. In the first edition, they meet and settle into a house in the Oxfordshire countryside and begin to share their personal stories.

9.00pm Smuggled Channel 4 – Two-part documentary exploring the effectiveness of Britain’s border security, with people attempting to smuggle themselves into the UK from a variety of locations around continental Europe. From boats to lorries, and ferries to car boots, all of the contributors attempt routes that have been used by those seeking to enter the country clandestinely and by people-traffickers and drug dealers.

Notable Continuing Series: Dublin Murders, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                              Watchmen 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
                                                 Motherland, 10.00pm, BBC2

10.00pm Undercover Girlfriend Five – Second series of the programme in which women secretly put their boyfriends to the test, watching on as their partners think they are taking part in a reality TV show in Rhodes. In the first edition, Ines, Sophie, Steph, Chantal and Ellie begin to monitor their respective partners Matthew, Ben, Joe, Aaron and Saeen from the moment they arrive. At the boys’ villa, two hostesses get the kind of attention the girlfriends don’t want to see, before the lads are let loose on the infamous Faliraki strip.


Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake-off, 8.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Dublin Murders, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Five – Ben travels to the coastal forests of southern Sweden to meet 24-year-old single mother Annalisa, a native Italian who left everything in her home country behind when she was a teenager, and is now developing a forest hideaway on the fringes of society for her and her toddler. Ben helps her chop wood and make her home baby-proof, while Annalisa goes busking to make a small living. They also go dumpster-diving in search of rubbish that can be put to good use to counter the amount of waste thrown away.

10.35pm Love & Hate Crime BBC1 – Second series of the engrossing true-crime documentary stories. The case of New York gay teenager Abel Cedeno, who fatally stabbed a classmate and claimed he was acting in self-defence after enduring years of homophobic bullying. The ensuing trial created a sensation in the press and divided the city. The programme follows Abel, his victim’s family, and lawyers on both sides of the trial as they attempt to make their case under intense public and media scrutiny.


7.30pm Children in Need: Got it Covered BBC1 – Ten well-known actors come together to record an album for Children in Need. Cameras follow Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Shaun Dooley, Luke Evans, Suranne Jones , Adrian Lester, Himesh Patel, David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker over 12 weeks in the summer of 2019 as they rehearse songs for their album, Got It Covered. Each actor must choose a song that has special meaning for them and must make their cover version their own. The participants also visit some charity projects that Children in Need supports in order to help raise funds and awareness.

8.00pm George Clarke’s Old House, New Home Channel 4 – George Clarke meets Pip, a woman in West Yorkshire who is moving back into her childhood home, which was last decorated by her parents in the 1960s. Pip struggles with the idea of painting over her childhood wallpaper and replacing the kitchen that her father hand built, but George is on hand to offer her emotional support.

Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Guilt BBC2 – Thriller starring Mark Bonnar. In a residential Edinburgh street one night, two brothers run into and kill an old man. Uninsured and under the influence, record shop owner Jake persuades high-flying lawyer Max to cover up the act. But their actions soon come back to haunt them.

9.00pm A Wedding & a Murder Sky Crime – True crime series exploring seemingly dream marriages that ended in murder or mystery. A second marriage for a divorced couple brings hope and happiness, until a tragic and mysterious death occurs.

10.00pm The World According to Vladimir Putin Channel 4 – A comic but alarming examination of the surreal world of Russian television and its paranoid representation of global news, from the Skripal poisoning in Salisbury to Europe’s allegedly unhealthy homosexual tendencies and President Putin’s prowess at ice hockey.


8.00pm The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4 – Return of the series that goes behind the scenes at Chester Zoo.

Notable Continuing Series: The Accident, 9.00pm, Channel 4

11.05pm How Europe Stole my Mum Channel 4 – Light-hearted documentary in which comedian Kieran Hodgson explores how Brexit has split the country, and asks how it can be put back together. With Harry Enfield and Liza Tarbuck.


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                   Would I Lie To You? 9.30pm, BBC1

                                   The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4 

9.00pm The Team More4 – Second series of the multilingual crime drama. Seven people are murdered during a brutal shootout at a remote bed and breakfast. The only survivor of the massacre is a young Syrian woman, who escapes into the vast surrounding marshland. The victims of Marsh Farm also include some illegal migrants who had evidently gone into hiding there. A student from Brussels who had previously been in contact with the Caliphate Union terrorist organisation and acted as an informer for the Belgian secret service, is also killed during the attack. Inspector Nelly Winther from Denmark, Hamburg investigator Gregor Weiss and Belgian secret service officer Paula Liekens spring into action to find those responsible.

9.30pm Get Rich or Dying Trying: Music’s Mega Legacies BBC4 – Death has its obvious downside, but in the world of pop, shuffling off the mortal coil can offer a unique business opportunity. Last year, the top five estates of the most cherished but deceased popstars earned $0.5billion. Ana Matronic embarks on a journey into the afterlife of pop, discovering the many ways pop stars earn a living when they’re dead. Contributors including agents, publicists, producers and families reveal the dos and don’ts of keeping the dream alive.

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