The TVweek: Saturday 27th August – Friday 2nd September 2016

by | Aug 23, 2016 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Go For It ITV – Stephen Mulhern hosts a show which sees challengers attempting to wow the nation by putting their unusual skills and implausible party tricks to the test.

8.00pm The X Factor ITV – The singing competition returns for a thirteenth series, with this year’s series featuring some familiar faces making a return. Simon Cowell once again heads up the judging panel, alongside seasoned judges and music industry veterans Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger. Dermot O’Leary is also back presenting, offering support to nervous auditionees and a shoulder to cry on for those who fail to make it through to the next stage.

8.00pm The Good Terrorist Channel 4 – In the early 1960s, John Harris blazed a trail as a prominent anti-apartheid activist. He even helped to get South Africa barred from the Olympics. But in July 1964 everything changed. Harris placed a bomb in Johannesburg station, hoping to deal apartheid a crushing blow. Instead, he horrified the country, killing a 77-year-old woman, and severely burning her young granddaughter, who soon moved abroad, changing her identity in order to escape press attention. Harris was hanged eight months later, the only white political prisoner executed in the four decades of apartheid. Nelson Mandela held a vigil in his honour. Harris left a young widow and a 10-month-old son. Now, over half a century later, the home movies of the station bomber have surfaced, allowing those who knew him best to tell his story. And in the UK, in an emotional encounter, John Harris’s son finally meets the young girl who was maimed by his father’s bomb.

9.30pm The Xtra Factor ITV – Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson present a brand new series of the fun-filled X Factor companion show. This year, the series goes out live from the very first episode, giving viewers the chance to have their say on the singing competition from the audition stages onwards.


7.00pm Ellie Simmonds: Swimming with Dolphins ITV – Paralympic swimming star Ellie Simmonds has dreamed of swimming with wild dolphins since she learned to swim as a 3-year-old. However, her dedication to her sport has meant that she has never even seen a dolphin, let alone been in the ocean with one. Worse still, Ellie has never dived in the ocean and is afraid of open water. If she is to fulfil her dream, she will need to confront her fears. Ellie travels to a remote corner of southern Mozambique and meets champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo who acts as her guide to the dolphins, which live in the coastal waters and have come to accept people in the water with them.

8.00pm Prehistoric Megabeasts Channel 4 – A mining operation in Cerrejon, northern Colombia has revealed a prehistoric world teaming with giant creatures. The biggest of them all was Titanoboa: a 43-foot snake, the largest that ever lived. No other creature could match Titanoboa for size or strength… or so it was thought. New discoveries in Cerrejon suggest that Titanoboa’s rule was challenged by a giant crocodilian. This documentary follows scientists as they get to grips with the size of this animal and uncover what made it so successful. Close analysis of fossils and scientific experiments reveal unmatched hunting prowess. So which was the king of this ancient world, gigantic snake or ferocious crocodile?

9.00pm Are You Being Served? BBC1 – The classic British sitcom returns for a celebratory special. Picking up where Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft’s classic comedy left off, the show brings some of the nation’s all-time favourite sitcom characters back to life with an all-star cast. It is 1988, and Young Mr Grace is determined to drag Grace Brothers into, well, 1988. But he has a problem on his hands. Mr Humphries, Captain Peacock, Mr Rumbold and Mrs Slocombe all seem to be stuck in another era. A new member of staff, Mr Conway, joins the team. But will he help shake things up, or will he just put a pussy among the pigeons? Jason Watkins, Matthew Horne, John Challis and Sherrie Hewson star.

9.00pm Victoria ITV – First in an eight-part series about the life of Queen Victoria with Jenna Coleman starring as Victoria. On the death of her uncle King William IV in 1837, 18-year-old Princess Victoria becomes queen. Her mother the Duchess of Kent, influenced by her advisor Sir John Conroy, tries to exert control over the young monarch. Victoria copes with the unknown with the help of prime minister Lord Melbourne. They are enchanted by each other – Victoria by the older man’s erudite wisdom and experience, and he by the young queen’s lack of guile. Continues Tomrrow Night.

9.30pm Porridge BBC1 – Forty years on from the original series, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais present a brand new episode of the classic sitcom Porridge. Kevin Bishop plays Fletch, grandson of Ronnie Barker’s iconic character, who is in prison for cyber crimes and getting himself into more trouble while he is in there.


8.00pm Celebrity Home Secrets ITV – Famous faces revisit their former homes to share the memories and secrets from when they lived there. Actor Nigel Havers reveals how the Rolling Stones came to his London flat when he was aged 15, and shows off his collection of unusual animals at his countryside home.

8.00pm Adolf and Eva Five – Part-dramatised documentary examining the intimate relationship between Adolf Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun, and the control she had over the Fuhrer and his Nazi Party.

8.00pm All Aboard! The Country Bus BBC4 – A journey through one of the most spectacular bus routes in Britain, as the ‘Northern Dalesman’, rigged with specialist cameras, snakes across the iconic landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. Filmed in real time, the cameras capture the road unfurling, the passing scenery and the occasional chatter of passengers.

10.00pm The Coopers v The Rest BBC2 – The Cooper family share a small house, and absolutely no DNA. Mum Tess wanted to save as many kids as she could from the sort of childhood she had. So, along with her husband Toby, she now divides just about enough money and nowhere near enough time between their three adopted children Frankie, Alisha and Charlie. In this pilot episode, Tess tries to improve Charlie’s popularity by gate-crashing his classmate’s 8th birthday party, while back at home, Toby has to deal with Alisha’s sudden interest in religion.

10.00pm My Millionaire Dads and Me Channel 4 – Millionaires Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow came to fame in 1999 as the first British gay fathers to pay surrogate mothers to have their own children. Pioneers, they became role models but also unwitting celebrities when they were forced to defend their decision in the face of a judgmental and hostile media. Sixteen years on their eldest children – twins Aspen and Saffron – are about to turn 16. In this documentary we find out what life is like for a teenager in this extraordinary family. In true Drewitt-Barlow style, they’re planning an extravagant birthday party to celebrate the twins’ 16th and some seriously expensive coming of age presents. The programme follows the whole family across a milestone year of defining social events, lavish gifts and GCSEs as they struggle to combine life as a ‘normal’ family with the demands of an insatiable media.

10.00pm Celebs Go Dating E4 – Celebs Go Dating follows a group of single celebrities as they join an exclusive dating agency in a bid to find true love. The celebrities who have signed up are paired with ordinary viewers by matchmakers Eden Blackman and Nadia Essex, who are entrusted to find the perfect non-celebrity partners for the unlucky-in-love celebs. The audience are with the celebrities every step of the way as cameras capture each romantic and cringe-filled moment, every first kiss and bad chat-up line. In the first instalment, the Celebrity Dating Agency opens its doors to five single celebrities looking for love, but these sexy boys and girls aren’t dating other celebs, they’re dating members of the Great British public.


8.00pm Garden Nightmares ITV – Revealing documentary exploring the bizarre phenomena that take place on a daily basis in seemingly ordinary gardens. Some find themselves at the mercy of Mother Nature, as overnight coastal collapses threaten the very ground they are built on. Elsewhere, Spanish slug infestations and subterranean badgers encroach on otherwise peaceful greens. But the most jaw-dropping tale of all comes courtesy of an audacious thief who manages to steal an entire lawn – in broad daylight.

8.00pm Duck Quacks Don’t Echo Sky1 – The fact-busting comedy panel series is back as Lee Mack is joined by Ross Kemp, Bob Mortimer and Sara Cox to put a host of fascinating titbits to the test.

9.00pm New York: America’s Busiest City BBC2 – The opening night of a three-night stripped event revealing the astonishing daily systems that allow America’s biggest and busiest city to function. Anita Rani, Ade Adepitan, Ant Anstead and Dan Snow are in New York. From their base at Grand Central Terminal, they reveal the behind-the-scenes operations responsible for keeping the world’s biggest railway terminal running to schedule. In this opening episode, Anita, Ade and Ant try commuting New York style, joining 5.5 million commuters on the iconic Staten Island ferry, the subway and citibikes.

9.00pm Inside Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital Channel 4 – In this new episode fight for their future when ordinary life is dramatically thrown off course. When the stakes are this high, mothering and fathering instincts are intensified. Nine-year-old Evan and his family receive an extraordinary piece of news after discovering that he urgently needs a life-saving kidney transplant. The news puts his parents back in the driving seat as they face a vital decision about Evan’s future. Teenager Keanu’s life also recently changed dramatically when she was diagnosed with a kidney disorder and heart problems. Her mum has been by her side every step of the way during her treatment but faces a unique challenge when acts of teenage rebellion threaten to undermine Keanu’s health.

9.00pm Inside The White House Five – Two-part documentary on the 200-year-old US presidential headquarters. From its design and construction to early run-ins with disaster, the home of America’s first family has weathered its fair share of storms.

9.00pm Mount Pleasant Sky1 – The popular family comedy returns for series six as Lisa (Sally Lindsay) continues to navigate her not-so-simple suburban life in Manchester.

9.00pm All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge BBC4 – Series looking for the orchestra that best captures the spirit of great British amateur music-making in the UK, presented by Katie Derham. The series begins with five amateur orchestras from across the UK – The Slaithwaite Philharmonic from Yorkshire, The North Devon Symphonia, The London Gay Symphony Orchestra, The Stirling Orchestra and The People’s Orchestra from Birmingham. Each orchestra receives a master class from the series judge, world-renowned conductor Paul Daniel, while double-bass maestro Chi-chi Nwanoku mentors each orchestra as they strive to reach their full potential. This week’s challenge is to master that pinnacle of orchestral playing, the symphony. Each of the five orchestras tackle an allotted extract from the likes of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov which they then perform at the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale Studios – after which one orchestra will be eliminated from the contest by Daniel.

10.00pm Home From Home BBC2 – Sitcom pilot. Home from Home features Johnny Vegas playing uptight, try-hard dad Neil Hackett, whose decision to buy a lodge in the Lake District proves disastrous when he discovers he is living next door to the uber successful, effortlessly superior Dillons.

10.30pm The Hotel Inspector Returns Five – Documentary series in which award-winning hotelier Alex Polizzi offers practical advice to failing hotels and guest houses. Alex revisits the Cornish hotel to see if her advice to modernise has had any effect.


8.00pm All Star Mr. & Mrs ITV – Phillip Schofield is back to present the game show in which three celebrity couples battle it out to see who knows the most about their other half in a bid to win up to 30,000 pounds for their chosen charity. All they need to do is match each other’s answers, but it is not as easy as it seems! The couples hoping to win this week are Emmerdale’s Adam Thomas and his fiancee Caroline Daly, professional dancers Kevin and Karen Clifton and Dad’s Army actor Ian Lavender and his wife Michele Hardy.

9.00pm DCI Banks ITV – The crime drama series returns with the first episode of a two-part story. When a victim of a frenzied attack is found in the woods with his head caved in, initially the team wonders if it is a random attack or related to the location – where a local girl recently committed suicide. Banks, however, has a theory of his own. When the victim is identified as small time drug dealer Damon Horsley and Banks uncovers a link to local crime boss Steve Richards, he is convinced the hitherto untouchable Richards had a part in the murder.

10.00pm Sex, Lies and Cyber Attacks Channel 4 – Ashley Madison is the controversial dating site that marketed itself directly to potential adulterers. In August 2015 the private details of over 30 million users of the site were hacked and made public, with catastrophic effect. But when internal company emails purporting to be those of the then CEO of the company were also published by the hackers, it seemed a lot more may be going on behind the scenes. Havana Marking’s gripping documentary investigates a world of porn, genius marketing and media manipulation as well as claims of prostitution and cyber bullying.


8.00pm Ingenious Animals BBC1 – A team of wildlife experts travel the globe in search of the most surprising animal stories and reveal how and why animals do such remarkable things. In the first episode, the programme explores the incredible world of animal intelligence. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is in Florida to investigate the unexpected relationship between the alligator and the manatee which has experts baffled. Zoologist Lucy Cooke visits Canada and the Bahamas to find out how humans may be making the raccoon even smarter. Biologist Patrick Aryee is in Cambodia to test the intelligence of the sun bear, and he finds out how the rat has become an unexpected hero as part of a mine-detection squad. Conservationist Giles Clark is in Kenya to find out if elephants feel empathy. Can a herd of orphan elephants use it to help a very special baby? We also find out how research is leading us to question long-held beliefs about the intelligence of reptiles. Could they be a lot cleverer than previously thought?

8.00pm Trust Me, I’m a Doctor BBC2 – Going behind the headlines to give the definitive answers to health questions.

8.30pm Paul O’Grady’s For Love of Dogs ITV – Paul O’Grady returns to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to meet more canine residents in need of a new home in this award-winning programme.

9.00pm A Week in the Wild BBC2 – Three celebrities take on iconic, long-distance hikes in some of the world’s most remote locations. On this expedition, ex-politician Stanley Johnson, TV presenter Melanie Sykes and German comedian Henning Wehn tackle Mexico’s Copper Canyon.

9.00pm The Murder of Sadie Hartley ITV – Dramatic documentary that tells the gripping story of how detectives solved the vicious and shocking murder of businesswoman Sadie Hartley, from the first call to the crime scene through to the convictions of the killers Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh. As no-nonsense lead detective Paul Withers and his team piece together the evidence, they uncover a tangled web of lies told by Williams and her accomplice Walsh, who claims to have no memory of the crime.

9.00pm Gypsy Kids Five – Many young children in Gypsy and Traveller communities are afforded extra-curricular experience beyond that of their peers. At 12 years old, Oliver is already a dab hand behind the wheel, although his true passion is for horses. Perhaps unsurprisingly, school has little pull for Oliver, but for eight-year-old Margaret, leaving education at 11 as her sister did could mean giving up on the early promise she is showing there. Meanwhile, at just 13, aspiring model Sylvanna’s mature attitude is put to the test when a lucrative casting opportunity requires that she cut her hair. Ultimately, she proves that her identity is not for sale.

9.00pm Lost Sitcoms: Till Death To Us Part BBC4 – Series which recreates three British classic lost sitcoms with a stellar new cast. In this episode of Till Death Us Do Part originally broadcast in 1967, Alf arrives home to find that a burnt supper is the least of his worries.

9.00pm The Night Of Sky Atlantic – The acclaimed crime drama that Variety calls “brilliant and addictive” begins as a young man experiences a night that will change everything. The HBO drama based on BBC1’s ‘Criminal Justice’.

10.00pm Our Ex-Wife BBC2 – Robert stars in a new comedy pilot. Jack has finally found real happiness with new wife-to-be Sara but his crazy ex-wife and mother of his kids Hillary is determined to destroy it. Yet, whilst Jack wants Hillary out of his life, Sara has made it her personal crusade to mend his relationship with Hillary for the sake of the children.

10.00pm Ellen Channel 4 – Drama following teenager Ellen who tries to take control of her life in a world that would rather ignore her. Ellen’s home life is chaotic: she’s at war with her mum hardly sees her dad, and is at risk of falling through the cracks. But Ellen finds hope when she meets Kayla and they form a deep and powerful friendship. In Kayla, Ellen discovers a kindness and joy that had been lacking in her life. Then she meets the charming Jason, who seems to really like her, but a dark force is lurking. Leon, a hanger-on and mate of her mum’s, has his eye on Ellen. Will anyone notice? Funny, poignant and devastatingly sad, this film is about the challenges facing a teenage girl and gives a voice to those that so often go unheard.

10.00pm Gangland Five – An unprecedented insight into the lives of London’s most notorious street gangs, following young people exposed to murder, drug deals, guns and knives on a daily basis, showing the real-life events taking place every day in London’s toughest neighbourhoods.


8.00pm The Cars That Made Britain Great Five – Rufus Hound narrates as celebrity petrol heads share their memories of classic British motors. Vicki Butler-Henderson makes the case for the beautiful Austin Healey 3000. Shane Lynch tries to make a Rolls Royce drift and James Bond takes a Lotus Esprit scuba diving.

8.30pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 – Rob Brydon is back to host the new series of the award-winning comedy panel show with David Mitchell and Lee Mack as the lightning-quick team captains. Over the course of the show, celebrity guests reveal amazing stories about themselves, some of which are true and some of which are not. The aim of the game is to fool the opposition into mistaking fact for fiction and fiction for fact. This episode’s guests are Mel Giedroyc, David Haye, Martin Kemp and Romesh Ranganathan.

9.00pm Goodnight Sweetheart BBC1 – V repairman and unwitting time traveller Gary Sparrow has been trapped in the past for the last 17 years. It is now 1962, and in the midst of his birthday celebrations at The Royal Oak with his wife Phoebe, his teenage son Michael and their old friend Reg, he realises that he could go to the maternity hospital and actually see himself being born. At the hospital he meets his own father waiting anxiously, and when the baby arrives he tells the midwife that he is the uncle. As she hands him the precious bundle, the laws of physics go berserk – Gary’s long-lost time portal is thunderously re-opened, and he is catapulted into 2016.

9.00pm Lady C and the Castle ITV – I’m a Celeb contestant Lady Colin Campbell attempts to transform a crumbling stately home back into a desirable residence in this one-off documentary. When Lady C bought Castle Goring for a knockdown price, the place was a complete ruin with a leaking roof. Undeterred, Lady C takes on the challenge of restoring this derelict money pit to its former glory, aiming to turn it into a home fit for a lady and an upmarket venue for weddings and events. Can she finish all the restoration work before the grand opening ball is scheduled to take place in a few weeks time?

9.00pm Carry on Caravanning Five – Documentary about Britain’s fun-seeking, slow-lane-hogging ‘carafans’. Ferret-loving friends Sally and Jayne take their 12 critters on holiday with them. Glammervanners plan a romantic Valentine’s weekend. Yorkshire man Glen heads to France with his caravan for the first time.

9.30pm Young Hyacinth BBC1 – Kerry Howard stars in this prequel to Keeping Up Appearances, set in the 1950s and charting the early life of the remarkable Hyacinth. Long before she became Mrs Bucket (pronounced Bouquet), young Hyacinth was already dreaming of matching china and a bedroom in pastel shades. But her desperate attempts to transform her sisters and her darling Daddy into an altogether better class of family are not appreciated.

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