The TVweek: Saturday 27th February – Friday 4th March 2016

by | Feb 23, 2016 | All, TV Week


Notable Continuing Series: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, 7.00pm, ITV
                                             Trapped, 9.00pm, BBC Four

9.00pm Stag BBC2 – New comedy from Jim Field Smith who directed The Wrong Mans. An obnoxious group of friends struggle to survive the stag weekend from hell as a deer-hunting expedition in the Scottish highlands quickly turns messy. Timid teacher Ian Telford joins the stag weekend of his brother-in-law Johnners and several of his obnoxious friends, as they embark on a deer-stalking adventure in the remote Scottish Highlands organized by best man Ledge. But it’s not long before the hunters become the prey, and their friendship is tested to the limit in a ruthless battle for survival.


7.00pm Dogs Might Fly Sky1 – Jamie Theakston presents a series in which 12 unwanted and abandoned dogs attempt to become the first pooch to pilot a plane. *We’re not making this up*

9.00pm Churchill’s Secret ITV – One-off drama starring Michael Gambon as Winston Churchill. In the summer of 1953, Winston Churchill – now prime minister for the second time and in his late 70s – suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world. Nurse Millie Appleyard is rushed to a secret location, where she discovers her patient’s identity. The drama follows Churchill’s battle to recover as his long-suffering wife Clemmie desperately hopes that the stroke will force her husband to retire, while his political friends and foes engage in plot and counter-plot over his successor. As Churchill’s family gather at his bedside, unsure if he will pull through, long-buried tensions begin to surface.

Notable Continuing Series: The Night Manager, 9.00pm, BBC1                                            

10.00pm Meet the Family Guys ITV2 – In this one-off special celebrating Family Guy’s arrival on ITV2, comedian and superfan Matt Richardson jets off to LA to meet the people behind his favourite show. Spending time with the show’s animators, voice actors and producers, Matt goes on a mission to find out everything a Family Guy fan could possibly want to know as he heads behind the scenes to see where the magic is made.


6.30pm Too Much TV BBC2 – New TV show fronted by Emma Bunton, Rufus Hound, Sara Cox and Aled Jones. Each weekday, two of our presenters will pair up to present the latest TV news, welcome celebrity guests into the studio, showcase first-to-air clips and go behind the scenes to lift the lid on a little TV magic. We are also excited to have comedians Funmbi Omotayo and Susan Calman as part of our Too Much TV family – they will be out and about in their tireless quest to bring you the insider scoop on all things TV.

8.00pm Further Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green ITV – Robson Green continues to explore his home county – one of the most fascinating, remote and beautiful parts of Great Britain.

8.30pm The Inside Story: Cops, Criminals and Corruption BBC1 – Organised crime is the single biggest threat to the integrity of the police. With exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage, Panorama has the inside story of how an organised crime syndicate arranged a hit on three police officers.

9.00pm Davina McCall: Life at the Extremes ITV – Davina McCall takes a leap into the unknown and explores some of the most extreme places on Earth while tracking the animals who call these brutal conditions home. In Namibia, one of the hottest places on the planet, she discovers that despite the insane temperature and lack of water, it is home to an incredibly diverse range of life. There, she stays with San bush people to learn the skills that they have developed to survive, including hunting for water in the most bizarre places.

9.00pm Family Guy ITV2 – The new season begins in his new home of ITV2. Stewie becomes addicted to ADHD medication, while Peter and Quagmire become rivals when they each start their own cookery shows.

9.00pm Sophie Ellis-Bextor on Fame W – Documentary series about the personal impact of technology. Sophie Ellis-Bextor examines how social media has transformed celebrity culture in the age of the Kardashians.

Notable Continuing Series: American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, 9.00pm, BBC2
                                             Fresh Meat, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.30pm Bordertown ITV2 – Brand new US animated series from the team behind Family Guy. United States border patrol officer Bud Buckwald is furious when he learns that his daughter Becky is engaged to the nephew of his Mexican immigrant neighbour Ernesto Gonzalez.

11.00pm American Dad! ITV2 – The series moves to ITV2 beginning with the pilot.


7.30pm The Inspectors are Coming! ITV – Documentary series following law enforcement teams up and down the country as they combat misbehaving miscreants across Britain.

9.00pm Born to Be Different Channel 4 – Fifteen years ago, Channel 4 set out to follow the lives of six remarkable children who were all born with disabilities. From birth to the start of adulthood, this long-running project is an intimate and enlightening portrait of what it’s like to grow up with a disability. In this new series the children approach their 16th year and five of the families are reunited to celebrate their coming of age. While many of their friends are starting to think about relationships with the opposite sex, being disabled is an added complication to an already anxious time for teenagers. This episode catches up with three of the families as it charts the joys and heartaches of growing up different. William has tuberous sclerosis, a condition that causes tumors to grow anywhere on his body. He also has autism, severe learning difficulties and a ‘girlfriend’. He says she sets his ‘heart beating’.

Notable Continuing Series: Happy Valley, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                         Alan Partridge’s Mid-Morning Matters, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                          Life and Death Row, 10.45pm, BBC1

10.00pm Scrappers BBC2 – Second series of the documentary following straight-talking scrapyard owner Terry and his glamorous wife Lyndsay as they fight for the future of their business and their family.


8.00pm Traffic Cops BBC1

8.00pm Big Star’s Little Star ITV – Stephen Mulhern returns to host a fourth series of thefamily entertainment show which lifts the lid on celebrities’ lives through the eyes of their children. The first episode of the series sees Blue’s Lee Ryan and his son Rain, EastEnders’ Nitin Ganatra and son Sameer and Emmerdale star Samantha Giles and daughter Eve attempt to win big money for charity.

9.00pm Granchester ITV – James Norton and Robson Green for a second series of the drama series set in the 1950s, adapted from the novels by James Runcie. When Grantchester vicar Sidney Chambers is accused of a terrible crime, unmasking the real culprit sends shockwaves through the community.

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

10.00pm Raised by Wolves Channel 4 – Series 2 of the comedy from Catlin and Caroline Moran.  Remorseless fag-smoking parenting machine Della Garry and her six children continue their social experiment of home-schooling while preparing for the Apocalypse – in Wolverhampton. Hormonal 16-year-old horn-bomb Germaine continues to desecrate every societal norm, depressed ginger intellectual Aretha becomes even more misanthropic, and Grampy starts enjoying his divorce in a very visceral manner.


8.00pm DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Sky1 – Time travelling rogue Rip Hunter pulls together a disparate team of superheroes and villains to save the world from immortal tyrant Vandal Savage.

8.30pm The Cruise ITV – Documentary series that follows the crew who live and work on board the cruise ship Regal Princess for up to nine months at a time. As the 11-day voyage around the Baltic from Copenhagen to St Petersburg begins, some of the guests are vying for the coveted award of the most travelled passenger – the diehard cruise superfans have spent up to 7 or 8 years of their lives aboard.

9.00pm Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard BBC1 – With unparalleled access to Pompeii and featuring cutting-edge modern technology, Mary Beard guides us through this amazing slice of the ancient world. For the first time ever, CT scanning and x-ray equipment bring new light to the secrets of the victims of the eruption. Mary unpacks the stories behind the tragic figures – gladiators, slaves, businesswomen and children.

9.00pm Murder BBC2 – Drama series with each episode picking apart a murder in all its terrible complexity, hearing the story from every angle and casting the viewer as a jury member to decide on guilt and innocence. Leo Durridge stands accused of murdering his brother-in-law Rafe Carey. Durridge claims Carey was swept away by powerful currents in the river following a storm. When Carey’s body is dragged ashore however, he hasn’t drowned at all – he’s been stabbed to death.

9.00pm Bear Grylls: Mission Survive ITV – Bear Grylls fronts a second series in which seven celebrities face a 12-day survival mission in the dangerous wilderness of the South African bush. They must trek over treacherous mountains, find and eat wild food, build a shelter and start a fire as they navigate their way to the coastline and safety. Actor Neil Morrissey, Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner, actress Michelle Collins, stage star Samantha Barks, former England footballer Stuart Pearce, actress Chelsee Healey and captain of Arsenal Ladies Alex Scott make up the expedition team.

Notable Continuing Series: The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4

10.00pm Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle BBC2 – Stewart Lee’s award-winning stand-up series returns as he takes on six subjects in his own unique style.

10.00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man Channel 4 – In a brand new slot on Thursday evenings, 2015 NTA Best Chat Show host and Bafta award-winning funnyman Alan Carr is back on our screens for the 16th series of the flagship chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man. Alan is joined by actor Matthew Perry to talk about his West End play The End of Longing, and Phillip Schofield chats about the new series of ITV’s You’re Back in the Room. The 1975 perform their new single, The Sound, live in the studio.

10.00pm Thicker Than Water More4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama from around the world – features this darkly atmospheric Swedish series in which a mother reunites her three adult children and forces them to confront the family secrets buried in their past. A beautiful island in the Swedish Alandic archipelago is home to a popular lodge, run by Anna-Lisa Waldemar and her youngest son Oskar. Mysteriously, Anna-Lisa has summoned her eldest son Lasse and her daughter Jonna home – it’s the first time the family have been together in years. Despite the idyllic setting, the homecoming is full of conflict, arousing old memories, resentments and secrets.


9.00pm Land of Hope & Glory: British Country Life BBC2 – Series capturing the glory and eccentricity of the men and women who live the rural life. For almost 120 years, Country Life magazine has been aspiring to capture the elusive soul of the British countryside, from muddy fields to stately homes. Jane Treays spent a year filming with the magazine, exploring the lives of those who have been bred into the land, inherited it or have simply bought into its dreams.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                   The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

10.35pm Comedy Playhouse: Broken Biscuits BBC1 – The comedy follows five disparate groups of people, friends, partners and parents. Watching their everyday lives as their little stories unfold. There’s Milton (Timothy West) and Pearl (Stephanie Cole), an older couple who have an obsession with their son’s wife and their smoke alarm. Brenda (Alison Steadman) and Roger (Alun Armstrong) take great pride in running their B&B the ‘Brenroger.’ Teenager Raz (Gurjeet Singh) dreams of independence from his mum Mabel (Lisa Millett), who has a rather unsavoury relationship with partner ‘Sid the Suitcase’ (Ben Crompton) and Martin (Warren Brown), is looking for love whilst caring for his disabled brother, Tom (Christopher John Slater).

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