The TVweek: Saturday 27th – Friday 2nd February 2018

by | Jan 23, 2018 | All, TV Week


7.15pm All Together Now BBC1 – Singing contest hosted by Rob Beckett which sees a range of talented singers take to the stage to perform in front of the 100 – a unique panel of music experts and performers from all over the UK. If any of the 100 like what they hear, they can stand up, join in and sing along. The greater the number that join in, the higher the act’s score.


Notable Continuing Series: Call the Midwife,8.00pm, BBC1
                                                Dragon’s Den, 8.00pm BBC2

9.00pm Chris Packham: In Search of the Lost Girl BBC2 – In 1998, wildlife enthusiast and photographer Chris Packham had a remarkable encounter with the Orang Rimba, a tribe of hunter gatherers in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was the first time he had ever seen people living in perfect harmony with their environment. One photograph in particular that Chris took, a picture of a young tribal girl, has since become immensely important to him as a barometer of how we are treating our planet.


9.00pm Winterwatch BBC2 – Winterwatch returns to its year-round home in the heart of the Cotswolds – the National Trust’s Sherborne Park Estate – to see how the animals there have fared since autumn, and bring a week of the very best of winter from up and down the country. Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan host from Sherborne, whilst Martin Hughes-Games continues to go deeper into some of the hidden stories around the estate. Gillian Burke is on Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, tracking down a family of otters who live around one of the island’s famous whisky distilleries.

Notable Continuing Series: Silent Witness,9.00pm, BBC1
                                                 Next of Kin, 9.00pm, ITV
                                                The Undateables 9.00pm Channel 4   


7.30pm Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100 ITV – Walking is one of Britain’s best loved pastimes; millions of us pull on our hiking boots and head for the great outdoors each month, but which walk is the nation’s favourite? Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba present a guide to the finest 100 walks that the country has to offer as voted for by the British public. Famous faces including Catherine Tyldesley, Ade Edmondson, Robert Bathurst and Katherine Kelly also hit the trails before the programme reveals the walk that’s been crowned as the very best.

9.00pm Murdered for Love BBC2 – With unique access to some of her closest friends, this film tells the story of Samia Shahid’s life. On 14 July 2016, Bradford girl Samia flew to Pakistan to visit her family. Six days later she was found dead. She was 28 years old. Eight days later, her first husband and father were arrested in connection with her murder. The case was taken up by Bradford MP Naz Shah, who wrote to the prime minister of Pakistan describing the case as an honour killing. The film contains the first interview with Samia’s second husband, who tells the dramatic and tragic story of Samia’s return to Pakistan. Samia’s father has been released owing to lack of evidence, but her first husband remains in custody and the case in Pakistan continues. Both deny the allegations against them.

9.00pm The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee Sky Atlantic – Documentary profile of the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post, who helped bring down Richard Nixon with his paper’s Watergate revelations.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E,9.00pm, Channel 4
                                               Inside No.9, 10.00pm. BBC2

                                               Love and Hate Crime, 10.45pm, BBC1

10.00pm Can You Rebuild My Brain? Channel 4 – When Lotje Sodderland was 34, her brain was permanently damaged by a stroke that almost killed her. It fundamentally changed her and how she saw the world but it also left her fascinated with the science that saved her life. In this documentary, Lotje meets neuroscience pioneers: scientists who are using the latest knowledge to repair ‘broken’ brains and developing ground-breaking treatments for everything from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s to autism. But as the brain is a complex organ and neuroscience is still in its infancy, Lotje examines the risks as well as the rewards associated with fixing something that we don’t yet fully understand.


8.00pm The Truth About Getting Fit BBC1 – Medical journalist Michael Mosley teams up with scientists whose latest research is turning common knowledge about fitness on its head. They reveal why 10,000 steps is just a marketing ploy and that two minutes of exercise is all a person needs each week. They discover how to get people to stick to their fitness plans and what exercise can actually make everyone more intelligent. Whether its for couch potatoes who hate the thought of exercise, someone too busy to consider the gym, or even for fitness fanatics who are desperate to do more – science can help everyone exercise better.

9.00pm Wonders of the Moon BBC1 – Documentary which uses the latest, most detailed imagery to reveal the monthly life cycle of the moon. From Wales to Wyoming, Hong Kong to Croydon, the programme finds out how the moon shapes life on Earth, as well as exploring its mysterious dark side and discovering how the moon’s journey around Earth delivers one of nature’s most awe-inspiring events – a total solar eclipse. And at the end of a remarkable year of lunar activity, we find out why so many supermoons have been lighting up the night sky.

9.00pm The New-Builds are Coming: Battle in the Countryside BBC2 – Filmmaker Richard Macer heads to one of our most expensive counties, Oxfordshire, where vast areas of once-protected countryside are being turned into housing. With remarkable access to councilors, developers, architects and campaigners, and filmed over nine months, Richard asks if building these vast estates is a solution to the crisis. In episode one, Macer explores the controversial decision by the government to free up the green belt to developers. In the tiny charming village of Culham, he finds residents furious at plans to supersize their village to three and a half thousand new homes. But just a few weeks after the announcement of the new estate, sinister developments start to grip the small community. Has little Culham become the centre of a gold rush?

Notable Continuing Series: Kiri,9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb More4 – Amanda Lamb lets home sellers check out their rival vendors’ properties for inspiration.

9.00pm Gomorra Sky Atlantic – Third series of the Italian drug drama.


8.00pm Animals with Cameras BBC1 –  Cameraman Gordon Buchanan joins forces with scientists to put cameras on animals. Together, they make extraordinary discoveries about the lives of some of the planet’s most fascinating species. In the first episode, the team uncover the hidden lives of three iconic animals. In the Kalahari Desert the team put cameras on wild meerkats for the first time, allowing scientists to finally understand what these miniature mammals get up to underground. Heading to Cameroon, Gordon works with scientist Mimi Swift, who is desperate to understand whether Kimbang, a four-year old orphan chimp, has the skills she needs to be able to join a chimp family living wild in the forest.

9.00pm Death Row 2018 with Trevor McDonald ITV – In 2013, Trevor McDonald spent two harrowing weeks on Indiana State Prison’s Death Row, one of America’s most dangerous maximum-security facilities. Five years on, Trevor returns to find that the prison has built a new death chamber, so this could be his last chance to speak to the condemned men he has been unable to forget. At a time when the future of the death penalty remains unclear, Trevor sees first-hand what time behind bars has done to the men who’ve committed atrocious crimes.

Notable Continuing Series: Derry Girls, 10.00pm, Channel 4
                                               The Mash Report 10.00pm BBC2

10.00pm Special Needs Employment Agency Five – First in a two-part documentary series. Young people with special needs negotiate their individual hurdles to find work. Andrew, who has Asperger’s syndrome, tries to overcome a distracting coping technique and secure a job as a mechanic. Elsewhere, can an overnight bakery role restore Alex’s self-belief?


8.00pm Celebrity Five Go Barging Five – Travelogue series following five UK celebs as they enjoy life in the slow lane aboard barges. Tom Conti, Diarmuid Gavin, Tessa Sanderson, Tony Christie and Penny Smith go narrowboating along two of France’s best-loved waterways, the River Lot and the Canal du Midi

9.00pm Requiem BBC1 – Six-part drama series. Matilda Gray is a successful cellist about to embark on a concert tour of New York, but her world is turned upside when her mother inexplicably commits suicide. Grief stricken, Matilda finds a box of items on her deceased mother’s bed relating to Carys Howell, a young girl who went missing from a small Welsh village over 20 years ago. Matilda and her accompanist Hal travel to Penllynith to investigate whether her mother’s death is related to the disappearance.

9.00pm Nigel Slater’s Middle East BBC2 – Nigel Slater embarks on a Middle Eastern food adventure to explore some of the oldest and grandest cuisines in the world. His first stop, Lebanon, exemplifies Levantine cuisine but is also influenced by its position on the Mediterranean. The flavours, colours and fragrances of the region have travelled the globe but Nigel sets out to eat and cook with the people who make the dishes every day – home cooks. Nigel also explores the landscapes and ingredients, which define the recipes and dishes that have been passed on through generations.

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

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