The TVweek: Saturday 27th July – Friday 2nd August

by | Jul 22, 2019 | All, TV Week


9.00pm A Fresh Guide to Florence With Fab Five Freddy BBC2 – Hip-hop pioneer Fred Brathwaite, better known to music fans as Fab 5 Freddy, who was part of a creative revolution during the 1970s and 1980s, goes back in time to the 15th and 16th centuries to examine the multi-racial society that played a part in the Italian Renaissance but have seemingly fallen through the cracks of history.

Notable Continuing Series:  Killing Eve 9.15pm, BBC1

                                                 Atlanta, 10.00pm, BBC2


8.00pm Animals at Play BBC2 – The reasons why young animals enjoy playing, and how it can teach them to survive in the wild. The programme explores how young elephants, which rarely leave their mothers’ side for the first eight years of life, play to develop social skills, while macaques hone their mental agility by playing games with stones. Plus, a zoologist who looks after orphaned cheetahs reveals how play can help cubs learn to hunt.

9.00pm The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan BBC2 – Romesh heads to more countries that are rarely visited by tourists to get a sense of the local culture and find out if they deserve their reputation. In this first edition, he heads to Zimbabwe in the aftermath of Robert Mugabe’s rule, to discover whether British people should be holidaying in the southern African country once again. He meets Chipo, a teacher who was born and raised in Harare under Mugabe’s rule.

Notable Continuing Series: The Handmaid’s Tale, 9.00pm, Channel 4   

10.00pm Mandy BBC2 – Comedy short, written by and starring Diane Morgan. A woman becomes obsessed with a sofa she has seen in a shop window. Unable to think of anything else, she goes to desperate lengths to possess the furniture of her dreams.

10.15pm Sorry BBC2 – Comedy short, written by and starring Lolly Adefope. An actress who considers herself on the verge of superstardom heads to the London premiere of her first Hollywood film. However, during the journey, she finds herself at the centre of a scandal on the internet that could destroy her career.


9.00pm How to Break into the Elite BBC2 – Amol Rajan investigates how much class still matters in Britain’s leading professions, finding out what it takes for young working-class people to break into the elite as he spends time with graduates looking for prestigious positions. He explores how media industry’s mystifying cultural codes provide an obstacle to many candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds, and looks at the link between confidence and class.


8.00pm Inside the Factory BBC2 – Gregg Wallace visits a cherry bakewell factory in Stoke on Trent that produces 250,000 tarts every day, and meets the team of 12 employed to precisely place the cherries on top by hand. Cherry Healey learns the tricks of avoiding a soggy pastry bottom when baking at home, and visits a factory where almonds are roasted and milled to make butter.

9.00pm The Chefs’ Brigade BBC2 – Jason Atherton takes 10 chefs from pubs, cafes and caterers across the UK on a culinary journey across Europe, and gives them a crash course in preparing food fit for the finest restaurants. The first destination is Puglia in southern Italy, where food is prepared on the principle of making the most of what is to hand. 

9.00pm Counting Tigers: A Survival Special ITV – Documentary examining a wildlife survey being conducted to take stock of India’s tiger population, the results of which could be monumentally important to the animal’s future. The camera crew is given unprecedented access to follow the survey across 50 tiger reserves and 400,000km in search of one of the most elusive predators on Earth. 

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

9.00pm Manifest Sky1 – US drama series that focuses on passengers on a flight who learn more than five years has passed during their journey from Jamaica to New York City, and that they have been presumed dead. They must piece together their old lives and deal with mysterious voices in their heads. 

10.00pm I Am Channel 4 – Samantha Morton stars in the second episode of the drama anthology series as a single mother who has been struggling with debt since her partner disappeared. A neighbour makes an offer of support, but his kindness is not all it seems to be – and she soon finds herself faced with some dark and desperate decisions. 

10.15pm Released to Kill Again Five – Documentary following three families seeking answers as to how and why convicted killers have been released from prison only to commit more crime, even murder.


9.00pm George Clarke’s Council House Scandal Channel 4 – George Clarke embarks on a campaign to kick start a housing revolution, and attempts to uncover the reasons behind the steep decline in affordable council house building. 

9.00pm Der Pass Sky Atlantic – German Detective drama. When a gruesomely staged body is found propped up on a mountain pass in the Alps close to the German-Austria border, two detectives are sent to investigate. German detective Ellie and her Austrian counterpart Gedeon are on the case, but it does not take long before they discover more bodies which point to sinister pagan rituals.

Notable Continuing Series: Better Things 10.00pm, BBC2


9.00pm Britain’s Giant Pet Food Factory Channel 4 – A sneak peek inside Mars Petcare’s factory in Melton Mowbray, which is operational all day, every day to meet a target of one million packets of pet food a day. There is also a 14-acre research centre where new products are tested. Staff are encouraged to bring in their pets for the happiness of the work environment. But the animals must abide by the company etiquette and today one rebellious dog is in danger of being handed his notice.


8.00pm Gone Fishing: Mortimer and Whitehouse BBC2 – Comedy actors Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer travel to the picturesque River Usk in south Wales, where Paul’s father first taught him to fish as a young child. The duo discuss their respective childhoods and reflect on their own family lives and values. In their cosy cottage accommodation in the heart of the countryside they compare school photographs and Paul serenades Bob with his guitar.

9.00pm Hold the Sunset BBC1 – The late-in-life comedy starring Alison Steadman and John Cleese returns for its second run. With their retirement together waiting on the sale of his house, Phil despairs of finding the right estate agent. The current one suggests an `open day”, but Phil baulks at the idea. Edith, meanwhile, is heartened to find that her son Roger is earning some sort of a living, even if it’s only busking. John Cleese and Alison Steadman star.

9.00pm Fosse/Verdon BBC2 – US drama series based on true-life facts, recounting the romantic and creative partnership between influential choreographer-director Bob Fosse, and Gwen Verdon, one of the greatest Broadway dancers of all time. The story begins in 1966, mid-way through the couple’s marriage, with the launch of the film Sweet Charity, directed by Fosse and based on the successful Broadway musical that had originally starred Verdon. Dining with producer Cy Feuer, Bob puts himself forward as the director of Cy’s next project – Cabaret. Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams star.

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