The TVweek: Saturday 27th October – Friday 2nd November 2018

by | Oct 23, 2018 | All, TV Week


Notable Continuing Series: Strictly Come Dancing, 6:30pm 

                                      54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis, 9.00pm, BBC4                                               Killing Eve, 9.25pm BBC1



Notable Continuing Series: Doctor Who, 7.00pm, BBC1

                                           Last Chance Lawyer NYC, 9.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm The Little Drummer Girl BBC1 – Six-part adaptation of a novel from John Le Carre from the makers of The Night Manager. Germany, 1979. When a bomb goes off in the diplomatic quarter of Bonn, Israeli intelligence agent Martin Kurtz investigates. A series of similar attacks targeting prominent Jewish figures across Europe have been carried out in recent weeks, and Kurtz now believes there is a Palestinian revolutionary at the heart of this pattern. Kurtz sets in motion a plan to catch the kingpin. Meanwhile, in London, young actress Charlie is treading the boards of pub theatres and struggling to land a breakthrough part. She drifts from one bad relationship to another, unable to find her purpose in life. When an anonymous benefactor sends Charlie and her theatre troupe on a rehearsal jaunt to Greece, she feels renewed vigour. But a working holiday soon becomes a journey of discovery when she encounters a mysterious stranger on the beach. While Kurtz makes inroads into the network responsible for the bombing in Germany, the tangled threads of the stories weave their way together.

10.00pm Inside No.9 Live: Deadline BBC2 – Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s award-winning anthology returns in a special live edition for Halloween. When Arthur Flitwick finds an old mobile phone in his local graveyard, he makes the mistake of trying to contact the owner. But some mysteries are best left unsolved and as Halloween draws near Arthur is plunged into a nightmare of his own making. It seems that no good deed can go unpunished, in this world or the next.

10.00pm Trauma: Ireland’s Medical Emergencies More4 – This documentary series gives viewers access to the intense world of medical trauma by following Emergency Department staff, surgeons, nurses and intensive care specialists – a chain of people who deal with cardiac arrests, head injuries, road traffic accidents and workplace incidents. The series focuses on four Dublin hospitals: cardiac and spinal trauma in The Mater Hospital, neurotrauma in Beaumont Hospital, emergency care in St Vincent’s Hospital, and orthopaedic trauma and emergency in the Adelaide and Meath Hospital. Each episode follows the progress of several patients from admission onwards, telling their dramatic stories and highlighting the collaborative, skilful work carried out by the medical teams.


Notable Continuing Series: The Old People’s Home for 4-Year-Olds, 9.00pm, Channel 4


Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake Off, 8.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm The Fires That Foretold Grenfell BBC2 – The story of the five fires that foretold and might have prevented the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which 72 people died.

10.25pm Gogglebox: Celebrity Special for Stand Up For Cancer Channel 4 – Some very famous faces join Britain’s favourite opinionated viewers for a special episode of Gogglebox for this year’s Stand Up To Cancer. From Saturday night entertainment juggernauts to the week’s biggest news stories, from hard-hitting documentary series to gritty drama, Gogglebox offers sharp, insightful, funny and sometimes emotional critiques of popular and topical TV shows, sparking debates and giving the audience the chance to share those ‘we said that!’ moments.

10.00pm The Reluctant Landlord Sky1 – Pulling pints proves tough work for Romesh Ranganathan when he takes over his late dad’s pub. Comedy with fellow funnyman Nick Helm and Sian Gibson.


8.00pm Watchdog Live BBC1 – As Matt Allwright, Steph McGovern and Nikki Fox return with a brand new series of investigations, a jaw-dropping Rogue Traders catches on camera the fly-tippers dumping rubbish on an incredible scale.

8.00pm Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs ITV – Paul returns to Battersea Dogs Home for a seventh series.

8.00pm The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4 – The Secret Life of the Zoo returns, with more cameras in parts of Chester Zoo that visitors never see, revealing the private lives of animals as never before. In this first episode of the new series, 37-year-old female elephant Thi, the head of the herd, is pregnant with her ninth baby. Elephant pregnancies usually last 22 months but keepers believe that Thi is now three months overdue! The risks for Thi and her unborn calf are growing by the day. Meanwhile, male clownfish Polo gets injured while fighting with the other males for the attentions of dominant female Rosie. But clownfish have the amazing ability to change sex, and Polo’s recovery time away from the rest of the group leads to unexpected consequences.

Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Dark Heart ITV – New six-part crime drama starring Tom Riley and Charlotte Riley from the writer of Unforgotten Chris Lang. During an August heatwave in London, DI Will Wagstaffe and his team investigate what turns out to be a series of horrifying and brutal attacks on accused but unconvicted paedophiles. Haunted by the mysterious death of his own parents, Staffe pushes the boundaries in the search for the killer, but the truth he uncovers is more shocking than he could have ever imagined.

9.00pm The Secret Life of the Hosptial Five – Documentary taking viewers into the behind-scenes workings of a major UK hospital, revealing the unsung heroes who keep the entire operation running for the patients and medical professionals. Microbiologists work hard all day to defeat infection, blood samples hurtle through hidden pneumatic tubes, and the morgue staff take care of those patients who don’t get to go home.

9.00pm Ray Donovan Sky Atlantic – Season six of the hard-knuckled drama. A suicidal Ray is pulled from the East River in New York and forms a bond with his saviour.


8.00pm Ariana Grande at the BBC BBC1 – Davina McCall chats to Ariana Grande in this musical extravaganza.

8.00pm 100 Days to Victory BBC2 – Two-part documentary charting how the Allies turned the tide in the final months of conflict to win World War I. After defeating the Germans at Amiens, the Allies need to find a way to smash through the Hindenburg Line, the last line of defence of the German Army.

8.00pm George Clarke’s Old House, New Home Channel 4 – George Clarke returns to help owners of period properties transform them for 21st-century living. He kicks off with an Edwardian family home suffering from an extreme case of 1970s wall-to-wall panelling.

8.00pm Shop Smart, Save Money For Christmas Five – Consumer show with Fiona Phillips and Gaby Roslin. With Christmas approaching, it’s the busiest shopping period of the year, and we need to watch what we spend.

8.30pm Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape ITV – Gino’s back in his home country of Italy to reveal one of its best-kept secrets – the stunning Adriatic Coast. He begins his epic journey in the magical city of Venice, where he takes a tour around the labyrinth of waterways with one of the city’s youngest gondoliers, before cooking up a classic Venetian lunch of cicchetti for Riccardo and his father. Gino also takes part in a lace-making lesson and prepares a linguine dish with crab and prosecco.

Notable Continuing Series: Ambulance, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm The First Channel 4 – From Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Bafta-nominated Beau Willimon comes The First, a co-pro with Hulu exploring the first manned mission to Mars. Starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone. Set in the near future, The First explores the challenges of taking the first steps towards interplanetary colonisation. The series focuses not only on the astronauts but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth. It’s a story about the human spirit; about our indomitable need to reach for unknown horizons and the people working towards the greatest pioneering achievement in human history. In the first episode, on launch day, Vista CEO Laz Ingram and the Providence crew count down for the first manned mission to Mars. Former mission commander Tom Hagerty watches from home. After a difficult day, he is confronted by an unexpected visitor.

9.00pm Berlin Station More4 – Richard Armitage stars in this espionage drama series revolves around the lives of the men and women working at the CIA station in modern-day Berlin. Station Chief Steven Frost and his colleagues Robert Kirsch and Valerie Edwards track the suspicious activities of supposedly ‘reformed’ terrorist Aleksandre Iosava. Meanwhile, Daniel continues to investigate the leaks and reconnects with his old friend Hector, who may have a darker secret agenda of his own.


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                            Would I Lie to You? 9.30pm, BBC1    

                         The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4,

The Graham Norton Show, 10:35pm

9.00pm Indie & Beyond with Shaun Ryder & Alan McGee BBC4 – Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder and Creation Records boss Alan McGee reveal a selection of their all-time favourite tracks. From first jobs to private jets, longtime friends Ryder and McGee unpack the songs that formed the soundtrack to their lives. In an hour of eclectic tunes, Shaun Ryder also discovers his lost Top of the Pops appearance and Alan McGee declares an alternative Scottish national anthem. Theirs is a blistering playlist of indie, punk and ska classics from Buzzcocks to The Specials, Junior Mervin to Marc Bolan, Orange Juice to Underworld and many more.

9.00pm Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain Five –  Michael Portillo unlocks the doors to more extraordinary abandoned locations. A medical revolution was born at Cambridge that changed the face of Britain – literally.

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