The TVweek: Saturday 28th May – Friday 3rd June 2016

by | May 23, 2016 | All, TV Week


9.00pm The Disappearance BBC4 – Double bill of a new French Thriller. Lea Morel celebrates her 17th birthday by attending the local Lyon music festival with her friends. When she has not returned by next morning, her desperate parents contact the police where Lieutenant Molina, freshly transferred from Paris, is about to learn about areas of Lea’s life that the Morels know nothing about. (In French with English subtitles).

9.30pm The Musketeers BBC1 – Third series.  In war-torn France, three musketeers launch a daring attack on the Spanish while Aramis battles his conscience at the nearby monastery. When brutal mercenary Lucien Grimaud brings the war to Aramis’s new home, the former friends reunite to foil a stolen arms deal and rescue a group of orphans. Four years after vowing to never fight again, is Aramis still a musketeer at heart? Meanwhile, in Paris, a sinister new battle awaits in the form of the corrupt.

10.40pm Radio 1’s Big Weekend BBC4 – BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend comes from the historic and picturesque setting of Powderham Castle in Kenton, near Exeter. Here is the headline set from Mumford and Sons as they take to the main stage in front of 50,000 fans and bring to a close the first day of Radio 1’s flagship event and one of Europe’s biggest free festivals.


7.00pm The Reunions: Where are they Now? ITV – TV, film and pop favourites are brought back together again for a series of emotional reunions, returning to the places where the magic first happened.

8.00pm Top Gear BBC2 – In the first show of the new series, Chris Evans takes the Dodge Viper ACR to the home of Top Gun in Nevada, to battle Sabine Schmitz in a Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Matt LeBlanc tackles wildest Morocco in Somerset’s finest off-roader, the Ariel Nomad. Back on British soil, Evans and LeBlanc take a rather soggy road trip to Blackpool in a pair of roofless Reliant three-wheelers, whereupon they are tasked with defending the honour of their nations in a series of gruelling UK-versus-USA challenges. Back in the studio, this week’s celebrity guests are Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg and Gordon Ramsey.

8.00pm The British Soap Awards 2016 ITV – Recorded live at London’s Hackney Empire, Phillip Schofield hosts one of the most exciting and glamorous nights on the showbiz calendar.

9.00pm Battle of Jutland: The Navy’s Bloodiest Day BBC2 – Dan Snow, Shini Somara and Nick Hewitt investigate the events and the legacy of the largest naval battle of the First World War, the Battle of Jutland.

9.00pm Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Channel 4 – Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, returns for a seventh year to London’s O2 Arena. The amazing all-star line-up for the annual comedy spectacular includes: Aisling Bea, Alan Carr, Alex Brooker, Charlie Baker, Kevin Bridges, Nathan Caton, Hal Cruttenden, Rob Beckett, Joel Dommett, Josh Widdicombe, Kerri Godliman, Lee Nelson, Russell Kane, Sean Lock, Shappi Khorsandi, Seann Walsh, Tom Allen, Warwick Davis, Zoe Lyons and musician Jake Bugg.

9.00pm Coldplay at Radio 1’s Big Weekend BBC4 –  Coldplay play live as local boy Chris Martin leads the band in a triumphant return to the main stage at Radio 1’s flagship event in front of 50,000 fans, bringing to a close the second and final day.

11.00pm Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons Side by Side: The Interview BBC4 – Exclusive interview in which Kirsty Wark meets two of the biggest stars of the modern art world, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. The occasion is a major new exhibition of Koons’s work collected and curated by Hirst at his new gallery in London’s Vauxhall. In an intimate and revealing interview, Hirst and Koons talk about how they first met and fell in love with each other’s work. Both started out as rebels who provoked outrage.


7.30pm The Big Spring Clean Channel 4 – With the nation’s houses shrinking in size and an estimated ú32.7 billion of unused objects cluttering up British homes, it seems we’ve never had more stuff and less space to stuff it. In The Big Spring Clean, Phil Spencer tackles Britain’s clutter crisis. Phil dispatches a team of specialists to de-clutter and redesign a family home in Devon, to show how we can all learn to live better with less.

8.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream BBC1 – Classic Shakespeare play adapted for television by Russell T Davies. In the tyrannical court of Athens, pitiless dictator Theseus plans his wedding to Hippolyta, a prisoner of war, and young Hermia is sentenced to death by her own father. Meanwhile, in the town below, amateur theatre group the Mechanicals rehearse, with all their comic rivalries. And beyond Athens, in the wild woods, dark forces are stirring. John Hannah and Maxine Peake star.

9.00pm Britain’s Busiest Airport: Heathrow ITV – Documentary series filmed over seven months looking at life behind the scenes at the UK’s biggest and busiest airport. It follows Heathrow’s army of 76,000 staff as they attempt to safely process 200,000 passengers every single day. In the first episode, heavy fog throws the terminal into turmoil and new manager Callum is faced with hundreds of angry and stranded passengers stuck overnight at the airport. On the airfield, visibility has dropped to less than 100m, and safety officer Chris is forced to marshal planes in the dense fog.

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

                                             Game of Thrones, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                               Upstart Crow 10.00pm, BBC2

                                               Veep, Sky Atlantic, 11.35pm

9.00pm Love Island ITV2 – Caroline Flack hosts another series of the dating gameshow.

10.00pm An Immigrant’s Guide to Britain Channel 4 – Comedian Henning Wehn and his gang of first-generation immigrants present a new series providing an irreverent guide to life in Britain, through a mixture of reports, sketches and hidden camera experiments.

10.00pm Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle Sky Atlantic – Alan leaves behind his comfortable existence and heads to the north to ask whether, in this once united kingdom, a ‘schasm’ has formed between north and south.


9.00pm Britain and Europe: For Richer or Poorer? BBC2 – Ahead of the EU referendum, Laura Kuenssberg examines the economic costs and benefits of EU membership. She talks to politicians and business leaders on both sides of the debate in a bid to find out what leaving could mean for trade and jobs, for red tape and people’s livelihoods.

9.00pm Mylene Klass: Single Mums on Benefits ITV – Documentary in which Myleene Klass attempts to reveal the truth about single mums who receive benefits.

9.00pm Building the Dream More4 – Charlie Luxton returns for a new series of the show that helps people build dream homes that are both amazing and affordable. In the first episode, Charlie’s in the Cotswolds, helping Mandy and Tony Slater to build their dream home directly opposite their old one. They’ve always wanted to self-build but couldn’t face leaving the neighbourhood. So when a plot came on the market they snapped it up immediately. The land is on a steep slope, and as the build gets going, the groundworks threaten to derail their modest budget. Charlie’s on hand to offer help and support, but Tony and Mandy are sceptical about some of his ideas.

10.45pm In the Mind BBC1 – Documentary in which Tim Rhys-Evans shares his personal experience of mental illness. A few years ago, Tim’s career was on a high – his choir Only Men Aloud won Last Choir Standing, they signed a major record deal and Tim was awarded an MBE by the Queen. But Tim was also struggling with a serious mental health crisis and had to rebuild his life.


9.00pm The Big C and Me BBC1 – Documentary series filmed over a year following people who are living with cancer. In the first episode the programme meets three people who all share the hope of seeing a life beyond their cancer. Sally, a mother of five from north Wales, hopes that a stem cell transplant will finally cure her after ten years living with the disease. When a match is found, it is possible she may finally be cancer-free. But with her body exhausted from years of treatment, it is a procedure that brings huge risk. In Leeds we meet Dominic as he learns that he is one of the few men in the country to be diagnosed with breast cancer. A straight-talking Yorkshireman, Dominic spends much of his time with his prized pigeons, and it is these which occupy his mind as he waits for his mastectomy. Yvette, a dance teacher and performer, faces a decision as the breast cancer she has lived with for 20 years begins to spread. She is offered the chance to join a clinical trial, but it is a leap in the dark.

9.00pm Versailles BBC2 – Period drama depicting the decadent and turbulent early reign of the Sun King. Proud young Louis XIV seeks to stamp his authority on court and country but faces resistance and betrayal, even from those closest to him. Shifting the seat of power to a luxurious rural ‘lodge’ that he plans to enlarge only adds to his problems.

9.00pm The Secrets of Growing Old ITV – A one-off documentary which looks at the changing face of growing old as we all live longer, with scientists believing that one in five of us will live to be a hundred. We are often told that we can be as young as we feel, and this programme looks some senior citizens who truly believe that. 83 year-old Dilys Price is now the world’s oldest skydiver. At 50, when her joints began to ache, she thought it was the beginning of the end, but instead decided to turn daredevil. 96 year-old Charles Eugster is an amazing example of what scientists call our biological age. Overweight and unfit in middle age, he now has the body of a man 30 years younger. One man on a mission to defy retirement age is 82 year-old Alan Wrigley. He clocks up over 10 miles a day helping shoppers in Rochdale’s B and Q

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in Police Custody, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm The Hotel Inspector Five – Reality series in which hotelier Alex Polizzi tries to turn around failing hotels and guest houses. Alex Inspector turns referee to solve a problem between a hotel manager and the owner, who monitors her every move on CCTV cameras from her office in Paris

10.00pm Seventy with a Six Pack Channel 4 – Documentary that spends a year with some of Britain’s oldest muscle men as they pump, preen and flex their way towards the fiercely competitive World Bodybuilding Finals in Miami.


8.00pm Living with Dementia: Chris’s Story BBC1 – Filmed over almost two years, one family living with dementia reveals what life is really like behind closed doors. Using CCTV cameras, video diaries and a small, immersive film crew, the programme follows 55-year-old Chris Roberts from north Wales as he, his wife Jayne and his youngest daughter Kate come to terms with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. From making the decision to choose his own care home to writing a living will, getting lost in his own house and not recognising his family, Chris chronicles his changing life as his independence slips away. Once a businessman and a keen biker, he now struggles to walk and talk – his life is beset by frustration, yet his remarkable insight allows us into his world.

9.00pm The Truth about Healthy Eating BBC1

Notable Continuing Series: Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm BBC2

                                    The Americans, 9.00pm, ITV Encore                                                                                                      The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4

                                 Going Forward, 10.00pm, BBC4

9.00pm New Girl E4 – In the first episode of the fifth series, Cece and Schmidt ask Jess and Nick to be their bridesmaid and best man. Their first duty is to plan an engagement party for the happy couple, but they don’t realise that Cece’s mother doesn’t know her daughter is getting married.

10.00pm Safeword ITV2 – Rick Edwards hosts a brand new second series of the unique comedy panel show, featuring regular team captains Katherine Ryan and David Morgan. Tonight’s two celebrity contestants are Stacey Solomon and Brian McFadden, who are joined by comedian teammates Phil Wang and Tez Ilyas.


9.00pm Deepcut: The Army’s Shame BBC2 – As the inquest into the death of young soldier Cheryl James delivers its verdict, former soldiers who served alongside her at the notorious Deepcut barracks speak about life there – about a culture of bullying and physical and sexual abuse which has cast a shadow over the army for over two decades.

9.00pm Fraud – How They Steal you’re ID ITV – One-off programme examining how organised crime has moved online in parallel with the rise of internet banking and online shopping, and how one man in particular became prolific in cheating people out of millions. Using data hacks, spam email and malware, criminal gangs are now able to steal account details, then freely trade them on the so-called dark web.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                                Mum 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm UK’s Best Part-Time Band BBC4 – Comedian Rhod Gilbert travels the country to find the UK’s best part-time band. To begin, Rhod and Midge Ure set off on an epic road trip across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. From across the UK, more than 1,200 bands have entered the competition, playing rock to reggae, ska to skiffle, bhangra to blues and everything in between. Leading double lives, by day they might be doctors, window cleaners or waiters, but at night they shed their work clothes, pick up a guitar and channel their inner rock god. What binds them all? An incredible passion for music and an escape from the nine-to-five grind. This is no ordinary talent show – this is a rock ‘n’ roll documentary following Rhod and Midge on tour, visiting bands playing in rehearsal spaces, pubs, barns and bedrooms. At the end of the road trip, five acts are selected for a regional heat in Belfast, where they compete for a place in the Grand Final, of the ‘The UK’s Best Part-time Band’.

9.00pm Dicte – Crime Reporter More4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama from around the world – continues with this compelling Danish crime drama, which is shown in feature-length instalments. Newly divorced journalist Dicte Svendsen leaves Copenhagen and returns to her home town of Aarhus with her daughter Rose, despite harbouring painful memories of growing up there. Though stubborn and determined, she’s still haunted by her past and often finds herself focusing on news stories that open old wounds. Working as a crime reporter, she discovers the body of a young Bosnian woman who appears to have bled to death following a caesarean section. Police investigator John Wagner takes an immediate dislike to Dicte and tries to keep her out of the case. But Dicte discovers that the victim wasn’t the only Bosnian woman in the city with something to fear.

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