The TVweek: Saturday 29th August – Friday 4th September 2015

by | Aug 25, 2015 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The X Factor ITV – Olly Murs and Caroline Flack host the new series with new judges Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora joining Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

8.45pm Casualty BBC1 – The hospital drama  reaches its 30th series. It’s a blast from the past as more than one of the hospital staff fight for their lives. Jacob institutes emergency protocol after gang violence takes a deadly turn.

9.10pm Sue Perkins’ Big Night Out BBC2 – Sue Perkins celebrates the best shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Guests include Australian Adam Hills, Canadian Katherine Ryan and fringe regular Phill Jupitus. There is also music from Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, and breathtaking performances from some of the world’s most spectacular circus acts.

9.30pm Through the Keyhole ITV – Keith Lemon is back with a third series joined by celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo, Corrie’s Sue Cleaver and comedian Johnny Vegas.


9.00pm Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week BBC2 – Some of the fittest men and woman around face the toughest challenge of their lives when they take part in the recruitment week from hell. Who will be left standing on the ultimate military assault course? Presented by Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, this six-part series sees successful applicants take on gruelling tests used by some of the world’s harshest army regimes, from the Navy Seals to the SAS, in a search to find the UK’s toughest recruit.

9.00pm The Trials of Jimmy Rose ITV – Ray Winstone stars as a career criminal leaves prison determined to redeem himself and win over his family in the first episode of a three-part drama, but he finds the world a changed place. Jimmy Rose has spent 22 years of his life behind bars for armed robbery. Just released on licence at the age of 61, he is determined to prove it is never too late to start over, but the world and his family have changed, and he finds he may be forced back into crime to protect the people he loves.


7.00pm The Wild Life BBC2 – Documentary series following the ups and downs of a family who have left the city behind for a new life of adventure in Samburu National Reserve, a rugged outpost on Kenya’s northern frontier. Mum, Saba, is running a safari camp while Dad, Frank, is protecting elephants.

8.00pm Britain As Seen on ITV – Six decades of British life are recalled through archive footage, telling the story of the nation in a mosaic of clips from news programmes and documentaries. The first episode looks at how Britain’s homes and high streets have changed beyond recognition since ITV first went on air in 1955. In the 1960s, a working-class resident of a northern terrace is unimpressed by an architect’s vision of the future of housing – a high-rise made up of pods. The lights go on for the first time in a small Welsh village when electricity arrives, and in 1970 Birmingham reacts to the opening of an adult-only shop – the very first of its kind.

8.00pm Duck Quacks Don’t Echo Sky1 – The fact-busting comedy panel series hosted by Lee Mack returns as Jerry Springer, Emma Bunton and Jason Byrne put further fascinating titbits to the test.

9.00pm Danny & The Human Zoo BBC1 -Single drama.  Fictionalised account of Lenny Henry’s life as a teenager in 1970s Dudley. The story centres on Danny Fearon, a talented impressionist, and his working-class Jamaican family, as he rises to fame as a stand-up comedian.

9.00pm An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse BBC2 – 2015 is the 25th anniversary of Harry and Paul working together on television. To mark and celebrate this esteemed occasion, Harry and Paul host an evening looking back at 25 screen years together in the company of their favourite showbiz pals.

9.00pm Dinosaur Britain ITV – 2-part series that uses CGI, prehistoric inhabitants of the UK are brought back to life in contemporary Britain in this two-part programme. Millions of years ago, Britain was a real life Jurassic Park and home to over 50 species of dinosaurs.

9.00pm The Catch Channel 4 – Every day off the British coast dozens of deep-sea fishing crews battle rough seas in order to hunt out the most valuable fish. But life at sea is often about much more than fishing. Deep-sea fishing is the one of the most dangerous jobs in Britain, by some margin, and The Catch provides an unprecedented insight into the reality of life at sea.

10.00pm Breaking Into Britain: The Lorry Jumpers Channel 4 – From the award-winning director of Dogging Tales and Gypsy Blood comes a powerful, intimate story of the migrants amassed in Calais as they try to make it to Britain. In this documentary, Leo Maguire is embedded with the migrants in camps known as The Jungle. He sleeps where they sleep, is with them as they try to evade security guards and police – following their desperate attempts to get into the back of lorries – and, in extraordinary and never-before-filmed scenes, waits with them in the trailers as they try to make it across the channel undiscovered. Shot over the course of a year, the programme follows a selection of compelling characters, who have each fled their homeland in the hope of starting a new life in the UK.


8.00pm Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners Channel 4 – This brand new series follows people who, by their own admission, can’t stop cleaning, and carefully matches them with someone whose home is in dire need of a spring clean. Together, these people with such contrasting compulsions explore how their different behaviour affects their lives.

9.00pm India: Nature’s Wonderland BBC2 – Wildlife expert Liz Bonnin, actor Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta reveal the hidden wonders of India’s surprising natural world. This is a land where the tea comes with added elephants, gibbons sing to greet the morning, tigers dance and lions roam.

9.00pm Cash in Hand! Payday Loans ITV – For the first time in Britain, a broadcaster has been granted access to a payday loan firm. This highly controversial industry has faced heavy regulation and parliamentary scrutiny recently, and this film shows the business from the inside out.

Notable Continuing Series: Educating Cardiff, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy Sky1 – Thrill-seeker Baz and his beloved mum Nancy return for more wild and wacky adventures. First stop is one of the Philippines’ toughest prisons.

9.00pm Desperate for Love: Secrets of China BBC3 – Billie JD Porter plunges into the competitive world of Chinese love – where marriage markets, dating bootcamps and even plastic surgery are used to increase marriage potential.

9.00pm Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages More4 – Penelope Keith takes to the road once again for a second series, exploring the world of the nation’s smallest communities.

10.00pm How The Rich Get Hitched Channel 4 – Single documentary that provides a unique and privileged insight into high-end weddings, with exclusive access to elite couture bridal shop Caroline Castigliano, where money is no object. The programme follows Caroline Castigliano as she sources the most expensive materials and designs bespoke dresses, using thousands of beads and crystals in intricate patterns, creating dresses that can cost more than ú40,000.

10.00pm The Hotel Inspector Returns Five – Documentary series in which award-winning hotelier Alex Polizzi offers practical advice to failing hotels and guest houses. Alex returns to one of her ‘toughest gigs’ – the Paramount Hotel in Nottingham, which she last visited 18 months ago to see whether owners Mary and Milad have followed her advice. Has the garish decor finally been put to bed? Did the shisha den disappear in a puff of smoke? Has the dilapidated garden blossomed into something beautiful?

10.00pm Stop, Search, Seize Sky1 – Join Ireland’s border force as they fight to stop gangs of organised smugglers from bringing drugs, money, guns, cars and even exotic animals into the country.


8.00pm You Saw Them Here First: Hall of Fame ITV – Tonight’s collection features early clips from some of the UK’s biggest TV stars, including Ant and Dec, Davina McCall, David Tennant, Holly Willoughby, Jonathan Ross, Judy Finnigan, Olivia Colman, Paul O’Grady, Richard Madeley, Sheridan Smith, Stephen Mulhern and many more.

9.00pm Kolkata with Sue Perkins BBC1 – Sue Perkins immerses herself in the complex life of Kolkata. In this intricate human habitat, Sue explores the lives of its people, from the 250,000 homeless street kids hustling for a living to the wealthy young entrepreneurs who race their Ferraris and Lamborghinis down the streets of the New Town.

9.00pm The Ascent of Woman BBC2 – Dr Amanda Foreman’s uncovers stories of women that have made and changed human history from 10,000 BC to the present day. Travelling from the nomadic worlds of the Eurasian Steppes to the early civilisations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, she explores how early civilisations dealt with the roles and status of women and, in so doing, she asks some profound questions about the legacy they’ve left behind.

9.00pm The Knick ITV – Three-part documentary series about life at Brighton police station – one of the country’s largest – from initial call-outs to arrests and from briefings to raids, revealing the day-to-day reality of policing in one of Britain’s most vibrant cities.

10.00pm Katie Piper’s Extraordinary Births Channel 4 – Katie Piper explores the vastly different approaches that modern women are taking to birthing. For many women giving birth is one of the most special, extraordinary experiences of their life. But there are some seeking out more unique methods of childbirth in a bid to achieve their dream experience. Katie uncovers some unique and extraordinary birth plans, from lotus births to dolphin midwives. Dorina and Maika travel to Hawaii, for a dolphin-assisted birth, having already used a crystal to predict their due date.


9.00pm Cradle to Grave BBC2 – Sitcom based on a book by Danny Baker. It’s 1974 and 15-year-old Danny is our guide through the ups and downs of life with the Baker family. Dad Fred, known to all and sundry as ‘Spud’, is a proud south London docker with a penchant for rackets, fiddles and schemes, hopefully ‘nice and tasty’ ones. Wife Bet loves him deeply but longs for the family to go ‘straight’, and do daft things like pay taxes and put money in the electricity meter instead of always trying to scam it. With eldest daughter Sharon’s wedding looming and the docks facing closure and a switch to the dreaded ‘containerisation’, putting thousands of dockers out of work, times are challenging. So too are Danny’s attempts to get closer to the opposite sex.

9.00pm Jamie’s Sugar Rush Channel 4 – Ten years after tackling the dire state of Britain’s school dinners, Jamie Oliver is back on the campaign trail, investigating the huge contribution sugar is making to rising global health problems and asking what can be done about it. Experts warn that excess sugar is as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco, contributing to huge rises in obesity and type 2 diabetes, which ruin millions of lives and threaten to bankrupt the NHS. The experts recommend a daily limit of seven teaspoons of sugar. Jamie meets people suffering the devastating effects of type 2 diabetes, including leg amputation. He talks to a teenager diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at just 13 and meets a consultant dentist who frequently has to remove milk and adult teeth from primary school children. Jamie analyses a typical day’s food and drink and reveals how much sugar is getting into our healthy-looking foods without us realising.

9.30pm Boy Meets Girl BBC2 – Sitcom billed as Britain’s first transgender comedy. Leo Macdonald is having a bad day. He’s lost his job (this isn’t the first time he’s been sacked) and then ends up playing gooseberry on a night out with his brother James. Things start to look up though when he falls into conversation with his neighbour at the bar. Leo is immediately attracted to this beguiling older woman, Judy, and asks her out on a date. Leo’s mother, Pam, is furious when she learns that her boy is going out to dinner with a ‘much older’ woman. But Leo doesn’t care, he knows that he’s just met someone very special.

10.00pm The Special Needs Hotel Five – Documentary series following three young students with a wide range of learning disabilities as they receive hands-on training in the hotel trade.


9.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Lionel Richie talks to Piers Morgan about his lengthy and successful career. The music legend, who recently topped the album charts after appearing at Glastonbury, reveals why he took a stand against rapper Kanye West for using the ‘n’ word. He talks about growing up in Alabama against a background of racial segregation and his meteoric rise to jaw-dropping wealth after a string of massive hits. He also opens up about his two failed marriages and adopting daughter Nicole, who he supported through drugs rehabilitation.

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