The TVweek: Saturday 29th August – Friday 4th September 2020

by | Aug 25, 2020 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Jimmy’s Big Bee Rescue Channel 4 –  Jimmy Doherty leads a project to stem the decline of Britain’s bee population, recruiting farmers, council planners and residents of Peterborough to join him in a new conservation project. In the first episode, Jimmy discovers the reasons for the reduced numbers, considers the results of a mass bee count across Peterborough and the surrounding countryside, and organises a plan to plant thousands of wildflowers.

9.00pm When Bob Marley Came to Britain BBC Two – Documentary examining the reggae superstar’s relationship with the UK, and how his universal message of One Love and unity helped inspire a generation of young black British people. The film also takes a revealing look at how Marley spent his time while he was in Britain – the houses he lived in, football kickabouts in Battersea Park, and visits to the UK’s growing Rastafarian community, including secret gigs in the north of England.


6.30pm Britain’s Got Talent: The Finalists Revealed ITV – Back in April, as the country went into lockdown, Ant and Dec presented this year’s Britain’s Got Talent auditions, knowing that the finals would have to be postponed until later in the year. Now the series finally returns, as judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams decide which acts will make it through to the semi-finals.

Notable Continuing Series: Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing 8.30pm, BBC Two

8.00pm Britain’s Favourite Detective ITV – Sheridan Smith presents a countdown of the top 25 TV detectives of all time, as voted for by the British viewing public. From Marple to Magnum PI, Luther to Line of Duty and Cracker to Columbo, Sheridan takes viewers on a whistle-stop trip through 70 years of the most famous sleuths on television.

9.00pm Strike: Lethal White BBC One – A frightening visit from a potential client puts a new case on the table and Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott set to work looking into reports of a strangled child. With their detective agency thriving, the duo are also recruited to investigate the blackmail of a government minister, with Robin going undercover in the House of Commons. The return of the crime thriller based on books by JK Rowling, starring Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger, with Robert Glenister and Robert Pugh. Continues Tomorrow Night.

9.00pm I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Sky Crime – Documentary exploring writer Michelle McNamara’s investigation into the predator she dubbed the Golden State Killer, who terrorised California in the 1970s and ’80s.


9.00pm The Diagnosis Detectives BBC Two – Michael Moseley challenges 12 of the UK’s leading medical experts to make a diagnosis for patients whose debilitating symptoms have baffled other doctors. Paul’s dreams of a happy retirement have been ruined by a mystery condition that has caused his face to swell up so dramatically that he sometimes struggles to see, while Judy struggles to eat solid food and is dramatically losing weight.

9.00pm Trauma: Code Red Channel 5 – Documentary following emergency response teams in the West Midlands on their most extreme medical callouts, often involving roadside surgery to save people’s lives.

Notable Continuing Series: Lovecraft Country 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

10.00pm Me and My Penis Channel 4 – Documentary in which men talk openly about their penis and how it feels to be a man, while artist Ajamu makes intimate photographic portraits based on the sitters’ experiences to help them rethink the way they see their bodies and themselves.

10.00pm Wife Swap USA E4 – The return of the programme in which two American couples from different backgrounds temporarily switch spouses. In the opening edition, a no-nonsense Nigerian mum who raises her kids in a strict culture of respect swaps lives with an overwhelmed woman whose disconnected husband and spoilt children run the house.


9.00pm War on Plastic with Hugh & Anita BBC One – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani present an update on the campaign against single use plastic, challenging a British family from Berwick to go plastic free on a budget. Hugh discovers what becomes of the packaging for pre-packed sandwiches, and Anita conducts experiments on teabags to discover the secrets of their construction. The programme also examines how the Coronavirus pandemic has led to a rise in single use plastic for safety reasons.

9.00pm Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum ITV – Documentary following the actress through the course of her pregnancy, as she reflects on her past mental health struggles and fears she may develop post-natal depression. The programme follows Sheridan and her partner as she attends her first scans and pre-natal classes, and meets a psychiatrist who specialises in mental health during and after pregnancy.

9.00pm Call the Cops Channel 4 – A look at the challenges the Devon and Cornwall police force face patrolling the 730 miles of coastline in their jurisdiction.

9.00pm All Creatures Great & Small Channel 5 – Adaptation of James Herriot’s books about life as a vet in the Yorkshire Dales. Fresh out of veterinary college in 1937, James Herriot struggles to find work in his Depression-struck home town of Glasgow. Seeking new opportunities, he pursues a position in the remote village of Darrowby working for eccentric local vet Siegfried Farnon, who is less than impressed by his early efforts. However, a difficult calving gives James a chance to prove his worth. Starring Nicholas Ralph, Samuel West and Diana Rigg.

9.00pm A Black Lady Sketch Show Sky Comedy – Comedy sketch show, featuring Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Quinta Brunson and Gabrielle Dennis. Angela Bassett guest stars in the first episode, which features a 1960s soul group and an invisible spy.

10.45pm Skin BBC One – Documentary following people with skin conditions undergoing treatment from leading experts. The patients in the first episode are Daniel, who has had a cyst in the middle of his forehead for the past four years, Chantelle, whose acne makes her uncomfortable approaching new people, and Amy, who has a port wine stain birthmark on her face, and is an ambassador for a charity helping people to accept similar conditions.


9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 – Return of the documentary following life inside an A&E department.

10.00pm Two Weeks to Live Sky One – Raised in remote isolation by her survivalist mother Tina, Kim Noakes sets out into the real world for the first time on a secret mission. After encountering hapless brothers Nicky and Jay at their local pub, a seemingly harmless prank sets in motion a series of events that sees them all on the run from murderous gangsters. Comedy-drama, starring Maisie Williams.


9.00pm Council House Britain Channel 4 – Documentary following frontline council workers and residents in Southwark, south London, one of the biggest housing associations in the country. Housing officer Charmain helps a man who has lost his key, deals with a window cleaner performing a high-wire act and worries about a vulnerable resident who is not answering his door. Andy from pest control tackles an empty flat with a fridge full of cockroaches.

9.00pm Elephant Hosptial Channel 5 – The work of a Thailand hospital devoted solely to treating elephants. The two-part documentary reveals the day-to-day challenges of dealing with supersized patients suffering everything from deadly viruses to cuts and parasites. It also shows how the facility teaches baby elephants new commands and even turns elephant poo into fertiliser.

10.00pm Race: My Story – 100 Days On Channel 5 – One hundred days after the death of George Floyd, a number of black British people share their experiences of racism throughout the decades, including their treatment by police, workplace discrimination or on the streets. Contributors include actor and comedian Andi Osho, barrister and star of The Chase Shaun Wallace, Dawn Butler MP, Dr Janine Channer, football commentator and former player Mark Bright, nurse Neomi Bennett, youth mentor Sayce Holmes-Lewis, and author and journalist Yomi Adegoke.


8.00pm James Nesbitt: A Game of Two Halves ITV – The accomplished actor embarks on an epic journey to see how Soccer Aid for Unicef is helping children around the world. Since 2006, Soccer Aid has raised over £38million and James will see just how far that money goes.

9.00pm 1994 Sky Atlantic – Drama based in the turbulent political landscape of 1990s Italy. During the crucial debate between candidates Silvio Berlusconi and Achille Occhetto, Leonardo Notte struggles to defend his position in the party, while political opponents and his own conscience try to bring him down. Starring Stefano Accorsi. In Italian.

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