The TVweek: Saturday 29th July – Friday 4th August 2017

by | Jul 26, 2017 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Queer as Art BBC2 – Hour-long documentary celebrating the LGBTQ community’s contribution to the arts in Britain in the 50 years since decriminalisation. The film features interviews with leading figures from right across the arts in Britain, including Stephen Fry, David Hockney, Sir Antony Sher, Alan Cumming, Sandi Toksvig, Jeanette Winterson, Will Young and Alan Hollinghurst, and it explores the distinctive perspectives and voices that LGBT artists have brought to British

 cultural life.

Notable Continuing Series:I Know Who You Are 9.00pm, BBC4


Notable Continuing Series: The Handmaid’s Tale 10.00pm, Channel 4 


9.00pm Man in an Orange Shirt BBC2 – A love story in two films charts the very different challenges to happiness for Michael and Thomas in the aftermath of WW2 and to Adam and Steve in the present day. British Army captain Michael Berryman falls in love with war artist Thomas March in the chaos of the Italy campaign, but can their romance be allowed to endure when the war is over?

Notable Continuing Series: 999: What’s Your Emergency?, Channel 4

                                               Game of Thrones 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic 

                                               The Americans, 10.00pm, ITV Encore 

9.00pm The Accused Five – Special documentary follows a defendent through the criminal justice system. Lukasz is a highly-educated banker accused of stealing tens of thousands of pounds from an elderly lady, a customer of the bank he worked for. Lukasz vehemantly denies the charges, but if he is found guilty, his life will change forever.

9.00pm Volatile Earth More4 – Three-part documentary series in which scientists who are experts in natural disasters identify the most extreme catastrophes to have hit the Earth and piece together exactly what happened from the ancient debris left in their wake.

10.00pm Queers BBC4 – Series of eight short monologues from various writers, written in response to the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act. A young man returning from the trenches of the First World War recollects a love that dared not speak its name.

10.00pm Public Enemies Channel 4 – Together they’ve captivated audiences the world over, transcending their hip-hop roots to leave their mark on business, fashion and even politics. But behind their partnership lies an epic rivalry. And last year Kanye West took aim at Jay-Z in a series of onstage rants culminating in a bizarre speech begging his former mentor to not have him assassinated. Hours later Kanye was hospitalised amid reports of a breakdown. With unseen footage and exclusive interviews with the people who know them best, this programme reveals the story behind these two iconic artists’ spectacular rise, and their colossal falling out. It’s the story of a creative partnership spanning two decades: a tale of creativity versus commerce, inner-city deprivation versus suburban aspiration, of right versus left. And it reveals an even bigger story of how race, wealth and celebrity are shaping modern America.


9.00pm Is it Safe to Be Gay in the UK? BBC2 – With homophobic hate crime a daily occurrence and on the rise, this film takes a look at the issue, hearing from the victims, their families and the police. What makes someone attack another person because of their sexuality? How do victims deal with these unprovoked assaults? A chorus of LGBT people describe the attacks on themselves and recite a litany of the abuse that they have received, simply for being who they are.

9.00pm Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds Channel 4 – Ten four-year-olds are about to meet some unusual classmates. For six weeks they will share their classroom with 11 pensioners. In an ambitious experiment – led by three geriatric specialists – the young and older group follow the same timetable in a new nursery set within a retirement village near Bristol. Inspired by a similar scheme set up 25 years ago in the US, this is the first time in the UK that an inter-generational experiment has set out to measure the impact on the health and happiness of the older group. As part of the experiment, the older group undergo tests to measure mood, memory and mobility during their daily contact with the young kids. Can a situation where four-year-olds and 84-year-olds work and play together drastically improve the health and happiness of the older group? Could this ambitious experiment transform the way Britain cares for its increasingly older population? The concluding episode is on tomorrow night.

Notable Continuing Series: The Leftovers, 10.10pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Celebrity Big Brother Five – Emma Willis opens the doors of the Big Brother House to another group celebrity guests whose every move and mood may be monitored and manipulated.


Notable Continuing Series: Fargo, 10.35pm, Channel 4

10.45pm Growing Up Gay BBC1 – Documentary in which Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander explores the mental health issues faced by members of the LGBT+ community.


Notable Continuing Series: Top of the Lake: China Girl,BBC2

10.45pm Kicked Out BBC1 – Deeply personal documentary in which Rebecca Southworth traces her own life – abused as a child and then taken into social services care. She explores why so many people end up living such troubled lives after they leave the care system.


8.00pm The Secret Life of the Holiday Resort Channel 4 – Last year, in an extraordinary summer in which Britain voted to leave the EU, Spain welcomed over 10 million Brits on holiday – two million more than the year before. With access to the largest all-inclusive resort on the Costa del Sol, this programme observes the quirks of the British holidaymaker. From getting towels on the loungers to consuming up to 6000 calories a day at the all-you-can-eat buffet, The Secret Life of the Holiday Resort follows Brits taking a break in the sun. There’s also the staff, who cater to every need of the 3000 guests, providing four tonnes of bacon and five tonnes of chips per week. The programme meets the Lloyd family, from Northampton, including 12-year-old Danny – whose singing and dancing proves a hit at the aqua fit class. With the average British family spending only 36 minutes together each day, the Wades from Southend are hoping to bond via the resort’s all-inclusive entertainment – but will the kids stop bickering?

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