The TVweek: Saturday 29th October – Friday 4th November 2016

by | Oct 26, 2016 | All, TV Week


9.00pm How to Build a Human Channel 4 – Gemma Chan, the star of critically acclaimed drama series Humans – which returns to Channel 4 tomorrow – explores the frontiers of research into Artificial Intelligence, and builds an AI version of herself, in this exploration of cutting-edge technology. Is the future depicted in Humans – in which Gemma plays a ‘Synth’ – just around the corner, or already here? Almost every facet of modern life is already filled with intelligent programmes, called AIs, that excel at individual tasks. None of them yet shares a human’s incredible range of abilities, but some of the greatest minds of our generation are tackling this challenge.


9.00pm Operation Gold Rush with Dan Snow BBC2 – Dan Snow leads a team of adventurers on an epic journey across the Canadian wilderness, following in the footsteps of the 19th-century Klondike gold rush. They are on a mission to find their own gold. In this first episode, Dan and his team take on the Alaskan Coastal Mountains, a wall of snow and rock blocking their way to the Klondike and its gold. Following the routes used by the Klondikers, they split up to experience two very different gold rush journeys. As they begin their journey to the gold fields, they have to cross icy rivers, avalanche prone slopes and climb a near vertical icy ascent.

9.00pm Humans Channel 4 – The second series of the critically acclaimed drama featuring which picks up several months after the events of series one. Niska is living as a fugitive in Berlin where an unexpected romantic encounter leads her to a huge decision with far reaching consequences. . In the UK, Leo, Max and Mia are laying low in a coastal hideout while Mia works in a local cafe as ‘Anita’ to pay for their supplies and stay connected to the human world. But their secret is placed in jeopardy as Mia develops feelings for her human boss, Ed. Leo and Max come to the aid of Hester, a very special Synth.

9.00pm The Peter Kay Story Five – Documentary tracing the remarkable career of one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful comedians, charting Peter’s journey from humble beginnings to superstardom. Featuring contributions from people who know him, have worked with him, as well as his fans and biographers.

10.00pm Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back BBC2 – Kevin Bishop stars in this one-off fly-on-the-wall mockumentary following the day-to-day reality of being Nigel Farage. On the 23 June, Britain voted to leave the European Union. Then, on the 4 July, Nigel Farage, the man who had made it all possible, resigned saying he wanted his life back. But what sort of life has he gone back to, and how does a man forever in the spotlight fill his days now he has nothing to do? The programme is an overtly funny portrait of one of the most divisive men in Britain as he adjusts to a post-Brexit life.


9.00pm Dark Angel ITV – Joanne Frogatt stars in the first of a two-part drama based on the extraordinary true story of Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton. In Seaham, County Durham in 1857, 24-year-old Mary Ann returns home four years after eloping to Cornwall with Billy Mowbray, and Mary’s mother Margaret and kindly stepfather George Stott welcome them back with open arms. It soon transpires that Mary Ann has lost four babies in as many years, prompting the young couple to come back home and make a fresh start with their one surviving baby girl, Margaret Jane. Determined to make Billy do right by his stepdaughter, George persuades him to take out life insurance, and Mary Ann soon reveals that she is pregnant again. The child is born and christened Isabella, but Margaret Jane soon meets the same fate as her elder siblings. Becoming increasingly suspicious of her own daughter, could Margaret and the rest of her family be in danger?

9.00pm Chris Tarrant: Ice Train to Nowhere Five – Documentary series in which Chris Tarrant explores the world’s most extreme railway lines. Chris heads to the Arctic to explore a railway which probably should never have been built, the Alaska Railroad. Constructed when the USA’s largest state was barely populated, Chris wants to find out how and why it has become such a success.


8.00pm The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards 2016 ITV – Prince Charles, Prime Minister Theresa May and a galaxy of stars salute the nation’s remarkable unsung heroes at Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane. Hosted by Carol Vorderman, celebrities including Dame Maggie Smith, Eddie Redmayne, Ant and Dec, James Corden, Peter Kay, Simon Cowell, Take That and Mary Berry pay tribute to the true stars of the evening – inspiring people, young and old, whose acts and achievements are truly extraordinary. Winners range from a nine-year-old girl who has battled through more than 500 operations for burns and is now raising 50,000 pounds for charity; an Alzheimer’s sufferer who has become a singing internet sensation; the NHS doctor who takes unpaid leave to save lives in war zones and a grief-stricken family who have tirelessly campaigned to change the law on drug driving. Also being honoured are the heroes of Team GB and ParalympicsGB.

9.00pm The Choir: Gareth’s Best in Britain BBC2 – Gareth is looking for a choir to represent Scotland and the north, in a tour that takes him from the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands to the rolling hills of the Peak District. From the hundreds who applied, the groups Gareth has chosen to audition include a cancer care choir from Manchester, a troupe of singing mums in Durham, a bluff bunch of Yorkshire pensioners and some soulful singers in Edinburgh. All are hoping to secure a place in a sing-off that could put them through to the national stages of the contest, but who will Gareth choose to represent Scotland and the north? And will his expert advice and tuition be enough to help them pull off a performance in their own home town, designed to get them match fit for the later stages of the competition?

Notable Continuing Series: Ordinary Lies, 9.00pm,BBC1
                                              Married at First Sight, 9.00pm,Channel 4

9.00pm Educating Joey Essex: American Reem ITV2 –  Mr Essex starts his trip in Los Angeles with a celebrity tour of Hollywood homes, before hooking up with his LA guide Jonathan Cheban – best known as a friend of the Kardashians. Jonathan takes Joey under his wing, hoping to give him a true flavour of what it is really like to live and work in La-La Land. After meeting a top talent agent, has Joey got what it takes to make it in Tinsel Town?

10.45pm Obesity: The Post Mortem BBC1 – Documentary revealing just how dangerous too much fat is to our most vital internal organs. The programme follows a specialist pathology team as they conduct a post-mortem on the body of a 17-stone woman whose body was donated to medical science. Their findings, as they dissect the body and its organs, are startling, exposing the devastating impact of obesity with stunning visuals and fascinating medical facts. Morbid obesity reduces life expectancy by an average of nine years and is blamed for over 30,000 deaths in the UK every year. With 65 per cent of people already overweight or obese, this extraordinary film is a powerful contribution to the debate about fat, food, lifestyle and how the health service will cope with the growing obesity crisis.


8.00pm Watchdog BBC1 – The consumer series gets a makeover.

8.00pm This Time Next Year ITV – Davina McCall hosts a brand new series featuring ordinary people on a mission to transform their lives in extraordinary ways over the course of 12 months. The show delivers these transformations in an instant. Once each pledge is made, the guests leave the studio ready to begin their challenge, but while a whole year has passed for them, the results can be seen here straight away. In this episode, Davina meets a lady with a pledge to lose ten stone, a family hoping against the odds for a little miracle, and a man hoping to conquer a lifelong obstacle – which results in an emotional conclusion.

Notable Continuing SeriesThe Missing, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm This World: Unarmed Black Male BBC2 – Film following the murder trial of a white police officer in Virginia, accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager. In April 2015, Officer Stephen Rankin responded to a report of shoplifting. Minutes after arriving in the shop parking lot, he shot and killed William Chapman. After Chapman’s death, Rankin was fired from the police department and charged with first-degree murder. Chapman was one of 306 black men who were killed by police in the US last year, but just 14 police officers faced charges – Rankin was one of them. With extraordinary access to the prosecution and defence, Chapman’s family and friends and those closest to Officer Rankin, this documentary from James Jones forensically follows the drama as the trial unfolds and unpicks Rankin’s troubling prior record in the police department. During a summer of increasing tension across America, this film explores the reaction of a divided community to the prosecution of a local police officer.

9.00pm Television’s Opening Night: How the Box was Born BBC4 – In a unique experiment, Dallas Campbell, Professor Danielle George and Dr Hugh Hunt join forces in an attempt to re-stage the very first official broadcast on British television, exactly 80 years after it made history.

10.00pm My Tans America Road Trip Channel 4 – The world’s first transgender foreign affairs correspondent, former Parachute Regiment officer Abigail Austen, travels to America on the eve of a knife-edge Presidential contest, to discover why transgender rights have become a key election battleground.


8.00pm Buble at the BBC BBC1 – Claudia Winkleman hosts a spectacular performance by Michael Buble, accompanied by his band and an orchestra. Featuring classic tracks including Cry Me a River and Feeling Good alongside songs from his brand new album. Michael also goes undercover as a sales assistant at a London department store to surprise a few unsuspecting fans.

8.30pm I’m Sorry, I Didn’t Know ITV2 – Panel show pilot. Jimmy Akingbola hosts a classic-style panel show with a twist in which two teams of comedians take viewers on a tour of black history across the globe. Guests include Chizzy Akudolu, Jo Martin, Jimmy James Jones, Toby Williams, Paul Chowdhry and Judi Love.

Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm BBC1

9.00pm Cutting Edge: The Gun Shop Channel 4 – Nothing divides Americans more than their constitutional right to bear arms versus the merits of gun control. Fiercely debated in the run-up to the US election, this all-consuming preoccupation with firearms can seem baffling. To understand how and why guns are so central to American life, this Cutting Edge documentary has gained access to a small, family-run shop in Michigan, documenting the many and varied customers who come through the shop’s doors and revealing the relationship that everyday Americans have with their guns. Going beyond the gun-toting stereotypes, this thought-provoking documentary explores all sides of the debate from the floor of a shop where the routines of buying and selling are so familiar but the products on sale are shockingly different.


8.30pm Citizen Khan BBC1 – New series of the sitcom following the trials and tribulations of self-appointed Muslim community leader Mr Khan and his long-suffering family. The opening episode sees Mr Khan make an exhibition of himself in front of a packed house at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Having been made to sleep in the car by Mrs Khan after forgetting their wedding anniversary, Mr Khan is on a mission to make amends.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm Channel 4
                                                 The Last Leg, 10.00pm Channel 4
                                               The Graham Norton Show, 10.35pm, BBC1

10.40pm The MOBO Awards 2016 ITV – Rickie Haywood Williams and Melvin Odoom present this year’s MOBO Awards live from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. One of the biggest nights in the music calendar, the ceremony will see the stars out in force and battling it out to take home a coveted award. Nominees this year include Kano, Lethal Bizzle and Skepta while there are live performances from Tinie Tempah, Craig David, Laura Mvula, Chase and Status, Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie, Lady Leshurr, Popcaan, Wiley and many more.

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