The TVweek: Saturday 30th April – Friday 6th May 2016

by | Apr 27, 2016 | All, TV Week


7.00pm David Attenborough Wild City Sky1 – With the latest film-making technology, Sir David Attenborough uncovers the unseen natural treasures of Singapore and explores how the wildlife has adapted to the human world.

9.00pm Attenborough at 90 Sky1 – As Sir David Attenborough turns 90, this intimate film presents new interviews, eye-opening behind-the-scenes footage and extraordinary clips from some of his most recent films.

9.30pm The Rat Pack BBC2 – Affectionate feature-length comedy drama about the glory days of professional snooker in the 1980s and the legendary rivalry between Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins and Steve Davis, featuring many of the key personalities of the time. Originally shown on iPlayer.


8.00pm Paul Merton’s Secret Stations ITV – More than 150 of Britain’s railway stations are request stops. You have to put out your arm to get the train to stop at the platform. In this series, Paul Merton travels around the country by train, only getting off at request stops. Paul hops on and off at a variety of different request stops to tell the story of why they are there, and who uses them.

Notable Conitiuning Series: Undercover, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm The Silk Road BBC4 – Three-part series in which historian and writer Dr Sam Willis traces the story of the most famous trade route in history. Covering a distance of 5,000 miles, Sam reveals how the Silk Road was the world’s first transcontinental superhighway along which people with new ideas, new cultures and new religions made exchanges that shaped the development of humanity.


Notable Continuing Series: The Island with Bear Grylls, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Veep Sky Atlantic – Double Bill of the US remake of The Thick Of It which returns for a fifth series. On the night after the election, Selina finds a possible road to victory. Meanwhile Amy has to decide if she’s back or not.


9.00pm In the Club BBC1 – Second series of the drama from Kay Mellor following the lives of new mothers and their partners. Kim is struggling to be the perfect mum, and her relationship with Neil is in jeopardy. As she prepares to see her ex, Susie, for the first time since they split, she is shocked to discover Neil has been keeping things from her. Meanwhile, a hospital visit reveals devastating news for Jasmin and Dev.

9.00pm The Conspiracy Files: Who Shot Down MH17? BBC2 –  When Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew, a storm of conspiracy theories was unleashed across social media. While the official inquiries have pointed the finger of blame at separatist fighters and their Russian backers, a host of different theories claim the Ukrainian government, and even the CIA, were to blame. With revealing eyewitness testimonies, satellite photographs, wire taps, clandestine videos and expert evidence, Conspiracy Files tries to sort the fact from the fiction. In a world where the information war fought online can be just as significant as battles on the ground, this film also analyses the role of the Kremlin in the search for the truth about who shot down MH17.

9.00pm Surviving The Island with Bear Grylls Channel 4 – In this special episode, Bear Grylls takes an in-depth look at how the castaways survived in the latest series of The Island with Bear Grylls. Completely alone, filming everything themselves, with only a handful of basic tools and the clothes they stood up in, Bear’s eight men and eight women not only had to survive five gruelling weeks in a vicious tropical storm season, they also had to cope with food being particularly scarce due to the uncertainty of fishing stock caused by the El Nino weather system.

10.00pm Britain’s Billionaire Immigrants Channel 4 – Documentary that follows some of the Far East’s most enthusiastic Anglophiles. There are more billionaires in China than anywhere else in the world, and a generation of children born into extreme wealth who choose to spend their money in the UK.

10.00pm Penny Dreadful Sky Atlantic – Return of the dark and dangerous world of Victorian literature for the third series of Sky’s original horror drama.

10.45pm Chasing Dad: A Lifelong Addiction BBC1 – A chance to BBC Three’s documentary depicting one father’s long-term struggle with heroin addiction, told from the perspective of his own son. After years of acrimony and estrangement, young film-maker Phillip Wood seeks out his father to try and understand what’s happened to him. But his father is now seriously ill, and over the next few months Phillip’s visits force both to confront some uncomfortable truths about their past. Developed from Philip’s graduation film, Chasing Dad offers a stark exploration into a subject that significantly affected his childhood.


7.30pm Handmade on the Silk Road BBC4 – Series about traditional crafts along the ancient trade route of the Silk Road.

9.00pm Her Majesty’s Prison: Norwich ITV – The doors to Her Majesty’s Prison Norwich in Norfolk are flung open in this revealing documentary that shines a light on the men behind bars and the families they leave behind on the outside. When coping with the harsh realities of prison life, family can be a lifeline for inmates. By working with offenders and their loved ones to keep those families together, the prison hopes to break the cycle of offending and change lives.

10.00pm Never Seen a Doctor Channel 4 – In this new health series, Katie Piper travels around the country meeting people who have been avoiding their health troubles and hiding from the doctor and dentist for years. Drawing on her own experiences, Katie offers support as they undergo state-of-the-art treatments, while opening their eyes to the incredible things that modern medicine can do.


9.00pm Gareth’s Invictus Choir BBC1 – Choirmaster Gareth Malone is facing his toughest challenge to date. He has been asked to form a choir of wounded ex-servicemen and -women to perform at the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida. This first episode sees Gareth arrive at Kensington Palace to meet with Prince Harry, the founder of the games. Gareth wants to find out more about the challenges he faces in trying to form this unique choir. Next step is to set off around the UK to put his choir of 12 together, but Gareth is not looking just for singers, he is looking for people with stories to tell of the battles and struggles they have faced since their medical discharge. Next, he takes them off for three days to teach them how to sing but discovers it’s he who has something to learn – how to work with such a fragile group. The choir is surprised with his choice of song, and it soon triggers off unexpected emotions. Finally, Gareth makes a shock announcement after just four weeks.

9.00pm Peaky Blinders BBC2 – Third series of the period crime drama set in Birmingham. It is Thomas Shelby’s long-awaited wedding day. In the middle of the celebrations, a mysterious visitor imperils the entire Shelby family, and Tommy finds himself pulled into a web of intrigue more lethal than anything he has yet encountered.

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

                                                The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4

10.00pm Grayson Perry: All Man Channel 4 – Turner Prize-winning artist and double Bafta Award-winning TV presenter Grayson Perry investigates contemporary masculinity. As a frock-wearing, mountain-biking father of one, he’s got a unique perspective on his own tribe. In each episode, Grayson spends time in a different ultra-male world to see what their extreme maleness can tell us about the changing lives and expectations of all men in Britain today, as Grayson reflects on his prejudices, his own masculine identity and his upbringing.


8.00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Cabins in the Woods Channel 4 – George Clarke looks back across five series of amazing spaces. This time he focuses on how nature and architecture can work harmoniously together in the glorious world of cabins in the wild.

9.00pm Rick Stein’s Long Weekends BBC2 – Rick Stein embarks on a series of culinary long weekends in search of food excellence and brilliant recipes to cook at home, heading to markets, restaurants, wineries, cafes and bars. Rick enjoys a long weekend in Berlin, where history and the avant garde dwell enticingly side by side. He samples some delicious seasonal creations like pureed sunflower seeds, Jerusalem artichoke flans and crushed frozen pine nuts.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm The Windsors Channel 4 – A double bill launches a brand new comedy soap opera, from the writers of Star Stories, that imagines the royal family as you’ve never seen them before. Prince Charles tries to keep his family in order, but Wills wants to mingle with the people. Pippa, resentful at her sister for bagging a Prince, uses her ‘fantastic arse’ to lure Harry. In an attempt to be accepted by the Royals, Kate volunteers to help Harry with his fancy dress charity ball at Buckingham Palace. Prince Edward is babysitting for Wills and Kate, while Fergie, intent on partying like it’s 1982, enlists Beatrice and Eugenie’s help to sneak into the ball. Camilla, alarmed at Wills and Kate’s popularity, makes sure Kate’s party planning backfires by giving her a costume that goes down very badly with the ball’s beneficiaries. Wills crash lands the helicopter just in time, but has he landed in a constitutional crisis?

10.00pm When Pop Went Epic: The Crazy World of the Concept Album BBC4 – Rick Wakeman presents a documentary exploring the history of the concept album – a musical format usually based around a structured narrative, though sometimes tied together by a loose theme – that developed to become the equivalent of rock ‘n’ roll theatre, often on an operatic scale. From social commentary to collected songs of loneliness, heartache and introspection, from tales of intergalactic rock stars to anthems of isolated youth, the film takes us on a journey – examining the roots of the concept album in its various forms, unpacking some of the most ambitious – and ridiculous – projects of the past fifty years, from Woody Guthrie’s Dustbowl Ballads to Tales from Topographic Oceans by Yes; the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds to George Clinton’s Mothership Connection; The Wall by Pink Floyd to The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. With contributions from Ian Anderson, Laura Marling, George Clinton, Wayne Coyne, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Fish, Tony Asher and Roger Dean.

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