The TVweek: Saturday 31st October – Friday 6th November 2015

by | Oct 27, 2015 | All, TV Week


8.00pm How to Be Queen Channel 4 – With 63 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest serving British monarch in history and is still as popular as ever. The same hasn’t always been true for all of her family. In recent decades, they have become an endless source of gossip, tragedy and scandal. So how has the Queen retained the nation’s love and respect? Using movie clips and a panel of leading royal watchers, this programme explores what she has learned from her family’s mistakes, revealing the top ten secrets of Her Majesty’s success and how to survive on the British throne.

9.00pm The Dresser BBC2 – One-off drama. In a touring Shakespearean theatre company, backstage hand Norman is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company, Sir. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company works to carry on during the London blitz during World War Two. The pathos of his backstage efforts rival the pathos in Shakespeare’s story of Lear and the Fool from his play King Lear, which is being presented on stage, as the situation comes to a crisis.


9.00pm The Hunt BBC1 – Nature documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, taking an intimate and detailed look at the strategies employed by hunters to catch their prey, and the hunted to escape. Contests between predators and prey are among the most dramatic events in nature.

10.00pm The Ty and Ky Show ITV2 – Comedy sketch show pilot starring cousins Tyrone-Lee Davis and Kieran Shekoni.

10.30pm All About the Bants ITV2 – Hidden camera comedy show hosted by rapper Tinchy Stryder. A host of rising stars including Facebook prankster Arron Crascall, rising Arab comedian Psychomar and Bad Bridesmaid’s London Hughes cause mischief and mayhem for unsuspecting members of the public.


9.00pm Hugh’s War on Waste BBC1 – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is on a mission to find out why the UK wastes so much food. A third of all the food in the UK never gets eaten, yet 13 million people in the country are struggling to afford to eat. Hugh wants to take on the supermarkets and the fast food industry and challenge them to drastically reduce the amount of food they chuck away. And he wants to encourage everyone to waste less food at home too, by launching a rubbish revolution which he hopes will sweep the nation.

9.00pm Trollied Sky1 – Valco comes under threat from a new budget store as the hit supermarket sitcom starring BAFTA winner Jason Watkins returns. Sarah Parish joins the cast.

9.00pm Is This Rape? Sex on Trial BBC3 – In a unique event to find out what British teenagers understand about rape, 24 of them are shown a specially written drama about a sexual encounter and are put to the test to see if they can work out if it is consensual sex or if a crime has been committed.

9.30pm After Hours Sky1 – A music fan turns to a local radio show when his heart is broken for the first time. Comedy drama with Jaime Winstone, Ardal O’Hanlon and John Thomson.


8.00pm The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds Channel 4 – Channel 4’s highest-rated single documentary of the year, The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, which lifted the lid on the riveting, uncensored drama of life in the nursery, returns for a series. Filmed over the summer, the series follows three groups of children from across the country, aged four, five and six years old, as they meet for the first time. In this first episode, the four-year-olds take their first steps towards independence, learning about friendships and social interaction with all the ups, downs and humour that entails.

9.00pm The Great Pottery Throw Down BBC2 – Ten home potters from around the country compete to become Top Potter. The search for a top potter begins with a four day assignment to make stackable kitchen bowls from lumps of earthenware clay. The potters’ every move is watched over by judges Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones, while Sara Cox makes them feel right at home in the heart of the Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent.

9.00pm Britain’s Biggest Sexists BBC3 – From bankers to football managers, from toymakers to uni lads, accusations of sexism in British life come thick and fast. Now, using comedy clips, viral videos and stunts on the street, journalist Leah Green goes on a tour of some of the most notorious examples. To judge the winner, she has recruited a panel of comedians who will choose their favourite, the ultimate winner of the title Britain’s Biggest Sexist.


8.00pm The MOBO Awards ITV2 – Sarah-Jane Crawford hosts one of the biggest nights in the music calendar live from the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

9.00pm Dominic Sandbrook: Let Us Entertain You BBC2 – Dominic Sandbrook explores British post-war culture, arguing it is a crucial part of Britain’s modern identity – yet one firmly indebted to our Victorian past. In the first episode, Dominic examines the way in which culture has become our newest export, and a key part of our identity on the world stage.

9.00pm Joanna Lumley: Elvis & Me ITV – Joanna Lumley travels to the USA to follow in the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s footsteps, meeting his closest family and friends. She aims to discover the man behind the myths and find out what life was like before his worldwide fame changed everything.

9.00pm Grand Designs: House of the Year Channel 4 – Every year the Royal Institute of British Architects holds a competition to find the best new home in Britain and this time, Grand Designs is along for the ride. Presented by Kevin McCloud, this four-part series explores some of Britain’s most contemporary and cutting edge homes, all of them in the running for the prestigious Riba House of the Year Award 2015. In this first episode, Kevin McCloud visits five homes built for country living.

10.00pm My Physic Life Channel 4 – It’s reported that one in three British people have visited a clairvoyant or medium. For believers it offers solace, but others insist that it’s all just a load of hocus pocus. This observational documentary follows psychic mediums in the north of England who open the door to their private lives to reveal what life is like for people who claim they can talk to the dead. Whether it’s in business, romance or just a trip to the shops, this observational documentary reveals whether having a supposed direct line to the spirit world makes life any easier, or just more complicated.


Notable Continuing Series: Unforgotten, 9.00pm ITV

                                             First Dates, 10.00pm, Channel 4


8.00pm Gino’s Italian Escape: Island n the Sun ITV – Gino D’Acampo returns for a third series in which he experiences the culture, meets the people and tastes the food of his home country. This series sees him travel round two of Italy’s major islands, Sardinia and Sicily.

8.00pm Gordonstoun: A Different Class Sky1 – Documentary charting the remarkable lives of the students who learn and thrive at the public school, famously attended by Prince Philip and Prince Charles.

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