The TVweek: Saturday 31st October – Friday 6th November 2020

by | Oct 27, 2020 | All, TV Week


9.00pm The Voice: Semi-Finals ITV – Emma Willis presents a profile of this year’s eight semi-finalists, ahead of the show’s imminent return following a lockdown-enforced delay. Emma takes a look back at the performances of these eight contestants over the earlier rounds of this year’s show, from their first Blind Audition to their Knockout Performance. Plus, the results of the Lifeline Act public vote, which will see a ninth act chosen by viewers to return to the show.

9.00pm USA: 1,000 Years of History Five – Documentary depicting the historic moments that defined America’s journey from barren wilderness to global superpower, featuring contributions from experts and archive footage. Beginning with the first Viking visitors a millennium ago and the Pilgrim Fathers settling at Plymouth Harbour, the film also takes in independence in the 18th century, as well as the gold rush, civil war and the abolition of slavery in the 19th century.

10.00pm Spitting Image: US Election Special ITV – The weekly puppet-based sketch show takes on the US presidential elections, with characters from both sides of the Atlantic in the firing line.


6.00pm 5 Gold Rings ITV – Simon Gregson (Corrie’s Steve McDonald) and Matthew Wolfenden (Emmerdale’s David Metcalfe) play to win more than £50,000 for their teammates in the game show hosted by Phillip Schofield. The soap stars answer visual questions by placing rings on an LED floor in five increasingly difficult stages.

9.00pm Covid-19: Totally Under Control BBC Two – An in-depth look at how the United States government handled the response to the Covid-19 outbreak during the early months of the pandemic. The film examines the decision-making that led the US to suffer the world’s worst casualty rate during the crisis, with over 200,000 deaths. With contributions from public health officials.

9.00pm The Pride of Britain Awards ITV – Carol Vorderman hosts the ceremony celebrating the nation’s unsung heroes who have selflessly done extraordinary things to help those in need this year.

10.00pm America’s Nightmare: Trump’s Breadline Kids Channel 4 – Ahead of the US elections, this documentary follows three children and their families in the battleground state of Ohio, where the Covid-19 pandemic has intensified their struggle to stay afloat. As the US also reckons with issues of race and racism, the youngsters share their worries and hopes about their futures.10.00pm Perfect Harmony FOX – Short-lived US comedy starring Bradley Whitford as a former Princeton music professor sets out to transform the choir of a small-town church and get it ready for a forthcoming competition.


8.00pm Coronation Street: Soapy Slip-Ups ITV – A look at out-takes from the programme’s archives, featuring misbehaving props, wardrobe malfunctions, corpsing cast members and missed lines, with stars Simon Gregson, Jimmi Harkishin, Ben Price, Jane Danson, Alex Mardell, Jack P Shepherd and Jenny McAlpine talking about their biggest bloopers.

9.00pm Don’t Rock the Boat ITV – Freddie Flintoff and AJ Odudu present as 12 celebrities set out to row the entire length of Britain, with the two teams of six battling it out over more than 500 miles. In the first instalment, Tom Watson, Denise Lewis, Jodie Kidd, Craig Charles, Fleur East, Joe Weller, Jack Fincham, Lucy Fallon, Victoria Pendleton, Shaun Wallace, Adam Thomas and Kimberly Wyatt are split into two crews before facing their first epic leg at sea by rowing 90 nautical miles from St Ives to Pembroke, battling sea sickness and exhaustion on this 30-hour journey. Continues all week. Concludes Friday.

10.00pm Develiveroo: Secrets of Your Take Away Channel 4 – The behind-the-scenes story of how Britain’s fastest-growing food delivery company has revolutionised the takeaway industry and how they, and their restaurant partners, are navigating the storm of the coronavirus pandemic. 

10.00pm CripTales BBC Four – Fictional monologues based on factual research and the lived experiences of disabled people in Britain since 1970, beginning with Audition, written and performed by Mat Fraser. Mat sits in the waiting room before an audition, dreading how it will turn out.

10.00pm Adults Only Five – Documentary following people making a living from selling sex, including a couple who run their burgeoning porn film business from their house in Southend while also looking after their children, and a 70 -year-old dominatrix working from a dungeon in her semi-detached house in Swindon.


9.00pm The Lady and her genocide BBC Two – Documentary exploring the Myanmar leader’s fall from grace. While under house arrest during the country’s military dictatorship, she became a Nobel prize-winning champion of democracy, human rights and peaceful protest. However, since becoming the leader of her nation, she has been implicated in brutal atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims, and faced allegations of genocide at the International Court of Justice. Key figures in international politics discuss the reasons why the qualities that brought her such acclaim have been in marked contrast to the realities of her leadership.

9.15pm Educating Greater Manchester Channel 4 – The documentary series following life at Harrop Fold School returns three years on, featuring a new generation of year sevens who already have a reputation among staff members for mischief. The new series also catches up with youngsters from the 2017 series, who are now moving into year 10. The school is on high alert after a member of the public calls in, claiming to have seen a pupil with a knife, forcing Mr Povey and his staff to instigate bag searches. Continues Tomorrow at 9.00pm

10.15pm Alton Towers: A Rollercoaster Year Channel 4 – Documentary following the reopening of the theme park after a long period of closure due to Covid-19. Staff have only 12 days to ensure that the rides are both fully operational and comply with new health and safety guidelines, which requires some major rethinking. The programme follows both employees returning to work after months on furlough as well as families visiting the park for some much-needed escapism after being in lockdown.

10.45pm Catch Her If You Can BBC One – Documentary following an attempt to expose a successful London businesswoman’s double life as a con artist. A suspicious invoice tipped off one of her potential victims, and inspired her to track down other parties who had been fleeced by her in the past. Together, they came up with a plan to expose her misdeeds.


8.00pm Children In Need: 40 Fabulous Years BBC One – Ade Adepitan takes viewers on a funny, poignant and revealing tour across four decades of Children in Need.

9.00pm The Disordered Eye BBC Four – Disabled artist and film-maker Richard Butchins questions whether good vision equals great art, and looks at modern and historical artists through the lens of their impaired vision.

9.00pm Inside Britain’s Nuclear Submarine Five – For the first time on British television, cameras are granted access to one of the UK’s nuclear missile submarines at sea, as Rob Bell spends five days and nights living onboard the HMS Vengeance. With unprecedented access, he explores the sonar room, torpedo bay, and nuclear missile tubes loaded with deadly warheads, and later finds himself in real danger along with the rest of the crew when a fault in the engine room turns into a potentially serious incident.


9.00pm Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story BBC Two – The BBC security correspondent explores what it is like to suddenly become disabled, something he experienced himself 16 years ago after being shot by Al-Qaeda gunmen in Saudi Arabia. The bullets damaged his spinal nerves, leaving him partially paralysed and he has used a wheelchair ever since. In this deeply personal film, he talks candidly about the effects his injuries have had on his life, work, relationships and the way he views himself. And he speaks to others, to explore how they have responded to sudden life-changing injuries.


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox,9.00pm, Channel 4

                                             The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Punk/New Wave Years with Annie Nightingale BBC Four – The veteran radio and Old Grey Whistle Test presenter recalls a radical era in music, which dominated the pop landscape during the late 1970s. Back then, punk was hard to find on mainstream television and Annie sought to build a platform for young people to have their say. Here, Annie opens up the archive to select some of the finest and most intriguing moments from this era. Covering punk, post-punk and new wave, she explores a movement in music that became the soundtrack to a generation referencing clips featuring the Damned, the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Gang of Four, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Tubeway Army, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Soft Cell, the Selecter, Joy Division and the Au Pairs.

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