The TVweek: Saturday 3rd – Friday 8th February 2019

by | Jan 29, 2019 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Small Fortune ITV – Dermot O’Leary hosts a brand new game show in which teams of three take on tiny challenges. Each game is set in a perfect miniature world, but whilst the games are small, the pressure is intense and the prize money is huge; up to 150,000 pounds is up for grabs for every team! In the opening episode, three members of the England amputee football team aim to win a life-changing cash prize.

9.00pm Secrets of the Royal Servants Five – The Royal Family have always projected an immaculate image, but in this entertaining hour, the Royal Servants reveal what goes on behind closed doors. Former staff recount amusing incidents, and historian Kate Williams explores servant duties from ancient times.

9.00pm Safe Harbour BBC4 – New four-part drama from Australia. A group of friends from Brisbane, on a sailing holiday of a lifetime, encounter a broken-down fishing vessel filled with refugees in the Tamor Sea. Their lives are about to change forever. Episode 2 airs immediately following this episode.


Notable Continuing Series: Call the Midwife, 8.00pm, BBC1
                                               Dragons’ Den, 8.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Africa with Ade Adepitan BBC2 – The first leg of Ade Adepitan’s epic four-part journey around Africa takes him from Cape Verde, through Senegal and Ivory Coast to Nigeria. Cape Verde, a group of tiny volcanic islands in the Atlantic, is the westernmost country in Africa. On the bleak and beautiful island of Fogo, Ade visits a community living in the shadow of an active volcano. The last eruption left half the village buried in lava and Ade sees one family’s living room which is now half full of black rock.


Notable Continuing Series: Cold Feet, 9.00pm, ITV
9.00pm Teachers – Training to Kill Channel 4 – Documentary that goes inside a remote training camp in Butler County, Ohio, we meet school teachers who are learning how to shoot and, if necessary, kill. It explores the heated and divisive debate around how best to protect pupils, as schools prepare for gun attacks and school boards in America seriously consider arming their teachers. The film follows a group of teachers who attend ‘Faster’, one of America’s most controversial summer schools, where teachers are trained to use guns, deal with potential school shooting scenarios and, if the situation demands it, kill. Included is the Trump-supporting local sheriff, who is so passionate about arming teachers that he puts billboards up in town to persuade the community to get onside.

9.00pm The Channel Tunnel: 25 Years Five – Documentary looking at the project to build the Channel Tunnel, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The men and women who worked on this engineering marvel recall what is was like to work in such a challenging environment and the hurdles that the project faced.

10:15pm Dispatches: Britain’s Invisible Kids – Skipping School Channel 4 – Dispatches investigates the reasons behind this dramatic rise of children missing school and the impact it is having on the young people who are now learning at home.


7.30pm Call the Cleaners ITV – Second series of the fly on the wall documentary which follows the work of Britain’s extreme cleaners.

8.00pm This Time Next Year ITV – Davina McCall returns with the series that sets people a challenge they wish to complete by ‘This Time Next Year’.

8.00pm How The Other Kids Live Channel 4 – This series sees families with children from the same neighbourhood, but across cultural, ethnic and economic divides, open their doors for a playdate for the very first time. Episode one sees three sets of children in Birmingham spend an afternoon in each other’s homes. First to host are nine-year-old twins Tom and Billy, who live in a large house on an affluent street. Though Billy’s been on lots of playdates, Tom, who was born with Down’s syndrome, has never been on one.

9.00pm Martin Clunes: Islands of America ITV – Four-part travelogue series. The first port of call on Martin’s journey is the lush, tropical Hawaii. His exploration looks beyond Hawaii’s image as a tourist paradise, crammed with sun-kissed beaches and world class surfing, and into the havoc wreaked by advancing lava fields and smoking craters. Leaving Hawaii, Martin flies 2,500 miles north to the islands of Alaska, where the contrast cannot be any more extreme, from tropical rain forests to snow-fringed glaciers.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                         Escape at Dannemora, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
                                         Catastrophe, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Jemery Paxman on The Queen’s Children Five – Jeremy Paxman explores the lives of Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, the first generation of royals to grow up as celebrities. Attempts to embrace the modern world instead eroded reputations and spoiled the fairytale, not least in It’s a Royal Knockout.

10.00pm Stalked: Murder in Slow Motion Five – Documentary series exploring the stories of young women killed by their stalker ex-partners. University student Molly McLaren’s friends reveal how her Mr Right turned into her brutal killer.


9.00pm Behind Closed Doors: Through the Eyes of a Child BBC2 – Award-winning filmmaker Anna Hall follows children and their families as they go through the emotional aftermath of domestic violence. Shot over the course of three years, and working with local charities in Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire County Council and Thames Valley Police, the film has unprecedented access to children who have all witnessed or experienced domestic violence, meeting senior social workers to help understand how children are affected by domestic abuse.

Notable Continuing Series: The Undateables, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Das Boot Sky Atlantic – New drama. An inexperienced U-boat crew has to survive a secret mission, while a young German woman’s loyalties are torn.

10.00pm Hypothetical Dave – Comedy game show hosted by Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster, in which leading comedians are posed increasingly absurd hypothetical situations.


8.30pm Young Sheldon E4 – Second season of the prequel of The Big Bang Theory.

9.00pm Confessions of a Serial Killer with Piers Morgan ITV –  Piers comes face-face with a serial killer who is willing to admit to his heinous crimes. Piers sits down with Bernard Giles for the killer’s first-ever major television interview, to explore what it was in his psychological make-up that compelled him to commit these brutal crimes.

Notable Continuing Series: Better Things, 10.00pm, BBC2


7.30pm Eurovision: You Decide BBC2 – Presented by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw, Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live from MediaCity UK in Salford as the show comes to the North West of England for the very first time.

8.00pm Secret Scotland Five – Comedian Susan Calman uncovers the untold tales behind some of Scotland’s iconic locations. In Edinburgh, Susan learns about the firing of the one o’clock gun and discovers the secret hiding place of Scotland’s crown jewels.

Notable Continuing Series: The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

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