The TVweek: Saturday 3rd – Friday 9th October 2015

by | Sep 30, 2015 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Britain’s Best Loved Sitcoms Channel 4 – Narrated by Tamsin Greig, this two-part series pays homage to the shows that have made us laugh out loud in our millions over the past half century. From modern game-changers like The Office, Twenty Twelve, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Peep Show, all the way back to old-school classics such as The Likely Lads, Dad’s Army and Steptoe and Son – via perennial favourites Blackadder, Only Fools and Horses and Fawlty Towers – which one will come out on top? Channel 4 commissioned a brand new poll of all age groups across the country to find out – with the results to be counted down to the nation’s most revered sitcom of all.


4.50pm The Great British Bake Off: The Class of 2014 BBC1 – Programme looking back over the bakes of the 2014 series, from Luis’s amazing 3D biscuit scene, via the technically challenging schichttorte to Ian’s binning of his baked alaska. The bakers from 2014 reveal what they really thought about their time in the tent, share their memories and catch viewers up with what they have been doing since.

8.00pm Licence to Thrill: Paul Hollywood Meets Aston Martin BBC2 – Baker Paul Hollywood explores the world of Aston Martin cars. Paul drives some priceless and exclusive Aston cars – the DB10, the new James Bond car from Spectre, the DBR1, the 1959 World Championship winning racing car, and the DB5, the stunt car used in Goldfinger.

9.00pm From Darkness BBC1 – Anne-Marie Duff stars in this four-part drama centering around ex-constable Claire Church has fled her dark past by escaping to the remote Western Isles with her partner, Norrie. But no matter how far she runs, she cannot escape the shadows cast by her history, and as decades-old bodies are unearthed on a Manchester building site, the darkness threatens to fracture her life once more. DCI John Hind immediately suspects the bodies are connected to a case that dates back to 1998: women who were reported missing, but who few cared about… apart from his former protege, Claire. Torn between her desire to help those women she believed she failed all those years ago, and a fear of the darkness that once engulfed her, Claire must choose a path. All she really wants is peace, but with the past bleeding irreversibly into the present, Claire cannot hide any longer – especially when a new body is discovered carrying a message for her future.


9.00pm Rooney: The Man Behind Goals BBC1 – When Wayne Rooney scored against Switzerland at Wembley in September 2015, he broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goal-scoring record. But who is the real Wayne Rooney, off the pitch and away from the glare of the media spotlight? For the first time, he has allowed a television production team, as well as BBC football presenter Gary Lineker, unique access to his life with wife Coleen and their two sons, Kai and Klay. Featuring extensive interviews with Rooney himself, plus Coleen Rooney, Wayne’s parents, David Beckham and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, along with a host of figures from the world of football.

9.00pm The Celts BBC2 – Three-part series in which anthropologist professor Alice Roberts and archaeologist Neil Oliver go in search of the Celts – one of the world’s most mysterious ancient civilisations.

9.00pm Is Britain Racist? BBC3 – Racism has never been more socially unacceptable in Britain – three quarters of us say we have no racial prejudices whatsoever. But can we rely on data to give us an accurate picture? To find out what’s happening on Britain’s streets, journalist Mona Chalabi sends three reporters undercover to test out our prejudices.

10.00pm The Leftovers Sky Atlantic – As the US drama returns for season two, police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) and his family join a mysterious exodus to a small town in Texas.


8.00pm Eternal Glory ITV – Richard Bacon presents this brand new entertainment series in which a group of sporting legends battle it out to be crowned champion of champions. Designed around sports science – and with input from world-renowned sports scientist Professor Greg Whyte OBE – the series puts eight icons of sports and athletics through a series of tough physical and mental challenges designed to test every aspect of their sporting DNA.

9.00pm Lewis ITV – Ninth series of the crime drama that we don’t see the appeal of.

9.00pm We Want Our Country Back BBC3 – Documentary about Britain First, an emerging name in far right politics, which says it wants to ban all trace of Islam from the UK. With a young woman, Jayda Fransen, as the face of the party, and with an online following bigger than any other UK party, Britain First says that it is ready to become a household name and credible force in British politics. Director Miles Blayden-Ryall joins deputy leader, Jayda and leader Paul Golding (ex-BNP press officer) as they embark on their first public national campaign to garner support. With seemingly huge numbers viewing the provocative videos they produce and backing them online, they say that the British public is ready to turn out in huge numbers for them and that, as a result, the authorities view them as dangerous and want to shut them down.

9.00pm Tricked ITV2 – Hidden camera magic show returns for a brand new third series. Ben Hanlin goes undercover to astonish unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public with  magic.

9.00pm Empire E4 – Season two of the US drama set in the hip hop world following a music industry mogul whose three sons and ex-wife are battling to control his kingdom

10.00pm My Transgender Kid Channel 4 – Born in the Wrong Body, following some of the youngest transgender people in Britain and America as they and their families make life changing decisions at astonishingly young ages. In the last five years, Britain’s leading NHS clinic has seen referrals for young transgender people rise from around 100 new cases in 2009 to nearly 700 in 2014. And kids aged ten and under accounted for almost 100 of 2014’s new referrals. For previous generations of transgender people, life was difficult and treatment nearly impossible to access.

10.00pm CSI Cyber Five – US crime drama spin-off. After a string of infant abductions, special agent Avery Ryan and her team trace them to a baby-selling site hidden deep in the internet.

10.00pm Glitchy ITV2 – Brand new hybrid sketch/prank series featuring Plebs star Ryan Sampson and friends.

10.00pm Close to the Edge BBC4 – Structured reality series following a Bournemouth-based group of friends aged over 65, living life to the full. Fledging businesswoman Babs plan a networking event, but her outspoken ‘frenemy ‘Chris threatens to derail it. Meanwhile, John is on the hunt for a lady after spending the last six years alone.

10.00pm Chewing Gum E4 – An original six-part comedy series from multi-talented actor, singer, poet and award-winning playwright Michaela Coel, who also plays Tracey Gordon, a religious, Beyonce-obsessed 24-year-old who is fast finding out that the more she learns about the world, the less she understands. In the opening episode, Tracey wants to take things further with her reluctant and devout fiance Ronald, as she’s scared of turning out like her uptight older sister Cynthia.

10.30pm Together BBC3 – Jonny Sweet, Cara Theobold, Alex MacQueen, Vicki Pepperdine, Katy Wix, Sarah Daykin. Romantic comedy series centring around two young people in the early, fragile stages of a new relationship. After Tom’s brief encounter with Ellen on a wheelie bin and under her car door, he’s determined to see her again.

10.30pm The Job Lot ITV2 – New series of the sitcom set in a West Midlands job centre. When Karl finds a pregnancy test in Natalie’s drawer, he assumes that she is pregnant and sets about proving what a great father he can be, but his over-the-top efforts have the opposite effect, especially since the test is Trish’s and not hers. Meanwhile, Angela brings her cat – which really is pregnant – into work.


10.00pm Million Pound Properties Channel 4 – The homes Britain’s growing number of property millionaires can get for their money vary wildly across the country. In central London, singing estate agent Toby Brown tries to sell a million-pound flat with a kitchen the size of a cupboard. In Lancashire, self-made millionaire Dwayne Hill grew up on a rough housing estate, but now finds he can afford a stately home in Scotland. Meanwhile, off the North Wales coast, Robin and Iona Beckmann have spent five years trying to sell a working lighthouse with panoramic sea views.


8.30pm Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs ITV – Paul O’Grady returns to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to meet more of the canine residents who are looking for love, help, understanding and a new home.

9.00pm Unforgotten ITV – Six-part crime drama centred around a historical crime that links four very different and seemingly unconnected suspects, unravelling secrets left buried for years. DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan reopen a cold case when a skeleton is discovered in the foundations of a demolished building, launching a murder hunt that could potentially date back decades. The discovery of a car key near the body is the only clue to the identity of the victim, igniting a search to find out who he is and how, when and why he died.

9.00pm Disappearing Britain More4 – Maureen Lipman and Larry Lamb get to the heart of what makes British heritage great, while unearthing possible threats to its longevity. Through this six-part series they’re joined by Michael Buerk, who returns to some of the beautiful parts of the country he knew as a young reporter over 40 years ago. Also taking part of the series are Emilia Fox, Don Warrington, Wendy Craig, Peter Davison, Mica Paris and Bill Paterson – who help to build a picture of ‘Britishness’. In the first episode, Maureen and Larry head to St Ives in Cornwall to discover how this picturesque harbour town is booming with crowds of art lovers.


7.30pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 – Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell return for an episode of previously unseen material from the hit comedy panel show.

8.00pm The Last Leg: Stand Up for Cancer Special Channel 4 – Following a hugely successful sixth series this summer, the award-winning show returns for a one-off Stand Up To Cancer Special. Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker tear into the week’s main talking points while raising awareness of SU2C and the life-changing work of Cancer Research UK. The team are joined in the studio by some very special celebrity guests and a live studio audience.

9.00pm Gogglebox: Stand Up for Cancer Special Channel 4 – The family are joined by ‘secret’ celebrities for the special edition.

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