The TVweek: Saturday 4th – Friday 10th January 2020

by | Dec 24, 2019 | All, TV Week


6.00pm Celebrity Catchphrase ITV – James Jordan, Fiona Wade and Louis Walsh all trying to ‘say what they see’

7.00pm The Greatest Dancer BBC1 – Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo return to host the second series of the dancing contest, with performers from a variety of styles competing to impress the viewing public and win a chance to showcase their skills on Strictly Come Dancing.

7.00pm The Masked Singer ITV – Comedian and presenter, Joel Dommett, will take the helm as host of the brand new UK version of the surreal and surprising guessing game that will see 12 famous faces compete to pull off the best performance, with their identity elaborately and imaginatively concealed behind the mask. Although they won’t be judged on their singing, the celebrities will still need to give their best performance to avoid being eliminated and their identities revealed. Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora, Davina McCall and Hollywood actor and comedian, Ken Jeong, who also appears on the panel of The Masked Singer in the US will be guessing who lurks behind the masks. Continues Sunday at 8.30pm.

8.15pm First & Last BBC1 – Game show where contestants have to make sure they do not come first or last in any game or they will be eliminated. Eleven contestants start each show and compete across a range of five play-along-at-home games that will see one of them leave with a cash prize of up to £10,000. Hosted by Jason Manford.

8.30pm The Voice ITV – Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones and are joined by new coach Meghan Trainor as the blind auditions begin.


6.00pm Dancing on Ice ITV – Twelve celebrities compete to become champion of the rink with the help of some of the world’s greatest skating professionals. The formidable Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean head up the ice panel alongside dance supremo, Ashley Banjo and brand new addition, John Barrowman. The first episode will see six couples perform their very first routines, plus there is a spectacular performance from the professional skaters.

7.00pm Doctor Who BBC1 – Part two of the New Year’s special. A terrifying plan to destroy humanity is about to reach fruition. Can the Doctor and her companions escape multiple traps and defeat a deadly alliance? Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Bradley Walsh and Mandip Gill star.

8.00pm Call the Midwife BBC1 – New series.

8.00pm George Clarke’s Old House, New Home Channel 4 – For the start of a new series, George takes on his oldest house yet. Tim and Emily fell in love with their 16th-century, Grade II listed Cotswold cottage on first viewing, despite an abundance of dark beams, low ceilings and woodchip. Renovating a 500-year-old house was never going to be straightforward, and a few nasty surprises and spiralling costs threaten to derail this emotional project.

9.00pm Geraint Thomas: The Road will Decide BBC2 – Documentary following the 2018 Tour de France winner as he battled to retain the title. The film captures the intensity of his journey as he negotiates 21 stages and 3,500km in 23 days, while facing extreme weather conditions, cancelled stages and competitors such as France’s Julian Alaphilippe.

9.00pm SAS: Who Dares Wins Channel 4 –  Twenty-five men and women, including an ex-SAS operator working as a mole, face an intense start to the fifth series, led by Chief Instructor Ant Middleton.


7.30pm Celebrity Coach Trip E4 – Featuring TOWIE power couple Tommy Mallett and Georgia Kousoulou; Gogglebox father and daughter Amy and Jonathan Tapper; Radio 1’s Adele Roberts and partner, actor Kate Holderness; boys from Blue Antony Costa and Simon Webbe; internet pranksters Woody and Kleiny; and First Dates waitress Cici Coleman and Rustie Lee.

8.00pm How to Lose Weight Well Channel 4 – Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr Helen Lawal return for a new series as they ask members of the public to road test the most hyped-up and written about diets on the market today.

8.30pm Midsomer Murders ITV – Brand new episode.

9.00pm The Choir: Aylesbury Prison BBC2 – Gareth Malone attempts to form a choir with inmates. Concludes Tomorrow Night.

9.00pm 24 Hours in Police Custody Channel 4 – Special 2-part episode of the engrossing documentary series. The episodes take viewers behind the scenes of a police investigation into the pre-mediated and brutal murder of a young man. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm.

10.35pm LadHood BBC1 –  Comedy written by and starring Liam Williams, which straddles two timelines to explore the roots of modern-day masculinity by delving into the memories of his own misspent adolescence. First shown on BBC Three.


8.00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show Live ITV

8.00pm Food Unwrapped: New Year Health Secrets Channel 4 – The Food Unwrapped team – including new presenter Andi Oliver – kick off the new decade with a handy haul of health hacks to jump-start your January and propel you into the new year.

9.00pm Silent Witness BBC1 – Emilia Fox returns for a new series of the long-running pathology drama.

9.00pm The National Television Awards Celebrates 25 Years ITV – Sharing behind-the-scenes stories and personal memories is a roll-call of stars from the nation’s favourite shows, including Graham Norton, Ant & Dec, Holly Willoughby, David Tennant, Simon Cowell, Paul O’Grady, Richard & Judy, Danny Dyer, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Brendan O’Carroll, Phillip Schofield, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Michael Barrymore, Eamonn Holmes, Davina McCall and new NTA host David Walliams. Plus, much-loved past NTA hosts Sir Trevor McDonald and Dermot O’Leary tell us what it is like to anchor two-and-a-half hours of live TV where anything can happen.

9.00pm Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Five – Ben Fogle heads to Iceland to meet a family cut off from society.

10.00pm Better Things BBC2 – Third season of the acclaimed comedy from Pamela Adlon.

10.00pm Sun, Sea & Surgery Channel 4 – Documentary that goes behind the scenes of the ‘comfort zone’ clinic in Turkey to meet the British people who go abroad for surgeries.

10.00pm Jett Sky1 – American drama series. Hoping to go straight, recently paroled master thief Daisy `Jett” Kowalski is enlisted by crime boss Charlie Baudelaire to steal a ring from an Eastern European rival living in Cuba. Carla Gugino stars, with Giancarlo Esposito.

10.35pm Veganville BBC1 – Documentary series that sees five vegans head to Merthyr Tydfil to try to convert local meat-eaters to a plant-based lifestyle, challenging views on both sides of the debate in the process.


8.00pm Eat Well for Less BBC1 – MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace and greengrocer Chris Bavin set out to help families with their food shopping, showing them simple and effective ways to save money on their current bill. They spy on them in the supermarket and snoop through their cupboards, while a dietician is on hand with a few food facts.

8.00pm Trust Me, I’m a Doctor BBC2 – Medical journalist Michael Mosley and a team of doctors offer advice on health, using their expertise and the latest research to investigate the truth behind various claims about well-being made in the media.

8.00pm Kirstie & Phil’s Love it Or List It Channel 4 – The property experts return to families design whether to do up their existing home or move on to something better.

8.30pm Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge BBC2 – Tom recruits 11 like-minded volunteers from Gloucester, the city he grew up in, to join him on his weight loss and fitness challenge. Like Tom, the volunteers have personal reasons why they want to get in shape and goals they want to work towards.

8.30pm Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad ITV – Second series of the travelogue series where Bradley Walsh and his son Barney travel across America to take on challenges.

9.00pm Murder Trial: The Disappearance Of Margaret Fleming BBC2 – Two-part documentary about the investigation and trial of two carers accused of murdering 35-year-old Margaret Fleming and claiming benefits in her name for 16 years, taking audiences to the centre of the trial at Glasgow’s High Court and offering a compelling insight into the work of the police and prosecutors in bringing the two suspects to trial. Concludes Tomorrow Night.

9.00pm White House Farm – Stephen Graham, Gemma Wheelan and Mark Addy star in this true-crime drama centring around the deaths of five members of one family on an Essex farm in 1985. The series will seek to provide fresh insight into this family tragedy and the contested accounts of the events that took place at White House Farm. It is based on extensive research, interviews and published accounts including, ‘The Murders at White House Farm’ by Carol Ann Lee with additional material from ‘In Search of The Rainbow’s End’ by Colin Caffell, husband of Sheila and father to Daniel and Nicholas Caffell.

9.00pm Meat the Family Channel 4 – Three-part documentary series that follows four families who must make a big decision about their meat-eating habits. With expert guidance, for three weeks they care for farm animals in their own homes. The families must then decide either to save them, and send the animals to a sanctuary, or to reintroduce them back into the food chain – and face the prospect of their animals becoming their dinner.

9.00pm Critical Condition Five – Return of the documentary series following the work of medical staff at Stoke’s Royal University Hospital as they work to save the lives of sick and injured patients.

9.00pm The Great Property Throwdown More4 – Twelve of Britain’s best home potters compete to become champion as Melanie Sykes hosts The Great Pottery Throw Down. Judges Keith Brymer Jones and Sue Pryke set the potters two challenges: to throw a breakfast set and then egg cups, as the battle of clay kicks off at the wheel. Who will be named potter of the week, and who will be first to leave the pottery?

10.00pm Apocolypse Cow Channel 4 – In a topical and provocative documentary, environmental campaigner George Monbiot says food is driving us towards global disaster.

10.00pm People Like Pus: Zit ER Five – Documentary that goes behind the scenes at a specialist clinic where four dermatologists treat a range of skin conditions, often for patients who have been unable to get treatment on the NHS. They squeeze, drain, pop or surgically remove cysts, lipomas, acne comedones and anything else that is literally getting under their patients’ skin. Patients include 62-year-old Amanda, who has been living with a lipoma – a benign fatty tumour – on her tummy for almost a decade.


8.00pm Baby Chimp Rescue BBC2 – Three-part documentary series that will follow life in a home for orphaned baby chimpanzees run by wildlife vet Jimmy Desmond and his wife Jenny.

8.00pm The Supervet Channel 4 – Noel Fitzpatrick returns for a new series.

9.00pm Death of Paradise BBC1 – The New Year’s Eve celebrations on St Marie are cut short when a masked man stabs a woman in her own home. Jack and the team must uncover the identity of the mystery murderer before he strikes again. Ardal O’Hanlon returns for his final series of the Caribbean crime drama, with guest appearances by Adrian Edmondson, Nina Wadia and Samuel West.

9.00pm Welcome to HMP Belmarsh ITV – Two-part documentary fronted by Ross Kemp that goes inside Belmarsh Prison which looks the harsh realities of life behind bars at the country’s most notorious jail.

9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts a brand new series of the classic words and numbers quiz.  Sean Lock and Harry Hill take on Jon Richardson and Rose Matafeo, while Alex Horne and The Horne Section join Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner.

9.00pm A Leauge of Their Own: European Road Trip Sky1 – Jamie Redknapp and Andrew Flintoff hit the road for another series of sporting challenges set by James Corden, beginning with a trip to Spain. They go cliff-diving in Ibiza, visit the town of Bunol to experience the madness of the Tomatina Festival and join the Catalonian tradition of human-tower building.

10.00pm Naked Attraction Channel 4 – Anna Richardson returns for a sixth series of the dating series with a difference.


8.00pm Monty Don’s American Gardens BBC2 – The keen horticulturalist visits some of the most famous and interesting gardens in the US

8.30pm The Greek Islands With Julia Bradbury ITV – Six-part travelogue.

9.00pm Grantchester ITV – Robson Green and Tom Brittney return for a fifth series of the gentle crime drama.

9.00pm Deadwater Fell Channel 4 – David Tennant, Cush Jumbo, Matthew McNulty and Anna Madeley star in Daisy Coulam’s new four-part dark crime thriller. A house fire devastates a close-knit community after a seemingly happy family die in the blaze. Further investigation reveals something more sinister and the villagers must pick through the ashes to find answers. Was it a tragic accident or something more troubling?

9.30pm King Gary BBC1 – Full series of the comedy from Tom Davies following a successful pilot last year. The series is about a working-class couple’s aspirations to achieve social acceptance and moderate material success in competitive suburbia. Gary has a building site prankster to deal with, but he turns out to be local lunatic and hardman Lee Benson. Gary sets up a one-to-one meet with Benson at his local, the roughest pub in the area, but not before he has `rehearsed” the chat with Terri at home. Meanwhile, young Teddy King has his first ever date with `cool girl” Rose Ferdinando. Starring Tom Davis and Laura Checkley, with Simon Day, Camille Coduri and Romesh Ranganathan.

9.30pm Billy Connolly in conversation with Will Gompertz BBC2 – The Big Yin returns to Glasgow’s famous King’s Theatre, where his journey into comedy first began, to talk life, death and laughter, in a far-reaching interview with BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz.

9.30pm Chris Packham: Forever Punk BBC4 – The naturalist, environmentalist and life-long punk reveals how, as a teenager with undiagnosed Asperger’s, punk rock may have saved his life. By giving him a purpose, he was able to harness his creativity, which led to him becoming a TV presenter with a determination to champion wildlife.

10.00pm Sick of It Sky1 – The comedy co-written by and starring Karl Pilkington returns for a second series. Aunt Norma replaces Karl with a sparky care worker, triggering a bout of soul searching about how little he has achieved in his life. Sky are playing it double bills.

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