The TVweek: Saturday 4th – Friday 10th March 2017

by | Feb 28, 2017 | All, TV Week


6.45pm Let’s Dance for Comic Relief BBC1 – Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins host as five celebrity acts sing and dance to iconic pop tracks, all in aid of Comic Relief. In each episode, two acts are put through to the grand finale, where viewers will vote for their champion. The first episode features Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson, astrologer Russell Grant, comedian Sara Pascoe, DJs Rickie and Melvin, and Absolutely Fabulous actresses Helen Lederer and Harriet Thorpe. The judging panel is made up of Jo Brand, Paul O’Grady and Frank Skinner, and there are appearances from Catherine Tate and Ed Sheeran, as well as music from Emeli Sande.

Notable Continuing Series: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, 7.00pm, ITV

8.00pm First Humans: The Cave Discovery More4 – Documentary that follows an expedition by an international team of experts, led by Professor Lee Berger from the University of the Witwatersrand, as they recover bone fragments from a deep and nearly inaccessible cave in South Africa.

9.00pm Follow the Money BBC4 – Second series of the Danish drama about financial crime.


6.40pm Five Gold Rings ITV – Phillip Schofield hosts this brand new quiz show in which all the answers are somewhere on a huge interactive floor. Two teams need to find them using five gold rings for a chance of winning up to 25,000 pounds.

7.00pm Robot Wars BBC2 – Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon present this series of Robot Wars, with battles commentated by Jonathan Pearce.

Notable Continuing Series: Call the Midwife, 8.00pm, BBC1

8.00pm Top Gear BBC2 – Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid return for the 24th series of Top Gear. This week features the astonishing, ultra-exclusive Ferrari FXXK, tested to the max by Chris Harris at the Daytona circuit in Florida. Matt, Chris and Rory then race across Kazakhstan in three high-mileage cars: a Mercedes saloon, a Volvo estate and a London taxi, all of which have done at least 480,000 miles, the equivalent distance of going to the moon and back. Actor James McAvoy guest stars in the studio and on the famous Top Gear test track.

9.00pm The Bruce Forsyth Story Five – Documentary about the remarkable career of Britain’s ultimate all-round entertainer. A dancer, singer, actor and consummate game show host with perfect comic timing, Bruce first appeared on screen as an 11-year-old in 1939, the decade the BBC began broadcasting. Once established on the box in the 50s, he has very rarely been off it.

9.00pm Trumped: Inside the Greatest Circus Sky Atlantic – Documentary that takes an intimate behind-the-scenes look at Donald Trump’s dramatic rise to the presidency.


8.30pm Travel Man Channel 4 – Due to overwhelming availability, Richard Ayoade returns as Travel Man, bringing sense and order to the potential chaos of the mini break. This time he visits Russia’s cultural capital St Petersburg with comedian Rob Beckett. Together they embark on a fast and funny, post-Soviet itinerary, that includes an armoured tank, fish eggs, vodka, ice, culture, more ice, and a herring in a fur coat. They also visit a retro communist-era apartment popular with the hipster crowd.

Notable Continuing Series: Broadchurch, 9.00pm, ITV

9.00pm Mutiny Channel 4 –  Cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean, nine men are setting out to recreate one of the greatest survival feats of all time: the 4000 mile journey of Captain Bligh in a tiny wooden boat after the legendary mutiny on the Bounty. Anthony Middleton, of SAS: Who Dares Wins is stepping into Captain Bligh’s shoes as leader of the expedition, joined by eight other men including a carpenter, a doctor, and several specialist sailors. Like Bligh’s men they battle brutal storms and treacherous reefs, braving the furnace of northern Australia’s shark infested waters, and the challenge of landing on remote tropical islands to hunt for vital supplies. There’s an old nautical saying: ‘When ships were made of wood, men were made of steel’ but can today’s men match up to the extraordinary achievements of their predecessors? The second episode airs tomorrow.

9.00pm The Railway: Inside King’s Cross Five – Documentary series exploring King’s Cross station and the East Coast mainline.

10.00pm How’d You Get So Rich? Channel 4 – Comedian Katherine Ryan meets the wealthy, the super-wealthy and the super-duper-wealthy, to pose the simplest, yet most important question we all want answered. In this episode, Katherine meets the husband and wife team that went from running a market stall to becoming the founders of the £50 million retail chain Poundland. How did they do that? She also meets Britain’s flashiest playboy, who started out in pop music then made his millions owning hotels in central London. And in America, she meets the richest cosmetic surgeon in the world, who’s performed surgery on numerous stars.


8.00pm Kate Humble: Back to the Land BBC2 – Kate Humble and Geetie Singh-Watson are in Pembrokeshire, following six rural businesses through the key events of their seasonal year. Kate meets a seaweed collector who left an office job in Swindon for a life working on the beach and is now running a successful business selling welsh seaweed products to a global market.

Notable Continuing Series: The Replacement, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                                     Inside No.9, 10.00pm, BBC2

                                                    Catastrophe, 10.00pm, Channel 4                                         

                                                    This is Us, 10.35pm, Channel 4


8.00pm Hidden Restaurants with Michel Roux Jr Channel 4 – New series in which chef Michel Roux Jr takes to the road around the country, in search of secret eateries and food mavericks as he seeks inspiration for a three course menu at his own Hidden Restaurant.

Notable Continuing Series: The Real Marigold Hotel, 9.00pm, BBC1

10.00pm A Killing in my Family Channel 4 – Every day a child in England and Wales loses a family member through murder or manslaughter. This powerful Cutting Edge film meets eight such families as they attend the UK’s only residential weekend for children bereaved by murder or manslaughter. A Killing in My Family tells the stories of children and families whose lives have changed overnight, and the extraordinary team of grief professionals from the charity Winston’s Wish who are helping to rebuild them.


8.00pm Crufts 2017 Channel 4 – Clare Balding presents continued coverage from Crufts 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham.

9.00pm Brexit: Britain’s Biggest Deal BBC2 – With the government about to fire the starting gun for negotiations on Brexit, the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg investigates what is likely to be the biggest challenge we have faced since the Second World War. Will doing a Brexit deal be an impossibly complex and all-consuming process which will bog down the whole of Whitehall for years? Or could a quick and clean break be much easier than we think? Talking to key players on all sides, Laura Kuenssberg maps out the key issues facing Britain and Europe in the coming years, the political minefield Theresa May’s government needs to navigate – and why it matters to us all.

9.00pm Walks with My Dog More4 – Celebrities go for a stroll through the great British outdoors with their faithful hound. Along the way they explore the history, wildlife and culture of the area. To the start the series, actor Robert Lindsay walks his two labradors on the Cornish coast. As a child Robert spent many happy days on Porthcurno beach. Now he’s back, walking a stretch of the South West Coast Path with its stunning views. Phil Spencer visits the historic Kent marshes and a brewery with his cocker spaniels. And actress Angela Griffin returns to her Yorkshire roots with her cavapoo, where she tries her hand as a shepherd.


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                             The Last Leg 10.00pm, Channel 4      

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