The TVweek: Saturday 4th – Friday 10th December 2021

by | Nov 30, 2021 | All, TV Week

 Saturday

5.40pm Superman & Lois BBC One – Clark Kent and Lois Lane return to Smallville with their sons Jonathan and Jordan, where they are reacquainted with Lana Lang, her husband Kyle Cushing, and their daughter Sarah. However, their idyllic lives are soon upended when The Stranger arrives, along with the secret experiments of Morgan Edge. Comic-book drama, starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch.

7.40pm 48 Hours to Final Victory Channel 4 – Dermot O’Leary is joined by ex-Royal Marine Arthur Williams, and historian and battlefield guide Lucy Betteridge-Dyson, to unpick the two crucial days that secured victory in some of Britain’s most important battles. In the first episode, they tackle Dunkirk and two key days during the evacuation of British soldiers that prevented a German triumph. The heroic actions of one ship, HMS Worcester, act as a window into the wider story of the safe retreat of thousands of men.

8.40pm Snowdon and Margaret: A Scandalous Affair Channel 5 – Documentary examining Princess Margaret’s marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was the first non-aristocrat to marry into monarchy for 400 years. The film tells the tale from the beginning, through their courtship, marriage and eventual divorce, using extensive and rare archive and interviews with authors, royal experts and those who knew them.

9.40pm Frank Sinatra Channel 5 – The life of legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra, from his difficult birth and near death in Hoboken in 1915, through his rise to become one of the world’s biggest entertainers. Using his music and with testimony from many of Frank’s close friends, the programme charts his career highs and lows, as well as his numerous affairs with some of the world’s most successful and beautiful women. The documentary also investigates Sinatra’s links with organised crime, and aims to answer once and for all the allegation that his success was due to the Mob.

10.00pm Phil Lynott – Songs From While I’m Away BBC Two – The life and music of the Thin Lizzy frontman, telling the story of how a young working-class Black boy from 1950s Dublin became one of Ireland’s greatest rock stars. Told extensively through the words of Lynott himself and focusing on some of his iconic songs, the film gets to the heart of Philip as a father, husband, friend, son and rock legend, who died at the age of 36 in January 1986.

Sunday

8.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Piers talks to Kate Garraway about her life and career, as he presents his final ‘Life Story, before Garraway takes over the reins of the series. In a powerful and emotional interview, Kate reveals the latest on husband Derek’s battle to recover from the impact of Covid. As Britain’s worst-affected surviving Covid patient, Derek spent months in hospital and still needs round-the-clock care, and Kate opens up about the devastating effects on her and her family.

9.00pm You Don’t Know Me BBC One – Four-part drama based on Imran Mahmood’s novel about a man standing trial for murder who fires his barrister during the court case, in favour of representing himself in court. Deciding to abandon the version of events he had been told would be in his best interests, he instead presents his own version of events, revealing how a law-abiding car salesman in the frame for murder. Starring Samuel Adewunmi. Continues Tomorrow Night at 9.00pm

9.00pm Michael Crawford: Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em Channel 5 – A profile of the actor and entertainer, whose career has taken him from appearing with Barbra Streisand in movie musical Hello Dolly, to the West End as the star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, and his creation of sitcom legend Frank Spencer in Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em. With contributions by Michele Dotrice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Arlene Phillips, Bill Kenwright and Maria Friedman.

9.00pm The Granny Killer Sky Crime – Caroline Overington and Kris Illingsworth reopen the files on John Wayne Glover, convicted of killing several elderly women, in an attempt to link him to nine more murders.

Monday

5.00pm The Great Australian Bake-Off More4 – A dozen bakers tackle some challenging bakes on their first week in the tent, as they show off their cakemaking skills for judges Matt Moran and Maggie Beer.

8.00pm Live: Winter on the Farm Channel 5 – Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson follow life at Cannon Hall Farm with brothers Rob and Dave Nicholson, who are preparing their animals for a crucial season – one that can make or break their farm. They make sure the reindeers are well-fed ahead of Christmas and embark on a fact-finding mission to the Arctic to ensure the farm is protected against the elements.

9.00pm Forsenics: The Real CSI BBC Two – The documentary following investigations into serious crimes returns after a break, with West Midlands police needing forensics to identify the killer of two men whose bodies were found in a car.

Notable Continuing Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy

                                                    Succession, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Ragdoll Alibi – Drama series. A gruesome discovery at a block of flats sets DI Baxter, DS Rose and DC Edmunds on the trail of the Ragdoll Killer, who also lists six more people due to die. Lucy Hale, Ali Cooke and Michael Smiley star.

10.00pm Two Doors Down BBC Two – Fifth series of the comedy. Beth is cooking a curry to celebrate Ian and Gordon’s anniversary, but when they arrive it is their son’s black eye that catches her and Eric’s attention. The night starts to spiral downwards when Cathy and Colin invite themselves over and Christine turns up with an upset stomach, demanding to know if the kitchen is clean. Return of the comedy, starring Arabella Weir, Alex Norton, Doon Mackichan, Jonathan Watson and Elaine C Smith.

Tuesday

Notable Continuing Series: Impeachment: American Crime Story, 9.00pm BBC Two

                                            What We Do in the Shadows, 9.55pm BBC Two

9.00pm QAnon: The Cult of Conspiracy Channel 4 – Ben Zand investigates QAnon, one of the most prominent conspiracies of modern times, setting out to understand on a human level what sets people on such a divergent path of lies, both in the US and here in the UK.

9.00pm Costa Concordia: Why She Sank Channel 5 – Two-part documentary telling the story of the disaster, which took place in January 2012 when the Italian cruise ship struck a rock, capsized and sank in shallow waters near Tuscany, resulting in 32 deaths. Combining first-person testimony from survivors and rescuers, and previously unseen footage, reconstructions and expert insight, the programme tells the astonishing story in forensic detail of what happened on that fateful night. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm 

9.00pm Landscapers Sky Atlantic – Drama starring Olivia Colman, following the true story of a seemingly ordinary couple who find themselves the focus of a murder inquiry.

Wednesday

9.00pm Dolly: The Sheep Who Changed the World BBC Two – Documentary telling the story of the first mammal to be cloned and the impact this monumental scientific achievement in 1996 had on the world. Featuring previously unseen footage, the film reveals how a handful of the world’s best genetic scientists worked in secret on a small Scottish farm to crack the holy grail of replicating life.

Thursday

9.00pm The New Stonehenge with Rob Bell Channel 5 – Stonehenge is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Now, a new discovery found deep in the soil of the surrounding area is threatening to upturn everything we think we know about this 4,500 year-old landmark. Rob Bell joins archaeologists, scientists and engineers who have uncovered a vast, previously undetected monument that is many times the size of the original henge.

9.00pm Sex and The City: Just Like That Sky Comedy – Sex and the City revival catching up with the lives of New York socialites Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon.

10.00pm Have We Got Nudes For You Channel 4 – Like many others things, the pandemic saw sex work go online, as many traditional jobs in the real world dried up. In an effort to make ends meet, sex purveyors and some ordinary people turned to the platform OnlyFans, which gives customers the opportunity to sell exclusive content – much of it of an adult nature. This documentary examines the website, which some claim is the new frontier of sex work, while others believe it to be an exploitative fad with potentially life-ruining consequences. Contributors include ex-customer services worker Emily, sales worker Zoe and Alex Sim-Wise, who claims to make £10,000 a month as a content creator on the website.

Friday

8.00pm Grayson’s Art Club Channel 4 – Grayson Perry ventures viewers behind the scenes at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, as he oversees the creation of the new Art Club exhibition. Leading artists and celebrities, are heading to Bristol to form a lasting artistic record of the experiences of the nation this year. Grayson and his wife Philippa unveil the exhibition to some of the participating artists, both members of the public and some of his famous Art Club guests – Boy George, Johnny Vegas and Mawaan Rizwan. The exhibition stands as a joyful and moving celebration of the artistic talent and resilient spirit of the people of the UK in 2021.

9.00pm Vienna Blood BBC Two – Second series of the crime drama. Autumn, 1907, and when a depressed Hungarian Countess is found drowned in the bath of her lavish hotel suite, it looks like suicide. Intense scrutiny falls on her psychoanalyst, Max Liebermann. Investigating Officer Oskar Rheinhardt teams up with the disgraced doctor to solve the riddle of the Countess’ death and clear Max’s professional reputation. 

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                               The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

Custard TV Staff

Custard TV Staff

30/11/2021

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