The TVweek: Saturday 5th – Friday 11th September 2020

by | Aug 31, 2020 | All, TV Week


9.45pm Battlestar Galactica BBC Two – First part of the feature-length pilot that kickstarted the heralded Sci-fi drama. The whole series will available on BBC iPlayer.

10.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Vinnie Jones joins Piers Morgan for an intimate Life Stories special, 10 years on from his first appearance on the show.


Notable Continuing Series: Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing 8.30pm, BBC Two

9.00pm Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge BBC Two – The film-maker reflects on 25 years of his documentaries, featuring brand new conversations between Louis and some of his most memorable contributors. In this first edition, he looks back at his earliest documentaries and explores how some people’s most fervent beliefs can bring them into conflict with mainstream society. Louis catches up with some of his previous contributors including Mike Cain, who he first met in the mid-90s, having moved to the hills of Idaho for what he saw as an inevitable war with the federal government.

9.00pm The Mega Council Estate Next Door Channel 5 – The very different lives of people on either side of the economic divide in Islington, where the rich and the poor live shoulder to shoulder. Characters include ‘Dave Elvis’, who is a legend on the estate and spends all day, every day dressed as the King of Rock n’ Roll, and Peter, an author who used to work for the European Parliament, but now devotes his life to writing exciting novels – if only he could get them published.

10.00pm Better Things BBC Two – Fourth season of the semi-autobiographical comedy from Pamela Adlon. Sam and Phil pick up Frankie and Duke, who have been visiting their father. Frankie surprises Sam by saying she wants a big party for her 15th birthday.


8.05pm EastEnders BBC One – The BBC’s longest-running returns after months off the air due to the pandemic.

9.00pm Sue Perkins: Along the US Mexico Border BBC One – The comedian travels along one of the world’s most contentious borders, visiting places in America and Mexico to find out what life is like on both sides. Sue starts her journey at the western end of the border in the Mexican city of Tijuana, where she helps Honduran volunteers building a hostel for fellow refugees fleeing violence in their country. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm.

9.00pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? ITV – Jemery Clarkson returns to host of a week of the game show.

10.00pm Inside Chelsea: Britain’s Wealthiest Borough BBC Two – Mehreen Baig investigates the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, an area that boasts the UK’s most expensive houses and where annual salaries are three times the national average. Her guide is a true Chelsea insider – Amanda Eliasch, who made much of her fortune in a divorce from her billionaire husband 14 years ago. She’s also a successful photographer, and achieved notoriety in 2019 when she hired an auction house to dispose of the items in her wardrobe – including 250 pairs of designer shoes.


8.00pm Eat Well for Less BBC One – MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace and greengrocer Chris Bavin return to help more families with their food shopping, beginning with the Macbeth family in Windsor.


8.00pm Mary Berry’s Home Comforts BBC Two – Mary Berry explores the world of simple comfort food, demonstrating how to make heartwarming, fuss-free dishes that can warm the cockles and lift the spirits. In the opening episode, Mary heads back to the city where she learnt to cook, Paris, where she visits one of the city’s creperies to finesse her technique. Later, inspired by pastries in Parisian patisserie windows, she makes her own brioche and apple frangipane tart.

8.30pm Nadiya Bakes BBC Two – Nadiya Hussain shares her love of baking with some of her favourite recipes, from every day treats to indulgent desserts. In the first episode, Nadiya kicks things off with a series of her favourite recipes for classic bakes with a twist, including a blueberry scone pizza, and a spicy Asian take on a traditional toad-in-the-hole.

10.00pm Can We Beat Kids’ Cancer? Channel 4 – Documentary following three children and their families as they undergo both cutting-edge and traditional treatments at the Royal Marsden in London. Cameras follow three-year-old Charlotte, who is one of the first children in the UK to take a pioneering new targeted drug that has saved her life, while toddler Artemis must undergo a stem cell transplant, first done over 50 years ago, as this is the best option available to her. Elsewhere Lily, who is 14, takes on a cocktail of chemotherapy and newer immunotherapy drugs.


8.00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show Live ITV – The financial expert returns with a one-hour special, coming at a time when families are struggling to restructure their finances amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Joined by Angellica Bell, Martin takes viewers’ questions on family finances, jobs and consumer rights.

10.00pm The Black Full Monty Channel 4 – Documentary going on the road with The Chocolate Men, Britain’s first all-black touring strip dancing group. Filmed during their 2018 nationwide tour, the film meets the managers Louis and Dante – who thought up the idea after hosting a Magic Mike-themed show – and explores what motivates each of the dancers to bare all night after night.

10.00pm The Russell Howard Hour Sky One – The return of the topical comedy and entertainment show in which the host picks through the biggest UK and international stories.

10.45pm I Am Not a Rapist BBC One – Of the 60,000 rape cases reported to police last year, it is estimated that up to eight per cent were false allegations. This documentary hears the stories of three young men who were falsely accused of rape, examining the consequences of the allegations on their lives and the lives of their loved ones.


8.00pm Inside Center Parcs Channel 5 – How the Center Parcs holiday sites became the destination of choice for millions of UK families, featuring interviews with former executives and holidaymakers.

9.00pm The Romantics and Us with Simon Schama BBC Two – The historian explores the enduring and powerful legacy the Romantics have left on the modern world. In this episode, Simon explores how Romantic artists created the secular icons of the modern democratic age, whose power continues to inspire the passions of revolt to this day.

9.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 – The armchair critics return to share their opinions on what they have been watching during the week, with cameras capturing their instant reactions and the lively discussions that are prompted by the week’s biggest and best shows. This latest run is scheduled to extend for the next 15 weeks.

9.00pm Atlantic: A Year in the Wild Channel 5 – Stretching from the Antarctic in the south to the Arctic in the north, the Atlantic Ocean is vast, wild and unforgiving and each season brings new challenges for its indigenous creatures. Atlantic winters bring bitter storms, suffering and conflict. Animals that spend the frozen months here must be ready to face its fierce onslaught as short days make it difficult to find enough food in time. However, while most are battling to survive, some are just starting to raise a family.

9.00pm 23 Cases More4 – German Crime Drama. The public breathes a collective sigh of relief when serial killer Maximillian Rapp finally confesses to 23 brutal murders. However, for detective Tara Schöll, something doesn’t add up. Convinced that Rapp is innocent of at least three of the murders, she and her colleague Henry Kloss persuade the Chief of Police to use Rapp to help them find the other killer.

9.00pm Why Women Kill Alibi – Darkly comedic drama detailing the lives of three women living in three different decades. Beth Ann learns of her husband’s infidelity and Simone discovers a secret.

9.30pm It’ll Be Alright on the Night ITV – David Walliams presents a further compilation of TV clangers, gaffes and fluffed cues, all rescued from the cutting-room floor. Clips include Olly Murs being attacked by a fly on The Voice, a goat running amok in Judge Rinder’s court, a Love islander discovering the danger of wearing high heels on TV, and a desperate dog relieving himself on Paul O’Grady.

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