The TVweek: Saturday 5th – Friday 11th August 2017

by | Aug 1, 2017 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Paul O’Grady’s Hollywood Channel 4 – Paul O’Grady explores a wealth of cinematic history to find out what makes movies magical. From the enduring heroines of the silver screen to the hits of big production musicals and the classic weepies that had us all sobbing in the dark, Paul reveals what makes our favourite movies so memorable. In this episode, Paul explores how the movie business learned to make us cry as he delves into the realm of the classic weepie. Ever since the early silent melodramas, cinema goers have flocked to see sad movies such as Brief Encounter, The Champ and Titanic. The show hears the cinematic secrets for teasing out the tears from stars including Jon Voight, Bernard Cribbins, Celine Dion and the cast of E.T. and Beaches. Also includes contributions from Jonathan Ross, Maureen Lipman, Richard E Grant and Sally Phillips.

9.00pm Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime BBC2 – Billy Connolly celebrates his 75th birthday and 50 years in showbusiness by sitting for three Scottish artists – John Byrne, Jack Vettriano and Rachel MacLean. During each sitting, Billy talks about his remarkable life and career, which has taken him from musician and pioneering stand-up to Hollywood actor.

Notable Continuing Series:I Know Who You Are 9.00pm, BBC4


8.00pm Secrets of Silicon Valley BBC2 – Jamie Bartlett uncovers the dark reality behind Silicon Valley’s glittering promise to build a better world. He visits Uber’s lavish offices in San Francisco and hears how the company believes it is improving our cities. But in Hyderabad in India, Jamie sees for himself the human consequences of Uber’s utopian vision – drivers driven to suicide over falling earning.

8.00pm Diana: In Her Own Words Channel 4 – A brand new in-depth documentary featuring footage of Diana speaking candidly on a range of subjects. Airing shortly before the 20th anniversary of her death, this revelatory film draws on a unique historical archive: video tapes recorded by Diana’s speech coach Peter Settelen, who she hired to help her prepare and publicly present her own account of events, and reinvent her public persona. Some of this footage is being broadcast for the first time ever; none of it has been seen on British television before. The footage that Settelen captured at Diana’s private residence in Kensington Palace in 1992 and 1993 is the only known unmediated video with Diana ever recorded. It shows Diana rehearsing her speaking voice and also reflecting at length on her own biography and offering revealing insight into her upbringing, her courtship with the Prince of Wales, her marriage and her public life.


8.00pm Animal Rescue Live: Supervet Special Channel 4 – Steve Jones, Kate Quilton and Professor Noel Fitzpatrick launch a new, week-long animal rescue show live from the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter. Their mission is to clear the shelter and find permanent homes for the animals who currently live there, while also rehousing pets from other shelters up and down the country. Continues until Friday.

9.00pm Car Crash Britain: Caught on Camera ITV – Footage of Britain’s most shocking road accidents, jaw-dropping driving and miraculous near misses all caught on camera by people at the very centre of the action.

Notable Continuing Series: 999: What’s Your Emergency?, Channel 4
                                               Game of Thrones 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic 
                                               The Americans, 10.00pm, ITV Encore 

10.00pm Eden: Paradise Lost Channel 4 – In March 2016, 23 men and women left everyday life behind to live in a remote part of the British Isles. Disillusioned with 21st century living, they entered Eden as strangers to isolate themselves from the modern world and be given the chance to start again and create a new society from scratch. Their first months were shown on Channel 4 in 2016. But as life in Eden progressed, the promise of a utopia looked like anything but… This stripped series across the week follows the remaining time in Eden, to find out how the dream turned into a nightmare. Life in Eden proved too tough for some, and after just three months, two had already left. By the summer, hunger pervades and divisions within the camp are already becoming apparent as boatman Anton and carpenter Raph separate themselves and continue building a winter camp in the woods away from the beach and the communal living space. Continues until Friday.

10.00pm Make or Break Five – Eight couples arrive in Mexico’s tropical paradise and are put ‘on a break’ and start dating other people, which immediately causes friction. Matty struggles to be separated from Jess, Beth brings David to tears, Nikita thinks it’s all over, and Elle and Andy also hit rock bottom.


9.00pm Trust Me BBC1 – Jodie Whittaker stars in this new four-part drama.  Driven to desperate measures, nurse Cath Hardacre assumes the identity of her best friend, an A&E doctor, and finds work in a struggling emergency department.

Notable Continuing Series: The Leftovers, 10.10pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Get a House for Free Channel 4 – Landlord Marco Robinson – who owns a business and property empire worth £25 million – is embracing a uniquely personal brand of philanthropy. Having made his fortune, he wants to give something back and is looking to give away a three bedroom flat in Preston, worth around £120,000. He is looking for the right person or people who he thinks will benefit most from the property and whose lives he feels will be changed by this extraordinary gift. Once he finds them, the property will be theirs – mortgage free. After an overwhelming response of 8,000 applicants, Marco spends six weeks meeting as many applicants as possible. Marco himself experienced homelessness as a young boy as he and his mother were evicted from numerous properties. As he gets to know the people desperate for his flat, the decision becomes harder and harder.


8.00pm Super Smart Animals BBC1 – Biologist Patrick Aryee explores the fascinating secrets behind what makes small animals successful.

9.00pm My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947 BBC1 – Anita Rani presents a two-part documentary marking the 70th anniversary of the Partion of India, examining the stories of three British families, one Muslim, one Hindu and one British colonial, who lived in India at the time.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm,  Channel 4

10.45pm My Big Jewish Conversion BBC1 – Documentary following Simon Atkins, a gay Catholic man, as he explores whether to convert to Judaism. Having never felt truly accepted by his own church, Simon considers converting to the same religion as his Jewish boyfriend. He begins by talking to his local rabbi, before travelling to Israel. In Tel Aviv, he meets gay people from all walks of life, including gay soldiers in the IDF. But his experience in Jerusalem, where extreme views towards homosexuality are rife, is very different.


Notable Continuing Series: Top of the Lake: China Girl, 9.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Princess Diana’s ‘Wicked’ Stepmother Channel 4 – Documentary that uncovers the turbulent relationship between Princess Diana and her formidable stepmother. Raine Spencer was a force of nature, rising from humble origins with help from her larger than life mother, Barbara Cartland, to become a countess three times and a member of the royal family.


8.00pm Teach My Pet To Do That ITV – Documentary series celebrating the hidden potential of the nation’s pets.

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