The TVweek: Saturday 6th – Friday 11th January 2019

by | Dec 20, 2018 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The Greatest Dancer BBC1 – Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo host a dance talent show where dancers of any age and dance style compete to win ú50,000 and a chance to perform on Strictly Come Dancing. Leading the charge to discover the greatest dancer are three superstar dance captains – platinum-selling singer Cheryl, Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse. The audience hold the power – if they are impressed by the audition, they can vote to open the mirror, and if 75 per cent of the audience vote yes then the mirror will open and the dancer will make it through to the next stage of the competition, the callbacks. Get ready to see talent from across the world of dance, from ballet to jazz, street to ballroom, contemporary to disco as the dancers give the performances of their lives in the hope of opening the mirror.

8.00pm The Voice UK ITV – A third series for ITV’s incarnation of the singing competition. As the blind auditions begin. Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and take their seats in the red chairs in a search for a singing superstar. Hopeful singers fight to make the chairs turn for a chance of winning a recording contract with Polydor.


6.00pm Dancing on Ice ITV – Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby return to the rink with more celebrity skaters.

8.00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Channel 4 – The programme that showcases the most ingenious small space designs returns for a new series. In the first episode, George travels to Suffolk to meet Simon, who wants to thank his mum by converting a railway cattle carriage into a luxury mobile holiday home fit for a queen. George meets Claire in east London who, having bought her dream vintage Morris Minor Caravanette, discovers that it’s rotten to the core. Can Claire rebuild this stunning one-of-a-kind slice of 60s retro chic?

9.00pm Manhunt ITV – Martin Clunes stars in this three-part drama to be shown over the next three nights. On 19th August 2004, French student Amelie Delagrange is found on Twickenham Green with fatal head injuries. Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton of the Metropolitan Police is appointed as Senior Investigating Officer, tasked with leading the investigation. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Tuesday.

9.00pm SAS: Who Dares Wins Channel 4 – In a landmark moment for the British Special Forces, the MOD has announced that in 2019 SAS selection will be open to women for the first time. Leading the way, the new series of SAS: Who Dares Wins sends 25 men and women high into the spectacular and punishing Andes mountains in central Chile. Chief instructor Ant Middleton and his Directing Staff Foxy, Ollie and Billy, have never worked with women on this course and have no idea how many will make the grade. In the Special Forces world, no one is interested in equality for the sake of it – Ant and the DS just want to know: can women, with no allowances or exceptions made, pass the course?

9.00pm Do The Right Thing with Eamonn & Ruth Five – Consumer entertainment show with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

9.00pm Ibiza Weekender ITV2 – Fifth series of the reality series following the work of holiday reps.

10.00pm Semi-Detached BBC2 – Lee Mack stars in this real-time sitcom which follows the hapless Stuart as he struggles through the worst half hour of his life, including a girlfriend in labour, a promiscuous dad and a naked neighbour with a lost appendage.


8.00pm How to Lose Weight Well Channel 4 – Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr Helen Lawal ask ordinary Brits to road test some of the most popular and talked about diets – giving viewers the lowdown on how the regimes worked for them.

8.00pm Drug Wars Dave – Documentary series following the work of Border Patrol Officers in Arizona.

8.00pm Inside the Ambulance W – Seventh series of the documentary series following the work of the Ambulance Service.

9.00pm The Babes in the Wood: The Prosecutors BBC2 – Documentary following the culmination of a 32-year fight for justice in a notorious unsolved double child murder. On 9th October 1986, nine-year-old friends Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows went out to play and didn’t come home. They were found lying dead in undergrowth in Wild Park, on the outskirts of Brighton. Police arrested 20-year-old Russell Bishop but a jury took less than two hours to acquit him of the murders. Now police and scientists are using cutting-edge methods to uncover new evidence, which they hope will be enough for the CPS to pursue a fresh prosecution. Following the re-investigation and proceedings from an early stage, and sharing the experience of the children’s families, this film charts the last chance at finally finding justice for Karen and Nicola.

9.00pm Brexit: The Uncivil War Channel 4 – One-off drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch providing a behind-the-scenes exploration of one of the most contested and controversial referendums in modern British history. Cumberbatch stars as Dominic Cummings, the leading strategist and campaign director of Vote Leave, and Rory Kinnear is Craig Oliver, who oversaw Remain’s communications strategy. This profoundly timely drama brings into sharp focus today’s political battlegrounds and goes beyond the well-known famous faces to peek behind the curtain, examining the anatomy of a modern data-driven election campaign, and each side’s controversial backers.

9.00pm Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys Five – Fourth series of the travelogue.

9.00pm Spencer, Vogue and Baby Too E4 – Reality series that follows first-time parents, Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams.

9.00pm Car S.O.S More4 – Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend join forces for a sixth series in which they rescue rusty classic vehicles from their garage prisons, returning much-loved old motors to their former glory by transforming them, inside and out. In the first episode, Tim and Fuzz are in Northern Ireland to take on one of the most challenging cars they have ever encountered: a 1959 MGA Roadster that has been rusting in a damp barn for almost 40 years.

10.00pm Two Doors Down BBC2 – Return of the gentle comedy. Beth and Eric think Ian is taking them out for a 30th wedding anniversary dinner but he and Gordon are actually throwing them a surprise party – but not all the night’s surprises are good.

10.00pm Raw Recruits: Squaddies at 16 Five – Documentary series following a group of teenage junior soldiers through their training. While the girls grapple with the reality of not seeing their parents for six weeks, the boys are already in trouble thanks to an illicit cigarette butt.


8.00pm Million Pound Menu BBC2 – Second series of the reality show where potential investors meet up with 3 new restaurants in hopes of working with them to set up their businesses.

8.00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show ITV – The Martin Lewis Money Show returns with a live one-hour bill-busting spectacular in a bid to beat the New Year financial blues.

9.00pm Silent Witness BBC1 – Emilia Fox returns for series 22 of the popular crime drama that follows the work of forensic pathologists. Fresh from her trip to the States, Nikki and the Lyell unit are called in to investigate an attack against a transgender man. Continues Tomorrow Night.

9.00pm ICONS BBC2 – Eight-part series exploring the achievements of some of the greatest figures of the 20th century. In this episode, the public decides who the greatest leader was. Continues Tomorrow.

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

                                         Escape at Dannemora, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Ben Fogle: New Lives in The Wild Five – Eighth series of the documentary in which Ben Fogle meets people who have given up the rat race for an alternative lifestyle. Ben travels to the vast forests of the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria to join Miriam and her husband Peter, a couple who have chosen life as nomads, hiking through some of the world’s most striking wildernesses. They are educated, unemployed and homeless – and it’s just the way they like it.

9.00pm Charmed E4 – US fantasy drama about three young witches with supernatural powers, a reboot of the 1998 series of the same name.

9.00pm Animal Airport More4 – Documentary series following the work of Heathrow’s Animal Reception Centre.

9.00pm Living the Dream Sky1 – Second series of the comedy drama about a British family living in Florida. Philip Glenister and Lesley Sharp star.

10.00pm Catastrophe Channel 4 – Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney are back with the fourth series of their hit comedy.? Guest cast in this series includes Julie Hesmondhalgh, Chris Noth, Michaela Watkins, David Alan Grier, Nat Faxon, Tobias Menzies and Brian Gleeson. We re-join the couple after Rob’s secret relapse to alcoholism ended in a dramatic car crash and a forced confession to Sharon. A new acquaintance becomes increasingly friendly with Rob, while Sharon dabbles in a new hobby that could also see her on the wrong side of the law.

10.00pm The Hotel Inspector: Checking in, Checking Out Five – Hotel inspector Alex Polizzi checks into hotels and guest houses that she has previously visited to check how their fortunes have fared.

10.00pm 999 Rescue Squad W – The response team race to the rescue of a worker trapped in a collapsed trench, and paramedic Kim must risk her own life to give him medical treatment 10ft underground.


9.00pm Cleaning Up ITV – Sheridan Smith stars in this six-part drama about a group of cleaners to try their hand at insider trading.

9.00pm The Undateables Channel 4 – Return of the reality show which looks to find love for disabled people. Poetry lover Michael has spent years studying the literature of love but he’s had precious few opportunities to try out his own romantic lines.? Michael has Asperger’s, a form of autism, and has been single for over 14 years.? Dance teacher Tobi is fearless on the dance floor.

9.00pm Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky Five – Documentary series following the world’s most elite aerobatic display team. A new team leader comes on board in the Autumn of 2017, and it will be his job to design and develop fresh and ambitious manoeuvres for the 2018 season, which marks the RAF’s 100th anniversary.

10.00pm Shut-Ins: Britain’s Fattest People Channel 4 – This three-part series follows the struggle of three severely morbidly obese people to regain control of their lives before it’s too late.


8.00pm Britain’s Fat Fight: The Journey Continues BBC1 – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall returns with the last instalment of his series on a national health crisis that he is determined to do something about. In this final edition, he examines some of the misleading marketing claims on ‘healthier’ products, unveils the truth about why Brits love to snack and challenges a family to rethink their portion sizes.

8.00pm The Secret Life of 4-Year-Olds Channel 4 – The award-winning series returns with an all-new cast of children. In this episode, technology takes over the nursery, as the four-year-olds get to grips with the classroom of the future. How will tablets, robots and other gadgets affect how the children play? And what is tech doing to the bodies and brains of this generation of digital natives?

8.00pm Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun Five – Documentary series featuring expats who left the UK for a new, cheaper life in the sun.

9.00pm Death in Paradise BBC1 – Eighth series of the gentle crime drama set on Guadalupe. When a passenger is stabbed on the express bus to Honore, Jack and his team are baffled. No-one left their seat, so how did they commit murder?

9.00pm Hospital BBC2 – Fourth series of the documentary that shines a light on the harsh realities faced by the NHS.

9.00pm The Parras: Men of War ITV – This three-part documentary series features unprecedented access to the elite Parachute Regiment after its doors were opened to a UK network broadcaster’s cameras for the first time in a generation.

9.00pm Hunted Channel 4 – Fourth series of reality show where ordinary people must evade being captured by the hunters and secure a big cash prize.

9.00pm A League of Their Own: European Roadtrip Sky1 – Freddie and Jamie hit the road for a riotous spell of James Corden-set challenges. First up is a sailing race across the Channel and a red-faced can-can in Paris.

Notable Continuing Series: The Good Place 9.00pm, E4

9.00pm The Orville FOX – Second season of Seth McFarlane’s comedy-drama that follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, and its crew, both human and alien, who face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life.

10.00pm Better Things BBC2 – US comedy loosely based on the life of its star Pamela Adlon. Adlon plays Sam, a working actress and mother to three daughters struggling on her own to raise them whilst juggling her work as an actress in Hollywood. Celia Imrie stars as Sam’s mother who lives next door.

10.00pm Flirty Dancing Channel 4 – In this series, choreographer and self-confessed romantic Ashley Banjo plays Cupid as he uses the art of dance to bring hopeful singletons together. Ashley believes something electric happens when people dance together. Each week, he takes complete strangers and teaches them one half of a choreographed dance routine. After four days of rehearsing separately, the two people meet for the first time in a spectacular location and dance together in silence. Without conversation can they make a connection? If the dancers find there is a chemistry between them, they can decide to meet again. Will it be love at first dance?


7.00pm Digging Up Brtian’s Past Five – Archaeology series exploring fascinating periods in British history as revealed by unfolding archaeological digs.

9.00pm The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts BBC2 – 21st-century crafters move into a late-1800s Victorian Arts and Crafts commune in the Welsh hills that have been painstakingly brought back to life. Over their month-long stay, they are set to renovate four of the key rooms in the house.

9.00pm Granchester ITV – The gentle crime drama starring  Robson Green and James Norton, and new cast member Tom Brittney, returns for a fourth series.

9.00pm The Crimson Rivers More4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this French crime drama set in a world of gruesome criminal cases, sadistic killers and unsettling rituals. Old-school police detective Pierre Niemans, a former teacher at the Officer Training Academy, is officially retired from the force but unofficially investigates cases for the CBVC.

9.30pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 – This episode’s guests are Rhod Gilbert, Ronan Keating, Ellie Taylor and Georgia Toffolo.

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