The TVweek: Saturday 6th – Friday 12th January 2018

by | Dec 27, 2017 | All, TV Week


6.00pm Catchphrase ITV – Stephen Mulhern presents the game show in which three contestants have to guess well-known catchphrases depicted by animations on a large screen. This episode is a celebrity special, featuring Ellie Simmonds, Fay Ripley and Jimmy Carr.

7.00pm Take Me Out ITV – Paddy McGuinness presents a brand new series of the dating show, as an all-new line-up of 30 single girls from across the UK hope to find the man of their dreams from the singletons descending in the love lift.

7.25pm Wedding Day Winners BBC1 – Lorraine Kelly and Rob Beckett present a series which sees two pairs of nearlyweds and their friends and family come together for a wedding day like no other. Jam-packed with fun family games, dare-devil stunts, surprises and a show-stopping performance, the couples and their loved ones play for dream prizes throughout the show. The couples then go head to head in the ultimate challenge to win the honeymoon of a lifetime and the chance to say ‘I do’ in a magical ceremony in front of the nation.

8.00pm The Voice UK ITV – New series of the singing competition fronted by Emma Willis with new coach Olly Murs and returning coaches Sir Tom Jones, Will i am and Jennifer Hudson.

9.35pm Hard Sun BBC1 – Six-part  pre-apocalyptic crime drama from Luther creator Neil Cross. Unruly police detective DCI Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess) is deeply suspicious of his new partner DI Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn). But their first investigation exposes a secret that will connect them for life.


6.00pm Dancing on Ice ITV – Celebrity ice-skating contest, in which ten famous faces – all novices in the sport – take to the ice with professional partners in a bid to win viewers’ votes and keep their place in the competition.

7.00pm Robot Wars Special BBC2 – The best teams in the UK take on the rest of the world in the second of our international specials. Reigning champions Eruption lead a team of some of the fiercest robots in the UK – Big Nipper, Concussion and Thor are all fighting for international glory. Their opposition are captained by silicon valley millionaire Michael Mauldin and robot Cathadh, alongside Terror Turtle from Canada, space rocket launching Weber from Russia and from the Netherlands, we see the return of flame-throwing robot Bash.

8.00pm Attenborough and the Sea Dragon BBC1 – Documentary following David Attenborough as he attempts to animate the life of the ichthyosaur whose 200-million-year-old fossil remains were found on Britain’s Jurassic coast. Using state-of-the-art imaging technology and CGI, the team reconstruct the skeleton and create the most detailed animation of an ichthyosaur ever made. Along the way, they stumble into a 200-million-year-old murder mystery – and only painstaking forensic investigation can unravel the story of this extraordinary creature’s fate.

8.00pm Vera ITV – Brenda Blethyn returns for an eighth series of the crime drama based on the books of Anne Cleaves.

8.00pm The Biggest Little Railway in the World Channel 4 –  Engineer Dick Strawbridge leads a team of model railway enthusiasts as they attempt to build the longest model railway in the world, 71 miles across Scotland, from Fort William on the west coast to Inverness on the east coast. It’s a route the Victorians never managed, so building this miniature railway will be an epic challenge. Dick briefs the nervous but excited volunteers and selects four team leaders – debt collector Lawrence Robbins, science fiction writer Jenny Kirk, school caretaker Charlie Fox-Wilson and apprentice project manager Paul Burkitt-Gray. He also selects two teams who will build especially challenging constructions such as bridges and viaducts. The volunteers get stuck in straight away.

8.00pm MacGyver Sky1 – New season of the US action crime series.

Notable Continuing Series: McMafia,9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Michael Palin: A Life on Screen BBC2 – Michael Palin tells the story behind his success, after being honoured with a special award at the BAFTAs in 2013. With an outstanding career in television and film, this special delves into the archives to showcase some of Michael’s incredible work, with an in-depth interview with the man himself. From his early days with writing partner Terry Jones to changing the face of British comedy with Monty Python, Michael Palin has gone from strength to strength. Including interviews from people who helped shape Michael’s glittering career, such as John Cleese, David Jason, Connie Booth, Armando Iannucci and Clem Vallance.

9.00pm SAS: Who Dares Wins Channel 4 – SAS: Who Dares Wins returns, with 25 new civilian recruits pushed to their limits in Morocco’s extreme and unforgiving Atlas Mountains. Chief Instructor Ant Middleton and his Directing Staff Foxy, Ollie and Billy are intensifying the course, in a condensed version of SAS Selection that’s the closest civilians can get to actual Special Forces training.


7.30pm Coach Trip: The Road to Tenerife E4 – Under the watchful eye of tour guide Brendan, 14 fresh-faced tourists kick off an epic 40-day European tour in Biarritz, south west France. As always, there’s just one catch – the least popular people get voted off.

8.00pm How to Lose Weight Well Channel 4 – A brand new series of the show in which Dr Xand van Tulleken and dietician Hala El-Shafie help members of the public tackle some of the most hyped weight-loss regimes on the scene. The dieters are divided into three time frames: Crashers try short term diets; Shape Shifters take on a six week programme; while Life Changers sign-on for four month dieting plans.

9.00pm Silent Witness BBC1 – Emilia Fox returns for the 21st series of the forensic pathology drama.  As the team investigate the death of a man found in a remote reservoir, Nikki and Jack must deal with the aftermath of their Mexico ordeal. Continues Tomorrow.

9.00pm Surgeons: At the Edge of Life BBC2 – Documentary series looking at some of the country’s top surgeons as they perform high-stakes surgery. In the first episode, specialist maxillofacial surgeons Tim Martin and Sat Parmar prepare for a marathon operation on 53-year-old Teresa. Four weeks ago, Teresa was diagnosed with a fast-growing cancerous tumour in her face and she will die within weeks unless it is removed. The procedure involves radical surgery to the entire right-hand side of her face, and means she will lose both her upper jaw and right eye.

9.00pm My Antoshing Self BBC4 – Documentary in which award-winning Irish actor Gabriel Byrne explores the life, works and passions of playwright George Bernard Shaw.

9.00pm Next of Kin ITV – Archie Panjabi and Jack Davenport star in this six-part drama. Panjabi  series Thriller about a London doctor who becomes embroiled in a web of conspiracy. about a stars as a successful GP who receives word that her brother has been kidnapped in Pakistan while en route back to the UK. The family’s shock is not made any easier as it emerges her brother’s teenage son Danny has aroused the interest of the police counter-terrorism unit, so Mona attempts to find Danny before the police do.

9.00pm The Undateables Channel 4 – The Undateables returns for an eighth series with more singletons looking for love. Rugby player Luke from Hull has Tourette’s syndrome and finds it hard to control his physical and vocal tics. Sam has Asperger’s. He is gay and finds the scene intimidating and Becky who has scoliosis, Becky has never had a boyfriend, but is determined to do something about it.

9.00pm Car SOS More4 – Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend join forces for a fifth 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.

10.00pm The First Dates Hotel Channel 4 – First Dates Hotel returns as Fred Sirieix and his team head to the ultimate love hotel in sun-soaked Italy, where they’re joined by new Italian staff: assistant manager Francesca, receptionist Michela and handsome waiter Francesco. An eclectic mix of singletons from across the UK check in to this new playground of passion for a slice of la dolce vita.

10.00pm Not So Sweet Sixteen Five – Reality series following the journeys of four different teenagers in the build-up to a birthday party or prom. Dominique tears her dress on the dance floor, and fears her prom dreams are in tatters. Joel’s party descends into drunken chaos. Archie and Francesca are planning an expensive party, while Beth’s reckless drunken behaviour upsets her mum.


8.00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show Live – Britain’s financial hero takes a look at the potential savings that can be made on everyday bills. With the festive season leaving many people with empty bank balances, every penny counts. Luckily, Martin is on hand to answer viewers questions live – whilst also revealing the very best deals on the market for broadband, bank accounts, mobile and home phones, breakdown cover and digital TV packages.

9.00pm House of Saud: A Family at War BBC2 – Documentary series looking at the challenges facing the new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, 32-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, who has pledged to transform the country. The first episode examines the new leader’s dramatic commitment to end extremism and to return to moderate Islam. Travelling from Eastern Europe to India, and across the bloody battlefields of Syria and Yemen, the programme traces the impact that huge amounts of Saudi cash and weapons have had around the world.

9.00pm School for Stammerers ITV – A documentary following six people as they join an intensive and emotionally draining course in the hope of controlling their stammering. The group includes 21-year-old teacher Emily who believes her stammer is stopping her from getting her dream job and 53-year-old lorry driver Tony who chose the solitary profession to avoid having to interact with other people. The group have to overcome some difficult challenges, but can the course change their lives?

9.00pm England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey BBC4 – Series in which Helen Castor tells the story of Lady Jane Grey, the first reigning queen of England.

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

                                               Inside No.9, 10.00pm. BBC2

10.00pm Working Class White Men Channel 4 – In Britain today many working class white men feel demonised, forgotten and angry. Professor Green explores what life is really like for these men, why many of them feel abandoned, and what the consequences are for Britain if we continue to look away. Raised by his nan on a council estate in Hackney, Professor Green is himself from a working class, low-income background. Over a period of six months he follows six working class white men in different parts of the country to understand what life in modern Britain is like for them. He examines the challenges and barriers they face in education, work, family life and in the way the rest of society regards them. In this episode, Professor Green follows the struggles of three very different young men who are each trying to work out who they are. Lewis is determined to get ahead and has his heart set on going to Cambridge University.

10.45pm Canvey: The Promised Land BBC1 – Europe’s largest ultra Orthodox Jewish community has lived in Stamford Hill, London since the late 1800s. But with rents soaring they are on the move. This film follows the Hasidic community as some of them look to relocate to Canvey Island, on the River Thames estuary. Both the Hasid and the Canvey Islanders are aware of the challenges of integration. With unique access to this tightly closed community, we follow Naftali and Miriam Noe and their four children from Stamford Hill, as they join the 25 Hasidic families who have already made the move to Canvey. Chris Fenwick, a lifelong Canvey Islander, pub landlord and manager of the rock and roll band, Dr Feelgood, has devised a plan to integrate everyone. He’s inviting his new neighbours to a gig in his pub, taking the Hasidic children on a guided tour of the Island, and with the help of Reverend David Tudor and the next mayor of Canvey, Barry Campagna, hoping to bring both sides together during a meal at his pub.


8.00pm The Truth About Looking Good BBC1 – Documentary investigating the truth behind looking good.

8.00pm Britain’s Brightest Family ITV – Anne Hegerty – aka The Chase’s Governess – hosts this brand new quiz show in which 16 brilliantly bright families attempt to win the holiday of a lifetime and the title of Britain’s Brightest Family. There is a twist, however, as players must nominate a fellow family member to answer each question. How well do they really know each other?

8.00pm Yianni: Supercar Customiser Dave – Meet Yianni Charalambous, the car customiser the rich and famous trust with their precious motors. Yianni has to get a high-tech hybrid supercar ready in under a week.

9.00pm Fighting for Air BBC2 – Air pollution in the UK has been declared a “public health emergency” and Dr Xand van Tulleken is seeing what can be done about it. Enlisting the help of enthusiasts and sceptics from the Kings Heath community in Birmingham, Xand stages the first ever large-scale experiment of its kind, using people power to try and bring about a quantifiable improvement in air quality for a single day.

9.00pm Kiri Channel 4 – Bafta-winner Jack Thorne’s powerful and compelling new four-part drama about a young black girl Kiri, due to be adopted by a white foster family, who is abducted – and the trail of lies, blame, guilt and notoriety that follows. Sarah Lancashire stars as experienced, no-nonsense social worker Miriam. Also starring Lucian Msamati as Kiri’s birth grandfather Tobi, and Lia Williams as foster mother Alice.


8.00pm Big Cats BBC1 – Documentary series uncovering the secret lives of cats. In Ruaha, Tanzania, lions form huge super prides in order to hunt giants. In Sri Lanka a tiny rusty-spotted cat explores his forest home – 200 times smaller than a lion, the rusty-spotted is the smallest of all cats. The Canada lynx lives further north than any cat, relying on snowshoe hares to survive the bitterly cold winters. Until now, lynx were creatures of mystery, but technology can now provide an insight into their secret lives. Honey is an African leopard and a mother. For a decade she has worn a radio collar that has allowed scientists to follow her life’s every twist and turn. Now in the worst drought in decades, she is battling to raise a cub. In the Himalayas, perhaps the world’s most lonesome cat is searching for a mate – a male snow leopard, who may get just one chance to mate in his whole life.

8.00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Channel 4 – Architect George Clarke returns for a seventh series. George and master craftsman Will Hardie travel around the UK visiting ingenious and eccentric builds created by pioneering small space designers.

8.30pm The Cruise ITV – The series returns to follow the staff and passengers on board one of the world’s largest luxury cruise ships

9.00pm Transformation Street ITV – Three-part documentary series focusing on people swapping gender. In this episode, cameras follow Lucas and his mum as he starts to transition from female to male and undergoes surgery to have his breasts removed. Also featuring railway worker Wendy, who has been counting down the days until her gender confirmation surgery.

Notable Continuing Series: Hunted,9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Release the Hounds ITV2 – The horror game show returns, now hosted by Matt Edmondson. In this edition, the stars of Love Island swap cocktails and sunshine for rat monsters and a pitch black forest.

9.00pm Walks with My Dog More4 – Celebrities take a stroll in the great British outdoors with their faithful hound. In the first episode, Caroline Quentin visits Cornwall, following the Helford estuary, including Frenchman’s Creek. Dom Joly is on Hadrian’s Wall with his two black Labradors; and former rugby captain Gareth Thomas explores the Brecon Beacons with his German pointer Boyo, which inevitably includes a steep climb or two.


7.00pm The Wine Show Five – Second series of the part travelogue, part documentary series for wine lovers. Actors Matthew Goode and James Purefoy are challenged to put together a case of wine to match a six-course lunch by Michelin-starred French chef StÚphane Reynaud

8.30pm Room 101 BBC1 – Room 101 returns with host Frank Skinner. Charlie Brooker, Scarlett Moffatt and Pearl Mackie compete to have their pet hates and peeves consigned to Room 101. Topics include Crocs, mosquitoes and having your hair cut!

8.30pm A Vicar’s Life BBC2 – A behind-the-scenes look at the lives of country vicars.

9.00pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 – Rob Brydon hosts the award-winning comedy panel show with David Mitchell and Lee Mack as the lightning-quick team captains. The guests on this episode are Ade Edmondson, Claude Littner, Cariad Lloyd and Jordan Stephens.

9.00pm Lethal Weapon ITV – Second season of the TV drama based on the films from eighties.

9.00pm The Big Fat Quiz of Everything Channel 4 – Quizmaster Jimmy Carr asks questions covering 100,000 years of human history, giving a unique Big Fat Quiz spin on History, Music, Film, TV and Science from every epoch. Contestants Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Claudia Winkleman, Miranda Hart, Jonathan Ross and Nish Kumar join Jimmy to compete for the Big Fat Quiz crown. Plus there are cameos from Charles Dance, Jon Snow, the children of Mitchell Brook Primary School, and a host of celebrity question setters. Tune in to find out what was said on the first ever phone call. Why was 1997 such a big year for chess? And what, specifically, doesn’t impress Shania Twain?

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