The TVweek: Saturday 6th – Friday 12th March 2021

by | Mar 2, 2021 | All, TV Week


9.00pm The Markles vs the Monarchy Channel 5 – A look at the rift between Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the royal family, with both sides now engaged in a war of words that threatens to plunge the monarchy into yet more infighting and controversy.

10.00pm Dave Allen on Life BBC Two – A selection of monologues by the Irish comedian, in which he reflects on the idiocies of life, meditating on everything from the process of ageing through to the invasive tendencies of the telephone.


5.00pm A Service of Celebration for Commonwealth Day BBC One – To mark Commonwealth Day, the Queen shares her annual message. Other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex, join the celebrations and speak about why our Commonwealth links are so important. Presented by Anita Rani from Westminster Abbey.

Notable Continuing Series: The Great, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.45pm Funny Festival Live BBC Two – Stand-up performances by established and up-and-coming comedians, recorded in front of a live virtual audience over three nights at a Covid-safe venue in south London.


8.00pm First Ladies Sky Documentaries – A deep dive into the personal and political lives of First Ladies from throughout history, beginning wiith Michelle Obama.

Notable Continuing Series: Would I Lie To You? 8.30pm, BBC One

                                             Unforgotten, 9.00pm, ITV

                                     Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, 9.30pm, Sky Comedy

9.00pm Great Canal Journeys More4 – Sheila Hancock and Gyles Brandreth explore the waterways of Staffordshire, journeying along the Caldon Canal and the Trent and Mersey Canal, to Stoke-on-Trent.


8.00pm The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer Channel 4 – The charity version of the popular baking show returns, and with Noel Fielding on paternity leave, Matt Lucas is presenting on his own. In previous editions, comedian Tom Allen has stepped in to co-present – but today he is showing off his baking skills as one of the contestants, alongside Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley, comedian Rob Beckett and singer Alexandra Burke. To impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, the celebrities serve up millionaire shortbread, a fruity tart and their pet hates in cake form in the showstopper.

9.00pm Caroline Aherne at the BBC BBC One – A celebration of comedy writer and actress Caroline Aherne, featuring highlights of her work for the BBC including The Mrs Merton Show and The Royle Family. Presented by Fast Show colleague John Thomson.

9.00pm Long Lost Family: What Happened Next? ITV – Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell revisit some of the most extraordinary searches to find out how lives have been transformed. In the first episode of this series, the pair catch up with Jean Smith, who had spent a lifetime longing to find her American Air Force father. Later, Davina and Nicky revisit the Annie Sims, who they assisted in her search for her birth mother and older sister almost five years ago.

Notable Continuing Series: Your Honor, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.15pm The Celebrity Circle for Stand Up to Cancer Channel 4 – A group of famous faces move into the apartment block where they communicate only by social media. The name of the game is to become the most popular player, and while most of them know who they are chatting to, a few are hiding behind fake profiles. The game begins with Denise van Outen, Duncan James, Lady Leshurr, Saffron Barker, Baga Chipz, Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha, Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom, and Sam Thompson and Pete Wicks. They give their first impressions, and presenter Emma Willis delivers big news to the players.


8.00pm Britain’s Busiest Airport – Heathrow ITV – As the Covid-19 pandemic grips the nation, cameras follow life at Heathrow, as depleted staff members fight to keep the airport going. Customer service team member Demi is on hand to offer help to all those who are allowed to travel in and out of the airport, and has her work cut out as she tries to track down a missing passenger. Elsewhere, staff adjust to the new safety measures put in place to stop the spread of the virus.

9.00pm Our DNA Journey ITV – Eight celebrities prepare to embark on a life changing journey to explore their family history using DNA technology and genealogy. This time, Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff travel around the country to discover each other’s family histories. Proud Lancastrian Freddie is anxious that his DNA may lead him to Yorkshire, and there is a surprise in store when the pair arrive the Wakefield Mining Museum. Later, Jamie’s family journey takes him to London’s East End, where he uncovers a notorious mystery that has remained unsolved for generations.

9.00pm The Killing of James Bulger Channel 5 – On 12th February 1993, a CCTV camera captured footage of two young boys leading a two-year-old child away from the Strand shopping centre in Liverpool. This two-part documentary tells the definitive story of the case, examining in forensic detail what happened on that tragic day, how the young killers were caught and the devastating legacy of the murder on James’s family and the community. With access to his mother Denise Fergus, his brothers speaking exclusively for the first time, along with the police and others closely involved in the case. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm.

10.45pm Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn BBC One – Zara McDermott shot to fame on Love Island in 2018. But as soon as she left the villa, Zara was told that naked photos she had shared with an ex-lover had started circulating worldwide. The incident left Zara devastated, ashamed and looking for answers. Here she sets out to understand more about the impact of revenge porn on victims and questions whether anyone can safely share intimate images again.


8.00pm The Dog House Channel 4 – Documentary following the staff of Wood Green animal charity, who are committed to matching their homeless dogs with prospective owners. An eight-stone Newfoundland makes a favourable first impression on the Coxon family, but staff are worried that his habit of showering everyone with a spray of slobber may take some of the gloss off. Nine-week-old French bulldog Kevin competes with a nervous terrier to win the hearts of loved-up couple Ryan and Katie, while a recently widowed grandmother seeks another `beating heart” to help fill a home that is feeling very empty.

9.00pm Return to Dunblane with Lorraine Kelly ITV – Twenty five years ago, the small Scottish town of Dunblane was struck by tragedy when 16 primary school children and their teacher were murdered by a lone gunman. Lorraine Kelly was a reporter on the ground that day, and in this documentary she returns to speak again to those affected by the events. Her film also looks at the spirit of the town, which showed remarkable resilience and mutual support in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in British history.


9.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 – The Armchair telly critics return for a new series.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                   The Last Leg, 10.00pm. Channel 4

                                              Ramy, 11.05pm, Channel 4 

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