The TVweek: Saturday 7th – Friday 13th September 2019

by | Sep 2, 2019 | All, TV Week


7.10pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – The pro-celebrity ballroom contest hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman returns with a bang, as the Queen of Pop herself Kylie Minogue performs a medley of her biggest hits alongside a dazzling routine from the professionals. The line-up this year features former England footballers Alex Scott and David James, TV presenter Anneka Rice, actresses Catherine Tyldesley and Emma Barton, stand-up comedian Chris Ramsey, Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin, fashion model Emma Weymouth, Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual, singer Michelle Visage, BBC Breakfast sports correspondent Mike Bushell, YouTuber Saffron Barker and Paralympic table tennis player Will Bayley. Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood all return to the judging desk, joined by the newest member of the panel Motsi Mabuse, who replaces the outgoing Darcey Bussell. The show also sees the celebs take to the floor for the very first time in a spectacular group dance, as well as another musical performance from Mark Ronson and Yebba.

10.00pm Python at 50: Silly Talks and Holy Grails BBC2 – A selection of rarely seen Monty Python moments from the BBC archives, following the group’s encounters with `Auntie” over the past 50 years and capturing them at the height of their power. Highlights include Terry Gilliam showing how he created his unique Python animations, Graham Chapman discussing the pressures of life as a homosexual, alcoholic comic, John Cleese explaining why he had to quit the final TV series, and Michael Palin promoting The Life of Brian on a children’s programme.


Notable Continuing Series: Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Conspiracy Files: The Billionaire Global Mastermind? BBC2 – An investigation into the political influence of billionaire George Soros, who has been accused by conspiracy theorists and politicians alike of attempting to sway elections and control immigration policies. The programme questions how many of these stories have basis in fact, and how many are grounded in antisemitism.

9.00pm Treasure Island with Bear Grylls Channel 4 – Twelve people are left on an uninhabited island in the Pacific, marooned and facing the toughest five weeks of their lives, with cash prizes worth ú100,000 waiting to be discovered. What the participants do with the money when they find it is up to them, but if they leave early, they leave with nothing. In just the clothes on their back, with a day’s supply of water and a few basic tools, the group is abandoned on the treacherous south east side of the island. They are immediately confronted with their first big decision when a helicopter flies overhead and parachutes a box of cash on the north shore. Do they chase the money or try to make camp? Bear keeps a watchful eye on proceedings.

10.00pm State of the Union BBC2 – Comedy written by Nick Hornby and directed by Stephen Frears, about a couple who fear their marriage is failing and decide to give counselling sessions a try. Starring Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike.

10.00pm Virtual Sex: Adventures in Futureland Channel 4 – Comedian and film-maker Jamali Maddix meets extraordinary characters making a living in the digital era, from Bitcoin millionaires to children supporting their families by uploading viral content. In the first edition, Jamali travels to the US, where he meets a new breed of porn star known as cammers, who perform directly for their clients via their laptops.


8.00pm Supermarket Sweep ITV2 – Rylan Clark-Neal hosts a revival of the supermarket-based game show in which three pairs of shoppers go wild in the aisles to win a ú3,000 prize.

Notable Continuing Series: Succession, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
                                               Stath Lets Flats, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Aldi vs Lidl: Supermarket Wars Five – A look at the success of the two German-owned supermarket chains, investigating their canny marketing ploys and aggressive sales techniques in their battle for domination. Insiders reveal the secrets behind both supermarkets’ success and how they compete with their rivals, while the programme highlights the most tempting cut-price products that are the key to their success.


Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake-off, 8.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Euphoria, 10.10pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Seahorse: The Dad who Gave Birth BBC2 – Documentary about a gay transgender man’s efforts to have a baby, following his story over the course of three years from the initial struggle to conceive to the eventual birth, and examining the challenges and prejudices he has faced, forcing him to rely on the support of friends and family in the face of mounting hostility.

9.15pm Suicidal Five – Documentary following six men who have considered killing themselves or even attempted it as they undergo treatment at Riverside Mental Health Centre in Hillingdon, London. The programme explores the mental health issues that have driven them to this point, including bereavement, isolation, a struggle to adapt to a changing world, or long-standing trauma caused by childhood bullying.

10.45pm How Can You Help Stop Suicide? Five – Advice on how to help people who may be considering killing themselves, exploring the warning signs to look for and how to engage with the subject safely. Featuring contributions from medical professionals and people who have recovered from suicide attempts, and gone on to help others.


Notable Continuing Series: Grand Designs, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Better Things, 10.00pm, BBC2


8.00pm Hairy Bikers: Route 66 BBC2 – David Myers and Simon King embark on a 2,000-mile journey along the famous American road, taking them through eight different states, each with their own history, flavours and people. They begin by learning about Chicago’s meatpacking industry, before moving on to small-town American, where they spend time with the Amish community, cooking together and learning about their different way of life. Their first leg ends in St Louis, where they try `concrete custard” – a treat so rich and thick it has to be served upside down.

8.30pm Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes ITV – Paul returns to meet more children who are receiving life-changing treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

9.00pm Jesy Nelson BBC1 – When Jesy Nelson rose to fame with pop band Little Mix, she was abused online for being `the fat one”. In this personal documentary, the singer opens up about the impact cyberbullies had on her life and the effect on her mental health. Her fellow Little Mix members Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade discuss how Jesy’s torment affected the ban, while her boyfriend, Love Island star Chris Hughes, recalls falling in love with someone who was clearly damaged by the barrage of negativity she experienced from social media trolls.


9.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 – The fly-on-the-wall series turning the cameras on TV’s most vocal armchair critics returns, as the show’s regular gaggle of families, friends and viewing party acquaintances settle down to share their insightful, passionate and sometimes emotional critiques on what they have been watching during the week from the comfort of their own sofas.

9.00pm Temple Sky1 – Drama series about surgeon Daniel Milton, who is driven by a personal tragedy, operates an illegal clinic deep below London’s Temple underground station. He sees those who either wish to remain outside the system, or are desperate enough to seek treatment unavailable through conventional means. Drama, starring Mark Strong, Carice van Houten and Daniel Mays.

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