The TVweek: Saturday 7th – Friday 13th January 2017

by | Jan 3, 2017 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Let it Shine BBC1 – Talent show looking for five performers to play a boy band in a brand new nationwide touring musical featuring the songs of Take That. In this first episode, the hopefuls audition solo in front of the judging panel, made up of Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp and Amber Riley, as well as the studio audience in Manchester. Graham Norton takes the hopefuls through the audition process in front of the judges, while Mel Giedroyc shares the fun and gossip from backstage.

7.30pm Britain’s Favourite Detective Channel 4 – This 90-minute special explores how these cult creations came to dominate our screens and why it is we love crime-fighting characters so much. Featuring contributions from actors, writers, producers, critics and fans – including Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, David Soul, Mark Billingham and Anthony Horowitz – the show concludes with the big reveal – whodunnit – Britain’s Favourite TV Detective.

8.00pm The Voice UK ITV – Host Emma Willis goes it alone this year as the show kicks off with the first blind auditions. The multi-talented returns for his sixth stint as a coach, joined by the legendary Sir Tom Jones, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and Oscar-winning singer Jennifer Hudson. As the auditions get under way, the singing hopefuls will have to truly command the stage if they want to get those infamous red chairs spinning.

9.00pm Bowie: The Last Five Years BBC2 – An intimate portrait of one of the defining artists of the twentieth and early twenty first centuries, told by the people who knew him best – his friends and artistic collaborators. There was nothing predictable about David Bowie. Everything was designed to intrigue, to challenge, to defy all expectations. But perhaps no period in Bowie’s extraordinary career raised more fascination, more surprise, and more questions than the last five years. This film takes a detailed look at Bowie’s last albums and his play Lazarus. In his final five years, Bowie not only began producing music again, but returned to the core and defining themes of his career. This film explores how Bowie was a far more consistent artist than many interpretations of his career would have us believe. The film is an in-depth exploration of pivotal moments that show how the themes, the narrative and the approach is consistent – it is simply the palette that changes. Featuring a wealth of unseen and rare archive footage.

9.15pm Taboo BBC1 – Tom Hardy stars in a gritty new period drama from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. It is 1814 and James Delaney reappears in London, a changed and haunted man, presumed dead in Africa many years before. His return finds his father, Horace Delaney, dead and a country at war with France and the United States. Set to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire, James’s arrival not only threatens to disrupt the plans of his half-sister Zilpha and her husband Thorne, but also the political ambitions of the mighty East India Company, chaired by Sir Stuart Strange,

9.35pm Through the Keyhole ITV – Keith Lemon rifles through three celebrity homes, sniffing out clues to help the star-studded studio panel guess the identity of the owner. This time, radio DJ Fearne Cotton, actor Will Mellor and celebrity judge Robert Rinder try to identify the mystery occupants.


5.00pm The Big Spell Sky1 – Join Sue Perkins, Joe Lycett and Moira Stuart as the country’s brightest young spellers battle it out in a series of word-related games and challenges.

5.30pm Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera ITV – This episode includes an American tourist who films his narrow escape when tonnes of rocks hurtle down the mountainside as he descends Aconcagua – a peak in Argentina nicknamed the Mountain of Death. The programme also features a couple who capture on camera a catastrophic collision when a train crashes into a truck at a level crossing in Louisiana, and a man’s heart-stopping race against time to find a skier buried deep in the snow after an avalanche

6.30pm Dance, Dance, Dance ITV – Alesha Dixon and Will Best host this brand new dance show in which five famous faces and their chosen partners take on some of the most iconic pop and movie dance sequences of all time. Celebrities taking part are former Coronation Street actress Lucy-Jo Hudson, ex-TOWIE star Jessica Wright, former JLS member JB Gill, EastEnders alumnus Jonny Labey and Emmerdale beauty Fiona Wade. In this first episode, Jonny and his girlfriend Chrissy take on Michael and Janet Jackson’s Scream, JB and his wife Chloe dance to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, Jessica and her friend Duane try their hand at Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire, Fiona and pal Ronnie recreate The Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing and Lucy-Jo and her friend Rohan have a go at the iconic routine from the Backstreet Boys’ Everybody.

8.00pm Endeavour ITV – Fourth series of the crime drama chronicling the young life of Inspector Morse.  Throwing himself into his work to mask the heartache of Joan Thursday leaving, Endeavour is quickly consumed by his duties when one of the research team developing a ‘thinking’ machine is found drowned near Magdalen Bridge. Although it looks like a suicide, the circumstances become more suspicious when two more victims are also found drowned. Is there more to the deaths than meets the eye?

8.00pm Walking the Ameircas Channel 4 – Explorer Levison Wood – from Walking the Nile and Walking the Himalayas – undertakes a new expedition: to walk from Mexico to Colombia. His four-month journey covers 1800 gruelling miles across eight countries and some of the most fascinating, stunningly beautiful and diverse regions on Earth, from the ancient Mayan ruins of Mexico and Guatemala, across Nicaragua’s volcanic fields and along Caribbean coasts before crossing the notorious DariÚn Gap. Levison spends time with the people in the region, from those struggling with gang warfare in its most violent cities to indigenous tribes in the deep jungle.

Notable Continuing Series: Dragons’ Den, 8.00pm, BBC2

                                                   Sherlock, 9.00pm, BBC1


8.00pm The Health Detectives Channel 4 – This new show looks at some of the health stories currently breaking the internet. With over 160 million health related internet searches carried out every year worldwide, we find ourselves bombarded with information about our bodies. With access to cutting-edge experiments and medical expertise, presenters Cherry Healey, Dr Pixie McKenna and health journalist Dara Mohammadi are determined to separate fact from fiction, finding answers to questions like ‘could cheesy feet save your life?, ‘did the internet create a phobia?’ and ‘are faecal transplants the future?’.

Notable Continuing Series: Silent Witness, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                            The Undateables, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.30pm The Great Indoors ITV2 – New US comedy starring Joel McHale and Stephen Fry. Adventure reporter Jack must adapt to the times when he is put in charge of a group of millennials in the digital department of a magazine.

10.00pm The Week we Went Wild Five – Reality series placing troubled families in the Panamanian jungle with no resources, where their struggle to survive will help them to mend their differences. Marc believes his family is falling apart because his mother Dawn is too promiscuous. But as they battle crocodiles and work together to cross the river, Dawn reveals the real reason she went wild.

10.10pm Risky Drinking Sky Atlantic – Documentary investigating the broad spectrum of alcohol abuse in the US, from the impact of binge drinking, to those in danger of losing everything due to their relationship with alcohol.


8.00pm Islands of Australia with Martin Clunes ITV – Three-part documentary series in which Martin Clunes explores Australia’s many islands. Martin’s first stop is Lord Howe Island, where he experiences life in a remote island community and encounters several species of flora and fauna that occur nowhere else on earth. He then arrives in Norfolk Island in time for the annual Foundation Day ceremony, before moving on to Restoration Island where he meets a modern-day Robinson Crusoe. At the heart of the Torres Strait is Thursday Island, a true ocean crossroads with a unique cultural mix all of its own. Then, on Friday Island, he meets a former pearl fisherman who shows him how pearls are formed.

8.00pm The Goldbergs E4 – Double bill of the new fourth season of the US comedy.  Adam works on a new persona that he hopes will make him seem cool on his first day at high school. Beverly gets her teaching certificate and aims to work as a substitute teacher at her children’s school, but things go awry and the kids end up in a Saturday detention. But after Murray pays a visit to the school, everyone learns an important lesson.

9.00pm Our Dancing Town BBC2 – Three Yorkshire towns celebrate their history, heritage and culture in one-off dance spectaculars, with the help of West End performer and choreographer Steve Elias. Steve begins his Yorkshire odyssey in the ex-mining town of Barnsley, delving into its rich industrial past, as he attempts to recruit a cast of hundreds. Steve encounters ex-miners keen to commemorate their camaraderie, taps into the town’s thriving Northern Soul scene and unearths hidden talent in the local chippie. But can he successfully unite them to pull off his ambitious dance parade, which will be immortalised in one continuous, unedited take?

9.00pm Sugar Free Farm ITV – Second series of the celebrity dietary experiment. TV presenter Alison Hammond, former MP Ann Widdecombe, comedian Joe Pasquale, TOWIE star Gemma Collins, actor Peter Davison and father-son dance duo Stavros Flatley submit to a radical diet free from sugar, refined carbs, processed fats and cheap meat.

Notable Continuing Series: Silent Witness, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                         24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                         This is Us, 10.00pm, Channel 4   

9.00pm Building the Dream More4 – Architectural designer Charlie Luxton returns for a new series in which he helps people build affordable dream homes.

10.45pm The War on Loan Sharks BBC1 – As households struggle to make ends meet, illegal money lenders are preying on the vulnerable by encouraging them to take out unlicensed loans, charging huge interest rates and then using extreme levels of violence, intimidation and shame to make them pay. This progamme hears from the victims who are still living with the terrifying consequences of their borrowing and meets some who are fighting back. While business is booming for the loan sharks, the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team has never been more urgent. We follow this small but dedicated team from the moment a call comes into the hotline, through intelligence gathering, dawn raids, arrests and convictions in their battle to stop loan sharks in their tracks.


9.00pm Hospital BBC2 – Six-part documentary capturing the day-to-day realities facing the NHS right now. Two patients await life-saving surgery at St Mary’s in Paddington. They both need a bed on the intensive care ward but there is only one bed left. Simon needs an operation to remove a cancerous tumour from his oesophagus. As he is being prepped for surgery, Janice is being ‘blue lighted’ to St Mary’s with a ruptured aneurysm in her aorta and is less than six hours from death. If she arrives alive, and survives the surgery, she will also need a bed in intensive care. Two floors down from the ICU, 18-year-old Deborah is anxiously awaiting a life-saving bone marrow transplant to cure her of chronic sickle cell disease.

Notable Continuing Series: No Offence, 9.00pm, Channel 4                                        

10.00pm Common Sense BBC2 – Fast turnaround comedy series voiced by Ruth Jones. It features a regular cast of real British people, chosen for their sharp wit and humorous take on life, all discussing the news of the week. The cast includes east end market traders, dinner ladies from Leeds, Mancunian male nail technicians, Brummie butchers, Scottish launderette owners, supermarket co-workers and great grandmothers from Hull.


8.00pm Spy in the Wild BBC1 – Documentary in which animatronic spy creatures infiltrate the animal world to explore their complex emotions. Spy Pup makes friends with a wild dog pack to investigate their maternal love and has a dangerous encounter with lions and elephants. Baby Spy Crocs discover the extraordinary devotion of a mother crocodile and take a rollercoaster ride inside her mouth as she carries her babies to water. Spy Egret and Spy Tortoise are nearly trampled by elephants as they film a newborn baby sharing the love of his caring family. Spy Monkey meets a troop of over 120 unruly langurs and finds out how teenage monkeys comically practise babysitting skills. Spy Prairie Dog witnesses the most enthusiastic kissers in the animal world. Spy Chick discovers the extraordinary devotion of hornbills as a mother is imprisoned for the sake of her brood. In Antarctica, Spy Adelie Penguin becomes entangled in the penguins’ turbulent love life as they fight to steal pebbles to impress a fussy female.

8.30pm The Cruise: Sailing the Mediterranean ITV – Second series of the fly on the wall documentary following life aboard one of the world’s largest luxury cruise liners on a summer season in the Mediterranean.

9.00pm Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change: Who Knows Best? BBC2 – Around the world there has been a huge increase in the number of children being referred to gender clinics. Increasingly, parents are encouraged to adopt a ‘gender affirmative’ approach – fully supporting their children’s change of identity. But is this approach right? One of the world’s leading experts in childhood gender dysphoria (the condition where children are unhappy with their biological sex) lost his job for challenging the new orthodoxy that children know best. Dr Kenneth Zucker believes he is a victim of the politicisation of transgender issues. The film presents evidence that most children with gender dysphoria overcome the feelings without transitioning and questions the science behind the idea that a boy could somehow be born with a ‘female brain’ or vice versa.

Notable Continuing Series: Unforgotten, 9.00pm, ITV

10.00pm Chewing Gum E4 – The award-winning comedy, created, written, produced and starring BAFTA and RTS-winner Michaela Coel, returns for a second series.


8.30pm Room 101 BBC1 – Frank Skinner hosts the comedy panel show as Catherine Tate, Rylan Clark-Neal and Nigel Havers compete to have their pet hates and peeves consigned to Room 101. Topics include hipster restaurants, set-up paparazzi shoots and Jeremy Corbyn.

9.00pm Not Going Out BBC1 – Sitcom featuring married couple Lee and Lucy, their family and their friends. After seven years of marriage, Lee and Lucy disagree about the best way to keep the romance alive.

9.00pm Tina & Bobby ITV – Michelle Keegan stars in in a three-part drama series telling the true story of Tina and Bobby Moore’s marriage. In the first episode, it is love at first sight when Tina Dean meets Bobby Moore, and she soon abandons her career to marry him. Although Tina struggles as a housewife, Bobby’s star ascends as he becomes England captain, and when Tina falls pregnant their future looks bright – until Bobby is diagnosed with testicular cancer.

9.00pm Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand BBC4 – Series in which composer Neil Brand explores how musical theatre evolved over the last 100 years to become today’s global phenomenon.

10.00pm Bowie at the BBC BBC4 – A chronology of clips from the BBC archive giving an overview of David Bowie’s extraordinary career from 1964 to 2016. Blending interviews and performances from music programmes, documentaries, news outlets and chat shows, this portrait of Bowie both at his most thoughtful and his most opportunistically promotional is a series of snapshots into a rapidly evolving career across music, films and the theatre.

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