The TVweek: Saturday 7th – Friday 13th August 2021

by | Aug 3, 2021 | All, TV Week


8.30pm Living Wild: How to Change Your Life Channel 4 – Sophie Morgan goes on a road trip across the UK meeting people building new lives around the things they love. She meets a Nottinghamshire shepherd who lives outdoors with a flock of rare breed sheep, a couple who quit corporate jobs to devote their lives to paragliding, a farming family that are learning to become completely self-sufficient, and a travelling pianist.

9.30pm The Queen and her Prime Ministers Channel 4 – Documentary exploring the contents of recently declassified documents that record the events of the Queen’s meetings with various prime ministers throughout her reign. The programme examines how the balance of power has shifted back and forth over the years, and how the Queen has dealt with personalities as varied as Winston Churchill, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher.

9.30pm John Travolta: A Film Icon Channel 5 – A profile of the actor, from his breakthrough role in Saturday Night Fever to worldwide fame in Grease, before falling out of fashion only to be rejuvenated in 1995 by Quentin Tarantino, who cast him – against advice – in Pulp Fiction. Travolta reveals how the Church of Scientology helped him cope with his extreme highs and lows in both his personal and professional lives.


6.30pm Mile High Meals: Plane Food Secrets Channel 5 – Behind the scenes at the UK’s largest in-flight caterer DNATA, with 24,000 meals made from scratch every day for passengers on aeroplanes flying around the globe. The programme examines a world where food behaves badly on board and not every ingredient can make the cut, and where the design of dishes takes months and have to pass muster with the airlines.

Notable Continuing Series:  The Handmaids Tale, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Pose BBC Two – Third and final season of the acclaimed US drama series. It is 1994 and as the AIDS epidemic continues to ravage the community, the ballroom scene is changing. Lemar has struck out on his own and aims to capitalise on the scene’s mainstream success by monetising its talent and creativity, while Blanca rises to the challenge of getting her house to stand for different values. The return of the American drama, starring MJ Rodriguez. Continues at 11.00pm with the entire series available on the BBCiPlayer.


8.30pm Ghosts BBC One – Third series of the popular comedy. A film crew comes to Button House to shoot a reconstruction of an assassination plot for a historical documentary – a scheme which may have involved one of the spirits. Mike persuades Alison to give an interview about the old house in the hope of drumming up some publicity, forcing her to turn to Thomas for advice on the art of public speaking.

9.00pm Celebrity Masterchef BBC One – Su Pollard, Rita Simons, Duncan James, Bez and Munya Chawawa compete in the first heat of the celebrity contest, hosted by John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Continues Tomorrow night at 9.00pm. 

9.00pm The Riots 2011: One Week in August BBC Two – A look at the disorder that swept across the UK a decade ago, looking back at the summer of 2011 through the eyes of those whose lives have never been the same since. Interviews tell the story from all angles, with the testimonies of convicted rioters, frontline police, a judge, a government adviser and a grieving father being used to piece together what really happened and why.

9.00pm Guy Martin: The World’s Fastest Electric Car? Channel 4 – Guy Martin explores the world of electric vehicles and attempts to set a new world record for the fastest road-legal battery vehicle, driving on a quarter-mile drag strip. The vehicle he chooses is a classic Volkswagen Beetle fitted with state-of-the-art Tesla technology, that allows the lightweight 50-year-old classic to accelerate faster than most supercars. He also sets off on a 1100-mile road trip to determine how reliable the country’s vehicle charging infrastructure is.

Notable Continuing Series:  Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 10.00pm, Sky Comedy


8.00pm The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4 – The fly-on-the-cage-wall documentary returns, with more stories about the animals of Chester Zoo. The keepers suspect Margery the Malayan tapier may be eating for two, while James Bond the macaw is put into quarantine to ensure he does not have the same disease that killed his partner, Miss Moneypenny. The tiny but mighty golden mantella frog family is in need of a breeding boost, with hopes resting on minuscule male Eddie, who needs to summon up all his stamina to successfully court his frog princess Fergie.

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

10.00pm Jonnie’s Blade Camp Channel 4 – On the eve of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, champion 100m sprinter Jonnie Peacock sets out to help five young amputees realise their sporting potential. Over the course of a year-long training camp, Jonnie uses state-of-the-art technology, inspirational guest coaches and his own experiences to get them to achieve things they never thought possible. In the first of two programmes, he asks the hopefuls to set themselves ambitious goals and shows them how to run the 100m on prosthetic blades for the first time.

10.35pm Daisy Maskell: Insomnia and Me BBC One – For as long as she can remember, Daisy Maskell has suffered with insomnia, surviving on as little as a couple of hours a sleep a night. In this documentary, the breakfast radio host sets out to uncover the root cause of her problem and take the first steps toward treatment. She meets fellow sufferers to investigate why thousands of young people in the UK are struggling with sleep disorders, and tries a multitude of remedies and treatments in the hope of finally getting a better night’s sleep.

11.05pm Walter Presents: The Devil’s Throat Channel 4 – A chance to see the first episode of the Bulgarian crime thriller, the rest of which is available on All 4. In a sleepy tourist town in the Rhodope mountains, a chalet keeper discovers a dead body at the edge of a lake. Detective Filip Chanov finds the body is that of a retired cop – while the medics discover that the victim’s eyes have been replaced with those of a sheep. Starring Vladimir Karamazov. In Bulgarian.


8.00pm Car Pound Cops: Give Me My Car Back! Channel 5 – Following the dramatic work of recovery crews as they trace, track and tow vehicles driven illegally on Britain’s roads. With access to two recovery companies, the series follows the action from the moment they are called in, to the trucks arriving on scene, and eventually towing the vehicle away to be impounded.

10.35pm Kurupting the Industry: The People Just Do Nothing Story BBC One – Documentary revealing how a group of mates from Brentford took their online mockumentary and turned it into the Bafta-winning BBC comedy People Just Do Nothing – and how they are soon about to make their Hollywood debut in the feature film Big in Japan. Celebrity fans and collaborators Craig David, Dizzee Rascall, Clara Amfo and Martin Freeman talk about the show and the cast reflect on their success.


8.00pm Shop Well for Less BBC One – Melanie Sykes and Joanna Page travel to Gillingham, Kent, to help a family kick-start their savings pot so they can finish their hall refurbishment.

9.00pm Ambulance BBC One – The Bafta award-winning series returns to Merseyside and joins a new cast of characters of the North West Ambulance Service during an unprecedented period of difficulty. The country is in lockdown as crews book on for the day shift. In the Regional Operational Coordinating Centre, plans are well underway to tackle the immediate threat to life being posed by Storm Christoph which is feared to be set to rage. 

9.00pm The Watch BBC Two – The City Watch’s cranky captain Sam Vimes faces Death when a former friend reappears after 20 years, unchanged and vengeful. Add an over-eager new recruit, a disruptive aristocrat and a stolen library book to the mix, and matters get complicated. An askew view of the people policing a city’s mean but magic-strewn streets of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, starring Richard Dormer.

9.00pm I Am… Danielle Channel 4 – Female-led drama series, exploring the experiences of three women in moments that are emotionally raw, thought-provoking and personal. The second episode focuses on Danielle, a career-focussed photographer, who meets a model and cautiously starts dating him. However, after she has fallen completely in love with Michael, Danielle discovers a disturbing secret. Dominic Savage’s drama is a compelling reflection on the hope and heartache of falling in love in the age of social media, when trust and betrayal go hand in hand. Letitia Wright and CJ Beckford star.

9.00pm Alex Polizzi’s Hotel Nightmare Channel 5 – For the last 15 years, Alex Polizzi has spent her career telling people how to run a hotel. Now she’s putting her money where her mouth is – as she attempts to open one of her own. For years she helped run her mother Olga’s two luxury hotels. Now for the first time they’ve gone into business together as equal partners. In 2019 they bought a 37-bedroom medieval coaching inn in east Sussex in need of a total overhaul. But what should have been a six-month project soon becomes an 18-month struggle. Olga and Alex are forced to deal with spiralling costs, building challenges and a global pandemic.

9.00pm Exploring Northern Ireland with Siobhan McSweeney More4 -The Derry Girls actress takes to her electric bike to explore the lakes, mountains, coastline and forests of the province, beginning by discovering some hidden gems in Co Down. Siobhan follows the footsteps of pilgrims along Saint Patrick’s Way, comes face to face with some vicious Vikings, gets a bird’s eye view of stunning Strangford Lough and reveals her artistic side with acclaimed artist Colin Davidson. She also samples regency life in an 18th-century mansion, and, in Belfast, conquers her fear of heights at one of the city’s iconic landmarks.

10.00pm Don’t Diet, Lose Weight Channel 4 – In a radical experiment, two people who have tried to lose weight through dieting in the past, now try without dieting. Instead, specialist psychologists guide them through a brain training experience. But does it help them reach their goals?

10.00pm Flatbush Misdemeanors Sky Comedy – Sitcom starring Dan Perlman and Kevin Iso as two friends struggling to get by in an inner-city neighbourhood. Kevin accidentally gets on the wrong side of a drug dealer.


9.00pm The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family BBC Two -Three-part series that charts the rise and fall of the Boleyns. A story of love, sex and betrayal, told from th family’s unique perspective. Thomas Boleyn, the patriarch of the Boleyns, is determined to elevate the family name. His ambitions for his three children will take them to the heart of the Tudor court.

9.00pm Deceit Channel 4 – In July 1992, 23-year-old Rachel Nickell was stabbed 49 times in front of her young son on Wimbledon Common. This fact-based drama revisits the investigation into her killing, which saw an undercover officer – known by the codename Lizzie James – used as bait to entrap the prime suspect, self-confessed lonely man Colin Stagg, who much later was proved to be innocent of the crime. Niamh Algar, Harry Treadaway and Sion Daniel Young star.

9.00pm Ian Hislop: The Trains That Changed The World Channel 5 – How four iconic British-built trains revolutionised rail travel and inspired incredible railway projects the world over. The Flying Scotsman was the first train to break the 100mph barrier. Travelling aboard this iconic steam locomotive, cameras reveal the engineering brilliance behind its design, and there’s also a look into the new era of high-speed rail, including the opening of the Eurostar.

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