The TVweek: Saturday 8th – Friday 14th September 2018

by | Sep 2, 2018 | All, TV Week


7.35pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – The new series launches with a spectacular red carpet event as the Strictly family dance to a medley of Nile Rodgers’ greatest hits performed by Chic and Nile himself. It is then down to business as Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman pair up the 15 celebrities with their professional dance partners. The Strictly dancers also perform an amazing group routine to introduce the three new members, and the celebrities take to the floor for their first group performance.

9.00pm Massacre at Ballymurphy Channel 4 – Massacre at Ballymurphy is a forensic exposÚ of one of the most shocking and significant events of the troubles in Northern Ireland: A series of killings the British Army stand accused of which took place over three days in West Belfast’s Ballymurphy estate in 1971. Among the 11 who died, a priest who was attending another man who had been shot, but survived – and a mother of eight children. This important film presents evidence suggesting that, contrary to the claims of the army at the time, all of the victims were innocent and unarmed. The families of the dead accuse Britain’s elite Parachute Regiment of carrying out the shootings, the same regiment which, less than six months later, was to shoot dead 13 unarmed people on what became known the world over as Bloody Sunday.


Notable Continuing Series: Bodyguard, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls Channel 4 – Bear Grylls returns to an uninhabited island in the Pacific to abandon 10 celebrities for the toughest four weeks of their lives. Marooned in just the clothes on their back, with a handful of basic tools and three cans of water, the group must rely on each other to survive. After a tough swim to shore, Towie star Pete Wicks takes control and leads the group through the jungle looking for a place to camp for the night. But his decision to leave most of the freshwater behind at their drop off point is questioned by Love Island star Montana Brown. As the extreme weather worsens and thirst kicks in, Pete sends Olympic rower James Cracknell and boxer Anthony Ogogo to retrieve the jerry cans, while transgender campaigner and journalist Paris Lees joins him on an urgent hunt for a fresh water source.

10.00pm Celebrity Ghost Hunt: Haunted Holiday Five – Rylan Clark-Neal leads a team of celebrity ghost-hunters on a tour of Europe’s most haunted houses. Ireland’s Wicklow Gaol is the site of 300 years’ worth of torture, starvation and death. The team search the dungeon and cells for signs of the supernatural, but they are too terrified to spend the night in certain parts of the building.

10.30pm No Activity BBC2 – Double bill of the Australian comedy about police. Stokes and Hendy are on a stakeout as part of a drugs sting, and for reasons best known to Stokes they have a plaster dolphin with them in the back of the car. Inside the building, unaware they’re being watched, criminal lowlifes Bruce and Jimmy chat as they await further instructions. Meanwhile back at the station, a new staff member joins old hand Carol on the dispatch desk. As usual, there’s no activity.


8.30pm Travel Man Channel 4 – Richard Ayoade returns as Travel Man, delivering the definitive guide to a 48-hour minibreak in Zurich. Joining him to get the lowdown on Switzerland’s largest city is Frank Skinner.

Notable Continuing Series: Reported Missing, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Black Earth Rising BBC2 – The Shadow Line creator Hugo Blick brings us this new drama starring Michela Coel and John Goodman. As a child, Kate Ashby was rescued from the horrific aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. Now she is shocked when her adoptive mother prosecutes a controversial militia leader.

9.00pm Strangers ITV – John Simm and Emilia Fox star in this cliched drama about a man who discovers his wife lived a double life in Hong Kong.

9.00pm The Undateables Channel 4 – Award-winning series The Undateables returns with more extraordinary singletons looking for love. James from Hampshire isn’t short of female attention and has a full repertoire of chat-up lines. James has Down’s syndrome. He lives independently in his bachelor pad as he’s yet to meet the woman of his dreams. Film buff Charlotte from Lincolnshire is ‘a sucker for romance’. Charlotte has Asperger’s. She’s just moved back home after finishing her degree and plans to start dating in a bid to find her perfect match. Mitch from Southampton has only ever had one proper boyfriend. He might be stylish and confident in his appearance, but when it comes to getting out there and meeting Mr Right, he’s not so self-assured. Mitch, who’s 24, was born deaf and relies on lip reading, which can make dating complicated.

9.00pm Oceans Apart: Art & the Pacific with James Fox BBC4 James Fox tells the story of Australia’s indigenous culture, the oldest continuous culture anywhere in the world, and the disaster of its contact with the West. He traces how Aboriginal peoples were almost destroyed by the impact of European colonization but held on to their art to survive, to flourish and ultimately, to share their culture with the world. James Fox begins by exploring the ancient rock art of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia, depicting fish and animals in an ‘x-ray’ style developed over 8000 years. The arrival of Captain Cook in Botany Bay, he argues, changed everything. Over the following centuries, Aboriginal peoples were destroyed or marginalized as the new nation of Australia developed.

10.00pm QI BBC2 – The educational panel show returns.  Sandi Toksvig looks at animals which start with a P with Alan Davies, Phill Jupitus, Danny Baker and Teri Hatcher.


Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake Off, 8.00pm, Channel 4

                                                Wanderlust, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Princess Margeret: The Rebel Royal BBC2 – Intimate two-part series profiling Princess Margaret, whose life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed Britain during the 20th century.

10.00pm The Deuce Sky Atlantic – Second season of David Simon’s drama charting the rise of pornography in the US.

10.15pm Celebs in Solitary Five – Reality experiment as four celebrities face five days in isolation, completely removed from all contact with the outside world. Presenter George Lamb and psychiatrist Sandra Scott watch over rapper Professor Green, TV personality Anthea Turner, strongman Eddie Hall and writer Shazia Mirza as they surrender all possessions and enter the isolation pods.


8.00pm The Supervet Channel 4 – The Supervet returns for a new series with a giant Newfoundland puppy called Lola, a trained water-rescue dog with a painful knee and painful shoulder that’s causing her to limp. What appears straightforward quickly turns into a much bigger concern.

9.00pm Trust BBC2 – New US drama series directed by Danny Boyle and starring Donald Sutherland. After the suicide of his eldest son, J Paul Getty Senior looks to the rest of his family for an heir to his oil business. With his other sons neither fit nor willing to fill his place, will the unexpected arrival of his plucky grandson John Paul Getty III mean that J Paul Getty finally gets the legacy he deserves?

9.00pm Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure ITV – Joanna Lumley begins her epic Silk Road adventure: journeying thousands of miles across eight countries. Starting in Venice she sees how the travels of Venetian hero Marco Polo and Silk Road traders influenced the growth of the small island state.

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

9.00pm Casualty 24/7 Five – Documentary series filmed inside Barnsley casualty department. Severe weather conditions place the casualty department under even more pressure than usual. Dr Julian and his sidekick Sister Benita treat a pensioner with a broken ankle and a former miner with a chronic lung condition. Meanwhile, Dr Jane treats four-year-old Teddy after a sledging accident.


8.00pm Dr Christian: 12 Hours to cure your Street W – Dr Christian sets out on his first street mission. In Carlisle, he treats a woman with mysterious blind spots affecting her vision and a woman with bad foot sores.

Notable Continuing Series: The Mighty Redcar, 9.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Serial Killer with Piers Morgan ITV – Did Alex Henriquez, a successful businessman from New York City, really murder three girls or is he an innocent man? The three victims had two things in common – they were all asphyxiated before being dumped by the highway, and they could all be placed with Alex Henriquez shortly before their deaths. For nearly 30 years, Henriquez has protested his innocence. Now in this explosive encounter with Piers Morgan, Henriquez is breaking his silence for the first time.

9.00pm No Offence Channel 4 – Paul Abbott’s award-winning drama returns for a third series and sees DI Viv Deering and the Friday Street team face off against their most formidable antagonist yet: the far-right. The series opens amidst a contentious mayoral election fought between incumbent liberal Kashif Hassan and political underdog and local-girl-done-good Caroline McCoy. DI Viv Deering and the Friday Street team are drawn into their rivalry when a mayoral hustings between the pair becomes a flashpoint for deadly violence as assassin Beckett enters the political fray. In the aftermath of the shooting, Friday Street must infiltrate the murky world of the far-right and their wealthy and powerful benefactors, to catch the killer. The Friday Street team search for the killer amid the usual chaos, with outrageous stories that confound our heroes including teen drug scandals, warring bridesmaids and halal meat poisoning.

9.00pm Rich House, Poor House Five – Return of the series that sees households swap lifestyles.

9.45pm Sara Pascoe vs Monogamy BBC2 – Sara Pascoe explores the concept of monogamy in this funny and insightful film. Through Sara’s world, created through live action and animation, we discover what makes us tick when it comes to matters of the heart and how you should never underestimate the allure of a saxophone.


8.00pm The Island Strait ITV – In this first episode we get to know the Island Strait cast – from boatmen Stan and Emrys, conservationist Frankie, scientist Mike, muscle producer John, outdoor instructors Jamie and Alli, and Glyn the award-winning landscape photographer. All of them draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the Menai Strait.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Big Brother Five – Emma Willis presents the Live Launch of this year’s Big Brother.

9.00pm A Discovery of Witches Sky1 – Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode stars in Deborah Harkness’s tale of vampires, demons, witches and forbidden love.

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