The TVweek: Saturday 8th – Friday 14th May 2021

by | May 3, 2021 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Blinded: Those Who Kill BBC Four – Sequel to Danish crime drama Darkness: Those Who Kill. Criminal profiler Louise Bergstein investigates an unsolved serial killer case.

9.00pm Murder, They Hope GOLD – Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson return to Gold’s whodunit comedy caper with some big crimes, big laughs and a woefully inadequate investigative ability. Gemma and Terry are now private investigators, and have in their possession a valuable collector’s piece that the murderous Bunnyman will stop at nothing to acquire.


9.00pm The Pursuit of Love BBC One –  Lily James, Emily Beecham, Dominic West, Freddie Fox and Andrew Scot star in this three-part adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel about two cousins living in 1920s Oxfordshire. Linda dreams of a life of adventure, while Fanny is more concerned with stability after being abandoned by her mother. When a glamorous local aristocrat invites a charming stranger to a ball, Linda is instantly smitten, but Fanny’s disapproval threatens to tear the inseparable friends apart. The remaining two episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer following the end of episode 1.

9.00pm Gods of Snooker BBC Two – Documentary series on the golden era of the sport in the 1980s from Louis Theroux’s production company. 

9.00pm SAS: Who Dares Wins Channel 4 – The 21 new recruits for the sixth series face an intense start when the train they are travelling on is the subject of a fake hijack to test the passengers’ reactions. The trainees are then pitted them against each other in a race up a 4000ft mountain, followed by a 100ft abseil off an oil rig, as the team of instructors look for people who can handle anything that is thrown at them.

9.00pm Cruising With Jane MacDonald Channel 5 – The singer returns to embark on more voyages around the world, beginning with the first of two programmes charting a trip to the Caribbean aboard a new luxury liner. The first leg takes her south-east from Fort Lauderdale in Florida toward the private resort of Princess Cays on the island of Eleuthera, and from there she continues along to the Virgin Isles and St Thomas, ending on the island of St Martin.

9.00pm The Most Dangerous Animal of Them All Sky Crime – Documentary following the true story of Gary L Stewart who, while tracking down an absent parent, began to suspect that his birth father could be the man responsible for the Zodiac murders of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

10.00pm Fargo Channel 4 – Chris Rock, Ben Wishaw and Jesse BuckleDocumentary following the true story of Gary L Stewart who, while tracking down an absent parent, began to suspect that his birth father could be the man responsible for the Zodiac murders of the late 1960s and early 1970s.y star in the fourth season of Noah Hawley’s reimagining of the Cohen Brothers’ film. The head of an African American crime syndicate goes to war with the Italian mafia in Kansas City, Missouri in the 1950s and an uneasy truce between two factions is threatened by an untimely death. Irrepressible nurse Oraetta Mayflower attends to a dying patient, Loy Cannon trades safety for power, while the Smutny family’s financial woes forces its members into making a dangerous deal.

10.00pm Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over W – Stacey investigates the growing community of ‘tradwives’ – women who have rejected career ambitions in favour of becoming the archetypal traditional housewife.

11.00pm Snowfall BBC Two – Fourth season of the US drama about the beginnings of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles.


8.00pm The Great Northern Garden Build BBC Two – Documentary following the creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, one of the most ambitious and challenging gardening projects the UK has ever seen. The programme goes behind the scenes to meet the team of designers, engineers and gardeners taking on this colossal construction project on the site of a former grand Victorian estate in Greater Manchester.

9.00pm Three Families BBC One – Two-part drama about the campaign to relax abortion laws in Northern Ireland, from the point of view of three families who find themselves coming into conflict with the law. A mother realises she could face a prison sentence for helping her teenage daughter to get an abortion, while a newlywed discovers her unborn baby will not survive to the end of her pregnancy – but also that she will legally still have to carry the child to term. Concludes Tomorrow at 9.00pm.

9.00pm Motherland BBC Two –  Third series of the comedy, starring Anna Maxwell Martin and Diane Morgan. As an outbreak of headlice sweeps the school, Julia finds herself accused of triggering a second wave. Ostracised by the other mums, she needs to find a way back into their good books and decides to throw a nit treatment party at her home. The gathering reveals that Anne has some big news, Meg is facing a crisis, Kevin has committed a terrible crime of passion and Liz is waiting to hear about a possible career move.

9.00pm The Queen and Her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong ITV – As the Queen turns 95, Alexander Armstrong embarks on a royal road trip of a lifetime. He travels across the country to meet Elizabeth II’s cousins, who share what it means to be part of this extraordinary family. Using the monarch’s vast family tree as his road map, Alexander meets relatives from many branches of her family – from the ancient lineage of the Mountbatten dynasty, to the Queen Mother’s Bowes-Lyon side – and an international princess.

9.30pm Inside No.9 BBC Two – Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s darkly comic anthology returns for a sixth series. Pantalone is planning the heist of the century – a tasty £12million in rough-cut diamonds. But if you’re going to hire a bunch of complete clowns to carry out a robbery, and half of them are planning to double-cross the other half, you’ve not just got a recipe for disaster, you’ve actually got the ingredients of a Tarantino Commedia dell’Arte. Starring Kevin Bishop, Gemma Whelan and Paterson Joseph.

Notable Continuing Series: Mare of Easttown, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                 Wellington Paranormal, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy

                                 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 10.05pm, Sky Comedy.

                                  Starstruck, 10.30pm, BBC One

10.00pm Britain’s Vaccine Channel 4 – Documentary about the team responsible for sourcing Covid-19 vaccines for the UK Government, whose efforts were one of the biggest public health gambles in British history. Members of the team share their experiences of the critical six-month period from May to December in 2020, where millions of pounds were spent on vaccines before anyone knew for certain if they actually worked.


8.00pm The BRIT Awards 2021 ITV – The comedian and television presenter Jack Whitehall hosts the annual star-studded award ceremony, live from London’s O2, in front of an audience of the nation’s key workers, which will be the first major music event to welcome back a live audience in over a year, with 4,000 people in attendance. 

9.00pm Hospital BBC Two – The return of the documentary following the day-to-day realities the NHS faces in unprecedented times, capturing it in the year spent reacting to the pandemic. With nearly five million people now waiting for treatment in England alone, doctors are forced to take incredibly difficult decisions as they battle to save lives and fight for patients to have the treatment they desperately need.


9.00pm Danny Boy BBC Two – Toby Jones and Anthony Boyle star in the factual drama telling the story of soldier Brian Wood’s journey from medal-winning hero to alleged killer, and the legal battle that ensued. Accused of war crimes in Iraq by determined human rights lawyer Phil Shiner, the film follows Brian as he finds himself caught on the fine line between war and unlawful killing, and how the fallout of the trial impacted the lives of his family.

9.00pm Trevor McDonald & Charlene White: Has George Floyd Changed Britain? ITV – Approaching the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, Trevor McDonald and Charlene White explore the impact for people living in the UK. This documentary investigates the consequences of the tragedy, and the conversations that have followed in Britain.

9.00pm Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause Channel 4 – Davina McCall was 44 when she began to experience hot flushes, depression and confusion – symptoms she hid until she discovered her body was starting the transition to menopause. Here she describes her own experience to bust the myths surrounding the menopause, tackling the mid-life taboos that can destroy women’s jobs and relationships, and exposing the lack of specialist education for GPs and the confusion that still exists around hormone replacement therapy.


9.00pm Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power BBC One – Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock recounts her experiences of racism and colourism as a black woman in the UK, as well as looking at the wider race issues the country is facing. The girl band member compares experiences with Alexandra Burke, Nao, RAYE and Keisha Buchanan from the Sugababes, who each reveal their own shocking experiences within the music industry because of the colour of their skin. Leigh-Anne finds the more she learns about systemic racism, the more she feels she must do something.

9.00pm Britain’s Biggest Families: 31 Kids and Counting the Pennies ITV – Documentary exploring how some of Britain’s biggest families make ends meet, bringing up their supersized broods and celebrating all that family life throws at them. Cameras reveal how they manage their growing numbers on very different budgets, from the day-to-day running of their homes, to back to school and celebrating birthdays, Christmas and family days out.

9.00pm There’s Something About Movies Sky One – Alan Carr hosts as Tim Roth, Rose Matafeo and Rob Beckett join regulars Michael Sheen, Jennifer Saunders and Tom Allen on the comedy panel show.


8.00pm Tom Allen’s Quizness Channel 4 – Contestants’ general knowledge is put to the test as they play for the chance to win £25,000. However, the more answers the quizzers know, the dafter they must look to prove it. This first instalment features Fiona, George, Rosa and Paddy, who fight it out for a shot at the jackpot, facing tricky questions on anything from egg fried rice to Katie Price.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                          This Time with Alan Partridge, 9.30pm, BBC One.

9.00pm Domina Sky Atlantic – Eight-part historical drama following the life of Livia Drusilla, the powerful wife of the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar. Starring Kasia Smutniak.

10.00pm Later with Jools Holland BBC Two – The pianist welcomes Noel Gallagher, who looks back at 10 years of his band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Plus, Walsall born singer-songwriter Jorja Smith, and Ohio duo the Black Keys also join Jools at his South London recording studio.

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