The TVweek: Saturday 8th – Thursday 13th July 2017

by | Jul 4, 2017 | All, TV Week


5.30pm Little Big Shots USA ITV – The original American version of the show that celebrates the talents of children, presented by Steve Harvey. Talented kids featured in this episode include identical twin tap dancers, a young ventriloquist, an incredible boxer, a delightful dancer and an adorable four-year-old reciting an inspirational poem.


8.00pm Secrets of China’s Forbidden City Channel 4 – The world’s largest palace, the Forbidden City, stands at the heart of Chinese history, as the home to the emperors for 600 years. And it’s full of secrets. This documentary goes behind closed doors to explore this extraordinary palace-city and to discover the clues to its creation. Unique access to the latest conservation works uncovers evidence hidden in locked halls and high in the mighty roofs, revealing a ruler who governed by fear but also created an exquisite and enormous work of art and technology. Tests on the paints reveal trade with Europe, and the programme experiments with an ice road to move an entire marble stairway. And another huge experiment tests the Forbidden City to destruction, as a giant scale model is placed on a seismic shake table to replicate the earthquakes that shook Beijing and to explore the design secrets that enabled the Forbidden City to stand up to the greatest shocks on earth.

Notable Continuing Series: The Handmaid’s Tale  9.00pm, Channel 4 

9.00pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World: USA Sky1 – Ross heads to Texas as he investigates the frightening rise of hate groups in Trump’s America.

10.00pm Epidemic Channel 4 – The untold story of how Britain battled Aids and how the fight changed us forever. Told by the people who lived through it, from Paul O’Grady and Jean Paul Gaultier to activists and frontline doctors, this gripping, moving documentary tells the story of a massive change in British society.


9.00pm Catching a Killer: The Wind in the Willows Murder Channel 4 – In the centre of historic Oxford a man lies dead in his doorway. There are no suspects, no witnesses and no sign of forced entry. Adrian Greenwood, a 42-year-old antiquarian book dealer, is dead, stabbed over 30 times in his own home in a frenzied and brutal attack. Greenwood had built up a reputation throughout his short life as an exceptionally talented book dealer. He had bought and sold early editions of Harry Potter and came to media attention following the sale of a rare piece by Banksy in 2011. The pressure is on Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown and his team to discover who killed Greenwood. And what has happened to his £50,000 early edition of The Wind in the Willows? With unprecedented access to Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, this episode of Catching a Killer – The Wind in the Willows Murder – follows all the twists and turns of this real-life crime.

Notable Continuing Series: The Americans, 10.00pm, ITV Encore 

10.00pm Convicted for Love More4 – To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, Convicted for Love tells the dramatic and emotional story of four gay men who fell foul of Britain’s homophobic laws.


9.00pm In the Dark BBC1 – Myanna Buring stars in a brand new four-part crime drama. As DI Helen Weeks grapples apprehensively with pregnancy, she is compelled to return to her loathed rural home town of Polesford, Derbyshire. Two girls have been abducted, and the man arrested is married to Helen’s childhood best friend, Linda. But is he guilty? And why is Helen so desperate to come to Linda’s aid after avoiding Polesford for all these years?

9.00pm Phil Spencer: Find Me a Home Channel 4 – Phil Spencer is taking the problem on in a property show like no other. He’s looking for homes for two families, something he does week-in, week-out. But this time he’s not working with healthy budgets and lengthy wish lists, he’s working with two families who work hard but are homeless. Corvel and Meyrem are a hard-working couple from Southwark in London, who are being evicted from their one-bed flat that’s cockroach and rat-infested. Bibi and her 15-year-old son Oscar were evicted from the home they’d lived in for 15 years and have hit a brick wall when it comes to finding a new place. This is the most difficult property search of Phil’s career. Nothing has prepared him for the challenges and the terrible housing conditions so many people are forced to endure.

9.00pm Chicago Fire Sky Living – Fifth season of the US drama.

Notable Continuing Series: Hospital, 9.00pm, BBC2 

                                                 The Leftovers, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic

10.00pm Would You Take in a Stranger? More4 – Documentary that follows three young people in very different circumstances who’ve come to Nightstop in need of emergency accommodation. For the young people the encounters can be anything from life-affirming to life-saving.

10.45pm Granddad, Dementia and Me BBC1 – Documentary following 79-year-old Tom Sivyer after he was diagnosed with vascular dementia, filmed by his grandson Dominic. Shot over two years, the film is told through Dominic’s eyes as he struggles to look after his grandad while, at the same time, his grandparents’ relationship begins to suffer as a result of Tom’s disease.


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

                                                  Fargo, 10.30pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Pharmacy Road Sky Atlantic – Andy Samberg stars in a fictional and none-too-serious glimpse at cycling’s darkest hour, as a 1982 race is marred by the doping of virtually all its competitors.


8.00pm Who Wants My Council House? Channel 4 – This documentary follows five households looking to swap their council house. Some people swap looking to upgrade to their ideal home; some tenants simply want a change of scenery; or they are parents seeking to downsize now their children have flown the nest. Council house swaps do not involve estate agents with sharp sales patter, so it’s down to the tenants to do the hard sell and show each other around their homes. If the first viewing goes well, there’ll be an invite for a return viewing, before both sides decide whether to swap… or not.

9.00pm Dogs: An Amazing Animal Family Sky1 – Patrick Aryee investigates the astonishing history and evolution of dogs and our pets’ weird, wild and wonderful relatives.

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