The TVweek – Saturday 9th – Friday 15th December 2017

by | Dec 5, 2017 | All, TV Week


9.50pm Through the Keyhole ITV – Keith Lemon returns with a special I’m a Celebrity-themed episode of the show that sees him exploring celebrity homes for clues as to whose home it is, while the celebrity panel of Jimmy Carr and former I’m a Celeb contestants Stacey Solomon, Myleene Klass and Tony Blackburn must try and figure out the identities of the mystery homeowners.


Notable Continuing Series:  Blue Planet II, 8.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm David Attenborough and the Giant Elephant BBC1 – David Attenborough investigates the remarkable life and death of Jumbo the elephant – a celebrity animal superstar whose story is said to have inspired the movie Dumbo. Attenborough joins a team of scientists and conservationists to unravel the complex and mysterious story of this large African elephant – an elephant many believed to be the biggest in the world. With unique access to Jumbo’s skeleton at the American Museum of Natural History, the team work together to separate myth from reality. How big was Jumbo really? How was he treated in captivity? And how did he die?

9.00pm I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!: The Final ITV – Ant & Dec crown the King or Queen of the Jungle.


Notable Continuing Series:  Would I Lie To You?, 8.30pm, BBC1
                                                 The Real Marigold on Tour, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                                  Employable Me, BBC2

9.00pm Bancroft ITV – Sarah Parish stars in this painfully generic four-part crime drama about a female detective with dark secrets in her past. Detective Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft is leading the charge against the violent Kamara gang, while DS Katherine Stevens is given the Laura Fraser cold murder case to investigate. Elizabeth and Katherine’s paths soon cross as Katherine finds there is more to the Fraser case than it seems, while Elizabeth finds her past catching up with her and increasingly difficult to hide. Airs till Thursday.


8.00pm Food Unwrapped Does Christmas Channel 4 – Christmas is coming and you’re cordially invited to join Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton, Matt Tebbutt and Dr Helen Lawal as they reveal astonishing surprises behind our favourite festive grub, from the mystery of why Christmas puddings last so long to the perfect stuffing for your turkey.

9.00pm The World’s Most Expensive Presents Channel 4 – Even when money is no object, buying the perfect present for a loved one who has everything can be difficult. Thankfully for the wealthiest people on the planet, the UK has a network of high-end suppliers of luxurious goods ready to gift-wrap their desires. Many of us delighted in unwrapping our first bike on Christmas Day, but what if that new set of wheels was a 24-carat gold-plated bike worth ú250,000? And when you’re a wealthy family with a million-dollar watch to surprise your son with, what do you do? You commission a ‘cake artiste’ to produce a surprise reveal at his exclusive Los Angeles birthday party. And if your Christmas social calendar is filled with glitzy parties, it follows that your pet dog should also dress to impress in a ú40,000 ball gown. The World’s Most Expensive Presents goes behind closed doors to meet the craftsmen and women producing lavish gifts with price tags to match.

Notable Continuing Series: The A Word, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                 Motherland, 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Ben Fogle: Return to the Wild Five – Ben Fogle revisits people living off-grid to see how their lives have progressed. Ben catches up with a former businessman named Dave who was threatened with eviction from his paradise island off the coast of Australia.


Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                             Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm, BBC2                                                                                                           Detectorists, 10.00pm, BBC4

9.00pm Harrogate: A Yorkshire Christmas Five – First of a two-part documentary following the great and good of Harrogate as they prepare for the town’s annual Christmas windows competition. More than fifty shops pull out all the stops to put on the best window display possible and wow the crowds.

9.00pm Penelope Keith’s Coastal Villages More4 – Penelope Keith sets forth on a special seaside journey to discover the coastal villages of the UK: villages that cling to the side of cliffs, snuggle around harbours, proudly guard estuaries, or lounge along beaches.

10.00pm Vanished by the Lake Channel 4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this haunting crime drama from France in which a homicide detective returns to her hometown and finds that a teenager has vanished in a case identical to the disappearance of her two best friends 15 years previously. Lise Stocker, head of the Paris Crime Bureau, returns to her small hometown to care for her mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Upon her return, she hears that a teenager named Chloe has vanished during a local celebration. The mystery ignites old memories for Lise, as 15 years earlier her two best friends, Ana and Marion, disappeared during the very same annual event. Is there a connection between the two incidents?


8.00pm The Apprentice: Why I Fired Them BBC1 – A look back at candidates from this year’s series of The Apprentice who fell before the final hurdle. They redesigned five-star hotel rooms in a shade of trifle, sang at a Wembley FA Cup final, programmed robots to ‘downward dog’ and trained dogs to do a hoedown. With the help of some previously unseen boardroom insights, Lord Sugar leads viewers through the best and worst decisions made by the candidates. He looks back on the bust-ups in the boardroom and explains how he came to decide who should be fired.

8.00pm Amazing Spaces: Snow and Ice Special Channel 4 – Architect George Clarke and master craftsman Will Hardie travel to Norway, to discover how a country with some of the harshest weather on the planet has become a leader in small space design.

9.00pm The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Christmas Special Channel 4 – Maze Master Richard Ayoade guides a team of intrepid celebrity adventurers around the mighty maze in this fiendishly fun festive special in aid of Stand Up To Cancer. The Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic zones have all been dramatically transformed for Christmas. The Knight is clearly desperate for an invite for the holiday season, Jarhead has already been on the sherry and Richard has to contend with a group of carol singers who have double booked the maze for rehearsals. Gold medal-winning Olympians Ellie Simmonds and Nicola Adams, Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke, The Saturdays and Strictly star Mollie King, and Murder in Successville comedian Tom Davis all form the tinsel-tastic team of stars hoping to win crystals to buy time in the Crystal Dome and earn a huge cash prize for Stand Up To Cancer. There’s snow place like dome!

9.00pm The Tunnel: Vengeance Sky Atlantic – The third and final chapter of the gripping Sky Original Production. A burning fishing boat found on the Channel turns into a new case for Karl and Elise.

10.00pm Extraordinary Teens: School of Life and Deaf Channel 4 – Told through the eyes of profoundly deaf 15-year-old Lewis, this documentry – part of the Extraordinary Teens season – reveals what it’s like to grow up as a deaf teenager, following a year in the life of three pupils at Mary Hare boarding school. Lewis and sixth formers Fae and Andrew, all living away from home at a school for exclusively deaf pupils, face life-changing choices. When Lewis decides he wants to be fitted with a cochlear implant to help him hear, there’s no guarantee of success. Will he realise his lifelong ambition and hear his mum say his name for the first time? Andrew aims to become Britain’s first deaf prime minister. The first step is to apply for the head boy role at Mary Hare: will this finally help him fit in with his peers? Fae, who’s 18, is preparing to leave for university. Racked with nerves, how will Fae cope as she prepares to leave the ‘bubble’ of school, and face the ‘hearing world’ without her deaf twin sister Mae?


9.00pm The Sweet Makers at Christmas BBC2 – Four modern confectioners immerse themselves in the world of their professional predecessors, discovering how commercially canny sweet makers helped shape the way we celebrate Christmas today.

9.00pm I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!: Coming Out ITV – Viewers have seen them survive weeks in the Australian jungle, with no contact with the outside world and under the spotlight of the world’s media, but now the celebrities get ready to embark on life back in the real world. The show follows this year’s celebrities from the moment they step off the bridge to the emotional reunions with their family and friends. It also captures their reactions as they spend their first night back in luxury. As they prepare to wash the jungle out of their hair, how will they cope getting back to life away from camp?

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                        The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

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