The TVweek: Saturday 9th – Friday 15th January 2016

by | Jan 6, 2016 | All, TV Week


7.30pm The Voice BBC1 – The series returns with more singing action behind the famous turning chairs. Superstar coaches and Ricky Wilson return the series to welcome pop icon Boy George and multi-platinum-selling singer Paloma Faith to the spinning chair panel. Presenting duo Emma Willis and Marvin Humes return to helm the Saturday night entertainment show.

9.15pm The Jonathan Ross Show ITV – In the first of a new series Jonathan welcomes Steve Carell, star of The 40 Year Old Virgin and Foxcatcher, and chef Gordon Ramsay. He also chats to chart-topping singer Ellie Goulding who performs live.


6.00pm Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera ITV – Alastair Stewart presents a collection of incredible clips of eyewitness footage shot by members of the public on mobile devices.

8.00pm The Cruise Ship ITV3 – Four-part documentary with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access on-board the Royal Princess, one of the world’s ten largest luxury cruise ships. Filmed in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic over a period of two months, the series provides a fly-on-the-wall account, largely focusing on the crew. In this episode, the crew of the Royal Princess face a tough day ahead as they attempt to drop anchor and transfer the passengers onto an exclusive island resort. Chefs Brent and Tim manage to get lost on land – jeopardising the all-important barbecue. General manager Dirk and his assistant Dennis go undercover to check up on what the other crew members are up to. Continues at 8.30pm

8.00pm Tiny House Nation More4 – Renovation experts and hosts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin return for a second series of the show in which they travel across the United States visiting ingenious, small dwelling spaces and meeting the inventive people who live in them

Notable Continuing Series: Dragons’ Den, 8.00pm, BBC2

                                            Endaevour, 8.00pm, ITV

                                            Walking the Himalayas, 8.00pm, Channel 4

                                             War & Peace, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                              Deutschland 83, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D E4 – The action-packed US fantasy drama about a team of agents from a global law-enforcement organisation returns for a third season. Coulson and his team search the world for more powered people in the aftermath of their epic battle with Jiaying and her army of Inhumans, but they soon discover that they are not the only organisation on the look-out. Still reeling from Simmons’ dramatic disappearance, Fitz goes to extreme lengths to find out how to get her back.

10.00pm The 80s: Ten Years that Changed Britain Channel 4 –  The 80s are back and they are back big time, from the remake of Dallas to the return of Spandau Ballet. They were a brave new world of free market economics and massive shoulder pads, and for one night only we return to the ten years that changed everything. Featuring a soundtrack loaded with guilty pleasures, The 80s: Ten Years That Changed Britain charts the most divisive decade in recent British history.

10.00pm The BAFTA Britannia Awards –  Ceremony presenting the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA Los Angeles, reserved for artists who dedicate their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image. Hosted by Jack Whitehall at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


7.30pm All Hail the Veil E4 – New series that sees three bridal boutiques go head-to-head, dress-to-dress, to find one lucky bride the wedding outfit of her dreams. A bride-to-be and her entourage visit three distinctly different wedding shops. But only one wedding salon can win this bridal battle as the bride picks her dress for the big day.

8.00pm How to Lose Weight Well Channel 4 – Dr Xand van Tulleken and dietician Hala El-Shafie are on hand as six dieters attempt the most hyped and written about diets on the market today. The dieters are divided into three timeframes: Crashers on short term diets; Shape Shifters on six week programmes; and Life Changers on four month dieting plans. Meanwhile, cook Stacie Stewart helps the volunteers to turn their diets into delicious dishes. In the first episode, Crashers Katie and Rachael from north London want to slim down before a weekend getaway and have ten days.

9.00pm Bendiorm ITV – The Spanish resort-based sitcom returns for an eighth series. The Solana welcomes the Dawson family for the first time and Grandad Eddie is already causing trouble when he nearly drowns his own granddaughter. His son Billy and daughter-in-law Sheron are not best pleased. Tiger brings along a new pal, Joey – who has never been abroad before. Though not the sharpest knife in the box himself, Tiger looks like a Nobel prizewinner alongside the uniquely dim-witted but essentially friendly Joey. Joyce Temple-Savage is on the look-out for a new member of staff. She must choose between the efficient Amber and the completely incapable – but outrageously flirtatious – Marcus. Troy is welcomed back to the Costa and his first day is spent saying goodbye to Donald as he, Jacqueline and Kenneth scatter the big man’s ashes over his favourite holiday destination.

Notable Continuing Series: Silent Witness, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                             The Undateables, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Crashing Channel 4 – A brand new six-part comedy that crashes into the lives and loves of six twenty-somethings living together as property guardians in a massive disused hospital. In among the asbestos and abandoned X-ray machines live sexually explosive estate agent Sam, frustrated French artist Melody, shy and excitable Fred, and happily engaged couple Anthony and Kate. It’s practically peaceful. That is, until the spontaneous arrival of Lulu, Anthony’s oldest and least responsible friend.

10.00pm Gotham Five – The Batman prequel returns for a second season.

10.45pm Tracey Ullman’s Show BBC1 – Tracey Ullman’s return to British screens brings with it her unique take on some extraordinary characters living in, or visiting, the busy global hub that is the UK. This episode features a delinquent Dame Judi Dench, a dangerously accident-prone massage therapist and Sally Preston, the feminist MP whose election pledge to remain topless throughout her term is starting to present challenges. There’s also a foot-tapping love song to Britain’s local libraries, and Angela Merkel as never seen before. With a guest star appearance from Rupert Grint.


9.00pm Stargazing Live BBC2 – Brian Cox and Dara O Briain return for another celebration of space and astronomy.

10.00pm Stargazing: Back to Earth BBC2 – Brian Cox and Dara O Briain are joined by a panel of stellar guests to delve deeper into the universe after a night of Stargazing Live. NASA’s Carly Howett discusses 2015’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, sharing some of the astonishing discoveries made possible by the images and data still being sent back from the probe. Also in the studio, Professor Chris Lintott explores the strange world of pulsars – spinning stars that are heavier than the sun, yet smaller than Manchester – and explains how Stargazing viewers can make their own contribution to astronomy by discovering new ones over the next three nights. The panel will be answering viewers’ questions, as well as enjoying their photographs of the night sky, including the International Space Station.

9.00pm Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge Channel 4 – He aims to persuade an unwitting member of the public to push another person off a roof, seemingly to their death. Brown is investigating the powers of social compliance: how authority, peer pressure or ideology can be used to make people carry out horrific acts. His subject is Chris Kingston, a 29 year-old member of the public who is unaware he’s being filmed or manipulated at a distance. The setting is the gala launch night of a fictitious new charity called Push. Brown has recruited Hollywood special effects artists, stunt coordinators and a troupe of 70 actors to stage this carefully choreographed experiment.

9.00pm Stella Sky1 – Head back to Pontyberry as the loveable comedy drama written by and starring Ruth Jones returns. Beyonc?’s pregnancy causes tension between Stella and Michael.

9.00pm The Knick Sky Atlantic – The period medical drama starring Clive Owen returns for a second season. As the hospital prepares to move uptown, Gallinger takes drastic steps to return Thackery to work, before Edwards can assume his position permanently.

9.00pm Mom ITV2 – The US comedy returns for a third season. Continues at 9.30pm.

10.00pm The Secret Life of Family Five – Documentary series which uses reality rigs and personal camera to capture the lives of six British families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Written and narrated by comedian Hugh Dennis, each episode reveals that we have all got far more in common than we might think. Household chores are the bane of every family home. With over three quarters of the UK’s housework done by Mum’s, this episode looks at what happens when they go on strike and try to get the men and kids to do the housework.


Notable Continuing Series: Dickensian, 8.00pm, BBC1

                                             Mary Portas: Secret Shopper, 8.00pm, BBC1

                                       Great Barrier Reef with David Attenbourough, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                        Stargazing Live, 9.00pm, BBC2

                                         24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm I’m a Alcoholic: My Name Is… Five – Documentary telling the frank story of eight people’s tempestuous relationship with alcohol, starting with their first drink, through their developing love affair with booze, up to the despair as they hit rock bottom and the booze takes control.


Notable Continuing Series: Dickensian, 8.00pm, BBC1

8.30pm Room 101 BBC1 – Frank Skinner hosts the comedy panel show as Sir Trevor McDonald, Aisling Bea and David Tennant compete to have their pet hates and peeves consigned to Room 101. The show consists of the following choices: sushi, queuing, pigeons, lateness, my South African accent and scooters.

10.00pm Busting the Drug Millions: Inside the National Crime Agency Channel 4 – This documentary tells the inside story of one of the National Crime Agency’s largest money laundering investigations. With unique access to NCA documents and surveillance footage, the programme traces an extraordinary nine-month operation, which started with undercover surveillance on one man, and ended up with over 100 officers bringing down one of the largest criminal networks in the country, worth over ú180 million. Every year, more than ú100 billion changes hands in Britain illegally. Much of the money is controlled by international criminal networks that are involved in drug smuggling, human trafficking and even terrorism. Many British drug dealers outsource the cleaning of their dirty cash to specialist money laundering groups, who collect the money by hand and ensure it’s paid out to the right person in the right place, anywhere in the world. These groups operate with a strict hierarchy and a sprawling network of agents, each with different roles.

10.00pm Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll BBC4 – Spoof rockumentary series about prog-rocker Brian Pern. After a year out of the public eye following his heart attack, Brian is making a major comeback and has allowed award-winning film maker Rhys Thomas access all areas. Not only is Brian appearing on Desert Island Discs and at the the Isle of Wight Festival, he has a new album, a new look and a new wife who is half his age – Astrid Maddox Pern. Taking her advice, Brian sacks his picky manager John Farrow by fax and lets her take over. She quickly says yes to every offer going, including an appearance at the Thotch Convention Cruise with annoying fan club president, Perry.

10.40pm The BRITS are Coming ITV – Laura Whitmore announces all of the nominees for this year’s BRIT Awards. There are performances from some of the year’s top music acts, including Years and Years and Jess Glynne, as well as a very special performance from this year’s Critics’ Choice award winner, Jack Garratt.


8.00pm That’s So.. Five – Entertainment series that looks back on different years from the 1980s and 90s via the news, pop and TV archive from each year. In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union, campaigning Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk, Band Aid raised 50 million pound for famine relief in Ethiopia, riots erupted in Tottenham, the first mobile phones went on sale in the UK, a stadium wall collapsed during the European football cup final at the Heysel stadium in Belgium, and Nick Kamen set pulses soaring in a jeans commercial.

9.00pm Shetland BBC1 – Return of the Crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands, telling one story over six episodes. When a young man disappears on the Aberdeen to Shetland ferry crossing and a small boy ends up in intensive care, DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate and become convinced the two events are connected.

9.00pm Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary BBC2 – Hour-long special revealing the intimate and ultimately deadly relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, dramatized purely from the words of the two queens and their courtiers.

9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr returns to host a brand new episode, with Sean Lock and Jason Manford going up against Jon Richardson and Roisin Conaty.

10.00pm First Dates Channel 4 – Friday night is date night as the New Year ushers in a fresh batch of singletons to the First Dates restaurant, with Ma¯tre d’ Fred and his band of merry matchmakers returning to give Cupid a helping hand

10.00pm Music Moguls: Masters of Pop BBC4 – Three-part series revealing the secret history of pop and rock from the men and women who pull the strings behind the scenes. Programme one tells the story of the maverick managers who controlled the careers of megastar artists, from Colonel Parker ‘Elvis’ right the way up to Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber). Along the way are rollicking tales of industry legends like Led Zeppelin’s Peter Grant, and Don Arden, who managed the Small Faces, Black Sabbath and ELO. Narrated by Simon Napier-Bell, it also features contributions from Andrew Loog Oldham (the Rolling Stones), Jon Landau (Bruce Springsteen), Bill Curbishley (the Who), Paul McGuinness (U2) and Jonathan Dickins (Adele).

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