The TVweek: Saturday 9th – Friday 15th May 2015

by | May 5, 2015 | All, TV Week


8.30pm VE Day 70: A Party to Remember BBC1 – Chris Evans hosts a spectacular concert staged at the iconic Horse Guards Parade in London, forming the centrepiece of the national celebrations for the 70th anniversary of VE Day. From the declaration of war through to the celebrations on VE Day, the show captures and reflects the spirit and mood of the nation at that time. Songs from the period are performed by artists including Alexander Armstrong, Alfie Boe, Chas and Dave, Elaine Paige, Gregory Porter, Jamelia, Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott and Status Quo. Diversity and the Strictly Come Dancing Professionals also take to the stage to perform two show-stopping dance tributes to the era


8.00pm The TV Baftas 2015 BBC1 – Graham Norton hosts the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards from the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. The show starts with all the glamour from the red carpet as the stars arrive. Nominees include Graham Norton himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sheridan Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, Catherine Tate, and Ant and Dec, along with programmes including House of Cards, Marvellous, The Missing, Happy Valley, The Voice, The Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing.

9.00pm Wellington: The Duke Unmasked BBC2 – Two-part drama documentary series. The Duke of Wellington was the most famous Briton of the first half of the 19th century, and his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 altered the course of history. The Iron Duke became a towering figure in British history for both his achievements and for embodying our notions of Britishness – the stiff upper lip, unfussy straightforwardness and incorruptibility in office. This series looks behind the iron mask to focus on the intriguing complexities of the Duke of Wellington – his character, personality and relationships, told through his own words and the words of those who knew him best. General, politician, lover, outsider – the hero of Waterloo was far more complex than his public image.

10.00pm Modern Times: For Richer, For Poorer BBC2 – Documentary series about life in contemporary Britain. The impact of the recession has not been all doom and gloom. Many thousands have taken it as a call to arms – a chance to ditch the soulless nine-to-five and start a business, nearly half of them run by couples. For Richer for Poorer follows four couples risking it all to start the business of their dreams. The stakes couldn’t be higher. They’re not just gambling their savings, loans or family nest-eggs, but also putting their relationships on the line. How does life change when a partner becomes a business partner? Who really wears the trousers when love and work collide? There’s a fine line between fortune and ruin – and since one in four businesses don’t make it past the first year, the pressure to get things right couldn’t be greater.


8.00pm Dammed Designs Channel 4 – Three-part documentary series  that follows a group of determined homeowners in Britain who are in a desperate and extremely costly battle to save their dream house from demolition. All have fallen foul of the planning authorities and are in real danger of losing their prized homes. Each episode reveals how some of these incredibly designed homes are saved, or torn down at their own expense. Each house reveals a dramatic tale of battles between planners, politicians, neighbours and home owners. From tense court room clashes to bitter neighbourhood recriminations, the series reveals the lengths some people are prepared to go, to defend their home, land – and family.

9.00pm Benefit Street Channel 4 – One of the most controversial and talked-about documentary series of recent years returns for a second run. Last year the first series of Benefits Street, filmed on James Turner Street in Birmingham, sparked a political and media debate about poverty and welfare, with one of the street’s residents, ‘White Dee’, becoming a national figure. This time the series focuses on Kingston Road on the Tilery Estate in Stockton-on-Tees, an area hit hard by recession and economic decline.

10.00pm Episodes BBC2 – Fourth series of the comedy starring Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan and Matt Le Blanc.  Sean and Beverly’s Hollywood career refuses to die as they are dragged back from London to make six more episodes of Pucks!. Matt gets some very disturbing news about his finances, while Carol once again lobbies to run the network.

10.00pm The Night Bus Channel 4 – Documentary series following the life of London’s night Bus. The first episode of this new three-part series reveals how the night bus can become the busiest pick-up joint on four wheels. It seems that everyone is trying it on with someone.


9.00pm Big Brother Five – The reality television series returns. This year, the clock is ticking and housemates’ past, present and future will be in the hands of Big Brother. With Big Brother playing with the concept of time, the tasks, secret missions and twists promise to have tension, drama and intrigue. How will this affect the housemates? Time may be a friend or an enemy and for some it may well run out.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm No Offence, Channel 4


8.00pm The World’s Most Expensive Food Channel 4 – London is now home to more billionaires than any other city on the planet. And like all of us, billionaires need feeding. But while we use the supermarket and millionaires use the Michelin guide, billionaires use a private network of luxury food suppliers. This two-part series follows the exclusive suppliers who cater to Britain’s super-rich clients in a world untouched by austerity. London’s elite is changing – today more than half of its properties worth over ten million pounds are owned by foreign money – so food suppliers must adapt and fight harder than ever before to win over this lucrative new market.

9.00pm Modern Times: The Great British Garden Watch BBC2 – Lucy Cohen’s film goes behind the net curtains to discover amateur naturalists all over Britain who have transformed their gardens into intense filming environments in the pursuit of capturing the daily and nightly goings-on amongst the wildlife population. From foxes treated like family to the social lives of hedgehogs, these dogged naturalists will stop at nothing to capture that elusive shot. Combining a love of nature with huge advances in amateur camera technology, this film explores the extraordinary lengths taken to capture the activities of birds, foxes and pond life, while offering a charming insight into the British population’s relationship with their gardens. While the people we meet are drawn to their gardens for all sorts of reasons, what becomes clear is that they learn as much about themselves as the animals they capture on film.

9.00pm The Affair Sky Atlantic – Double Bill of a new HBO drama starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson as two people who have an affair and the world that they find themselves in.

9.00pm A Taste of the Yorkshire Dales More4 – One-off documentary that follows Frances Atkins, who is one of only six female Michelin-starred chefs in the UK. Frances Atkins has held her Michelin star continually since 2003 – no mean feat in the modern restaurant business. A Taste of the Yorkshire Dales follows Frances as she creates new meals at her North Yorkshire restaurant, The Yorke Arms, using local, fresh seasonal ingredients – from grouse and crab to lush autumn berries. Frances combines her knowledge of food with classic techniques and a talent for presentation, flavour and texture. The combination has earned her the reputation as one of Britain’s most talented chefs. However, as well as keeping the menu fresh, there is the pressure to remain at the top. This film captures just how much that means to Frances and her close-knit team.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm The Island: The Men’s Island, Channel 4

                                                9.00pm Jane The Virgin, E4

                                                9.30pm Care Share, BBC1

10.00pm Nashville E4 – Season three of the US drama set in the world of country music begins. Rayna must choose between the two men in her life. Juliette, struggling to repair her relationship with Avery, auditions for the leading role in a film biopic. Determined to start afresh, Scarlett embarks on a road trip home. Will and Layla cope with the fall-out from his confession.


8.00pm Born Naughty Channel 4 – One in 20 British children aged between five and 16 have serious behavioural issues, ranging from refusing to eat or do what they are told, to swearing, hitting and breaking things. In this new series, family GP Dr Dawn Harper and consultant paediatrician Dr Ravi Jayaram help children with behavioural problems as well as their long-suffering parents, who often have to wait years for a definitive diagnosis and appropriate help. Is the issue an undiagnosed medical condition, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or autism, or is parenting the problem? And what can be done to help? Dr Ravi meets families at home to assess the children and, with the help of experts, he and Dr Dawn agree a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm The Island: The Women’s Island, Channel 4

                                             9.00pm, The Hotel Inspector, Five.  

                                            10.00pm, W1A, BBC2

10.00pm The Secret World of Tinder Channel 4 – Dating has always been a minefield but in the last few years it has become even more complicated. Smartphones and round-the-clock social networking have revolutionised many people’s love lives. How does anyone have the time for love in a world that never stops? The answer: location-based smartphone dating apps that help you find love or lust at a press of a button. This documentary takes an eye-opening and humorous look at the online dating phenomenon that has taken the UK by storm. With the chance to browse an unlimited supply of willing suitors and ‘tinderellas’, dating apps are the go-to tool to find love, or simply to hook up. With smartphones we’re never more than a click away from a potential date – or disaster. The Secret World of Tinder captures the funny, heart-warming and sometimes dangerous moments that constitute modern dating, in an online world of deviancy, devotion, deception, darkness, heartbreak and sexual brazenness.


Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Have I Got News For You?,BBC1

                                                9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Channel 4

                                               10:00pm, Alan Carr Chatty ManChannel 4

9.00pm Man and Beast with Martin Clunes Channel 4 – In the first programme in a two-part documentary, Martin Clunes sets out on a journey around the world to investigate the extraordinary relationship between man and beast. From birds to bears, and from pets to primates, Martin observes humans and animals working side by side in ways that have existed and evolved over thousands of years. In the first episode he travels to Nepal, where he meets a farmer whose cows not only give him an income from milk, but provide the fuel for lighting and cooking in the family home. At the popular tourist destination of Ko Yao Noi in South East Asia, he sees the hard-working monkeys trained to scale 100 foot trees to pick ripe coconuts. In northern Japan he is invited to dine on wild bear casserole by one of the last surviving members of a tribe who kill wild bears to live. In the Himalayas, Martin meets the elephants and learns more about the mahouts, a profession which is four thousand years old and still passed on from father to son.

9.00pm A League of Their Own Sky1 – James Corden returns for a ninth run of the BAFTA-winning sports panel show. He’s joined by Ian Poulter, Olivia Wayne and Josh Widdicombe.

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