The TVweek: Saturday March 21st – Friday 27th March 2020

by | Mar 17, 2020 | All, TV Week


8.30pm Prince Harry: A Troubled Prince Five – Documentary charting the Duke of Sussex’s life from childhood to the present day, looking at his struggle to find his place and align his desire for independence with the need for duty. As a boy, he had to cope with his parents’ very public divorce and then the death of his mother, while as an adult the press and the pressures of royal life weighed heavily on his shoulders.

9.15pm All Round to Mrs. Brown’s BBC1 – Brendan O’Carroll dons Agnes’s cardigan and curly wig once again as the chat show returns. The first edition features reality star Caitlyn Jenner, actor and entertainer John Barrowman – and his parents – and singer Danny O’Donoghue, whose band the Script provide the music.

9.30pm Meghan: Where Did It All Go Wrong Five – A look at the life of Meghan Markle, tracing the early years of her childhood, through to her becoming a successful Hollywood actor, and her subsequent marriage to Prince Harry. Royal commentators including Andrew Morton, Eve Pollard and biographer Katie Nicholl offer their take on the recent impact on the Royal family, and there is a look at some of the recent stories that have featured in the British tabloids concerning Meghan.


6.00pm Britain’s Cleaning Products Five – A countdown of the 20 best sprays, liquids and sponges, as voted for by the public – from bleach to bathroom spray.

7.00pm The Family Chase ITV – Bradley Walsh hosts a family-themed edition of the game show. Here, instead of teaming up with strangers, the Hartes from Co Antrim work alongside their family members as they pit their general-knowledge know-how against one of the finest quiz brains in the country.

8.00pm How to Deep Clean Your Home Five – At a time when Britain has never been so conscious or concerned about avoiding germs and infection, the public are taking great measures to ensure their houses are cleaner than ever. This programme tests just how hygienic homes really are with experts showing how to battle bacteria with a proper top-to-bottom deep clean, room by room.

8.00pm Brainboxes W – Examining what it is like to be gifted in New Zealand, featuring a concert pianist, a pilot and a mathematician graduating university before his peers finish high school.

Notable Continuing Series: Race Across the World, 8.00pm, BBC2

                                            Dragons’ Den, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm The Nest BBC1 – Thriller, starring Martin Compston, Sophie Rundle and Mirren Mack. Dan and Emily live in a huge house in the nicest part of Glasgow and want for nothing, but they’ve been trying to have a baby for years with no success. A chance encounter brings the couple into contact with 18-year-old Kaya, who offers to be their surrogate if they help set her life on track.

9.00pm Filthy Family Swap Five – Two families swap homes in this one-off social experiment, as they discover whether taking on another person’s messy house can help them get to grips with their own grime. This dirt-busting documentary features two different, but equally domestically challenged, households.

9.00pm Murder and Justice: The Case of Martha Moxley Sky Crime – Laura Coates presents a three-part investigation into the murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley, who was found beaten and stabbed to death in the backyard of her family’s Connecticut home in 1975.


9.00pm Horizon: Toxic Town: The Corby Poisonings BBC2 – Lesley Sharp narrates the story of a landmark legal battle by a group of women aiming to uncover the truth about birth defects in the Northamptonshire town being caused by toxic waste from the steelworks that had not been disposed of safely. The case had worldwide legal and medical ramifications as it was the first time that a court had recognised a link between airborne toxins and foetal development damage.

9.00pm Putin: A Russian Spy Story Channel 4 – Documentary examining how Vladimir Putin brought his knowledge of spy-craft to bear on his leadership of Russia, how his personal experiences have influenced his politics and how modern Russia has been created through an acute sense of betrayal, pride and anger.The programme takes viewers on a journey into the mind of one of the 21st century’s most influential leaders, offering a portrait of a politician who modelled himself on the Russian James Bond and whose presidency reads like a spy thriller.

Notable Continuing Series: This Country, 10.35pm, BBC1


9.00pm Our Girl BBC1 – Michelle Keegan returns in the army set drama. Georgie chooses to remain in the UK in a training role as 2 Section prepares to return to Afghanistan, sending a trainee medic in her place. However, when her protegee’s confidence slips in the face of the challenges she faces, Georgie feels compelled to join the new recruits in need of her support. However, while protecting a local doctor-turned-politician, she is thrust into an encounter with the militant leader that killed Elvis.

9.00pm April Jones: The Interrogation Tapes Five – Documentary exploring the murder of five-year-old April Jones in 2012, featuring previously unheard tapes of the 18 hours of interviews the police conducted with killer Mark Bridger, who was arrested within 24 hours of April being reported missing and charged four days later. The programme also features contributions from forensic psychologist Dr Joe Sullivan and April’s family, who share their distress at her body remaining undiscovered.

9.00pm Strike Back Sky1 – Return of the action drama.

Notable Continuing Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy                                                                                    Better Things, 10.00pm, BBC2

                                                 The Trip to Greece, 10.00pm, Sky1 

10.45pm My Left Nut BBC1 – Drama about a 15-year-old boy who is horrified to discover a swelling on his testicle. Unprepared to deal with his embarrassing problem and unable to talk to his widowed mother about it, he decides to ignore it, fearing that his friends will make fun of him and that the growth will jeopardise his chances of going out with the girl he has a crush on. Starring Nathan Quinn-O’Rawe.


9.00pm Generation Gifted BBC2 – Return of the documentary following three gifted teenagers, Liam, Kian and Jarmarley, as they prepare to finish secondary school and make important decisions about their futures. Kian dreams of becoming a theoretical physicist, but has to face up to the reality of having to leave Hartlepool to pursue his dreams. In Newcastle, aspiring doctor Liam finds his work ethic is increasingly under scrutiny, while in London, Jamarley faces pressures outside school.

9.00pm Casualty 24/7 Five – A behind-the-scenes look at the work of medical staff in Barnsley Hospital’s accident and emergency department,

10.00pm Mister Winner BBC2 – Comedy following the misadventures of Leslie Winner, an eternally-optimistic yet calamitous character, as he prepares for married life. The pressure is on Leslie to find – and keep – a job to pay for his honeymoon and wedding, and to impress his disapproving father-in-law. In the opening episode, Leslie comes across an abandoned piano and comes up with a clever money-making scheme to help pay for his upcoming wedding. Starring Spencer Jones, Lucy Pearman and Shaun Williamson.

10.00pm The Great British Urine Test: The National Health Check Five – Dr Christian Jessen and Dr Amir Khan and experts from Aberystwyth University test the health of the nation via urine samples. With ‘pee pods” place in four major cities, members of the public are invited to provide samples, with the results revealing which residents drink too much alcohol and eat too much junk food. Elsewhere, a group of volunteers discover how factors like lifestyle, diet and pollution can be a cause for concern.

10.00pm Hitmen Sky1 – Comedy starring Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc that follows the adventures of best friends Jamie and Fran, who also happen to kill people for a living. It’s Fran’s birthday, and Jamie wants to celebrate, but it seems none of their friends are available to come to dinner. To make matters worse they’re stuck in the van holding a corrupt lawyer hostage.


8.00pm You Are What You Wear BBC1 – Rylan Clark-Neal hosts a fashion makeover show, with five stylists advising a diverse range of people in need of a significant style overhaul. In the first edition they help Chris, a 6ft 5in personal hygiene salesman who only wears black, and 5ft 3in Manny, who has been wearing children’s clothes for years and is looking for a grown-up style with sass. PE teacher Rachel wants to swap gym wear for glamour, while warehouse employee Karen is worried that her work wardrobe is creeping into her weekend.

9.00pm Born to Be Different Channel 4 – Part one of two. Catching up with the children featured in the documentary as they enter adulthood. Zoe is moving out for the first time to start a law degree, and has opted to go it alone entirely, refusing the help of a care team while she is at university. Hamish is moving into a student house in New Zealand while training for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, and William has moved to his own flat with a care team.

9.00pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine E4 – Seventh season of the popular comedy. Jake leads a manhunt after an assassination attempt on a city councillor, while Holt adjusts to his new position as a uniformed officer.

10.00pm The Pet Talent Agency: Barking Mad Channel 4 – Documentary following Karen Chamberlain, owner of the Barking Mad pet talent agency, which supplies everything from cute pooches to cuddly cats for films, TV and ad campaigns. Whether the casting call is for dogs, sheep, ponies, zonkeys or alpacas – no job is too big, too small or too ambitious for Karen.


9.00pm Pilgrimage: The Road to Istanbul BBC2 – Journalist Adrian Chiles, former politician Edwina Currie, Olympian Fatima Whitbread, broadcaster Mim Shaikh, TV presenter Amar Latif, comedian Dom Joly and actress Pauline McLynn set out to cover sections of the Sultans Trail – a modern-day 2,200km pilgrimage across Eastern Europe that starts in Vienna and ends in Istanbul.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Celebrity Murder Mystery Five – Well-known faces Su Pollard, Sheila Ferguson, the Rev Richard Coles, Keith Duffy, Angela Rippon and John Sergeant travel back in time to the 1920s for the ultimate murder mystery weekend. The participants have just four days, relying on their wits and the best forensic techniques the era has to offer. As the story begins, the celebs are invited to the reading of the Baroness Grafton’s will. Surrounded by the late woman’s loved ones, it’s clear that some are happier with their lot than others. Inevitably, it’s not long before the bodies start to stack up.

9.30pm Peter Kay’s Comedy Shuffle BBC1 – A further collection of clips documenting the much-loved comedy star’s best work from his decades in showbusiness.

10.00pm Friday Night Dinner Channel 4 – Adam and Jonny arrive at Mum and Dad’s house with big news to announce – they both have girlfriends. Dad buys a caravan that has seen better days and is keen the family has dinner in there. However, Mum refuses to step foot inside, though Jim is less fussy as his house has flooded. Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, Tamsin Greig and Paul Ritter star in Robert Popper’s award-winning comedy.

10.35pm Duncanville Channel 4 – Animated comedy that revolves around a 15-year-old boy with a rich fantasy life. In this opening episode, Annie worries about her `very average” teenage son.

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