The TVweek: Sunday 12 – Friday 17th August 2018

by | Aug 6, 2018 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Dragons’ Den BBC2 – In the first show of the series, a musician with a singer-for-hire service is taken aback when the Dragons decide to showcase some of their own musical talents.

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

9.00pm Fear the Walking Dead E4 – Pilot of the Walking The Dead prequel.

10.00pm Lost Boys? What’s Going Wrong for Asian Men? BBC2 – In this personal documentary, Mehreen Baig, a British-Pakistani woman, goes behind the headlines and meets a range of young British-Asian men to understand their experiences of growing up in modern Britain.

10.20pm Walter Presents: Mama’s Angel Channel 4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this atmospheric mystery thriller from Israel. It is the eve of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Prison therapist Yael Tamir is assigned a new patient – Sharon Sagi, who murdered his two young children. At the plant nursery, Nigist Emanuel prepares to bid farewell to her only son Rafa, who has ditched his military service and is about to leave for art school in Europe. Forensic scientist Naama Sadeh drops by at the police station to submit lab results to detective Benny Mendelovich. Meanwhile, Amnon Schneider’s parents, especially his mother Dina, find it difficult to let go of their son as he becomes a young man. But everything is about to change with the disappearance of Kfir, Yael’s seven-year-old son, in terrible and mysterious circumstances.


8.00pm Inside the Ambulance W – Reality series following the paramedics of West Midlands Ambulance Service. Crews race to a serious motorway accident. A young woman is showing signs of sepsis.

8.30pm Jamie Cooks Italy Channel 4 – In Italy, great food isn’t about Michelin stars, it’s about traditional home cooking. In this new series, Jamie Oliver and his friend and mentor Gennaro Contaldo go straight to the heart of Italian cuisine. In the first episode, Jamie kick-starts his Italian adventure in the awe-inspiring Aeolian Islands, tracking down undiscovered island recipes untouched by time.

9.00pm Bollywood: The World’s Biggest Film Industry BBC2 – Anita Rani learns the secrets behind Bollywood’s famous singing and dancing spectaculars. Anita is invited onto the set of a film shooting in downtown Mumbai, where she meets Anil Kapoor, who explains the enduring appeal of these films and gives her a rare glimpse into how the famous dance numbers are shot with almost no rehearsals in advance. Inspired to give it a go herself, Anita joins a leading choreographer who explains the ancient traditions at the heart of modern Bollywood dance numbers.

Notable Continuing Series: Sharp Objects, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes More4 –  Phil Spencer returns for another grand tour of Britain’s magnificent stately homes. This series includes trips to Blenheim Palace, Belvoir Castle, Houghton Hall, and Longleat House. With special access to amazing archives, Phil uncovers the dramatic stories of how these exceptional homes came to be, and calculates the staggering amounts of materials, manpower and money it took to turn aristocratic ambition into bricks and mortar. Phil’s first visit of this series is to Longleat House in Wiltshire, home to the Viscount of Weymouth and his wife Lady Emma.

10.00pm The Wedding Guru BBC2 – Documentary series following Onkar Singh Purewal, the self-styled ‘greatest wedding planner the world has ever seen’, as he battles to create the perfect big day for his brides. Onkar faces his most personal challenge yet as he travels to Leicester to take on a family wedding. His wife’s sister Sunny is the bride, and Onkar is challenged to make sure 400 guests are well-fed, happy and that the family puts on a grand showing. Back in Cardiff, Onkar’s protege Daniel has been left in charge of a Welsh wedding at the Purewal family hotel. But Daniel and the team have one eye on making it to Cardiff’s Mardi Gras parade and partying themselves.


7.30pm 10K Holiday Home ITV – Having put an offer in on the Little Blue House in a village in Northern Portugal, Julia now has an anxious wait while she pays to have all the necessary legal checks carried out. When she returns to sign on the dotted line, she meets the cottage’s previous owner as they must exchange contracts in person.

9.00pm A Passage to Britain BBC2 – Dr Yasmin Khan tracks down passengers who travelled from Mumbai, known previously as Bombay, to Britain in the 1930s on the luxurious P&O liner The Viceroy of India. Yasmin discovers the challenges faced by these new arrivals as they tried to build a life in a strange land and reveal how their individual stories reflect the increasingly strained relationship between Britain and its Indian Empire.

10.00pm On The Edge: Through the Gates Channel 4 – Single drama. Aimee has spent most of her young, chaotic life in and out of prison. Tessa is the disillusioned parole officer in charge of Aimee’s welfare after her release, living her own life of organised chaos, under the watchful eye of boss Mark. Although from different worlds, both are trapped in cycles they can’t escape. Can they help each other find a way out?

10.35pm On the Edge: A Mother’s Love Channel 4 – Single drama. The lives of single mum Josephine and her 11-year-old son Ishmael are shattered when he witnesses a gangland crime on their estate and is asked to testify against the killer. Under threat, the pair find sanctuary in the middle-class home of Josephine’s sister Claudia and her disapproving husband Patrick. When Josephine starts to have doubts about her son’s account, she is torn between wanting to believe him and the suspicions that circle him. Is he being unfairly judged?

10.45pm Faith Behind Bars BBC1 – Documentary filmed in HMP Edinburgh which follows the prison chaplains as they give spiritual guidance and religious support to offenders, including those convicted of the most serious crimes. Can anyone be forgiven, regardless of what they have done?


8.00pm Orangutan Jungle School Channel 4 – Welcome to Jungle School, a unique home for orphan orangutans learning vital life skills before returning to the wild. The Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue Centre in Borneo, Indonesia, is the largest orangutan rehabilitation centre in the world. Its extraordinary team of devoted staff rescue orangutans that have been displaced from their habitat or kept as illegal pets, and teach them the skills necessary to survive on their own. Run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, the school has a unique education system where hundreds of orangutan orphans progress through a carefully-honed curriculum designed for a series of jungle school classes and pre-release islands. The pupils range in age from a few weeks old to young adults.

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

9.00pm Don’t Tell the Bride E4 – The show that puts the groom in complete charge of his wedding returns.

9.00pm 9-1-1 Sky Witness – US drama series from Ryan Murphy. Angela Bassett, Peter Kraus and Connie Britton star as first responders thrust into heart-stopping emergencies.

10.30pm On the Edge: That Girl Channel 4 – The final in the three-part drama anthology that serves up a raw slice of real life in modern Britain. That Girl centres around the friendship between Ashley and Becca. Free-spirited Ashley refuses to grow up, enabled by sensible flatmate Becca. When she is forced to confront a reality she tried to bury in her past, Ashley’s life begins to unravel. Will she take the law into her own hands?


9.00pm Searching For Mum: Sri Lanka BBC2 – Following two women, who were both adopted as babies, as they return to Sri Lanka to try and find their birth families. They are searching not just for their relatives, but also for a lost identity.

9.00pm The Detectives: The Farmhouse Robbery ITV – Investigative documentary. Detectives investigate an armed robbery at a remote farmhouse where the owner was tied up and various items stolen, including seven hunting rifles and his car. Detectives also seek the truth when a baby is severely injured during a shocking incident of domestic violence.

9.00pm Celebrity Big Brother Five – Emma Willis opens the doors of the Big Brother House to another group of celebrity guests whose every move and mood may be monitored and manipulated.

9.00pm The Ultimate Matchmaker W – Dating series with Lara Asprey, matchmaker to the super-rich. Marketing executive, Josh, chooses between three ladies. But he also has eyes on one of Lara’s team.

10.10pm Ballers Sky Atlantic – Fourth season of the comedy starring Dwayne Johnson. Spencer weighs the pros and cons of acquiring an extreme sports outlet. Guest starring Russell Brand.

10.45pm Insecure Sky Atlantic – Return of the comedy starring Isa Rae.


9.00pm Extraordinary Rituals BBC2 – A look at the world’s most spectacular and extreme rituals. This episode looks at the way different cultures mark life events on our journey from cradle to grave.

9.00pm Code 37: Sex Crimes More4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this intense Belgian crime thriller about a Vice Squad detective battling bad memories. Young and single-minded Chief Inspector Hannah Maes starts her new job as head of the Ghent police department that specialises in sexual offences, aka Code 37s. Together with her three colleagues, old-timer Charles, macho Bob and rookie Kevin, she must create an enduring team that efficiently tackles the most serious and violent sexual crimes. During the cases she investigates, Hannah is confronted by bad memories from her difficult past: years before, she witnessed her own mother being brutally raped and the perpetrator was never apprehended.

10.00pm The Big Asian Stand-Up BBC2 – Nish Kumar introduces a mix of stand-up comedians from the iconic City Varieties in Leeds, showcasing a new wave of Asian comedians from the UK and beyond. The show’s five acts include the award-winning Tez Ilyas and Emily Lloyd-Saini, Indian stand-up comedian Anuvab Pal, Bradford-based comic Isma Almas and rising star Eshaan Akbar.

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