The TVweek: Sunday 12th – Thursday 16th July 2015

by | Jul 8, 2015 | All, TV Week


8.15pm Dragons’ Den BBC2 – Series in which budding entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to multimillionaires. Dragons’ Den is back with three new multi-millionaires ready to breathe fire into the Den. Fashion tycoon Touker Suleyman, serial restaurateur Sarah Willingham and online greeting cards pioneer Nick Jenkins take their seats alongside formidable business giants Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones.

9.00pm The Outcast BBC1 – Post-war coming-of-age drama based on the novel by Sadie Jones. In the first of two parts, a boy’s idyllic childhood is set on a new course when he is witness to a tragic accident.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Humans, Channel 4

9.00pm Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure ITV – First in a three-part series which sees Joanna Lumley travel the 6,400 mile route from Hong Kong to Moscow. Joanna begins her train journey in Hong Kong – which she last visited when she was four – while she has not been to Moscow since 1966 when she was there as a model at the height of the Cold War. In the first episode, she sets off from The Peak above Victoria Harbour, before jumping on the Mass Transit Railway to Shenzhen where she catches the bullet train to Beijing.


8.00pm Yonderland Sky1 – The puppet-filled comedy returns for series two as Debbie, The Chosen One, is reunited with Elf and Nick the Stick.

9.00pm Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen: Cracking China BBC2 – Documentary following Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen as he launches a new business plan. Changing Rooms made Laurence a household name but it’s over ten years since it left our screens and now he designs cushions and picture frames that sell through a well-known catalogue. Times are tough for the business. With his back against the wall in the UK, Laurence sees a glimmer of hope in the world’s emerging markets. This film follows Laurence on trips to China and Mexico as he tries to launch his business internationally and take advantage of the world’s newly emerging middle classes.

9.00pm Rookies ITV – Documentary series following 24 ordinary people from a wide variety of backgrounds as they undergo training to become police officers. Filmed over one year, the series focuses on the breaking in period, the toughest and most emotional part of the training process.

9.00pm Teenage Millionaire: The Year I Won the Lottery BBC3 – Cameras follow 17-year-old Jane Park – one of the youngest ever lottery winners – over the course of a year as she decides what to do with the ú1 million she won in a lucky dip on her first attempt.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm True Detective, Sky Atlantic

10.00pm Hair BBC2 – Hosted by Katherine Ryan, ten hair enthusiasts hope they’ve got what it takes to win the title of Britain’s best amateur hairstylist. They’ll have to impress the judges – royal hairdresser Denise McAdam and celebrity superstar stylist Alain Pichon, who counts David Beckham as one of his clients.

10.00pm Inside The Ku Klux Klan Channel 4 – 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of America’s most notorious white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan. This one-off observational documentary gains unprecedented access to a modern day Missouri-based chapter of the Klan, the Traditionalist American Knights. Filmed across several states over a period of seven months, in the wake of the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, BAFTA-award winning filmmaker Dan Vernon journeys into the heart of the group.


8.30pm Hiveminds BBC4 – Fiona Bruce presents the quiz show where players not only have to know the answers, but have to find them hidden in a hive of letters. It tests players’ general knowledge and mental agility, as they battle against one another and race against the clock to find the answers. The Lutrophiles take on the Pascallywags in a first-round match.

9.00pm Great Ormond Street BBC2 – Documentary series based at the pioneering London children’s hospital. In the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, doctors strive to save the lives of children with life-threatening congenital diseases.


8.00pm 100 Year Old Drivers Ride Again ITV – Documentary sequel about some of Britain’s oldest drivers.

9.00pm Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners BBC2 – Documentary in which historian David Olusoga uncovers Britain’s forgotten slave owners. In 1834 Britain abolished slavery, a defining and celebrated moment in our national history. What has been largely forgotten is that abolition came at a price.

9.00pm The Secret Life of Twins ITV – Documentary investigating the world of identical twins. Using brand new filming techniques, the programme discovers not only what it means to be a twin, but also what it means to be human. Scientists are now discovering that their experiences in the womb also account for much of their surprising synchronicity. This helps explain how 26-year-old French fashion designer Anais Bordier miraculously found she had a twin sister – Samantha Futerman – after spotting her by chance in a movie trailer, as they shared many of the same mannerisms and tastes. Scientists have also begun to discover differences between identical twins, as it is not unusual for twins to react differently to illness.

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

                                                9.00pm Jane The Virgin, E4

9.00pm Ray Donovan Sky Atlantic – The Hollywood fixer is back and this time he’s working for a movie mogul and his wayward daughter, played by Ian McShane and Katie Holmes.

10.00pm Escape from Isis Channel 4 – Featuring exclusive covert footage, shot by an activist cell inside the so-called Islamic State, this Dispatches special exposes the brutal regime suffered by millions of women living under Isis, and the extraordinary story of a secret underground network trying to save them.

10.00pm People Just Do Nothing BBC3 – Return of the mockumentary series following west London pirate radio station Kurupt FM. Led by self-proclaimed garage legend MC Grindah and his second-in-command DJ Beats, these hapless individuals share the secrets behind running an illegal business and demonstrate that chasing your dreams is actually a full-time job. It’s Angel’s christening and Grindah is contemplating his choice of godfather, with Beats and Decoy in the running. Chabuddy G prepares souvenir t-shirts for the big day.

10.10pm Veep Sky Atlantic – The Thick of It’s Chris Addison directs the season premiere in which President Selina and her hapless team prep for her Joint Session speech.

10.40pm Girls with Autism ITV – Documentary following six months in the lives of three very different autistic girls and the other students and staff at Limpsfield Grange in Surrey, Britain’s only state-run boarding school for girls with autism.


8.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1 – Identical twins Katie and Emelia were born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. At just 41, dad Mark is recovering from aggressive bowel and liver cancer. The family are struggling for space and in desperate need of some good luck. The DIY SOS team are on hand to help build them a home for a better future.

10.35pm Motorway Cops BBC1

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