The TVweek: Sunday 13th – Friday 18th August 2017

by | Aug 7, 2017 | All, TV Week


9.00pm North Korea: Murder in the Family BBC2 – On 13 February 2017 the North Korean dictator’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam walked into Kuala Lumpur airport to catch a flight to Macau. Two hours later he was dead. He’d been assassinated using one of the most deadly chemical weapons on earth, VX.Within days two women from Vietnam and Indonesia were arrested for his murder, but the CCTV appeared to show several North Korean secret agents orchestrating the events in the airport that day. With brand new accounts from those close to Kim Jong-nam, the award-winning This World strand examines in greater detail the astonishing story of a bitter family feud, secret agents and international arms dealing – lifting the lid on why he was assassinated and how North Korea’s powerful international business network has allowed the brutal Kim family dictatorship to remain in power in North Korea for nearly 70 years.

9.00pm Valkyrien: The Underground Channel 4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this high-concept, gripping Norwegian thriller set in an illegal clinic hidden in a disused Oslo underground station. Ravn Eikanger, a respected physician, is desperately seeking a cure for his dying wife, Vilma. When the hospital stops her treatment, Ravn fakes Vilma’s suicide and continues working to help her in secret. He is aided by corrupt civil defence man Leif Lien, a doomsday prepper and former patient of his.


8.00pm Child Genius Channel 4 – Child Genius returns with 20 of the country’s cleverest 8 to 12 year olds – and their extraordinary parents – battling across one week in the Mensa-backed competition for the title of Britain’s brightest child. Led by quizmaster extraordinaire Richard Osman, this six-part series, broadcast over six consecutive evenings, opens with the demanding Spelling and complex Linguistic Memory rounds – testing the participants with their recall of the Latin and Greek-derived scientific names of 60 fruit and vegetables. Continues All Week at 8.00pm.

8.30pm My Restaurant in India W – Reality series following former MasterChef Australia contestant Sarah Todd as she accepts the challenge of opening her first restaurant in Goa, India.

9.00pm Britain’s Relationships with Anne Robinson BBC1 – Documentary in which Anne Robinson asks what the secret is to a happy relationship.

9.00pm World’s Most Dangerous Border BBC2 – Three-part documentary series in which Journalists and presenting talent Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel either side of the contentious Indo-Pakistan border.

9.00pm Easyjet: Inside the Cockpit ITV – Documentary series following future pilots as they undergo Easyjet’s rigorous training program.

Notable Continuing Series: 999: What’s Your Emergency?, Channel 4
                                               Game of Thrones 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic 
                                               The Americans, 10.00pm, ITV Encore 

10.00pm Catching the Tax Dodgers Channel 4 – One-off documentary following Duncan McCallum, a veteran customs officer who has cracked drug rings, smugglers and massive duty fraud as he tracks down those who owe a lot to the tax man.


8.00pm The Big Family Cooking Showdown BBC2 – A brand new 12-part competitive food show presented by Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain, The Big Family Cooking Showdown celebrates favourite family recipes being made in kitchens up and down the country, meeting 16 teams of passionate home cooks from across Britain.

In each heat, two family teams go head to head to impress the judges, Michelin starred chef Giorgio Locatelli and renowned cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager, as they are tasked with a series of challenges both in the studio and their own homes.

9.00pm Seven Days in Summer BBC2 – Set over the seven dramatic days leading up to the partition of India and Pakistan, this film gives a blow-by-blow account of that tumultuous week, as chaos consumed the Indian sub-continent during the last days of British Rule. From the flashpoints of the Punjab and Ghandi’s base in Calcutta to the burning streets of Lahore and beyond, the film tells the powerful and moving story of some of the millions of people affected by this unique historical event.

9.00pm Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera Channel 4 – Documentary that explores the extremes of human behaviour in airports and on planes: the good, the bad and the plain jaw-dropping. The programme uses footage captured on passengers’ cameras and phones, from angry missed check-ins to bizarre drunken antics at security, alternative safety briefings, deafening party flights and near-death experiences on flights from hell. What really happened? Why do we do it? And what do the people in charge say and do to try and make us safer?

Notable Continuing Series: The Leftovers, 10.10pm, Sky Atlantic

10.00pm Quacks BBC2 – Six-part medical comedy set in Victorian London starring Matthew Banyton, Rory Kinnear and Rupert Everett. Delhi Cops Channel 4 – Two-part documentary that goes behind the scenes with the under-resourced and over-worked police in India’s most dangerous city.


8.00pm Celebrity Masterchef BBC1

8.00pm Saving Lives at Sea BBC2 – Second series of the documentary that follows the work of volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards of the RNLI who rescue thousands of people and save hundreds of lives around our coastline and on the River Thames every year.

9.00pm No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids go Gender Free? BBC2 – Two-part documentary that follows Doctor Javid Abdelmoneim as he aims to find out whether stripping away the pink and blue will change the way this class of seven year-olds think.  Taking over one Year 3 class from Lanesend primary school in the Isle of Wight, Doctor Javid aims to remove all differences in the way boys and girls are treated to see if, after six weeks of ‘gender neutral’ treatment, he can even out the gaps in their achievement across a range of important psychological measures, from self-confidence to spatial awareness.

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

9.00pm Milton Keynes and Me BBC4 – The country’s most famous New Town is about to turn 50 and so (it just so happens) is the documentary maker Richard Macer, who grew up there.

9.00pm A Year on the Farm More4 – Four-part documentary series that reveals the incredible beauty of the UK’s farms and the quirky, surprising nature of the animals. Every year 18 million turkeys are reared in the UK.

9.00pm Ray Donovan Sky Atlantic –  Ray and his clan return for a fifth season of handling things the Donovan way. Ray begins anger management after a family tragedy sparks a bar fight.

10.00pm Made Over By E4 – Makeover series that challenges three groups of the UK’s snappiest dressers to rescue one woman’s wayward wardrobe.

10.00pm I’m Dying Up Here Sky Atlantic – US comedy/drama set in the famed world of the 1970s comedy circuit.


Notable Continuing Series: Top of the Lake: China Girl, 9.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm The Brighton Police ITV – Documentary series following the work of detectives in Brighton as they tackle crime in the bustling seaside city. In this episode, detective sergeant Julie Greenwood is certain robbers who targeted a betting shop and got away will soon strike again.

9.00pm Taxi of Mum & Dad Channel 4 – Documentary that follows eight families who’ve rigged their cars with multiple cameras, allowing viewers to eavesdrop on their every conversation. This brand new programme explores the joys and challenges of parenting teenagers today by being set in the one place where conversations still take place: the family car. At home parents have to compete with technology for their teens’ attention and rarely have the opportunity to catch up and connect. But offering a lift provides the perfect opportunity for parents to find out what’s really going on. Relationships, parties, holidays, drinking, work, school and home life are all explored in fresh and unfiltered conversations.

10.00pm How to Make Your Marriage Work Channel 4 – After 40 years of falling marriage rates, recent UK figures suggest that marriage is on the increase while divorce is decreasing. The London Borough of Brent has one of the highest marriage rates and lowest numbers of divorces in the country. This documentary meets five married couples in Brent to find out what glues them together. The programme finds out how the couples – who’ve been married for between seven and 47 years – met and fell in love and, perhaps most importantly, what has kept them together.

10.45pm Don’t Deport Me, I’m British BBC1 – Documentary telling the stories of three young men who arrived in Britain as children, grew up here and consider themselves British. As they turned 18 their lives were thrown into turmoil when the British government ordered them to go back to their countries of birth.


9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts the new series of the words and numbers quiz. In this show Jon Richardson and Cariad Lloyd take on guest captain Alan Carr and Kevin Bridges. Elis James and John Robins are in with Susie Dent, while Rachel Riley takes care of the letters and numbers.

9.00pm Professor T: Drie Eiken Campus More4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this quirky Belgian crime drama about eccentric professor Jasper Teerlinck, a successful criminologist and police advisor whose unpredictable nature drives his colleagues to distraction.

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