The TVweek: Sunday 15th – Friday 20th December 2019

by | Dec 9, 2019 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Sport’s Personality of the Year BBC1 – Gabby Logan, Clare Balding and Gary Lineker present this year’s ceremony live from P&J Live Arena.

8.00pm Jamie’s Easy Christmas Countdown Channel 4 – Jamie Oliver offers his stress-free guide to planning the most important feast of the year, by showing exactly what to cook and when across Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. At the centre of his table is a show-stopping turkey with herb butter and crispy skin. That’s surrounded by smoked salmon pate, pork stuffing crammed with silky leeks, sweet peaches and roasted chestnuts, glazed clementine carrots and gnarly sausage and sage.

8.00pm Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie Five – Exploring the secrets of the author’s enduring success and how her works have endured in the bestseller lists for nearly a century. Famous faces and die-hard fans delve deep into the literary archives to investigate what Christie’s letters, notebooks and autobiography can tell us about the inner workings of her mind, and uncover the disparity between what people think they know about Christie and who she really was.


8.30pm A Very Berry Christmas BBC1 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge invite Mary to accompany them on four special visits to charities they support, meeting staff who work throughout the festive season. Mary also prepare a feast for a Christmas party hosted by the royal couple for the volunteers and gets help preparing the dishes from special guests including former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain – and the Duke and Duchess themselves. Throughout the programme Mary also cooks some of her favourite Christmas recipes for viewers to try out at home.

9.00pm Responsible Child BBC2 – Fact-based drama following the story of Ray, a boy on the cusp of adolescence who is arrested along with his adult brother Nathan for the murder of his mum’s abusive partner. With the age of criminal responsibility set at 10, Ray stands trial for murder in an adult courtroom. The film follows both the events leading up to the crime and the boy’s experience of the trial.

9.00pm Sticks & Stones ITV – Ken Nwosu, Ben Miller, Alexander Roach and Susannah Fielding star in this three-part drama airing over the next three nights from Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett.  Thomas Benson is a Sales Associate at Clayton Office Solutions in Reading where he lives with his wife Jess, a nurse, and their young daughter, Millie, who was born deaf. He’s good at his job and feels respected by his colleagues Andy, Isobel and Becky and his boss Chris Carter. Thomas and the team give a pitch presentation to Janice Lancing and her team at Murray Technology but when the presentation goes badly wrong, Thomas panics and faints in front of everyone. The team has lost a potentially large contract and with it the lucrative bonuses that would have been coming their way.

The team seem to lay the blame firmly at Thomas’s door. Is it his imagination or are his colleagues now out to get him? How will Thomas react when his work life is threatened?

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

                                            Watchmen 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Toy Empire: The British Force behind Star Wars Toys BBC4 – David Whiteley reveals how an unassuming band of designers and factory workers in Coalville, Leicestershire produced the Star Wars action figures that were to define a generation. David meets the Palitoy employees workers who succeeded in getting the toys on the shelves against all the odds, and the people whose collections of them are now worth eye-watering sums.

9.00pm The Boxer and The Ballroom Dancer ITV2 – Professional boxer, Tommy, will be swapping his boxing gloves for dancing shoes as he’ll take to the floor, training with a professional dancer for a ballroom competition Meanwhile, former Dancing With The Stars professional, Curtis, will be entering the boxing ring.

10.00pm Christmas Shopping with Keith Lemon ITV2 – Keith Lemon is back hitting the shops in the Christmas Special of his chat show on the move.


8.00pm The Supervet at Christmas Channel 4 – A special festive edition following Noel Fitzpatrick as he treats former rescue dogs who have found a new life as family pets, but are still plagued by medical problems. The patients include a shih tzu with damaged discs that are treated with special supports, small pins and cement, a bulldog puppy with a fracture that extends across a growth plate, and a German shepherd that has had a leg amputated, and has developed a hip problem from walking on three legs.

9.00pm The Brexit Storm Continues: Laura Kuenssberg’s Inside Story BBC2 – Documentary exploring the tumultuous events of Boris Johnson’s Conservative government. The programme follows his appointment as leader of the Conservative party, the failed attempt to secure a Brexit deal with the European Union, the attempted proroguing of parliament, an act subsequently declared unlawful, and the eventual calling of a general election. Featuring contributions from MPs on all sides, who reveal the pressure they have come under from an increasingly divided and frustrated electorate.

9.00pm The Undatables at Christmas Channel 4 – Familiar faces from the dating show share their plans for the Christmas season, including rock singer Daniel, who is celebrating his first anniversary with fiancee Lily, and has prepared a special festive surprise. Elsewhere, Christine takes her boyfriend Ray on a Christmas trip to see his beloved Leeds United play. Less lucky in love are 21-year-old Fran from Milton Keynes and 45-year-old Richard from Surrey – but nevertheless, both are planning to return to the dating fray.

9.00pm Gregg Wallace’s Magical Christmas Market Five – The MasterChef presenter embarks on a festive adventure around Europe to learn how the humble market stall has become such a key staple of Christmas, both in Britain and around the world. In Vienna, he finds out about the Christmas market’s origins and the ingredients that make them such special places, from mulled wine to hand-made decorations. He also reveals how the UK’s Christmas traditions travelled from this part of Europe, with the help of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert.

9.00pm Romesh’s Look Back at the Future Sky1 – The return of the comedy panel, with Romesh Ranganathan inviting Murder in Successville star Tom Davis, comedian Jo Brand and chef Gino D’Acampo to review predictions for 2019 that they made in January. Now that the year is coming to a close, they look back at their guesses and see who saw it all coming and whose crystal ball was on the blink.

9.00pm What a F****** Year on TV with Mel B & Mel B E4 – A look back at the past year on TV with Mel B and Bo’ Selecta’s parody of her, who give their take on some of the most memorable moments from a high-rise apartment in Leeds.

10.35pm Inside The Cage: The Rise of Female Fighters BBC1 – Annie Price meets the women fighting to the top in Mixed Martial Arts, one of the UK’s fastest-growing sports, finding out whether the risks of the sport are worth the reward. Annie meets Molly McCann, the first English woman to win in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Cory McKenna, a 19-year-old former student who has left her studies behind to become a full-time fighter.

10.45pm The Dirty War on the NHS ITV – John Pilger’s new documentary is a powerful and timely investigation into the National Health Service.


8.00pm The Apprentice: Why I Fired Them BBC1 – Ahead of the final, Lord Sugar looks back on the tasks from this year’s series and assesses the candidates’ performances. The business tycoon also looks back on the boardroom bust-ups and goes through the best and worst decisions made by the contestants.

9.00pm The Apprentice: The Final BBC1 – Lord Sugar goes into business with a new partner.

9.00pm Casualty 24/7 Five – Cameras follow patients and staff in Barnsley Hospital’s accident and emergency department at Christmas, a time of year which usually sees a surge in patients. For Sister Benita Wainwright, Dr Julian Humphrey and the rest of the casualty staff, Christmas is a time of mixed emotions, and they go above and beyond to try and make their patients feel as happy as possible during the festive period.

10.00pm The Apprentice: You’re Hired BBC1 – Tom Allen meets this year’s winner and runner-up, as well as Lord Sugar, to look back over the past 12 weeks of the business-based reality show. Featuring contributions from former contestants and special guests.


9.00pm Heston’s Marvellous Menu: Back to the Noughties BBC2 – Celebrated chef Heston Blumenthal takes his world-famous restaurant The Fat Duck back to 2001, as restaurant critic Giles Coren challenges him to recreate an extraordinary tasting menu. Not only does this mean recreating pioneering recipes from almost 20 years ago, but he and his team also reassemble some of the original staff members to help recapture their glory days in the kitchen, while the dining room and kitchen are redecorated overnight to reflect 2001 styles.

9.00pm The Big Soap Quiz: Coronation Street v Emmerdale ITV – Stephen Mulhern hosts a quiz between ITV’s biggest soaps, as the Coronation Street and Emmerdale casts go head to head in a battle to find out knows their soap best.

9.00pm The NHS Whistleblower Channel 4 – In 2007, Julie Bailey’s elderly mum Bella was admitted to Stafford Hospital with a treatable hernia condition. Eight weeks later she was dead, having endured appalling levels of care and neglect. But this wasn’t an isolated case. Julie was determined that no other patient should suffer in the same way and she launched a campaign called Cure the NHS. Drama based on a true story, starring Sian Brooke and Sue Johnston.

9.00pm Freddie Mercury: A Christmas Story Five – Aside from being the only act in musical history to land the same UK Christmas number one twice, Queen’s affinity with the yuletide season ran deeper than just commercial success. With Bohemian Rhapsody halfway through its nine-week run atop the charts in December 1975, Queen chose Christmas Eve to play a televised tour de force from London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Freddie Mercury had a deep-rooted love for everything Christmas, with a lifelong generosity of spirit. In this documentary, friends and loved ones reflect on the band, alongside many of Queen’s best-loved hits and rare footage of Mercury with some of his closest confidantes.

10.00pm I’ll Get This BBC2 – Five celebrities go out for Christmas dinner together and between courses play a series of games, with the eventual loser having to pay for the meal. Taking part in this festive special are Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas, TV presenter Joel Dommett, Love Island’s Maura Higgins, Gregg Wallace and Les Dennis.


9.00pm A Merry Tudor Christmas with Lucy Worsley BBC2 – The historian recreates festive traditions from the reign of Henry VIII. With the aid of food historian Annie Gray, she prepares two royal feasts, including a stuffed boar’s head served by a choir, and the ancestors of the modern mince pies and Christmas cake. Lucy also gets a taste of the rabble-rousing anarchy of the Lord of Misrule, listens to carol singers performing a song written by Henry VIII himself, and watches a special royal performance involving dancing stags.

9.00pm Ball & Boe: A Very Merry Christmas ITV – Showcasing both their unique blend of extraordinary talent and infectious humour, the iconic duo will perform exciting new material alongside some Christmas favourites

9.00pm Celebrity Gogglebox: The Highlights Channel 4 – Some of the best moments from this year’s Celebrity Gogglebox, featuring celebrities including Rylan Clark-Neal and mum Linda, Nick and Liv Grimshaw, Chris Eubank and Chris Eubank Jr, Oti, Motsi and Phemelo Mabuse, Martin and Roman Kemp, and Gyles Brandreth and Sheila Hancock.

9.30pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 – Jay Blades, Sue Johnston, Alice Levine and Bob Mortimer join host Rob Brydon and regular captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack on the comedy panel show. As usual, the participants set out to hoodwink their opponents with absurd facts and plausible fibs about themselves in a bid to secure a team victory, through rounds including Home Truths and Quick-fire Lies. Savvy viewers may have noted that after 12 series, both Mitchell and Mack are running woefully short of truthful bizarre experiences to recount of themselves.

10.00pm In the Long Run: Christmas Special Sky1 – It’s Christmas on the Eastbridge Estate and Walter hosts the annual Easmon yuletide party, with Bagpipes bringing a British smorgasbord of cuisine to the West African feast. Meanwhile, Kobna and Dean are trying to make some extra cash by going carol singing, while Valentine takes extra work on in order to buy something for his nephew, but the experience is not helping his Christmas spirit – until Rajesh steps in.

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