The TVweek: Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd May 2015

by | May 11, 2015 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Demolition BBC2 –  Documentary series that goes behind the safety cordon to explore the explosive world of demolition. It charts the dramatic end to some of Britain’s biggest and most iconic buildings. In this episode, the demolition crew attempts to bring the 100m-high cooling towers of Didcot A power station, which have long dominated the Oxfordshire landscape, down to earth with a bang. But, in addition to tackling the complex engineering, the team faces a public outcry when they schedule the blow-down at night, and this threatens to derail their plans. Hastings Pier is on its last legs after a devastating fire, but local demolition man Mark Hodgson hatches a water-borne plan to try to save it for future generations. And one of the industry’s biggest and boldest characters has to take down a disused bridge, in a race against the clock.

9.00pm Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell BBC1 – Seven-part drama series starring Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan as  two men destined to bring magic back to England – the reclusive Mr Norrell and daring novice Jonathan Strange. But their dangerous rivalry allows a greater evil to threaten the nation. Mr Norrell makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious being to resurrect a young woman and prove himself the greatest magician in England – unaware that the wayward but charming Jonathan Strange also has magical gifts.

9.00pm The Detectives BBC2 – A three-part series that gets inside the mind of a new breed of detective, specially trained to investigate sex offences. The programmes show what it is like to tackle the crimes that carry the toughest sentences, yet the lowest conviction rates. This episode follows the first part of the high-profile historic-abuse investigation into Ray Teret, a Manchester DJ and friend of Jimmy Saville, accused of a string of sex offences against schoolgirls in the 60s and 70s. Going behind the headlines, it shows what it takes to crack a case when the crimes were committed more than 30 years ago. This is no easy task when there is no crime scene, no CCTV and no DNA evidence to help the detectives. Continues Monday, Concludes Tuesday.

9.00pm Grayson Perry’s Dream House Channel 4 – One-off art documentary that charts the creation of Grayson’s riskiest and most personal public artwork of his career: a loving tribute and celebration of his homeland of Essex inspired by his life and the people he grew up among. This is his tribute to Essex Women in all their glory and his powerful challenge to the reductive myth of the Essex Girl.


9.00pm Scammers ITV – A look at the dramatic increase of cyber crime in Britain, a problem so worrying the government is secretly putting millions of pounds into new specialist units to catch these 21st century crooks. Scamming is the new burglary and is currently costing the UK economy an estimated 27 billion pounds a year. The film reveals some of the heart-rending stories of victims who have fallen foul of the scammers including a woman who fell for a romance scam which cost her 180,000 pounds.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Benefit Street, Channel 4

                                               10.00pm Episodes, BBC2


Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm The Detectives, BBC2 

                                                9.00pm No Offence, Channel 4

10.45pm – The Dog Factory BBC1 – Sam Poling reports on the multimillion pound world of the dog trade, using secret filming to follow the supply chain, from small-time-sellers to puppy farmers making great profits from the trade. She exposes Scotland’s biggest dog trafficker and uncovers a breeding facility operating on a scale that experts did not believe existed in the UK.


Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm The Island: The Men’s Island, Channel 4

                                                9.00pm The Affair, Sky Atlantic

                                                9.00pm Jane The Virgin, E4

                                                9.30pm Care Share, BBC1

10.00pm The Job Centre Channel 4 – This new series follows larger-than-life boss Jane Vincent, who owns one of the liveliest recruitment agencies in Bradford, Candelisa People. Along with her straight-talking team, she is tasked with finding jobs for the extraordinary characters who walk through the agency’s doors, as they work to get Yorkshire employed. In this first episode, the team are under pressure to hit their targets for the month and Jane’s newest recruit, Phil, is feeling the pressure. A big job comes in that would earn him his target in one hit; does he have the experience to pull it off?


8.00pm The British Soap Awards 2015 ITV – From Manchester’s Palace Theatre, Phillip Schofield hosts The British Soap Awards 2015.

8.00pm Kings and Queens of Speech Sky1 – From the makers of Educating Yorkshire comes an uplifting documentary following the progress of schoolchildren across the UK as they enter the world of debating.

9.00pm The Island: The Surviving The Island Channel 4 – Bear Grylls returns to meet the men and women who made it through six weeks on a remote uninhabited Pacific island. He hears their reflections on their time on the islands, how they managed to survive with only a handful of basic tools and the clothes they stood up in at the height of the tropical storm season. Bear shares his own thoughts on how they coped: battling hunger, thirst, and each other, in one of the biggest tests of their lives.

10.00pm High Class Call Girls Channel 4 – This no-holds-barred documentary explores the lives of two high-class prostitutes in their 20s. The programme follows two flatmates – Miss Emily B, a porn star, and Miss Cookie Jane, a privately-educated country girl – living the high life in Mayfair, charging thousands of pounds a night for sex. Their business model relies heavily on Adultwork, a powerful location-based app, which connects suppliers and consumers of sex for sale, in all its alarming forms.


Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Have I Got News For You?,BBC1

                                                9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Channel 4

                                                9.30pm Car Share, BBC1                                               

                                              10:00pm, Alan Carr Chatty ManChannel 4

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