The TVweek: Sunday 19th – Friday 24th July 2015

by | Jul 14, 2015 | All, TV Week


8.00pm London’s Lost Graveyard: The Crossrail Discovery Channel 4 – In the heart of London, engineers from Europe’s biggest construction project, Crossrail, have made an extraordinary discovery: a graveyard that was lost for nearly 300 years. This was a cemetery for the capital’s radicals, rebels and outsiders: Londoners in the century when modern Britain was born. Nearly 20,000 people were buried here. Now detailed bone analysis and unprecedented research into parish records are beginning to reveal the names and life stories of the people of the lost graveyard.

9.45pm The Javone Prince Show BBC2 – A mix of stand-up comedy, live music and sketches. In the first of the series, Javone gives his take on modern life in multicultural Britain, welcomes the incredible Mica Paris to the show, and wonders what he’s done to annoy musical director Omar.


9.00pm Britain at the Bookies BBC1 – Documentary examining the winners and losers in Britain’s gambling revolution. On Huddersfield High Street, there’s a turf war playing out. Eleven betting shops are crowded into the town centre, all competing for business. Tony runs one of the most established shops in town and has been asked to try to turn around the fortunes of another branch just up the road which has a reputation for disruptive and often violent customers and is failing to hit its profit targets. Novelty betting specialist Gary is working out the odds for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, while the marketing team devise a scheme designed to entice people into opening online betting accounts.

9.00pm Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers: Lucy Worsley’s 100 Years of the WI BBC2 – Documentary to mark the WI’s centenary. Lucy Worsley goes beyond the stereotypes of jam and Jerusalem to reveal the surprisingly radical side of this Great British institution.

9.00pm Don’t Take My Baby BBC3 – Factual drama which tells the story of a disabled couple’s agonising struggle to keep their newborn baby. Based on real-life testimony, this emotional tale will call viewers’ prejudices and beliefs about the disabled community and society as a whole into question, as we learn about a situation many disabled couples find themselves in as new parents.

9.00pm Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Five – Documentary series in which adventurer Ben Fogle meets people who have given up the rat race to start a new life in remote parts of the world. Ben journeys to southeast Asia to live with 31-year-old former city financier Jon Watkinson in his hand-made bamboo hut on a hidden jungle island on the Mekong river in Laos.

10.00pm Lookalikes Channel 4 – Eastbourne: where the world’s most famous people come to play. Or do they? Lookalikes is a structured reality show following the antics at Britain’s premier lookalikes agency, run by David Beckham impersonator Andy Harmer. The agency is a revolving door for those who look like some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry and make a living from it. The question is, can they turn off the act at the end of the day? The programme follows Andy as he tries various unique business building schemes with hilarious consequences.


9.00pm Me and My New Brain BBC3 – Charlie Elmore suffered a brain injury in a snowboarding accident four years ago. Now she’s going to retrace the steps of her dramatic recovery and meet other young people adjusting to life after serious brain injuries, including 19-year-old car-crash survivor Callum, avid skier Tai and fashion buyer Hannah, who has to re-learn how to walk and talk after she collapsed whilst out shopping and hit her head on the pavement.


8.00pm Trust Me, I’m a Doctor BBC2 – Going behind the headlines to give the definitive answers to health questions. Michael Mosley and the doctors go behind the health myths and headlines. In this programme, Michael joins volunteers in a study to discover whether just changing your diet can lower cholesterol as much as taking drugs like statins – with surprising results.

8.00pm Desi Rascals Sky1 – The glam and sassy Desi Rascals return in the second series of the fun real-life drama following the eventful lives of members of the British-Asian community.

9.00pm One Born Every Minute Channel 4 – The Bafta Award-winning series returns to Liverpool Women’s Hospital for a new run.

10.00pm Witnesses Channel 4 – Gripping and atmospheric French police thriller that explores the dark corners of the human psyche and how far people will go to exact the perfect revenge. In the north of France, a grim discovery is made: the bodies of a man, a woman and a teenager have been removed from their graves. Things become even more disturbing when these missing bodies, which have no connection to each other, are discovered in a show home, posed as if they were a family. The police soon make the connection with a similar scene discovered a month earlier. Near one of the bodies, Sandra Winckler, the young detective leading the case, finds a photo of Paul Maisonneuve, a retired police officer and a legend among the Northern France Crime Squad. His connection with the case forces him to come out of retirement and join the hunt for whoever is behind these macabre stagings.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Jane The Virgin, E4

                                               10.10pm Veep, Sky Atlantic

10.00pm Wentworth Five – Third series of the Australian drama series set in a women’s prison. Sentenced to life with parole, Bea Smith returns to Wentworth and is hailed by the women as the new top dog. With her position as governor in jeopardy, Ferguson warns Bea to toe the line but the imposition of a smoking ban leads to a protest and a prison riot.


9.00pm Caught On Camera: Britain Sees Red ITV – With CCTV and personal recording devices now everywhere, however, public moments of madness are more regularly being captured – whether they involve frontline professionals or millions of everyday Joes. The first of two programmes features footage of ordinary consumers who have been pushed over the edge by familiar frustrations, as well as the workers who are on the receiving end of their anger.

9.00pm The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime BBC3 – Adam Pearson is on a mission to explore disability hate crime – to find out why it goes under-reported, under-recorded and under peoples’ radar. In this documentary, Adam challenges people into questioning their attitudes towards disability and disfigurement, to uncover the roots of the issue. Adam has neurofibromatosis type 1, a condition that causes benign tumours to grow on nerve endings – in his case, on his face. He is disfigured and disabled and has experienced disability hate crime first-hand, like a number of his friends, some of whom he meets with in the film. When Adam becomes the target of some grossly offensive online hate speech, he reports it to the police – with some unexpected outcomes. He looks to understand the laws specific to disability hate crime, and finds that a mixture of ignorance and inequalities mean that these crimes often don’t make it to our courts, or are sentenced less severely than other hate crimes when they do.

10.00pm Dogs on the Dole Channel 4 – Alight-hearted look into the world of dog ownership on Britain’s housing estates. There are 8.5 million dogs in Britain. Once simply man’s best friend, now we know them as designer dogs, dangerous dogs and dinky dogs. Whatever the breed, dogs have become the pet of choice across the UK.


7.00pm Animal Super Parents BBC1 – Documentary revealing the weird and wonderful stories of some of the natural world’s most incredible parents. Dedicated single parents go to jaw-dropping lengths to see their babies through to adulthood.

9.00pm Wanted: A Very Personal Assistant BBC3 – Two-part documentary in which four young ambitious disabled people are cared for by unemployed people their own age. In part one, Michael’s carer Denny Lee struggles with Michael’s care needs, especially bowel management; Josh’s carer Francesca battles with Josh’s crude humour and his love of boozing; and Jasmine’s carer Emily tackles the intimate personal care with aplomb – but fails dramatically on the domestic chores front.

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