The TVweek: Sunday 19th – Friday 24th April 2020

by | Apr 13, 2020 | All, TV Week


7.45pm Together At Home: A Global Concert BBC1 – Highlights of the music and entertainment event supporting the Covid-19 Response Fund and celebrating the efforts of community health workers around the world, brought together by Global Citizen and the World Health Organisation, curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga. Featuring performances by stars including Elton John, Lizzo and Stevie Wonder.

Notable Continuing Series: Race Across the World, 8.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Stacey Dooley: Locked up with Lifers BBC2 – he presenter visits a women’s prison in America that has adopted a radical new approach to incarceration based on giving the inmates a sense of purpose and self-esteem. She meets eight prisoners who are serving life sentences for murder, and discovers the complex sexual relationships that have developed among many of the inmates.

9.15pm Killing Eve BBC1 – Third series of the spy drama. Villanelle is approached by an old foe who offers her a new opportunity, while Eve attempts to rebuild her life after having been shot and left for dead in Rome. Kenny tries to unearth information about the Twelve, and Carolyn is undermined at work. The return of the spy thriller, starring Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh.

10.00pm Home Alone with Joel Domett ITV2 – The comedian hosts a special programme from his own home, featuring celebrity call-ins to comedy interviews and games with fellow self-isolated viewers.


9.00pm Horizon: The Restaurant That Burns Off Calories BBC2 – Maitre d’ Fred Sirieix and doctor Zoe Williams open a restaurant with a difference, welcoming 20 unsuspecting diners for a slap-up meal. It all sounds normal enough, but at the back of house is a fully functioning gym, where a group of fitness fanatics are poised on exercise bikes, treadmills and rowing machines, ready to burn off every single calorie ordered and consumed by the diners.

9.00pm Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins for Stand Up to Cancer Channel 4 – Twelve more famous faces are put through special forces training at a derelict farmstead in the Inner Hebrides under chief instructor Ant Middleton and his team of Foxy, Billy, Ollie and Jay. In the first edition, Tony Bellew, Helen Skelton, Joey Essex, Yasmin Evans, John Fashanu, Katie Price, Jack Maynard, Nikki Sanderson, Brendan Cole, Lauren Steadman, Leon `Locksmith” Rolle and Anthea Turner face a first challenge of a 50-metre cliff free-fall.

9.00pm Emergence FOX – A police chief plunges her family into a deepening mystery when she discovers a young girl on the night of an inexplicable plane crash. Drama, starring Allison Tolman.


8.00pm Life & Birth BBC1 – Documentary revealing what it really takes to deliver Britain’s next generation through the eyes of parents and staff at three of Birmingham’s busiest maternity hospitals. The programme goes beyond the labour ward to meet parents at every stage of their pregnancy, capturing the work of midwives, doctors and surgeons dedicated to supporting families as they bring new lives into the world. In the first episode, Channelle wants an intervention free birth, Jodie’s baby arrives eight weeks early, and there is joy for Ashleigh after a dramatic delivery.

8.00pm A Very British Lockdown: Diaries from the frontline ITV – Documentary featuring a wide cross-section of people as they record their own stories on camera phones – charting the everyday courage, kindness, anxiety and humour they experience as the nation strives to `Keep Calm and Carry On”. From shopkeepers to home-schooling parents, care workers to cleaners, teachers to nurses, the film reveals what HM The Queen recently called `our quiet, good humoured resolve”. Others – such as expectant Mums and the sick and elderly – show their bravery in the face of the coronavirus.

9.00pm The Truth About Amazon Channel 4 – Sabrina Grant and Helen Skelton present a guide to the online retailer, showing how to track prices and investigating how much the company can be trusted. The programme examines the sale of fake big name brands and potentially dangerous toys, and delves into the murky world of fake product reviews.

11.20pm Addicted: America’s Opioid Crisis BBC1 –  Documentary exploring America’s prescription opioid addiction crisis, which has led to 130 fatal overdoses a day, as well as being a gateway drug to heroin. The programme examines the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, owned by the philanthropic Sackler family, which has made billions from the sale of the drugs, and questions why medical regulators and government agencies have not done more to prevent the scale of the addiction crisis.


9.00pm The Great British Sewing Bee BBC1 – Joe Lycett welcomes twelve more contestants to the amateur sewer competition. First up, the sewers are challenged to create seemingly straightforward wardrobe staples, and for their pattern challenge, the judges ask them to make a wrap skirt. Finally, the contestants attempt to make their first made-to-measure garment, a tea dress.

9.00pm Our Queen at War ITV – How the life of the young Princess Elizabeth was shaped by the events of the Second World War, and the extraordinary experiences she went through during her teenage years. The film draws on archive material and interviews with people who shared her experiences, and royal experts explore how she was transformed from a shy princess into Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

9.00pm Pandemic: Can Science Beat Coronavirus? Channel 4 – A special debate about the coronavirus pandemic, with only scientists on the panel. As Britain increasingly looks beyond politics to science for reassurance about how and when the crisis will end, this programme brings together experts to take part in a straight-talking, fact-based discussion providing scientific answers to the most difficult questions. The discussion covers the psychology of isolation, the technical issues behind mass production of ventilators, and, crucially, gives viewers the chance to explore the fascinating science behind this extraordinary outbreak.

Notable Continuing Series: Save Me 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
                                                Run, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy

                                            Feel Good,10.00pm, Channel 4


7.00pm The Big Night In BBC1 – Comic Relief and Children in Need come together for the first time to present an evening of entertainment the like of which has rarely been seen before, while raising funds for those on the frontline fighting Covid-19, as well as unsung heroes going the extra mile to support their communities during these unprecedented times. Lenny Henry and Matt Baker come together (while staying safely apart) to host the event, with help from Zoe Ball and Paddy McGuinness. Stars entertaining from the comfort of their homes include Gary Barlow, Peter Kay and Catherine Tate, and the stars of Strictly try to get viewers dancing around their living room. There’ll also be some of the greatest comedy sketches of all time, as voted for by viewers, some incredible money-can’t-buy prizes throughout the course of the evening.

9.00pm What’s it like to catch Coronavirus? Channel 4 – The lockdown continues and people practise social distancing in an effort to avoid Covid-19. But for those who have caught the virus – what is it actually like? With some estimates suggesting up to 80 per cent of the population may be affected, it’s vital to understand how the symptoms, from mild to life-threatening, affect individuals. Here, people from all over Britain document their experiences of living with the disease. The personal stories reveal how different people respond in different ways, and how the virus impacts on people’s mental and economic health.

9.00pm Gangs of London Sky Atlantic – The city of London is torn apart by the power struggles of international gangs attempting to take control of the capital. Crime drama, starring Sope Dirisu and Joe Cole.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

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