The TVweek: Sunday 1st – Friday 6th March 2015

by | Feb 25, 2015 | All, TV Week


6.30pm Pompidou BBC2 – Silent comedy starring Matt Lucas. Pompidou, his butler Hove and their afghan hound Marion are hungry. There’s no food in their caravan and no money either. A desperate attempt to find something to eat sees Hove end up in a sticky situation. It’s up to Pompidou to get him out.

The Chase: Celebrity Special ITV – Bradley Walsh hosts a celebrity edition of the hit quiz show in which four famous faces must work together to try and win thousands of pounds for charity. Can they outwit the Chaser, one of Britain’s finest quiz brains? Tonight’s celebrities are Emmerdale’s Dominic Brunt, dancer and choreographer Wayne Sleep, Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins and comic actor Ricky Tomlinson.

7.30pm Off Their Rockers ITV – Return of the comedy show which features fearless senior citizens playing pranks on the public with the aid of hidden cameras.

Notable Continuing Series: 8.00pm Call the Midwife, BBC1

                                               8.00pm Top Gear, BBC2

                                               9.00pm The Casual Vacancy, BBC1
                                               9.00pm  Mr Selfridge, ITV

                                               9.00pm  Indian Summers, Channel 4

9.00pm Let’s Play Darts for Comic Relief BBC2 – Professional darts players and comedians team up for a knockout tournament in aid of Comic Relief. In this opening show, Gabby is joined on the sofa by nervous competitors – celebrities Lee Mack, Bob Mortimer, Sean Lock, Liza Tarbuck, Richard Osman, Roisin Conaty, Tim Vine and Martin Offiah – and professional darts players – Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams, Bobby ‘King of Bling’ George, Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham and Deta ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Hedman. Continues at 10pm All Week.


9.00pm Arthur & George ITV – Martin Clunes in a new three-part drama based on real events, about the relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and George Edalji. It is 1906 and Conan Doyle is mourning the loss of his wife Louisa. Her death, after a long and drawn-out illness, has caused Arthur to slump into a guilt-ridden depression. Then his secretary Woodie comes across a letter from George Edalji, a young Parsee solicitor who has been sent to prison for three years for a crime that he claims he did not commit. George wants Arthur’s help to clear his name.

9.00pm Moone Boy Sky1 – Chris O’Dowd’s hit comedy returns. Martin and Padraic visit Dublin and Liam encounters an old flame. Sharon Horgan guest stars.

9.00pm Mom ITV2 – New series of the US sitcom. When Bonnie learns from the landlord that Christy is three months behind on rent, Christy admits she gambled away what little money they had trying to win enough for the rent. Bonnie and Marjorie come up with enough money to keep the landlord at bay, but can Christy resist another flutter?


8.00pm Bargain Fever Britain ITV – First of a two-part documentary looking at the changing face of the UK retail landscape. It focuses on four companies – American wholesale giant Costco, car supermarket Motorpoint, high street shoe chain Shoe Zone and Approved Food, the brainchild of Sheffield entrepreneur Dan Cluderay. Cameras follow the manager of one of Costco’s branches as he battles to sell the latest new product, a gigantic teddy bear. At Motorpoint in Newport, the team are under pressure to top the sales board while new boy Kyle hopes to seal enough deals to be offered a full-time job. At Shoe Zone HQ, dispatch leader Nigel must squeeze 7,428 pairs of winter boots on to a lorry to Bradford in time for the onset of winter weather.

9.00pm Exposure: When Pregnant Women Drink ITV – Ranvir Singh investigates the impact of drinking alcohol in pregnancy, considering the fact that one in 100 babies are born in Britain each year brain-damaged with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The programme meets four people affected by FASD to understand their challenges and the impact on their families.

10.00pm Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial Channel 4 – Last year cannabis was smoked by two million people in the UK, making it the most commonly used illicit drug. Around a third of 16 to 24-year-olds have tried it. But cannabis has changed a lot in recent years. ‘Skunk’ is a potent form of cannabis that now dominates 80% of the British market. Some believe it is far more addictive than other forms of cannabis and can provoke paranoid episodes, psychotic symptoms and memory loss. In Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial, volunteers – including Jon Snow, Matthew Parris and Jennie Bond – will be seen taking part in a ground-breaking scientific trial looking at the effects on the brain of two different forms of cannabis – ‘skunk’ and ‘hash’. Another volunteer will be going through the trial live in the studio.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Critical, Sky1

10.45pm No Place to Call Home BBC1 – Record numbers of low-income tenants are being evicted by private landlords. As a result over 800,000 children are now living in temporary housing the UK, three quarters of them in London. BAFTA-winning film-maker Jezza Neumann follows two families for 18 months, from before they are evicted by their private landlords, through over a year in a homeless hostel and months of sofa-surfing with friends and family.


8.00pm Big Star’s Little Star ITV – The first episode of the new series features singer Ronan Keating and 9-year-old daughter Ali, actor Sheree Murphy and her 6-year-old daughter Matilda and boxer Carl Froch with his 4-year-old son Rocco as they attempt to win money for charity. Will any of the kids reveal more than the celebrities would like?

Notable Continuing Series: 8.00pm The Great Comic Relief Bake Off, BBC1 

                                                 9.00pm The People’s Strictly, BBC1                                               9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4

9.00pm This World: Surviving Sandy Hook BBC2 – . When Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and murdered 20 small children, many believed it was a tragedy that would change America’s attitude to guns forever. Filmed by award-winning director Jezza Neumann, Surviving Sandy Hook follows three families involved in the shooting over two years as they try to makes sense of the tragedy, comprehend America’s complex relationship with guns and find a way to move on and rebuild their lives.

9.00pm DCI Banks ITV – New series of the crime drama starring Stephen Tompkinson. After Banks suffers a massive personal loss and also discovers that DS Annie Cabbot is back with her former boyfriend, he is forced to navigate a complex murder investigation while still grieving. As the team piece together the movements of a young Estonian woman found dead on waste ground, they uncover a world of prostitution and drugs hidden behind a veneer of respectability. The murder victim had come to the UK to search for her sister who had recently gone missing. No one wants to talk but they eventually trace her sister’s pimp, who claims to run a legitimate escort business. DI Helen Morton and Banks make inroads with the prostitutes’ driver and Helen begins to suspect that his autistic son might have a connection with Katrin’s death.

9.00pm My Violent Child Five – Documentary series exploring the hidden world of child-on-parent violence. The first episode of the series looks at two families whose lives are being torn apart by violence in the home inflicted upon them by their children.

10.00pm Being Bipolar Channel 4 – With 20 years of experience working in mental health, psychotherapist Philippa Perry has witnessed the dramatic rise in the numbers of people being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. In this one-off documentary, she explores the condition from the perspective of those living with it to see the impact this debilitating mental illness has on them, their friends and family. Filmed over several months, the programme charts the lives of people whose depressions can leave them immobile with suicidal feelings of worthlessness while manias can generate feelings of omnipotence and invincibility.

10.45pm Pop Gold ITV – For three generations ITV has broadcast performances by some of the planet’s most incredible musical artists, many of which have only been screened once before. This edition features the baddest boys in music, the likely lads who lived and rocked by their own rules – a hellraisers special. There are rare recordings by Johnny Cash and The Clash, and classics by Oasis and the Sex Pistols.


8.00pm The Supervet Channel 4 – The return of the documentary series following the work of a pioneering veterinary practice where Noel Fitzpatrick and his team use cutting-edge treatments to heal pets with hard-to-cure ailments. In the first episode, Kevin and Natalie’s world collapses when they discover their beloved six-year-old German shepherd, Otto, has a life threatening tumour.

8.30pm The Nation’s Favourite 70’s Number 1 ITV – The series turns its spotlight on that most magical era in musical history, the 1970s, when pop was at its most glamorous. Featuring interviews with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Blondie, ABBA, The Bee Gees, The Four Seasons and Gloria Gaynor, this is a 90-minute countdown of the 20 greatest musical moments from a time when everyone knew every week what was number one. Narrated by Zoe Ball, the show tells the stories behind those irresistibly evocative hits that still hold a special place in our hearts four decades later

9.00pm Banished BBC2 – Suspenseful new drama from acclaimed Jimmy McGovern.  Historical drama set in an Australian penal colony. It is 1788 in New South Wales, and dawn is breaking over the ramshackle camp where British convicts and their masters are waking up to another dangerous day.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, Cucumber, Channel 4,

                                                9.00pm, Fortitude, Sky Atlantic,                                                                                                             10.00pm Banana, E4


Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, ITV

                                                9.00pm Gogglebox, Channel 4

                                                9.00pm, Stella. Sky 1

10.00pm First Dates Channel 4 – The First Dates restaurant welcomes its first new batch of singletons as the series returns for a new run. Ma¯tre d’ Fred and his team of staff are ready to witness romance blossom.

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