The TVweek: Sunday 20th – Friday 25th August 2017

by | Aug 15, 2017 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Dragons’ Den BBC2 – Dragons’ Den opens its doors for its fifteenth series with two new multi-millionaire investors joining the line-up. CEO of the largest vitamin company in the UK Tej Lalvani and ex-banker Jenny Campbell take their seats alongside formidable business giants Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Touker Suleyman. In the series opener, can a nervous couple with a health food business hold it together as they face the Dragons?

8.00pm From Russia to Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier Channel 4 – Four-part documentary that sees Levison Wood travel across the Caucasus mountain range, which run for 2600 miles across five countries on the border between Europe and Asia. The expedition begins on Russia’s heavily militarised southern border, where he has to avoid the local police. The first leg of the journey takes him through the ruins of ancient civilisations, the notorious former battleground of Chechnya, and the territory of Islamist terrorists.

9.00pm Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes? BBC2 – Astronaut Chris Hadfield, former Nasa medical researcher Dr Kevin Fong and psychologist Dr Iya Whiteley put 12 exceptional candidates through a series of gruelling physical and psychological tests to find out who has what it takes to be an astronaut. Using the demanding criteria of space agencies, they must hover a helicopter, take their own blood and are tested for claustrophobia, physical fitness and mental agility. Those who fail to make the grade can be asked to leave at any time.

9.00pm The State Channel 4 – A powerful new four-part drama from renowned writer/director Peter Kosminsky, airing over four consecutive nights. Based on extensive research and first-hand accounts, The State follows four young British men and women who have left their lives behind to join Isis in Raqqah, Syria in 2015. Jalal is following in the footsteps of his older brother, who has been eulogised by Isis as a brave martyr who died in battle. He has persuaded his best friend Ziyaad to accompany him. Single mother Shakira is with her nine-year-old son Isaac and determined to bring her skills as a junior doctor to the aid of the Islamic State by working in the hospital in Raqqah. Teenager Ushna has left behind her family in London to fulfil what she sees as her religious duty and the fierce Salafist ideology she has discovered online. The first episode sees the five crossing into Syria under cover of darkness.

10.00pm Ill Behaviour BBC2 – Three-part comedy from Peep Show writer/creator Sam Bain. Joel discovers that one of his best friends from sixth form has been diagnosed with cancer and is horrified to learn that he is refusing chemotherapy. Joel tries to persuade Charlie to change his mind but to no avail. Refusing to give up, Joel uses his ‘dirty divorce money’ to rent a remote country house and buy black market chemotherapy drugs. He enlists his friends to join him in kidnapping Charlie and sedating him while they administer the chemo.


Notable Continuing Series: The State, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                                      Game of Thrones 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic 

                                        The Americans, 10.00pm, ITV Encore 

9.00pm All Gardens Great and Small More4 – Dee Hart Dyke is one of Britain’s best amateur gardeners and a highly experienced and knowledgeable plantswoman. In this series, Dee travels through Britain meeting people opening their gardens to visitors through the National Garden Scheme – ranging from first-timers to some of the most established gardens, and from the classic to the eccentric. All the while, Dee will be trying to convert her daughter Miranda Hart to the joys of gardening. Miranda will narrate her mother’s journey.


9.00pm India’s Partition: The Forgotten Story BBC2 – British film-maker Gurinder Chadha, director of Bend it like Beckham and Viceroy’s House, travels from Southall to Delhi to find out about the Partition of India – one of the most seismic events of the 20th century. Partition saw India divided into two new nations – independent India and Pakistan. The split led to violence, disruption and death. To find out why and how it happened, Gurinder crosses India, meeting people whose lives were torn apart by Partition and talking to historians who explain the motivations behind the split. Along the way, she discovers that Partition was caused by politicians who were more interested in their own power than in Indian unity, and finds out that the British also played a major role in the Partition.

Notable Continuing Series: The State, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm The Extreme OCD Life Five – Documentary series exploring Brits suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Serin is getting married, but can she cope with the build-up to her wedding? Annie’s OCD is affecting her studies. Jamie was studying to be a doctor but suffered with anxiety brought on by OCD. Meg is tormented by terrifying thoughts.


7.00pm Starting Up, Starting Over Five – Documentary series about families moving out of the city to start new lives and start up their dream businesses. Katrina is giving up her life as a successful lawyer to follow her dream of opening a cafe in the beautiful countryside of the Lake District.

8.00pm Location, Location, Location Channel 4 – This time Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer visit the Great British seaside in Kent, with two sets of buyers. Kirstie is searching for a home for a family of six, who had the perfect property but lost it due to a clerical error. Phil helps a family from London as they search for an idyllic seaside lifestyle. They need room for two teenage daughters, a pug and a cat; not to mention a collection of bikes.

Notable Continuing Series: The State, 9.00pm, Channel 4


8.00pm The Pacemakers BBC2 – A group of highly competitive and ambitious athletes, all over the age of 90, compete for gold in the Olympics of OAP sport, to prove that it is never too late to make your dreams a reality.

8.00pm Lego Masters Channel 4 – The hunt is on for the UK and Ireland’s best Lego builders, as some of the country’s most skilled brick fanatics do battle to be crowned Lego Masters. In the first episode, 48 pairs are whittled down to just eight final teams through a series of challenges. Next, the eight teams must create a spectacular brick banquet, including an impressive chair that not only looks the part, but also strong enough for presenter Melvin Odoom. The teams must also make at least one supersized masterpiece for the banquet table. The results include a crispy aromatic duck and prawn toast, a hog roast, and a gravity-defying cuppa. Judging the models is a man who knows a thing or two about bricks, The LEGO Group’s Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design. Joining Matthew this time is structural engineer Roma Agrawal, who will be looking at how the seats sit up under scrutiny. Two teams must be eliminated. Who will tower above their opponents, and who will come tumbling down under the pressure?

8.00pm Eat Your Heart Out with Nick Helm Dave – Uncle star Nick Helm gets his own foodie show that’s part-comedy, part-travelogue and part-restaurant review! In Islington, Nick shares a chop with Bob Mortimer.

9.00pm Ambulance BBC1 – Documentary series providing a revealing insight into West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Notable Continuing Series: Top of the Lake: China Girl, 9.00pm, BBC2

                                               24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm,  Channel 4

10.00pm Wasting Away: The Truth about Anorexia Channel 4 – In this very personal documentary, award-winning reporter and news presenter Mark Austin and his daughter Maddy explore the devastating impact of eating disorders and investigate whether the healthcare system in this country is providing appropriate care.

10.00pm Celeb Trolls: We’re Coming to Get You Five – Frankie Bridge of The Saturdays hunts down internet trolls, who hide behind false identities and multiple accounts. She talks to some of their victims, including model and reality tv star Nicola McLean, and X Factor winner Sam Bailey. With the help of intelligence experts and investigators she finds and exposes these malevolent trolls and holds them accountable for their actions.


10.35pm The Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture BBC1 – Award-winning comedian, novelist, playwright and film-maker Ben Elton delivers the first Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture.

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