The TVweek: Sunday 20th – Friday 25th October 2019

by | Oct 14, 2019 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Great Canal Journeys Channel 4 – Timothy West and Prunella Scales return to the Oxford Canal, the waterway where they first fell in love with boating more than 40 years ago. Aboard their own boat, they travel north from Banbury, heading for the old canal port of Braunston, joined by their daughter Juliet and sons Sam and Joe.

9.00pm Harry & Meghan: An African Journey ITV – When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took baby son Archie on their recent tour of southern Africa, News at Ten anchor Tom Bradby was with them throughout. Here Bradby gains intimate access to the royal couple, speaking to them about the causes and issues they care most about and exploring some of the pressures and challenges they face as a young family in the glare of the world’s media.

9.00pm Who Killed Garrett Phillips? Sky Crime – First in a two-part documentary from Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus investigating the 2011 murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, and the trial that gripped a nation.


8.00pm Coronation Street Icons: Audrey Roberts ITV – A celebration of Sue Nicholls’ time on the famous cobbles, which began in April 1979. The actress relives some of Audrey’s quirky highlights and most dramatic lows.

8.00pm Supergirl Sky1 – Fifth season of the superhero drama.

8.30pm Travel Man Channel 4 – Richard Ayoade returns with the offbeat tourism show. In the first edition, he is joined by Stephen Merchant to enjoy a weekend break in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.

Notable Continuing Series: Dublin Murders, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                              Crime & Punishment, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                                 Motherland, 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm The Day California Burned BBC2 – Documentary examining the devastating wildfire that swept through northern California in November 2018, causing the deaths of more than 80 people and approximately $16.5billion of damage.

9.00pm Long Lost Family: The Unknown Soldiers ITV – Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell present a special edition of the series, dedicated to the worldwide search for the remains of soldiers killed during the First World War with no known graves. The programme follows the work of an elite all-female team at the Ministry of Defence known as the `War Detectives”, whose job is to locate the final resting places of 500,000 service personnel who lost their lives during the conflict.

9.00pm Watchmen Sky Atlantic – Alternative history drama series following the actions of a group of masked vigilantes, based on the seminal graphic novel by Alan Moore. The series begins three years after a co-ordinated white supremacist attack on police and their families. Although the racist movement has been forced into the shadows, detective Angela Abar and Tulsa police chief Judd Crawford work together on a police shooting that may signal a revival of the terrorist group

10.00pm Britain’s Hate Crimes Uncensored Five – Victims of racial and religious hate crime share their stories, from verbal abuse and physical attacks on the street and on public transport, to terror attacks and murder. The programme includes uncensored footage of incidents, including previously unseen material of the Finsbury Park attack in June 2017, while two people tell the relatively unknown story of the brutal murder of their father by a far-right extremist.

10.00pm My Famous Babysitter W – Reality show in which celebrities take parental responsibility for a family of children to see how they cope, beginning with music star and TV presenter Professor Green.

10.00pm Dave Gorman – Terms & Conditions Apply Dave – Using his trademark, powerpoint-comedy and a series of mischievous games, Dave invites three of the country’s finest comic minds to help him make sense of our insensible world. In the first episode, he is joined by Richard Osman, Phil Wang and Sara Barron, as they take a deep dive into the details we usually miss.


8.00pm The Flash Sky1 – Sixth series of DC series.

Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake-off, 8.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Dublin Murders, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.15pm The House That Moved to Africa Channel 4 – Scarlett Moffatt and her family are plucked from the UK and transplanted into a replica of their terraced family home – complete with running water, electricity and their possessions around them – slap bang in the middle of a Namibian tribal village. They are to stay in Otjeme village, home to 100 semi-nomadic Himba cattle herders, who choose to live very traditional lives, but are overwhelmed by what their first impressions. The first Himba visitors arrive at the house – including Kandisiko, who quickly strikes up a friendship with Scarlett – and are shocked by the overwhelming amount of clothes and shoes owned by Scarlett compared to their one outfit.


8.00pm Paul O’Grady – For Love of Dogs ITV – The comedian follows the work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London, meeting staff involved in treating, training and rehoming animals.

Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1

9.00pm Grand Designs: House of the Year Channel 4 – Kevin McCloud visits homes in the running for the 2019 Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year. This time, Kevin and his co-presenters, architect Damion Burrows and design expert Michelle Ogundehin, visit five experimental homes competing for a place on the shortlist.

9.00pm Raids Five – Cameras follow enforcement agencies carrying out raids across Britain, as they take drastic action against fraudsters, counterfeiters and criminals. In south Wales, officers receive a tip off about a suspected dealer supplying directly to users, while in Birmingham, an enforcement team follow the trail of suspicious cargo which arrived in the country from Hong Kong.

9.00pm Korea: The Never Ending War BBC4 – Retracing the history of the Cold War in Korea, that resulted in millions of deaths, brought the world to the brink of nuclear war and continues to shape history to this day.

10.00pm Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o Channel 4 – Oscar-winning actress, author and producer Lupita Nyong’o uncovers the truth behind the women who inspired the Dora Milaje of Marvel’s film Black Panther. Travelling to Benin in West Africa, Lupita reveals the stories of the real-life warrior women who fought African and European powers alike from the 17th to the 19th centuries in the Kingdom of Dahomey, centred in the modern-day country of Benin.


8.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1 – Nick Knowles and the team travel to Plymouth to meet the Morfey family, who sold their multi-level home and bought an old wrought-iron forge with the intention of renovating it for their two eldest sons, who have cerebral palsy. But when their daughter got leukaemia and moved miles away for treatment, supported by mum Tara, the family was torn apart. Now the house remains half-built, with no kitchen, hot water or living space. What the Morfeys need is a little help to bring the family back together.

9.00pm Prince Charles – Inside the Dutchy of Cornwall ITV – Observational documentary going behind the scenes of Prince Charles’s private estate the Duchy of Cornwall, which he has built up over the past 50 years into a business to support himself, his immediate family and his charities. The first of two parts reveals how the Duchy is run to reflect the prince’s personal philosophies, and also explores how the estate supports an ancient way of life on Bodmin Moor but also gives young families the opportunity to embark on a new start in farming.

9.00pm The Accident Channel 4 – Unmissable four-part drama starring Sarah Lancashire from Kiri and National Treasure writer Jack Thorne. A group of teenagers in a Welsh town break into a construction site to make mischief, only for an explosion to claim the lives of several of the children. As the locals struggle to come to terms with the tragedy, one mother directs her anger at the boss of the building project, determined to get justice.

10.00pm Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive Channel 4 – In 2017, journalist and TV presenter Bill Turnbull was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer shortly after filming The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer. Like many others, Bill chose to ignore the early warning signs and by the time he went to his doctor, the cancer had spread from his prostate to his bones. He then made the decision to go public in the hope of encouraging more men to get checked. This documentary follows Bill over a year as he undertakes chemotherapy, tries cannabis for medicinal purposes and adopts a healthier diet.


9.00pm Gogglebox: Celebrity Special for Su2c Channel 4 – Some very famous faces join the series’ opinionated viewers in a special episode for this year’s Stand Up to Cancer appeal. From Saturday night entertainment juggernauts to the week’s biggest news stories and from hard-hitting documentary series to gritty drama, the critics offers sharp, insightful, funny and sometimes emotional critiques of popular and topical TV shows.

Notable Continuing Series: Would I Lie To You? 9.30pm, Channel 4

9.30pm K-Pop Idols: Inside the Hit Factory BBC4 – The K-Pop phenomenon is shaking up the pop world and for the first time ever, there is now a serious challenge to the West’s domination of the global music industry. James Ballardie travels to South Korea to uncover the secrets behind this worldwide success story, finding out how, in just 20 years, the music industry in the country has come from obscurity to become a major player on the world stage.

10.00pm The Last Leg Channel 4 – As part of Channel 4’s annual Stand Up to Cancer campaign, hosts Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker and guests Kathy Burke and Harry Hill help raise awareness for Cancer Research UK. Plus, the usual comic review of the significant moments of the past seven days as the UK continues its rollercoaster ride towards Brexit. As usual, the hashtag #isitok paves the way for the gang to round up, examine and explain the leading and most entertaining news stories of the week.

11.05pm Harry Hill’s H Bomb Channel 4 – The funnyman returns to Channel 4 with a late-night series that promises a combination of controlled chaos and his favourite funny people on the planet. He’ll introduce his favourite acts on the comedy circuit alongside sketches, games and music in a show recorded during the week of transmission in front of a studio audience. Guests in this first edition include Bridget Christie, Spencer Jones, Rosie Jones, EGG and Anna Mann.

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