The TVweek: Sunday 22nd – Friday 27th May 2016

by | May 17, 2016 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Penelope Keith’s Favourite Villages Channel 4 – In this one-off, Penelope Keith a proud villager herself for 40 years, looks back at the hidden villages she has visited across Britain and puts together a selection of her favourites.

7.30pm Britain’s Got Talent: Live Semi Finals ITV – Ant and Dec host the first round of the semi-finals, as nine acts take to the stage to perform for a chance of winning a life-changing 250,000 pound prize and a spot at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The act with the highest public vote will automatically go through to the live grand final. The two runners-up will then face judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams – who will pick their favourite to go through to the live shows. Continues at 9.30pm. The live shows run all week.

8.00pm World Cup 1966: Alfie’s Boys BBC2 – The story of how Sir Alf Ramsey built a team to win the World Cup in 1966.

9.00pm Wallander BBC1 – Fourth and final series of the detective drama based on the Swedish original. When a Swedish national goes missing in Cape Town, Wallander is brought in to piece together the mysterious puzzle. Little does he know that behind the woman’s disappearance lies a complex conspiracy, which leads Wallander on a treacherous journey through both the beauty and sorrow of an emerging South Africa.

9.30pm Horizon: E-Cigarettes: Miracle or Menace? BBC2 – Michael Mosley investigates the dramatic rise in e-cigarettes. They’re everywhere these days, but what does the latest scientific research surround them reveal?

10.30pm Care BBC4 – Another chance to see this wonderfully brutal drama about a young man struggling to piece his life together after years of abuse in a children’s home and how he learns, despite his best efforts, that he can never escape his past, nor a crusading media determined to uncover it.


Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4

                                             Game of Thrones, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                               Upstart Crow 10.00pm, BBC2

                                               Veep, Sky Atlantic, 11.20pm

9.00pm Storm Troupers: The Fight to Forecast BBC4 – Series in which Alok Jha charts the history of weather forecasting from its origins in the 19th century. To begin, he investigates how forecasting was transformed from superstition into science.

9.00pm Secrets of the Nazi Occult Five – Documentary about how many of the Nazi high command, including both Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, were initiates of a secret society which held top secret meetings and rituals at Wewelsburg Castle in Germany.


10.00pm Rovers Sky1 – Together for the first time since The Royle Family, Sue Johnston and Craig Cash star in this original comedy set in the clubhouse of a struggling lower league football team.

10.45pm Last Whites of the East End BBC1 – Documentary examining the dwindling white community of London’s East End. Over the past 15 years something extraordinary has happened to Newham’s white working-class community – more than half of it has disappeared. This documentary records the thoughts, feelings and experiences of the last whites as they leave the place they’ve grown up in.


9.00pm The Making of an Ice Princess BBC2 – Documentary following ambitious young skater Lily Matthias. What that ambition means for her family is mum Lyndsey getting up at 4am six days a week to drive Lily to her training in Blackburn, and dad Wayne spending a fortune every month on lessons, ice time, costumes and competition fees. So strong is Lily’s commitment to her training that she’s dropped out of school to focus on it. Whether Lily can make it will be put to the test at the UK’s biggest competition of the year, the British Figure Skating Championships.

9.00pm Boris v Dave: The Battle For Europe Channel 4 – With less than a month to go before the European referendum, Michael Crick examines how the campaign has become a battle between Britain’s most high-profile politicians.

9.00pm Going, Going Gone: Nick Broomfield’s Disappearing Britain BBC4 – Two iconic British buildings are threatened with demolition and the intrepid Nick Broomfield is on the case. In a pair of documentaries, Broomfield profiles the Wellington Rooms in Liverpool and the Coal Exchange in Cardiff.

10.00pm Secret Life of Human Pups Channel 4 – A quarter of British households have a dog. But some people don’t just want to own a dog; they want to be one. Secret Life of the Human Pups introduces a previously unseen subculture of ordinary men who lead extraordinary double lives, dressing up in elaborate dog suits that cost thousands of pounds as they strive to become their very own pet.


8.00pm Should I Vote?: The EU Debate BBC1 – Live from Glasgow, Victoria Derbyshire hosts a debate on the issues that matter to younger voters ahead of the June referendum on whether or not Britain should remain in the EU. An audience of voters under the age of 30 from all over the UK put their questions and concerns to a panel of senior politicians central to the campaigns to leave or remain in the UK. Viewers at home can also raise points and questions to the panel through social media.

9.00pm The Truth about Alcohol BBC1 – A&E doctor Javid Abdelmoneim is on a mission to find out the truth about alcohol. In January, the government released its new alcohol guidelines.

9.00pm Dan Cruickshank: At Home with the British BBC4 – Dan Cruickshank looks at the place we are all familiar with but never question – our home. Dan explores our love affair with the terrace – the home that more Britons live in than any other. We love it because it has proved brilliantly adaptable, encompassing the Victorian parlour and modern open-plan living with equal ease.

10.00pm Undercover: Inside Birmingham’s Children’s Services Channel 4 – In a unique and important investigation, Dispatches has gone undercover inside one of Britain’s largest and worst performing children’s services departments, where social workers are battling to keep vulnerable children safe. For several years, Birmingham City Council’s Children’s Services has been criticised for failing children, and in 2013 was described by Ofsted’s Chief Inspector as a ‘national disgrace’. Birmingham has faced 27 serious case reviews over the last 10 years.

Notable Continuing Series: Peaky Blinders, 9.00pm BBC2

                                 24 Hours in Police Custody, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                              The Americans, 9.00pm, ITV Encore                                 The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4

                                 Going Forward, 10.00pm, BBC4

10.00pm The Catch Sky Living – New US drama that sees private eye Alice Vaughan on the hunt for her con man ex-fiancée.


8.00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Homes on Wheels Channel 4 – George looks back across five series of Amazing Spaces and the incredible works of engineering people have achieved with their vehicles – from the scrap Learjet turned into a luxury garden studio to the restoration of the only surviving British mobile cinema truck. There is also the 1950s railway carriage converted into a three bedroom home and an incredibly stylish custom-designed Jeep transformed into a cocktail bar.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                                Mum 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Ant & Dec: Their Story Five – Documentary exploring the success of Geordie boys Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. The programme charts their rise from child stars to pop stars, from BBC to ITV, from Byker Grove to Saturday Night Takeaway and from little-known actors to Britain’s best-loved TV personalities.

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