The TVweek: Sunday 24th – 29th January 2016

by | Jan 19, 2016 | All, TV Week


6.30pm Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur BBC1 –  David Attenborough tells the story of the discovery and reconstruction in Argentina of the world’s largest-known dinosaur, a new species of titanosaur. Measuring 37m long – close to four London buses put end to end – and weighing 70 metric tons, it now holds the record as the biggest animal ever to walk the Earth. In 2014, a shepherd spotted the tip of a gigantic fossil bone sticking out of a rock in the Argentinian desert. Palaeontologists soon uncovered a massive 2.4m long (femur) thigh bone, the largest ever found.

6.30pm Planet’s Got Talent ITV – Warwick Davis is back to showcase more incredible clips of reality shows from around the world.

Notable Continuing Series: Dragons’ Den, 8.00pm, BBC2

                                                 Endaevour, 8.00pm, ITV
                                            Walking the Himalayas, 8.00pm, Channel 4
                                             War & Peace, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                              Deutschland 83, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm James May’s Cars of the People BBC2 – James May reveals the cars that turned post-war Germany and Japan into motoring powerhouses at the expense of Britain and the US. On his travels he encounters classic E-Types, Mustangs and the German and Japanese upstarts that were to conquer the world. He also has an unfortunate encounter with an Austin Allegro – the car that helped destroy the British car industry.

10.00pm The Great Gangster Film Fraud BBC4 – Documentary about a bankrupt Jordanian entrepreneur and an unemployed Irish actress who hatch a plan to scam 2.5m off the British taxman by faking the production of a 20m movie.

10.15pm The Day Hitler Died ITV – Historical documentary telling the definitive story of Hitler’s final hours as told by the people who were there.


8.30pm Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking BBC2 – Mary Berry draws on her wealth of cookery know-how to share a selection of her foolproof recipes. In the first programme, Mary cooks up five delicious dishes suitable for those special days when you are having people round for dinner.

Notable Continuing Series: Silent Witness, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                             The Undateables, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon Sky Atlantic – A look at the rise and fall of The National Lampoon, the outrageous parody publication that pushed the limits of taste from the 1970s to the 1990s.


8.00pm Sugar Free Farm ITV – Six celebrities undertake a dietary experiment as they attempt to live entirely without sugar for two weeks. Turning their backs on the modern food industry, they live and work on a farm in return for healthy, wholesome food. Breaking their addiction to sugar will push their bodies to the limits – but without sugar, can life ever be sweet again?

8.00pm The Goldbergs E4 – The US comedy about a young film-maker and his family returns for a third series. Lainey, Erica and Barry plan a big Risky Business-inspired party at Lainey’s house while her father is out of town, but when the gathering gets out of control, Beverly comes to the rescue. Now that Dana has moved to Seattle, Adam annoys Murray by talking to her on the phone for hours on end. Continues at 8.30pm

9.00pm The Real Marigold Hotel BBC2 – A group of celebrities travel to India to see whether they can have a more rewarding retirement there than in the UK. Miriam Margolyes, Wayne Sleep, Sylvester McCoy, Roy Walker, Rosemary Shrager, Bobby George, Patti Boulaye and Jan Leeming arrive at their new home in Jaipur and are initially unsettled by the realities of living in India: hectic roads, animals in the street, chickens killed to order and poor toilet facilities.

9.00pm The Mad World of Donald Trump Channel 4 – Matt Frei enters the colourful and mad world of presidential hopeful Donald Trump, whose meteoric political rise comes amid one of the most controversial political campaigns America has ever seen.

9.00pm Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar BBC3  – Docudrama telling the true story of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old schoolboy who was lured to his death after being groomed online by Lewis Daynes while gaming. For the first time, Breck’s young gaming friends have decided to tell their story – a tale of manipulation and deceit which engulfed their friend and sent shockwaves through the gaming community. The programme also follows Breck’s parents and siblings as they struggle to come to terms with their son’s murder, and films with investigators tasked with piecing together the crime – working backwards from a chilling 999 call.

9.00pm Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge  More4 – More4 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter in a special documentary presented by actress Patricia Routledge. Following in the footsteps of the Edwardian publishing sensation – the JK Rowling of her day – Patricia discovers what fired Beatrix’s imagination and where her love and understanding of animals was born. As an actress, Patricia played Beatrix on stage in the 1990s. In her present role as patron of the Beatrix Potter Society, and with access to rare drawings, letters and artefacts held at the V&A Archive, Patricia discovers the woman behind the myth and reveals what led her to write and illustrate the 23 tales filled with animal characters featuring human habits and emotions. Patricia reveals how a letter written to an ill little boy became Peter Rabbit, and what led to the creation of magical and enduring characters like Jemima Puddleduck, Tom Kitten and Jeremy Fisher.


8.30pm The Great Sport Relief Bake Off BBC1 – Celebrities take on baking challenges for Sport Relief. Mel Giedroyc hosts this first episode featuring comedian Jason Manford, EastEnders actor Maddy Hill, former England goalkeeper David James and businesswoman Samantha Cameron.

Notable Continuing Series: Mary Portas: Secret Shopper, 8.00pm, BBC1
                                            24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Troll Hunters BBC3 – Beauty vlogger Em Ford was a victim of online abuse and fought back. Now she targets the rise of online abuse in Britain by trying to track down the trolls responsible. With the help of technology journalist David McClelland, Em investigates this very modern menace,

9.00pm Madam Secretary Sky Living – Season 2 of the US political drama. When communications with the president’s plane are lost, Elizabeth is sworn in as the acting president. Guest starring Morgan Freeman.

10.45pm Children Saved from the Nazi’s: The Story of Sir Nicholas Winton BBC1 – Documentary telling the extraordinary story of how Nicholas Winton rescued 669 children from the clutches of the Nazis, bringing them by train to Britain. In 1939, and with Europe on the brink of war, and Hitler invading Czechoslovakia, the lives of the Jewish population is threatened.


Notable Continuing Series: Death in Paradise, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                                First Dates, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm The Story of China BBC2 – Michael Wood explores the history of the world’s newest superpower.

9.00pm The Brain with David Eaglemen BBC2 – Dr David Eagleman explores how the brain conjures up the world we take for granted. This episode explores how the brain gives rise to thoughts, emotions, memories and personality. We see how the process of becoming ‘you’ starts at birth.

9.00pm The Good Wife More4 – The acclaimed US legal drama starring Julianna Margulies returns for a seventh series. Alicia attempts to revive her struggling law career by representing arrestees who are seeking release on bail in bond court, where she meets attorney Lucca Quinn. Peter hires national strategist Ruth Eastman to help with his presidential campaign, creating upheaval with Eli in the process. Cary frets that the firm is getting out of touch.


10.00pm The Last Leg Goes Down Under Channel 4 – Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker – hosts of the award-winning The Last Leg – head to the Australian wilderness for the ultimate outback road trip. Adam plots his revenge after four years of verbal abuse from English co-hosts Josh and Alex about his home country, Australia. He wants to show the lads that Australia isn’t the silly place they thought it was, but in fact a searing hot, unforgiving hell hole, stuffed full of people who are hard as nails. In the first episode, they head from Darwin to Uluru where their fantasies of beaches and sunshine are replaced by camping out with deadly snakes and spiders, confronting hard-faced biker gangs and generally embracing a real-life Crocodile Dundee experience. Adam seems transformed, but Josh and Alex wonder if a nervous breakdown looms. The guys find out a few new things about each other along the journey while turning each encounter into an exciting and richly comedic journey.

Notable Continuing Series: Music Moguls, 10.00pm, BBC4

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