The TVweek: Sunday 25th – Friday 30th March 2018

by | Mar 20, 2018 | All, TV Week


8.30pm RAF at 100 with Ewan and Colin Mcgreggor BBC1 – To celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force, Ewan and Colin McGregor take to the skies in some of the world’s most iconic planes. These are the planes that were involved in aerial combat at every stage of the RAF’s story, from the biplanes used in the early days of dogfighting in World War One to the beautiful Spitfire of the Battle of Britain, the plucky Lysander and on to the mighty Vulcan nuclear bomber, as well as the Chinook helicopter and supersonic Typhoon that are still in service today. It is a story of amazing machines and epic battles, but above all it is the story of the men and women whose courage and ingenuity have been at the heart of the RAF for 100 years. On their journey Ewan and Colin meet people from throughout the RAF’s history.

9.00pm Reggie Yates: Searching For Grenfell’s Lost Lives BBC2 – Reggie Yates meets people whose lives have been devastated by the Grenfell fire, hoping to piece together the human stories behind some of those lost in the tragedy. As a Londoner, and having grown up on a council estate himself, Reggie discovers that these stories aren’t just the stories of individuals, they are the story of a community.


8.30pm Thrifty Ways to… Summer Holiday Channel 4 – This new show gives viewers hot tips on how to shop better for a fraction of the usual price, offering the inside track on ways to get more bang for your buck. Enthusiastic traveller Katie Piper is joined by travel industry insider Amar Latif, as they demonstrate how to be thrifty about booking your summer holiday – be it family time in Tenerife; a city break in Bath; or tips and tricks on how to get cut prices in Orlando. The show offers handy money saving hacks and taps into local knowledge – accessing the best deals before the suitcases have even been packed. But which of the presenters will prove to be the savviest money saver?

9.00pm The Queen: Her Commonwealth Story BBC1 – George Alagiah explores the fascinating history of Queen Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth. He discovers how the role of heading this family of nations has affected the Queen as she grew and developed, both as a monarch and as a person.

9.00pm Hospital BBC2 – Filmed in January and February 2018, during the worst winter for the NHS on record, Hospital is the story of the health service in unprecedented times. A huge influx of patients into the emergency department at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, results in dozens of people lying on trollies waiting to be admitted. With A&E departments across the country bursting at the seams, NHS bosses make an unprecedented move – they advise every hospital in England to cancel all operations that are not clinically urgent or for cancer. The hope is that this will release beds for the patients queuing to get into A&E.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in Custody 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Paddington 24/7 Five – Behind-the-scenes documentary series about one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and the western rail network it serves.

10.00pm Russian Spy Assasins – The Salisbury Attack Channel 4 – An attempted murder of a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, found slumped with his daughter on a bench in the middle of the sleepy cathedral city of Salisbury. The weapon, a military grade nerve agent, traced back to Russia. A diplomatic stand-off that’s sent relations with the Kremlin plummeting. It reads like a plot to a political thriller and is a story that has captivated the world. Delving in to Skripal’s astonishing past, Matt Frei searches for clues to potential motives that could explain why he was targeted. The search takes Matt into the murky world of espionage, politics and crime. Could this be just the latest chapter in a number of suspicious deaths, all on British soil and all linked to Putin’s Russia?


9.00pm Come Home BBC1 – Contemporary three-part drama from Danny Brocklehurst starring Christopher Ecclestone as single father Greg who is reeling from his wife Marie mysteriously walking out on her family. He is torn between obsessing over his ex and courting disaster with a new love interest.

Notable Continuing Series: The Great Celebrity Bake Off, 8.00pm, Channel 4
                                                           Mum, 10.00pm, BBC2
                                                          This Country, 10.45pm BBC1

11.15pm Tiredness, Tears and Tantrums: Diary of a New Mum BBC1 – Documentary exploring the reality of becoming a parent for the first time. Annie Price has been through her fair share of tough times – surviving a caravan fire at four weeks old and being left with extensive scarring. Now she is about to become a mother for the first time. Annie brings her unfiltered honesty to the first six weeks of motherhood. How easy is breastfeeding really? What is the difference between baby blues and postnatal depression? And is it normal to take your baby to hospital nearly a half a dozen times in the first two weeks? Annie meets a professional breastfeeding counsellor, learns infant first aid and visits a centre supported by Sport Relief that specifically helps mums who are experiencing postnatal illness.


9.00pm The Real Full Monty ITV – A new set of celebrities recreate the 1997 film and this time it is in Sheffield, the home of the original Full Monty. Ashley Banjo and Alexander Armstrong’s even bigger and bolder show features TV presenter Jeff Brazier, former rugby international Ugo Monye, TOWIE star James Argent, The Wanted’s Tom Parker, ex-footballer John Hartson, celebrity chef Ainsley Harriot and former EastEnder Johnny Partridge, who will perform to raise awareness of men’s cancers.

Notable Continuing Series: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, 9.00pm, BBC2                       Save Me, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Minute By Minute: Grenfell Tower Five – Documentary in which survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy give compelling first-hand testimony of the events. In the early hours of 14th June 2017, a small fire broke out that would go on to shock the nation and spark a debate about the future of housing in this country.

10.00pm Are You Autistic? Channel 4 – Autism cases are at an all-time high in the UK, with one in 100 people thought to have autism. But experts now think the true number may be much higher, with the situation at crisis point. A ‘lost generation’ of thousands of adults could be going through life without a diagnosis, missed by a system struggling to understand the condition. Anna Richardson – whose nephew has recently been diagnosed with autism – and campaigners Georgia Harper and Sam Ahern – who both have autism – set out to uncover the true face of autism in the UK today. Working closely with charities, experts and people with autism from across the spectrum, this programme challenges what we think we know about autism. Trainee human rights lawyer Georgia and artist Sam want to smash apart the myths about the condition and show what people with autism are really like.

10.00pm Social Housing, Social Cleansing Five – Documentary exploring the story behind the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates in the UK over the past 30 years.


9.00pm The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night ITV – Hot on the heels of the return of ‘The Real Full Monty: Live’, eight female celebrities have been gearing up for the performance of their lives. This ‘sister’ show to ‘The Real Full Monty’ follows Coleen Nolan, broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire, Emmerdale actress Sally Dexter, reality TV star Megan McKenna, former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton, actress Helen Lederer, TV legend Ruth Madoc and presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford as they produce and perform a special one-off show.

9.00pm Indian Summer School Channel 4 – Five British boys who have failed their core GCSEs are given a second chance at a school like no other. Inspired by studies which suggest white working class boys do better academically in ethnically mixed classrooms, the boys take part in a study programme at the world famous Doon School in India. One of the best schools in the world, with an exam pass rate of 100%, British headteacher Matthew Raggett believes he can transform the boys’ prospects in just six months, preparing them to re-sit their exams. The boys will have to shake off their old habits if they wish to survive the rigorous standards at Doon. Will they knuckle down? In this episode, as the boys arrive at the Eton of India, Jack and Alfie adapt best to the new way of life at the school. Harry slips into old habits by prioritising popularity over his studies. And having both not been in school for two years, Jake and Ethan find it hardest to adjust to the new regime.

Notable Continuing Series: The Good Fight, 9.00pm, More4

9.00pm Billions Sky Atlantic – The third chapter of the heated rivalry between Chuck Rhoades and Bobby Axelrod begins. Post-indictment, Axe faces a difficult decision. Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti star.

10.00pm In The Long Run Sky1 – Comedy created by and starring Idris Elba. It’s the 1980s and Walter’s brother is about to turn his family’s quiet lives upside down. With Bill Bailey.

10.45pm Unsolved BBC1 – Journalist Bronagh Munro investigates the conviction of a heroin addict for the murder of a student. The conviction took three trials, and there was no forensic evidence linking him to the crime.


8.00pm Britain’s Great Cathedrals with Tony Robinson Five – Tony Robinson tells the turbulent history of six of Britain’s cathedrals. York Minster has sat at the heart of our nation for more than 800 years, and has been a backdrop to some of the most dramatic events in British history. It has survived fires, war and subsidence, and its bishops have been influential on the world stage.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Episodes BBC2 – Fifth and final comedy of US comedy starring Matt Le Blanc, Tamsin Grieg and Stephen Mangan. Everyone is at rock bottom. And then Matt makes things worse. Several months have passed since the end of the last episode. Matt’s show The Box is now a runaway hit. Unfortunately for Matt, this means that he must have daily contact with his producer, Merc Lapidus. If anything, the animosity between the two has got worse over time. As Matt is the star of the show, he would seem to have some leverage over Merc but he makes a decision that puts him right in the palm of his producer’s sweaty hand.

10.00pm Lee and Dean Channel 4 – comedy following the lives of Stevenage builders Lee and Dean and co-starring Anna Morris, Camille Ucan, Ricky Grover, Perry Benson, Ramon Tikaram and Tom Bennett. Lee and Dean have been inseparable since childhood, until Lee meets Nikki. For the first time Lee seems smitten, and Dean’s nose is put out of joint when she moves into their flat and takes over organising Lee’s birthday party. Lee has also been enjoying ‘builder’s perks’ with posh client Mrs Bryce-D’Souza, who sees their dalliances as more than client aftercare. When Mrs Bryce-D’Souza turns up at Lee’s birthday party unannounced, Lee is terrified that she’ll tell Nikki what’s been going on – until Dean steps in to save the day. And when Dean’s dad Terry mishears a drunken conversation, he unknowingly forces Lee and Nikki to commit to each other publicly.

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