The TVweek: Sunday 28th May – Friday 2nd June 2017

by | May 29, 2017 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The Big Life Swap Adventure BBC2 – A struggling farmer from Malawi is dropped into the life of an overworked fire officer from Essex. While each confront the choices they must make to secure their families future, can they survive in a world so different from their own?

9.00pm Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip BBC2 –  Paul Hollywood visits Italy to find out what makes the country tick when to comes to cars. How do the cars they make and the way they drive reflect the character of the Italian nation? On his trip, Paul drives some of the best, worst and most important cars built in Italy and is joined by a few travelling companions who provide an insight into Italian culture and explain why they think their nation has such a love affair with cars.

9.00pm The Handmaid’s Tale Channel 4 – This US drama series, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – with one goal: to survive and find the daughter who was taken from her.


7.30pm Britain’s Got Talent: The Live Semi Finals ITV – The contestants to impressed the judges perform over the next five nights to secure a place in the final. Results take place at 9.30pm Continues all Week.

8.30pm May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10 Channel 4 – In the lead-up to the 2017 General Election, Channel 4 and Sky News broadcast a live 90-minute programme featuring interviews with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Channel 4’s election anchor Jeremy Paxman interviews both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn individually. Sky News Political Editor Faisal Islam moderates as members of a studio audience put questions directly to each party leader.

10.00pm Kirsty Young: 75 Years of Desert Island Discs BBC4 – As Desert Island Discs reaches 75, today’s custodian of the island, Kirsty Young, introduces this 1982 Bafta-winning Arena classic. It celebrated Roy Plomley and his magical idea on their 40th anniversary. By then, everyone who was anyone had been cast adrift and washed up on Roy’s island. Arena’s castaways include 40th anniversary guest Paul McCartney, Frankie Howerd, Trevor Brooking, Professor J K Galbraith, Russell Harty and the great comedian Arthur Askey.


9.00pm The Chillenden Murders BBC2 – Documentary examining the brutal killings of Lin Russell and her daughter Megan, along with the attempted murder of 9-year-old Josie in 1996. Known as the Chillenden murders, they led to one of the biggest manhunts ever undertaken by British police. Michael Stone, a local heroin addict and petty criminal was arrested, charged, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Almost 20 years on, Stone maintains his innocence. Now, with exclusive access to the vast collection of original case files, a team of independent experts has come together to re-examine the evidence. With backgrounds in policing, forensics, law and criminology, they attempt to shed new light on the case and uncover the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. In this episode, the team examine the details of the crime and the forensic evidence found at the scene. They then turn their attention to the case against Michael Stone at court, and uncover some shocking details that never made it to trial.

Notable Continuing Series: Broken  9.00pm, BBC1

                                                Veep, 11.20pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Grayson Perry: Divided Britain Channel 4 – At the start of this year, Grayson Perry set out to make art about what he calls ‘the most divisive issue of my lifetime’: Brexit. He wanted to seek suggestions, dig into the data and visit the two sides’ heartlands. But in the middle of his investigations, Theresa May called a snap election. So in this one-off special, Grayson tries to get at what lies beneath both momentous choices, uncovering the emotions, beliefs and desires that drive our loyalty to one political tribe or another, and to capture what he’s found in a monumental new work. Grayson spends time in Boston in Lincolnshire, the most Leave-voting place in Britain, and also in Hackney in London, where 78% voted to Remain, trying to understand both sides. In a radical departure from his usual artistic practice, Grayson also uses social media to crowdsource the content of the works he’ll make about it, asking the rest of us for ideas and contributions.


9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 – The RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a 13th run, following patients treated in the same 24-hour period at St George’s in south west London.

Notable Continuing Series: The Met: Policing London  9.00pm, BBC1

10.00pm Fargo Channel 4 – The award-winning US drama returns for a third instalment, set in 2010 and following a new ‘true crime’ story with a fresh set of characters and an all-star cast. Ewan McGregor plays two brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy, who are at the centre of the story. Emmit is the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. A handsome, self-made property mogul and family man, Emmit sees himself as an American success story. His slightly younger brother Ray, on the other hand, is more of a cautionary tale. Balding and pot-bellied, Ray is a parole officer. He has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt and blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon plays Gloria Burgle, a local police chief and newly divorced mother, who is trying to understand the new world around her where individuals connect more intimately with their mobile phones than with the people directly in front of them.


9.00pm Frank Skinner on Mohammed Ali BBC1 – Frank Skinner goes on a journey to explore the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, meeting Ali’s family and friends and visiting key locations in his life. In Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Frank meets the neighbour who witnessed the teenage boxer’s dedication to his craft. He also meets Ali’s younger brother Rahaman, a key figure in the boxer’s entourage, and Ali’s wife Khalilah, who was alongside Ali during the years when he was banned from boxing for refusing to fight in Vietnam.

9.00pm The Great Village Green Crusade BBC4 – Documentary following Red Dwarf comic actor and green energy enthusiast Robert Llewellyn’s two-year campaign to persuade residents of his idyllic Cotswolds village, Temple Guiting, to generate more of their own power through renewable sources, as a model for helping to wean the nation off imported oil, coal and gas.

9.00pm Catching a Killer:The Search for Natalie Hemming Channel 4 – On the afternoon of Sunday 1 May 2016, 31-year-old mother of three Natalie Hemming vanishes, seemingly without a trace. Forty eight hours later, her frantic mother phones 999. ‘What’s the specific concern that’s caused you to call the police?’ asks the operator. Natalie’s mother says: ‘Him’. That phone call launches one of the biggest missing person searches ever seen at Thames Valley Police. This gripping programme follows the investigation hour by hour as the police have to decide if Natalie is alive or dead. With extraordinary access to the minute-by-minute police investigation and to Natalie’s family and friends as they struggle to come to terms with the situation that’s unfolding around them.

Notable Continuing Series: The Good Fight, 9.00pm More4 

9.00pm The Wizard of Lies Sky Atlantic – Robert De Niro stars as financier and fraudster Bernie Madoff in this feature-length account of perhaps the biggest case of financial fraud in US history. Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer.


8.30pm Question Time: Leaders Special BBC1 – Conservative Party leader and prime minister Theresa May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn face a Question Time audience in York. Presented by David Dimbleby.

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