The TVweek Sunday 28th October – Friday 3rd November 2017

by | Oct 23, 2017 | All, TV Week


8.30pm Harry Potter: Talking Pictures BBC2 – Actor Warwick Davis – AKA Professor Flitwick and Griphook – explores the BBC archives and conjures up the story of the Harry Potter films – a tale that starts with the casting of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, and ends with the trio firmly established as internationally recognised teenage superstars. The programme uses rarely seen footage and interviews to explore behind the scenes, looks at how the franchise became one of the biggest in cinema history and gets the unique perspectives of the series’s producer, directors, actors and JK Rowling herself.

9.00pm Harry Potter: A History of Magic BBC2 – In the run up to the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, JK Rowling ventures behind the scenes of the British Library, revealing the real-life counterparts to her fantastical world. From shrieking mandrakes and Elizabethan invisibility spells to the mystery of ancient Chinese oracle bones and the real life search for the Philosopher’s Stone, it is the start of a warm, playful and inventive journey round some of the most magical places in the land. The film features readings by actors from the Harry Potter films, including David Thewlis, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davies, Miriam Margoyles and Mark Williams, while Rowling’s illustrator Jim Kay illuminates her imaginary world.

9.00pm When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance Channel 4 – This documentary uncovers the inside story of Meghan Markle and the story of her relationship with Prince Harry to date. The programme reveals the story of Meghan’s childhood in LA, and her relationship with Harry, featuring exclusive interviews with friends and colleagues. It reveals a smart, strong and independent woman with surprising similarities to Prince Harry both in her life story and values. The programme also uncovers the astonishing story of Meghan’s ancestors, with original and exclusive genealogy research. It’s an all-American tale of humble origins and triumph over adversity played out in the Deep South on her mother’s side and in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania on her father’s side. The programme traces the first moment her father’s ancestors arrived in America, with some very surprising results about where they came from.


8.00pm Blue Planet II BBC1 – Documentary series presented by David Attenborough which explores the planet’s oceans. From the equator to the poles, new worlds and animal behaviours are revealed, from tool-using fish to mother walruses fighting for space on the ice for their tiring pups.

8.00pm Speechless BBC4 – Moving documentary by award-winning film-maker Richard Alwyn, following two stroke survivors who can no longer take language for granted. Much of the film is made on the Neuro Rehab Unit of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London’s Queen Square. There, Alwyn meets 55-year-old Barry, who has been in hospital for four months since a stroke left him barely able to speak. And two years after his stroke when just 35 years old, former Premier League and international footballer Junior Agogo is still visiting the unit as he battles to find his way in the world with depleted language. The programme raises questions that straddle philosophy and science. Can we understand the world if we don’t have language to name and describe it? Can we think without language? These questions are at the heart of conversations that Alwyn has with clinicians and therapists working to get Barry and Junior back into the world.

9.00pm Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia BBC2 – Louis Theroux spends time in two of London’s largest eating disorder facilities to meet women with anorexia – a mysterious illness with the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder.

9.00pm Ball and Boe: Back Together ITV – Double Olivier Award-winning stage star Michael Ball and popular tenor Alfie Boe perform some of their favourite songs, while singing against each other in a musical fight to the finish. They are joined by special guests Imelda May and Jason Manford.


8.00pm The Habour ITV – Four-part documentary series. Tenby is the jewel in Pembrokeshire’s crown. Its harbour is one of the most photographed vistas in Wales. Filmed through the four seasons, this is the story of the men and women of the harbour whose way of life is in tune with the sea, the seasons and the tourists.

8.30pm Inspector George Gently BBC1 – Martin Shaw and Lee Ingelby join forces for the final ever episode of the popular crime drama. DCI Gently is set for retirement, but when DI Lister, the head of a new covert special investigations unit, presents him with an unsolved case, Gently can’t resist one more intriguing offer. The case leads to political intrigue, corruption – and tests Gently to his core. When the team faces mortal danger, how will they survive?

9.00pm A Very Royal Wedding ITV – In a celebration of the 70th anniversary of The Queen and Prince Philip’s wedding day in November 1947, presenter Alexander Armstrong discovers how a battered post-war Britain pulled off the event against the odds. This feature-length documentary includes contributions from Joan Collins and Sheila Hancock sharing their memories of the wedding, and the recollections of people who were part of the big day, such as page boy Prince Michael of Kent.

9.00pm 999: What’s Your Emergency? Channel 4 – The Documentary series following the challenging work of the police, paramedics and fire service in Wiltshire returns.

9.00pm Inside Asprey W –  Documentary going behind-the-scenes at the New Bond Street store of prestigious British brand Asprey, who have been trading in luxury goods for over 230 years.

9.30pm Ghosted ITV2 – Adam Scott and Craig Robinson star in this brand new US comedy about two polar opposites who are recruited to investigate paranormal activity in Los Angeles. After an agent from the Bureau Underground is captured, the Bureau takes his advice to recruit Max and Leroy. The unlikely duo go on a mission to save the agent and fight his abductor, an alien-possessed man. However, the alien escapes with the agent onto a UFO. Max and Leroy decide to stay with the Underground Bureau to find out more.


8.00pm The Great British Bake Off: The Final Channel 4 – Twelve bakers started; now just three remain. But only one can be crowned winner of The Great British Bake Off 2017. The final sees Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith set three challenges that will test every aspect of the bakers’ skills. In the last signature challenge, the bakers return to bread, and the tricky task of a batch of loaves. In the technical challenge, Prue has made a simple biscuit bake very tough. There can be no room for nerves or trembling hands. On the final day, as the bakers’ families gather outside the tent, the finalists have one last challenge: a delicate, multi-layered, high-end patisserie showstopper that could win them the title.

Notable Continuing Series:  Our Girl, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                The Deuce, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Strike Back Sky One – The action drama returns for sixth series.

9.00pm Release the Hounds ITV2 – Matt Edmondson hosts as the horror game show returns for a Halloween Special. This time, the hounds are after four celebs from Essex, but will the four friends find the only way to escape them?

9.15pm Dr Christian will See You Now W – Series 2 of the series that sees Dr Christian Jessen and his team of top specialists are on hand to treat Liz, who is extremely underweight, and Kate, whose Tourette’s is affecting her relationship.

10.00pm Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish Dave – Fifth series of Dave Gorman’s sermons. Can a knock-off can ever be as good as the real thing? Dave Gorman offers some wry observations on DVDs, baking – and Bucks Fizz.


8.00pm Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape ITV – Gino D’Acampo showcases some of his favourite places along the Mediterranean coast – some for their beauty, but all for their incredible food and ingredients. He starts his journey in the middle of the ‘boot’, on the stunning Amalfi coast. He visits the picture-postcard village of Positano, sails along the coast and uncovers food traditions that are being kept alive by the locals. Gino also creates mouth-watering yet simple dishes so viewers can get a taste of the Amalfi coast for themselves.

8.30pm Fresh off the Boat 5* – Double Bill of the US sitcom following an Asian-American family in Florida. As father Louis takes over a failing cowboy-themed steakhouse in Orlando, mum Jessica is confused by the rituals and habits of her new neighbours – like the fact that you don’t haggle over price at JC Penny.

Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                           Grand Designs 9.00pm, Channel 4 

9.00pm Trust Me, I’m a Doctor: Mental Health Special BBC2 – Michael Mosley runs an experiment to find the best way to beat stress – mindfulness, yoga or gardening. Psychiatrist Dr Alain Gregoire reveals how sleep affects mental health. GP Zoe Williams discovers why laughing can be as good as exercise for improving mood. Surgeon Gabriel Weston investigates a new cure for some patients with serious mental illness. And geneticist Giles Yeo asks if you can eat your way to happiness.

9.00pm Big Family Values: More Kids than Cash Five – Documentary series looking at how big families make ends meet.

11.15pm Junior Doctors BBC1 – Documentary series following the lives of seven newly qualified junior doctors as they begin their placements at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. The new recruits are Emeka, Osama and Anna, all in their first year of being qualified, and Jin, Jo, Omar and Jess, who are second-year medics. In Obs and Gynae, 24-year-old Osama performs a tricky stomach drain procedure and gets the opportunity to assist in theatre with his first major operation, removing a large growth from a patient’s womb.


8.00pm Harry Styles at the BBC BBC1 – Nick Grimshaw introduces music from Harry Styles, live in front of a studio audience.

9.00pm Exodus: Our Journey Continues BBC2 – Second series of the thought provoking documentary Following migrants searching for a better life. In this first episode we meet Dame, who arrived in the UK over 17 months ago. “I am a ghost in a prison” is how he describes his experience of life as a refugee in London. Ali and are Sharin are newlyweds from Afghanistan. They have spent the last month camping on the streets of Thessaloniki, waiting for smugglers to get them across the heavily guarded borders into Macedonia and Serbia. Nazifa and Latif and their two young children are living in a container in a refugee camp near Athens. Nazifa is six months pregnant. Nazifa tells us, “We are in a cage here.” They are determined to make it to Germany and provide a better future for their children but face the most difficult decisions of their lives. It has taken Azizula nearly a year to reach Serbia. He is living in freezing conditions in an abandoned railway carriage in Belgrade. He is alone and is almost paralysed by what lies ahead. Returning to Afghanistan is not an option.

9.00pm Ross Kemp Behind Bars – Inside Barlinnie ITV – Ross Kemp spends ten days inside HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow – one of the oldest and toughest prisons in the world. Arriving in handcuffs and processed as a prisoner, Kemp then has exclusive access to every part of this Victorian prison. He works with violent prisoners wielding knives in the jail’s kitchen, joins the security team on a cell search in the constant battle against drug smuggling and is confronted with an arsenal of home-made weapons, concealed in eye-watering places.

9.00pm First Dates: Celebrity Special for Stand Up to Cancer Channel 4 –  1980s pop princess Sinitta has dated Simon Cowell and Brad Pitt, but no one has become her number one. She doesn’t want a man who’s so macho anymore; she’s searching for a music-loving gentleman with old-school manners. Can self-made businessman Nick, with his flowing locks, hit all the right notes? Conservative MP Michael Fabricant is outspoken, outlandish and out of luck in love. Will feisty 61-year-old fantasy writer Jan get his vote? Capital FM breakfast DJ Roman Kemp admits to spending his adult years in the shadow of his dashing father, Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet.

9.00pm Living the Dream Sky1 – New comedy drama following Mal and his family who swap Yorkshire for a dream life in Florida. But not everything turns out how they hoped. Philip Glenister and Lesley Sharp star.


9.00pm Bear’s Mission with Rob Brydon ITV – Actor and comedian Rob Brydon steps out of the limelight and into the wild as he attempts to survive two days in the wilderness of Snowdonia with Bear Grylls. Rob and Bear travel by helicopter to a lake nestled between disused slate mines and mountains, before jumping 30 feet into the freezing water.

Notable Continuing Series: Travel Man 8.30pm Channel 4 
                                        Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                        The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Queen: Rock the World BBC4 – Behind-the-scenes archive documentary following Queen as they record their sixth album News of the World and embark on a groundbreaking tour of North America. BBC music presenter Bob Harris was given exclusive and extensive access to the band to cover this period. Conducting insightful interviews with all four band members as well as filming them at work in the studio as they were planning and rehearsing their forthcoming North American Tour, and then following them as they performed across the US, Bob captured a band attempting to replicate their huge domestic success on the global stage.

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