The TVweek: Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th April 2016

by | Mar 29, 2016 | All, TV Week


5.00pm Life in the Air BBC1 – Nature documentary looking at flight in the animal kingdom.

8.00pm The Durrells ITV – Six-part drama starring Keeley Hawes, written by acclaimed screenwriter Simon Nye.The Durrells is based upon Gerald Durrell’s classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs including the much loved ‘My Family and Other Animals’.  Set in 1935.

8.00pm Duck Quacks Don’t Echo Sky1 – Lee Mack returns with a new series of his hit panel show. First to sort their facts from their fiction are Dara O Briain, Davina McCall and Jessica Hynes

9.00pm Undercover BBC1 – Six-part drama. For the past 20 years Maya Cobbina (Sophie Okonedo) has defended Rudy Jones (Dennis Haysbert), a man falsely imprisoned for murder. Today he is to be executed by lethal injection in Louisiana. Rudy’s parting words are “Go big” – he wants her to change the system that allows such injustices to occur. With Rudy’s appeal ringing in her ears, Maya returns to London and discovers that she’s been pegged to take the role of Director of Public Prosecutions, a prominent position that might allow her to finally bring to justice the death of her friend Michael Antwi (Sope Dirisu), a charismatic anti-racism campaigner. Maya’s husband Nick Johnson (Adrian Lester) is a man dedicated to his wife and children. When the hidden past threatens to destroy his world, to what lengths will he go to protect his family?

9.00pm Home Fires ITV – Second series of the drama series set in a Cheshire village during the Second World War. It is June 1940, and Britain faces the threat of imminent invasion. As the Battle of Britain looms, the villagers of Great Paxford live under a cloud of fear and suspicion.


5.30pm Too Many Cooks Channel 4 –  Three keen amateur cooking couples are competing to lay on the best food for a party and win a big cash prize. In a week of episodes from Essex,

8.30pm The Vikings Uncovered BBC1 – Dan Snow uncovers the lost Vikings in America with space archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcak.

9.00pm Marcella ITV – 8-part crime drama written by internationally renowned screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt stars Anna Friel in the lead role.  Set in contemporary London with a British Metropolitan Police  Marcella will get involved in a serial murder case where the modus operandi of the killer bares a striking resemblance to an unsolved spate of killings from a decade ago.

9.00pm James May: The Reassembeler BBC4 – Series in which James May explores the intricacies and engineering marvels of various objects by taking them apart and putting them back together.

Notable Continuing Series: American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, 9.00pm, BBC2
                                            The Island with Bear Grylls, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Sex Box Channel 4 – Second series of the series about UK sex lives. Presented by Steve Jones and the Belgian sexologist Goedele Liekens, In each episode, couples go into the ‘box’ to try something new, after receiving expert guidance from Goedele.

10.00pm Plebs ITV2 – Sitcom about three desperate young men who reside in ancient Rome. The boys are desperate for tickets to one of the ‘beast shows’ at the Games. Marcus meets Delphine, a fiery activist from Gaul, while Grumio clashes with Landlady, their missing landlord’s formidable mother.


8.00pm How Not to DIY ITV – Two-part series taking a lighthearted look at the nation’s DIY failures.

9.00pm Drive ITV – Vernon Kay presents a new series in which eight celebrities – rapper Professor Green, singer Ella Eyre, TV personality Louis Walsh, actor and comedian Johnny Vegas, Olympic athlete Colin Jackson, TV presenter Mariella Frostrup, weather expert Laura Tobin and broadcaster Angus Deayton – take part in a series of motorsport challenges, battling it out to be crowned Drive Champion.

Notable Continuing Series: The A-Word, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                First Dates, 10.00pm, Channel 4

10.45pm Murdered By My Father BBC1 – Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Mawaan Rizwan, Salman Akhtar, Reiss Jeram, Ambreen Razia. Powerful contemporary drama. Every parent wants the best for their kids, and Shahzad is no exception. Ever since his wife died he’s been trying to keep his two kids Salma and Hassan on track. Salma is growing up quickly, and Shahzad wants to make sure she’s set up with the right guy to settle down with. It’s a promise he made his wife, and part of what he considers his duty as a dad. But what does Salma want? Unbeknown to Shahzad, she’s caught up in a whirlwind romance with charismatic charmer Imi. Salma knows Imi is not what her dad is expecting, but can she find a way to make everyone happy?


9.00pm The People Next Door Channel 4 – In the early hours of the morning, a young middle class couple are interviewed by the police about an altercation with their neighbours. While they claim it’s their neighbours who are in the wrong, the police seem convinced that it is they who have committed a crime. The story of how they got here is revealed through a series of flashbacks to ‘the evidence’ they have recorded on CCTV cameras and other devices at their home. But is their increasingly intrusive invasion of their neighbours’ privacy really morally justified? Or are Richard and Gemma themselves the real neighbours from hell? A drama from the award-winning team behind the critically acclaimed Cyberbully and Blackout.

9.00pm The Almost Impossible Gameshow ITV2 – Second series of the wacky game show featuring Irish comedy duo The Rubberbandits.


8.00pm Millionaires’ Mansion Channel 4 – Documentary series that enters the private world of luxury interior design, where prestigious designers compete to work for the wealthiest clients. With access to the houses, the craftsmen and women, and the clients, the series explores how the millionaire lifestyle is created in homes of sumptuous luxury.

9.00pm How to Stay Young BBC1 – In this new two-part series, Angela Rippon and Dr Chris van Tulleken travel the world in search of the latest science that could help us all stay young and healthy for longer.

Notable Continuing Series: Line of Duty, 9.00pm, BBC2
                                              The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4

9.00pm Army Girls Channel 4 –  3-part documentary that follows the gruelling 14-week training period of 47 women aged between 17 and 32. If they get through, many will serve on the front line for the British Army. The women, who are trained in parallel with male recruits, are expected to become expert in weapons and fitness training, drill and exercises in the field, and are overseen by a training team of serving soldiers, who are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. In this first episode three recruits are pushed to their limits in an eye-opening introduction to army life.

9.00pm Colony Sky1 – Futuristic US drama. When an outside force occupies LA, a former FBI agent and his wife are forced to make tough decisions.


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

10.00pm Lookalikes Channel 4 – Four-part structured, fly-on-the-wall comedy following the antics at one of Britain’s biggest lookalikes agencies, run by long-suffering David Beckham impersonator Andy Harmer. Representing everyone from ‘David Brent’ to ‘Gordon Ramsay’ and ‘Robert De Niro’ to ‘Victoria Beckham’, Andy constantly has to find fresh talent, fight celebrity fires and bring in more work. Just like their celebrity doppelgangers, lookalikes aren’t the most straightforward people to manage, and every job brings high drama. A unique reality-comedy hybrid, clashing real lives with well-scripted comedy, Lookalikes shines a humorous light on the daily challenges of being ‘almost famous’. In the first episode, David Beckham lookalike Andy Harmer has realised that his agency’s roster of talent needs updating

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