The TVweek: Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th May 2015

by | Apr 29, 2015 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Sunday Night at the London Palladium ITV – New series of the entertainment show.  The first show is hosted by Bradley Walsh and features music performances from Olly Murs and Madness who perform their greatest hits. Alfie Boe sings a song from The Who’s rock opera Quadrophenia, there is a 10th-anniversary performance from the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical and the incredible acrobatic dog act from the USA, Olate Dogs. Comedy comes from Jo Brand and slapstick comedy duo Men in Coats.

8.30pm The C-Word BBC1 – Sheridan Smith stars in this one-off drama about life, love and cancer based on Lisa Lynch’s candid book and blog about her experiences.

9.00pm Home Fires ITV – Six-part drama series set in a Cheshire village during the Second World War. The isolated community could not feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields, yet it is not immune from the effects of war.

9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr returns to host a brand new show with Sean Lock, Bill Bailey and Paul Foot going up against special guest captain Sarah Millican, Rob Delaney and Romesh Ranganathan. Nina Conti joins Countdown’s resident lexicographer Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, while Rachel Riley looks after the numbers and letters.

9.00pm The Enfield Haunting Sky Living – Three-part drama based on the most-documented account of poltergeist activity in British history. Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson star.

10.05pm An Immigrant’s Guide to Britain Channel 4 – Comedian and first-generation immigrant Henning Wehn leads an irreverent guide to life in Britain from the perspective of some of its most notoriously polarising inhabitants. From the big issues to the almost overlooked minutiae of British life that we take for granted, An Immigrant’s Guide to Britain asks the big questions every prospective immigrant needs to know, such as: Can you learn to banter? What exactly do upper class people do? Is it good to swear at work? Why do we let animals sleep in our bedrooms? And is it possible to collect 100 ‘sorries’ from the British public?


8.30pm VE Day: Remembering Victory BBC1 – On 8 May 1945 Churchill, broadcast the long-awaited announcement that the war in Europe was over. To celebrate, Britain threw the biggest street party the country had ever seen. 70 years on, some of Britain’s best-loved entertainers and broadcasters recall the jubilation of that unforgettable day and the years that followed. The extraordinary archive of celebrations all over Britain helps bring back the memories. This is the story of the victory generation.

9.00pm The Stranger on the Bridge Channel 4 – On 14 January 2008 Jonny Benjamin went to Waterloo Bridge with the intention of taking his own life. A stranger who happened to be walking along the bridge that day stopped and managed to talk him down. Jonny was subsequently taken to hospital by police. He assumed he’d never see the stranger again. He never had the chance to thank the good Samaritan he named Mike for what he did that morning, which Jonny believes helped him turn things around. Six years later, Jonny launched a campaign to find him.


8.00pm Inside the Factory: How Our Favourite Foods are Made BBC2 – Gregg Wallace discovers how one of Britain’s largest bakeries makes up to one and a half million loaves of bread each week. Following the production of one of the nation’s favourite loaves, he uncovers the secrets to baking four thousand loaves at once and reveals the incredible machine that can bag a loaf of bread in midair. Cherry Healey goes inside one of the largest flour mills in the country to discover what it takes to make the perfect flour and reveals the secret science to storing bread at home. And historian Ruth Goodman looks at why we’ve always been in love with the white loaf and shows the hidden killers that used to lurk in our bread.

9.00pm No Offence Channel  4 – Joanna Scanlan, Elaine Cassidy and Alexandra Roach lead the unorthodox crack team of cops at the heart of Paul Abbott’s No Offence – an outrageous new police procedural series from the writer of Shameless and State of Play. Will Mellor, Paul Ritter and Colin Salmon, join them in the mix of tough but big-hearted bobbies who go above and beyond to bring down the criminal rabble in a crumbling cop-shop. Keeping these streets clean is a Herculean task, enough to demoralise even the keenest rookie – but there’s a reason why this hotchpotch of committed cops are on this force, on this side of town. In the opening episode, DC Dinah Kowalska discovers a pattern in the deaths of two young women and realises Friday Street Station has a twisted serial killer on its hands. With a third girl already missing, the team – led by the dizzyingly capable but unquestionably unhinged DI Vivienne Deering – face a race against time to rescue her.

10.00pm Penny Dreadful Sky Atlantic – Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green return for series two of the chilling thriller.

10.30pm Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment BBC3 –  Comedian Nick Helm presents a helter-skelter ride of songs, sketches, jokes, poetry, fireworks, stunts, dance and whatever else he can muster. Nick kicks off his comedy extravaganza and reveals his dreams.


9.00pm Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe BBC2 – A few hours before the polls open, Charlie Brooker presents an irreverent look back at the 2015 general election campaign, mixing the big stories with the funniest and strangest moments along the way. From opinion worms to bizarre photo-ops, Charlie and guests including Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas will save you the time of thinking about the election before the big day by doing it for you. Contains mockery.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm The Island: The Men’s Island, Channel 4

                                                9.00pm Jane The Virgin, E4

                                                9.30pm Care Share, BBC1    

10.30pm Bugsplat! Channel 4 – Comedy from writer Guy Jenkin. At UK Drone HQ, life for 13th Squadron crack pilots James, Lexi and Peter is almost back to normal after returning from Afghanistan. Or, as normal as it can be when you run spying and bombing operations from a porta-cabin by day, before ambling into the leafy countryside for a few drinks in the pub with your mates, or indulging in an affair – until a lone peace protester sets up camp at your only exit. But this office-bound and plane-free life is not dull… The Squadron has intelligence on a high-ranking terrorist, some of the best tech around, and a mission to run; Wing Commander Barry is being harassed by Gina from RAF intelligence to spin their first cock up into a PR triumph; James is more interested in his love life and finding some drugs; Lexi just wants to get on with the job and blow up anything she can; and Peter is becoming more and more convinced that Mo, who runs IT, is up to no good.

10.30pm Murder in Successville BBC3 – Tom Davis, Jamie Laing, Liam Hourican, Jenny Bede, Cariad Lloyd, Tony Way. Improvised comedy murder mystery series. DI Sleet enlists the help of Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing to solve the latest high-profile murder. They learn that local restaurateur Bruno Tonioli has been shot in a brutal murder that has all the hallmarks of a gangland killing. Laing is put through his paces as he and Sleet meet three sets of suspects – the Carr Brothers, Darcey Bussell and Harry Styles and his gang. After meeting the suspects, it’s time for Jamie to decide who killed Bruno Tonioli.


8.25pm The Vote More4 – In a national television event and a first for theatre and television, James Graham’s new play The Vote broadcasts live on More4 from the world-famous Donmar Warehouse theatre in Covent Garden, at the exact time when the action is set. The drama unfolds in a fictional London polling station during the final 90 minutes before the polls close in this year’s general election. Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss and Nina Sosanya star as the staff of a polling station in a swing constituency, where an innocent mistake sends them into a crisis.

8.55pm Shark BBC1 – Wildlife series on the sharks of the world. The first programme shows how sharks are the ocean’s great predators, living in every ocean and hunting in every way. Blacktip sharks hunt in huge packs and herd fish into baitballs, tasselled wobbegongs are ambush hunters, Greenland sharks live under the arctic ice, and whitetip reef sharks are the masters of hunting at night. The finale shows the great white in its hunt for fur seals off the coast of South Africa.

9.00pm Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night Channel 4 –  Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell present an all-night feast of comedy and comment in Channel 4’s very different take on election night. They’re joined by a host of special guests in the studio and around the country including Richard Osman, Adam Hills, Aisling Bea, Gary Gibbon, Cathy Newman and Kayvan Novak. Airing from 9.00pm until 6.00am, the night includes exclusive election-themed editions of Gogglebox and The Last Leg, while the Channel 4 News reporting team are in key constituencies keeping viewers up to date with the latest results and news as the night unfolds. Please note all timings for the evening are approximate.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, The Hotel Inspector, Five.  

                                            10.00pm, W1A, BBC2


9.00pm Britain’s Greatest Generation BBC2 – Documentary that tells the stories of the extraordinary last survivors of the generation who fought or lived through World War II. Now in their nineties and hundreds – the oldest is 110 – they come from both rich and poor backgrounds. We find out how these men and women were shaped by their childhood experiences. For no generation of Britons in modern history has war been such a defining feature than in the lives of those born just before, during, or soon after the First World War. When war broke out in September 1939, the men and women of this generation had just come of age and were ready to risk their lives for their country. But the evacuation of the British Army from the beaches of Dunkirk was a wake-up call for those who expected a swift victory. By the summer of 1940, Britain stood alone, with the Nazis massed across the Channel. The Battle of Britain was about to begin – and the men and women of Britain’s Greatest Generation were ready to fight it.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Have I Got News For You?,BBC1

                                                9.00pm Gogglebox, Channel 4

                                               10:00pm, Alan Carr Chatty ManChannel 4

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