The TVweek: Sunday 3rd – Friday 8th November 2019

by | Oct 29, 2019 | All, TV Week


8.00pm His Dark Materials BBC1 – Orphan Lyra Belacqua’s world is turned upside-down by her long-absent uncle’s return from the North, while the glamorous Mrs Coulter visits Jordan College with a proposition. Jack Thorne’s adaptation of the first of Philip Pullman’s fantasy adventure novel series, starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, Clarke Peters and Anne-Marie Duff.

9.00pm The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell Sky Crime – Two-part film exploring the disappearance of a young mother in Utah, revealing how at first, fingers pointed to her husband after he began to act in a suspicious manner.


9.00pm 50 Shades of Green with Alan Titchmarsh ITV – To celebrate half a century spent in gardens around the world, the broadcaster visits his favourite horticultural locations around the UK with friends and experts who share his passions. He meets food writer Mary Berry at his favourite vegetable plot, goes inside Prince Charles’ garden at Highgrove, takes a tour of Griff Rhys Jones’ epic space and and strokes the hallowed turf on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. Alan also returns to the allotment where, as a toddler, he was first introduced to gardening.

9.00pm Smuggled Channel 4 – Documentary exploring the effectiveness of Britain’s border security, with people attempting to smuggle themselves into the UK from a variety of locations around continental Europe. From boats to lorries, and ferries to car boots, all of the contributors attempt routes that have been used by those seeking to enter the country clandestinely and by people-traffickers and drug dealers.

Notable Continuing Series: Dublin Murders, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                              Watchmen 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
                                                 Motherland, 10.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm A British Guide to the End of the World BBC4 – Documentary charting the UK’s efforts to prepare for the nuclear age, from the first bomb tests to the potentially futile preparations for attack during the Cold War. Featuring archive footage and testimonies from people directly involved in the nation’s nuclear story – from conscripted soldiers attending the early nuclear tests in the South Pacific to servicemen, volunteers and civil servants involved in the planning of how Britain might manage in the event of a nuclear catastrophe.

10.00pm The End of The F***ing World Channel 4 –   The black comedy returns with a double bill of episodes. Two years after the tragic events on the beach, Alyssa claims to be fine after everything that happened, but events from her past are about to catch up with her. Starring Jessica Barden. Continues All Week.


8.00pm MasterChef: The Professionals BBC2 – Gregg Wallace hosts the first week of the culinary contest, which sees the first six professional chefs competing for a place in this week’s quarter-final.

8.00pm The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain of Awards ITV – Carol Vorderman hosts the awards show celebrating Britain’s unsung heroes.

8.00pm How to Halve your Supermarket Bill Channel 4 – Sabrina Grant and Anna Richardson help two families cut their shopping costs, revealing the secrets of the supermarket trade and the truth behind price comparison adverts. The programme investigates the real difference between freshly made and frozen pizza, discovers how the same item can be sold for two different prices in the same shop, and features a guide to the small print on wine bottles.

9.00pm Rick Stien’s Secret France BBC2 – The chef takes a culinary tour of France to discover what Britain’s nearest neighbours have to teach us.

9.00pm Rich Hall’s Red Menace BBC4 – The comedian takes a look back at the Cold War from perspectives on both sides of the Iron Curtain, from the political machinations to the daily lives of ordinary people. He discovers how paranoia about the enemy seeped into every aspect of society in both the USA and the USSR, from fear of influences in pop culture to sporting drama.

Notable Continuing Series:  Dublin Murders, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                               The End of the F***ing World, 10.00pm, Channel 4

                                                 Love & Hate Crime, 10.35pm, BBC1


Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                    The End of the F***ing World, 10.00pm, Channel 4


8.00pm Inside the Supermarket BBC1 – Documentary going behind the scenes of Sainsbury’s. After a challenging Christmas, the staff go all out to maximise profits with their flower sales over the Mother’s Day weekend. Plans are also made to sell a birthday cake to celebrate the company’s 150th year of trading, bringing in Claire Ptak, the creator of Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake, for ideas. Plus, last year CEO Mike Coupe announced a possible merger with Asda. Will industry regulators give the company the go-ahead to become the biggest supermarket in the country?

9.00pm Charles: 50 Years a Prince ITV – Fifty years ago in Caernarfon at his investiture, Prince Charles embarked on a unique relationship with a country that has shaped his life and work. While acknowledging a sometimes troubled and turbulent history, this documentary celebrates Wales through the eyes of a prince who has made the role his own.

Notable Continuing Series: The Accident, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                               The End of the F***ing World, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm The Fall of the Berlin Wall with John Simpson BBC4 – To mark the 30th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, John Simpson, the BBC’s longest-serving correspondent, goes back to his reports on what he believes to be the most important story he has ever covered. Back then, John thought the even would change the world for the better, for ever. Three decades on, he looks at how history has actually turned out and whether he was wrong to have been so optimistic.

9.00pm Britainna Sky Atlantic – The period drama starring David Morrissey returns. Two years after General Aulus claimed a foothold in Britannia, the romanisation of this savage isle is underway. Meanwhile, an ancient figure could spell doom for the Celtic and Roman alike.


8.00pm Flirty Dancing Channel 4 – Ashley Banjo returns to bring more singletons together through the art of dance, teaching strangers one half of a fully choreographed routine, and only bringing them together just once on the day that they dance together. Up first are 23-year-old country music fan Kerry who is matched with 26-year-old musician and cheerleading coach Jordan, while customer care advisor Nife is paired with fashion retail assistant Shaun.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                   Would I Lie To You? 9.30pm, BBC1
                                   The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4 

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