The TVweek: Sunday 6th – Friday 11th March 2016

by | Mar 2, 2016 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge BBC2 – Adventurer Steve Backshall embarks on one of the most dramatic and dangerous expeditions ever filmed by a BBC crew. His mission is to explore Venezuela’s tepuis – ancient, sheer-sided mountains, lost worlds cut off from the jungle below.

8.00pm The Story of Cats ITV – Three-part documentary series focusing on the different kinds of cat, narrated by Olivia Colman. The first episode looks at big cats in Africa and South East Asia. Lion whisperer Kevin Richardson proves how similar our pets are to the fearsome big cats and why there is more to feline communication than meets the eye. In the thick jungles of South East Asia, the sabre-tooth wild cat has given domestic tabbies their gravity-defying climbing skills, and in Namibia, a strange looking cat called a caracal has given them the ability to jump over three metres and catch birds in flight.

9.00pm Doctor Thorne ITV – Tom Hollander stars in this three-part period drama set in 1855, based on the novel by Anthony Trollope. When Doctor Thorne’s penniless niece Mary is excluded from the wedding preparations of her childhood playmate, she probes her uncle about the circumstances of her birth. She is devastated to learn that she is the illegitimate child of his late brother, and it seems she has neither breeding nor fortune. This is a problem as Mary and Frank – heir to the local Greshamsbury estate – have fallen in love. Frank is under strict instructions from his overbearing mother Lady Arabella to save the family from financial ruin by marrying money. Lady Arabella plots to separate the two lovebirds, urging her son to woo the wealthy American heiress Miss Dunstable. Doctor Thorne acts as both physician and business advisor to railway millionaire Sir Roger Scatcherd, in whose hands the fate of Greshamsbury lies – but who is rapidly drinking himself into an early grave.

Notable Continuing Series: The Night Manager, 9.00pm, BBC1

10.00pm Thirteen BBC2 – BBC Three’s first online drama comes to BBC Two. Jodie Comer stars in this engrossing five-part drama centres around 26 year old Ivy Moxam who escapes after being held captive for 13 years.


9.00pm Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis BBC1 – Chris and Xand van Tulleken – doctors, part-time aid workers and twin brothers – want to see for themselves what conditions are like for migrants fleeing through Europe at the height of winter.

Notable Continuing Series: American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, 9.00pm, BBC2

                                             Fresh Meat, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Vet on the Hill More4 – Documentary series that follows charismatic Australian vet Dr Scott Miller at work in his bustling surgery on Richmond Hill in London, giving a genuine insight into the highs and lows of life at a small, grassroots veterinary practice.


Notable Continuing Series: Happy Valley, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                           Born to Be Different, 9.00pm, Channel 4                                                                      Alan Partridge’s Mid-Morning Matters, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                          Life and Death Row, 10.45pm, BBC1

9.00pm The Aliens E4 – Six-part comedy. Since they crash-landed in the UK 40 years ago, aliens have lived among us. Though they look and behave exactly like us, they are forced to live a segregated life, behind a huge wall in a ghetto called Troy. It’s a hedonistic and ramshackle town, unpoliced and filled with gangs who make a living smuggling alien hair out of Troy to be smoked as a drug by humans. Lewis is a border guard at the checkpoint that patrols the wall, but after a chance encounter with mysterious alien Lilyhot his life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that he’s actually half alien. Things begin to spiral out of control when Lewis’ sister Holly becomes embroiled with an alien drug gang and is kidnapped and taken into Troy. Lewis, with the help of Dominic, an alien cleaner at the checkpoint, is forced to find a way to save his sister.


8.00pm Humble Pie W – Melanie Sykes hosts the cookery game show with a unique twist as four aspiring amateur chefs try to impress judge Marco Pierre White to win 2,500 pounds.

9.00pm Famous, Rich and Homeless BBC1 – Four Sport Relief volunteers agree to sleep rough on the streets of London to experience the harsh reality of homelessness in the UK. Comedian Nick Hancock, TV presenter Julia Bradbury, former snooker player Willie Thorne and celebrity cleaner Kim Woodburn all struggle with isolation, fear, the cold and wet and the effort of day-to-day survival.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Dumblane: Our Story BBC2 –  Documentary commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Dunblane shooting, the worst firearms atrocity to date in the UK, when a gunman shot and killed 16 primary schoolchildren and their teacher in the school gym. The film features testimony from people who have never spoken about the event before, including a young woman who was shot as a five-year-old, Ron Taylor, the headmaster of Dunblane primary at the time of the shooting, and Debbie Mayor, whose mother Gwen Mayor was the teacher who was shot dead. Other contributors include two girls who speak about the sisters they never knew and parents of the survivors and the deceased.


8.00pm The Secret History of My Family BBC2 – The story of three pickpocketing sisters raised in 1830s Shoreditch, in the heart of London’s criminal underworld, and how two of them were banished to England’s thief colony. Among the girls’ Australian descendants are two Supreme Court judges and a government premier, and the descendants of the sister left behind in England are a bin man and a window cleaner. The incredible true story of the Gadbury girls and the generations that followed them is told by their descendants.

Notable Continuing Series: Murder, 9.00pm, BBC2

                                The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4

9.00pm Trauma Doctors Five – Observational documentary series following the doctors and paramedics of London’s Air Ambulance and the specialist trauma team at the Royal London Hospital.


Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                   The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

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