The TVweek: Sunday 6th – Friday 11th October 2019

by | Sep 30, 2019 | All, TV Week


9.00pm The America’s with Simon Reeve BBC2 – The explorer travels the length of North and South America. The expedition begins at the northernmost point in Alaska, journeying south through Canada to the border with the US. In Denali National Park, he witnesses first hand the impact of climate change on a glacier. He also hunts caribou with native Americans, hears from both sides of the conflict over a controversial oil drilling plan, and discovers Vancouver’s opioid addiction crisis.


Notable Continuing Series: Crime & Punishment, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                               Succession, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Rob Bell’s Trident Submarine Five – Rob Bell explores a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.

9.00pm Ian Hislop’s Fake News: A True Story BBC4 – Documentary exploring the history of dishonest news reporting over the past 200 years. He uncovers a story from 1835 in which strange creatures were supposedly sighted on the moon and investigates how the rivalry between press barons Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst may have contributed to an actual war. The programme also looks at the influence of technology, from early trick photography to modern deepfakes, and features the owner of a Washington pizza parlour who has been on the receiving end of one of the modern world’s most infamous conspiracy theories.

10.00pm Motherland BBC2 – The parenting comedy returns for a second series. As the school year begins, a new mum at the gates attracts the attention of Julia, Liz and Kevin, with Amanda telling them she is a high-flying businesswoman with five kids and a sexy husband. Meanwhile, Julia is struggling to keep her head above water at work when she is offered the choice of promotion or redundancy. Return of the comedy about the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, starring Anna Maxwell Martin and Diane Morgan.


Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake-off, 8.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Joanna Lumley’s Japan ITV – Joanna begins a 2,000-mile journey across Japan in Hokkaido, where she meets one of the most important animals in Japanese culture, the red-crowned crane. She arrives in Sapporo during the middle of the annual Snow Festival and meets members of the local indigenous community, before travelling into the Fukushima exclusion zone and taking a bullet train from Nagano to Tokyo.


Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                         Grand Designs, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us BBC2 – three-part documentary series telling the stories of murder investigations and their consequences, which overturned laws, transformed police interrogation and revolutionised forensic detection. It begins with the hunt to find the killer of two teenage girls in 1980s Leicestershire, which led to an extraordinary forensic breakthrough – DNA fingerprinting.


8.30pm Young Sheldon E4 – Third season of the Big Bang Theory prequel about the early years of Sheldon Cooper.

9.00pm The Million Dollar Wedding Planner BBC2 – Documentary series going behind the scenes the exclusive world of Lelian Chew, who organises nuptials for the super-rich in the Far East, taking, on 10 just ceremonies a year at an average cost of $1million each. Bespoke Cartier jewellery, hundreds of thousands of dollars of flowers and multiple designer wedding dresses are nothing out of the ordinary. But Lelian’s job also involves navigating the clash between age-old Chinese marriage customs and the desires of the young, often with outlandish solutions – multiple weddings are becoming the norm for the Chinese super-rich.

10.00pm My Posh Date Five – One-off show in which people from opposite ends of Britain’s class system go on a series of dates to find out if love can bridge the divide.


9.00pm The Name of the Rose BBC2 – In 1327, an enlightened Franciscan friar, William of Baskerville, and his young apprentice investigate a series of mysterious deaths at an abbey, risking the wrath of a powerful Inquisitor who has been sent by the Pope himself. John Turturro and Rupert Everett star in the latest adaptation of Umberto Eco’s religious thriller, along with Damian Hardung, Michael Emerson and James Cosmo.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.30pm Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes BBC4 – Music series. A treasure trove of tapes from the golden age of reggae provides the soundtrack to the compelling story of the family behind Randy’s Studio 17, established above Randy’s Records at 17 North Parade in downtown Kingston, Jamaica. With contributions by Jimmy Cliff, Carl Malcolm, Ali Campbell, Bunny Lee, King Jammy, Rico Rodriguez, Clive Chin and Maxi Priest.

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