The TVweek: Sunday 7th – Friday 12th February 2016

by | Feb 1, 2016 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Greece with Simon Reeve BBC2 – In the first episode of this two-part series, Simon Reeve travels from the islands of the Aegean to Greece’s capital, Athens. To learn more about Greece and the Greeks, he meets an extraordinary cast of characters, from gun-toting priests to the last remaining sponge divers. Getting behind the postcard image of this beautiful country, he finds out how the Greeks are coming to terms with a seemingly endless crisis.

Notable Continuing Series: War & Peace, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                              Deutschland 83, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Patrick Kielty’s Mulholland Drive BBC2 – Patrick Kielty sets out to learn more about William Mulholland, the man responsible for building Los Angeles’s water infrastructure and ensuring a water supply that allowed the city to grow and become the place it is now. Patrick is descended from a family who worked for the water company in Northern Ireland, and he aims to learn why Belfast-born Mulholland is not better known.


9.00pm Crimewatch BBC1

9.00pm Rick Stein’s Shanghai BBC2 – Rick Stein explores the food of Shanghai.

9.00pm Royal Navy School Channel 4 – Before anyone can realise the dream of becoming a sailor in the Royal Navy, they must get through HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, the only initial training base for naval ratings in the country. This series follows every step of the training course as two classes of new recruits, many fresh from school, start their journey to become sailors in one of the oldest and most famous navies in the world.

9.00pm The X Files Five – Revival of the classic sci-fi drama. Mulder and Scully are reunited after the collapse of their relationship when a TV host contacts them, believing he has uncovered a significant government conspiracy.

9.00pm Addicted to Sheep BBC4 – Set in the North Pennines, an intimate portrait of a year in the life of tenant hill farmers Tom and Kay Hutchinson as they try to breed the perfect sheep.


9.00pm Happy Valley BBC1 – The highly anticipated return of Sally Wainwright’s outstanding police drama starring Sarah Lancashire.

9.00pm The Great British Benefits Handout Five – Three unemployed families are given a cash lump sum in return for signing off, to see how they can change their lives. The families receive their cash and set about making long-term plans, but the temptation to enjoy an initial splurge proves to be difficult to refuse.

9.00pm Professor Green: Hidden and Homeless BBC3 – Professor Green sets out to discover the modern face of homelessness, changing our perceptions of who the homeless are and the harsh reality of their lives.


9.00pm How to Die: Simon’s Choice BBC2 – The dramatic and poignant story of one man facing the heart-wrenching decision of whether to end his life at a suicide clinic. Simon is a successful businessman with a loving family and large circle of friends whose world falls apart when he is diagnosed with an aggressive form of motor neurone disease and given two years to live. Within weeks of the diagnosis, the disease causes Simon to lose the use of his voice. Faced with the prospect of a rapid physical decline, Simon tells his family that he is considering ending his life at a Swiss suicide clinic. Filmed and directed by award-winning filmmaker Rowan Deacon, and made in partnership with the Open University, the film follows Simon and his loved ones as they grapple with the huge moral, emotional and legal dilemmas around Simon’s choice.

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

9.00pm Violent Child, Desperate Parents Five – Pioneering behavioural therapist Mandy Saligari takes on some of the UK’s most violent and difficult children. In South Wales Mandy tackles one of the most troubling cases she has ever seen, that of nine-year old Jack who is at risk of being locked up because of how badly he terrorises his single-dad Damien.


8.00pm Winter Road Rescue Five – Reality series follows RAC patrols, specialist heavy recovery companies and snow plough drivers who work 24/7 to make sure the UK does not grind to a halt when winter weather hits.

Notable Continuing Series: Death in Paradise, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                                The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4

9.00pm Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons Five – Documentary series following crime journalist Paul Connolly as he goes behind the bars of some of the world’s most notorious prisons. Paul serves time in Piotrkow Prison, purpose-built in 2003 to contain the worst of the worst, where he meets a notorious gangland killer and learns how a zero tolerance regime has all but wiped out the Grypser prison gang.

10.00pm Britain’s Weirdest Council Houses Channel 4 – Documentary that Britain’s Weirdestmeets the tenants who have gone the extra mile to turn their local authority lodgings into unique homes: from the painter-decorator who transformed his Brighton terrace into a replica of the Sistine Chapel, to the pensioner who spent decades recreating the interior of a merchant navy ship in his flat on the 11th floor of a tower block in Portsmouth. This one-off programme celebrates eccentric British taste and the lengths to which some proud council tenants go to make a mark on the place where they live. Behind their unusual design choices, each tenant has a surprising story to tell about how they came to live in their homes and what drove them to create their fantasy interiors.


8.00pm Bankrupt & Broke: When Celebrities go Bust Five – From celebrity fame to bankruptcy shame, this special countdown show explores how the lifestyles of the rich and famous can often lead to skint row. From addiction and overspending to bad investments and mammoth tax bills, what was it that made the stars go bust?

9.00pm First Dates Channel 4 – The dating show moves back to Friday Night Slot

10.00pm The Last Leg Channel 4 – The critically acclaimed award-winning show returns with its unique brand of irreverent satire for a seventh series. Adam Hills hosts alongside co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker, who tear into the weird and wonderful talking points of the week. A celebrity guest will join the team each week in front of a live studio audience.

10.00pm AC/DC and the Story of Aussie Rock BBC4 – Film about one of the world’s greatest rock bands – AC/DC – which also tells the story of Albert Music, the company that launched them. Back in the 1970s when Australia was in the midst of recession, a pub rock sound emerged, characterised by bands like the Easybeats and Rose Tattoo who were promoted by family-run company Albert Music.

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