The TVweek: Sunday 8th – Friday 13th October 2017

by | Oct 2, 2017 | All, TV Week


Notable Continuing Series: Dragons’ Den, 8.00pm, BBC2
                                         Electric Dreams, 9.00pm,Channel 4

9.00pm Louis Theroux: Dark States BBC2 – Three-part documentary that sees Louis Theroux explore the dark unseen side of American culture in 2017.  In Huntington, West Virginia, Louis embeds himself in an Appalachian community that is being devastated and stretched to its limits by widespread heroin use. With one in ten babies in the city born dependent on opiates and a fatal overdose rate 13 times the national average, this is the epicentre of the most deadly drug epidemic in US history. Louis spends time with the user community caught in the vice-like grip of drug misuse and follows the emergency services struggling to cope with multiple overdoses each day.

10.00pm Snowfall BBC2 – Writer-director John Singleton’s hard-hitting drama about the beginnings of the crack epidemic in 1980s Los Angeles.


5.30pm Steph & Dom’s Five Star to One Star Channel 4 – In this brand new series, infamous hoteliers and former Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker are out to help novice B&Bs and struggling hotels try to achieve a five star rating in just five days. They’ll muck in to try and improve every aspect of service. But it doesn’t always go to plan… On arrival at The Ransdale Hotel in East Yorkshire, Steph and Dom challenge the owners to expand their breakfast menu, create a seaside themed bedroom and throw a beach party for the general public. But how will today’s guests rate their efforts?

Notable Continuing Series: Rellik, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                Liar, 9.00pm, ITV
                                            The Undateables, 9.00pm,Channel 4 
                                             W1A, 10.00pm, BBC2

                                           Curb Your Enthusiasm, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.30pm American Dad ITV2 – Twelfth series of Seth MacFarlane’s animated comedy.

10.00pm Timewasters ITV2 – Brand new sitcom about a struggling four-piece south London jazz band who find themselves transported back in time to the 1920s. Stuck in the past after their ‘time machine’ malfunctions, the gang set out to survive and hopefully thrive in a world without mobile phones, the internet – or any other black people. After meeting a wealthy pair of twins named Victoria and Ralph, the band are invited to play at a concert, but Nick is determined to get home. In a surreal twist of fate, Nick runs into famed inventor John Logie Baird. Will he be able to persuade JLB to help him on his mission?

10.45pm After the News ITV – Emma Barnett and Nick Ferrari present a nightly discussion show featuring lively debate on the big issues of today – and an early take on the stories that will be making tomorrow’s headlines. They are joined by high-profile guests with passionately-held and differing views to discuss some of Britain’s main talking points.


9.00pm Our Girl BBC1 – Third series of the army drama starring Michelle Keegan. 2 Section are deployed on a humanitarian mission to Nepal after an earthquake, where Georgie’s patience is tested by a new recruit.

Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake Off 8.00pm, Channel 4
                                                The Deuce, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic

9.00pm Russia 1917: Countdown to Revolution BBC2 – The story of three men – Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin – and the 245 days that brought them to supreme power. The Russian Revolution of 1917 is one of the most controversial events of the 20th century. Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin emerged from obscurity to forge an entirely new political system. In the space of six months, they turned the largest country on earth into the first Communist state. Was this a triumph of people power or a political coup d’etat that led to blood-soaked totalitarianism? A hundred years later, the Revolution still sparks ferocious debate.

9.00pm Concorde: A Supersonic Story BBC4 – The life of the most glamorous plane ever built – told by the people whose lives she touched. We uncover rare footage telling the forgotten row between the French and British governments over the name of Concorde which threatened to derail the whole project. On the eve of the opening of Bristol’s multi-million pound aerospace museum, a cast of engineers, flight technicians and frequent fliers tell the supersonic story aided by Lord Heseltine and Dame Joan Collins – and we meet the passenger who shared an intimate moment with The Rolling Stones.

9.15pm Celebrity Hunted Channel 4 – Channel 4’s hit real-life thriller returns with a celebrity special for Stand Up To Cancer. Attempting to survive 14 days on the run from an elite team of hunters, can seven famous faces disappear in one of the most watched, and fame-obsessed, countries in the world? Broadcaster Anneka Rice is quick off the mark, using friends in high places and her considerable charm with members of the public to her advantage. Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and Spencer Matthews learn that fame and fortune count for nothing when their helicopter is tracked to the Isle of Wight. Can a speedboat-racing friend provide enough horsepower to help them escape? Former members of boy band The Wanted, Jay McGuiness and Siva Kaneswaran, show early promise with some textbook fugitive moves, while former Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker find themselves in danger as their attempts to lie low are hampered by having too much of a good time.

10.00pm The Gifted FOX – Produced in association with Marvel Television, and set in the X-Men universe, family adventure series The Gifted tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.


Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice, 9.00pm, BBC1

                                               The Detectives, 9.00pm, BBC2
                                               Grand Designs 9.00pm, Channel 4 
                                                Back, 10.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm The EastEnders Murders: True Crime, Real Tragedy Five –  Two stars of one of Britain’s best-loved soaps, EastEnders, were both killed by someone close to them – Gemma McCluskie was murdered by her brother, and Sian Blake was killed, along with her children, by her partner. Friends of the deceased recall the traumatic events, and experts reveal the how the perpetrators tried to get away with their crimes.

10.35pm Norskov Channel 4 – Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this raw, brooding Danish drama. Police detective Tom Noack returns home to Norskov, an industrial port in northern Denmark, to clean up the area’s all-consuming drug problem. Norskov is a place that’s fighting for its future and its survival. The mayor is close to realising his dream of regenerating the town, but struggles to relieve it of a major drug problem that has spiralled out of control and seeped into every aspect of daily life. Knowing that he needs outside help, the mayor asks his old friend and brother-in-law, Superintendent Tom Noack, to return home after 20 years away to clean up Norskov’s drug culture once and for all.


8.00pm Council House Crackdown BBC1 – Michelle Ackerley joins housing investigators as they crack down on rogue tenants who are cheating the social-housing system. Featuring a woman who is caught on camera faking a disability to gain a council flat and a tenant making £1,500 a month from illegally subletting his housing association property.

Notable Continuing Series: Ambulance, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                        Russia with Simon Reeve, 9.00pm, BBC2                                                                                       Educating Greater Manchester 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm An Hour to Catch a Killer with Trevor MacDonald ITV – Sir Trevor McDonald presents a one-off documentary which features unprecedented access to the work of Northumbria Police murder detectives as they try to catch the killer of Alice Ruggles, a 24-year-old woman from Gateshead. From the moment the body is discovered by her flatmate, viewers see first-hand exactly how the investigation unfolds throughout ‘the golden hour’, the initial period of the investigation when every decision made by the senior investigating officer can be the difference between whether or not the murderer is caught and convicted.

9.00pm GameFace E4 – New comedy series GameFace, which starts with a double bill and is written by and stars Roisin Conaty, is about navigating your thirties when you’re under-prepared – but somehow always staying afloat. Marcella is a spirited character who crashes her way through life, assisted by her dubious life-coach, best friend and ever-patient driving instructor. Bouncing back from a seismic break-up, clinging to her dreams of becoming an actress and finally learning to drive, Marcella is on a mission to change her future for the better. In episode one, a boozy night has some disastrous consequences for Marcella – including a ruined children’s party, a lot of missed calls from her ex-boyfriend, and an unwanted house-guest who’s never seen Friends. Meanwhile, her temping job takes an unexpectedly dramatic twist and, in her first life-coaching session, she admits that her dreams of becoming a full-time actress aren’t going to plan.

9.00pm Red Dwarf Dave – The four wretched smegheads reunite for an all-new series, only on Dave. The crew stumble on a science centre where vile historical figures have been ‘cured’ of evil.

9.30pm Zapped Dave – James Buckley and Paul Kaye return for a welcome second series of Dave’s surreal fantasy-comedy. Brian has been jailed and charged with triggering the Snail Wars.


8.00pm Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears ITV – Ray Mears goes down under to explore the magical landscapes of Australia. 20 million years ago, the seabed erupted to create the great limestone cliffs of Ningaloo. In the rocks, Ray Mears discovers the fossils of giant prehistoric sharks, before swimming with their modern descendants – the whale sharks – out on Ningaloo reef.

Notable Continuing Series: Cold Feet, ITV, BBC1
                                        Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                        The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

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