The TVweek: Sunday 8th – Friday 13th March 2015

by | Mar 3, 2015 | All, TV Week


Notable Continuing Series: 8.00pm Call the Midwife, BBC1

                                               8.00pm Top Gear, BBC2

                                               9.00pm  Mr Selfridge, ITV

                                               9.00pm  Indian Summers, Channel 4

9.00pm Poldark BBC1 – Drama set in Cornwall in the 1780s, based on the novels by Winston Graham. Ross Poldark returns from the battlefield to find his father dead, the estate in ruins and his sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to his cousin. On impulse, Ross rescues young urchin Demelza and resolves to forge a new life in the face of hostile forces.


9.00pm The Billion Pound Hotel Channel 4 – Nearly one million Brits visit Dubai each year; but only about 11,000 are wealthy enough to stay at the exclusive Burj Al Arab – dubbed by some the world’s most luxurious hotel. Shaped like a giant sail and standing over 1000 feet tall, it cost an estimated one billion pounds to build. This one-off programme follows the stories of some extraordinary guests and the staff who serve them.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Moone Boy, Sky1
                                               9.00pm Arthur & George, ITV

10.00pm Bluestone 42 BBC3 – Series 3 of the comedy following a bomb disposal unit in Afghanistan. We rejoin the Bluestone 42 team after the IED explosion has hit their mastiff. Have they all survived, and will they be ambushed?


9.00pm Masterchef BBC1 – The cookery competition returns for its eleventh year. Out of the hundreds that auditioned, forty amateur cooks are through to battle it out over four weeks of heats. The first five contestants try to prove to Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the 2015 MasterChef Champion. Firstly, the contestants are given just one hour and fifteen minutes to dazzle the judges when they are asked to cook their calling card, a practised dish that represents just who they are as a cook and showcases their talent. Next is a twist on the infamous invention test – the reinvention test.

9.00pm One Born Every Minute Channel 4 – The Bafta Award-winning One Born Every Minute returns for a new series from its new home at Liverpool’s Women’s Hospital: the largest and busiest maternity unit in Europe.

9.00pm The Benefits Estate Five – Two-part, fly-on-the-wall documentary about Darndale, an infamous housing estate in Dublin.

10.00pm Nurse BBC2 – Paul Whitehouse stars in this bittersweet comedy drama about a community psychiatric nurse. The first of a four-part series following a community mental-health nurse visiting her patients (service users in today’s jargon) in their homes. We see their sometimes sad, mostly funny and often bewildering interaction with the nurse as she comes to assess their progress, ensure they are taking the correct medication and offer comfort and support.

10.00pm The Kids Who Can’t Stay Awake Channel 4 – In 2010 there was a startling increase in narcolepsy across the UK and northern Europe. With new cases developing on a weekly basis, some doctors described it as an epidemic. At that time, no one could explain the outbreak. The Kids Who Can’t Stay Awake tells the fascinating story of a medical mystery that caused increasing numbers of children and teenagers to develop this incurable sleeping disorder.

10.45pm Kids in Camps: Comic Relief BBC1 – Documentary following the lives of children living in temporary camps in South Sudan and refugee camps in northern Uganda in the aftermath of the South Sudanese civil war.


Notable Continuing Series: 7.30pm Masterchef, BBC1 

                                                 9.00pm The People’s Strictly, BBC1

                                                 9.00pm DCI Banks, ITV

                                             9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4

                                             10.00pm First Dates, Channel 4

10.00pm Stop Cutting Our Girls: A Comic Relief Special BBC3 – Hard-hitting documentary about female genital mutilation. With three millions girls are at risk of FGM every year, and 65,000 of those living in the UK, Zawe Ashton attempts to uncover the truth about FGM. She starts her journey in East London at an FGM workshop run by straight-talking teenagers.


9.00pm Comic Relief: Operation Health BBC1 – A team led by Lenny Henry gives a full makeover to a rural health centre in Uganda. The staff say that their health centre might be the worst in Africa, and when the Comic Relief team turned up they found semi-derelict buildings, with no electricity and no running water, that were infested with rats and other vermin. Many patients were simply too scared to stay the night there. Lenny brings a stellar cast – including Richard Hammond, Dermot O’Leary, John Bishop, Steve Backshall, Greg James and Doon Mackichan – to help transform Iyolwa into a fully functioning health centre serving its community.

9.00pm Fighting the System BBC3 – More young people than ever are disillusioned by society and a system where capitalism is king. They are fighting back. This groundswell has given birth to a new breed of young activists, who are prepared to sacrifice everything in order to stand up for the issues they believe in. This film tells the story of four extreme protesters who are using direct action, risking their safety, their freedom and their futures, to force their way to change. 

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, Banished, BBC2 

                                               9.00pm, Cucumber, Channel 4,

                                                9.00pm, Fortitude, Sky Atlantic,                                                                                                              10.00pm Banana, E4


7.30pm Comic Relief – Face the Funny BBC1 – The biennial comedy and fundraising event comes live from the London Palladium. Lenny Henry and Davina McCall kick off the evening with a brand new Mr Bean sketch starring Rowan Atkinson alongside guest stars Ben Miller and Rebecca Front. Plus the culmination of Dermot O’Leary’s 24 hours of non-stop dance and the announcement of the winner of The People’s Strictly with Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly. David Walliams then joins Davina to present a special instalment of The Vicar of Dibley, which sees Geraldine finding herself in the frame to be the next female bishop and facing stiff competition from some very famous faces.

Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, ITV

                                                9.00pm Gogglebox, Channel 4

                                                9.00pm, Stella. Sky 1

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