TVweek: Saturday 10th – Friday 16th March 2018

by | Mar 6, 2018 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Below the Surface BBC4 – Danish crime drama. n Copenhagen an underground train judders to a halt and masked men take 15 passengers hostage. Philip Norgaard of the Counter-Terrorism Task Force heads a hastily convened team to lead the rescue effort. Philip is an ex-serviceman who has had his own experience of hostage taking, but his first challenge is to determine who are these men, and what they want.


Notable Continuing Series: Endeavour, 8.00pm, ITV   
                                             Life and Death Row: Mass Execution, 9.00pm, BBC2

9.00pm Sir Bruce: A Celebration BBC1 – A very special event honouring one of this country’s biggest and best-loved entertainers, Sir Bruce Forsyth. Join host Tess Daly, Sir Bruce’s Strictly Come Dancing co-star of more than a decade, at the London Palladium, the theatre which helped propel him to stardom, for this tribute to the renowned broadcaster. The evening features some of Sir Bruce’s favourite songs performed by a wealth of artists, including Dame Shirley Bassey, Alexandra Burke and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, as well as dance performances from the Strictly professionals and Adam Garcia. There are also many personal tributes from stars including Sir Elton John, Sir Lenny Henry, Sir Michael Parkinson, Dame Joan Collins, Ant and Dec, Alesha Dixon, Anton Du Beke, Claudia Winkleman, Paul Merton, Jon Culshaw, Lord Alan Sugar, Bradley Walsh, Rosemarie Ford, Arlene Phillips, Len Goodman and many more. Dave Arch and his Strictly Come Dancing band and vocalists and the BBC Concert Orchestra accompany the performances.


9.00pm Being Blacker BBC2 – Documentary by filmmaker Molly Dineen telling the story of the renowned reggae record shop owner and music producer, Blacker Dread, his extended family, friends and the wider Brixton community. Made with Dineen’s characteristic intimacy, the film focuses on a tumultuous time in Blacker’s life – the death of his mother and the prospect of his first prison sentence. With the unprecedented access granted by her old friend, Dineen shines a spotlight on the struggles the subjects face on a daily basis. Being Blacker offers a particular understanding of both the challenges and triumphs of family and community togetherness, as well as a unique insight into what it is to be black in Britain in 2018.

Notable Continuing Series: Marcella, 9.00pm, ITV
                                        24 Hours in Custody 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.00pm Five Star Hotel E4 – A luxury Greek hotel has been taken over for a season by five celebrities – Spencer Matthews, Joey Essex, Lydia Bright, Holly Hagan and Ashley Cain.


Notable Continuing Series: The Great Celebrity Bake Off, 8.00pm, Channel 4

                                                           Mum, 10.00pm, BBC2

                                                           This Country, 10.45pm BBC1

11.15pm Inside Britain’s Moped Gangs BBC1 – Documentary looking at the rise of moped theft in London. Reporter Livvy Haydock meets three of the UK’s newest type of criminal, thieves who commit their crimes using mopeds, who have contributed to an alarming rise in violent crime in the capital. In 2017 there were over 23,000 crimes committed on motorbikes, an average of 64 per day. Livvy rides on the back of a moped with a thief who points out which members of the public make good targets and which ones are protecting themselves.


8.00pm Dinnerladies Diaries GOLD – Using unseen footage of Victoria Wood, we follow the tale of how the much-missed comic made her first sitcom. Here, she talks about how it all began.

9.00pm Saving the British Bulldog BBC1 – Britain’s most iconic dog is in crisis. Comedian, actress and dog lover Catherine Tate investigates the serious health problems affecting the British bulldog and what can be done to save it. At the start of 2018 vets launched a national campaign urging prospective dog owners to think twice about buying flat-faced breeds like bulldogs. Meeting breeders, dog owners and vets Catherine asks what’s causing the bulldog’s problems, as well as exploring the latest scientific research, which suggests controversial ways to save the breed.

Notable Continuing Series: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, 9.00pm, BBC2                       Save Me, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

10.00pm SMILF Sky Atlantic – New US comedy drama. Bridgette is a smart young single mom trying to navigate life in South Boston.


8.00pm Location, Location, Location Channel 4 – Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer begin a brand new series in the historic walled city of York. Kirstie’s with young first-time buyers Tom and Timna, who are fast tracking family and first home. They met at university, married soon after, and are now expecting their first child.

9.00pm Four Days That Shook Britain ITV – This documentary tells the story of people who were directly affected by the wave of terror attacks that shook Britain across a period of four months in 2017. The documentary not only remembers those who tragically lost their lives but also hears from those who survived alongside accounts from witnesses and members of the emergency services who were first on the scene.

9.00pm My Baby’s Life: Who Decides? Channel 4 – This powerful two-part observational documentary series provides an intimate, sensitive and heart-breaking account of the lives of children who can be kept alive but probably never cured. Filmed over the year when the Charlie Gard case gripped the nation, the programme delves deep into both sides of this emotive debate, asking if it’s ever right to let a baby die. Based at Southampton Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, it features the parents of children and the doctors who care for them. Eighteen-month-old Tallulah was born prematurely at 27 weeks. Her lungs are underdeveloped, so she’s kept alive attached to a ventilator. Her parents have lived in hospital with her since she was born, and are determined that she should continue getting treatment.

9.00pm The Good Fight More4 – As the spin-off from the Chicago-set US legal drama returns for a second series, an unfortunate event brings the firm together, along with the prospect of a new name partner, Liz Reddick-Lawrence. Meanwhile, Diane struggles with the insanity of the world and Maia is confronted by another hurdle in her parents’ scandal.


8.00pm Scrufts: Britain’s Favourite Dog Channel 4 – Alan Carr follows the amazing stories of the six crossbreed dogs in the semi-finals of the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition. Each finalist has its own unique story, from the sock-eating Child’s Best Friend winner and re-homed star of stage and screen Golden Oldie, to homeless shelter therapy dog Honey. Alan Carr talks to the owners of each of the finalists before the grand final at Crufts, and introduces viewers to his own Irish setters, Bev and Joyce. Finally, backstage at Crufts, Alan and his fellow Kennel Club judges decide who should win the coveted title of Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year.

9.00pm Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago BBC2 – Seven people living in the public eye say goodbye to their hectic lives, don backpacks and walking boots, and set out on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. They have 15 days to tackle this ancient 780km path across northern Spain to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the shrine of St James. But will this journey of a lifetime change the way they think about themselves and their faith, as well as exploring whether a medieval pilgrimage has any relevance in the modern day? In this episode, Neil Morrissey, Debbie McGee, Ed Byrne, Heather Small, Kate Bottley, Raphael Rowe and JJ Chalmers arrive in Biarritz and make their way to the start of their pilgrimage, a small town in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                              The Last Leg,10.00pm, Channel 4

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