TVweek: Saturday 31st March – Friday 6th April 2018

by | Mar 26, 2018 | All, TV Week


6.00pm Ready or Not BBC1 – Comedy entertainment show featuring voiceover from Paddy McGuiness and a roving team of hosts ready to surprise members of the public across the nation. They might pop through the middle of a couple’s table in a crowded restaurant or host an entire game show in a car park lift. They might make visitors to a public art gallery take part in crazy challenges though their audio guide, or they might just be a talking dog.

7.00pm Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway ITV – Dec goes solo for the penultimate episode of the series with guests including Steven Merchant and pop group The Script.

10.00pm The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling Sky Atlantic –  Two-part documentary covering the life and work of the late comedy legend Garry Shandling, featuring conversations with friends and admirers such as James L Brooks and Jim Carrey.


6.00pm The Big Painting Challenge BBC1 – The Big Painting Challenge returns with Mariella Frostrup and Reverend Richard Coles guiding ten enthusiastic amateur painters with lashings of potential through a six-week artistic boot camp.

7.00pm Change Your Tune ITV – Baz Ashmawy hosts a musical game show featuring some of the country’s worst singers, all of whom hope to ‘change their tune’ and win an amazing cash prize. Five truly terrible singers perform a classic song for a live studio audience; after each ear-splitting performance, a curtain will fall and the singer will undergo weeks of training to try and improve their voice. Their transformation is revealed to the audience in an instant as they sing to win the show. Can any of them change their tune?

8.00pm The Generation Game BBC1 – Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins host a fun family game show, with big prizes to be won on the legendary conveyor belt. Four family pairs from different generations battle it out in games including sausage making, plate spinning and throwing a teapot on the classic potter’s wheel with star expert and keen amateur potter Johnny Vegas. Mel and Sue are also joined by celebrity panellists Richard Osman and Lorraine Kelly, and there is a special guest appearance from Martin Kemp.

8.00pm Painting the Holy Land BBC4 – In a two-part special for Holy Week, artist Lachlan Goudie packs his easel to undertake a trip of a lifetime to try to capture the look and feel of the Holy Land and the Bible story. In the first episode, Lachlan follows Jesus’s last days on earth, travelling from the north of what is now Israel to Jerusalem. It is a pilgrimage that millions undertake and a story of love and suffering that has inspired some of the world’s most remarkable masterpieces. Lachlan has always wondered what it might be like to visit and paint the actual sites where the Bible stories took place.

9.00pm Ordeal by Innocence BBC1 – Three-part drama based on the Agatha Christie novel which was originally scheduled for broadcast over Christmas. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll, a young delinquent, is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence.Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary, a mysterious scientist, walks onto the velvety lawns of Sunny Point claiming to have just returned from an expedition to the Arctic. Even more extraordinary is his claim to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence. But Jack died in prison before the case could come to trial, and the Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past. Bill Nighy and Morven Christie star.

9.00pm Unsealed: Conspiracy Files – Murder in Washington BBC2 – In July 2016, Seth Rich, a young staffer working for the Democrats, was shot in the back in a Washington street at 4am. The police said it was a robbery but nothing was stolen – his watch, phone and wallet were found with him. The murder took place during one of the ugliest and most vicious presidential campaigns in American history. Within weeks of his death, stories emerged that Rich was behind the Wikileaks leak of thousands of damaging internal emails detailing the inner workings of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign – and that his murder was no random robbery.


7.30pm The Million Pound Holiday Club Channel 4 – Four celebrities are thrown into the gold-plated world of luxury reportage, as they’re assigned to review holidays and experiences that most of us could only dream of. Comedian Rob Beckett jets off to private island Petit St Vincent, while friends Fred Sirieix and Kelly Brook attempt to eat their way through 10 Michelin Stars in one day, on a gourmet food challenge in Paris. And Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan teams up with Hollywood stunt driver Ben Collins for an eccentric race in the British countryside with some of the world’s most expensive vintage cars. The celebrities are reporting back to luxury lifestyle magazine Lusso’s editor Robert Clayman, but will the lavish perks of the job distract them from their task?

8.30pm Travel Man Channel 4 – Richard Ayoade returns to provide much needed guidance and inspiration to would-be mini-breakers. This time, Richard is joined by comedian Lee Mack for a funny, yet surprisingly informative, 48 hours in Brussels – featuring culture, comics, pralines, puppets and attractions both large and small, including the Grand Place and the famous atom-shaped Atomium. There’s also waffles, mussels – including Moules Genghis Khan – and the secrets of chocolate making.

9.00pm Lenny Henry: The Commonwealth Kid BBC1 – In a revealing and emotional journey, Lenny Henry travels to the Caribbean to investigate his own heritage and the relationship between the Commonwealth, the Caribbean and the UK. Meeting a collection of real people along the way – street vendors and historians, teachers and students, entrepreneurs and politicians, as well as members of his own family – Lenny examines the special bond that exists between the people of the Caribbean and the UK, a microcosm of the wider relationship between all of the people of the Commonwealth.

9.00pm Dave Allen at Peace BBC2 – Filmed in homage to his original TV series, this factual drama follows Dave Allen from childhood to becoming one of the UK and Ireland’s comedy greats, with just a whiskey, a cigarette and nine-and-a-half fingers. Aiden Gillen stars.

9.00pm The Island with Bear Grylls Channel 4 – For the fifth series, two separate groups are abandoned at opposite ends of a remote uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. The 16 Islanders face extreme tropical weather, limited resources and environmental hazards – with none of the home comforts everyone relies upon. The first group of castaways are wealthy professionals living off an average income of ú100,000 a year – a wage earned by a fraction of Brits. The opposite group of castaways earn below the UK national average wage. The series sets out to look at the issue of wealth disparity, and whether living with vastly different economic circumstances at home has an influence on our ability to cope in the wild. When challenged to start again from nothing, who is better equipped to thrive?

10.00pm Kiss Me First Channel 4 – Bryan Elsley’s innovative thriller series combines live action with stunning state-of-the-art computer-generated virtual world sequences in a TV drama first. Based on Lottie Moggach’s debut novel, Kiss Me First moves between the real and virtual animated worlds. When her mother dies, lonely girl Leila has to learn how to manage living on her own. Leila has a digital avatar, Shadowfax, and when she logs onto the virtual reality game Azana she feels truly alive. It’s there that she meets the mysterious Mania aka Tess, and discovers the secret paradise called Red Pill. But Adrian, the leader of Red Pill, tells her she has to be invited to join and blasts Shadowfax out of the game. The next day, at Leila’s workplace, Tess/Mania turns up – in real life and Leila wants to know why.


8.00pm Paul O’Grady’s For Love of Dogs – Best in Show ITV – Documentary about the canine inhabitants of Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. In this one-off hour-long special, a panel of ITV viewers vote for their two favourite Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs episodes from the past five series. We also find out which of your favourite pooches got the most votes and wins the rosette for our Best In Show.

9.00pm Last Laugh in Vegas ITV – Nine British showbiz legends from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s are about to be given the chance to put on their dream gig in the entertainment capital of the world. The theatre is booked for one night only and the bill includes comedy double act Cannon and Ball, entertainer Bernie Clifton, stand-up comedian Mick Miller, pianist Bobby Crush, singer Kenny Lynch, ’60s pop idol Jess Conrad OBE, actress and singer Anita Harris and actress, singer and comedian Su Pollard.

9.00pm Everest: World’s Greatest Mountain Five – Documentary series about the world’s most iconic mountains. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, was not conquered until 1953, an expedition that paved the way for the countless climbers that have subsequently reached its summit. This programme looks at the incredible forces that led to Everest’s creation and meets some of the humans and animals who live in its shadow.

10.00pm Cunk on Britain BBC2 – Mockumentary series from Charlie Brooker. In this first episode, Philomena takes us right back to the beginning with the Big Bang and interviews Robert Peston about British politics.

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

                                               This Country, 10.45pm BBC1

11.15pm R Kelly: Sex, Lies and Videotapes BBC1 – Ben Zand explores allegations surrounding the sex life of R&B legend R Kelly, including accusations of holding women against their will in his home in Atlanta and running a degrading sex cult – allegations he denies.


9.00pm My Dad, The Peace Deal And Me BBC1 – Documentary in which Patrick Kielty explores the legacy of Northern Ireland’s peace deal, 20 years on. Patrick was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and was only 16 when his dad was murdered by paramilitary gunmen. Despite his loss, just 18 months later Patrick was taking to the stand-up stage in Belfast, forging a comedy career by telling jokes about life in what felt like a warzone. Year after year, the sectarian killings continued. Then in 1998, along with the majority of the Northern Irish population, Patrick voted in favour of the Good Friday Agreement. It meant those convicted over his dad’s murder would be released from prison, but it brought a promise of peace after 30 years of conflict, with the potential to build a new society based on reconciliation. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of the agreement, Patrick wants to find out if the historic peace deal has delivered on its pledge to create a new Northern Ireland, free of the hatred that took Jack Kielty’s life.

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

9.00pm Housing Yorkshire: Somewhere to Call Home Five – Documentary series set across the UK’s largest county, following frontline officers at one of the country’s biggest social housing providers. Neighbourhood officer Gwyneth is horrified when she learns that a tenant’s hoarding has turned his flat into a fire hazard. Bradford officer Lee takes back the keys on a highly desirable home, and officer Jas has to investigate claims of fraud.

9.00pm The Americans ITV4 – Final series of the US drama about soviet spies posing as ‘Americans’ in the 1980’s. An arms-control summit is on the horizon and Elizabeth is pushed to the limit. Meanwhile, Philip receives a visitor who makes an alarming request.

9.00pm Timeless E4 – The second series of the US sci-fi drama in which a team of time travellers attempt to protect the past from a criminal mastermind who aims to change the course of history.

10.00pm First Dates Channel 4 – Fred Sirieix and the team re-open the doors of the First Dates restaurant to a new crop of hopeful singletons who are all hoping that love is on the menu.

10.00pm Why Do Men earn more than Women Five – Baroness Karren Brady, top businesswoman and star of The Apprentice, is on a mission to find out why women earn less than men and what they need to do to eliminate it. On her journey she meets women whose careers and pay have been seriously affected by attitudes to women at work and reveals ways to bring about change.


8.30pm The Cruise: Sailing the Carribean ITV – The Royal Princess, one of the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise ships, is on a five-month season island hopping around the Caribbean from Grenada and the Bahamas to Antigua and Bonaire. About to depart the small Dutch-speaking island of Bonaire, Captain Bob gets word that the winches in the mooring station on Deck 3 aren’t working. If they can’t wind the lines in, the ship is going nowhere. Elsewhere, no-nonsense Mexican Bar Manager Lilia has the mother of all beach parties to set up.

9.00pm The Investigator: A British Crime Story ITV – In this three-part series, the award-winning former police detective digs into several infamous missing women and unsolved murder cases, uncovering new evidence that links them to two of Britain’s most notorious killers – Peter Tobin and Angus Sinclair. He begins by exploring the 1988 case of teenager Louise Kay, who was last seen driving towards beauty spot Beachy Head after a night out clubbing.

Notable Continuing Series: The Good Fight, 9.00pm, More4

9.00pm Deep State FOX – Ex-spy Max Easton is brought out of retirement against his will, while Max’s wife Anna, starts an investigation into her husband’s past.


7.30pm Sounds Like Friday Night BBC1 – Live music show. Greg James is joined in the studio by special guest Professor Green, who also performs two tracks. There is a special performance from US chart-topper Meghan Trainor, while Snow Patrol and Years and Years debut new songs live in the studio. Dotty heads to Tokyo to catch up with Little Mix.

8.00pm I Don’t Like Mondays Channel 4 – Would you like to take a year off work? With your salary fully paid? That’s the amazing prize on offer in this brand new comedy game show hosted by Alan Carr. One lucky audience member will get to resign live on air and receive their whole year’s salary in one go – there and then. Everyone in the audience arrives at the show with their resignation letter in hand and, with the help of a celebrity guest, Alan whittles participants down to the lucky chosen one via hilarious games, surprise guests, a celebrity executive board and the novel use of a filing cabinet! Amanda Holden guests in the first edition, as Alan also helps her fulfil her dream of becoming a stuntwoman and turning himself into a human balloon.

9.00pm The City and the City BBC2 – David Morrissey stars in a brand new drama series. When Mahalia’s body turns up close to the border between Beszel and Ul Qoma, Inspector Borlu is surprised by the similarities to an old case that still haunts him.

9.30pm Have I Got News For You BBC1 – Regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Jeremy Paxman and panellists Steph McGovern and Josh Widdicombe.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

10.35pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 – Graham is joined by star of The Devil Wears Prada and Girl on a Train Emily Blunt, and American Office star John Krasinski, who appear together in new horror movie A Quiet Place. Pop star and actress Kylie Minogue performs her new single

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