TVweek: Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd March 2018

by | Mar 13, 2018 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Celebrity Catchphrase ITV – Celebrity edition of the popular gameshow in which contestants must guess the phrase from the picture.

8.00pm The Durrells ITV – Third series of the comedy-drama in which a family relocates to the Greek paradise of Corfu in 1935.

8.00pm Escape to the Chateau Channel 4 – Dick and Angel Strawbridge continue their adventures in France for a fourth series. It’s three years since they swapped their flat in Southend for a dilapidated 19th century chateau in the Loire. The intrepid couple have made great strides, but there’s still much left to do. In this series, they take on the stables – destined to become home for Angel’s parents – while continuing to grow their events business. In the first episode, it’s summer and Dick and Angel are busier than ever with seven weddings and 14 food lovers’ weekends to prepare for. There’s also the garden, the stables, the back staircase, a family trip to Paris, and an astonishing floating adventure.

9.00pm Famously Unfit for Sport Relief BBC2 – Entertainer Les Dennis, presenter Susannah Constantine, actress Tameka Empson and comedian Miles Jupp as they embark on a muscle grinding mission to regain their fitness, culminating in one of the UK’s hardest and most demanding physical challenges, which sees the four celebs tackle a muddy and exhausting assault course in freezing temperatures. In conjunction with Sport Relief, the team are also trying to inspire the Great British public to get a little bit fitter.  Helping them on their way is former Olympian and sports scientist Professor Greg Whyte OBE and Trust Me, I’m A Doctor’s Dr Zoe Williams.

9.00pm The Good Karma Hospital ITV – Second series of the gentle drama about British Medics running a hospital in India. Amanda Redman stars.

10.05pm 13 Commandments Channel 4 –  Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this hypnotic Belgian crime drama. Inspired by the Ten Commandments, a perpetrator commits a series of gruesome crimes hoping to jolt society’s conscience with them. Proclaiming himself as a modern-day Moses, he aims to restore moral standards and punishes transgressors ruthlessly. Two police officers get involved in an impossible hunt for the culprit, who becomes more and more popular with the public, despite the cruelty of his crimes. In the first episode, jaded detective Peter Devriendt goes back to work after a long burn-out, one year before his retirement. He is given an ambitious new partner, Vicky Degraeve, who had to give up her job in a special unit because of a back injury. A provincial town is startled by the brutal murder of 16-year-old Turkish girl Esme.


9.00pm The Funeral Murders BBC2 – A new documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Vanessa Engle, The Funeral Murders follows a dramatic and deadly series of events that took place at two funerals in Belfast in March 1988. Thirty years later, those who witnessed or were intimately connected to these events tell their stories. This film offers a range of perspectives – from republicans and loyalists to the security forces and family members of those who died, who share their moving stories for the first time.

Notable Continuing Series: Marcella, 9.00pm, ITV

                                        24 Hours in Custody 9.00pm, Channel 4


5.30pm Star Boot Sale Channel 4 – Five celebrities compete at a car boot sale to raise as much money as possible for charity. In this episode it’s the turn of TV funny man Joe Pasquale, whose eclectic collection of memorabilia and natural sales patter is bound to bring in the punters.

8.00pm The World’s Ugliest Pets ITV – ITV celebrates The World’s Ugliest Pets in all their glory, warts and all, in this brand new programme.

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

                                                           Mum, 10.00pm, BBC2

                                                          This Country, 10.45pm BBC1


8.00pm The Secret Helpers BBC2 – Ten people welcome the support and advice of strangers from all over the world through a secret in-ear device, as they face a series of challenges and dilemmas. In the first episode, Dan, who was left blind after suffering two strokes, seeks help as he prepares for his wedding day, and first-time parent Brett longs to impress his wife with his parenting skills, and turns to the strangers for aid.

9.00pm Zoe Ball’s Hardest Road Home BBC1 – The presenter embarks on a gruelling five-day, 300-mile cycle ride from Blackpool, the place of her birth, all the way to her beloved home town of Brighton. Her aim is to raise money for Sport Relief and highlight how the charity’s cash helps support mental health projects across the UK.

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

10.00pm Britain’s Polar Bear Club More4 – With unprecedented access, this one-off special goes behind the scenes at the RZSS Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland to follow the extraordinary efforts that culminated in the birth of Britain’s first polar bear cub for 25 years. Keepers at the park mate Arktos with Victoria in the hope that she’ll have her very own cub. The cameras reveal the highs and lows of the keepers’ attempts to breed one of the world’s most iconic, endangered animals.


8.00pm Big Cats About the House BBC2 – Following the work of big cat expert Giles Clark, as he embarks on a mission to transform the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent into a centre of global excellence for conservation. In the opening episode, Giles provides around the clock care to Maya, a five-day-old black jaguar cub neglected by her mother. Then, he travels to Cambodia to witness the dilemma clouded leopards are facing in the wild.

9.00pm Martin Luther King by Trevor MacDonald ITV – On the anniversary of his death, this intensely moving and definitive documentary follows Sir Trevor as he travels to the deep south of America to try and get closer to the man who meant so much to him and so many others.

9.00pm Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic BBC4 – The groundbreaking BBC Four experiment uses app technology to ‘infect’ users whilst tracking their movements and social interactions over 24 hours. The information collected from the app could inform public health policy and help save lives during the next pandemic. But will Hannah persuade enough people nationwide to download it? If she does, this will allow a team of mathematicians from the University of Cambridge to create a simulation of how a deadly flu virus could spread across the UK, predicting how many of us will be infected – and how many might die.Whilst Hannah masterminds the experiment and adopts the role of Patient Zero – walking the streets of Haslemere in Surrey to launch the outbreak – Javid finds out why flu is such a danger to society. He meets the researchers trying to discover what makes some people more contagious than others and visits a factory that will produce vaccine when the next pandemic virus emerges. Armed with the information gathered and the results of the BBC Four experiment, Hannah and Javid make a shocking revelation.

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

10.00pm Celebrity Juice Live ITV2 – Leigh Francis’s irrepressible comedy character Keith Lemon presents the popular and outrageous comedy panel show. Combining the nation’s obsession for all things celebrity with Keith’s unique brand of near-the-knuckle humour, the series sees two teams of celebrity guests battle it out to see who knows the most about the week’s showbiz news. Proceedings are rarely straightforward, however, as the unpredictable Keith seeks to tease, taunt and traumatise his guests.


7.00pm Sport Relief 2018 BBC1 – Highlights include comedian John Bishop trying to inspire Gareth Southgate and the England football team to glory at this summer’s World Cup with comical consequences. Football heroes David Ginola, Alex Scott, John Barnes and Chris Kamara feature in a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing from Wembley Arena, while BBC and ITV go head to head in a Battle of the Channels Celebrity Boat Race. Six brave celebrities battle it out as Celebrity Boxing returns, with Vanessa White taking on Hannah Spearritt and Helen Skelton versus Camilla Thurlow in the women’s contests, while Wayne Bridge faces Spencer Matthews in the men’s bout.

8.00pm Britain’s Favourite Food Channel 4 – In the last 50 years our diet has transformed. We’ve gone from home-cooked meat and boiled veg to convenience foods, ready meals, snacks and drinks of every type and every cuisine. In this two-part series, Simon Rimmer looks back at our favourite foods – from Angel Delight to Smash, Ski yoghurt to Findus Crispy Pancakes and many others – exploring what really went into them and why we lapped them up. With a cast of celebrities who grew up in the 1970s, from Johnny Vegas to Susan Calman, plus interviews with the ad men, food scientists and technologists who created these iconic brands, Rimmer explores how we became a nation of convenience-food lovers.

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                              The Last Leg,10.00pm, Channel 4

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