Seven Days

MIKE MUL­VI­HILL’S guide to the week’s TV

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - SEVEN DAYS -


Strictly Come Danc­ing 6.40PM, BBC1

There are 13 cou­ples left – un­lucky for one celebrity af­ter to­mor­row’s dance-off. We now know who to ex­pect at the top of the leader­board, but as al­ways, it’s more fun to see the gen­uine novices im­prov­ing each week.

Mur­ray Walker: Life In The Fast Lane


To cel­e­brate his 95th birthday last week, here is a trib­ute to the vet­eran com­men­ta­tor, who was the voice of mo­tor­sport for more than 50 years, fea­tur­ing con­tri­bu­tions from For­mula One le­gends and some great archive footage.

Black Hol­ly­wood: ‘They’ve Gotta Have Us’


The pho­tog­ra­pher Si­mon Fred­er­ick tells the story of how black ac­tors and film-mak­ers have over­come many ob­sta­cles over the past 90 years to be­come part of the Hol­ly­wood main­stream. Con­tri­bu­tions from ac­tors rang­ing from screen leg­end Harry Bela­fonte to Star Wars’ John Boyega, plus some mem­o­rable film clips, help to bring this three-part se­ries to life.

Se­crets Of The Gla­di­a­tors: Rome Un­wrapped

9PM, CH5

This doc­u­men­tary tells the story of Rome’s Colos­seum, an ex­tra­or­di­nary am­phithe­atre built 2,000 years ago to ac­com­mo­date the Ro­mans’ love of bru­tal en­ter­tain­ment.

Killing Eve

9.25PM, BBC1

In episode five of this slick thriller, Eve (San­dra Oh) gets Frank (Dar­ren Boyd) to a safe house, where he re­veals that the mur­der­ous Vil­lanelle (Jodie Comer) is be­ing paid by a shad­owy or­gan­i­sa­tion known as ‘The Twelve’ to spread desta­bil­i­sa­tion across the world. But how long will Frank stay safe with Vil­lanelle on his tail?

The Jonathan Ross Show

9.50PM, ITV

Jonathan’s guests are Black Earth Ris­ing star Michaela Coel, foot­baller Peter Crouch, co­me­dian Joe Lycett and, if you haven’t seen enough of them tonight, Strictly judges Shirley Bal­las, Darcey Bus­sell and Craig Revel Hor­wood. Mu­sic is by Tom Odell.



5.55PM, BBC1

El­lie Har­ri­son is in Der­byshire, ex­plor­ing some of the things you can do on a very dif­fer­ent day out. Her day starts on Cars­ing­ton Wa­ter, where she learns how to build a makeshift raft, be­fore she takes part in the world­fa­mous Bon­sall Hen Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Doc­tor Who

6.55PM, BBC1

There are those who main­tain that it is to­tally un­be­liev­able that a woman could ever play a two-hearted alien who can travel through space in an old po­lice phone box – but it won’t be long be­fore Jodie Whit­taker has won over even the most har­dened of doubters.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes

7PM, CH4

Phil vis­its beau­ti­ful Belvoir Cas­tle in Le­ices­ter­shire, home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, where he learns how the cas­tle was built – and dis­cov­ers ev­i­dence of an aris­to­cratic sex scan­dal painted on the ceil­ing.

Great Canal Jour­neys

8PM, CH4

Ti­mothy West and Prunella Scales are in Italy to travel from Lake Mag­giore to the Nav­iglio Grande canal, nav­i­gat­ing a route taken by mar­ble-car­ry­ing barges for over five cen­turies.



This new, three-part drama fol­lows a fam­ily strug­gling with their 12-year-old son’s de­sire to live as a girl. It’s a top­i­cal is­sue, han­dled with sen­si­tiv­ity and care by a cast led by the im­pres­sive Anna Friel as the child’s mum.

MON­DAY Au­tum­n­watch New Eng­land


For the first time, the team will present live from Amer­ica’s east coast, where six bil­lion trees have been chang­ing colour from green to yel­low, or­ange and red – one of the great­est au­tumn spec­ta­cles in the world. Gillian Burke, Chris Pack­ham and Michaela Stra­chan will also in­tro­duce some new an­i­mal char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing black bears, bob­cats and beavers.

Peter Kay’s Com­edy Shuf­fle


Back for a new se­ries comes the clip show fea­tur­ing some of the co­me­dian’s finest mo­ments, in­clud­ing stand-up per­for­mances and mem­o­rable scenes from his hit shows.

Old Peo­ple’s Home For 4 Year Olds

9PM, CH4

It’s week three of the 12-week ex­per­i­ment at one of the largest re­tire­ment vil­lages in the UK, Lark Hill in Not­ting­ham, and the timetable is all about mem­ory – some­thing that proves equally test­ing for both the very young and the very old.

For Facts Sake

9.30PM, BBC1

Fans of Mrs Brown’s Boys – and only fans of Mrs Brown’s Boys – will en­joy this new panel show hosted by the hit BBC com­edy’s cre­ator, Bren­dan O’Car­roll, and fea­tur­ing mem­bers of the cast as team cap­tains. Take away the crude lan­guage, and this is a show that would look more at home in the day­time sched­ules.


Love Your Home And Gar­den


Anne and Mike have been mar­ried for 54 years, but for the past decade, this de­voted cou­ple have been cop­ing with Mike’s dementia. As his con­di­tion wors­ens, their house and gar­den are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to cope with – that is, un­til Alan Titch­marsh and his team ride to the res­cue.

The Great Bri­tish Bake Off

8PM, CH4

Velkom­men to Dan­ish Week! The bak­ers are faced with some un­fa­mil­iar recipes as they bat­tle to im­press Prue Leith and Paul Hol­ly­wood; tasks in­clude a fi­nal chal­lenge in which they must de­liver an elab­o­rate pas­try Show­stop­per fit for a Dan­ish birthday party.


9PM, BBC1 See TV fea­ture, page 18.

A Dan­ger­ous Dy­nasty: House Of As­sad


Part two of this re­veal­ing se­ries on the fam­ily that has ruled Syria for decades. It’s 2000, and for­mer eye doc­tor Bashar al-As­sad is now Pres­i­dent – and his Bri­tish-born wife, Asma, is First Lady. But they are al­ready fac­ing prob­lems on all sides as the regime is ac­cused of killing a po­lit­i­cal en­emy.

Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild

9.15PM, CH5

For his last ad­ven­ture of the cur­rent se­ries, Ben ven­tures to the vast freez­ing seascape of the Arc­tic Cir­cle, off the coast of Nor­way, to live with fel­low ex­plorer Randi Skaug, the first Nor­we­gian woman to climb Mount Ever­est – an ex­pe­ri­ence that changed her life.


The Ap­pren­tice


At last, the teams have names! It’s week three, and the med­dling Lord Sugar mixes up the boys and the girls into Team Typhoon and Team Col­lab­o­ra­tive. But who will make the most dough when it comes to sell­ing cakes?

The Para­chute Mur­der Plot


BBC1 stal­wart Fiona Bruce swaps sides for the week to tell the in­cred­i­ble true story of a hus­band’s plot to kill his sky­div­ing wife by tam­per­ing with her para­chute.

Grand De­signs

9PM, CH4

Iden­ti­cal twins Nik and Jon Daugh­try run a graphic de­sign com­pany to­gether, drive the same car, and even own iden­ti­cal dogs. So it makes sense that they are plan­ning to build two nearly iden­ti­cal houses next door to each other in Sh­effield. Kevin McCloud vis­its a project that’s fraught with dou­ble the trou­ble.

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

9PM, CH5

Ea­monn Holmes and Ruth Langs­ford em­bark on a mis­sion to cure their own sleep­ing dis­or­ders, and also help some other Brits who are strug­gling to get a good night’s sleep.


Eat Well For Less?


Gregg Wal­lace and Chris Bavin are in Buck­ing­hamshire to show the Ven­ter fam­ily how they can change their eat­ing habits and save money for a much-needed fam­ily hol­i­day.

Canada: A Year In The Wild

8PM, CH5

It’s spring in episode three, and a fe­male black bear emerges from her den with a tiny cub. Now be­gins the ar­du­ous task of teach­ing him how to sur­vive on Canada’s spec­tac­u­lar west coast.

Avalanche: Mak­ing A Deadly Snow­storm


This illuminating doc­u­men­tary fol­lows a team of sci­en­tists who, ear­lier this year, set out to see right into the heart of a mas­sive avalanche to re­veal the se­crets of its lethal power.

Gor­don, Gino And Fred: Road Trip


On the sec­ond leg of their jour­ney, Gor­don Ram­say, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix travel to France, where Fred has been asked to co-host an Oys­ter Fes­ti­val in the beau­ti­ful Ar­ca­chon Bay in just four days’ time.

Child Of Mine

10PM, CH4

Nar­rated by Amanda Holden – whose son, Theo, was still­born – this emo­tional fea­ture­length doc­u­men­tary sen­si­tively fol­lows three cou­ples’ per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of los­ing a child be­fore birth. A dif­fi­cult but im­por­tant watch.


The Lakes With Paul Rose

8.30PM, BBC2

The Lake Dis­trict has been home to ex­plorer Paul Rose for the past 20 years, so who bet­ter to guide us around one of the coun­try’s top beauty spots in a pic­turesque four-part se­ries?

Have I Got News For You


Jo Brand, who is sec­ond only to Alexan­der Arm­strong on the list of most reg­u­lar guest hosts, is in the pre­sent­ing chair again this week.

Gar­den­ers’ World


As the se­ries con­cludes, Monty Don of­fers ad­vice on pro­tect­ing ten­der plants over the win­ter, Nick Bai­ley helps us to choose the right trees for small gar­dens, and Carol Klein ex­plains the science be­hind au­tumn colour.

Would I Lie To You?

9.30PM, BBC1

Join­ing host Rob Bry­don and team cap­tains David Mitchell and Lee Mack on the hi­lar­i­ous celebrity panel show are Ry­lan Clark-Neal, Mary Por­tas, Sara Pas­coe and Paul Sinha.

The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show

10.35PM, BBC1

Gra­ham’s guests are ac­tors Michael Caine, Sally Field, Chris Pine and Rami Malek, with mu­sic from Chris­tine And The Queens.


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