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What to watch on TV this week

What to watch on TV this week

Here’s all the very best entertainment on your Virgin TV box this week, from Platinum Jubilee specials to the 25th series of an iconic show


By Simon Ward, Content Editor + Laura Rutkowski, Senior Staff Writer + Chris Miller, Writer

“I’M UP IN SPACE, MANNNNNN!!!!” Can’t get it out of your head? Us neither – and neither could the rest of the Eurovision Song Contest’s competing countries. Sam Ryder, with his angelic voice, flowing locks and killer jumpsuit, came second place to Ukraine with “Space Man,” landing the UK the most points of any previous UK Eurovision entries ever.
 


The catchy song is rocketing its way up in the charts, for good reason. As one YouTube user commented on the video of Sam’s performance: “Finally, the UK has found the magic formula for Eurovision success: a falsetto Viking with a wonderful personality.”

 

Our lovely chap Sam went from relative obscurity to TikTok fame in lockdown and has now cemented himself as a Eurovision legend, giving us something we haven’t had from the competition in over two decades – hope and pride. Need to catch up? Watch the Eurovision Song Contest in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer. Personally, we’re still coming back down to Earth…

 

Once “Space Man” has fully become an earworm (it only takes one listen), there’s a whole host of brilliant telly on Virgin TV this week for you to check out, including a Platinum Jubilee special of Grayson’s Art Club, the return of the mouth-watering Bake Off: The Professionals and long-standing Silent Witness, and new BBC Three series PRU.

 

With so much great stuff on the box, we’ve compiled a list of the best things for you to watch. Bookmark this page for fresh listings every week.
 

 

Wednesday 18 May

Pick of the day: Hypothetical

10pm, Dave/HD (CH 127/227)

James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe are back with TV’s funniest quiz as comedians face hypothetical questions that are as barmy as they are hilarious. Richard Ayoade (practically a Hypothetical legend – get on YouTube for the clips!), Guz Khan, Maisie Adams and Chloe Petts join the boys for a brilliant, brilliant first episode. You won’t want to miss it.

 

What else to watch:

  • Lovestruck High – Prime Video
  • Location, Location, Location – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Prince’s Master Crafters: The Next Generation – 8pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 165/140)
  • Derry Girls – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Spreadsheet – 10.05pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

 

Thursday 19 May

Pick of the day: Car S.O.S.: Ultimate Countdown

8pm, National Geographic HD (CH 268)

If you’ve never seen Car S.O.S., then you are missing out big time. Our intrepid hosts Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend don’t just restore cars – they bring them back to life. With 10 series in their locker, that’s a lot of vehicles. So, in this new series, they look back across the seasons to delve into their best-ever car transformations.

 

What else to watch:

  • Eat Well For Less? – 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • The Ultimate Action Movies – 8pm, Sky Showcase/HD (CH 110/109)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Taskmaster – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Embarrassing Bodies – 9pm, E4/HD (CH 106/145)

 

Friday 20 May

Pick of the day: World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys

8pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)

There’s nothing quite like the railway in terms of travel. And this sixth series, narrated by the dreamy tones of Bill Nighy, finds the best railway routes that’ll have you gazing out of the window for the whole journey. First up, it’s the village of Kyle of Lochalsh on Scotland’s west coast, which stretches right across the highlights.

 

What else to watch:

  • War Factories – 8pm, Yesterday (CH 129)
  • Mr Mayor – 8pm, Sky Showcase/HD (CH 110/109)
  • Tractor World: Big, Bigger, Biggest – 9pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)
  • Have I Got News for You – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • The Other One – 9.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
     

Saturday 21 May

Pick of the day: Leonardo

9pm, Drama (CH 130)

Catch Aidan Turner in the TV premiere of Leonardo, where he plays none other than Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance artist and engineer known for his paintings, inventions and all-round talent. This was Turner’s first television role since leaving behind Ross Poldark in 2019, but in this period drama, there’s no torso showing, just torso painting!  

 

What else to watch:

  • Romeo & Duet – 7pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
  • ABBA The Movie – 7.15pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)
  • Britain’s Got Talent – 8pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
  • The Great Garden Revolution – 8.15pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Later… With Jools Holland – 10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
     

Sunday 22 May

Pick of the day: Hunted

9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

The social experiment where people go on the run and attempt to elude professional hunters is back. The latest batch of contestants arrive on a deserted beach with only a change of clothes and a small amount of money. Do they have what it takes to outsmart the experts and remain hidden in plain sight? 
 

What else to watch:

  • Commando: Britain’s Ocean Warriors – 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Grace – 8pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
  • Idris Elba’s Fight School – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Gentleman Jack – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • The Sex Lives Of College Girls – 10pm, ITV2/HD (CH 115)

 

Monday 23 May

Pick of the day: Silent Witness

9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)

It’s a crime to be as good as Silent Witness, which is now in its 25th series if you can believe it! The drama, which focuses on forensic pathology, is back with a two-part story, and Amanda Burton returns as the show’s original lead, Professor Sam Ryan. All the science points to this… we’re excited!

 

What else to watch:

  • Race Across The World – 7pm, BBC Three HD (CH 107/157)
  • The Art Of Architecture – 8pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 140)
  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Troy Deeney: Where’s My History? – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Conversations With Friends – 10pm, BBC Three HD (CH 107/157)

 

Tuesday 24 May

Pick of the day: Bake Off: The Professionals

8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

Pastry chefs from hotels, restaurants and small businesses compete to be crowned the best patisserie team in Britain. Patisserie experts Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden return to judge, while former Great British Bake Off contestant Liam Charles has a new co-host: Stacey Solomon. The first challenge is to whip up 36 individual strawberry cakes and a chocolate sculpture… with no recipe to work from.

 

What else to watch:

  • The Flash – 8pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)
  • The Martin Lewis Money Show: Live – 8pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
  • Robbie Savage: Making Macclesfield FC – 8pm, BBC Three HD (CH 107/157)
  • The Witch Hunts: Lucy Worsley Investigates – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Liam Gallagher: 48 Hours at Rockfield – 9pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)
     

Wednesday 25 May

Pick of the day: Grayson’s Art Club

10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

This one-off episode marks the Platinum Jubilee in June, with viewers encouraged to create artworks that express how they feel about the monarch and celebrate her long reign. Grayson and Philippa Perry are joined by Prue Leith, Harry Hill and a 93-year-old who spent two years knitting a replica of Sandringham House.

 

What else to watch:

  • Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star – 8pm, BBC Three HD (CH 107/157)
  • The Repair Shop – 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • The Great British Sewing Bee – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • The Blacklist – 9pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)
  • Inside No 9 – 10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
     

Thursday 26 May

Pick of the day: PRU

10pm, BBC Three HD (CH 107/157)

The title stands for Pupil Referral Unit, a school for excluded kids. Told through the eyes of four teens, Halil, Hanna, Jaden and Belle, this new series examines the growing pains of adolescence, through comedy of course.

 

What else to watch:

  • Meet The Khans: Big In Bolton – 8pm, BBC Three HD (CH 107/157)
  • The Prince's Trust Awards In Association With TK Maxx & Homesense – 8.30pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113)
  • The Flight Attendant – 9pm, Sky Max/HD (CH 122/121)
  • Who Do You Think You Are? – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101)
  • Big Boys – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
     

 

Pick of the week: Football – Premier League Final Day

Sunday 22 May, 3pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502) + Sky Sports Football/HD (CH 513/503)

It’s all come down to the final day. Having been 14 points behind Man City in January, Liverpool would set a new record if they overtook their rivals and won the Premier League title (the previous biggest deficit to be overcome was 12 points by Man Utd in 1996). City are a point ahead and in the box seat, but as their fans well know, funny things can happen on the final day… Keep up with the crucial games from the Premier League on Sky Sports.

 

What else to watch:
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Pick of the week: The Queen’s Corgi

Saturday 21 May, 4.30pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)

In honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, how could we not pick this as our movie of the week? Inspired by Queen Elizabeth II’s love of her corgis, this film is a fun adventure based around her favourite pup, Rex (Jack Whitehall). After the suggestion that Rex would be a great match for the US president’s dog, Mitzi, the mischievous canine gets him himself into a right royal mess attempting to return to “Buckingham P.”
 

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