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What to watch this week

What to watch this week

Discover the best stuff to watch on TV this week, from the top shows to our pick of the greatest sport and movies

By Virgin TV Edit

From a very special Mr. Men birthday with Matt Lucas on Channel 4 to the return of ITV crime thriller Innocent and the Emirates FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City, there’s plenty of must-watch telly heading your way on Virgin TV.


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



Wednesday 12 May

Pick of the day: Trevor McDonald & Charlene White: Has George Floyd Changed Britain?

9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)

As the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd approaches, broadcasters Sir Trevor McDonald and Charlene White assess its impact on people living in the United Kingdom. From the Black Lives Matter movement to conversations about just how prevalent racism is in British life, they explore what has changed over the past 12 months.


What else to watch:

  • Martin Lewis’ Extreme Savers – 8pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Davina McCall: Sex, Myths And The Menopause – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Danny Boy – 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Lawless Island – 9pm, National Geographic/HD (CH 266/268)
  • Legends Of The Deep – 10pm, Sky HISTORY HD (CH 270)


Thursday 13 May

Pick of the day: A Year In Kew Gardens

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

Measuring over 300 acres, London’s glorious Kew Gardens is home to some of the world’s most amazing plant life. This brand new four-part documentary series follows staff over 12 ever-changing months, as they keep the grounds looking their splendid best.


What else to watch:

  • Britain's Biggest Families: 31 Kids and Counting the Pennies – 9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • There’s Something About Movies – 9pm, Sky One/HD (CH 110/109)
  • To Catch A Smuggler – 9pm, National Geographic/HD (CH 266/268)
  • Meet The Richardsons – 10pm, Dave/HD (CH 127/227)


Friday 14 May

Pick of the day: Tom Allen’s Quizness

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

Comedian Tom Allen hosts this brand new game show which sees contestants battle it out for £25,000. But this isn’t your average quiz. With general knowledge questions being fired at the competitors, they must look as daft as possible in order to progress.


What else to watch:

  • I Am MLK Jr – 9pm, Sky Documentaries/HD (CH 278/277)
  • Happy Valley – 9pm, Drama (CH 130)
  • This Time With Alan Partridge – 9.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Later… With Jools Holland – 10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Britain’s Favourite 90s Songs – 10pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)


Saturday 15 May

Pick of the day: John & Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen

11.35am, ITV HD (CH 103/113)

Struggling for some kitchen inspo at the moment? Well struggle no more, because John Torode and Lisa Faulkner are back for a new series of their hit cookery show. Whipping up simple and delicious meals that are guaranteed to hit the spot every time, our mouths are watering just thinking about it.


What else to watch:

  • History’s Greatest Mysteries – 11.35am, Sky HISTORY HD (CH 270)
  • Age Of The Big Cats – 1pm, Sky Nature/HD (CH 280/279)
  • I Can See Your Voice – 7.40pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • The Great Garden Revolution – 8pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • imagine… Lennon: The New York Years – 10pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)


Sunday 16 May

Pick of the day: 50 Years Of Mr Men With Matt Lucas

6pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)

This delightful one-off special sees Matt Lucas tell the incredible story of how author Roger Hargreaves’ colourful characters changed children’s literature. Plus, the comedian follows a competition that attempts to find two new characters for this very special birthday.


What else to watch:

  • The Great Northern Garden Build – 11.30am, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Titanic: Into The Heart Of The Wreck – 7.30pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • The Pursuit Of Love – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • The Crime Of The Century – 9pm, Sky Documentaries/HD (CH 278/277)
  • NCIS LA – 10pm, Sky One/HD (CH 110/109)


Monday 17 May

Pick of the day: Innocent

9pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)

The ITV crime drama is back, but this time it’s a totally new story. When a teacher (Katherine Kelly, Criminal) is accused of murdering a 16-year-old pupil she was allegedly having an affair with, her world falls apart. But if she didn’t kill him, who did? Showing over four consecutive nights, expect lots of twists and turns.


What else to watch:

  • Alan Titchmarsh: Spring Into Summer – 8pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Classic British Cars: Made In Coventry – 9pm, BBC Four HD (CH 107)
  • Wellington Paranormal – 9pm, Sky Comedy/HD (CH 122/121)
  • Inside No. 9 – 9.30pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)
  • Secrets Of The Viking Stone – 10pm, Sky HISTORY HD (CH 270)


Tuesday 18 May

Pick of the day: The Martin Lewis Money Show: Live Summer Special

8pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)

Martin Lewis and Angellica Bell are on hand to make your pockets happy in this special episode. From guidance on potential holidays to general consumer news and money-saving tips, they’ve got your back when it comes to protecting your dosh.


What else to watch:

  • Friends – 8pm, Comedy Central/HD (CH 181/132)
  • The Importance Of Being Miriam – 9pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 123/156)
  • Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out – 9pm, W/HD (CH 125/211)
  • Naked Attraction’s Best Naughty Bits – 10pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild – 10pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)


Wednesday 19 May

Pick of the day: The Psychedelic Drug Trial

9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

With exclusive access to a pioneering trial at Imperial College London, BBC Two gives viewers the chance to see what happens when a psychedelic drug is tested alongside a regular antidepressant in the treatment of depression. Following the lives of the participants, it’s a study which could have wide-reaching results.


What else to watch:

  • Hold The Sunset – 11.40am, GOLD HD (CH 124)
  • Costa Rica – 4pm, Eden/HD (CH 257/247)
  • A Very Royal Baby: From Cradle To Crown – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Olivia Meets Her Match – 9pm, ITVBe/HD (CH 119/179)
  • Bloods – 10pm, Sky One/HD (CH 110/109)


Thursday 20 May

Pick of the day: We Are Lady Parts

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

From the mind of writer Nida Manzoor (who also directs) comes this hilarious new comedy series about an all-female Muslim punk band called Lady Parts and their attempt to make inroads in the London music scene. But before they take the world by storm, they’re going to need a lead guitarist. Irreverent, fearless and fresh, it hits all the right notes.


What else to watch:

  • Women On The Force – 8pm, W/HD (CH 125/211)
  • Britain’s Brightest Celebrity Family – 8.30pm, ITV HD (CH 103/113)
  • Taskmaster – 9pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141)
  • Subnormal: A British Scandal – 9pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Escape To The Farm With Kate Humble – 9pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)


Friday 21 May

Pick of the day: The Live Revival

10.30pm, Sky Arts/HD (CH 123/156)

Paul Weller and The Fratellis are among the names returning to the musical venues that helped launch their careers in this new series, giving exclusive one-off performances that will remind you why the magic of live gigs can’t be beaten.


What else to watch:

  • Father Brown – 8pm, Drama (CH 130)
  • Gregg Wallace: Big Weekends Away – 8pm, Channel 5/HD (CH 154/105)
  • Would I Lie To You? – 8.05pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
  • Intergalactic – 9pm, Sky One/HD (CH 110/109)
  • The UnXplained With Williams Shatner – 9pm, Sky HISTORY HD (CH 270)



Pick of the week: Emirates FA Cup final: Chelsea v Leicester City

Saturday 15 May, 4.15pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108) + 3pm, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527)

It’s time for the big one. The battle for one of sport’s most iconic pieces of silverware sees eight-time winners Chelsea take on Leicester City, who have lost all four of their previous final appearances, at Wembley Stadium. Both teams are bursting with top talent, so this one could be a corker.


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Pick of the week: Rambo: Last Blood

Available from Friday 21 May in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 18

When will the bad guys learn? Sylvester Stallone is back as John Rambo in this all-action thriller which (for the benefit of those who are counting) serves as chapter five in the Rambo saga. When a violent Mexican cartel kidnaps two people close to Rambo, the Vietnam veteran is stirred from his idyllic life on an Arizona ranch to kick some butt.


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