TV Picks: 5th October – 11th October

TV Picks: 5th October – 11th October

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Monday, 5th October 2020
Simcha Jacobovici, Afua Hirsch, Samuel L. Jackson and (Credit: BBC) Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Credit: Eike Schroter/Netflix)
Simcha Jacobovici, Afua Hirsch, Samuel L. Jackson and (Credit: BBC) Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Credit: Eike Schroter/Netflix)

This week Prince William celebrates the heroes fighting for the natural world and strange hauntings have taken over the Bly Manor.

Me, My Brother and Our Balls

Monday 5th October

BBC, 9pm

Love Island star Chris Hughes teams up with his brother Ben in a deeply personal documentary exploring male fertility.

When Chris took the plunge and had a testicular examination live on TV, he hoped to raise awareness of testicular cancer, having previously suffered a testicular health scare.

Inspired by Chris, his older brother Ben checked himself for the first time and found a cancerous lump, which led him to attempt to freeze his sperm for future use prior to an operation to remove his testicle.

However, it was discovered that his sample did not contain any sperm, which forced him to have some difficult conversations about his fertility prospects and the future.

Chris and Ben talk to their friends about the lack of understanding about the causes of male infertility and the long term impacts it can have on family and partners.

Prince William: A Planet For Us All

Monday 5th October

ITV, 9pm

Prince William travels from Africa to Asia, from London to Liverpool, and even to the Sandringham estate, learning about how we can protect and restore the planet and develop a more positive relationship with the environment.

The documentary is a result of two years of exclusive access and sees the father of three open up about his global mission to celebrate the work of local heroes and explain the importance of fighting for the natural world.

Prince William credits young people for his optimism about the future and is determined to provide future generations with a better world, talking to famous names in conservation like David Attenborough, and to young people who care about the planet closer to home.

Alison Hammond: Back To School

Tuesday 6th October

ITV, 9pm

Alison Hammond (Credit: ITV)
Alison Hammond (Credit: ITV)

In a one-off documentary, Alison Hammond is going back to school to learn about black figures who have made significant contributions to society but are left out of the school textbooks and neglected from British history.

With her own unique sense of humour, Hammond travels up and down Britain visiting key historical sites, from Hadrian’s Wall to Hampton Court, providing a new perspective on the history that is taught in schools.

The Haunting of Bly Manor

Friday 9th October


Based on the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, the producers of The Haunting of Hill House return with another scary ghost story.

Young governess Dani (Victoria Pedretti) arrives at the Bly estate to work as a live-in nanny for two young children. Dani soon finds out nothing is as it seems when she starts to see mysterious apparitions haunting the manor.

Many of the cast from The Haunting of Hill House will return, although the narrative of the two series are not connected, with this series involving a completely new storyline.

Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Sunday 11th October

BBC Two, 9pm

The four-part documentary led by Hollywood legend and human rights activist Samuel L. Jackson, writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch, and investigative journalist Simcha Jacobovici, reveals new facts about the transatlantic slave trade.

Enslaved tells the story of the millions of enslaved Africans who were ripped from their homes and shipped against their will to the Americas by Western European slave traders.

During these 400 years, over 12 million people were sold into slavery and taken onto slave ships, which saw them packed like sardines and suffering inhumane conditions for weeks, leading to two million dying en-route at sea.

Deep sea divers, underwater artefacts and scientific investigations will be used to uncover the personal lives and stories of the enslaved people and their European captors, and examine the politics, economics and ideology that helped create and sustain the transatlantic slave trade.

The Bridge

Sunday 11th October

Channel 4, 9pm

Twelve total strangers are brought to an idyllic lakeside in the British countryside and must work together and trust each other to try and win £100,000.

The group have 20 days to build a bridge that will allow them to reach the prize money 250 meters away across a lake, with plenty of additional twists and surprises along the way.

As everyone starts to get to know each other, they must vote on who they think deserves the money the most. The winner will then be made to decide if they want to keep the money for themselves or share it with their fellow contestants.

The five-part series, narrated by James McAvoy, will test mental ingenuity, physical agility and team working abilities.

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This week Prince William celebrates the heroes fighting for the natural world and strange hauntings have taken over the Bly Manor.