TV picks of the week: 18 - 24 February

TV picks of the week: 18 - 24 February

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Monday, 18th February 2019
Jamarley (Credit: BBC/Blast! Films)
Jamarley (Credit: BBC/Blast! Films)

From following talented prodigies to Dr Christian examining intimate medical problems, here’s our top picks for the week.

Growing Up Gifted

Monday: BBC Two, 9.00pm

Growing Up Gifted returns for a new series centering on six adolescents who are academically gifted from low-income families.

Now in Year 10, teenagers Liam, Kian and Jamarley are preparing for their final GCSE exams.

Aspiring to be a doctor, Liam glimpses at the possibility of studying at Cambridge but his hopes may be threatened by his personal struggles in Newcastle.

Elsewhere, Kian in Hartlepool tries to prove people wrong and applies for the role of Head Boy at his school with a surprising conclusion.

Jamarley faces the dangers of London’s streets but is still motivated to secure a better quality of life for his family.


100 Vaginas

Tuesday: Channel 4, 10.00pm

Photographer Laura Dodsworth (right) with a contributor (Credit: Channel 4)

Photographer Laura Dodsworth explores how vaginas have shaped the lives of 18 women.

Dodsworth interviews and photographs women aged from 19 to 77, as they share their experiences with pubic hair grooming, periods and serious issues including female genital mutilation and rape.


The Brit Awards

Wednesday: ITV1, 8.00pm

Actor and comedian Jack Whitehall hosts this year’s Brit Awards live from the O2 Arena.

The star-studded evening will celebrate the best of the music industry, with Pink receiving the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

The awards ceremony will also feature performances from some of biggest names in music, including Dua Lipa, George Ezra, Little Mix, Rag n Bone Man, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith.



Thursday: W, 10.00pm

Robyn (Anna Paquin) helps Anthony (Max Beesley) in Flack (Credit: UKTV)

UKTV’s first scripted drama series Flack stars Anna Paquin as a London based PR executive that is tasked with saving celebrities from career-ruining scandals.

The series opens with Robyn (Paquin) trying to clean up a footballer’s drug and sex fuelled bender, as well as dispelling rumours of one-night-stands surrounding celeb chef Anthony Henderson (Max Beesley).

You can join the creators of Flack for a masterclass showcasing how the drama transitioned from the script to the screen.



Friday: Sky One, 9.00pm

Adrian Lester (Riviera), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen) star as amateur drivers who race for freedom in an illegal race where it’s everyone for themselves.

Set in a futuristic London, the drama follows the horrors of a totalitarian government curfew that controls the lives of its citizens and leads to many competing in a night-time race to escape.


Out There

Saturday: ITV1, 10.25pm

Tom Allen hosting the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2018 (Credit: RTS/Richard Kendal)

Comedian Tom Allen joins a host of stand-up comics as they take their comedy acts to some unusual venues for a night of laughter.

The line-up includes some of the industry’s best known comics with Rosie Jones, Kerry Godliman (Bad Move), Ed Gamble (Mock the Week), London Hughes (Damned) and Angela Barnes (It Was Alright in the…..).


Dr Christian: 12 Hours to Cure Your Street

Sunday: W, 8.00pm

Dr Christian Jessen and Dr Sara Kayat (Credit: UKTV)

Dr Christian Jessen and Dr Sara Kayat journey across the UK to set up mobile clinics in places where access to GPs are a struggle.

Starting in a neighbourhood in Carlisle, the doctors will team up to treat as many people as possible in just 12 hours.

The day’s patients include exam invigilator Ann who suffers from scaly foot sores caused by a genetic skin condition ichthyosis, which her husband has previously tried to treat with an electric drill.

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From following talented prodigies to Dr Christian examining intimate medical problems, here’s our top picks for the week.