This week we will be reminded why modern life is 'goodish,' discover the grim truth about what happens inside Britain's jails and immerse ourselves in a tale of people struggling to rebuild their lives following World War Two
Monday: Rich Hall's Presidential Grudge Match
As election fever reaches its peak in the US, American comedian Rich Hall looks back at the dirty tricks that have been played in presidential races past. The nasty campaigns and unsavory moves covered proves it wasn't just Trump and Clinton who dished out low blows.
Tuesday: Dave Gorman, Modern Life is Goodish
Comedian Dave Gorman’s irreverent look at modern life returns for a fourth series on Tuesday. Once again, Dave explores the world’s absurdities through stand-up, visual storytelling, and real-world experimentation.
In this series Dave devises a new method for getting rid of unwanted presents and discovers the perils of stock photography modelling.
Wednesday: Black and British: a Forgotten History
This documentary series kicks off BBC Two’s Black and British season, which aims to celebrate Black-British identity, both past and present.
In it, acclaimed historian David Olusoga will explore new genetic evidence that suggests black people lived in Britain as far back as the 3rd Century AD. He will continue revealing untold black history through the ages, such as the story of Queen Victoria’s African goddaughter.
Thursday: The Secret Life of Prisons: Cutting Edge
Channel 4, 9.00pm
This Cutting Edge documentary uses footage shot by prisoners on smuggled mobile phones to assemble a picture of what really goes on inside the UK’s prisons.
Friday: Close to the Enemy
BBC Two, 11.05pm
Close to the Enemy is a new drama set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War Two, originally airing on Thursday and put here for the benefit of those watching the Secret Life of Prisons.
Captain Callum Ferguson’s (Jim Sturgess) last task before being released from the Army is to get a captured German scientist Dieter (August Diehl) to help the British develop the jet engine. Ferguson uses unorthodox methods to befriend Dieter, but tensions soon arise.
The programme also follow’s Ferguson’s traumatised brother Victor, a young woman working for the War Crimes Unit and others trying to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a crippling war.
Saturday: The Jonathan Ross Show
This week Jonathan Ross is joined by Jeremy Clarkson, who will reveal more about his much-anticipated new motoring programme The Grand Tour, that Amazon swooped in to create after Clarkson was fired from the BBC's Top Gear. Robbie Williams and Mickey Flanagan also come by for a chat.
Sunday: The Selfless Sikh: Faith on the Frontline
This documentary captures the ‘selfless service’ that is integral to Sikhism through following Ravi Singh, a British Sikh who has been delivering aid to the oppressed Yazidi people of Northern Iraq since 2014.
Singh takes this religious principle to new heights, continuing his work as the battle between ISIS and opposition groups unfolds.