Television: Highlights for the week ahead

The best of the week's new TV shows

From Raw Cut TV DETECTIVES: INSIDE THE MAJOR CRIMES TEAM Thursday 13th April 2017 on ITV Screen grab shows: Lancashire Police Detectives at the Blackpool Murder scene This documentary series from the team who made the award winning film The Murder of Sadie Hartley, has extraordinary access to Lancashire Police's major investigation team. Detective Sergeant Sheralyn Melton investigates the rape of a young mother in her own home. The rapist found his victim through a dating website. Will the DS Melton be able to gather enough evidence against her suspect to be able to charge him? When a man is stabbed to death near Blackpool town centre, Detective Superintendent Andy Murphy launches a manhunt for the killer. The suspect, who has a previous history of violent offending, uses a number of aliases and travels long distances to different locations to evade being captured. Will the Police find him? © Raw Cut TV For further information please contact Peter Gray 0207 157 3046 [email protected] This photograph is © Raw Cut TV and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme DETECTIVES: INSIDE THE MAJOR CRIMES TEAM or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website


Devon And Cornwall Cops/The Detectives: Inside The Major Crimes Team

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STV offer two documentaries this week about the police. First up is a three-part series about the work of Devon and Cornwall Police Force, which has the biggest geographical area in England – and 700 miles of coastline – to patrol, from the Isles of Scilly to the crowds of Plymouth.

The stunning landscape offers a stark juxtaposition to the issues the force deals with, from officers working alone in moorland areas when back-up can be miles away, to policing their friends and neighbours in close-knit communities and keeping the population safe as 11 million tourists join the 1.7 million locals over the summer.

The second programme, also a three-parter, follows the work of detectives from Lancashire Police as they investigate serious crimes, from the initial call through to charging the suspects. In the first episode, investigations are launched after a young mother is raped by a man she met through a dating website and a Polish man is stabbed to death in Blackpool.

Monday, STV, 8pm/Thursday, STV, 9pm


Peter Kay’s Car Share

The beautifully observed and performed comedy starring Peter Kay and Sian Gibson returns for a four episode run. After being forced to commute together in a supermarket car share scheme, assistant manager John Redmond (Kay) and promotions assistant Kayleigh Kitson (Gibson) find themselves, reluctantly, having to make the daily commute to work separately now that Kayleigh has moved in with her sister.

In a bid to compete with the likes of Netflix, the whole series will be available on the BBC iPlayer as a box set immediately after this episode airs on BBC1.

Tuesday, BBC1, 9pm


The Knowledge: World’s Toughest Taxi Test

For the first time, a fixed camera rig has been allowed inside the nerve-wracking oral exams which candidates known as ‘Knowledge Boys or Girls’ must pass to show they have the necessary expertise to become a London taxi driver. To pass, the candidates must memorise and be able to recall the capital’s 25,000 plus streets, 100,000 points of interest and how they all fit together.

The film follows the surprising range of characters who are each at various stages of the process, including a single mum, a Kosovan immigrant and a bus driver. It takes an average of four years to pass The Knowledge, but the drop out rate is 70 per cent.

Wednesday, Channel 4, 9pm


An Evening With Take That

With a new album and a UK tour beginning next month, Take That warm up with a TV special performed in front of an audience of fans from across Europe. Expect some tracks from new release, Wonderland, plus plenty of old favourites.

Today, STV, 8:30pm


Our Friend Victoria

The life and work of the late, great Victoria Wood is celebrated in this six-part series with re-runs of famous sketches and contributions from those she worked with, including Julie Walters, Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston.

Tuesday, BBC1, 9:30pm



Follow Britain’s biggest warship, HMS Ocean, and her crew on a sensitive seven-month active deployment to the Middle East.

Monday, Channel 4, 8pm