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TV&Satellite Week 27-Apr-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd TV & Satellite Week is a weekly magazine, perfect for TV fans looking to get the most out of multichannel viewing. It includes comprehensive listings and a film guide, coverage of the best US dramas, a rundown of the week's highlights and a guide to live sports action on TV. England and Wales edition.

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game over?

FANTASY DRAMAGame of ThronesMonday, Sky Atlantic HD, 9pmEvery series of Game of Thrones has trumped the last, with bigger, better and bloodier battles – and this final season is no exception as one of the most expensive and thrilling fight scenes ever made comes to our screens.Since the fantasy drama first began, the Westeros houses have lived in fear of the terrifying zombie enemy led by the Night King (see panel, below right), which succeeded in breaching the Wall in the gripping finale of the last season.This week, the Army of the Dead finally descends on Winterfell for a brutal assault as their 100,000-strong horde of magical White Walkers and Wights (reanimated human corpses) seek to destroy the vastly outnumbered Westeros forces.‘It’s the living versus the dead,’ says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who…

silent but deadly

The Night King brings his terrifying Army of the Dead to Winterfell this week, but who exactly is the mute, blue-eyed leader of the White Walkers?Viewers first met him in season four when he turned a Wildling baby into a White Walker, before he had his first skirmish with Jon Snow in the battle of Hardhome.Vladimir Furdik plays the Night KingWe later saw his ancient origins in one of Bran Stark’s visions. The Night King was the first of the White Walkers, who were created by the fairy-like creatures called the Children of the Forest as demons to unleash upon their enemies, the First Men, who cut down their sacred weirwood trees.‘I don’t think of the Night King as evil, I think of him as Death itself,’ says showrunner David Benioff.…

ted talks

DRAMALine of DutySunday, BBC1 HD, 9pmIn the first few series of Line of Duty, Superintendent Ted Hastings seemed a pillar of rectitude. But, as ever in TV’s most twisty crime drama, appearances can be very deceptive.Viewers have seen debt-ridden Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar, behave in an increasingly furtive manner this series as AC-12’s finest have continued to search for the elusive bent copper, known only as ‘H’, who has masterminded numerous criminal operations.After last week’s jaw-dropping demise of undercover officer John Corbett (Stephen Graham), the hunt for the corrupt cop steps up a gear in this week’s penultimate episode.As DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) start to wonder if their boss is keeping a dark secret, will Hastings be incriminated further? We met Dunbar,…

anna in charge

Anna Maxwell Martin joins the cast as DCS Patricia CarmichaelThis week sees Anna Maxwell Martin join the cast of Line of Duty for the explosive final two episodes. The award-winning actor plays Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael, a senior anti-corruption detective brought in from outside AC-12, who soon proves herself a force to be reckoned with.‘Jed Mercurio has written a totally brilliant character in Carmichael. She’s a woman on a mission,’ says Maxwell Martin, whose recent credits include BBC2’s Motherland and Mother’s Day.‘I feel honoured to follow in the footsteps of all the great actors who make up the Line of Duty family. I’ve been a fan for years, and I’m dead chuffed to be part of series five. I’m so pleased I no longer have to keep it a secret!’…

stranger danger

Ben Batt as Willmus CrabtreeDRAMAJamestownFriday, Sky One HD, 9pmWhen hunchbacked, pockmarked newcomer Willmus Crabtree first appeared on the Jamestown quay last week, Governor Yeardley (Jason Flemyng) remarked, ‘Was ever a human so contrary to nature?’Yet there is more to Willmus than meets the eye, as Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick) is the first to discover in this week’s episode of the Sky One period drama.‘Willmus has scarring on his face and a hunch on his back, but he’s a smartly dressed fellow,’ explains Shameless actor Ben Batt, who plays him. ‘He’s here to sell exotic goods, and is unlike any character in Jamestown.’However, Willmus is not just there to trade. Batt adds: ‘He’s there to gather information about what’s happening below the surface. He wants to shake things up and find out…

born survivors

Capturing footage of an ibex‘I look at the footage through the lens of survival experience’BEAR GRYLLSA young polar bear on the huntNEW WILDLIFEHostile PlanetSunday, National Geographic HD, 9pmThere’s been no shortage of stunning wildlife documentaries on our screens in recent weeks – from Our Planet on Netflix to BBC1’s Blue Planet Live.None of them, however, are quite like National Geographic’s impressive new series Hostile Planet, presented by Bear Grylls.The survival expert promises that the six-part series will take an unflinching look at the hugely challenging conditions facing the world’s wildlife every day.WORKING TOGETHER‘The series is not just about spectacular, beautiful footage,’ says Grylls. ‘It also looks at how hard it is for many animals to survive, and how they need to work together as a family to adapt to conditions.’Each…