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Friday, 24 September 2010

TV Week - Saturday 2nd - Friday 8th October 2010

9.00pm When Piers Met Lord Sugar ITV1 - Piers Morgan interviews one of the country's most successful and most famous entrepreneurs - Alan Sugar. Piers gets a unique opportunity to spend two days with Lord Sugar at his home in Florida. The pair go on a bike ride together, and Piers spends an evening with Lord and Lady Sugar. Back in the UK, Piers meets the businessman in his birthplace of Hackney for a trip down memory lane.
7.00pm The Genius of British Art Channel 4 - Series fronted by David Starkey. In the opening episode Starkey considers how royal portraiture from Henry VIII to Princess Diana has had an enduring influence on the iconic power of personality.
10.00pm American Dad BBC3  
9.00pm Horizon The Death of the Oceans BBC2 - Sir David Attenborough reveals the findings of one of the most ambitious scientific studies of our time - an investigation into what is happening to our oceans
9.00pm DCI Banks: Aftermath ITV - Conclusion of the crime drama starring Stephen Tompkinson. 
9.00pm NCIS Los Angeles Sky1 - US crime series returns for a second series.
8.00pm Wedding House Channel 4 - 8-part reality series in-which  a stately mansion is handed over to a crack team of wedding experts where couples are invited to express their love in their very own unique way. Welcome to the Wedding House, a one stop nuptials shop where couples can indulge themselves in a tailor-made marriage ceremony.
8.00pm There's a Hippo in My House Five - One-off documentary recounting the remarkable tale of Tonie and Shirley Joubert, a South African couple who took the bizarre decision to adopt and rear one of the most dangerous mammals in the world. The cameras follow this unusual family for 12 months, charting a typical year in the life of the Jouberts and their hippopotamus house guest.
9.00pm Panorama: Kids in Care BBC1 -  Panorama follows children in the care of Coventry Social Services for six months to find out if the state can be a real parent.
10.00pm Rude Tube Channel 4 - Alex Zane hosts six  new top 50 Rude Tube countdowns celebrating Fails, Virals, Music, Stunts, Animals and Ultimate Champions. The funniest, strangest, and most outrageous clips from the worldwide web.
8.00pm Midsommer Murders ITV 
9.00pm The Apprentice BBC1 - Sixth series of the ultimate job interview with Lord Sugar.
9.00pm Peter Andre: The Next Chapter ITV2  
10.00pm The Apprentice: You're Fired! BBC2 -  Dara O Briain talks to the first person to be fired by Lord Sugar. Masterchef's John Torode and comedienne Jenny Eclair endeavour to find out what went wrong and cast their eyes over the rest who are left to fight it out for the top job.
8.30pm Autumnwatch BBC2 - Eight week celebration of UK wildlife. From the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol.
9.00pm Dispatches: Bravo's Deadly Mission Channel 4 - In February, US Marines launched the biggest operation since the start of the war in Afghanistan: Operation Mushtaraq. Bravo's Deadly Mission covers hour-by-hour the entire operation to liberate the strategically vital town of Marjah in February 2010 and contains some of the most intense fighting footage ever caught on camera. 
9.00pm Stacey Dooley Investigates BBC3 - Stacey Dooley presents a documentary exploring the issue of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
9.00pm What Katie Did Next ITV2 
9.30pm Autumnwatch: Unsprung BBC2 - Martin Hughes-Games chairs as the presenters answer audience questions, give in-depth analysis on current themes, and reveal more of what goes on behind the scenes. Featuring special guest, wildlife cameraman Charlie Hamilton-James. 
10.00pm Phoeshop E4 - The series spawned from Channel 4's Comedy Showcase gets a full series. It's Christopher's first full day working for PhoneShop so Ashley and Jerwayne attempt to teach him some tricks of the trade.Writer.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Seven Days, Channel 4

So unless you’ve been living in a cave or perhaps a remote part of the Sudan you’ll be aware that Channel 4’s flagship reality series Big Brother bowed out (rather pathetically if I’m honest) after eleven years a few weeks ago. The decision to axe one of their biggest series was done to free up more time in the broadcasters schedule for more brand new innovative programming. As a huge TV fan I was slightly sad to see Big Brother leave our screens. Just think of all those dairy room chairs languishing in a skip behind Elstree Studios but on the other side of the coin as a devoted TV viewer I’m always intrigued to see what the next big innovate, engrossing piece of television might be.

With Big Brother’s corpse still lukewarm with only a few hundred flies nibbling on it Channel 4 launched a brand new series this week. Now with their biggest reality series dead and with more time to fill than ever before what genre did the channel decide fill their hole with? Well another reality series of course!

I’ll try and leave the sarcasm there as despite all my smart Alec comments I found myself thoroughly engrossed in their new series Seven Days. The concept is actually quite innovative and interesting. For those who are reading this without having any idea what I’m jabbering on about it’s more a docusoap than a reality series really. Its just reality series is the word we’ve become so familiar with. It documents the lives of ordinary people living in and around London’s Notting Hill but the clever bit its all shot in real time and what we see on a Wednesday was shot all that week and we see the edited highlights which makes it nearly the most current TV series ever outside of the nightly news bulletins of course. There’s also an option to interact with the participants online to have some influence on their actions the following week. This isn’t just another shoddily produced reality series full of fame hungry wannabes who are continually aware of the presence of a camera these are actually real people going about their lives and having real conversations. Now when I say real conversations I do mean the daft conversations we all seem to have like what’s the point of me going to University if I can’t job after it and why can’t Women throw a dart (that one has never popped up for me though to be honest).

Unlike Big Brother it did seem full of likeable enough people who can see myself enjoying over the course of its nine week run. Overnight ratings figures released today say it got off to rather a dismal start in the ratings attracting only 1million but I would hope that after word of mouth has spread the series will find its audience but its worth a watch. I can understand why millions decided not to tune in just reading the write up in the TV times but its something I think most people could sit, not be offended by, laugh at and enjoy for an hour and that’s all we really want from our TV sometimes isn’t it?


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