Wednesday, 1 May 2013
TVWeek: Monday 5th - Friday 10th May 2013
8.00pm Motor Morphers Five - A guerrilla engineering show, in which two teams take one old vehicle each and transform it into another capable of completing a fiendish challenge set by host Jason Bradbury. This week, two teams of four highly-skilled engineers are given the implausible task of transforming two concrete mixer lorries into boats capable of carrying a half-tonne cargo on a figure-of-eight course around a lake.
8.00pm Caroline Quentin's National Parks ITV - Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin visits three of Britain's most popular national parks. The first episode finds her at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs in the South West of Scotland.
9.00pm The Apprentice BBC1 - Sixteen ambitious entrepreneurs start their fight for a life-changing investment of 250,000 pounds as the battle to become Lord Sugar's next business partner begins. Summoned to the boardroom at midnight, Lord Sugar warns the candidates that cliches won't cut it, and spells out what he is looking for. Then it is onto the task. Each team is given a shipping container stuffed with imported products, and the candidates must work through the night to sell the lot. It is boys versus girls, but Lord Sugar has a surprise in store for the sixteen hopefuls as they are put on the spot like never before. Sent straight to the port in the dead of night, the candidates get to see their stock. From Lucky Cats to two tonnes of water, it is a mixed bag, and they only have until 4pm to shift it all. The teams search London for businesses that will buy; dawn deals are done at a casino and a coach company, but with the clock ticking it is not long before the blunders begin. Continues Tomorrow with future episodes to be shown on Wednesdays.
9.00pm Who Wants to be a Millionaire? ITV - Chris Tarrant hosts a brand new series.
9.00pm Mary Queen of the High Street Channel 4 - Mary Portas sticks her head above the parapet as she fights for Britain's failing high streets in this new series. With over 100 shops closing a week, is it high noon for the high street? Mary thinks not, so she took on the challenge of coming up with a 28-point plan, the Portas Review, to help breathe new life into the high street. She always knew there was no quick fix and it would be far from easy, but she also knew that getting communities involved in Town Teams, and passing some power back to local people, was at the heart of any possible solution. What she didn't expect were the rash of press headlines, bust-ups and the frustrations aplenty.
10.00pm The Apprentice: You're Fired! BBC2 - Dara speaks to the first fired from the series.
9.00pm Bankers: Fixing the System BBC2 - Documentary series telling the inside story of the scandal that ripped through the banking industry and took down a banking legend, Bob Diamond. In the first episode, bosses, regulators and politicians give frank first-hand accounts of how the balance of power started to shift away from the bankers, a crisis that erupted over the widespread rigging of an obscure rate-setting mechanism, Libor, rather than over the tumult of the financial crash.
8.00pm City of Dreams BBC2 - Two-part documentary series exploring life in contemporary Bradford, West Yorkshire, and the entrepreneurs that are helping reignite the city's fortunes. Bradford, once one of the richest cities in Britain, has always been a magnet for economic migrants, from the Irish rural poor who came to work in the mills in the 1800s via German Jewish merchants who traded in cloth at the turn of the 19th century and on through the Asian immigration in the second half of the 20th Century.
8.30pm Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs ITV - Paul O'Grady returns with a brand new series of the award-winning show in which he visits the staff and canine residents of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
9.00pm Britain's Biggest Hoarders BBC1 - Jasmine Harman sets out to help families across Britain who are struggling with hoarding, the condition which has also affected Jasmine's mother for years. In this episode, Jasmine helps 87-year-old Olive in Brighton get the home back which she has lost to hoarding.
9.00pm Murder on the Homefront ITV - First of a two-part crime drama set during the the birth of modern forensics - the London Blitz of 1940. When a number of young women are found murdered with swastikas carved on their tongues, DI Freddy Wilkins has a prime suspect in vulnerable loner Wilfred Ziegler. But the passionate and brilliant Home Office pathologist Dr Lennox Collins and his vivacious young secretary Molly Cooper have their doubts. Employing ground-breaking forensic techniques, can Lennox and Molly save a seemingly innocent man from the gallows or is there more to these murders than meets the eye?
10.00pm Sex on Wheels Channel 4 - There are over 10 million people living with disabilities in the UK and 85% of them are sexually active. This sensitive and honest documentary takes a candid look at the sex lives of four disabled individuals, from the recently paralysed Karl, who is coming to terms with life without an erection, to Pete, who has cerebral palsy. Pete's hoist helps him into every conceivable sexual position and he has ambitions to be the UK's first disabled porn star. Leah, a 24-year-old woman with brittle bone disease, won't let her body's limitations get in the way of an adventurous sex life.
9.00pm Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball BBC2 - Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, this documentary explores the social events that shape the novel's narratives by restaging a regency ball at Chawton House, the grand estate of Jane Austen's brother. Amanda Vickery and Alastair Sooke lead a team of world class experts as they reconstruct the ball in loving detail, from music and dancing, to food and fashion. The film uses music from the Austen family archives, as well as dances and dishes mentioned in her novels and letters to recreate the experience of attending an early 19th century country ball.
9.00pm A Life of Crime ITV - Three-part crime drama starring Hayley Atwell. Atwell plays a policewoman who battles against sexism and prejudice as she rises through the ranks of an ever-changing force. In 1985, Denise Woods starts life as an idealistic WPC for the Metropolitan Police, ignoring her mother's disappointment at her career choice. Working with handsome young plain clothes Detective Sergeant Ray Deans, she quickly becomes emotionally involved in the rape and murder of 15-year-old Amy Reid, whom she happened to meet the night before she was killed.
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