Easter TVweek: Saturday 30th March – Friday 5th April 2013

by | Mar 27, 2013 | All, TV Week


6.15pm Doctor Who BBC1 – The Doctor’s search for Clara Oswald brings him to modern-day London, where Wi-Fi is everywhere. Humanity lives in a Wi-Fi soup. But something dangerous is lurking in the signals, picking off minds and imprisoning them. As Clara becomes the target of this insidious menace, the Doctor races to save her and the world from an ancient enemy.

7.00pm The Voice BBC1 – The singing competition returns for a second series. Will I Am, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue return to the spinning chairs.

7.00pm Richard Briers: A Good Life BBC2 – A celebration of the late, great Richard Briers. From The Good Life to King Lear, Briers’ unique talents gave him a versatility and breadth enjoyed by only a few. Friends and colleagues gather to pay tribute to this much loved and multi-talented actor.

8.00pm Bach: A Passionate Life BBC2 – John Eliot Gardiner goes in search of Bach the man and the musician. The famous portrait of Bach portrays a grumpy 62-year-old man in a wig and formal coat, yet his greatest works were composed 20 years earlier in an almost unrivalled blaze of creativity.

9.00pm Labyrinth Channel 4 – An all-star cast including Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Felton, John Hurt, Sebastian Stan and Vanessa Kirby head up Kate Mosse’s best-selling adventure thriller adapted by Adrian Hodges. Concludes Tomorrow.

10.00pm Life’s Too Short BBC2 – Warwick Davis returns in a special episode of the comedy series from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Warwick is a changed man and now works hard for his clients at agency ‘Dwarves For Hire’. Val Kilmer visits him to discuss a sequel to ‘Willow’ – but there are strings attached. Warwick persuades Keith Chegwin, Les Dennis and Shaun Williamson to put together a show to tour. When things turn sour within the trio, Warwick takes them to see a spiritualist.

Easter Sunday

6.30pm Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years ITV – Michael Ball hosts this show celebrating 40 years of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s success in the West End. Celebrity friends and fans attending include some of entertainment’s most distinguished names, from Sir Michael Caine to Simon Cowell. There are special performances of Andrew’s greatest hits by Nicole Scherzinger, Il Divo, Melanie C, Tim Minchin, Chris Moyles and Myleene Klass, and a worldwide exclusive performance from his latest musical.

8.00pm Donald Campbell: Speed King BBC2 – Using rare archive and first hand testimony from those who knew him intimately, this film explores the life of Donald Campbell, one of Britain’s most compelling but doomed heroes. Despite his triumphs, setting several world speed records on land and water, he remained a haunted man. His father Sir Malcolm Campbell had been a prolific record-breaker but an indifferent parent and all his life Donald felt driven to emulate his father. But instead of endless success his career was dogged by bad luck, bad weather and the growing apathy of the British public. In 1967 he took his Bluebird boat to Coniston in the Lake District for an attempt on the water speed record. With the eyes of the world upon him, he crashed and was killed instantly, his body and boat lost for thirty years.

9.00pm The Village BBC1 – Six-part period drama series starring John Simm and Maxine Peake.  Bert Middleton is the second oldest man in Britain, and a film is being made about his life and his village. He takes us back to the summer of 1914, when he was twelve years old. Bert and his brother Joe fall in love with the same woman, and Britain declares war on Germany. Joe considers whether he should enlist, and Grace pushes him to seek his freedom.

Easter Monday

7.00pm Africa: The Greatest Show on Earth BBC1 – Highlights of the breathtaking series ‘Africa’. Sir David Attenborough takes a journey through the vast and diverse continent of Africa as it’s never been seen before.

9.00pm Jonathan Creek BBC1 – Alan Davies and Sheridan Smith return of a new feature length episode of the popular crime drama. hen a dead body impossibly vanishes from a locked study, it is only the first in a chain of dark mysteries confronting Jonathan Creek and self-styled paranormal investigator Joey Ross. And this time they find themselves merely junior players in a murder investigation headed by the flamboyant detective, Inspector Gideon Pryke. Guest stars include Joanna Lumley, Nigel Planer and Rick Mayall.

9.00pm Game of Thrones Sky Atlantic – The epic Emmy-winning fantasy drama returns. Jon is brought before formidable wildling leader Mance Rayder, while Tyrion wants his reward from Joffrey.

10.20pm Neighbourhood Watched BBC1 – Programme showing life for Greater Manchester’s housing officers and the tenants living in social housing.


8.00pm Touch Sky1 – Kiefer Sutherland continues to play the numbers game in this second season. On the run from Aster Corps, Martin and Jake try to rebuild their lives in LA.

9.00pm Barely Legal Drivers BBC3 – Series in which young drivers take to the road in the family car, unaware that their parents are watching every manoeuvre through state-of-the-art cameras placed in the cars.


9.00pm Motorway Cops BBC1

9.00pm Hillsborough – Never Forgotten BBC2 – Documentary looking at the impact of the Hillsborough Independent Review’s findings on the survivors and families of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Relatives of the deceased and people who attended to the victims on the day describe what it was like to live in a world pervaded by an absence of truth, and how the victims of the disaster were held to be responsible for their own deaths. The Bishop of Liverpool, The Right Rev James Jones, also gives an extended inside account of the investigation and how he and colleagues pieced together an expose of deceit and deception.

9.00pm Scott & Bailey ITV – Series 3 of the crime drama series starring Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones. Newly-wed Rachel struggles to adjust to living with Sean. Admitting their marriage is over, Janet and Ade put their house on the market, planning to split when it sells. When she is called to a crime scene, Janet discovers the severed head of 75-year-old Eunice Bevan at the bottom of the stairs in her home, with her bedridden husband Joe lying upstairs. Tracing their relatives becomes crucial, but as Joe becomes more lucid in hospital, their daughter Helen’s alibi starts to fall apart.


9.00pm Horizon: The Age of Big Data BBC2 – Horizon meets the people at the forefront of the data revolution and reveals the possibilities and the promise of the age of big data. In Los Angeles the police are experimenting, trying to predict crime before it even happens. At the heart of the city of London, one trader believes that he has found the secret of making billions with math and, in South Africa, astronomers are attempting to catalogue the entire cosmos.

9.00pm The Intern Channel 4 – Hilary Devey wants to kick down some doors. Determined to get deserving young people a chance to land their ideal jobs, she has persuaded some of Britain’s most exciting companies to let her hijack their normal recruitment policy. Each episode of The Intern sees three young hopefuls given a week’s trial in the job of their dreams. The candidates don’t know it but Hilary has arranged for the week to be packed full of the biggest challenges. Based on real life situations, each scenario tests a particular skill or aptitude deemed crucial to being a success in the particular industry. In the first episode, three young people who wouldn’t normally make it to a first interview get the chance of securing their ultimate job at one of Britain’s top hotel chains, the exclusive Red Carnation Collection.

9.00pm Peter Andre: My Life ITV2 – It is only four weeks since the death of Peter’s brother Andrew and he is struggling through rehearsals still grieving. Having postponed many of his tour dates at the end of last year, Peter is going back on the road to finish off what he started. He takes girlfriend Emily to the National TV Awards, his first appearance in public since his brother’s death. He also has some much needed time with his children at the adventure park as they brave the zip wire. At his next performance in Bournemouth though, a chance meeting with a young girl pushes him to breaking point.

10.00pm True Stories: Dogging Tales Channel 4 – True Stories provides an insight into why men and women engage in or watch sexual activity in front of strangers in public areas, under the cover of darkness.


8.00pm How to Win the Grand National Channel 4 – Mark Evans gets to grips with the race. His aim is to learn what qualities separate the winner from the also-rans. He looks at the race in forensic detail: first the adrenaline-pumping start where 40 horses line up ready to charge, followed by the immense power they need to jump the nearly six-foot-high fences, then the precise combination of human balance and equine skill to land safely, and finally the power, will and endurance that decide the final sprint.

9.00pm Have I Got News For You BBC1 – The popular news quiz returns, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Stephen Mangan and guest panellists including Richard Osman.

9.00pm Alan Carr’s Grand National Specstacular Channel 4 – Alan presents another Specstacular to celebrate Channel 4’s first broadcast of the Grand National. There’s a heady mixture of celebrities including Jonathan Ross, Paddy McGuinness, Kimberley Walsh, Louis Walsh, James Nesbitt, Abbey Clancy, Rylan Clark, Miranda Hart and Alex Brooker for some horsey-themed studio games.

9.30pm Not Going Out BBC1 – Series 6 of the comedy written by and starring Lee Mack. When Lucy accidentally runs over a pet rabbit belonging to the daughter of an important client, she needs Lee and Daisy to help cover her tracks.

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