Saturday 30th August – Friday 5th September 2014

by | Aug 26, 2014 | All, TV Week


7.00pm The Chase Celebrity Special ITV – Bradley Walsh hosts a celebrity edition of the hit quiz show where four celebrities take on the Chaser, one of Britain’s finest quiz brains, to try and win thousands of pounds for charity. Tonight’s contestants are television presenter and novelist Fern Britton, cricketer Matthew Hoggard, entrepreneur Michelle Mone and actor Neil Morrissey.

8.00pm The X Factor ITV – The competition scours all corners of the UK in search of a singer worthy of landing a life-changing record contract. The nation’s most talked-about entertainment show sees the welcome return of music mogul Simon Cowell and pop princess Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. They join new face Mel B and long-serving Louis Walsh on this year’s judging panel. Dermot O’Leary is back to host the search for the nation’s next big singing sensation. The action kicks off with the room auditions, where hopefuls face the judges eyeball to eyeball in the intimate audition room. Continues Tomorrow at 8.00pm

9.25pm Through the Keyhole ITV – Keith Lemon returns for a new series of the revived popular and long running game show. Join him as he snoops around the homes of mystery celebrities and unearths clues as to the identity of the inhabitant, which the studio panel then have to work out themselves. This week’s guests are presenter and chat show host Jonathan Ross, This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford and comedian Alan Carr.


9.00pm The Two Amigos: A Gaucho Adventure BBC2 – In this two-part series, The Fast Show stars John Thomson and Simon Day go in search of the ‘free spirits’ they once were, learning the ways of the gaucho, Argentina’s cowboy. After a couple of essential riding lessons in the UK, they don the ‘poncho of freedom’ and set off for Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires.

10.00pm Him & Her: The Wedding BBC2 – Another chance to see the fantastic final series of the BBC3 comedy that centres around the wedding of Laura and Paul.


8.00pm Jamie’s Comfort Food Channel 4 – Jamie Oliver is taking the nation’s favourite dishes to the next level in this exciting and indulgent new six-parter. Jamie’s Comfort Food is packed full of reinvented British classics, nostalgic comforters, outdoor treats and scrumptious puds.

8.00pm Duck Quacks Don’t Echo Sky1 – Lee Mack returns for a second series of the playful panel show and is joined by presenter Holly Willoughby, comedian Dara O Briain and actor Hugh Dennis.

8.30pm Only Connect BBC2

9.00pm Alex Polizzi: The Fixer BBC2 – Alex Polizzi, champion of small businesses, returns with a new series. This time she is finding fixes for the critical issues that kill so many companies. In this episode, exporting. Six years ago it was Paul Walker’s dream to set up his very own micro-brewery in the heart of the Devon countryside. But his dream has turned into a nightmare. Finances are spiralling out of control and family life is suffering. A taste test at Sharp’s Brewery ruffles some feathers and a trip to Paris reveals interesting opportunities inherent within brand Britain. Can Alex capitalise on the growing popularity of British real ales and show a small firm how to shape up in order to ship out?

9.00pm The Human Tissue Squad BBC3 – Two-part documentary following the young tissue donation team and staff at Liverpool’s national human tissue bank. On the frontline maintaining the country’s life-saving heart valves, skin and bone, it shows the physical and emotional challenges facing the team and meets the young people whose lives are transformed by tissue transplants. In the first part, the team battles a shortage of tissue supplies as it attempts to fulfil demand from hospitals nationwide, while the hunt is on for a donor shin bone to help 19-year-old Morgan.

10.35pm 21up: New Generation BBC1 – Documentary series. In the year 2000, as a new century opened, the documentary 7 Up 2000 was broadcast on BBC1. Following in the footsteps of 7 Up, the award-winning and highly acclaimed World In Action documentary that started in 1964, 7 Up 2000 began a fresh journey with a new generation of children, each one aged 7 in the year 2000. The programme featured children from all over the UK, from hugely varied backgrounds, all with very different personalities and interests. The team filmed each child at school and play, to try to build a true portrait of their lives and get a glimpse of their Britain at the beginning of a new millennium. Seven years on, the same production team returned to these children as they reached 14, to see how they had changed. In 2014 the same team go back to them again as they approach the milestone of their 21st birthdays. Concludes Tomorrow at 10.35pm.


8.00pm 100K House: Tricks of the Trade BBC2 – Kieran Long and Piers Taylor come to the aid of homeowners as they take on ambitious building projects. In this programme they help former nurse Dawn, whose impulse buy has left her with a tiny cottage that is so small she does not even invite her family round. Can Kieran and Piers unlock the potential of her 150-year-old home, or will Dawn be determined to do things her own way?

8.00pm Harry at 30 ITV – On the 15th of September this year Prince Harry turns 30. For three decades his activities have been front page news. This documentary explores the prince’s life so far, from Harry the boy who lost his mother at the age of 12 and Harry the troubled but in many ways typical teenager to Harry the frontline soldier and Harry the world’s most eligible bachelor.

9.00pm Gems TV – Documentary about the Bennet family, who run Britain’s premier retail jewellery business without a single shop. Their customers buy jewels which they see on cable TV, and are familiar with the owners. That is because the Bennet family are on screen, broadcasting to Europe and North America 24 hours a day, 365 days the year. They are helped by a team of presenters and receive up to 3,000 calls an hour. The family purchase direct from the mines and keep costs low, which means viewers can buy at bargain prices. Along with the usual diamonds, emeralds and rubies, the company sells a host of lesser-known gemstones.

9.00pm Educating Joey Essex ITV2 – The endearingly naive former TOWIE star Joey Essex is sent on a mission to broaden his mind once again as he travels to the USA for an intergalactic space odyssey. He hunts down aliens in the Nevada desert, gets a close encounter at the infamous Area 51, and goes to train to become an astronaut in Alabama.


9.00pm Our Zoo BBC1 – Six-part Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. Frustrated by living with his wife and two daughters under his parents’ roof and tormented by his war trauma, George decides to change his life and put a bit of beauty back into the world. Driven by his unique love of animals and unable to stand by while an unwanted squirrel monkey and a camel are put down in the quarantine bay at the docks, George houses the animals in his parents’ backyard. His youngest daughter, June, immediately falls in love with them, but Lucy, his mother, quickly loses patience with George’s state of mind.

9.00pm Grand Designs Channel 4 – The brand new series gets off to a dramatic start. Rob Hodgson and Kay Ralph plan to build an architectural monument high on a cliff top that may only just outlive them as the cliff has about 60 years before it disappears into the sea. However, when the build is forced to battle with the worst storm in recent history which leads to a huge part of the cliff being ripped away, the stunning building could literally disappear before their very eyes.

10.00pm The Gypsy Matchmaker Channel 4 – As many as 250,000 Roma Gypsies now live in the UK, where marriage under the age of 16 is illegal – but for some fiercely traditional Roma families, the custom of arranging unlawful marriages for children is still very much alive. This film follows two families living in Britain who have recently immigrated from Hungary and Romania but have not adjusted their behaviour to fit with the laws of this country. This is an insider view of a community living at odds with the system, according to a traditional Gypsy code known as ‘Pachiv’: a culture where the head of the family must always be obeyed, and where childhood ends in the early teens. The film documents the challenge for English authorities when they try to intervene as traditional Roma practices clash with contemporary UK laws.

10.00pm Wentworth Five – Series 2 of the Australian prison drama. A new governor arrives in Wentworth and loses no time in establishing control. Dissatisfied with the lax regime, Joan Ferguson sets her sights on ridding the prison of drugs and replacing top dog Frankie Doyle with Bea Smith. Bea is taken off sedatives and forced to return to the wings, where Lizzie helps her to find a way to deal with her grief.


8.30pm Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs ITV – Paul O’Grady returns for a third series as he follows his heart straight back to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. In this series, he travels further afield to meet even more dogs at Battersea’s sister sites in Old Windsor and Brands Hatch.

9.00pm Castles in the Sky BBC2 – Eddie Izzard stars in this one-off drama chronicling the invention of radar, which proved pivotal in the Battle of Britain, and telling the story of the tenacity and courage of an unlikely group of British heroes.

9.00pm Chasing Shadows ITV – Reece Shearsmith stars in a four-part drama focusing on the work of a missing persons unit. DS Sean Stone has a difficult manner which tends to alienate all those who work with him, but his unorthodox methods could hold the key to finding a missing 16-year-old girl called Taylor. In order to examine a spate of teenage suicides, he is teamed up with missing persons analyst Ruth Hattersley. In spite of his initial misgivings, they learn to work together and Sean believes they have discovered a serial killer who is preying on vulnerable young people.

9.00pm Educating The East End Channel 4 – Educating returns for a new series, at a new school: Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow, East London. Educating the East End captures every detail of life at the school, from playground high jinks and inspirational lessons to life-changing friendships and events. Educating the East End is told with heart, honesty and humour, and celebrates the universally identifiable themes of adolescence and those pivotal pupil-teacher relationships that shape everyone’s teenage years. To kick off the series, viewers are introduced to new Head Teacher Jenny Smith, her stellar team of staff and some lively kids. The school’s newest teacher, Mr Bispham, soon learns that teaching isn’t always plain sailing, especially when it comes to educating Year 9 girls.

10.00pm Dallas Five – Third series of the modernised US drama.

10.35pm So You Think You Can Drive? BBC1 – Dom Littlewood and Cherry Healey set out to tackle the nation’s bad driving habits. They’re going to attempt to transform the driving habits of two British motorists whose terrible driving is putting both themselves and the public at risk. They’ve been nominated by their families who believe they are accidents waiting to happen, so Dom and Cherry enrol of the help of one the UK’s most experienced driving instructors tackle their ingrained faults in new and surprising ways. Elsewhere in the show, Dom reveals the real dangers of bad driving when he joins the East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit to discover how they bring criminal drivers to justice.


8.00pm Gino’s Italian Escape ITV – Chef Gino D’Acampo begins his second Italian Escape in Florence as he tackles the famous bistecca alla Fiorentina – the finest, thickest, juiciest steak in Tuscany.

9.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Piers Morgan returns to host a new series of intimate interviews all conducted in front of a live studio audience. His first guest is singer, rapper, dancer, model and television presenter Alesha Dixon

9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts a new edition of the words and numbers show, alongside team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, who are joined by celebrity guests David Mitchell and Roisin Conaty. Phill Jupitus is in with Susie Dent, while Joe Wilkinson ‘helps’ Rachel Riley provide the letters and numbers.

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