The TVWeek: 8th-14th December 2012

by | Dec 4, 2012 | All, TV Week


10.45pm Led Zeppelin Live in London 2007: Celebration Day BBC2 – An edited version of the Led Zeppelin’s one off reformation concert at the 02 shot in 2007. 


8.00pm How the Bismark Sank HMS Hood Channel 4 – Shipwreck detectives David Mearns and Innes McCratney search the remains of the HMS Hood to discover why it sank so quickly after being attacked by the Bismark in 1941. 

8.40pm Rome’s Lost Empire BBC1 – This one-off documentary sees Dan Snow use the latest satellite technology to identify the lost cities, amphitheatres and forts of ancient Rome. 

9.00pm The Trouble With Aid BBC4 – Documentary exploring 45 years of international humanitarian efforts in African contries and examines why providing aid can sometimes have unintended and terrible consequences. 

9.45pm Rod Stewart’s Christmas ITV1 – Filmed at Stirling Castle, this sees Rod Stewart sing tracks from his new Christmas album including a version of Let It Snow where he duets with Kylie Minogue. 


12.30pm Let’s Do Christmas with Gino and Mel ITV1 – Gino D’Acampo and Melanie Sykes return for two weeks of festive daytime fun welcoming various famous faces over the fortnight and in this first episode David Gest appears helping he duo make a ham and turkey pie. 

9.00pm The Poison Tree ITV1 – The start of a two-part psychological drama starring MyAnna Buring as Karen a woman who is trying to put the past behind her but is haunted by memories of a traumatic event two years earlier. This drama tracks both Karen in the present and the past where she was a young Northern student in London and falling under the spell of siblings Biba and Rex. 

9.00pm Little Crackers Sky 1 – The return of Sky’s fifteen minute festive treats in which famous faces star in stories about their youth. In this first instalment, entitled Baby Be Blonde, which sees a young Joanna Lumley try to make it as a model while the actress herself cameos as a dragon-like fashonista. Future episodes over the next week feature contributions from Rebecca Front, Tommy Tiernan and Caroline Quentin. 

9.00pm The Golden Age of Steam Railways BBC4 – The story of the men who saved some of Britain’s railways that once served the country’s industries including its mines, factories, docks and quarries. 


8.00pm Inside Guinness World Records ITV1 -This film travels all around the globe to meet some of the most remarkable people who can legitimately call themselves Guinness World Record holders. 

8.00pm Is Our Weather Getting Worse? Channel 4 – This documentary discovers whether our recent bad weather is something that is to be expected occasionally or whether it provides evvidence of an increasingly troubling climate change problem. 

9.00pm This World: Cuba with Simon Reeve BBC2 – Simon Reeve visits the Caribbean Island of Cuba to see the effects of the economic liberalisation of the country and asks whether political reform will eventually follow. 

9.00pm On the Run ITV1 – Nicky Campbell and Mark Williams-Thomas attempt to track down four fugitives and successfully trap two with elaborate stings however the other pair appear to be harder to catch. 


8.00pm Weight Loss Ward ITV1 – The first of a two-part look at the busy obesity unit in Sunderland’s Royal Hospital and discovers why thousands of patients go under the knife in order to lose their excess weight. 

8.00pm Miniature Britain BBC1 – George McGavin uses a microscope camera to film an unseen world filled with amazing things that our essential to our every day life. These include the hooked feet of caterpillars, the kaleidoscopic scales on butterfly wings and the feathers that zip together to keep birds airborne. 

9.00pm The British Comedy Awards Channel 4 – Jonathan Ross returns to host the annual event honouring the best the country has to offer in comedy. There are multiple nominations for Rev, Twenty Twelve and The Thick of It in the TV categories while David Mitchell, Lee Mack, Harry Hill and Sean Lock fight it out for best Male TV comic and Jo Brand, Nina Conti, Sarah Millican and Sue Perkins are the four funny ladies nominated for the female equivalent of that award. 


9.00pm Pensioners Behind Bars ITV1 – A documentary looking at those who turned to a life of crime following their sixtieth birthdays they include John who became a heroin dealer aged 74 and 66 year old Adele who accidentally became a brothel madam after her massage parlour attracted the wrong sort of customer. 

9.00pm Britain’s Hidden Housing Crisis BBC1 – This Panorama special investigates the devastating impact that eviction can have on families and follows the ailing fortunes of several people including a city banker forced to sleep rough and a pensioner with cancer who was repossessed from her house.

9.00pm Wrestling’s Golden Age: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies – This nostalgic documentary examines the phenomenon of British wrestling in the 1960s and 1970s and asks why we were so gripped by it and conversely why it ran out of steam in the 1980s. 

10.00pm The 15 Stone Babies Channel 4 – A look into the world of adults, who like to dress and be cared for like babies and exploring their motivations for doing this. 


7.30pm Nigel Slater’s 12 Tastes of Christmas BBC1 – The first of a two-parter in which the food expert shares some of his favourite flavours which he believes makes the festive period truly delicious. 

9.00pm A Night of Heroes: The Military Awards ITV1 – Amanda Holden and Philip Schofield pay tribute to the heroism f Britain’s armed forces in this special awards programme. 

9.00pm Jack Irish: Bad Debts FX – Guy Pearce stars in this Australian thriller as former criminal lawyer Jack Irish who quit his job following a tragedy and now kills time as a private investigator, debt collector and carpenter. But following a phone call from an old client Jack is forced back into a world he thought he’d left behind. 

9.00pm James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala BBC4 – Conductor Carl Davis presides over the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra as they perform a special concert of Bond themes at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Following on at 10:30 is …Sings James Bond which is a collection of performances of Bond themes filmed over the years and features Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Adele among others. 

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