The TVweek: Monday 14th – Thursday 17th July 2014

by | Jul 7, 2014 | All, TV Week


9.00pm The Secret Life of Your Clothes BBC2 – Documentary in which Ade Adepitan explores the afterlife of some of the clothes we donate to charity shops; where do they actually go? It turns out most don’t ever reach the rail of the local charity shop; they are exported to Africa. Our castoffs have created a multi-million pound industry and some of the world’s poorest people pay good money to buy them. In this film for This World, Ade Adepitan tells the story of the afterlife of our clothes.

9.00pm Long Lost Family ITV – The award-winning series presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell returns with more remarkable and moving stories of people desperate to find missing family members.

9.00pm Royal Marines Commando School Channel 4 – From the makers of Educating Yorkshire, this brand new eight-part documentary series has unprecedented access to arguably the most arduous basic military training programme in the world. Royal Marines Commando School goes behind-the-scenes at the Royal Marines’ Commando Training Centre in Devon. With a unique combination of fixed-rig cameras and embedded directors, it documents the experiences of Royal Marines in training as never before. They say that the first two weeks of Royal Marines training are among the toughest of the whole 32 weeks. This episode follows 56 new recruits through this so-called ‘shock of capture’.

10.00pm Utopia Channel 4 – The acclaimed dark and enigmatic conspiracy thriller returns for a second six-part series. Rose Leslie, Ian McDiarmid and Tom Burke are among the new cast members joining the original cast, which includes Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. In 1974, a young scientific genius Philip Carvel meets an idealistic security services agent, Milner at a secret forum of political, industrial, financial and academic leaders. Milner is in charge of a powerful shadowy organisation known only as The Network. Continues Tomorrow at 10.00pm.


8.00pm Hive Alive BBC2 – Two-part documentary in which Chris Packham and Martha Kearney reveal the mysteries of the honeybee.

9.00pm Nick & Margaret: Too Many Immigrants? BBC1 – Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford explore the impact of immigration in the UK by bringing both sides of the debate together. Pairing five Brits who are opposed to immigration with five immigrants, they look at the issues of jobs, housing and what it means to be British. Concludes at 9.00pm Tomorrow.

9.00pm Undercover Boss Channel 4 – New series of the show where high-flying executives take extraordinary steps to ensure their companies are fighting fit by going undercover in their own businesses. In the first episode of the sixth series, Brian Brick, Chief Executive of high street clothing retailer Moss Bros, swaps his suit for a dramatic disguise and goes undercover in the hope of working undetected alongside his frontline staff.

10.00pm Glasgow Girls BBC3 –  Musical drama based on the true story of the Glasgow Girls. What started as a grassroots petition to save their friend from deportation inspired a powerful human rights movement which would eventually change immigration practices in Scotland.

10.40pm Exposure: Don’t Take My Child ITV – Most adoptions in the UK occur against the wishes of the child’s birth parents. They are called forced adoptions and are on the rise, driven by Government policy and in the light of tragedies such as Baby P. For the first time, leading social workers, barristers and a High Court judge talk about the subject. Some of these stories are not normally heard, because of the secrecy that surrounds the court proceedings. There is now an unofficial network which helps women on the run from social workers flee the country, and we hear from families torn apart by the adoption process.


8.00pm Talk to the Animals BBC1 – Lucy Cooke is a zoologist and animal explorer on a worldwide quest to crack the animal code. In programme one Lucy finds out how animals communicate in their own social groups and looks at one-on-one communication with creatures that are looking for the perfect mate. Concludes at 8.00pm Tomorrow.

9.00pm The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway BBC2 – This series follows a team of more than 10,000 engineers and construction workers as they race to build a brand new railway under London – Crossrail – London’s new Underground. Costing fifteen billion pounds, it’s the biggest engineering project in Europe and a huge challenge to pull off. As they burrow the forty-two kilometres of tunnels, engineers must battle to make sure that listed buildings don’t crack, London Underground trains keep running, roads don’t shut and the City stays in business.

9.00pm Testing Britain’s Worst Drivers: Crash Course ITV – Two of Britain’s worst face the consequences of their dangerous habits in a unique crash test experiment. Jason, a shop owner from Blackpool, is an aggressive driver who ignores red lights and goes too fast. Laura, a student from Surrey, is constantly distracted on her mobile phone while behind the wheel. Will the shock of what they experience help Jason and Laura change their bad habits for good?


8.00pm Horizon: What’s Wrong With Our Weather? BBC2 – Physicist Dr Helen Czerski and meteorologist John Hammond make sense of Britain’s recent extreme weather and discover that there is one thing that connects all our recent extreme winters – the jet stream, an invisible river of air that powers along 10 km above us.

8.30pm Harbour Lives ITV – Ben Fogle returns to Poole, home to Britain’s largest natural harbour, to explore the area where he grew up. He meets the people who live and work in this stunning part of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline, from long-established fishing families to newcomers on millionaires’ row at Sandbanks.

9.00pm Britain’s Poshest Nannies ITV –  This documentary follows the second-year students of Set 36 at Norland College, a quintessentially British 120-year-old childcare training college in Bath which turns its students into elite 21st century Mary Poppins-style nannies. The programme gives an insight into how contemporary Norland students follow the college’s traditions, though the students are also taught more modern disciplines, such as advanced driving skills, how to escape the paparazzi, taking corners at speed in the rain, lifesaving and self-defence. If they successfully finish the 14,000 pounds per year course, a lifetime of employment and travel prospects could be theirs for the taking.

10.35pm The Great Big Romanian Invasion BBC1 – Journalist and filmmaker Tim Samuels, himself a descendent of Romanian immigrants, has decided to look behind the headlines, following the experiences of Romanians who have headed to British shores to live and work for the first time, as well as exploring the UK’s continuing unease with the thorny issue of immigration.

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