The TVweek: Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August 2013

by | Aug 14, 2013 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Ade Adepitan: Journey of my Lifetime Channel 4 – ‘Making this film has changed my life. It was always very personal territory for me. When the polio virus attacked me as a baby in Nigeria, it took away any chance of me being able to walk.’ Ade Adepitan, Paralympic medal-winner and presenter of Channel 4’s Bafta Award-winning Paralympics coverage, was inspired to return to the land of his birth to find out why it remains one of three places on earth that children are still contracting polio.

8.30pm The Incredible Spice Men BBC2 – Chefs Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala want to transform the way British dishes are cooked at home. The two old friends believe Britain has some of the best produce in the world but think we are missing a trick when it comes to cooking with spices.

9.00pm Horizon: Defeating the Hackers BBC2 –  Horizon meets the two men who uncovered the world’s first cyber weapon, the pioneers of what is called ultra paranoid computing, and the computer expert who worked out how to hack into cash machines.

9.00pm The People’s Medal ITV – Natasha Kaplinsky gains access to the world of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, focusing on the British Empire Medal which was re-introduced last year to reward members of the public who have gone the extra mile to make a positive impact on their communities. For the first time ever, cameras go behind the closed doors of the honours selection process.

10.00pm Under the Dome Five –  US sci-fi drama series, adapted from Stephen King’s novel about a small town that is suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. Led by Sheriff Howard ‘Duke’ Perkins and Councillor ‘Big Jim’ Rennie, the townsfolk of Chester’s Mill come to terms with the trauma and tragedy caused by their town being encapsulated in a dome-like force field.


8.00pm The Great British Bake Off BBC2 – The Bake Off returns and for the first time ever, the tent welcomes a baker’s dozen to do battle. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax them through their baking trials, all the while under the scrutiny of the inimitable judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. This time, nobody is safe because Mary and Paul may decide to lose not one but two bakers at any time. The judges set the signature challenges as true home baker staples. The first challenge is a sandwich cake. While this might seem simple, there is a difficult choice to be made between going for the classic or being experimental.

9.00pm The Midwives BBC2 – Series following the work of midwives in hospitals. This episode focuses on the busy delivery suite at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester.

9.00pm Top Boy Channel 4 – Ronan Bennett’s Bafta-nominated drama returns for a second four-part series, as the worlds of organised crime, property development and corporate greed collide on the Summerhouse Estate. Charming, sexy and clever, 27-year-old Dushane has finally made it as ‘Top Boy’, and is moving into the big time with boss Joe. But Dushane’s former right hand man Sully is now a potentially dangerous rival with a new partner-in-crime, violent and volatile Mike. When the police discover the body of arch-rival Kamale, Dushane, Sully and Dris are arrested for the murder, and Dushane meets beautiful and smart solicitor Rhianna who proves to be more than a match for the police.

9.00pm Don’t Tell the Bride BBC3 – Another brave bride leaves the most important day of her life in the hands of the man she loves. Stoke City football fan Levi plans the big day for his bride-to-be Jade, but while Jade dreams of an intimate family wedding her footie-mad groom wants a guest list of thousands.

10.35pm The Naked Rambler BBC1 – Stephen Gough has been in prison in Scotland for nearly seven years. Most of that time he has been naked in solitary confinement. Stephen is ‘The Naked Rambler’, well-known for walking in public wearing just a pair of boots and a rucksack. A controversial figure, Stephen’s incarceration has meant he has not seen his two teenage children grow up.


9.00pm Welcome to the World of Weight Loss BBC2 – Documentary about dieting by critically acclaimed director Vanessa Engle. Filmed over three months, it follows the diverse members of three different slimming clubs as they try to lose weight. Filmed in a Weight Watchers group, a Slimming World group and a Rosemary Conley group, it explores why we have such a complicated relationship with food and why so many of us struggle to stay in control of what we eat.

9.00pm Girlfriends ITV2 – Emma Willis presents the brand new second series of the dating show.


8.00pm Location, Location, Location Channel 4 – Kirstie and Phil return with a brand new series, helping desperate house hunters across the country make sense of the challenging property market. No matter how small the budget or how big the expectations, Kirstie and Phil are on hand to match hopeful house hunters with their dream homes.

9.00pm Poaching with Tom Hardy ITV – In a new two-part documentary, Tom Hardy exposes the ways in which rhinos and elephants are being slaugtered in Africa, as growing Asian markets provide organised crime with the prospect of cash.

9.00pm The Imposter Channel 4 – Director Bart Layton’s first feature release is an astonishing work that lingers long in the memory. Though it would probably have been dismissed as too far-fetched as fiction, this stylish and stylised film is a documentary, based on hard fact. Layton’s Bafta award-winning work recounts the strange story of Nicholas Barclay, a 13-year-old boy who went missing in Texas, only to turn up on a horrendously storm-battered night three years later, in a phone box in southern Spain. He tells the police he underwent an extended ordeal of abduction and abuse, and only wants to be reunited with his family.

9.00pm Trollied Sky1 – Third series of the comedy set in a fictitious supermarket. Changes abound as the supermarket sitcom begins its third series. Gavin and Julie meet the new head of strategy, a flashy upstart with big plans for Valco.

9.30pm Chickens Sky1 – Full series of the comedy written by and starring Simon Bird, Jonny Sweet and Joe Thomas as young chaps who stay at home during the First World War.


9.00pm A League of Their Own Sky1 – James Corden and the gang are back for a seventh run, joined by Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams, Dutch football star Edgar Davids and comedian Jimmy Carr.

10.00pm Don’t Sit in the Front Row Sky1 – Panel show returns for a second series. Host Jack Dee is joined by fellow comedians Phill Jupitus, Frank Skinner and Sue Perkins.

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