The TVweek: Saturday 12th – Thursday 17th April 2014

by | Apr 9, 2014 | All, TV Week


7.15pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV – New series of the talent show. The judging panel of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams returns for a third year to give their verdict on the first batch of 2014’s weird and wonderful auditions. Will any of the performers manage to skip the next stage after hearing the newly introduced golden buzzer? Each of the judges has one chance to use it this series, sending any one act which impresses them to the live semi-finals, regardless of the opinions of their fellow judges.

8.30pm Amazing Greys ITV – New series. Paddy McGuinness and Angela Rippon present this brand new game show in which a series of confident young challengers take on some of the UK’s most celebrated senior citizens in games and challenges based around the elders’ formidable talents.

8.30pm Britain’s Got More Talent ITV2 – Stephen Mulhern hosts more auditions.

9.30pm The Guess List BBC1 – Rob Brydon hosts a new series in which five celebrities help contestants to guess the answers to some rather revealing questions. The famous faces in this episode are James Corden, Jennifer Saunders, Simon Callow, Emilia Fox and Louis Smith.


8.00pm Dirty Weekender with Richard E Grant Channel 4 – Self-confessed curio hunter Richard E. Grant takes a trip to the continent to reveal the world of the people who spend their time rifling through the barns, cowsheds and French farm attics, looking for pre-war treasures to bring back home.

10.15pm The Olivier Awards ITV – Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan present the glitzy and star-studded annual awards ceremony which salutes the best in British theatre, and once again takes place at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.


8.00pm Restaurant Wars: The Battle for Manchester BBC2 – Behind-the-scenes documentary series following two of Britain’s best chefs Simon Rogan and Aiden Byrne as they both try to open fine dining restaurants, just a few hundred yards from each other in Manchester, a city that has always resisted Michelin-style food.

9.00pm Real Storage Wars: Business Boomers BBC2 – Four-part series on businesses that have boomed despite tough economic times. This discovers why Britain came to have the biggest self-storage industry in Europe,

9.00pm Can Criminals Say Sorry? BBC3 – Brooke Kinsella, former EastEnders star and anti-knife crime campaigner, explores the use of restorative justice in Britain today and finds out what happens when offenders and their victims are brought together face to face.


8.00pm The Big Allotment Challenge BBC2 – Fern Britton presents the series where nine pairs of the country’s best allotmenteers are put to the test, as they attempt to harvest prize-winning fruits, vegetables and flowers for show day.

9.00pm Watermen: A Dirty Business BBC2 – Getting clean water can be a dirty business; whether it is a blocked drain or faulty faucet, people only notice when something goes wrong. For the men and women who run and work for one of Britain’s biggest water companies no job is too big or too small, too messy or too revolting. Episode one sees the workers of United Utilities face the effects of Britain’s hottest summer in seven years. As temperatures rise so do the often smelly and revolting jobs that customer service technicians Adrian and Wes have to handle.

9.00pm Twin Towns Sky1 – Families across the UK and America swap lives for the week in this colourful documentary, starting with San Diego locals the Fish-Taylors, and Scots, the Stephens.


9.00pm How To Get a Council House Channel 4 – In the London Borough of Tower Hamlets hundreds of families who are out of work and reliant on benefits face eviction and homelessness as a result of the government’s welfare reforms. A cap on benefits and soaring rental prices are putting an enormous strain on unemployed households across the borough, and it’s down to the Council Housing Office to prepare for this imminent crisis.

10.00pm The Hunt for the Boston Bombers Channel 4 – With unique access to the FBI, Boston Police Department, victims of the Boston marathon bombings and those who were caught up in the manhunt, this documentary tells the inside story of five days of terror in Boston in April 2013.


8.00pm Posh Pawn Channel 4 – Following the success of last year’s one-off documentary, Posh Pawn goes behind the scenes with Surrey-based Prestige Pawnbrokers’ staff and clients. When it comes to upmarket pawn, everyone has a story to tell. From a Ferrari to a ú250,000 diamond necklace and a unique yellow submarine, Prestige pride themselves on loaning money against anything.

9.00pm Parking Mad BBC1 – Documentary series about the world of parking, following the work of those in the public and private parking sectors and telling the stories of motorists involved in parking disputes.

9.00pm Protecting Our Parents BBC2 – Betty, Jim and Henry, like thousands of older people in the UK each year, are in hospital following a fall. They want to return home, but the challenge for the professionals is balancing their safety and independence. There are more pensioners than children living in Britain. As the population gets older, increasing pressure is placed on a system, which, at times, is struggling to cope. With unprecedented access to the NHS and Social Services’ older adults care teams in Birmingham, Protecting Our Parents follows cases over a year from the perspective of the professionals, families and the elderly.

9.00pm The Walton Sextuplets at 30 ITV – Documentary which follows the world’s only all-girl sextuplets – the Waltons – during their milestone year as they turn 30. The girls travel to New York to celebrate their special day and learn more about what life has been like as part of this unique family.

9.00pm Intelligence Sky1 – The pilot episode of the hit Canadian drama series.

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