The TVweek: Saturday 13th – Thursday 18th July 2013

by | Jul 10, 2013 | All, TV Week


7.00pm The Queen’s Coronation Festival Gala BBC1 – Sophie Raworth and Gareth Malone host highlights of a spectacular gala staged in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s coronation. Performers including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, English National Ballet, The Feeling, Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson are amongst those representing talent from across the UK and the Commonwealth.

9.10pm Top of the Lake BBC2 – Drama series from Jane Campion BBC2 – On the South Island of New Zealand, twelve-year-old Tui Mitcham is rescued from the freezing waters of a remote mountaintop lake, which she had walked into in an apparent attempt to take her own life. Her teacher notices that she is pregnant and with the small local police force ill-equipped to question her, social services enlist the help of child protection expert Detective Robin Griffin to talk to the girl and uncover the truth. Robin has only just returned to Queenstown from Sydney, Australia to visit her dying mother but agrees to help. Slowly, she forges a connection with Tui and learns more about her and her family, but the young girl refuses to reveal the father of her unborn child.


9.00pm Hunt v Lauda: F1’s Greatest Rivals BBC2 – Documentary that captures the heart of the 1970s – told through unseen footage and exclusive interviews with the people who were really there – the team managers, families, journalists and friends who were in the front row of the season that changed Formula 1 forever.

9.00pm Law & Order UK ITV – The UK remake of the US drama series reaches series 7. . A suicidal man kills several people when he causes a catastrophic train crash. DS Sam Casey struggles to cope after one of the young victims dies in his arms, forcing new DI Wes Leyton and DS Ronnie Brooks to keep a close eye on him. Jake Thorn is not happy when Henry Sharpe introduces him to Alesha’s replacement, but before he has time to protest the team receive some shocking news. Bradley Walsh stars.


9.00pm Broken by Battle BBC1 – Reporter Toby Harnden set out to discover how many soldiers, both former and serving, took their own lives in 2012. He talks to families who have lost their sons and ex-soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder who are desperately seeking help.

10.00pm Run Channel 4 – Four-part drama series.  The series stars Olivia Colman, Katie Leung, Lennie James and Katharina Schüttler and also features Jaime Winstone, Neil Maskell, Kate Dickie and Benedict Wong alongside an ensemble cast of new talent. In the first drama, Carol is a tough single mother striving to keep her family together. When her teenage sons commit an act of random violence that results in the death of a stranger, Carol faces the impossible choice of protecting her children or doing the right thing. Concludes on Thursday.

10.35pm My £9.50 Holiday BBC1 – Documentary that follows four families/groups who have paid just £9.50 to holiday at home on Park Resorts caravan sites in Skegness and Great Yarmouth. What will they make of their £9.50 holiday? And, in these cash-strapped times, will they think their bargain break is worth it?


9.00pm Princess Diana’s Dresses: The Auction Channel 4 – This documentary explores the story behind some of Princess Diana’s most memorable looks, told through the couture dresses that went to auction in the biggest ever UK sale of her clothes. With exclusive access to Kerry Taylor Auctions, the programme examines how Diana’s style evolved, the statement that was made by each outfit choice and why these particular dresses were key throughout her time in the spotlight. Unseen archive footage and interviews with the style insiders who knew her best reveal what motivated Diana’s fashion decisions.

10.00pm Family Tree BBC2 – HBO comedy from Christopher Guest starring Chris O’Dowd. Unemployed and unattached, Tom Chadwick is surprised when he is bequeathed an old chest of curios by his great-aunt Victoria, who he and his sister Bea don’t remember ever meeting. He finds an old black-and-white photo in the chest that his father Keith believes is Tom’s great-grandfather, Harry. With the help of his avuncular neighbour, Mr. Pfister, and his old school friend, Pete, Tom tracks down a rather unusual expert in the field of antique photos called Neville St Aubrey, who discovers some very intriguing and revealing information about Tom’s ancestor.

10.00pm Ray Donovan Sky Atlantic – US drama about a PR to LA’s biggest names whose past comes back to haunt him.


8.00pm The Apprentice: The Final BBC1 – With just two candidates left battling it out for the £250,000 investment, the finalists receive a call telling them to travel to events venue One Marylebone. There they are met by Lord Sugar, who informs them that their final task is launch their businesses.

9.00pm The Real White Queen and her rivals BBC2 – Philippa Gregory reveals the true stories of three remarkable women who lived through the treason and bloodshed of the dynastic conflict we call the War of the Roses, known at the time as the ‘War of the Cousins’. Gregory argues that it is impossible to understand this volatile and pivotal moment in English history without understanding the women at the heart of the family feuds that tore the nobility apart. She traces the stories of Elizabeth Woodville – the White Queen – and her rivals, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, to demonstrate that they are as vital as any of the Kings and nobles that conventional history concentrates upon. This was a battle between kin not countries and the loyalties, rebellions, plots and betrayals of these women were decisive in shaping the history of England.

9.00pm Ray Mears’ Close Encounters ITV – Ray Mears returns with a brand new series in which he gets close to some of Australia’s most dangerous animals. In the first episode Ray is in the Northern Territory in search of the saltwater crocodile.

9.00pm My Broken Mind BBC3 – Documentary which explores what life is really like living with a mental health disorder. Using handheld cameras to film themselves over six months, 25 young people navigate the rocky road of growing up with mental health issues. Told from their own unique perspective, they show us the everyday challenges of relationships, education, work and uncomprehending parents, along with the stigma they face along the way. Highlighting a broad spectrum of mental health disorders – from multiple personalities to agoraphobia, anorexia to bipolar – this is their story in their own words.

10.35pm Wheelers, Dealers and Del Boys BBC1 – Documentary following three independent market traders in South London – the ‘real life Del Boys’ trying to make their fortunes via the pickings of Greasby’s auction house in Tooting. Sifting through lost property, repossessed goods and house clearances, the wheeler dealers dream of discovering the lot that can transform them into millionaires.


9.00pm The Briefs ITV – With unprecedented access into one of Britain’s busiest legal aid practices, Tuckers in Manchester, this fly-on-the-wall documentary exploring the cut-throat world of the criminal law returns for a second two-part series. In the first episode, serial offender Kyle is accused of taking part in a violent street fight in Salford and of a house burglary, in which he allegedly pulled a knife on police officers. The firm is representing him for the 34th time. Gentleman thief Alex faces a charge of causing criminal damage for scratching a car outside the hostel where he was staying, but he insists it is not his style. Lawyer Rob Martini takes his client Gary, accused of attacking a suspected paedophile with a hammer, through his police statement.

9.00pm Smash Sky Atlantic – Season two of the glitzy drama. The Bombshell team returns to New York with high hopes, but the show’s fate is soon jeopardised. Jennifer Hudson guest stars.

10.35pm Meet the Landlords BBC1 – Documentary looking at the rising number of private landlords, who now own one in every five poperties in the UK, and the tenants who provide their rental income. Including the stories of a landlord struggling to get rid of non-paying tenants, plus a tenant who is facing eviction and homelessness despite her diagnosis of cancer.

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