The TVweek: Saturday 18th – Friday 24th January 2014

by | Jan 15, 2014 | All, TV Week


7.30am Scrambled! ITV – Two-hour children’s magazine show for weekend mornings, presented live by Laura Jackson, London Hughes, Luke Franks and Sam Homewood. Scrambled encourages kids to become totally involved in the action – both onscreen and at home. Submissions from the audience, including photos and videos, are included in every show. The show also features episodes from various CITV favourites. In Almost Naked Animals, Howie must decide who should be employee of the month. There’s a double dose of Horrid Henry – in the first episode, Henry gets the chance to sell the school to the highest bidder, and in the second, Henry wants a mobile phone while Perfect Peter wants to be the King of Bling. In Deadtime Stories, Catan Thomas and his cousin realise there is a monster in their family, and in Bottom Knocker Street, Councillor Cowdrey sees an opportunity for world domination!


6.00pm Fake or Fortune? BBC1 – Art series with Fiona Bruce and expert Philip Mould.

8.00pm Call the Midwife BBC1 – Third series of the drama based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. As Jenny struggles to care for exhausted mother Merle Vickers and her two sickly sons, it is Sister Monica Joan who holds the key to the diagnosis of their mystery illness. Meanwhile, Chummy calls on her royal connections for the official opening of the new ante-natal and baby clinic, and Nonnatus House welcomes a new resident, Sister Winifred.

9.00pm The Musketeers BBC1 – Historical drama series inspired by the novels of Alexandre Dumas. The brightest and best musketeers of the King’s Regiment, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, are dispatched by Captain Treville to find a missing musketeer carrying important letters on behalf of King Louis. But Cardinal Richelieu has plans to increase his political power and seeks to sabotage the good reputation of the musketeers. Meanwhile, d’Artagnan travels from his family farm in Gascony to Paris to petition the king, but his peaceful plans are turned upside down when he is forced to find the musketeers and seek vengeance for the brutal murder of a loved one.

9.00pm Mr. Selfridge ITV – The period drama series based on the life of department store founder Harry Selfridge returns. Five years since the store’s opening, business is booming for Harry and new faces have joined old favourites at Selfridge’s. Rose makes a surprise return home with a mysterious new friend in tow, Lady Mae is forced to deal with troublesome husband Lord Loxley who arrives in town from the country, and Agnes returns from a creative secondment in Paris – but is Victor pleased to see her?

9.00pm Don’t Look Down Channel 4 – This documentary explores one of the world’s most dangerous and most terrifying new crazes. Urban free climbers are a new breed of daredevils: young men and women who illegally climb cranes and buildings without any safety equipment, then hang from them, hundreds of metres above the ground, one slip from certain death… Having originated in Eastern Europe, urban free climbing has recently spread to Britain. James Kingston is a 23-year-old who lives with his mother near Southampton.

10.30pm Me & Me Dad BBC4 – An intimate family portrait of the film director John Boorman by one who should know him best – his daughter Katrine. Now over 80 years old, the director of Hell in the Pacific, Excalibur, Deliverance and The Emerald Forest is one of the last great mavericks. His daughter, who previously had never held a camera, spent four years filming her father who, during the process, found it impossible to resist taking control and offering her a crash course in filmmaking.


7.00pm The Great Interior Design Challenge BBC2 – Architectural historian Tom Dyckhoff presents the series searching for untapped interior design talent, judged by interior designers Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood. The search for Britain’s best amateur interior designers begins with the first of eight heats. Would-be interior designers Sarah, Helen and James take on three large bedrooms in Edwardian homes in the leafy north London district of Muswell Hill. They have 48 hours, £1000 and the help of a builder to interpret and make real the homeowners’ briefs. Continues All Week.

8.30pm Winterwatch BBC2 – Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games are back with the best UK wildlife stories as they broadcast live from their new base in the Cairngorm Mountains. Continues All Week.

9.00pm Mom ITV2 – Double bill of new US sitcom about an alcoholic single mother who decides to get her life back on track. Christy struggles to cope with the reappearance of her estranged mother Bonnie, before making a shocking discovery about her teenage daughter Violet.

9.30pm Russia on Two Wheels BBC2 – Justin Rowlatt and Anita Rani set off across Russia on two massive road-trips across the world’s biggest, and one of its most enigmatic countries, Russia. Driving thousands of miles in three weeks, and in two very different cars, Justin and Anita begin their journeys in Sochi, the Black Sea resort home to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Anita is out to discover ‘new’ Russia

10.00pm My Baggy Body Channel 4 – Many people who lose dramatic amounts of weight after surgery or dieting believe it will bring the answer to their prayers, a slimmer figure, confidence and better health. But the reality of extreme weight loss can often be anything but liberating, bringing a distressing side-effect: excess skin, and lots of it.

10.00pm Helix Five – Sci-fi drama series about a group of medical research scientists who try to contain a virus that could spell the end for mankind. As the series opens, Dr Alan Farragut and his team, which includes his ex-wife Dr Julia Walker, arrive at the top secret Arctic Biosystems base to investigate a possible disease outbreak.


9.00pm Growing Up Down’s BBC3 – Documentary telling the story of a group of young actors with Down’s Syndrome who set out to create a touring production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Along the way the play begins to blur with their real lives, leading to romance, rows and revelations.

9.00pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World Sky1 – The documentary series returns as Ross Kemp visits India to investigate a devastating human trafficking industry.

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.


7.30pm The National Television Awards 2014 ITV – Coverage of British television’s biggest night of the year as Dermot O’Leary hosts the awards ceremony live from The O2 in London. The viewing public have cast their votes in a huge nationwide poll to choose the winners. Who will be the nation’s number one TV detective, and can Ant and Dec make it thirteen in a row as top entertainment presenters? The ceremony also includes a spectacular opening number paying tribute to one of the year’s most-talked about shows.

9.30pm Russia on Two Wheels BBC2 – Conclusion of the documentary that sees Justin Rowlatt and Anita Rani continue their epic road trips across Russia, discovering two very different sides of a vast and bewildering country looking to assert itself once again on the world stage.

10.00pm Children on the Frontline Channel 4 – The children of Syria are often the forgotten victims in the ongoing civil war. More than 11,000 children have been killed and over a million are now refugees. Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, has become engulfed by fighting between pro and anti-regime groups and over 2000 children have been killed there. Schools have shut, food is in serious shortage and there is the constant threat of shelling, sniper fire and kidnap.


8.00pm Restoration Home: One Year On BBC2 – Restoration Home documented the stories of six historic buildings at risk of being lost forever. New owners made a commitment to transform them into their dream homes. But there was more to rescuing these buildings than anyone imagined. Caroline Quentin followed the challenges faced by the new owners, and architectural expert Kieran Long and historian Dr Kate Williams dug into the history of the properties to uncover their extraordinary pasts. Now they return to find out what has happened one year on.


8.30pm Room 101 BBC1 – Frank Skinner hosts as three celebrities battle to banish their top peeve or worst nightmare to the depths of Room 101. With guests Richard Osman, Joan Bakewell and Roisin Conaty.

9.00pm Stella Sky1 – Ruth Jones’s hit comedy drama returns for a third run. Now training to be a nurse, Stella has sworn off men, but a new arrival could prove distracting.

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