The TVweek: Saturday 19th – Thursday 24th April 2014

by | Apr 16, 2014 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Storm City Sky1 – Ben Fogle explores the devastating impact of extreme weather, starting with the chaos caused by snow and ice.

9.30pm Messiah at the Foundling Hospital BBC2 – Drama documentary recreating the first performance of Handel’s Messiah at London’s Foundling Hospital in 1750, presented by Amanda Vickery and Tom Service.

10.30pm Pop Goes BBC Two BBC2 – For 50 years BBC TWO has been at the heart of popular music in the UK and this offers 50 great moments in music from across the decades. It is an exploration of popular music through the BBC TWO prism, featuring key live performances, documentary extracts and iconic presenters in action on the channel from 1964 to the present.


8.00pm 50 Golden Years of Sport on BBC Two BBC2 – Celebrating 50 years of BBC Two sport, this documentary looks back at the origins of sporting coverage on the channel including a look at the creation of iconic brands such as Match of the Day, Ski Sunday and Pot Black.

8.00pm For the Love of Cars Channel 4 – Car fanatic Philip Glenister and internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead are on a mission. To scour the barns and lock ups of GB for wrecked treasures to bring to life – as perfectly as is humanly possible. The Mk1 Ford Escort Mexico is the car that brought speed to the average lad on the street. It was perhaps the car that appealed to the boy racer and, forever after, meant that young blokes could show off by spinning their wheels on a mod-ed up 2nd hand run around.

9.00pm All About Two BBC2 – Quiz and celebration of 50 years of the BBC’s second channel hosted by Dara O Briain. With Richard Osman supplying extra facts and figures, celebrity teams and guest spots from the channel’s past and present.

9.00pm Fargo Channel 4 – US drama series following an all-new ‘true crime’ story and featuring a fresh cast of characters, all entrenched in the trademark humour, murder and ‘Minnesota nice’ that made the film of the same name an enduring classic. Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small-town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, played by Bafta award-winning and Emmy-nominated Martin Freeman. Colin Hanks is Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a police officer when he comes face to face with a killer.

10.00pm Perspectives: The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies ITV – Alan Davies explores the extraordinary life of Harry Houdini, who against the odds was among the richest, most successful entertainers in the world.


7.00pm 24 Hours on Earth BBC1 – A look at how the changing position of the sun in the sky affects the behaviour of animals and plants across our planet, from solar-powered chameleons to sun-worshipping lemurs in search of a heat fix. The sun’s position in the sky creates moments of incredible opportunity, but it also plunges animals into crisis. We take the rising and setting of the sun for granted, but it is the ultimate game changer, and the way animals respond will make the difference between success and failure, life or death.

9.00pm Jamaica Inn BBC1 – Three-part period drama based on Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel. Orphaned Mary Yellan travels to the remote Jamaica Inn to live with her Aunt Patience and brutal Uncle Joss. Isolated and alone, Mary must learn to navigate the perils of the smugglers’ world and her dangerous desire for Jem Merlyn. Continues Tuesday, Concludes Wednesday.

9.00pm Amazon’s Retail Revolution BBC2 – Documentary series on businesses that have boomed despite tough economic times. This episode reveals how Amazon grew from a garage business to a 100 billion global giant over the course of two decades, and examines how the online retailers has inspired, shaped and squeezed the rest of the retail sector.

9.00pm Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This ITV – Drama telling the story of one of Britain’s best-loved comedians – a giant of a man with a delicate soul, a man who was in love with two women and was unable to choose between them. Tommy Cooper was a magician, a comedian, an entertainer and a celebrity adored by the public. But he was a troubled man who drank too much and slept too little, and who spent the last 17 years of his life loving both his wife Dove and his assistant Mary. Tommy was unable to live without either, and his shocking death from a heart attack in front of millions of television viewers in April 1984 meant that he never had to make that impossible choice.


Continuing Series: 9pm Jamaica Inn, BBC1

                            9pm The Watermen: A Dirty Business, BBC2

                            9pm New Worlds, Channel 4

                            9pm The Call Centre, BBC3


10.00pm Derek Channel 4 – The return of Ricky Gervais’s comedy about a group of outsiders living on society’s margins. A year after the events of the first series, all the old Broadhill faces are back, alongside some new ones. Derek’s happy that his dad’s moving in, while Tom and Hannah are taking things to another level.


9.00pm Wanted: A Family of My Own ITV – Four-part series which looks at the adoption process in the UK, where thousands of children are waiting to find a permanent loving home. Presented by Nicky Campbell, who himself was adopted in the 1960s, the series aims to shed light on what is often a confusing subject riddled with myths and stereotypes about who can and cannot adopt.

9.00pm Kevin McCloud’s Supersize Salvage Channel 4 – Kevin McCloud challenges three designers to turn one plane – an Airbus A320 – into hundreds of amazing new products in a giant upcycling experiment. Their task is to find a new use for every single piece of the plane, leaving only an empty hangar behind them.

9.00pm Dead Behind Bars BBC3 – Documentary chronicling the lives and deaths of some of the 80 young people who have killed themselves in British prisons in the last ten years. It tells the stories of three of these young people, looking at the flaws in the system and the lapses in care that contributed to their deaths.

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