The TvWeek: Saturday 20th – Thursday 24th October 2013

by | Oct 16, 2013 | All, TV Week


8.20pm Sir David Frost: That Was the Life That Was BBC2 – Stephen Fry tells the story of the man who became the face of British satire at the age of twenty-three and then went on to confront an American president in the Nixon Interviews. Sir David Frost’s remarkable life story is told in special interviews with his three sons and with his friends – Sir Michael Caine, Sir Michael Parkinson, Ronnie Corbett, Michael Palin and Barry Cryer. Plus insights from former prime ministers, Tony Blair and Sir John Major, who remember the man they knew and who they faced in interviews.

9.00pm MOBO Awards 2013 BBC3 – From Glasgow, live coverage of the 2013 MOBO Awards, celebrating its 18th anniversary with performances from Tinie Tempah, Rudimental, Iggy Azalea, So Solid Crew, Laura Mvula, Fuse ODG, Naughty Boy and a whole host more. Awards will be given out to the best UK talent, along with special guest and 18th anniversary highlights from the MOBO Awards since 1996.


8.00pm The Paradise BBC1 – Second series of the period drama. A year has passed and the Paradise is struggling to survive without its charismatic owner, Moray. When Moray jilted Katherine and chose Denise, Lord Glendenning’s vengeance was swift. He took ownership of the Paradise and Moray was cast out. For a year, Denise and Moray were separated. Lord Glendenning instructed his agent to sell the Paradise, and Dudley is devastated when his last hope to invigorate sales ends in grief. Now unforeseen forces bring Moray back, and the lovers are reunited.

8.00pm Dive: WWII: Our Secret History BBC2 – Jules Hudson presents the first of two programmes following a deep water dive team searching for the shipwrecks of WWII’s Battle of the Atlantic off the coast of Northern Ireland.

8.00pm Bigfoot Files Channel 4 – Oxford Professor of Human Genetics Bryan Sykes and presenter Mark Evans embark on a global quest to answer scientifically, once and for all, the mystery of Bigfoot. Last year Professor Sykes put out a worldwide call for samples and he’s assembled substantial physical evidence, which he subjects to the most sophisticated DNA tests

9.00pm Karl Pilkington: The Moaning of Life Sky1 – Karl wants to find out how different cultures across the globe deal with life’s big questions

10.40pm Toast of London Channel 4 – A host of famous faces star in Matt Berry and Arthur Mathews’ new six-part comedy series. Berry plays the eccentric Steven Toast – a middle-aged actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage rather than performing on it. In the first episode, things are looking up for Steven.


8.00pm Arrow Sky1 – Series 2 of the hit US drama.

8.30pm Health Freaks Channel 4 – With 83% of people surfing the web to research their health problems and looking up alternatives to conventional treatments, doctors are hearing ever more extraordinary ‘miracle’ home remedies from their patients. But do any of these homespun cures genuinely work? In this brand new series Dr Pixie McKenna, Dr Ellie Cannon and Dr Ayan Panja are on the lookout for simple, safe and scientifically convincing health solutions

9.00pm Murder in the Alps BBC1 –  Panorama reveals how and asks why a British family and a passer-by were brutally murdered by a hitman, who left a young girl for dead. Jane Corbin goes back to the murder scene in a remote beauty spot in the French Alps, with witnesses there that day, who have never spoken before.

9.00pm Iceland Foods: Life in the Freezer Cabinet BBC2 – Series following the fortunes of Iceland supermarkets.

9.00pm Cherry Healey: Old Before My Time BBC3 – Series in which Cherry Healey investigates the alarming rise in numbers of young people suffering from illnesses associated with older people due to alcohol, drugs and obesity.

10.00pm Date my Porn Star Channel 4 – In this documentary, part of the Campaign for Real Sex, three British porn obsessives explore the boundaries between sexual fantasy and reality as they travel to the heart of the porn industry in Los Angeles to meet their favourite adult movie stars.


9.00pm Elementary Sky Living – The US Sherlock series returns for a second series. The first episode sees Holmes and Watson travel to London.

10.35pm Fox Wars BBC1 – Documentary looking at the issue of the 33,000 urban foxes roaming Britain’s suburbia, meeting the people who love them, hate them and hunt them down. For the residents of the Copse in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire – as for so many other suburbanites – the urban fox provides evenings of enchantment.


8.00pm Poirot ITV – Start of the final series.  With the world on the brink of the Second World War, there is more political turmoil when it appears that the famous Peace Party is in fact a cover for the war-mongering organisation Big Four. This complex investigation reunites Poirot with his old friend Japp, as they investigate a case marked by deception, disappearances and death.

9.00pm The Ambassadors BBC2 – Comedy series following ambassadors to the fictional country of Tazbekistan. David Mitchell, Robert Webb and Keeley Hawes star.

10.00pm Misfits E4 – Fifth and Final series of the popular series. The series marks the first anniversary of the storm, and the gang have to up their game if they’re going to tackle some real-life, A-grade, superpowered vigilantes. In the opening episode, handsome barman Alex discovers that he has acquired a strange new superpower that he has to use on one of the gang. The ensuing chaos sees Alex doing community service and finally joining the rest of the guys in orange. Meanwhile, Rudy’s downbeat alter ego joins a mysterious new support group deep in the heart of the estate. At this safe haven for people struggling with their superpowers, Rudy meets a man trapped in a turtle’s body, an old lady who knits jumpers that reveal the future, and someone familiar… the terrifying Tim, who believes he is living in a Grand Theft Auto-style computer game.


8.00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Channel 4 – Architect George Clarke celebrates the extraordinary world of small design spaces as he gets back on the road for the second series of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces to marvel at breathtaking designs and fantastical architecture.

9.00pm No Sex Please, We’re Japanese BBC2 – In a world where people panic about the rising global population, Japan is facing a very different future which could see their population shrink by a third in just 40 years. One reason is that the Japanese are not having enough babies and the causes of that form the basis of Anita Rani’s intriguing journey. Added to this, Japan also has the oldest population in the world, 25% are over 65 and 50,000 over a hundred years old.

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