The TVweek: Saturday 21st – Friday 27th September 2013

by | Sep 18, 2013 | All, TV Week


7.30pm When Miranda Met Bruce BBC1 – Miranda Hart interviews Sir Bruce Forsyth about his 70-year career in showbusiness, finding out the key to his success and longevity in the world of entertainment.

8.00pm The Making of Merkel BBC2 – On the eve of the German federal elections, Andrew Marr looks at the enigmatic Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.


8.00pm The Crane Gang BBC2 – Documentary series following the men and women of the UK’s largest mobile crane company. This episode features the ‘heavies’ – the huge machines challenged with carrying the biggest lifts of all, from boats to buildings and trains. In the millionaire’s playground of Poole Harbour, the ‘heavies’ are tasked with lifting a luxury yacht safely into dry dock. At the former Olympic Park, technical problems threaten to throw the dismantling of the Aquatic Centre into disarray.

8.00pm Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home Channel 4 – Having successfully crafted an amazing cabin in the woods, this time he’s attempting to build his very own beach getaway on the English coast, testing a basic hypothesis – is simple better?

9.00pm By Any Means BBC1 – Six-part drama series following a clandestine unit living on the edge and playing the criminal elite at their own game, existing in the grey area between the letter of the law and true justice. When an innocent family is terrorised and their father murdered in cold blood, everyone knows that ruthless criminal Nick Mason is behind it. But when Mason, the ‘Teflon Man’, walks free from his trial – the third time in five years he has evaded justice – Helen calls on Jack Quinn and his team for help. Convinced Mason has at least one corrupt police officer on his payroll, Helen wants Jack to take Mason down and get him off the streets. Warren Brown and Shirley Conn Star.

9.00pm Downton Abbey ITV – Series four of the widely acclaimed drama series about the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. Following Matthew’s untimely death, Mary is struggling to come to terms with her loss, while Robert and Violet disagree on how best to see her through it. Below stairs, hearts seem set to be broken as Jimmy finally takes an interest in Ivy. Carson has an unwelcome reminder of his past and Mrs Hughes sees an opportunity to help a grief-stricken Isobel. Thomas is up to his old tricks, only this time he has the children’s nanny in his sights.

9.00pm Big Fat Quiz of the 80’s Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr is joined by three teams of top celebrities for another fiendishly difficult pub quiz about news, music, telly and fashions of the 80s. Playing the quiz are David Mitchell, Phill Jupitus, Alan Carr, Sarah Greene, Jack Dee and Jason Donovan. And, as ever, Jimmy is helped by a host of famous question-setters, including Jim Bowen, Kim Wilde, Tony Robinson and Toyah Willcox.


8.30pm Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food BBC2 – Tom Kerridge, famed for cooking food that has won him two Michelin stars in his own pub, shows how to cook dishes at home inspired by British pub classics that are perfect for serving to groups of friends.

8.30pm Only Connect BBC4 – New series of the quiz show.

9.00pm Phoebe Prince: The Final Verdict Five – Documentary about 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, whose suicide after months of being bullied led to the biggest bullying case in American history. The programme examines Phoebe’s continuous harassment, the role that authorities played, and the impact her suicide had on the law.

10.00pm Never Mind The Buzzcocks BBC2 – The anarchic, award-winning pop quiz returns for its 27th series with regular team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus and weekly guest hosts. This time they are joined by Basement Jaxx, AlunaGeorge and comedian James Acaster.

10.00pm Sex: My British Job Channel 4 – Instigative journalist Hsiao-Hung Pai specialises in undercover work on the lives of immigrant workers. In Sex: My British Job Hsiao once again works with director Nick Broomfield, with whom she first collaborated in 2007 for Ghosts, about the fate of undocumented Chinese workers in the UK and the deaths of 23 Chinese cockle pickers who drowned in Morecambe Bay in February 2004. Sex: My British Job is a chilling expos? as Hsiao works undercover as a housekeeper in London brothels and unveils the terrible reality of the British sex trade.


9.00pm The Wrong Mans BBC2 – Six-part action comedy written by and starring James Corden and Matthew Baynton. Everything changes for Council employee Sam when he witnesses a brutal car crash. Answering a ringing mobile phone which he finds at the crash site, he suddenly finds himself mixed up in a deadly kidnap plot. Shocked and hungover, Sam also has problems mounting up at work, where his boss and ex-girlfriend Lizzie feels like he isn’t pulling his weight. But his excitable colleague Phil convinces him they need to step up and save the day – and after a trip to the hospital this day goes from bad to worse.

9.00pm Being Paul Gascoigne ITV – One-off documentary which reveals the real Paul Gascoigne in his own words and those of the people closest to him. Over a three-month period, cameras have been given unprecedented access to the man himself – beginning with his very public relapse earlier this year, through recovery to his latest public humiliation in a London street. This is an intimate insight into the reality of his turbulent world as he attempts to help other alcoholics, tries to rebuild his relationship with his ex-wife Cheryl, son Regan and stepdaughter Bianca, and battles his demons trying to stay sober.

9.00pm My Big Fat Gypsy Ladies’ Day Channel 4 –  This one-off special explores the unique bond between the Travelling community and their horses: from the unique spectacle of a horse fair to horse themed christenings and the excitement of a controversial road race in the dead of night. But while the races may mean many things to Traveller men, to many Traveller women it’s a place to stand out from the crowd, and more importantly to find love.

9.30pm The Sarah Millican Television Programme BBC2 –  The Comedian talks about motor shows, crime drama and quiz programming with special guests: motoring man Quentin Willson, Law and Order UK’s Bradley Walsh, and Richard Osman from Pointless.

10.00pm London Irish Channel 4 – A new six-part comedy by Lisa McGee which follows the antics of four Northern Irish twenty-somethings living in London. Ardal O’Hanlon plays Da to Conor and his sister Bronagh, who live with friends Packy and Niamh. Ma is played by Tracey Lynch. For these four friends it’s about having a great craic in the world’s greatest city. But often their sense of normalcy doesn’t always match up with the world around them. In the first episode, Packy bumps into Ryan, an old friend from home; a lovely polite fella whose hand got shot off during a hold-up at a garage where he worked with Packy, while covering Packy’s shift. Still feeling guilty about it, Packy decides to donate the proceeds of the pub quiz to Ryan’s cause. And of course you’d think a good deed would lead to good things.


10.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 – Gogglebox returns with the same much-loved and highly opinionated British households, as well as a few new additions, all commenting on the biggest and best shows on television. Over 13 weeks, new telly fanatics will also open up their living rooms to reveal their reactions, reviews, love/hate relationships and fierce debates on popular and topical TV shows and the breaking news stories of the week. Narrated by Caroline Aherne, Gogglebox visits the nation’s best telly-loving households and finds out what Britain really thinks. The programmes discussed in this first episode include The X Factor, The Great British Bake Off and Educating Yorkshire.

10.00pm Staying in With Gregg and Russell BBC3 – Greg James and Russell Kane invite celebrity guests over to their flat for a night of unique chat and home entertainment. Rizzle Kicks make themselves at home, and Jason Derulo talks dirty to the boys in their loft.


8.00pm The X Factor USA ITV2 – Auditions are well under way as the third series of the talent search continues, hosted by Mario Lopez. Simon Cowell and singer Demi Lovato have returned to the judging panel, joined by former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and Latin American singer Paulina Rubio.

9.00pm Women Behind Bars ITV – First in a two-part documentary which follows Trevor McDonald as he ventures inside two jails that hold some of America’s most notorious women criminals, Indiana Women’s Prison and the state’s Rockville Correctional Facility. In the first episode, Trevor meets Sarah Pender. Charismatic and educated, she was once labelled America’s most wanted woman and has now spent more time in solitary confinement than any other female offender in Indiana.

10.00pm My Tattoo Addiction Channel 4 – My Tattoo Addiction returns for a new three-part series, revisiting the captivating world of tattoos and exploring more of the unique stories behind every tattoo design. In the tattoo world you can either stand out or fit in. This episode meets the individuals whose tattoos make them feel whole and make a statement about the person they want to be.


8.00pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Channel 4 –  US drama co-created by Joss Whedon, the creative force behind Marvel’s The Avengers, one of the highest grossing films of all time, and iconic TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series brings back the Avengers character of Agent Phil Coulson, who assembles a select group of highly skilled operatives from the worldwide law-enforcement organisation known as S.H.I.E.L.D.. Their mission is to investigate super-human individuals and highly unusual events worldwide, examining the new, the strange and the unknown to protect the ordinary from the extraordinary.

9.00pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present the first night in a live Strictly Come Dancing double bill, as six couples take to the dance floor for the very first time.

9.00pm The IT Crowd Channel 4  – Final episode of the comedy series.  Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry – reunite for a one-off special episode written and directed by Graham Linehan. The reputations of Roy, Jen and that of Reynholm Industries are at risk when an incident involving spilt coffee and a homeless person ends up on the internet. Meanwhile, after Douglas shares the secret of his confidence, a newly transformed Moss devises a plan to help Jen and Roy, but it all seems too good to be true.

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