The TVweek: Saturday 23rd February – Friday 1st March 2013

by | Feb 19, 2013 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway ITV – Return of the Saturday night entertainment series that was last seen in 2009. The first episodes features appearances from Robbie Williams whop takes part in a special performance, and Hollywood legend Danny DeVito provides his unique brand of humour as the live guest announcer. Unsuspecting viewers and audience members are invited to take part in crazy challenges, win fantastic prizes and meet some famous faces. One lucky person from the studio audience has the chance to win the ads, in which the prizes – selected from one of ITV’s commercial breaks – can range from toilet rolls to brand new cars or luxury holidays. The fun builds up to the End of the Show Show, in which some of the world’s biggest and best performers grace the Takeaway stage for a one-off performance that comes with its own unique surprise.


8.00pm A Great British Air Disaster Channel 4 – This is the story of the rise and fall of the De Havilland Comet – the world’s first passenger jet airliner. At the height of World War II, a secret committee of visionary British scientists set about designing a revolutionary new aircraft that would launch a new era in aviation. Key first-hand accounts, expert interviews, reconstructions and never before seen archive footage tell the story of how British ingenuity created a plane that flew faster and higher than any of its rivals, giving post-war Britain a symbol of hope in a time of austerity, and how triumph ultimately turned into fatal disaster.

10.00pm The Only Way is Essex ITV2 – The ITV2 institution returns for an eighth series.


9.15am Operation Hospital Food with James Martin BBC1 – James Martin’s mission is to improve hospital catering right across the country. As he begins work with the team at Birmingham’s Royal Orthopaedic, has he underestimated the scale of the task ahead? Continues all week.

9.00pm Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge Five – Documentary series. Journeying to some of the world’s best fishing grounds, Robson Green competes against the local angling champions. In the pristine waters off Tasmania, he hunts for Mako shark, the elusive elephant fish, bream and brown trout, but he is up against islanders utterly committed to their fishing.

9.00pm Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses More4 – The series in-which home-owners compete to get a buyer returns for a second series.

10.00pm Horsemeat and other Food Shocks Five

10.00pm My Little Princess E4 – Everyone knows that love isn’t just a fairytale, but in E4’s brand new dating game show the rocky path to true love just got more challenging. Each week eight single young princes will enter a mystical fairytale kingdom to battle it out to win the heart of one lucky princess. But first they’ve got to complete a series of insane physical and mental challenges set by the most fearsome man in the land, the princess’s overprotective dad.


9.00pm The Secrets of the Pickpockets Channel 4 – This new edition of Secrets of the Pickpockets follows one of British Transport Police’s dip squads, as the team are drafted in to deal with a spike in pickpocketing in London’s West End, where homegrown criminals are now competing with Romanian gangs and the acknowledged world masters of pickpocketing – the Chileans.

10.00pm Heading Out BBC2 – Six-part sitcom written by and starring Sue Perkins. Sara is about to turn 40, and life is not as she imagined it would be. Whether it is making urgent funeral arrangements for a dead cat, lying about her personal life to placate her anxious mother, or getting into trouble with a netball referee, Sara’s life is reaching tipping point and something has got to give. Much to Sara’s dismay, it seems her friends are arranging a ‘surprise’ birthday party, but what she doesn’t know is that they are about to set her a dramatic ultimatum

10.00pm Shameless Channel 4 – Final series of the Channel 4 comedy drama set on the Chatsworth Estate. It’s a grand occasion as the Chatsworth inhabitants celebrate being awarded an Olympic ring from London 2012. The Maguires toast the expansion of their empire: Mimi’s hijacked control of the local school via the PTA and Shane’s setting up a new business venture. Business is booming, but the family is thrown into turmoil when Jamie makes a shocking discovery and withdraws from the firm. Can Mimi persuade Jamie to return as head of the family before all is lost? At the Gallagher’s, Frank finds himself climbing the employment ladder as janitor of ‘St Mimi’s School’ – conveniently funding his new leisure activity – the Gastric Bandits, a prostitute double act, Sherrilee and Derrilee who light up his life.

10.00pm 666 Park Avenue ITV2 – US supernatural drama series set in an upmarket Manhattan apartment building. Couple Jane and Henry have moved into The Drake as building managers and discovered some strange goings-on.

10.35pm My New Hand BBC1 – Documentary telling the story of Britain’s first hand transplant, carried out by surgeons at Leeds Infirmary on Boxing Day night 2012, from the moment Professor Simon Kay and his team decided to go ahead to the moment the patient was able to move the transplanted hand. During that time, candidates came forward from all over the UK and beyond – including a hairdresser, an IT consultant, a former pub landlord, a DJ and a retired housewife – all of whom had lost the use of at least one of their hands. But before they could go ahead, the doctors had to be sure they were physically and psychologically prepared. Some decided that the risks – including the potentially life-shortening drugs that would need to be taken for the rest of their life – weren’t worthwhile. Others decided that the misery of living without a hand outweighed everything else.


8.00pm Food Glorious Food ITV – Cooking competition devised by Simon Cowell. The team of culinary experts is in Malvern this week, on the lookout for Britain’s best home cooking. This episode features cooks from Wales and the Midlands out to impress the panel – Loyd Grossman, Tom Parker-Bowles, Anne Harrison, and Stacie Stewart. Recipes include sausages in milk, classic Welsh cawl, Staffordshire oat cakes, and Pimms summer jelly. The overall winner will receive a prize of 20,000 pounds, and see their very own dish on the shelves of Marks and Spencer. Presented by Carol Vorderman.

9.00pm Child of Our Time BBC1 – 2-part follow up with the Children first documented from their birth in the year 2000. The two episodes catch up with the 25 children as they hit puberty. Hosted by Robert Winston. Concludes Tomorrow

9.00pm Masterchef BBC2 – This one-off special takes a behind-the-scenes look at the highs and lows of the past five series of MasterChef: The Professionals. Judges Michel Roux Jr, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace uncover the secrets behind the series – the best and worst food, what it is like to take part, what it is like to be judged by them and how to impress.

9.00pm Lightfields ITV – Five-part follow up to 2011’s spooky drama Marchlands. The series is set in three different eras on a remote farmhouse called Lightfields on the Suffolk coast. The drama opens in wartime Britain, where the Felwood family are hard at work on the farm. 19-year-old Eve arrives from London, but her new-found friendship with Lucy Felwood is jeopardised after Lucy’s head is turned by a dashing US airman. When Vivien Mullen comes to Lightfields in the 1970s to grapple with a childhood trauma, a ghostly presence makes itself felt, and it later disturbs a new generation of Felwoods in 2012 as they struggle to make a living in the home once occupied by their ancestors.

10.35pm From Romania with Love ITV -Three Romanian children adopted by UK families in the early 1990s try to contact their relatives.


9.00pm The Sea King: Britain’s Flying Past BBC2 – John Sergeant celebrates one of Britain’s most iconic aircraft, the Sea King helicopter. An unsung hero of Britain’s flying past, vital in wartime and yet essential to the search and rescue work of the Royal Navy.

9.00pm The Wedding Shop ITV – One-off documentary focusing on one of Yorkshire’s most popular wedding shops. In Confetti and Lace, manager Marg and her assistant Jane are guiding three brides through the hectic summer season. With years of experience between them, these specialists develop a close relationship with their clients as they prepare for one of the most emotional – and often stressful – days of their lives. Marg is looking after young bride-to-be Tammy, whose mother hasn’t been invited to her big day. Tammy dreams of a fairytale wedding and has chosen the most sparkling dress in the shop, but will her old punk rocker dad toe the line? Single mum Natasha is marrying her childhood sweetheart, but Jane is concerned when she misses a vital appointment. Jo is looking for a dress fit for a princess as she prepares to renew her vows with millionaire husband Darren. But what she wants more than anything is for her parents – Jehovah’s Witnesses – to attend this time around.

10.00pm Celebrity Juice ITV2 – The irrepressible Keith Lemon returns to present the ninth series of the outrageous comedy panel show. Team captain Fearne Cotton is taking a maternity break for this series – replaced by actress and model Kelly Brook – with Holly Willoughby returning to lead the opposing team of celebrity guests. This is the 100th episode of the show and includes special guest Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

10.00pm The Bank of Dave Channel 4 – Follow up to the summer 2012 series that saw a millionaire set up his own bank.


8.30pm Mary & Martha BBC1 – One off Drama written by Richard Curtis, telling the story of two ordinary mothers who refuse to give up. Mary and Martha are an American and an Englishwoman who have little in common, apart from a tragedy that unexpectedly brings them together. Empowered by their friendship, they form a partnership that takes them from their meeting in a remote part of Mozambique all the way to Washington. There they find redemption and achieve something they would have never thought possible. Brenda Blethyn and Hillary Swank star.

9.00pm Dusty Springfield at the BBC BBC4 – A selection of Dusty Springfield’s performances at the BBC from 1961 to 1995, to mark the 14th anniversary of her death.

10.00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man Channel 4 – Alan Carr returns to Channel 4 with the tenth series of his award-winning chat show. Kicking off the first show, Alan welcomes Robbie Williams who also performs his new single, Be a Boy. And fresh from their Comic Relief Zambezi River Challenge, Alan is joined by Jack Dee, Dara O Briain and Melanie C.

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