The TVweek: Saturday 23rd – Friday 30th November 2013

by | Nov 20, 2013 | All, TV Week


7.50pm Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor BBC1 – The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.


9.00pm Morecambe & Wise: The Whole Story BBC2 – An affectionate and revealing portrait of two great comedian’s journey from obscurity to audiences of more than 28 million. This episode looks at how it all began. The Beatles are in full throttle and suddenly Northern is cool. On ITV a Northern comedy act is drawing audiences with their likeable, daft show Two of a Kind. Eric and Ernie had a rocky start on television but they didn’t blow their second chance. They are on a roll and having fun at last. But how did they get from the bottom of the bill to primetime success? This is the story of the early days of Morecambe and Wise.


4.00pm Show Me The Telly ITV – Television archive quiz show. Host Richard Bacon presides as three TV experts captained by Chris Tarrant take on a team of friends, family or colleagues who try to outdo them with their knowledge of TV trivia – and hopefully walk away with 3,000 pounds at the end of the show. Chris is joined by Corrie’s Simon Gregson and the queen of reality TV Vanessa Feltz.

8.00pm Geeks E4 – Geeks sees groups of self-confessed geeks swap quantum physics for glow sticks as they go on the holiday of a lifetime. Awkwardness on a grand scale ensues, as each week a group of nerdy boys and geeky girls jets off to one of the world’s most notorious party destinations. In each show, the geeks live together and are given VIP AAA passes to the hottest clubs and parties for the first time in their lives. In the first show, it’s all dodgy dancing and unrequited geek love as three male scientists and a female Quidditch team hit Marbella for a week of weird science, Harry Potter and VIP jacuzzis. Assisted by Ross, AKA ‘Mr Marbella’, the geeks learn that the glamorous world of Marbs isn’t as hostile as they first thought. They host a villa party for the coolest kids in town, culminating in one of the most awkward dance-offs ever to grace the hip resort.

9.00pm Caught on Camera: The CCTV Traffic Wardens Channel 4 – The UK has the most expensive car parking in the world and last year our councils handed out £270 million pounds in fines. Meanwhile, the average British driver is spends more than 32 hours every year in gridlock. But spare a thought for Bristol’s drivers, condemned to travel on the roads branded England’s worst in a recent survey. This documentary follows Bristol City Council as they try and do something about it, with unique access to a state-of-the-art CCTV Control Centre staffed by ‘traffic engineers’ and covert traffic wardens. The programme reveals what happens when the city’s new Mayor, renowned architect George Ferguson, attempts controversial reforms that put him on a collision course with the city’s drivers.


9.00pm Safari, Witchcraft and Murder More4 – In March 2011, a young British pilot, David Simpson, was arrested for mass murder in Africa. The terrifying ordeal that followed was the subject of international headlines for months. This documentary tells the story of David’s African misadventure. Using exclusive material David shot while he was in jail and under house arrest, interviews with his family and employers, family archive and dramatic reconstruction, the film pieces together the mystery surrounding the massacre of 13 gold miners, and how a 24-year-old from Yorkshire ended up accused of their murder. David was born and brought up in the idyllic village of Gillamoor, but he didn’t want to take over the family pheasant farm, so he landed a job with an exclusive safari company in the Central African Republic.


Continuing Series include: 24 Hours in A&E 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                     I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 9.00pm ITV


9.00pm Legacy BBC2 – Intense and emotionally charged Cold War thriller set in 1974 based on the novel by Alan Judd. As the three day week, petrol rationing and industrial strife plunge Britain into a state of emergency, MI6 trainee spy Charles Thoroughgood is asked to reconnect with an old university friend, Russian diplomat Viktor Koslov, with a view to ‘turning’ him. Viktor has his own agenda, though, and reveals a shocking truth about Charles’s own family that threatens to derail him, both personally and professionally. He is catapulted into a dangerous personal odyssey to uncover the truth but finds himself drawn into a lethal KGB plot to mount an attack within the UK. His life is further complicated by a relationship with the wife of another agent, which forces him to realise that betrayal can take many forms.

9.00pm Surviving the Arctic with Chris Tirrill Five – Film-maker Chris Terrill travels alone with his camera to the remote north of Norway and joins members of the Sami community. Starting in Kautokeino, the Sami capital, Chris attends the world reindeer racing championships before following a group of Sami herders as they travel on their arduous annual reindeer migration to the coast.

9.00pm Getting Rich in the Recession: Scrappers Channel 4 – With unprecedented access to a scrap yard in Sydenham, South London, this documentary lifts the lid on the secret world of the scrap metal industry. It’s a world that attracts some of the country’s most surprising characters, from ex-criminals to former music moguls and a mother of three whose nights spent trawling the streets of London are helping heal her broken heart. In the world of scrap metal anyone can earn a crust if they are willing to put the hours in. They survive by ducking, diving and grafting, relentlessly gathering London’s discarded metal. And in the hardest times in living memory, the scrappers are cleaning up. Due to the soaring cost of metal, scrap is a £10 billion a year industry.

10.00pm What Happens in Kavos Channel 4 – Second series of the show that delves deeply into the lives of the young Brits who each year head to the resort on the Greek island of Corfu in their thousands, looking for hardcore hedonism on a budget.


8.30pm Crocodile Dundee BBC2 – Brolga is a man with an unusual family – he is ‘mum’ to almost thirty kangaroos. From his sanctuary near Alice Springs, Australia, he cares for his brood, and spends his days rescuing and raising orphan joeys.

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