The TVWeek: Saturday 25th – Friday 31st August 2012

by | Aug 22, 2012 | All, TV Week


PICK: 9.00pm C4’s 30 Greatest Comedy Shows Channel 4 – Channel 4 takes a look back at 30 years of iconic comedy shows with a two-hour documentary telling the stories behind them and looking at the enduring appeal and extraordinary influence they have on the history of British comedy – indeed world comedy. Taking in nearly four decades of ground-breaking and often controversial comedy – from The Comic Strip Presents and Drop the Dead Donkey to Friday Night Dinner and The Inbetweeners – this show reveals how Channel 4’s output sparked a television revolution and continues to innovate to this day.

11.05pm C4’s Greatest Comedy: The Winner Is..Channel 4 – The countdown reaches its conclusion with the reveal of the number 1 Channel 4 comedy.


8.00pm Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire ITV

8.30pm Inspector George Gently BBC1 – Fifth four-part series of the crime drama set in 1968. Gently and Bacchus have their eyes opened to the shocking consequences of casual racism after a young black girl is murdered at a Northern Soul all-night dance. As racial tension spirals out of control there are repercussions for friendships, love affairs and families. Leorna Critchlow guest stars.

PICK: 9.00pm A Touch of Cloth Sky1 – First of a 2-part crime drama spoof from Charlie Brooker and starring John Hannah as DCI Jack Cloth and Surrane Jones as his partner Anne Oldman. Concludes Tomorrow


8.30pm Only Connect BBC4 – New series of the gameshow hosted by Victoria Coren. Three members of Danny Wallace’s Join Me campaign pit their wits against three beer lovers. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random.

PICK: 9.00pm New Tricks BBC1 – Ninth series of the crime drama. Jack Halford deals a devastating blow to UCOS, he’s quitting. But before the team – Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, Brian Lane and Gerry Standing – can question the reasons behind his decision and persuade him to stay, shadowy Whitehall Intelligence figure Stephen Fisher arrives with one of his secret cases, the unsolved murder of a woman dating back 100 years, giving them just 24 hours to solve it. Will the team run out of time on the case and in changing Jack’s mind? This will be the final episode to feature James Bolam.

9.00pm Horizon: How Big is the Universe? BBC2 – It is one of the most baffling questions that scientists can ask: how big is the universe that we live in? Horizon follows the cosmologists who are creating the most ambitious map in history – a map of everything in existence. And it is stranger than anyone had imagined – a universe without end that stretches far beyond what the eye can ever see. And, if the latest research proves true, our universe may just be the start of something even bigger. Much bigger.

9.00pm Harry’s Mountain Heroes ITV – Five soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan take on one of the world’s toughest challenges, Mount Everest, supported by Prince Harry – the expedition’s patron and their friend. This documentary follows the five from training in the UK to their attempt to conquer the 8,848 metre peak. In a year which saw 11 deaths on the world’s highest mountain, the team struggle with altitude, night climbs in freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches and crossings over deep crevasses.

PICK: 10.00pm Hunderby Sky Atlantic – New 8-part comedy from Nighty Night’s Julia Davies. Set in the 1800s, features Helene a shipwreck survivor washed ashore near a small English village. There, she is swept off her feet by widowed pastor Edmund and the two soon marry, the puritanical Edmund believing his bride to be untouched by another man. But she has a history, a dark past that she cannot escape.

10.20pm Citizen Kahn BBC1 – New studio based sitcom following the trials and tribulations of self-appointed Muslim community leader Mr Khan and his long suffering family. Plans are afoot for Shazia’s upcoming wedding to Amjad, but Mr Khan has failed to book the local mosque. Mrs Khan is furious, but all should be well as long as Mr Khan can persuade the mosque manager to do him a favour.


9.00pm Islam: The Untold Story Channel 4 – Tom Holland explores how a new religion – Islam – emerged from the seedbed of the ancient world, and asks what we really know for certain about the rise of Islam. 

10.35pm The Lock Up BBC1 –  Documentary series capturing life inside the custody suite at the headquarters of Humberside Police. In this episode, Sgt Stuart Constable has to deal with a variety of high-maintenance guests. Regular offender Jamie Connolly is moved to another cell after complaining about an ant infestation, while wheelchair user and public nuisance Yvonne continues to make trouble while in custody. And a highly drunk investment broker from London has trouble spelling his own name.


8.00pm London Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony 2012 Channel 4 – Jon Snow and Krishnan Guru-Murthy present live coverage from the Olympic Park, where the Opening Ceremony promises to be an electrifying celebration to mark the occasion when the Paralympic Games, which originated in the UK as the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948, comes home. The show, titled Enlightenment, promises a spectacular celebration of the inspirational spirit of the Paralympic Games that challenges perceptions of human possibility. The Ceremony opens with a fly past by Aerobility, a British charity that trains disabled people to become pilots, and includes 50 specialist performers that have taken part in an eight-week circus skills training programme; a parade of all competing nations; and the highly anticipated entrance of the Paralympic Flame, which ignites the Cauldron and signals the start of 11 days of elite sporting competition. Simulcast with AD on More4. 

9.00pm Britain Then & Now ITV – Imagine you could turn back the clock and revisit a moment from the past. This is what the residents of one East London street set out to do when they celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a street party, exactly as it had been done for the Coronation in 1953. Tracking down the original guests and piecing together their memories of the day, can the current residents of Morpeth Street really party like it’s 1953? This is a fascinating examination of the huge social upheaval that has occurred in post-war Britain as witnessed by the ordinary people of London’s East End.


PICK: 9.00pm Good Cop BBC1 – Tense new 4-part crime drama starring Luther’s Warren Brown as a young policemen who seeks revenge when he witnesses the brutal death of his police partner. Also stars Stephen Graham.

9.00pm Britain by Night ITV – Helen Mirren narrates a documentary following a group of characters as they live through a dramatic night. Tony has been cleaning the streets of London for 17 years. But this night he is broken-hearted as his wife has run off with another man. Meanwhile, on a warship off the southern coast of England, pilots must learn how to land their helicopters on a rolling flight deck in darkness. Nisha, a beautiful Indian bride, finally gets the opportunity to realise her dream. Szymek, a seven-year-old choirboy, struggles to cope with life away from home as he tries to absorb the history and splendour of one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals. Alan, a Newcastle DJ, takes a call on his night-time talk show that proves to be too much. Elsewhere, Natalie the midwife wrestles to deliver a baby. 

10.00pm Celebrity Juice ITV2 – Return of the celebrity gameshow fronted by Keith Lemon.


9.00pm Trollied Sky1 – Series 2 of the supermarket based sitcom starring Jane Horrocks as the hapless manager. Stephanie Beacham joins the cast. A second episode airs at 9.30pm.

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