The TVWEEK: Saturday 27th October – Friday 2nd November 2012

by | Oct 24, 2012 | All, TV Week


6.05pm The Golden Rules of TV ITV – Six-part series showing what to do and what not to do on TV. With contributions from Piers Morgan, Al Murray, Sir Trevor McDonald, Noel Edmonds, Jason Gardiner, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Denise Welch and Peter Sissons. Narrated by Robert Webb.

10.00pm Family Guys? What Sitcom Say about America Now BBC2 – During a presidential election campaign, it is easy to think that Americans are all at each other’s throats. Historian and journalist Tim Stanley believes there’s another, more complex and surprising America out there and that the best guide to the country is its sitcoms. With the help of top sitcom writers and some of the best examples of their work, he uncovers a fast-changing nation that can often leave the politicians scrabbling to catch up. Ranging from South Park to The Cosby Show, Family Guy to Will and Grace, The Simpsons to Ellen and the current smash hit Modern Family, Tim explores how sitcoms mirror American life, and shows how they can help us understand what Americans think on issues like race, religion, gay rights, abortion and the economy.


9.00pm Rich Hall’s Inventing the Indian BBC4 – Comedian Rich Hall goes in search of the real American Indian, a people who have too often been stereotyped. This image portrayed through cinema and literature is not a true representation of the Native American, giving Rich the opportunity to redress the balance. With the help of Native American, Dallas Goldtooth, Rich explores a different idea of what the American Indian is and what life is like for them today. He not only questions the screen image of the ‘savage Indian’ in films such as Soldier Blue, Stagecoach and A Man Called Horse, but looks at the written one, through literature such as The Last of the Mohicans, Black Elk Speaks and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

10.00pm Harry and Paul BBC2 – Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse return for a new series of the sktech show.

10.00pm Misfits E4 – Misfits is back for the fourth series and new gang members Finn and Jess are zipping up those iconic orange jumpsuits for their first day of community service and meeting their probation worker… or is it their new probation worker? Things become stranger still when a man stumbles into the community centre with a briefcase and a power that infects them all. The truth unravels in a series of tense flashbacks and it’s soon clear to Finn and Jess that there’s more to community service than scrubbing off graffiti and picking up litter.


9.00pm Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars BBC2 – Richard Hammond celebrates 50 years of James Bond films with a look back at 007’s legendary cars, including the Aston Martin DB5 and the Lotus Esprit. He also talks to Daniel Craig and Sir Roger Moore, gets exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the very latest 007 adventure, Skyfall, and pays special tribute to 007 by attempting to turn a Lotus in a fully working submarine car.

9.00pm Don’t Sit in the Front Row Sky Atlantic – Jack Dee gives top comedians Frank Skinner, Josh Widdicombe and Roisin Conaty the chance to get back at the hecklers in this raucous new panel show.


8.00pm Autumnwatch BBC2

8.00pm The Pride of Britain Awards ITV – The annual Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards return, hosted by Carol Vorderman. HRH Prince Charles, Stephen Fry, David Beckham and David Cameron are among those celebrating the achievements of our national heroes, including our outstanding Olympians and Paralympians. 

8.00pm Last Resort Sky1 – New US drama series.

10.35pm Britain’s Hidden Hungry BBC1 – David Modell investigates the growing importance of charity foodbanks to thousands across the UK, spending six months at a foodbank in Coventry run by the Trussell Trust, a Christian charity. There he follows the stories of several of the modern day Britons suffering from genuine and prolonged bouts of real hunger.


9.00pm How Safe are Britain’s Roads? BBC2 – Investigating how safe the roads and cars of Britain are and what can be done to cut casualties. Following government proposals to raise the speed limit to 80 miles per hour, Anita Rani takes to the motorways with the police, whilst Justin Rowlatt hits the test track in a poorly maintained people carrier to see how safe it is in comparison to more modern cars. 


8.00pm Young Apprentice BBC1 – Lord Sugar puts 12 tycoons of tomorrow, aged between 16 and 17 and from a broad range of backgrounds, through their paces as they each compete to win a 25,000 pound fund to kick-start their business career. As ever, they are under the strict scrutiny of Lord Sugar’s aides, Nick Hewer and Karren Brady. In their first task, the candidates roll up their tailored sleeves and embark upon sifting through a mountain of other people’s cast-offs in search of something special. 

9.00pm The Human Mannequin Channel 4 – Teenager Louise Wedderburn has a rare genetic condition which is causing each of her joints to lock, as her muscle turns into bone. In spite of this she is determined to build a career in fashion. Will the notoriously image conscious fashion industry accept her, or will her extraordinary condition stand in her way?

9.00pm The Year the Town Hall Shrank BBC4 – Series telling the story of how Stoke-on-Trent struggles to cope with the impact of the largest funding cuts to local government ever imposed by central government. The depth of the cuts forces not just the council to reconsider what they do and how they do it, but the people of Stoke to ask themselves what they expect their local authority to do for them. It is the story of us all, as it goes behind the rhetoric of whether we are all in it together in this age of austerity. 

10.00pm Barclaycard Mercury Price Channel 4 – Live coverage of the announcement of the winner of the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize from The Roundhouse in London, hosted by Lauren Laverne and Nick Grimshaw. Shortlisted artists include Plan B, Richard Hawley, The Maccabees, Ben Howard, Django Django, Lianne La Havas, Alt-J and Jessie Ware.


9.00pm Jonathan and Charlotte ITV – Documentary special telling the story of how the two Essex teenagers rose to fame, and what happened next. Since the final of Britain’s Got Talent, Jonathan and Charlotte have become a global phenomenon with a chart-topping album. Cameras follow along as they tour Italy and France to complete their musical education, are reunited with their old nemesis Simon Cowell, get career advice from Katherine Jenkins and are congratulated by Myleene Klass. Also delving into what drives their friendship and how they have overcome difficulties together, the programme reveals intimate moments of their lives at home.

9.00pm The Mentalist Five – New series of the US drama.

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