The TVWeek: Saturday 29 December 2012 – Friday 4th January 2013

by | Dec 12, 2012 | All, TV Week


6.30pm – 30yrs of CITV ITV – A look back at 30 years of
children’s television with contributions from some of the presenters and stars
of CITV, as well as celebrity fans of the shows.

6.45pm Superstars BBC1 -Gabby Logan, Denise Lewis and Iwan Thomas present
the spectacle of 16 of London 2012’s British Olympic heroes (eight men, eight
women) competing against their Team GB teammates in a competition to be crowned
the two best all-round Superstars. The athletes’ versatility and determination
will be pushed to the max as they participate in eight different disciplines –
the 100m and 800m on the track, the javelin, a 50m swim, archery, kayaking, a
cycling hill climb and a grand finale featuring the classic Superstars event –
the gym tests

7.30pm I Love You’ve Been Framed! ITV – Kids across the UK reveal their favourite You’ve Been Framed! 

8.15pm Climbed Every Mountain: The Story of The Sound of Music BBC2 – The
Sound of Music is one of the most enduringly popular films ever made, yet
behind it lies an even more astonishing family story. Sue Perkins travels to
Salzburg, Ellis Island and Vermont to discover how the family made a living in
America as the Trapp Family Singers and they eventually bought an estate in
Vermont which looks uncannily like Austria. She also discovers that the
ultimate feel good story has dark undertones, is disliked by Austrians, and
witnesses the first ever performance of the musical in Salzburg itself.

8.30pm Dale’s Great Getaway ITV – Dale Winton presents a fun-filled Christmas spectacular in which three families compete in a series of challenges around the globe for the chance of winning one of three very different holidays.


7.00pm Super Famous Animals ITV – A look at the world of the superstar animals including Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey, as well as Uggie, the Jack Russell featured in Oscar winning film The Artist.

8.00pm Wild at Heart ITV – Final ever episode of the popular family drama series set in Africa. New Year at Leopard’s Den does not bring good news for Du Plessis when he visits his doctor, but does make him determined to heal the wounds within the family. Rosie is planning her marriage to fiance Dylan but no one likes him. More bad news comes when poachers steal three legged cheetah Cassidy and his mate from Leopard’s Den.

8.00pm The Hotel Channel 4 – Series 2 of the reality series about the going’s on at the Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay.  Hotel manager Mark faces the toughest challenge of his life: to stop the doors closing on the business forever. His bums on beds formula hasn’t worked and only a radical approach can save the failing hotel now. In true eccentric style, Mark has come up with a master plan: his self-described three-star, bucket-and-spade hotel is going upmarket, catering to the ‘Guardian readers – the people with money’. Cue more madness and mayhem as Mark and his team try to lure in posh guests and keep them happy over another busy summer season.

9.00pm Ripper Street BBC1 – Gritty 8-part drama series set in Victorian London. A young woman is found brutally murdered, the hallmark signs of the Ripper upon her. One-time H Division boss Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline believes that Jack has returned, but Reid – the precinct’s new master – suspects a different evil at work.

9.00pm Neil Armstrong: Fist Man on the Moon BBC2 – Biopic of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Drawing on unbroadcasted archive material and interviews with those closest to him, the film goes beyond the moon landing to Armstrong’s later years to reveal the man behind the myth – a man who sought privacy despite the fame of his historic achievement.

9.00pm The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012 Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr hosts the yearly tradition quiz.

New Year’s Eve 

6.00pm Wild at Heart: Filming with Animals ITV – Documentary narrated by Stephen Tompkinson, going behind the scenes of Wild at Heart as he introduces us to the animals and their handlers and gives an insider’s view as to how some of the series biggest animal stunts are achieved, such as a lion chase across a river. Featuring unseen footage and revealing how real life emergencies are dealt with in the unpredictable world of filming with animals.

7.00pm Top of the Pops: New Year’s Eve Special BBC1 – Featuring performances from Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding, Rizzle Kicks and Tulisa.

9.00pm 2012: A Funny Old Year ITV – Jason Manford is joined by an all-star cast of stand up comics to discuss the events of past the year. Subjects range from the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee and the constant rain, to Gangnam Style and the Mobot. They talk about the best, the worst and strangest highlights of an eventful 12 months.

9.00pm Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular Channel 4 – Alan is joined by Jonathan Ross, Jack Whitehall, Jimmy Carr, Gok Wan, Melanie Sykes, Christine Bleakley and Rylan Clark to ring in 2013.

11.50pm House Party Channel 4 – House Party is back for the ultimate 2012 send off on New Year’s Eve. Following the success of this unprecedented television, online and music event, viewers can once again throw parties with live DJ sets by six top international acts, including Annie Mac, Frankie Knuckles, Norman Jay, Hercules and the Love Affair, Charlie Sloth and Toddla T Sound, on the biggest party night of the year.

New Year’s Day

7.00pm Royal Babies ITV – Following the announcement that Kate and William are expecting their first child, this programme takes a look at royal pregnancies, births and babies. There is an insight into what lies ahead for the new prince or princess, and stories from those who were witness to previous births.

7.30pm Frankie Howerd: The Lost Tapes Channel 4 – Twenty years after his death, this new documentary reveals never-before-seen footage of one of the country’s most popular comedy stars: Frankie Howerd. Alongside clips from his classic shows, the programme unveils professional and personal archive film and audio that has never been broadcast. From pilots and home movie footage to unseen interviews and material from his live stand up show, the show shines a light on the highs and lows of comedy legend Frankie’s remarkable career.

8.00pm Nature’s Weirdest Events BBC2 – Documentary series exploring bizarre and extraordinary natural events on the planet. Using eyewitness footage, first hand accounts and scientific explanations, presenter Chris Packham unpacks the strange fiction facts behind what really happened. Chris visits the town that was brought to a standstill by a swarm of flying insects, as well as meeting the polar bears whose bizarre friendships shocked a community and the sleepless residents kept awake by a lovers deafening serenade. Continues Tomrrow and Wednesday 

8.00pm Celebrity Who Wants to be A Millionaire ITV

9.00pm Miranda BBC1 – Start of Series 3 of the popular sitcom. Penny embarrasses Miranda by running for local councillor with Tilly as her wingman. Gary has put himself on the dating scene and Miranda decides she has to do the same – they both want dates for Stevie’s birthday party. Will they find partners or end up back in each other’s company? The result is a big surprise.

9.00pm Queen Victoria’s Children BBC2 – This three-part series explores the reign of Victoria through her personal relationships with her husband and her nine children. It is a story of manipulation, conflict, intimidation, emotional blackmail, and fevered attempts by her children to escape the clutches of their domineering and needy mother. The series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and their children. Continues Tomrrow and Wednesday

9.00pm Gary Barlow & Friends ITV – Gary Barlow is joined by some superstar friends including Peter Kay, James Corden, Mark Owen, JLS and Nicole Scherzinger at the Manchester Apollo.

9.30pm Mrs Brown’s Boys BBC1 – The family celebrate the baptism of Dermot and Maria’s triplets with a party. An unwitting Agnes and Winnie, however, are put under the spell of the hypnotist booked to provide the entertainment.

10.00pm Charlie Brooker’s 2012 Wipe Out BBC2 – Charlie Brooker takes a comedic look back at 2012.


9.15am Wanted Down Under BBC1 – The series that allows British families to try living in Australia for two weeks returns.

4.00pm Tipping Point ITV – Ben Shephard hosts a new series of the quiz show in which four players take on an extraordinary machine in the hope of winning its 10,000-pound jackpot.

8.00pm Midsomer Murders ITV – The murder of a journalist has chilling echoes of a 1960s horror film starring Midsomer’s own Stella Harris. When Stella’s more famous sister returns after a 40-year family rift, the killings escalate, each of them reminiscent of a movie plot. Is life – and death – imitating art?

8.00pm Gok’s Style Secrets Channel 4 – Gok Wan is back with a brand new makeover series revealing his secrets when it comes to looking good. This time he’s helping some of Britain’s 15 million singletons with images overhauls so he can get them looking and feeling their best before helping them attract the opposite sex. In each episode Gok is the personal stylist, flirting coach, wingman, agony uncle and matchmaker for one singleton. From head to toe, he transforms their clothes, hair, make up, self-confidence and flirting skills.

9.00pm Africa BBC1 – David Attenborough takes a breathtaking journey through the vast and diverse continent of Africa as it has never been seen before. In Africa’s ancient south west corner, two extraordinary deserts sit side by side. Water is in short supply, yet these deserts are somehow full of life because the creatures that live here have turned the rules of survival on their head. This film celebrates nature’s ingenuity, no matter how tough it gets. In the Kalahari scrublands, clever meerkats are outsmarted by a wily bird, solitary and belligerent black rhinos get together to party and giant insects stalk huge flocks of birds.

9.00pm One Born Every Minute Channel 4 – Third series of the documentary series that captures live in the maternity ward.

10.00pm Secrets of a Good Marriage with Sharon Horgan Channel 4 – Writer and actress Sharon Horgan gatecrashes six very different marriages and a wedding in a bid to open up the private world of husbands and wives.


8.00pm Waterloo Road BBC1 – The school drama set in Scotland returns.

8.00pm Location, Location, Location Channel 4 – Phil and Kirstie return to help house hunters find their new  dream home.

8.30pm Nursing Britain ITV – Series which looks at the work of the District Nurses who travel around the country caring for their patients in their own homes.

9.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1 – Single mother Julie Jones became a national news story when she promised to look after her dying friend’s children. Overnight Julie’s family grew from three children to eight. Nick Knowles and the team travel to Huntingdon where, with the help of the local community, they aim to transform Julie’s house into a home for this supersized family. But they have just ten days in which to finish the build.

9.00pm Trouble Abroad ITV – The first of a two-part programme which takes a look at how for some of the 5.5 million British expats the dream of a new life abroad has gone sour. Are they searching for some kind of paradise that does not exist – and ultimately is there really no place like home? Shot on location in Florida, Spain and France, we meet the wife of a millionaire who has lost everything and lives on food parcels. In Spain, an ex-rock star is desperate to return to the UK following a stroke but is trapped in a villa he cannot sell. And a couple in their fifties in Florida are fighting to get their life savings back after a business deal that went badly wrong.

9.00pm The Restoration Man Channel 4 – Architect George Clarke follows more people as they restore old buildings.  Using an inheritance from his late father, artist Keith McIntyre and his wife Sheena bought a listed, Thomas Telford-designed church in the remote island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides. Keith and Sheena plan to convert the church into a holiday home and artist’s studio, where they can bring their art students and musician friends to be inspired by the amazing light and rugged, desolate landscape. In restoring this roofless ruin.

9.00pm Celebrity Big Brother Five – A new batch of ‘celebrities’ enter the infamous Big Brother house.

10.00pm Millionaire Boy Racers Channel 4 – Documentary that provides an insight into the influx of supercars and their wealthy owners in central London each summer. Swapping the searing heat of their homes in the Middle East for the cool of the UK, increasing numbers of super-rich Arabs are packing their bags and cars for their annual vacation in the capital.

10.00pm Fake Reaction ITV2 – Matt Edmondson hosts this brand new comedy panel show in which two teams headed by Joe Swash and Ellie Taylor try to keep a straight face and earn points for their team while secretly enduring anything from an electric shock to having a bird peck food off their head. Who will be able to fake their reaction and convince the others that everything is completely normal?

10.35pm Summer in Blackpool BBC1 – One-off documentary that goes behind the scenes with the people working hard to keep Blackpool ahead of the game through one of the wettest summers on record. We follow car park entrepreneur and businessman Howard Plant as he attempts to open a new cabaret venue in time for the summer season. We meet Claire Smith who runs the family guesthouse business.


7.30pm The Channel 4 Mash Up Channel 4 – The Channel 4 Mash Up returns for a night of show-swapping fun with our favourite Channel 4 stars. The three and a half hour night is hosted by two of the channel’s biggest talents, Davina McCall and Kevin McCloud, and features a variety of comedy sketches throughout the night, including a Deal or No Deal skit in which psychological mastermind Derren Brown tries his hand as a contestant ‘playing’ The Banker at his own successful game. Includes: The Million Pound Chatty Man Drop, Come Dine With Me Comedy Mash Up, Made in Chelsea and 8 Out of 10 Cats does Deal or No Deal.

8.00pm Wild Britain with Ray Mears ITV – In this first episode of his third series, he visits the Isle of Mull where he joins local whale watching skipper James Fairburns.

8.30pm Room 101 BBC1 – Frank Skinner returns to Room 101 with guests John Craven, Miranda Hart and Reggie Yates.

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