The TVweek: Saturday 31st August – Friday 6th September 2013

by | Aug 28, 2013 | All, TV Week


6.30pm Stepping Out ITV – Davina McCall hosts a brand new Saturday night entertainment series in which six celebrities and their real-life partners take on a dance challenge like no other. Loose Women’s Denise Welch and her new husband Lincoln Townley, Dempsey and Makepeace couple Glynis Barber and Michael Brandon, former Westlife star Brian McFadden and his wife Vogue Williams, interior design guru Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and wife Jackie, JLS member Oritse Williams and his girlfriend AJ Azari and WBA Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch and his other half Rachael Cordingley put their relationships to the ultimate test as they live and breathe dance for the duration of the series.

8.00pm The X Factor ITV – Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger welcome a familiar face back to the judging panel for the show’s tenth series – the feisty Sharon Osbourne – as they scour the nation once again in search of a world-class artist. Following mobile auditions across 23 smaller UK towns and cities, the X Factor 2013 search hits London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow with a return to closed room auditions. Only the successful performers will then go on to sing in front of a live audience, but which of these will make a big enough impression to go all the way to boot camp?

9.15pm Terror in the Desert BBC2 –  British survivors of January 2013’s terrorist attack on a gas plant in Algeria tell their dramatic and harrowing stories.

9.20pm Through the Keyhole ITV – Keith Lemon presents a brand new version of the classic game show. Let loose to rummage around three mystery celebrity houses, Keith unearths clues to the identities of the famous homeowners. Using their powers of observation and the assistance of the studio audience, can the all-star panel guess whose home it is? DJ and TV presenter Dave Berry welcomes Eamonn Holmes and Martine McCutcheon to the panel this week.

9.20pm The Xtra Factor ITV2 – Caroline Flack presents a brand new series of the fun-filled, tongue in cheek companion show to Britain’s biggest singing competition. Olly Murs has bowed out of co-presenting duties this year, making way for the award-winning young comedian Matt Richardson.


7.40pm Rebuilding the World Trade Center Channel 4 – Marcus Robinson has been filming, photographing and painting at the World Trade Center site since 2006, capturing a complex, crowded and iconic corner of lower Manhattan. One of his specialties is time-lapse photography. With 13 35mm cameras permanently running, his material condenses days, months and years into a few seconds and shows vast buildings grow from holes in the ground, to tower over the city, in a single shot.

8.00pm The X Factor ITV – Dermot O’Leary presents another instalment of the UK’s biggest singing competition

9.00pm The Story of the Jews BBC2 – Simon Schama explores the history of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. This programme begins the tale 3,000 years ago, with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God.

10.00pm A Touch of Cloth: Behind the Scenes Sky1 – Cut through the yellow tape and find out what went into the making of the comedy crime cape.


8.00pm Jamie’s Money Saving Meals Channel 4 – Keen to inspire people to eat better and spend less on their weekly food bills, Jamie Oliver’s back with this optimistic, inventive and super-helpful new food series.

8.30pm Gadget Man Channel 4 – Gadget Man is back for a second series, this time with new host Richard Ayoade, who welcomes viewers into his wonderful world of technology – covering everything from the everyday to the extraordinary. Over six episodes, Richard immerses himself in the world of gadgetry, trying out all the products and prototypes he can lay his hands on: gadgets from the future, gadgets from the past and sweet little gizmos that people can buy today – and that will change the way they live their lives tomorrow.

9.00pm Motorway Cops BBC1

9.00pm Robert Peston Goes Shopping BBC2 – Robert Peston reveals how shopping in Britain was transformed over the 20th century. This episode charts how shopping was transformed from a chore to be endured in the 1950s into our favourite pastime by the 1980s. Robert also tells the story behind innovative retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Chelsea Girl and Next which revolutionised the way retail was done – and encouraged us to fall in love with shopping.

9.00pm Doc Martin ITV – Portwenn is buzzing with arrangements for the wedding of Martin and Louisa. But will the marriage finally go ahead? Martin is irritated by PC Penhale, who wrongly assumes he is best man, and Louisa is running late. The vicar has his doubts as to whether she will turn up, putting Martin even more on edge. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box?

9.00pm The Lost Hero of 9/11 Channel 4 – When the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001, almost everyone underneath them was killed. But two men were trapped, buried alive, 30 feet deep, under the rubble. As fires raged around them, the official rescue effort had been suspended, and they thought they were going to die, until they heard a voice shouting ‘US Marine Corps; can anybody hear me?’ This man then climbed down and saved them, before disappearing without a trace. His identity remained a mystery.

9.00pm The Insider BBC3 – Series in which four jobseekers compete for a dream job, unaware the fifth candidate is a spy who works for the company they are hoping to join.

9.00pm The Newsroom Sky Atlantic – Aaron Sorkin’s drama returns as the News Night team comes under scrutiny from the lawyers. Jeff Daniels stars.

10.00pm House of Lies Sky Atlantic – Series 2 of the US comedy/drama.


7.30pm Aussie Animal Island ITV – Series looking at how scientists are using the protected habitat of Maria Island, off the east coast of Tasmania, as a place of refuge for Australian animals under threat. The first episode follows a group of Tasmanian devils, threatened by a devastating cancer epidemic that is sweeping the state.

8.00pm Ade in Adland ITV – First of two programmes in which Adrian Edmondson journeys through the archives, discovering how TV ads have reflected the ways Britain has changed over the past 60 years. In this episode, he reveals how our tastes in food and drink have been transformed.

9.00pm Trauma: Level One ITV – First of two programmes exploring the effect of trauma on families and loved ones and the difficult split-second decisions doctors face when trying to save a life. At Southampton major trauma centre, the teams prepare to receive a 24-year-old man involved in a mini bus crash. He has multiple injuries, but most concerning are his spinal injuries, as he is unable to feel or move his legs.

10.00pm Siege in the Sahara Channel 4 – Documentary that tells for the first time the real and terrifying story of British hostages trapped by Al Qaeda in an Algerian gas plant earlier this year.

10.00pm Bad Education BBC3 – Second series of the comedy co-written by and starring Jack Whitehall. School-based sitcom. Abbey Grove’s new term kicks off with the annual swimming gala and headmaster Mr Fraser decides to pay homage to the fact the UK recently hosted the greatest show on earth, Splash, by ending it with their very own synchronised diving competition. Alfie and his class don’t usually take part in the gala, but lured by a cash bet with deputy headmistress Miss Pickwell he decides to bribe them with a group trip to a restaurant and enter the event.

10.35pm The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese BBC1 – Documentary following 38-year-old Sarah Colwill, whose life was changed forever in 2010 when she was rushed to hospital suffering from what she thought was a severe migraine; when she woke up her local Plymouth accent had disappeared, leaving her sounding Chinese.


8.00pm Big Star’s Little Star ITV – Stephen Mulhern presents a brand new entertainment series which invites some of Britain’s most famous faces and their children to reveal all in a bid to win 15,000 pounds for charity. By the end of the show, some celebs may find that their private lives have become a little more public thanks to their adorable offspring! Guests in the first show are actor Will Mellor and his daughter Renee, singer Jamelia and her daughter Tiani and former EastEnders star Nina Wadia with her son Aidan.

8.00pm Harrow: A Very British School Sky1 – Filmed over the course of a year, this documentary provides an A-grade insight into one of the most famous public schools in the world.

9.00pm Whitechapel ITV – The crime drama returns for a fourth series of three 2-part episodes. DI Chandler, DS Miles and the team investigate the bizarre murder of a man on the run who is crushed to death. As the killer’s macabre methods become clearer, Chandler comes across a sinister 16th century precedent. Then the team’s progress is impeded as the victim’s links to 20th century espionage attract the attention of the security services. Old scores are settled, with dark forces at play.

9.00pm Grand Designs Channel 4 – Kevin McCloud returns with a new series of the popular property show. Gwyn and Kate were desperate for more space for their growing family and had set on building a traditional new house for themselves. But their plans changed when they fell for a decaying classic 1920s cinema in the heart of their home town of Thorne in South Yorkshire.


8.00pm Waterloo Road BBC1 – The school drama returns for a new term.  As the school mourns the loss of Tom, Audrey gets out of her depth when she suspects new pupils, Lenny and Lisa, are being neglected. Elsewhere, newly qualified science teacher Sue feels the pressure while deputy head Simon harbours a secret.

8.00pm Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels Back on the Road BBC2 – In 2011 the Hairy Bikers undertook their biggest challenge yet, riding to the rescue of meals on wheels. They wanted to rejuvenate the vital service, which delivers a hot lunch and a much needed face to face visit to Britain’s elderly and infirm, into a lean mean catering machine fit to roll out across 21st century Britain. Now Si and Dave are back on the road, keen to find out if their plans have flourished or fallen apart at the seams.

8.30pm Pat & Cabbage ITV – Gentle comedy series centring around two sixty-something ladies. Pat is a widow and Cabbage is recently divorced, and now they find themselves single for the first time in decades. When Pat admits she has a crush on their friend Michael, Cabbage is delighted and hatches a plan to bring them together. An awkward encounter and the arrival of a mystery woman means that things do not turn out the way she hoped. Pat’s daughter Helen decides to buy her sister Nicola a pet for company, but it is Helen’s husband Jim who becomes most attached to it. Meanwhile, Helen thinks Cabbage is proving to be a bad influence on her mother.

9.00pm Mum & Dad are Splitting Up BBC2 – With a third of British children living with only one biological parent, this simple but revealing film ventures into the heart of British family life to ask young people about their experience of their parents’ breakup. Based entirely on honest, intimate interviews with both young people and their parents, drawing out the complex feelings and secrets that took root in the family when mum and dad split up. In the process, both parents and their offspring find themselves asking questions of each other that have remained unsaid for years, and being frequently surprised by the answers.

9.00pm The Guilty ITV – Superb three-part crime drama set over two time periods  2008 and the present day – which tells the story of a police detective who investigates the disappearance of a young boy while coping with her own son’s autism. The series opens in 2008, when four-year-old Callum Reid goes missing during a neighbourhood barbecue and his family’s world falls apart. Five years later his body is found, buried just yards from his own front door, and DCI Maggie Brand is faced with the most troubling case of her career. Tamsin Greig and Katherine Kelly star.

9.00pm Educating Yorkshire Channel 4 – This brand new eight-part documentary series explores life at a Yorkshire school. Located at the heart of a diverse northern community, and with a student population that is almost exactly half white-British and half British-Asian, Thornhill Academy near Dewsbury offers a fascinating insight into modern school life in the UK. It is a school with big ambitions, and life there is changing fast. This episode follows new Head Teacher Mr Mitchell on his mission to improve the school’s fortunes.

9.00pm The Big Reunion On Tour ITV2 – New three-part series. Pop bands 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Blue, 911, B*Witched, Honeyz and Liberty X hit the comeback trail earlier in 2013 as part of ITV2’s The Big Reunion, resulting in a sell-out arena tour of the UK and Ireland which took place during May.

10.00pm Bouncers Channel 4 – This new six-part series is an intimate and explosive portrait of Britain by night, seen through the eyes of the people best positioned to witness it first hand: door staff. Filmed in the North East and Essex, the series shows that Britain is out to get smashed and doesn’t seem to care about the consequences. The door staff are the ones cleaning up the mess; they’re the sober and wry observers of our weekend antics. But the series also features warm, insightful and funny stories that explore what’s behind people’s night-time behavior.


9.00pm Secrets of the Pickpockets Abroad Channel 4 – The in-depth documentary series returns – but this time the game of cat and mouse is played out in sunny Spain, with the British tourist as the hapless victim. Over 13 million Britons will head to Spain for their holidays this year. What many don’t realise is that they’re flying into the arms of some of the most determined pickpockets the world has ever known

10.00pm QI – Stephen Fry hosts the ‘K’ series of the hugely popular quiz.

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