The TVWeek: Saturday 3rd – Friday 9th August 2013

by | Jul 31, 2013 | All, TV Week


7.30pm I Love My Country BBC1 – Two teams of well-known British faces from the worlds of sport, entertainment and music battle it out in a bid to prove who knows Great Britain best, and win the ‘coveted’ I Love My Country commemorative plate. With teams led by Frank Skinner and Micky Flanagan, the show also features live music courtesy of a house band fronted by award-winning singer-songwriter Jamelia, and is hosted by Gabby Logan. In this episode, they are joined by Charlotte Salt, Tom Ellis, Susannah Reid, Ricky Norwood, Helen George and James Martin.

10.10pm A Tribute to Mel Smith BBC1 – Griff Rhys Jones remembers his friend and comedy partner. Followed by a compilation of the best of Alas Smith and Jones.


9.00pm Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars & Us BBC2 – Documentary examining Germany’s economic power, and the automobile industry at the heart of it. Across the world, the badges of Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes inspire immediate awe. Even in Britain, where memories of Second World War run deep, we can’t resist the appeal of a German car. By contrast, our own industry is a shadow of its former self. Historian Dominic Sandbrook asks what it is we got wrong, and what the Germans got so right.

9.00pm Southcliffe Channel 4 – A powerful new four-part drama featuring a wealth of British talent, including Rory Kinnear, Eddie Marsan, Shirley Henderson and Sean Harris, which tells the story of a fictional English market town devastated by a spate of shootings that take place over a single day. In the opening episode, as dawn breaks in the sleepy market town of Southcliffe, the unmistakable sound of gunshots ring out. Continues Monday


9.00pm Long Live Britain BBC1 – Julia Bradbury, Phil Tufnell and Dr Phil Hammond set out to tackle one of the nation’s most pressing health issues. Continues at 10.35pm

9.00pm Rick Stein’s German Bite BBC2 – Rick Stein sets out on his German voyage with his usual appetite to unearth some of the country’s hidden culinary gems. As always, Rick seeks out enticing fishing opportunities and is on the hunt for the most tantalising seafood – but this journey is different to most because it is one that is very close to Rick’s heart. Although Rick has always known he was of German descent, he knows very little of his German family – but the one thing he is sure of is that he wouldn’t have the business he has today without them.

9.00pm Petrol Bombs & Peace: Welcome to Belfast BBC3 – Alys Harte is on the frontline with a notorious Loyalist band who are marching into the eye of a storm.


8.00pm The Kids With No Memory Five – Documentary following a group of teenage amnesiacs. This debilitating memory disorder affects thousands of teens in Britain alone, with sufferers unable to remember simple daily routines. The film follows three teenagers as they attend a summer camp run by the Encephalitis Society. Encephalitis is a potentially fatal brain condition, one side-effect of which is severe amnesia. At the camp, the teens are assigned activities designed to improve their condition, including falconry and horse riding.

9.00pm Make Me a German BBC2 – Just what makes Germans so successful? They work fewer hours, yet they are more productive and their economy is the most successful in Europe. Even David Cameron says we should strive to be more like them. In a bid to discover their secret, Justin and Bee Rowlatt head to the manufacturing city of Nuremberg with two of their children.

9.00pm Stephen Fry’s Key to the City ITV – Stephen Fry discovers the hidden mysteries of the extraordinarily rich and powerful square mile that is the City of London. He obtains remarkable access to areas of City life – from the huge quantities of cash in the Bank of England vaults to the high drama of the London Metal Exchange and the terrors of Dead Man’s Walk at the Old Bailey. Stephen also meets people who live there, including a taxi driver whose council flat is in the shadow of the Gherkin, and a Big Issue seller outside St Paul’s who does a brisk trade with his magazines.

9.00pm Steve Coogan: Stand-Up Down Under Sky Atlantic – In the first of a two-part documentary, cameras follow Steve Coogan’s 2009 live tour of Australia and New Zealand, offering exclusive footage from his stand-up shows.


8.00pm How Not to Get Old Channel 4 – This series offers the ultimate consumer guide to the anti-ageing industry. Each episode investigates how we age, and why, and what we can do to keep ourselves looking younger for longer. From the natural and inexpensive quick fixes, to the pricier high street options, all the way up to break-the-bank surgery, How Not to Get Old offers a guide through the maze of youth-boosting techniques and procedures.

8.00pm Nurses Five – Fly-on-the-wall documentary series following some of the 6,500 frontline nurses of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, one of the busiest NHS trusts in the country. 

8.00pm Inside My Mind BBC3 – Mental illness affects us all and often strikes in our late teens and early twenties. This programme explains the science behind the most common mental illnesses that affect young people – why they develop in the first place, what’s going on inside our bodies and what we can do to treat them.

9.00pm Queen Victoria’s Children BBC2 – In a 60-year family saga this three-part series explores the reign of Queen 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, including letters, diaries, memoirs and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.


9.00pm The Field of Blood 2 BBC1 – First episode of a two-part drama based on the second book in the Paddy Meehan series, The Dead Hour. Paddy now has her dream job, working the night shift on the call car with fellow reporter McVie. All this changes with the arrival of a new editor in chief. Meanwhile, an innocuous call to a disturbance in a posh area of Glasgow leads Paddy to uncover a cold-blooded murder. Concludes Friday

9.00pm The Men Who Made Us Thin BBC2 – As obesity escalates, the diet business is booming. In this four-part series, Jacques Peretti investigates the connections between obesity and weight loss, and confronts some of the men making a fortune from our desire to become thin. Jacques examines the scientific reasons why so many diets fail long term and why – in spite of this failure – we go back to them again and again. He also speaks to a former director of Weight Watchers and meets other industry leaders, including Slimfast billionaire Danny Abrahams and Pierre Dukan, of the Dukan diet.

9.00pm Fraud Squad ITV – Documentary which shadows detectives from the City of London Police as they target Britain’s major money launderers. The programme features dramatic arrests, surveillance operations, startling CCTV footage and interviews with victims of fraud.

10.00pm Legally High Channel 4 – Recent years have seen a step-change in Britain’s drug culture. Out go the ‘old’ illegal drugs – cocaine, heroin, speed – swept to one side by a younger generation who can get their hits not only more cheaply but also legally. There is a burgeoning market for drugs specially designed by clandestine chemists to get around Britain’s drug laws. The new drugs are legal to buy because they’re sold as research chemicals and labelled ‘not for human consumption’. This hard-hitting observational documentary – directed by triple BAFTA-award winner Dan Reed – takes a trip into the murky world of legal drugs, where underground chemists invent new drugs faster than the government can legislate against them.


9.00pm Elephant Island BBC2 – Wildlife cameraman Martyn Colbeck travels to Sri Lanka, to meet the tropical island’s elephants. A sub species of the Asian elephant, these elephants have their own unique characteristics.

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