The TVWeek: Saturday 5th – Friday 11th January 2013

by | Jan 1, 2013 | All, TV Week


6.00pm Animal Antics BBC1 – From criminal cats to piano-playing pugs, this is the news as it has never been seen before. Featuring amusing animal clips presented as news stories, anchorman Tim Brooke-Taylor and his newshound Sparky, played by comedian Matthew Crosby, have the latest headlines from the animal kingdom.

6.30pm Richard Hammond’s Secret Service BBC1 – Richard Hammond hosts a hidden camera series in which he heads up a team of ‘secret’ agents that carry out missions on behalf of members of the public.

7.10pm Britain’s Brightest BBC1 – Clare Balding hosts a talent show with a twist. Rather than sing or dance, contestants must use the power of their minds to tackle a series of challenges and compete for a prize of 50,000 pounds.

7.15pm Splash! ITV – Vernon Kay and Gabby Logan present heat one of a show in which five celebrities jump in at the deep end and learn how to dive with Olympic medallist Tom Daley. Expect high drama as the celebrities need good scores from the judges and the public in the hope of securing the two places on offer in the semi-final.

8.45pm Take Me Out ITV – Paddy McGuinness returns for a fifth series of the hilarious dating show, introducing a brand new batch of single girls to a succession of single guys.

9.00pm Borgen BBC4 – Series 2 of the Danish drama series about the fight for political power and the personal sacrifices and consequences this has for those involved on and behind the political stage. Birgitte Nyborg has now been prime minister for almost two years – a respected politician, wise in the ways of the political gambit.  Episode 2 will air immediately afterwards.

9.45pm The Jonathan Ross Show ITV – Jonathan Ross welcomes Jeremy Piven, comedian Sarah Millican, and ex-Doctor Who star David Tennant.


6.00pm Got to Dance Sky1 – Davina McCall presents the first round of auditions for the fourth series of the dancing competition.

6.15pm Dancing on the Ice ITV – Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley present a brand new series of the celebrity skating competition. For the next 10 weeks, celebrities and their professional skating partners will have to perform a series of challenging routines with some twists and turns along the way. Each week, who skates on and who leaves the competition will ultimately be up to the viewers. The contestants are Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson, TV presenters Anthea Turner and Keith Chegwin, Corrie’s Samia Ghadie, Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger, politician Oona King, EastEnder Matt Kapinskas, pop star Shayne Ward, comedian Joe Pasquale, Olympic boxer Luke Campbell and rugby player Gareth Thomas.

7.45pm All Star Family Fortunes ITV –  In a soap special, Mikey North, who plays Gary Windass in Coronation Street, and his family take on Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden and his clan in an attempt to win up to £30,000 for the charity of their choice.

8.00pm Glee Sky1 – Series 4 of the US musical teen drama.

9.00pm Mr. Selfridge ITV – 10-part period drama series starring Jermey Piven as Harry Selfridge who arrived in London from Chicago in 1908 with a grand plan to open the finest department store in the world in just one year. The road to the grand opening is not always smooth though as Harry’s business partner pulls out at the last minute, and he gets a frosty reception from the British press. With an ever-growing pay-roll, and his family about to arrive from the States, the pressure is on to get the store up and running. As the opening day approaches, Harry pulls out all the stops to achieve his dream – whatever the cost.


8.00pm Cornwall with Caroline Quentin ITV – Caroline Quentin returns for a second series as she travels around the picturesque towns and villages of Cornwall, meeting some of the colourful characters who live and work in the region.

9.00pm Lewis ITV – New series of the detective drama with each story now being split into two parts. When Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of university psychologist Reuben Beatty, it appears that he has been injected with a powerful paralysing agent. Then it is revealed that Beatty had been moonlighting as a clairvoyant. His colleague, Vicki Walmsley, is convinced that his mentor, along with Beatty’s military paymasters,  may have killed him to keep him quiet. As Lewis and Hathaway struggle to unpick his baffling double life, Vicki herself is murdered and it becomes obvious that dark forces are at work – and not just in the afterlife.

9.00pm Embarrassing Fat Bodies Channel 4 – Four-part series that sees the clinic tackle obese patients.

9.00pm Stacey Dooley Investigates BBC3 – Stacey Dooley travels to Magaluf, on the Spanish island of Mallorca, to get under the skin of this popular and notorious resort. The resort is famous for the drunken antics of the British tourists who go there, but Stacey wants to find out what it’s like for the thousands of Spanish workers who serve, police and clear up. Working in a bar, Stacey is not only surprised to learn how much free alcohol is on offer to young British tourists, she’s horrified when she witnesses the sexually explicit drinking games the drunk tourists are encouraged to play.

9.00pm Baby Makers: The Fertility Clinic BBC4 – Filmmaker Richard Macer spends three months in the Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool, one of the largest fertility clinics in Britain.

9.00pm Ben & Kate ITV2 – Brand new US sitcom focusing on the lives of a brother and sister who are exact opposites. Ben is an over-the-top dreamer, while younger sister Kate is a single mother trying to make ends meet as a bar manager. In the first episode, Ben sets out to crash his ex-girlfriend’s wedding while Kate has a disastrous first date.

9.30pm The Polar Bear Family & Me BBC2 – Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan follows a wild polar bear family over three seasons, something no one has done before. Gordon and arctic survival experts travel by boat to far flung Svalbard. They manage to find a polar bear birth den and meet mother Lyra and her cubs Miki and Luca as they emerge from their den. Gordon helps scientists fit Lyra with a tracking collar and takes on the mission of living with this remarkable bear family. Continues Tomorrow. Concludes Thursday.

9.30pm Up All Night ITV2 – US sitcom taking an irreverent look at parenthood from the point of view of working mother Reagan, supported by her stay-at-home husband Chris, and Ava, her best friend and boss. In the first episode, Reagan returns to her job as a TV show producer after giving birth to baby Amy, and is immediately confronted with a heavy workload thanks to demanding talk show host Ava.

10.00pm What Happens in Kavos Channel 4 – Three-part Documentary series  that follows young thrill-seeking Brits over a long summer in Kavos, Corfu, to get a glimpse of what really happens in this hedonistic party resort, away from the parents, surrounded by temptation, and in a town where normal rules of engagement do not apply. Through a combination of round-the-clock access to many of the resort’s main institutions and intimate, revelatory interviews with the holiday-makers, young workers and locals, this series gives a startling insight into the hopes and dreams of today’s British teens and twenty-somethings.

10.00pm World’s Craziest Fools BBC3 – Mr. T returns to host the video series.


8.00pm Celebrity Who Wants to a Be Millionaire ITV

8.00pm Supersize vs Superskinny Channel 4 – The extreme dieting series returns.

9.00pm Death in Paradise BBC1 –  Second series of the police drama starring Ben Miller as a British detective sent to work on a remote Caribbean Island.  DI Richard Poole struggles to muster that loving feeling for the local voodoo festival celebrating romance and friendship. However, an understanding of the nature of love, friendship and the ties that bind, proves vital in solving a mysterious murder at a local sugar plantation.

9.00pm All You Can Eat ITV – Documentary exploring the increasingly popular world of competitive eating, discovering how Britain has begun to embrace America’s love of super-sized food challenges. The programme takes a look at competitions in the USA such as New York’s famous Independence Day hotdog eating contest.

9.00pm The Undateables Channel 4 – Series 2 of the uplifting documentary series that  follows the journeys of several extraordinary singletons as they enter the dating circuit in pursuit of love. From a doctor of psychology with dwarfism to a young man with Tourette’s, to an office worker with Down’s Syndrome, the show follows them as they enter the world of blind dates, matchmaking and speed-dating.

10.00pm Pramface BBC3 – Series 2 of the comedy series about two teenagers trying, and often failing, to come to terms with parenthood. Laura and Jamie are struggling to cope with the everyday challenges of raising their baby, so the last thing they need is a big family event. But the christening is looming and they are nowhere near ready for it. Mike is desperate to prove himself worthy of being a godfather, much to atheist Beth’s irritation. Keith is forced to take temping work at the toy shop to help pay for the christening, but finds it hard to cope when he discovers his new supervisor is his son.

10.00pm Don’t Blame Facebook Channel 4 – Documentary that talks to people across the UK who have made some of the most extraordinary faux-pas on Facebook and other social media in the past few years. The programme discovers how sharing too much information online can have disastrous consequences, and reveals how these people’s lives have been affected in the aftermath of their online ‘fails’. From the friends arrested on terror charges at a US airport after a joke tweet, to the McDonald’s employee who went to jail after hacking an international superstar’s Facebook page, and the model arrested in her pyjamas when police burst into her home investigating a suspicion that she was harassing a celebrity, the film demonstrates why everyone should be aware that you can never be sure who is watching, reading and sharing your social media timeline.

10.35pm Parking Mad BBC1 – Observational documentary about people who fight their parking tickets, following the stories of both the council parking enforcement departments who issue tickets – and the motorists who have decided to fight back against the system.


8.00pm Food Inspectors BBC1 – Matt Allwright and Chris Hollins present a series following the work of food inspectors as they protect the nation from rogue restaurants and poisonous food. In this first episode, Enfield Council’s food inspectors Mary and Claire visit a Chinese takeaway where they discover that a rabbit, which belongs to the owner’s daughter, is being kept in a food preparation area.

8.00pm Midsomer Murders ITV

8.00pm Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure Five – Charley Boorman embarks upon another epic ride of a lifetime, in search of ultimate thrills and encountering an amazing diversity of people, landscapes and wildlife as he heads full throttle for an unforgettable journey through South Africa on his trusty BMW motorbike. Charlie abseils from the summit of the Table Mountain, then crosses shark-infested waters to Robben Island, cage-dives to watch Great White sharks feeding, visits the Born Free Foundation and enjoys a hair-raising salmon run with a twist.

9.00pm Growing Up Poor BBC3 – Filmed over one summer, this documentary follows three very different teenage girls all on the cusp of adulthood and dealing with the pressures of growing up with one similarity – they are all surviving on under £10 a day.

9.00pm Spies of Warsaw BBC4 – Two-part drama based on the novels of Alan Furst. A German engineer arrives in Warsaw. In a cafe in the city’s factory district he meets with Colonel Mercier and information is exchanged for money. Mercier loathes the niceties of ambassadorial lunches, cocktail parties and banquets of a world in which the drums of war can be heard in the background.

9.30pm The World’s Most Dangerous Roads BBC2 – Phil Jupitas and Marcus Brigstocke navigate Bolivia’s infamous Road of Death only to find themselves deep in notorious bandit country. Disorientation takes them by surprise as they have to navigate the stunning Salar de Uyuni, a salt lake so vast that Buzz Aldrin could see it from space. Their goal is to reach the ancient mountain city of Potosi whose silver once financed the great Spanish empire but at almost 5000 meters above sea level.


8.00pm Waterloo Road BBC1 – New series of the school based drama set in Scotland. Phoenix and Harley win the lottery. They want to spend, spend, spend, but does their dad have other ideas? Meanwhile, Nikki is forced to question her actions in punishing Scout, and Michael finds a friend in Christine when he gets news about his court case.

9.00pm Silent Witness BBC1 – 16th series of the long running forensic crime drama  The mysterious death of a wealthy confectionery firm owner plunges Nikki, Leo and new recruit Jack Hodgson into a murky world of corporate subterfuge as they battle to prove murder. Part 2 will air Tomorrow night at 9pm


8.00pm First Time Farmers Channel 4 – Five-part observational documentary series, looking at all aspects of farming life through the eyes of the younger generation. These fresh-faced individuals aren’t your traditional farmers; they’re the hard-working modern breed of the farming generation, and they’re breathing new life into the agricultural world and England’s picturesque countryside. Filmed over a six-month period, the series lifts the lid on the dilemmas, pressures and daily grind faced by these young farmers.

8.30pm John Bishop’s Only Joking Sky1 – John Bishop presents a brand new stand-up comedy show featuring a variety of famous faces and funny men and women from Jason Manford to Robbie Williams.

9.00pm Italy Unpacked BBC2 – Andrew Graham-Dixon and chef Giorgio Locatelli travel through Italy exploring the country’s history, culture, food, art and landscape.

9.00pm Great Night Out ITV – Six-part comedy drama series. Hodge and Kath’s wedding anniversary celebrations go slightly skewed when some of the guests are waylaid. Glyn goes to the extreme lengths of salsa dance lessons to catch the eye of his school sweetheart Julie. The lads help a worse-for-wear comrade in need, much to their detriment.

9.00pm 16 Kids and Counting Channel 4 – The Radfords are Britain’s biggest family living under one roof, and they are about to get even bigger. Mum Sue is awaiting the arrival of her 16th baby, and her eldest daughter Sophie, who’s 18, is following in her footsteps and expecting her first baby the month before.

9.00pm Stella Sky1 – Series 2 of the Ruth Jones comedy.

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