The TVweek: Sunday 15th – Friday 20th September 2013

by | Sep 11, 2013 | All, TV Week


6.00pm Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope ITV – In his first television interview since the birth of Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge talks to award-winning documentary-maker Jane Treays about his joy at becoming a father, his hopes for his new family and his passion for wildlife conservation. He also explains the pivotal role that Africa has played in his life, and his hope that Prince George will one day share these passions.

7.00pm Surprise, Surprise ITV – Holly Willoughby presents a brand new series of the heartwarming show which combines viewers’ touching real life stories with the world of showbiz and entertainment.


9.00pm The Fried Chicken Shop Channel 4 – After the success of the one-off Cutting Edge documentary, Channel 4 returns to Rooster Spot in Clapham, south London, for a three-part series that delves even deeper into the world of fried chicken, the staff who serve it and the huge variety of customers who buy it. All walks of life cross in the Fried Chicken Shop as people tell their life stories, friendships are formed and love and laughter spill out into the early hours. In this first episode Rooster Spot is a hub for love and relationships. Shop workers Imran and Harris talk about their bigger ambitions and the friendship they have formed since they both moved from Pakistan, and Harris declares his budding love for an Italian waitress.

9.00pm Fazer’s Urban Takeover BBC3 – Two-part documentary in which Fazer from N-Dubz attempts to put seven unknown urban musicians through a crash course in classical music before performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms.

10.35pm David Frost: Hello, Good-Evening and Goodbye ITV – This tribute to the broadcasting legend who died recently looks back at his pioneering and extraordinarily diverse career on both sides of the Atlantic. His legacy includes a variety of programmes, from That Was the Week That Was to the Frost Report, from TV-AM to Through the Keyhole, along with a series of memorable and historic interviews with presidents, prime ministers and some of the world’s most famous stars. With contributions from colleagues and friends who worked with Frost during a career in television spanning over 50 years, and featuring a previously unseen interview with Sir David Frost himself.


9.00pm Posh Pawn Channel 4 – Documentary focusing on Surrey-based Prestige Pawnbrokers, this documentary goes behind the scenes and discovers that, when it comes to upmarket pawn, everyone has a story to tell. From a £1 million helicopter to a £100,000 Lamborghini or a Hermes handbag worth £25,000, Prestige are the undisputed kings of pawning luxurious and costly objects in cash-strapped Britain and are part of a growing number of high-end pawnbrokers focusing on expensive and exclusive objects.

9.00pm The Magaluf Weekender ITV2 – The Magaluf Weekender returns to the Balearic island getaway for a brand new second series of decadent fun.

10.00pm Fabulous Fashionistas Channel 4 – Award-winning director Sue Bourne explores the art of ageing in the company of six extraordinary women in this Cutting Edge documentary. With an average age of 80, Bridget, Daphne, Jean, Gillian, Sue and Lady Trumpington have something inspirational in common: a determination to keep going, to look fabulous and to have fun. Without botox or plastic surgery, these women are redefining old age, in style.

10.00pm Crazy Beaches ITV2 – New series exposing all the drunken fun and hedonism in the infamous Greek resort of Malia. Crazy Beaches visits the party resort which hosts thousands of young Brits every year, following a different group of holidaymakers each week as they are let loose on the strip.

10.35pm Britain’s Broken Families BBC1 – Documentary following the around the clock work of Newcastle’s Family Intervention Project, whose job is to help improve the lives of the area’s most challenging and disruptive families.


8.00pm The House that 100k Built BBC2 – With house prices out of the reach of many people and banks refusing to lend, buying a home in the UK is becoming an impossible dream. So a few brave but ordinary souls are trailblazing what could be the solution for all of us – trying to build their own house from scratch. Architectural journalist and critic Kieran Long and award winning architect Piers Taylor are following self-builders as they take on the biggest gamble of their lives. Kieran and Piers will try to help them create the house they’ve longed for. But all have less than £100k to spend, little or no experience and life savings on the line. On the brink of retirement, Shropshire farmers Ruth and Tony are at the point in their lives when they could hope to start taking life easy. But faced with a crumbling farmhouse they are having to knock it down and they have ambitious plans to replace it with a determinedly modern design.

8.00pm The Three Day Nanny Channel 4 – This brand new series follows professional nanny Kathryn Mewes as she answers the cries for help from desperate parents. Nanny Mewes lives with the families around the clock for three days to help them tackle everything from faddy eaters to sleepless nights, and restoring order to households in distress. In the first episode, Kathryn travels to East Grinstead to meet the Rogers family to help parents Susan and James with their three-year-old twins, Alfie and Harry. With stay-at-home dad James tackling temper tantrums on a daily basis and mum Susan dreading returning home from work to an exhausting bedtime ritual, they urgently need help.

9.00pm Science Britannica BBC2 –  Professor Brian Cox guides viewers through 350 years of British science to reveal what science really is, who the people are who practice it, and how it is inextricably linked to the past, present and future of each and every one of us. In the first episode, Professor Cox grapples with science’s darker side, asking why, when science has done so much for us, it often gets such a bad press. Starting with the original Frankenstein – the grisly 19th century tale of George Foster’s hanging and subsequent ‘electrocution’, Brian confronts the idea that science can go ‘too far’. From the nuclear bomb to genetic modification, British science has always been at the cutting edge of discovery, but are British scientists feckless meddlers, or misunderstood visionaries whose gifts to humanity are corrupted by the unscrupulous?

10.35pm Father Figure BBC1 – Sitcom written, created by and starring comedian Jason Byrne. Family man Tom Whyte tries to be the best dad he can to his two sons while his wife works full time. He approaches his duties as a father with a huge dose of energy and enthusiasm, but where Tom is concerned disaster is never far away. After a disastrous incident with the barbecue, Tom invites his neighbours Brendan and Helen over for a relaxed dinner party to say sorry. With the arrival of best friend Roddy and his parents unexpectedly descending on the house, the pressure is on Tom and it is not looking good. Things take a turn for the worse when wife Elaine arrives back from work and starts on the wine, Drew is sick on the trampoline and mother Mary gets stuck in the bathroom. By the time Brendan and Helen walk up the drive, Tom is at his wit’s end and it looks like he will owe them another apology very soon.


8.00pm The Wonder of Dogs BBC2 – Kate Humble, Steve Leonard and a team of canine experts reveal the innermost secrets of man’s best friend.

9.00pm Panorama: The Honeymoon Murder: Who Killed Anni? BBC1 – Jeremy Vine presents a special Panorama report. When a beautiful young bride was murdered on her honeymoon in South Africa – allegedly on the orders of her British husband – it made headlines around the world. Nearly three years on, the truth about Anni Dewani’s killing remains a mystery, while in July a British judge ordered Shrien Dewani – still sectioned under the mental health act in the UK – should be extradited to South Africa to stand trial. BBC Panorama has obtained the secret police files which make up the prosecution case against the 33-year-old Bristol businessman, and has commissioned leading forensic experts to review all the evidence. Their findings expose fundamental mistakes both in the police investigation and in the interpretation of forensic evidence. Could Shrien Dewani be – as he has always claimed – an innocent man?


7.30pm Ronnie’s Animal Crackers BBC1 – Ronnie Corbett takes a wry look at our obsession with pets.

8.00pm Celebrity Fifteen to One Channel 4 – Back on screen after ten years, Fifteen to One returns as part of The Channel 4 80s Night for a celebrity special hosted by The Last Leg’s Adam Hills. Fifteen celebrities go head to head as they battle it out to win the notoriously tough quiz show, hoping to win tens of thousands of pounds for charity and claim the prestigious title of champion. Among the celebrity contestants are: Jo Brand, Fern Britton, Alex Brooker, Dr Dawn Harper, Eamonn Holmes, Konnie Huq, Jonathan Ross and Stephen Mangan – but only ‘One’ can win. This special one-off show has been completely revamped for 2013 with a new host, comedian Adam Hills, along with a new set, new graphics and a revamped version of the famous theme tune.

9.00pm David Attenborough’s Rise of  Animals BBC2 – David Attenborough embarks on an epic 500 million year journey to unravel the incredible rise of the vertebrates. The evolution of animals with backbones is one of the greatest stories in natural history. To tell this story, David presents explosive new fossil evidence from China, a region he has long dreamt of exploring and the frontier of modern paleontological research. Using brand new discoveries of fossils, ancient and living, combined with stunning CGI and cinematography, David reveals how vertebrates came to be the dominant form of animal life, and why humans are the heirs to a magnificent evolutionary heritage.

9.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Intimate chat with Coronation Street actress Julie Goodyear.

9.00pm Orphan Black BBC3 US Sci-fi series. After witnessing a woman’s suicide, Sarah assumes her identity in the hope that cleaning out the dead woman’s bank account will solve all of her problems. Instead, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes a dizzying discovery and is racing for answers while attempting to evade a pursuing assassin hot on her heels.

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