The TVweek: Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd March 2013

by | Mar 12, 2013 | All, TV Week


7.00pm Celebrity Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? ITV – In this Best of Friends edition, three pairs of celebrity pals are hoping to win big for various charities. Olympic gold medallist and London 2012 Olympics chairman Lord Sebastian Coe teams up with athletics commentator and Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram, former Coronation Street regular and current Loose Women panellist Sally Lindsay has drafted in her partner, drummer Steve White, and Olympic gymnastics hero and Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith is joined by his coach Paul Hall

8.00pm Our Queen ITV – One off Documentary. With behind-the-scenes access to the Queen throughout her Diamond Jubilee year, this intimate view of the modern monarchy lifts the lid on the events of 2012 – that Olympic James Bond moment, the secrets of a royal reception, and what really happens when the Prime Minister sits down with the sovereign, with contributions from The Prince of Wales and other members of the family. Corgis, Boris Johnson, a Robbie Williams serenade, and a room full of fellow monarchs bring some added sparkle and colour to the first feature-length royal documentary in more than 20 years.

8.00pm The Secret Millions Channel 4 -Five-part documentary series follows five Channel 4 faces as they work with charities on the frontline developing new projects, while secretly trying to help secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea into reality.

8.30pm The Lady Vanishes BBC1 – One-off drama.  Beautiful, young socialite Iris Carr, bored with the raucous and unsociable behaviour of her friends whilst on holiday, resolves to seek out some tranquillity and travel home alone. Iris’ expectations of peace are short-lived when, at the railway station, she suddenly faints. She wakes in time to be rushed onto the train, but with a pounding head and a feeling of being in a dream. She is comforted by an English lady, Miss Froy, but Iris falls asleep and later wakes up to find Miss Froy gone and her fellow passengers denying she ever existed.

10.00pm Perspectives ITV – Actor David Suchet sets out to unravel the mystery surrounding the life and work of Agatha Christie.

10.00pm In the Flesh BBC3 – Three-part teen Zombie drama. Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferer Kieren Walker returns to his home village of Roarton, but does not receive a warm welcome from all. His parents, Steve and Sue, are undoubtedly pleased to see him, but his sister, Jem, isn’t so ready to pick up where they left off when Kieren died back in 2009. Meanwhile, the zombie-hating Human Volunteer Force, led by the violent Bill Macy, are ready to take action against any PDS sufferer reintegrated on their patch.


2.15pm WPC 56 BBC1 – Drama following WPC 56 Gina Dawson, the first woman police constable to serve in her West Midlands hometown in 1956

3.45pm Countryside 999 BBC1 – Series following the emergency services in rural Britain. In this first episode, rural paramedics and an A&E team join forces to respond to a serious road accident. A routine speed check leads to a more suspicious scenario for the police, and the Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter crew race to find two fishermen adrift in the Atlantic Ocean.

8.00pm James Nesbitt’s Ireland ITV – Ballymena-born James Nesbitt presents this eight-part guided tour around some of the stunning sights, sounds and tastes that have made Ireland famous the world over. In the first episode, James heads to the magical Dingle Peninsula in the South West, where he discovers his inner child in a quest for the perfect ice cream. At Blarney Castle the summer season is well under way, and Justin and Jenny Green welcome him to Ballyvolane, a country house hotel in County Cork.

8.00pm That Petrol Emotion: Motor Racing at the BBC BBC4 – Archive series celebrating the glory days of British motor racing, buffing up some of the BBC’s most memorable coverage from the sport’s earliest days. The opening programme concentrates on the 1950s, when British drivers Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn took on the dominance of the great Argentinian driver, Fangio – all presided over by the chummy commentating presence of Raymond Baxter, fresh from a fight of his own as a Spitfire pilot in World War II. From track to paddock to a changing Britain beyond, and driven by a powerful period soundtrack, this is Formula One’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Years’.

8.30pm Paul Hollywood’s Bread BBC2 – Paul Hollywood presents a series in which he reveals the secrets of breads from all over the world and shows how a loaf can be transformed into delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

9.00pm Motorway Cops BBC1

9.00pm Don’t Just Stand There.. I’m Having Your Baby! BBC3 – Series following clueless first-time dads taking a crash course in pregnancy, labour and childbirth. Squeamish Callum and stress-head gas engineer Adam are put through their paces by the midwives. But when push comes to shove, will they make it from clueless lads to clued-up dads?

10.00pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? BBC3 – Comic Ellie Taylor and her caustic sidekick POD go on tour, ready to do battle with the nation’s fashion fakers. This time they have back up, as the mums and dads of Britain want to free their children of fakery and stand by POD in her mission to restore natural beauty.

10.35pm The Spies Who Fooled the World BBC1 – On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War, Panorama reveals how key aspects of the secret intelligence used by Downing Street and the White House to justify the invasion were based on fabrication, wishful thinking and lies.


8.00pm Bedtime Live Channel 4 – This innovative new series is going to solve their problems once and for all. Whether it’s unruly under-fives or over-tired teenagers, the team of experts have the answers to get us all a good night’s sleep. Going straight to the heart of this mayhem, Bedtime Live broadcasts live from the homes of shattered parents as the experts try to get the nation’s children to sleep.

9.00pm The Syndicate BBC1 – Series 2 of the Kay Mellor drama series following a new Syndicate who win on the lottery. Stars Alison Steadman and Mark Addy. Having bought last night’s Euro lottery ticket, Becky cannot remember what she did with it. So with all eyes, hands and ears to the ground, the hunt begins. But will the search be worth its weight in gold? 72 million pounds says all their dreams can be realised, but as the reality sinks in for the staff at St Anthony’s hospital the secrets, jealousy and betrayal start to pour out.

9.00pm Stacey Solomon: Depression, Teen Mums & Me BBC3 – Documentary exploring why young people get PND and what help is available. X Factor finalist and Queen of the Jungle, Stacey Solomon, seems to have it all – two beautiful children, a loving partner, a singing career and celebrity status. But Stacey has been keeping a secret. Her first son was born when Stacey was only 18 and she developed an illness that most mums are scared to acknowledge – postnatal depression. 1 in 10 mothers get postnatal depression (PND) but for teenagers the rate is almost 50 per cent. Stacey sets out to meet other teenage mothers suffering from this debilitating mental condition, talks to her own mother who helped her through it.


7.30pm Youngers E4 – Witty and original new comedy drama series set in South East London following a group of friends trying to negotiate their way through teenage life in a world that’s more about swagger than straight As. In episode one, it’s GCSE results day and friends Yemi and Jay nervously make their way to school to find out what the future holds. Aspiring producer Yemi aces his results, but there’s no celebrating for Jay. Determined to swerve a career fixing boilers with his dad, Jay picks up a leaflet for Mic Star, a local music competition that could be his break into the urban music industry. But for these Youngers it’s never going to be that easy.

9.00pm Iraq: Did my Son Die in Vain? BBC2 – Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, retired headteacher, Geoff Dunsmore, travels to Basra see exactly where his son Chris, an RAF reservist, was killed in 2007. Whilst there he aims to find out the impact of the war and occupation on the lives of the ordinary people there. Has the western involvement in Iraq improved things for ordinary Iraqi people?

9.00pm We’re Having a Baby BBC3 – Documentary in which young people from across the UK turn the cameras on themselves and tell the story of pregnancy and birth as it’s never been told before. One in four babies in Britain are born to parents under 25 – this is their story, in their own words.


8.30pm The Martin Lewis Money Show ITV – Back for a new series of money saving tips and advice. Martin Lewis and Saira Khan are in Yorkshire to show how it is possible to claim council tax rebates worth thousands of pounds.

9.00pm Horizon: How to Avoid Mistakes in Surgery BBC2 –  A&E doctor Kevin Fong finds out how doctors can avoid making mistakes in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of the operating theatre. He sets out to learn how other professionals make life and death decisions under pressure, from airline pilots facing emergencies, to the Fire Service dealing with lethal blazes, to the world of Formula One pit crews. Kevin discovers how all these fields are helping to make surgery safer.

9.00pm Home Delivery ITV – Documentary following the dramatic and emotional moments when babies are born at home rather than in hospital. Three couples who are going against convention and saying no to a hospital birth, are helped by specialist home delivery midwife Virginia Howes.

9.00pm The Baby Bomb BBC3 – Series following the real-life dramas of three young couples and a single mum as their worlds are turned upside down when they take on the most daunting challenge of their life – becoming parents. Four young families, who have never met, come together to live in the same south London block of flats for ten weeks, but will it make the enormous challenge of being a young parent any easier? Single mum Esther has a home birth and the couples are all beginning to feel the pressures of parenthood.

10.35pm Who Killed My Dad? The Death of Terry Lloyd ITV – Documentary marking the tenth anniversary of the death of ITV News war reporter Terry Lloyd, who was shot dead as he covered the Allied invasion of Iraq. Terry’s daughter Chelsey retraces his steps, seeking answers to the questions that have troubled her family for a decade. Now accompanied by ITV News presenter Mark Austin – a friend of Terry’s, Chelsey returns to the scene of her father’ tragic death. As part of her deeply personal search for the truth, she meets and talks to the people who were there at the time.


8.30pm Goodbye Television Centre BBC4 – After 53 years Television Centre, the BBC’s TV headquarters, is closing its doors and host Michael Grade gathers together many of its best-loved faces as they stroll down memory lane for the very last time. It was the dream factory, the symbolic home of British television – iconic, eccentric, more than just a building.

9.00pm My New Home More4 – In 2005, award-winning documentary maker Daisy Asquith began filming a unique and ambitious series of long-term documentaries about three immigrant children who move to Britain to begin a brand new life. Captured over five years, their lives have been documented on camera from the moment they stepped off the plane aged 11 up until they reach their 16th birthday.

Custard TV Staff

Custard TV Staff


All the latest TV news and TV listings from the staff of the site.


Follow us:

Our Latest Posts:

Borgen proves TV revivals can work.

Borgen proves TV revivals can work.

Borgen is the best political series on television. It's not an area television drama dabbles in that often. There's the original House of Cards and the Netflix version...

The BBC confirm second series of Sherwood.

The BBC confirm second series of Sherwood.

As the critically acclaimed Sherwood finishes its much talked about run on the BBC tonight (28 June) it has been confirmed that it will return for a second series with...


Submit a Comment