The TVweek: Sunday 26th – Friday 31st January 2014

by | Jan 22, 2014 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The Jump Channel 4 – First episode of the daring new series in which 12 famous faces take on some of the most challenging and dangerous winter sports as they bid to become crowned champion of The Jump. Over eight nights 12 brave celebrities – Amy Childs, Anthea Turner, Darren Gough, Henry Conway, Kimberly Wyatt, Laura Hamilton, Marcus Brigstocke, Melinda Messenger, Nicky Clarke, Ritchie Neville, Sinitta and Sir Steve Redgrave – compete from a mountainside in Austria in a series of winter sport events, with the bottom two facing elimination each night by taking their chances on the dreaded ‘jump’. Presented by Davina McCall and Alex Brooker, in the first episode six of the competitors compete in the opening event, the skeleton. Having been trained by Winter Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams, it’s set to be a battle of nerve and courage for the two slowest celebrities who will face a terrifying ski jump to remain in the competition. Continues All Week.

9.00pm Dragons’ Den BBC2 – Series in which budding entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to multimillionaires. Two graduates from Manchester offer a stake in their youth-orientated package holiday business, a Bulgarian inventor of a self-filling bath pitches for a colossal one million pounds and a 20-year-old entrepreneur from Essex wows the Dragons with an ingenious cure for water damaged mobile phones.


8.30pm Food & Drink BBC2 – Chef Michel Roux Jr and drinks expert Kate Goodman return for another series highlighting British food as well as current trends, nostalgic classics and recipes from around the world.

9.00pm Britain’s Great War BBC1 – Jeremy Paxman presents a four-part documentary series charting how the First World War affected the lives of the British people, and created what we know as modern Britain.

9.30pm Dads ITV2 – Brand new US sitcom from the team behind Family Guy about two successful video game developers, Warner Whittemore and Eli Sachs, whose lives are unexpectedly changed when their fathers move in with them. In the opening episode, the scene is set as Warner’s father Crawford and Eli’s dad David arrive and threaten the outcome of an important business deal.

10.00pm Meet the Polygamists Channel 4 – What does it mean to be a practising polygamist in America today? In the religious community of Centennial Park, Arizona, embedded film crews explore the inner workings of a community of people living a way of life decreed almost 200 years ago.

10.35pm Looking Sky Atlantic – Three gay friends navigate life and love in modern-day San Francisco in this frank, no-frills comedy drama from HBO.


8.00pm Children’s Emergency Rescue BBC2 – Series following a special team of doctors and nurses dedicated to transporting some of the UK’s sickest children and infants to expert medical care. Flying doctor Hazel Talbot scrambles an RAF rescue helicopter to race a 13-year-old patient 200 miles from Leeds to London in time for a life-saving heart transplant.

9.00pm Inside the Animal Mind BBC2 – Chris Packham travels the world to uncover the secrets of the animal mind. He starts off by exploring the remarkable ways animals use their senses. Focusing on dogs, he discovers how their powerful sense of smell creates a bizarre alternative reality.

9.00pm The School That Rocks BBC3 – The world is full of wannabe pop stars, but not everyone wants to gamble on the short-cut of a talent show to make it. With exclusive access to Britain’s renowned Academy of Contemporary Music, this rockumentary follows students over the first term of the academic year as they chase their dream of making it big in the music business. First-year gospel singer Henrietta wants to be a chart-topping superstar, but struggles to shine in a class of talented vocalists. 19-year-old Ella is striving to develop her own musical style. Trainee producer James has returned to college after being burnt by the music industry and, for hotly tipped college band Massmatiks, this year is all about getting their first record deal.

10.35pm The Zoo Next Door BBC1 – Documentary exploring the wilder side of pet ownership. Jasmine Harman and a team of animal welfare experts visit homes overrun by dozens of dogs, cats and other more surprising pets, before moving in to make a change for the better. All is not as it seems, however; while their animals are calling the shots, some pet owners would not have it any other way.


8.00pm The Restaurant Man BBC2 – Successful restaurateurs help struggling newcomers to the trade find their feet. Best friends Rich and Matt risk their life savings to start up an edgy burger restaurant in Southampton. With a flat economy and an already saturated burger market, their confidence could be dangerously naive. Russell Norman, star of the London restaurant scene, gives these novices the benefit of his experience during the crucial early months of this new burger business.

9.00pm Outnumbered BBC1 – The Brockmans return to face fresh challenges in a new run of the sitcom about a dysfunctional family. Karen has trouble adapting to big school, Ben auditions for a part in the school musical despite his lack of talent, and Jake makes a foolish – and perhaps permanent – fashion choice. Meanwhile, Mum and Dad try very hard not to interfere or send disastrously explosive emails.

9.00pm Horizon: Sugar v Fat BBC2 – What’s worse for us: sugar or fat? To answer the hottest question in nutrition, twin doctors Chris and Xand Van Tulleken go on month long high-fat and high-sugar diets. The effects on their bodies are shocking and surprising. But they also discover that in the debate about fat and sugar, the real enemy might have been hiding in plain sight.


9.00pm A Dog’s Dinner: The Truth About Dog Food Five – Documentary about the dog food industry, what goes into dog food and how best to feed them. From vegan and all-meat diets to treats that may be bad or even harmful to canines, this film looks at all aspects and opinions for a comprehensive pet owner’s guide to feeding man’s best friend.

10.00pm Bodyshockers Channel 4 – From tattoos to multiple piercings, stretched ears to massive hair extensions, the craze for body modification is now bigger than ever, with tens of thousands of people going through painful procedures in a bid to stand out from the crowd. But at the same time growing numbers are coming to seriously regret what they’ve had done. Katie Piper hears confessions from people hoping to reverse body modifications they now regret. She also meets people about to go ahead with major body modifications. Katie meets Grant, who had an obscene tattoo put on his eyelid and undergoes a painful and highly risky laser removal procedure.


Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Five – Documentary series in which adventurer Ben Fogle meets people who have given up the rat race to start a new life in the wilderness. In this opening episode, Ben journeys to the swamplands of south Georgia in the USA, to live with 64-year-old Colbert, a former city fat cat earning big bucks in the world of high finance, who has turned Tarzan. Colbert now lives in his hand-built wooden cabin, totally off the grid and with no toilet – a far cry from the luxurious pad he used to own.

10.00pm The Last Leg Channel 4 – The award-winning gang show returns live to Friday nights with a joyful, offbeat take on the week. Returning as host is 2013 British Comedy Award winner Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker. The trio take a look at the weird and wonderful talking points of the week including the stories and highlights from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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