The Tvweek: Sunday 27th October – Friday 1st November 2013

by | Oct 23, 2013 | All, TV Week


10.30am Sunday Side Up ITV – Stephen Mulhern presents a brand new and totally live family entertainment show. Guests for the first show include former X Factor boy band Union J.

11.30am Sunday Scoop ITV – Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha are joined by guest presenter Peter Andre in the first show of a brand new series. The trio delve into the week’s news, tuck into some incredible food and welcome a host of celebrity friends, including Emmerdale stars Matthew Wolfenden and Natalie Anderson.

5.40pm Prize Island ITV – Alexander Armstrong and Emma Willis front a brand new game show. Set on a sun-soaked tropical island, ordinary couples participate in some extraordinary games, races and challenges in a bid to win some big prizes.

8.00pm Great Continental Railway Journeys BBC2 – Michael Portillo returns to his native Spain to discover what the intrepid tourists of the Belle Epoque experienced on their travels through the fading Spanish empire.

9.00pm A Very English Education BBC2 – Documentary exploring the unique advantages and difficulties of learning in a quintessentially English institution – the public school. In 1979, the BBC made a documentary series about life inside one of Britain’s most privileged and traditional boys’ boarding schools, Radley College. In 2013, BBC director Hannah Berryman caught up with some of the boys who featured in the series to find out how their lives panned out after they left Radley.


6.00pm Harry Hill’s TV Burp GOLD – Repeats of the ITV series now new to Gold.

8.30pm Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green ITV – The start of a new eight-part series in which Robson Green travels the length and breadth of his home county of Northumberland to discover how this mystical place has played a unique role in shaping contemporary Britain.

9.00pm Ripper Street BBC1 – Series 2 of the crime drama series.  Jack the Ripper may be fading into memory, but east London has found no peace. An investigation into the assault of a policeman leads DI Reid and the men of H-Division to the newly-emergent Chinatown, where Jackson discovers evidence of a new and devastatingly powerful opiate. Reid fears a new kind of hell is to be released onto his streets.

9.00pm OCD Ward ITV – Documentary following four of Britain’s most severe sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder, also known as OCD. Edward, Enis, Tricia and Hayley are seemingly ordinary men and women but are terrified of doing the most basic tasks. They admit the fears are ridiculous but the OCD is wrecking their lives, and pushing relationships with their families to breaking point. Springfield Hospital in south London has Britain’s only 24/7 ward dedicated to treating OCD.

9.00pm Strike Back Sky1 – Series 4 of the action drama.

10.00pm Release the Hounds ITV2 – Reggie Yates presents a unique horror game show as part of Halloween Week. Having responded to an advert, three unsuspecting contestants enter a forest at dusk in a quest to unlock chests full of prize money. Little do they know that in order to win big, they must face some of the scariest challenges ever endured on television. To locate the keys to the chests, the friends must enter a field of crucified scarecrows, descend beneath the floorboards of a deserted cabin and read bedtime stories in the nursery from hell. The ultimate challenge for the team, however, requires the gang to outrun a pack of real hounds which have been trained to guard the cash. If the competitors manage to escape, the money belongs to them.


8.00pm Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners Channel 4 – Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners returns for a second series. The show meets people who, by their own admission, cannot stop cleaning, and carefully matches them with someone whose home is in dire need of a spring clean. 

9.00pm The Escape Artist BBC1 – Three-part legal crime drama starring David Tennant. . Talented junior barrister Will Burton specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners, hence his nickname – the Escape Artist. But when Will’s talents acquit his latest client of a brutal and high-profile murder, the consequences are chilling.

9.00pm On the Run ITV – Natasha Kaplinsky and Mark Williams-Thomas team up to help locate two wanted criminals – a sex offender and a violent international fugitive.

9.00pm The Mentalist Five – Sixth series of the US crime drama.

9.00pm Disowned and Disabled BBC4 – The first of two documentaries which trace the way care of disowned and disabled children changed in the decades after the second world war

10.00pm Ross Noble: Freewheeling Dave – The wild-haired Geordie comic embarks on a Twitter-led anti-travelogue!


9.00pm Autumn’s Supermarket Secrets BBC1 – Gregg Wallace goes behind the scenes with Britain’s biggest food retailers over the course of a year to discover how they source, make and move the food we find on the supermarket shelves. In this programme, Gregg reveals how the supermarkets get us in the mood for autumn. He finds out what it takes to bring us millions of Halloween pumpkins, learns how own-label pies are made and is let into the hidden world of online supermarkets.


8.30pm The Big Bang Theory E4 – As the smash hit comedy returns for a seventh series, Sheldon and Penny bond in Leonard’s absence, Koothrapoli finds someone to share his heartache with, and while away at an out of town conference, Bernadette and Amy are hit on at the hotel bar.

9.00pm World’s Biggest Maternity Ward BBC2 – Anita Rani travels to the crazy crowded capital of the Philippines, to see how the countries of the developing world are facing a future with a rapidly growing population. She follows the lives of three different women: Rosalyn, whose seventh child will have to survive on less than a pound a day; Rose, a middle-class mum who can afford the best care in the world; and Junalyn, on a journey out of the slums to a better life. Amid the drama of new life Anita finds a story of economic growth and hope in Manila. Across the developing world birth rates have plummeted, life expectancy has increased and young vibrant workforces are beginning to compete with the established economies of the West.

9.00pm Bedlam Channel 4 – The world’s oldest psychiatric institution – the South London and Maudsley – opens its doors in a four-part documentary series challenging the myths, taboos and stigma around mental illness in Britain today. Anxiety has become the mental illness of our time. The NHS issues around seven million tranquiliser prescriptions every year. At the Bethlem Royal Psychiatric Hospital in South London, a specialist anxiety unit treats some of the most extreme cases in Britain: the top one per cent. Most suffer with extreme OCD. James, who’s 23, has an unusual anxiety: a profound fear that he’ll lose control of his bowel movements in public. Consequently he spends up to seven hours a day in the loo, too scared to leave in case he has an accident. He’s been in and out of psychiatric institutions since he was a teenager and had to drop out of university because his OCD got so bad. Helen is a librarian at the British Museum.

9.00pm Dracula Sky Living – Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as the original vampire and ultimate bad boy in this epic story of lust, lies and revenge set in Victorian London.

9.00pm Drifters E4 – New six-part comedy series about three best friends living in Leeds, who, having finished uni, are struggling to find a job, a place to live that’s half decent, and a boyfriend they actually like! In the first of two episodes, Meg and her cousin Bunny return home to Leeds, having cut short their gap year trip round India. They’re greeted at the airport by their best friend Laura but – disaster – also by Meg’s stalker-ish ex-boyfriend Mark. As far as Mark’s concerned, they’re still together. Unsurprisingly the homecoming doesn’t run smoothly – and then there’s also the small matter of finding a house and finding a job. Surely having got a degree and being now, a traveller of the world, the perfect life should all fall into place.


8.00pm Off the Beaten Track ITV – Christine Bleakley ventures off the main roads and away from the big cities to explore lesser-known UK destinations. In this episode, Christine visits the South Peaks in Derbyshire, where she tucks in at a vintage sweet shop, joins a ladies tug-of-war team and takes part in the unique Derbyshire festival of well-dressing.

11.05pm Stand Up for the Week Channel 4 – The topical stand-up show returns for a fifth series with eight brand new shows. Paul Chowdhry step up to take the hosting plate and is joined by regulars Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe and three new team members: Simon Evans, Romesh Ranganathan and Angela Barnes.

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