The TVweek: Sunday 28th April – Friday 3rd May 2013

by | Apr 23, 2013 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Rupert Murdoch – Battle With Britain BBC2 – Steve Hewlett tells the story of Rupert Murdoch’s 40-year battle with British politics, culture and establishment. Accused of corrupting the UK’s media in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, Murdoch’s true role in the country’s history is more complex.


1.45pm Four Rooms Channel 4 – Four Rooms returns for a third series of curious collectables and edge-of-the-seat deal-making as members of the public attempt to sell treasures for life-changing sums of money. Twelve of Britain’s top wheeler dealers – including familiar ones such as Gordon Watson and Celia Sawyer alongside new ones, including Tamara Beckwith and Alex Proud – take turns to wait in four separate rooms, each prepared to spend their own personal fortunes if an item they desire comes through their door.

9.00pm Dave Allen: God’s Own Comedian BBC2 – Told by family and friends, with rare unseen archive, this documentary reflects on the career of Dave Allen, who became a TV star in Australia in his twenties, before returning home to dominate the schedules in Britain. Respected, admired and with unshakeable integrity, Dave Allen fought for what he wanted to say and how he wanted to say it. For the first time ever this rich and compelling career is celebrated on screen, giving a chance to reflect on his many achievements and on the private life that went alongside it. With contributions from Stephen Berkoff, Stephen Frears, and Dame Maggie Smith, among others.

9.00pm Vicious ITV – Six-part studio based sitcom starring Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen. Freddie and Stuart are partners who have lived together in the same small London flat for nearly 50 years. Freddie was a promising young actor and Stuart a barman when they first met, but now in the twilight of their lives they spend their time reading, walking the dog and snapping at each other. Freddie and Stuart are hosting a wake to mark the passing of an old friend. As they are joined by their small circle of elderly chums, the couple manage to create a toe-curlingly awkward evening with very little food but plenty of bitchy insults. Their new young upstairs neighbour Ash – whose sexuality becomes a point of great debate – spends the evening attempting to be the perfect guest, while fending off the advances of Freddie and Stuart’s best friend Violet.

9.00pm Greggs: More than Meets the Pie Sky1 – Go beyond the counter and get a taste of life at Britain’s beloved bakery. Big changes lie ahead in this opener as Greggs’ grand plans to go upmarket get under way.

9.30pm The Job Lot ITV – Six-part comedy set in a Job Centre in the West Midlands.  Fresh from winning an employment tribunal. Angela is still unmanageable and now unsackable. Karl is the only member of staff Trish can rely on, but even he has reached the end of his tether. Although he spends every day surrounded by people in need of a job, he decides to take his chances and quit – until somebody changes his mind. Russell Tovey Stars.


8.00pm Alex Polizzi – The Fixer Returns BBC2 – Alex Polizzi returns to some of the businesses she has helped, catching up on their struggles since she left and revisiting her time at their business. This episode she returns to Chough’s Bakery in Cornwall and Kettley’s furniture shop in Yorkshire.

9.00pm Crash for Cash Channel 4 – This Cutting Edge film tells the inside story of Britain’s biggest ever cash for crash insurance ring. The Wright brothers’ long-running scam involved more than 60 people in rural County Durham and put up the cost of car insurance in the area by £100. In recession-hit Britain, more and more people are tempted by the lure of insurance cash.

10.00pm Sweat the Small Stuff BBC3 – BBC Radio One Breakfast Show star Nick Grimshaw hosts a panel show that makes a big deal about the little things in life. From daily obsessions to personal dilemmas, Grimmy, along with team captains Rickie and Melvin from Kiss FM and The Saturdays’ Rochelle Humes are all sweating the small stuff with guests.


8.00pm All Star Mr. & Mrs ITV – Phillip Schofield presents a new series of the classic game show as three celebrity couples battle it out to win £30,000 for their chosen charity. Who knows the most about their other half? All the couples need to do is match each other’s answers – but it’s not as easy as it seems. The couple with the most matches at the end of the first two rounds goes through to play in the final. Can they match their answers again in the tricky final round and win the jackpot? The couples hoping to win big this time are Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh with husband Ian Kershaw, Hairy Biker Dave Myers and wife Liliana, and McFly’s Tom Fletcher and wife Giovanna.

9.00pm The Mafia’s Secret Bunkers BBC2 – Author and mafia historian John Dickie uncovers the truth about Italy’s most powerful organised crime group.


9.00pm The Repo Men Channel 4 – In recession-hit Britain, people are turning to finance companies to buy the items they want but can’t afford. For those who have signed up to sky-high repayments but fail to keep up with them, the next knock on their door could be from Sean James – the repo man. This documentary series follows the work of no-nonsense repo man Sean and his team as they repossess items on behalf of finance companies. Whether it’s a well-loved and much needed family car or a chest freezer that needs ripping out of a Chinese takeaway, Sean will repo anything, anywhere, any time. He is routinely faced with aggressive, emotional or sneaky ‘targets’, but once he has them in his sights Sean has no intention of leaving empty-handed.

10.00pm True Stories: 12 Year Old Lifer Channel 4 – In April 2010, in the small town of Enchanted Hills in Indiana, USA, 12-year-old Paul Gingerich helped his friend, 15-year-old Colt Lundy, shoot and kill Colt’s stepfather. The shocking murder of Phillip Danner was carried out by two middle-class boys with no prior criminal records.


8.30pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 – Rob Brydon is back in the host’s chair for the seventh series of the comedy panel show. And, as ever, David Mitchell and Lee Mack are the lightning-quick team captains. Over the course of each show, celebrity guests reveal amazing stories about themselves, some of which are true and some of which are not. The aim of the game is to fool the opposition into mistaking fact for fiction and fiction for fact. In this episode, Lee and David are joined by Rhod Gilbert, Vernon Kay, Dara O Briain and Denise Van Outen.

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