The TV WEEK – Saturday 16th October – Friday 22nd October 2010

by | Oct 8, 2010 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Renaissance Revolution BBC2 –  Series on Renaissance painting, written and presented by Matthew Collings, begins with an artistic investigation into one of the most radiant and beautiful images in all of art history, The Madonna of the Meadow, painted in 1505 by the most dazzling and influential artist of the age, Raphael.

8.00pm Obese at 16 Sky1 –  For his whoe life, Brandon has been battling with his weight. He is 16 years old and at 30 stone his body is a walking time bomb. Follow his story as he tackles his weight problem.

10.00pm Piers Morgan Life Stories ITV1 – With Singer Russell Watson 


8.00pm Dambusters Declassified BBC2 –  Martin Shaw takes a fresh look at one of the most famous war stories of them all. The actor, himself a pilot, takes to the skies to retrace the route of the 1943 raid by 617 squadron which used bouncing bombs to destroy German dams. He sheds new light on the story as he separates the fact from the myth behind this tale of courage and ingenuity.

9.00pm The Secret Millionaire Channel 4 – Brand new series of the popular reality show. Gadget-mad entrepreneur Chris Brown accepts that some people might consider him a geek. He enjoys cross-stitch, owns a radio controlled train set and a robot Hoover, and has been known to wear his Star Wars Stormtrooper costume around the house. 

10.00pm Desperate Housewives Channel 4 – Seventh series of the US comedy/drama. In the opening episode, the residents of Wisteria Lane are stunned to discover that Paul Young is out of prison and back in the neighbourhood with an enigmatic new wife and seemingly dark motives. Meanwhile, while Paul is renting Susan’s home, she, Mike and MJ are living in an apartment on limited funds. But Susan sees a glimmer of hope in getting her life back on the Lane when she’s offered an unorthodox job. First look episodes will be shown on E4 on Wednesdays.

11.05pm Hung More4 – Second series of the US drama. 


10.00pm Party Wars Living –  Reality series in which four revellers compete to see who can throw the most explosive party. X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon puts her hosting skills to the test.


8.00pm Fiddlers, Cheats & Scams ITV1 – Cheats caught on camera include the bankrupt lorry driver who tried to sell the Ritz, a vicar who ran hundreds of scam weddings, a teen tycoon on the take and fake soldiers on parade.

8.00pm Motorway Madness Five –  One-off documentary takes a look at life at a Worcestershire motorway service station over the course of a manic bank holiday weekend. Over the three-day period, more than 100,000 people pass through the doors of the services, pushing the dedicated staff to their limits.

9.00pm The First Men on the Moon BBC4 –  Mark Gatiss‘s adaptation of HG Wells’s science fiction classic. July 1969, and as the world waits with bated breath for the Apollo astronauts to land on the Moon, a young boy meets 90-year-old Julius Bedford. He’s a man with an extraordinary story of how, way back in 1909, he got to the Moon first, and, together with the eccentric Professor Cavor, discovered a terrifying secret deep beneath its seemingly-barren surface.

10.00pm Ladies of Letters ITV3 – Second series of the gentle comedy starring Maureen Lipman and Anne Reid.  Irene finds herself living rough in the Australian outback after being rescued from the asylum by Vera’s daughter Karen and the trailer park thug Damon, while Vera battles with social services for custody of her granddaughter Sabrina.

10.35pm Tormented Lives BBC1 – Documentary in which disability rights campaigner Rosa Monckton exposes the reality of life for people with learning disabilities facing hate crime. With daily headline-grabbing accounts of attacks on disabled people that have even led to murder and suicide, Rosa admits she is deeply concerned about the future that awaits her own teenage daughter, Domenica, who has Down’s syndrome. She also tries to help one tormented man in his battle to live independently as a respected and useful member of society.


7,30pm UEFA Champion’s League ITV1  

8.00pm Prince William’s Africa Sky1 –  Sky gains unprecedented access to Prince William’s first official visit to Africa as he travels to Botswana, the home of wildlife conservation charity Tusk Trust of which he is patron.

9.00pm Wonderland BBC2 – The quirky documentary series continues with a look into High Society Brides.

9.00pm The MOBO Awards 2010 BBC3 


9.00pm The Taking of Prince Harry Channel 4 – Documentary that examines  the risks of redeploying Prince Harry to the frontline in Afghanistan by presenting a hypothetical scenario in which he is kidnapped while on military duty. Informed and shaped by the testimony of a panel of top experts from the military, police and Secret Service and former hostages, this film explores what the likely responses would be if such a high profile individual were to be captured.

10.00pm Nevermind the Buzzcocks BBC2 – Return of the popular music quiz with guest host Mark Ronson prociding  over Team Captains Noel Fielding and Phil Jupitus and their guests Alesha Dixon, Tinie Tempah, Mollie from The Saturdays and Paul Foot.

10.30pm Russell Howard’s Good News BBC3 –  Topical comedy show hosted by Russell Howard, who offers his unique perspective on the big stories dominating the media across TV, online and in print, as well as picking up on those sometimes overlooked things that make him smile


 7.00pm The Big Silence BBC2 – Abbot Christopher Jamison, a Benedictine monk, believes that he can teach five ordinary people the value of silent meditation, as practised by monks in monasteries, so they can make it part of their everyday lives. He sets up a three-month experiment to test out whether the ancient Christian tradition of silence can become part of modern lives. In this episode, Christopher brings the five volunteers to his own monastery, Worth Abbey, before sending them to begin a daunting eight days in complete silence at a specialist retreat centre. 

9.00pm A Life without Work BBC2 –  hundred years on from a ground breaking investigation into unemployment, Richard Bilton turns detective and uncovers a moving story of one family’s journey from grinding poverty in a York slum to undreamt of success as a Hollywood actor. In 1910, philanthropist and chocolate tycoon Seebohm Rowntree wrote a radical book about unemployment, exposing for the first time the terrible conditions faced by Britain’s jobless.

9.00pm The Event Channel 4 – Double Bill of new big budget US Sc-fi drama starring Jason Ritter and Blair Underwood.  

10.35pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 – Graham chatshow moves to Friday’s.  Guests on the first programme is Charlotte Church who, in her first major TV appearance after a tumultuous year, talks music, life and love, and performs live from her new album Back to Scratch. And comedian Russell Howard brings his own brand of Good News to Graham’s sofa.

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