THE TV WEEK: Saturday 2 April – Friday 8 April 2011

by | Mar 24, 2011 | All, TV Week


8.25pm Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Mother’s Day Special ITV -David Walliams and his mother Kathleen, Olly Murs and mum Vicky, and Patsy Palmer and her son Charley, attempt to win that magical million in this Mother’s Day special. Not only are the celebrities playing for their favourite charity, they are also playing for the viewer at home. Hosted by Chris Tarrant.

9.00pm Spiral BBC4 – New episode of the French Crime series.


7.00pm The Cube – Third series of the gameshow.

8.00pm Lewis ITV – Fifth series of the crime drama. Oxford’s last surviving all-female college is bidding farewell to one of its most prominent professors. During a reunion of her brightest students, one of the group is found murdered at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Lewis is convinced that the killing is connected to a brutal attack which occurred at the college ten years before and as the investigation progresses, he and Hathaway are drawn ever deeper into the mystery of the college and its secrets.

9.00pm Louis Theroux & America’s Most Hated Family in Crisis BBC2 – Louis Theroux revisits the Phelps family who he first met in 2007. He again joins the Phelps family on their controversial pickets where they try to antagonise communities with offensive slogans and anti-gay placards. But four years on from Louis’s last visit, there are signs of disarray in the Phelps clan. A series of defections of family members has shaken up the church.

9.00pm Police Academy UK BBC3 – Four foreign police officers, from Colombia, Samoa, Zambia and the Australian outback, head to the UK to pick up ideas for their own countries.

11.10pm Autism: The Musical Sky Atlantic – Moving, Emmy-winning documentary about pioneering techniques being used to help autistic children interact socially while expressing themselves creatively through musical theatre.


9.15am Neighbourhood Blues BBC1 – Series following the work of groundbreaking police teams in Kent as they confront the problems of troubled communities. Cameras follow them as they take on the law-breakers who are making life a misery for local residents

2.15pm Justice BBC1 – Drama series about a newly-opened public justice centre and its charismatic frontman. The centre has been open for a month, and Judge Patrick Coburn has so far been unable to convince his staff of his new approach to justice, never mind the local community. To add insult to injury, the PJC has been broken into overnight. It doesn’t look like much has been taken, but a key memo from the Ministry of Justice is missing. It is down to Coburn to find the culprit before the centre’s reputation is damaged any further.

5.00pm Britain’s Best Dish ITV – Mary Nightingale presents a new series of the competition in which amateur cooks from across the country battle it out to win an incredible prize – getting their dish onto the menu at world-famous hotel The Savoy.

8.00pm Rooftop Rainforest Sky1 – In the first of a special two-part documentary to mark Sky Rainforest Week, urban ecologist and wildlife expert Dusty Gedge attempts to build an indoor rainforest in London.

8.30pm Lambing Live BBC2

9.00pm The Brother the Islamist BBC3 – Robb Leech is an ordinary white middle-class boy from Weymouth. So is his stepbrother Rich, but Rich became a radical Islamist who now goes by the name of Salahuddin, associates with jihadist fundamentalists and believes the UK should be ruled by Sharia law. Robb sets out to reconnect with his extremist stepbrother in a film which charts the brothers’ relationship and Robb’s attempt to understand why the person he’d once looked up to as a teenage role model could so strongly reject all that his family and the Western world believe in.


8.00pm Countrywise ITV – Paul Heiney, historian Bettany Hughes and horticulturist Rachel de Thame return with a new series exploring Britain’s beautiful rural countryside

9.00pm Candy Cabs BBC1 – 3-part comedy drama. When Jackie and Elaine’s best friend Shazza dies out of the blue, it leaves the girls with something of a dilemma; the three of them had rustled up a plan to launch a brand new business, Candy Cabs, a taxi company run by women. Starring Jo Joyner, Lisa Millet, John Henshaw and Melanie Hill.

9.00pm Filthy Cities BBC2 – Historian Dan Snow gets down and dirty in medieval grime to discover the hard way how the London we know was forged in the filth of the 14th century. State of the art CGI reveals London’s streets as they were 700 years ago

9.00pm Smugglers ITV – The first of two documentaries looking at smuggling today in the UK, following the work of Border Agency officers as they try to stem the tide of crime. This programme follows the case of a 62-year-old retired taxi driver from Birmingham caught with five kilos of cocaine concealed behind the engine of his car. In Harwich, Border Agency officers detect a large haul of cannabis in a lorry’s hidden compartment and cameras follow a ship’s crew patrolling off the south east coast of the country.

10.00pm Campus Channel 4 – Comedy set in the hotbed of academic mediocrity that is Kirke University. At its helm is the stubby, mercurial Vice Chancellor Jonty de Wolfe, who wants nothing more than to drench Kirke in the juices of his own greatness with the support of his academic team, starring Joseph Millson, Lisa Jackson, Jonathan Bailey, Sara Pascoe, Will Adamsdale, Dolly Wells and Katherine Ryan.


8.00pm A Different Breed Sky1 – From the makers of Pineapple Dance Studios comes this bonkers documentary that explores the madcap world of man’s best friend.

9.00pm The Crimson Petal and the White BBC2 – Based on the best-selling Victorian-set novel by Michel Faber. The first episode of this drama follows William Rackham, a man tormented by debt and an unstable wife, who finds solace when he seeks out renowned young prostitute, Sugar. As he falls under her spell, his life begins to be transformed – but will Sugar be able to withhold her secret desire for revenge on the men who have wronged her?


9.00pm Dad’s Having a Baby: A Bodyshock Special Channel 4 – Logan and Greg could be two kids in any average American family. Except they have two dads and one of them is pregnant. Now, they are starting a new life in new town, in the US Bible Belt. How will their neighbours react to this extraordinary family?

9.00pm Botox Britian: Your Face in Their Hands BBC3 – Kirsten O’Brien investigates the boom in cosmetic injections. She looks at the growing phenomenon of the young using botox and fillers, and finds out what can go wrong with the procedures.

9.00pm Room at the Top BBC4 – Adaptation of John Braine’s classic novel about a young man on the make in 1940s Yorkshire. Leaving working class Dufton behind him, Joe Lampton arrives in the affluent mill town of Warley with two things on his mind – money and sex. He takes lodgings at The Top, where the rich folk live, and starts mixing with a better class of female at the local amateur dramatic society. Starring Maxine Peake and Matthew McNulty.

10.00pm Rubicon BBC4 – Post-9/11 conspiracy drama serial. Will Travers, an experienced analyst at a federal intelligence agency, is working on various Middle Eastern projects when he discovers a pattern in several daily newspaper crossword puzzles. He is intrigued, but told by his boss to concentrate on other matters. When his boss is killed in a freak accident, Will begins to suspect that the two events are somehow connected.


8.00pm Baboons with Bill Bailey ITV – Comedian Bill Bailey presents a new series about the baboons which live just south of Cape Town in South Africa. In the first programme, Bill introduces the mischievous Smitz troop. Living on the coastline, they have their eyes on the food and belongings of unwary tourists.

9.00pm Have I Got News For You? BBC1 – New series with guest host Jack Dee

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