The TV WEEK – Saturday 21 – Friday 27th May 2011

by | May 16, 2011 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour Sky1

9.45pm Our ‘Enry: A Tribute to Henry Cooper BBC2 – This documentary charts Henry’s tough wartime upbringing, his most memorable fights and his iconic appearances on the small screen. Sir Henry’s two sons, Henry and John, talk fondly of their father, while Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Tarbuck, Barry McGuigan and Frank Bruno are among the close friends who tell their personal stories of the man who became a national treasure.


8.00pm The British Academy Televison Awards BBC1 – Hosted by Graham Norton. You can find our picks to win HERE

9.00pm Louis Theroux: Mega Jail BBC2 – Two part series taking an in-depth look at Miami’s jail system, a vast holding pen for the unconvicted where most inmates are awaiting trial. In the first episode, Louis spends time in the fifth and sixth floors of Miami County Jail, where many of the most volatile inmates are incarcerated. Here the inmates have developed a strange and violent jail culture and live under the sway of a gladiatorial code. Housed in large cage-like dwellings that hold up to 24 men, they remain in the cells almost all the time and may only leave for yard time twice a week.

10.15pm The Life and Loss of Karen Woo ITV – Documentary telling the story of British doctor Karen Woo, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.


5.00pm Celebrity Five to Go Channel 4 – Five celebrities go on holiday together and compete in a series of tasks to be crowned the best travelling companion. The latest competition kicks off with the five celebrities arriving in Cape Town, ready for the holiday of a lifetime. But trouble is just round the corner when Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs clashes with veteran actor Christopher Biggins over how the staff at the villa are being treated. Continues all week.

9.00pm Supersize Ambulance BBC1 – This documentary follows Thames Ambulance’s bariatric service, one of the busiest in the UK, as it takes us into the lives of its patients, giving a unique and contemporary insight into Britain’s ‘Big Society’, and its impact on individual lives and public services.

9.00pm All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace BBC2 – Three-part series exploring the idea that we have been colonised by the machines that we have built, seeing everything in the world today through the eyes of computers. This is the story of the dream that rose up in the 1990s that computers could create a new type of stable world, abolishing political power with a new kind of democracy via the internet and delivering a new kind of global capitalism, free of the boom and bust of the past.

10.00pm Funny or Die Presents Sky Atlantic – Drunken history, playground politics and a mouse-powered saw are par for the course in this comedy series from Will Ferrell and the brains behind


8.00pm Prince Phillip at 90 ITV – A study of Prince Philip’s life as he approaches his 90th birthday, featuring testimony from the Duke himself and others who know him well, including his daughter, HRH The Princess Royal.

8.00pm Four Rooms Channel 4 – Four of Britain’s top dealers in art, antiques and collectibles wait in four separate rooms, each prepared to spend their own personal fortunes if the right item comes through their door. From memorabilia to a mummified mermaid, and from art to antiques, members of the public have come to sell their prized possessions, hoping to walk away with a life-changing amount of money. But to do so, they have to work out when to sell and when to see the next dealer, because once they leave the room the offer is off the table for good.


7.30pm Pawn Stars Five – Series following sharp-eyed pawn shop owners on the outskirts of Las Vegas, showing the range of goods they encounter and the fakes that might just catch them out.

8.00pm Midsommer Murders ITV

8.00pm Diagonis Live from the Clinic Channel 4 – Live show from the makers of Embarrassing Bodies showcasing medical diagnosis as it happens. Viewers can watch or even call in for an appointment themselves with Dr Christian Jessen and Dr Dawn Harper as they diagnose cases from the studio while live on air. Callers will be ‘seen’ via Skype and offered medical advice and health tips from the team of health care professionals.

8.00pm Moving Nature’s Giants Five – The movers face a colossal challenge when they attempt to relocate a herd of African elephants.

9.00pm Heath v Wilson: The 10 Year Duel BBC4 – Harold Wilson and Edward Heath are two different men equally overlooked by history, but they were the political titans of the era in which Britain changed for ever. For ten years they faced each other in the House of Commons and fought four general elections, three of which were amongst the most exciting of the century. They scorned one another, yet were cast from the same mould. Both promised a revolution of meritocracy and dynamism in the economy and society.


9.00pm Cutting Edge: Breaking a Female Peadophile Ring Channel 4

10.00pm The World’s Tallest Man: Looking for Love Channel 4 – At over eight feet tall, Sultan Ksen from Turkey is the world’s tallest man. This Bodyshock special follows his journey around the world in search of a cure for his Gigantism: the life-threatening disease that causes him to grow even further beyond his record-breaking height. After being crowned the world’s tallest man in September 2009, Sultan’s title brought him the attention of the world, but he desires more than just fame and there’s only one thing he wants: a true love.

10.30pm Ideal BBC3 – Seventh series of the sitcom starring Johnny Vegas.  Moz plots to win back the heart of his true love, Jenny. However, when he discovers she has joined the police force, his plans are thrown into disarray.


9.00pm The Joy of Easy Listening BBC4 – Documentary telling the story of a popular music that is often said to be made to be heard, but not listened to. The film looks at easy listening’s architects and practitioners, its dangers and delights, and the mark it has left on modern life.

9.00pm Primeval Watch – Brand new fifth series of the sci-fi drama.

9.30pm Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood BBC2 – To mark Hollywood’s 100th anniversary, Paul Merton travels to America in a series that explores how the early pioneers there laid down the blueprint for today’s cinema industry. In the first episode, Hollywood is still a sleepy California backwater of orange groves about to be transformed by filmmakers from the East Coast in search of sunny locations and wide open spaces.

11.00pm The Book Review Show BBC2 – In the first ever Book Review Show, Kirsty Walk is joined by guests including Germaine Greer and John Mullan to discuss the state of women’s literature.

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