The TV WEEK – Saturday 23rd October – Friiday 29th October 2010

by | Oct 15, 2010 | All, TV Week


10.00pm Life Stories ITV1 – Piers Morgan interviews Cheryl Cole


8.00pm  Attenborough’s Journey BBC2 – Following David Attenborough as he travels the globe to film his new series, David Attenborough’s First Life, in which he explores the very origins of life on Earth. David journeys to the parts of the world which have had special meaning to him during his 50 years of broadcasting. Beginning near his boyhood Leicestershire home, where he first collected fossils, he then travels to Morocco’s arid deserts, the glaciers of Canada and crystal clear waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

9.30pm D.O.A BBC3 –  Comedy pilot which follows mismatched paramedic duo Tom and Julie on their first, chaotic night shift together.


5.15pm The Hairy Bikers Cook Off BBC2 – The Hairy Bikers begin their search for Britain’s best family of cooks. Over the next eight weeks 40 families will compete in a series of culinary battles resulting in just one winner. 

8.00pm Fat Families SKY1 – People go on diets under the guidance of fitness guru Steve Miller.

8.30pm Freak Like Me BBC3 – Russell Kane uncovers and celebrates Britain’s weird and wonderful personal habits and obsessions. There’s a dance instructor on a spot-squeezing mission, a man who spends up to ten hours at a time cleaning his car, a restaurant manager who wears a brand new pair of pants every day and a British schoolboy who’s obsessed with becoming American.

9.00pm Denise and Fearne’s Trek for Breast Cancer ITV2 – Two-part special in which Denise Van Outen and Fearne Cotton go on an arduous trek in the Peruvian Andes to raise awareness of breast cancer. Battling the elements alongside Denise and Fearne will be Alexandra Burke, singer Gabriella Cilmi and TV presenter Amanda Byram, as well as six inspiring women who have all fought the disease.

10.00pm The Million Pound Drop Live Channel 4 – Second series of the live gameshow hosted by Davina McCall. Continues all week.

10.00pm Russell and Katy Get Married Five – Light-hearted documentary examining the forthcoming marriage of comedian Russell Brand and singer Katy Perry.


7.30pm Street Market Chefs Five – Amanda Lamb hosts a food show celebrating fresh, seasonal produce. Coming from a different British market town each week, the programme sees two local chefs go head to head to cook the best two-course meal they can using ingredients bought that day from the market

9.00pm The Secret Life of the National Grid BBC4 – Three-part series charting the history of the national electricity grid. The opening part takes us from the epic construction of the first grid in the 1920s and 30s to the challenge of making sure there is power at the flick of a switch today. Using rare archive and personal accounts it reveals the heroic efforts, architectural masterpieces and engineering achievements behind the real power map of Britain. Contributors include author Will Self, urban planner Sir Peter Hall and grid veterans. 

10.00pm Getting On BBC4 – Series 2 of the darkly comic series set in an NHS Trust hospital. Kim, Den and Pippa struggle through another normal day on B4 ward. Kim has an unknown female to occupy her, Den has Hilary to cope with and Pippa has a ward round. Written by Jo Brand, Viki Pepperdine, and Joanna Scanlan.


8.00pm Poirot ITV – Hallowe’en Party: Novelist Ariadne Oliver attends a Hallowe’en party in Woodleigh Common and hears young Joyce Reynolds boast of having witnessed a murder years before. When the girl is discovered drowned in an apple-bobbing bucket later that evening, Ariadne calls on her old friend Hercule Poirot to investigate. The Belgian sleuth soon uncovers a series of mysterious deaths in the village – any of which Joyce could have seen. 

8.00pm Buried Alive The Chilean Mine Rescue Channel 4 – Documentary on the efforts to rescue the trapped Chilean miners.

9.00pm Wonderland: Mad Cats and Englishwomen BBC2 – Documentary about the women who take it upon themselves to rescue and shelter stray cats in London. Among them are 70-year-old Pat with her own personal army of cats, and former supermodel Celia Hammond.


9.00pm Have I Got News For You BBC1 – With guest host John Bishop 

9.00pm Monte Carlo or Bust ITV – new series in which three celebrity pairs head out on a madcap jaunt from London to Monte Carlo. Jack Dee and Ade Edmondson hit the road in a VW camper van, Jodie Kidd and Julian Clary travel in style in a Bentley convertible and Penny Smith and Rory McGrath drive a Mini Cooper. Their journey takes in some stunning French countryside, winding around mountains and cruising along the coast. 

9.00pm Child Genius Channel 4 – Child Genius is the landmark series documenting the lives of some of the UK’s most gifted children. First filmed in 2005, the programme returns for a third time to catch up with the prodigious talents seen in previous films, and introduce a new generation of child geniuses including Kieron Williamson, an eight year old with an amazing ability to paint who has been dubbed ‘the next Picasso’.

9.00pm Life after Armageddon Five – One-off docudrama presenting a vision of a world left devastated by a deadly flu pandemic. The film imagines the plight of one ordinary suburban family, who are forced to fight for survival in the post-apocalyptic landscape 

9.00pm Wait Till Your Teacher Gets Home BBC3 – Series in which parents hand over control of badly-behaved pupils to their teachers. Spending a week with her teacher is Loretta Cook’s worst nightmare, and when Miss Dudley discovers that the parents are a big part of the problem, mum and dad are in the firing line too.


10.00pm The Stephen K Amos Show BBC2 – The first episode of the brand new Stephen K Amos Show, featuring stand-up comedy, sketches and special guests. We 

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