The TV WEEK: Saturday 26th – Friday 1st April 2011

by | Mar 24, 2011 | All, TV Week


7.10pm So You Think You Can Dance BBC1 – Second series of the dance competition fronted by Cat Deeley.  Judges Nigel Lythgoe, Arlene Phillips and Louise Redknapp sit through the first round of auditions.

9.00pm Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment BBC2 – Three part series which follows drum and bass pioneer Goldie on a personal mission to discover young people whose talent and passion for music is at the centre of their lives. In the first episode, Goldie is joined on his nationwide search by a team of experts including composer Guy Chambers, jazz artist Soweto Kinch, singer/songwriter Cerys Matthews and MC/songwriter Ms Dynamite. The challenge is to select a line-up for a band and prepare for a special concert at Buckingham Palace with guest of honour Prince Harry.


8.00pm Japan Earthquake: Horizon Special BBC2 – Professor Iain Stewart examines the powerful geological forces that unleashed the devastating Japanese earthquake, and explores how the release of this power of the planet brought Japan to the brink of a nuclear meltdown

9.00pm Grand Prix: The Killer Years BBC4 – n the 60s and early 70s it was common for Grand Prix drivers to be killed while racing, often televised for millions to see. Mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence snuffed out dozens of young drivers. They had become almost expendable as eager young wannabes queued up at the top teams’ gates waiting to take their place. Featuring Sir Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi and John Surtees, this film explores how Grand Prix drivers grew sick of their closest friends being killed and finally took control of their destiny.

10.00pm The Grumpy Guide To.. BBC2 – A grumpy perspective on aspects of modern life. Work – it’s that four letter word we all have to deal with, from boardroom to boredom nothing exasperates our state of grumpiness like the relentless repetition of work.


9.15am A Hundred Years of us BBC1 – What we said about ourselves in the 2011 national census will be kept under lock and key for a century. But how has Britain changed in the past hundred years? It’s a remarkable story, the story of every one of us. Presented by Michael Aspel with Phil Tufnell and Peter Waterman.

2.15pm 32 Blackburn Street BBC1 – Drama series moving between the lives, loves and lies of two generations of the same family who live at 32 Brinkburn Street in 1931 and 2011. In 1931, Walter Ogilvie’s gambling addiction leads to trouble when he is pursued by a debt-collecting gang, and wife Gracie takes in a mysterious lodger to make ends meet. In 2011, Ellie and Nick Milliner have recently moved back in with Frank, Ellie’s father, who has lived in Brinkburn Street his whole life. Starring Eva Pope, Maggie Steed and Jack Deam. Continues all week.

5.00pm Fern Channel 4 – Tea Time chat show hosted by Fern Brittion

7.00pm Chilean Miners: What Happened Next? BBC2 – This film is a vivid and moving account of how three of the miners have coped with the whirlwind of fame, including charismatic Edison Pena who became known around the world as the underground runner and Elvis impersonator. They may now be the toast of the world, but many of the miners are suffering from the anxieties that come with recurring nightmares, and some from psychological issues and addiction – all of which have an inevitable impact on their wives and families.

8.00pm The Dales ITV – Observational documentary series looking at life in the Yorkshire Dales during the summer months. Presenter Adrian Edmondson, who spent many childhood holidays in the area, meets the people who live and work in this beautiful but often challenging environment

9.00pm Neil Morrissery: Care Home Kid BBC2 – Neil begins a journey which will see him venture back into his childhood in the hope of learning how this experience has truly affected him as an adult. Conclues Thursday.

9.00pm Thailand: Tourism & The Truth, Stacey Dooley Investigates BBC3 – Stacey Dooley travels to Thailand to explore the darker side of tourism that the average holiday maker doesn’t see.

10.30pm Bizarre ER BBC3 – Sheridan Smith narrates a series which follows the most extraordinary and fascinating A&E cases from two British hospitals.


9.00pm Sex & The Sitcom BBC4 – Documentary exploring sexual frustration as an enduring sitcom theme, the changing role of women and the British love of innuendo. It looks at the changing language of sitcom, contrasts British comedy with its more liberal American counterpart and asks whether the modern sitcom recognises any taboos. Contributors include Leslie Phillips, Leslie Joseph, Wendy Craig, and writers David Nobbs, Simon Nye and Jonathan Harvey.

10.35pm See You In Court BBC1 – Cameras follow twelve very different real-life libel cases as they unfold over the course of two years. In this episode, Lembit Opik he tries to take on the press after considering that his cheeky boy reputation may have cost him his seat in the last election; and Sheryl Gascoigne finally decides, after years of being told it was best to say nothing, that it is time to hit back.


8.00pm Vaction, Vaction, Vaction Channel 4 – New series fronted by Kirstie and Phil of Location, Location. Each week Kirstie and Phil visit one destination or tackle one style of holiday. The first programme in the series features Ibiza. Kirstie is charged with the budget break and seeing if the island can be a charming getaway for a family. She picks a campsite on the north east coast in Cala Nova. In contrast Phil finally gets to dip his toe in the exclusive luxury of the Ibiza super rich as he checks out a private suite at one of the island’s most exclusive hotels.

8.30pm Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not Channel 4 – Financial Times columnist Mrs Moneypenny and her army of SuperScrimpers give their own thrifty secrets about how to cut down and be clever with your cash. Tackling Britain’s most wasteful households head on Mrs Moneypenny uses her tried and test methods to show them just how frivolous they’re being. Will making these families go ‘cold turkey’, not spending a penny for a whole week, prove that they too can become SuperScrimpers

9.00pm Kerry Katona: The Next Chapter ITV2 – Second series of the fly on the wall documentary following the former Atomic Kitten singer.


8.00pm Three in a Bed Channel 4 – Three in a Bed returns for a brand new series. Each week three house-proud proprietors vie to be crowned the best Bed and Breakfast by the toughest critics possible – each other

9.00pm Marina Cole’s The Runaway Sky1 – Adaptation of the Novel and starring Keith Allen and Alan Cumming.


7.30pm Fifth Gear Five – Motoring magazine show presented by Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jonny Smith, Tiff Needell and Jason Plato.

8.00pm A Place in the Sun: Home or Away? Channel 4

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