The TV Week Saturday 29th January – 4th February 2011

by | Jan 28, 2011 | All, TV Week


8.00pm From Haiti’s Ashes BBC2 – Documentary following reconstruction attempts in Haiti following the Earthquake of 12 January 2010.


11.00am Save My Holiday BBC1 – Rani Price and Joe Crowley present the investigative series that shows holidaymakers how to overhaul that horror holiday while still having enough time to top up the tan. They come to the aid of troubled tourists, and give them tips on how to complain and get results.

10.00pm Corrie Extra: Gary’s Army Diaries ITV2 – Special spin-off episode of Coronation Street focusing on Gary Windass’s experiences in Afghanistan.


7.30pm Extraordinairy Dogs Five – Documentary series following the work of rescue dogs and their handlers from around the world. In the opening instalment, Italian dogs practise a helicopter-based rescue, New Zealand pooches train for earthquake response and huskies take part in a sled race.

8.00pm A Farmer’s Life for Me BBC2 – Couples with a dream of leaving the rat-race compete to run their very own farm in Suffolk. From factory workers to city execs, they all share a passion for the outdoor life – but do they have what it takes to make it in farming? In each episode, self-made pig farmer Jimmy Doherty introduces the couples to a different aspect of the business, to decide who will be next to leave the competition.

8.00pm The Betty Driver Story ITV – Documentary charting the life and career of one of the nation’s most cherished actresses. Known to millions as Betty from Coronation Street, Betty Driver has been in showbusiness since the 1930s.

8.00pm Let the Stories Begin Sky1 – Jon Hamm, Sean Bean and Kelly Macdonald are among the stars discussing their shows and the best of what’s to come on Sky Atlantic in 2011, in this special hosted by Mariella Frostrup.

8.00pm World’s Youngest DareDevils LivingTV – In this special authored documentary, Myleene Klass travels the globe to meet exceptional children with unusual talents, including child cage fighters and a 12-year-old lion tamer.

10.00pm Secret Diary of a Call Girl ITV2 – Third Series of the Billie Piper drama. Belle has a lot on her plate as she mulls over a new business proposition, deals with an uninvited house guest and copes with a challenging client.


8.00pm Waterloo Road BBC1 – Picking up Series 6 of the school drama with Amanda Burton.

8.00pm Midsomer Murders ITV – Final episode to feature John Nettles.

8.00pm Beauty & the Beast: The Ugly face of Prejudice Channel 4

9.00pm Who Gets the Best Jobs BBC2 – Richard Bilton investigates why Britain is a less equal society than at any time since World War One. Examing access to professions, he finds that the best jobs are being snapped up by an increasingly small gene pool of privileged, well-connected families.

9.00pm The Secret Life of Waves BBC4 – Documentary-maker David Malone delves into the secrets of ocean waves. In an elegant and original film he finds that waves are not made of water, that some waves travel sideways and that the sound of the ocean comes not from water but from bubbles.


4.30pm Livingstone: Serious Explorers BBC1 – Seven young explorers relive the legend of Dr David Livingstone. The epic expedition sets off down the tropical Tanzanian coast in the wake of the great Scottish explorer. Sailing in two small Arab dhows, the young adventurers have an astounding encounter with two humpback whales.

9.00pm Louis Theroux & The Ultra Zionists BBC2 – Louis Theroux joins an extreme subculture of the most committed Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and explores their lives amidst constant tension and conflict. These men and women are a tiny group of religious extremists who claim they are acting on divine promises from thousands of years ago. However, some people consider them the biggest threat to world peace today. As Louis spends time with them, he finds them by turns friendly, shocking, warm and deeply troubling.

9.00pm Marchlands ITV – Five-part ghost story drama focusing on the lives of people in one house over different time periods. The three strands interconnect – the families are linked by the ghost of a little girl, Alice, who drowned in a tragic accident in 1967, in local lake Blackwater Tarn. The episodes are multi-stranded and a number of characters appear in more than one time frame.

9.00pm Abraham Lincoln: Saint or Sinner? BBC4 – To most Americans Abraham Lincoln is the nation’s greatest president – a political genius who won the Civil War and ended slavery. Today the cult of Lincoln has become a multi-million dollar industry that presents him as a saint more than a politician. This documentary looks at how his reputation is being re-assessed as historians uncover the dark side of his life and politics, revealing that the president who ended slavery secretly planned to deport the freed black people out of America.

10.30pm LunchMonkeys BBC3 – Second series of the office based sitcom.


7.30pm Six Nations Rugby BBC1 – Wales v England

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