The TV WEEK: Saturday 7th – Friday 13th May 2011

by | May 2, 2011 | All, TV Week


9.45pm Hattie BBC2 – Drama starring Ruth Jones as Carry On star Hattie Jacques. The drama explores her unsual home life and was first shown on BBC4.


7.10pm Richard Hammond’s Egineering Connections BBC2 – First in a third series. Richard visits the world’s tallest and most distinctively shaped hotel – the 320-metre-high Burj Al Arab, or Arabian Tower. Rising from its own custom-built island, 300 metres off-shore, the sail-shaped building has already become one of the world’s most recognisable buildings and an icon for Dubai.

8.00pm Britain’s Secret Seas BBC2 – Documentary series revealing the stunning marine life, mysterious wrecks and issues that affect our seas. The first programme uncovers the world of the giants that reside in and on our Western seas. A few metres off the Cornish shore, the team study Britain’s largest fish, the basking shark. Despite the fact that they grow up to ten metres long, little is known about them, which makes effective conservation very difficult.

9.00pm Atlantis BBC1 – Historical drama telling the story of a devastating volcanic eruption on the Mediterranean island of Thera in 1620 BC, producing huge tsunamis that flooded Crete and led to the downfall of the Minoan civilisation – incidents that are thought to have inspired the legend of the lost island of Atlantis. Starring Stephanie Leonidas, Reece Ritchie and Langley Kirkwood.

9.00pm Lord Sugar Tackles Football BBC2 – The businessman and former Tottenham Hotspur chairman investigates the financial problems affecting English football, talking to leading figures within the game including Harry Redknapp, Alan Shearer, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, Uefa president Michel Platini, West Ham United vice chairman Karren Brady and Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan


8.00pm Business Nightmares With Evan Davis BBC2 – Evan Davis uncovers the scarcely believable inside stories of how some of world’s most successful businesses have made monumental mistakes. With top-flight British business leaders including Sir Richard Branson, Sir James Dyson and Rita Clifton, Evan reveals how product design and manufacture can go horribly wrong, leaving customers in revolt and companies in crisis.

8.00pm Dispatches: A Year Inside Number 10 Channel 4

9.00pm Wooten Bassett: The Town that Remembers BBC1 – The behind-the-scenes story of the town of Wootton Bassett, whose tributes to fallen soldiers have earned the community the first royal title awarded in over one hundred years.

9.00pm Strangeways ITV – Three-part documentary going behind the scenes of the UK’s biggest prison. The first programme focuses on the importance of strong family ties in helping prisoners to cope with their sentence. At its centre is the relationship between armed robber Adrian Fielding and his fiancee Kelly Hansen. After he robbed a post office and went on the run, it was Kelly who encouraged Adrian to give himself up. Coming to terms with the fact that he will not be released for at least another two years, the couple decided to get married in Strangeways and cameras follow Kelly and Adrian on their special day – the first time a prison wedding has been shown on TV.

9.00pm Gordon’s Great Escape Channel 4 – Four-part series  that ses Gordon Ramsay travelling to some of South East Asia’s most jaw-dropping locations to hunt down the most authentic food while hoping to master its unique and delicious cuisine. Gordon visits Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.

10.00pm There’s Something About Josie Five – Reality series following the adventures of Big Brother’s loveable girl-next-door Josie Gibson. Josie puts everything on hold as she focuses on arrangements for her ‘Big Fat Gypsy’-themed birthday party.

10.00pm The Night Shift BBC4 – Jon Gnarr, Petur Johann Sigfusson, Jorundur Ragnarsson. Award-winning Icelandic comedy series involving three men working at a petrol station in Reykjavik who battle boredom, strange visitors and their own customers. (In Icelandic with English subtitles).


8.00pm Supersize Grime Five – Documentary series revealing Britain’s biggest and dirtiest clean up jobs.

8.00pm Eurovision Semi Final 1 BBC3

9.00pm The Apprentice BBC1 – The reality series returns for a seventh series with a new twist. Instead of a six-figure salary, the candidates are vying for one life changing opportunity: a 250,000-pound investment to start their own company, with Lord Sugar as their business partner. Lord Sugar wastes no time showing the candidates he means business, using the first task to challenge his potential partners’ entrepreneurial skills.  Continues tomororw at 9pm & The Apprentice: You’re Fired can be seen at 10.00pm on BBC2

9.00pm The Country House Revealed BBC2 – In the first of a six part series visiting houses never before open to public view, architectural historian Dan Cruickshank takes an exclusive tour around one of Britain’s oldest country homes – an immaculately preserved relic of the Mediaeval and Tudor ages.

9.00pm Home Is Where the Heart Is ITV – With the UK in the midst of its worst recession in decades, homelessness is expected to rise dramatically. In this documentary series, stars Alex James, Anneka Rice, Aldo Zilli and Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan open their doors to some of the most vulnerable members of British society – homeless people. In this episode, rough sleeper Jim faces the prospect of sleeping in a bed after being on the streets for 18 years and the hosts come face to face with the harsh realities associated with homelessness, including lost childhoods, mental health issues and alcohol dependency.


7.30pm Poms in Paradise ITV – documentary series following the lives of some of the Britons who have chosen to up sticks and settle in Australia.

8.00pm The L’Oreal Paris National Movie Awards ITV

9.00pm Wonderland: The Trouble With Love & Sex BBC2 – The first full-length animated documentary made for British television takes us inside the counselling rooms of Relate. With their true identities hidden behind the animation, thirty-somethings Ian and Mandy reveal they can barely stand to be in the same room together. Long-term singleton and serial romantic Dave is falling in love with yet another woman he can’t bring himself to ask out.

9.00pm 24hrs in A&E Channel 4 – 7-part documentary seires where cameras capture the madness and drama of an accident and Emergency department. In the first programme of the series, senior consultant Malcolm Tunnicliff and his team face a battle to save a ‘Code Red’ – a patient with potentially fatal injuries – brought into A&E by helicopter. Thirty-three-year-old Greek student Theodore Chatziapostolou was dragged under a bus while crossing the road at Elephant and Castle.


8.00pm Emergency Bikers Five

9.00pm Cutting Edge: A Very Dangerous Doctor Channel 4 –  In one corner, a pioneering doctor who dared to accuse mothers of abusing their own children. In the other corner are the mothers who counter-claim that the doctor was the abuser; using his power so that he could research on the children to test his own medical theories.

9.00pm Extreme Fishing: The Ends of the Earth Five – Documentary profiling the hottest fishing destinations around the globe. Robson Green embarks on a trip of colossal proportions that sees him attempting to land some of the wildest and most elusive sea creatures in the world. Robson heads for Ascension Island, a tiny outpost in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which is the most remote place he has ever fished.

9.00pm The Chicago Code Sky1 – Pilot of US crime drama.  Pedigree police drama from the creator of The Shield. Cop Jarek Wysocki and superintendent Teresa Colvin set out to put Chicago back on the straight and narrow.

10.00pm Impossible Five – Magic-themed gameshow fronted by illusionist Philip Escoffey. Forty-year-old firefighter Paul teams up with colleague John to play for a big-money prize.

11.05pm Banged Up Abroad Five – New series of the docudrama. Struggling musician David Evans agreed to smuggle cocaine out of Venezuela, only to be arrested and left contemplating a spell in the country’s notorious Los Teques prison.


8.30pm The Comedy Genius of John Sullivan BBC1 – A tribute to John Sullivan who died last month, creator of Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith, Just Good Friends and many more.

9.00pm Big Love Sky Atlantic – Second series of the US drama series.

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