The TV WEEK: Saturday 9th – 15th July 2011

by | Jul 8, 2011 | All, TV Week


Tonight’s the Night BBC1 – John Barrowman makes more dreams come true for some very special people. From duetting with a pop idol to dancing with the stars, there are plenty of surprises in store with Dolly Parton and The Wanted.


9.00pm The World’s Most Expensive Paintings BBC1 – Art critic Alastair Sooke tracks down the ten most expensive paintings to sell at auction, and investigates the stories behind the astronomic prices art can reach. Gaining access to the glittering world of the super-rich

9.00pm Law & Order UK ITV – Fifth series of the crime drama based on the US series.

9.00pm Grand Designs Austraila More4 – The Aussie version of the Channel 4 series.


8.00pm Countrywise Kitchen ITV – New series of the rural food and cookery series with Paul Heiney and chef Mike Robinson.

8.30pm Underage and Pregnant BBC3 – Abby, 16, is mum to Riley, seven months. She fell pregnant at the age of 15 but things didn’t go according to plan. Riley wasn’t breathing when he was born and he was rushed to intensive care. Now juggling motherhood with studying for 13 GCSEs,

9.00pm The Life of Muhammad BBC2 – Three-part series presented by Rageh Omaar charts the life of Muhammad, a man who – for the billion and half Muslims across the globe – is the messenger and final prophet of God. In a journey that is both literal and historical and beginning in Muhammad’s birthplace of Mecca, Omaar investigates the Arabia Muhammad was born into – a world of tribal loyalties and polytheistic religion. Drawing on the expertise and comment of some of the world’s leading academics and commentators on Islam.

9.00pm Strictly Kosher ITV – The Jewish community in Manchester is a kaleidoscope of tradition, religion and extravagance. This documentary reveals the stories of three families and their friends and offers an insight into lifestyles which, although they range from traditional to modern, are bound together by one faith.

9.00pm Small Teen, Bigger World BBC3 – Seventeen-year-old Jazz Burkitt has restricted growth, but despite being only the height of an average nine-year-old, she is fearlessly determined to live a normal teenage life. We follow Jazz as she moves out of home to pursue her dream of studying animal welfare at a residential college. In this episode Jazz meets her estranged father for the first time.

9.00pm British Masters BBC4 – Three-part series in which art historian James Fox explores 20th-century British art, a period he considers an extraordinary flowering of genius.


9.00pm The Night Watch BBC2 – One-off drama adaptation of Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel, The Night Watch, follows four young Londoners inextricably linked by their wartime experiences. In a time when the barriers of sexual morality and social convention have been broken down, Kay, Helen, Viv and Duncan enjoy a freedom never experienced before. Moving back in time through the 1940s into the maelstrom of the Blitz, the lives, loves and losses of these four central characters are unravelled.

9.00pm Homes from Hell 2011 ITV – Brand new series of the show revealing the nightmares which can result from home-buying and home-ownership. This episode features the north London family who purchased a 900,000-pound renovation project in Archway, but found squatters moving in before they could. Plus the programme meets the British couple in Andalucia who tried to rebuild their damaged homes after the foundations were washed away by heavy rainfall, the local eccentric in Southend who built a ranch in his back garden with DIY sheds and log cabins, and a retired couple who bought a bargain villa in Cyprus which turned out to be a crumbling ruin.

9.00pm Prison, Mum & Me BBC3 – One-off Documentary that follows the lives of three teenage girls whose mums are involved in the prison system to explore what life is like growing up with a mum behind bars. With intimate access to three girls remarkable and often heart-breaking stories, this film discovers what it’s like to be a teenager – dealing with all the usual pressures of growing up, and at the same time having to cope with the stigma and stress of your mum being in and out of prison.

9.00pm Chick Fix Sky Living – Grace Woodward presents this new lifestyle-reality series that takes a look at real women with real problems, and aims to help them from the inside out.


7.30pm The Great British Weather BBC1 – Interactive live series celebrating the nation’s obsession with weather, as the team, led by Alexander Armstrong, find out which clouds mean we should dig out our brollies, and where to head for the most sunshine in Britain. It also helps answer weather questions such as: does it really rain cats and dogs – or does it actually rain frogs? Does red sky at night really mean shepherd’s delight? Why are there so many types of clouds, and why are they so different? The first show comes from St Ives in Cornwall, with a live audience and special guests including Michael Fish and cricket legend Freddie Flintoff

.9.00pm This World: Italy’s Bloodiest Mafia BBC2 – International investigative documentary series. The Camorra, the Naples mafia, is Italy’s bloodiest organized crime syndicate. It’s killed thousands and, despite suffering many setbacks, is as strong as ever, dealing in drug trafficking, racketeering, business, politics, toxic waste and even the garbage disposal industry. Talking to Camorra insiders who have never spoken to the media before, and drawing on interviews with Camorra victims who are fighting back, reporter Mark Franchetti investigates Italy’s deadliest mafia to learn how it’s survived so long in a country at the heart of Europe, and what it will take to defeat it.

9.00pm Roger Genocide Baby BBC3 – At 16, Roger Nsengiyumva has already made a name for himself as the star of the football movie Africa United. But there’s something else about Roger; he was born in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and only survived thanks to the raw courage of his mother.


8.00pm Rick Stien’s Spain BBC2 – Rick Stein begins his culinary tour in Galicia on the Atlantic coast. He drives an old camper van, the perfect vehicle to discover places off the beaten track, to sample the classic dishes of rural Spain.

9.00pm Torchwood: Miracle Day BBC1 – One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next. People keep aging. They get hurt and sick, but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. Resources are finite, and it is said that in four months’ time, the human race will cease to be viable. The world’s hopes rest with CIA agent Rex Matheson, who faces a race against time to uncover the truth behind this life-changing event. And he has only one clue: the word ‘Torchwood’.

9.00pm Single-Handed ITV – New series of the drama about a Garda Sergeant who polices the rural terrain in the west of Ireland. A dark family secret and the murder of an elderly recluse force Sergeant Jack Driscoll to confront a brutal past while grappling with the case of a troubled delinquent. Jack is shocked when his cousin Brian arrives from the UK – and Jack’s mother reveals that she had an older brother who was sent away to an industrial school when she was very young.

9.00pm Josie: My Cancer Curse BBC3 – 18-year-old Josie Bellerby is a gorgeous, fun-loving, typical teenager. Except for one thing. Her mum carries a hereditary gene that has cursed their family for generations, killing her grandmother and her mother. Now there’s a test that tells you if you have the gene. Josie’s mum Julia was one of the first in the UK to take it.

9.00pm Peter Andre: Here 2 Help ITV2 – Series in which Peter Andre and his team go around the country offering a helping hand. In this episode, Peter is in Solihull, where he has four days to help teacher and single mum Corinne. She is struggling to juggle looking after her unruly two-year-old son Josh, working long hours and having a social life. Peter uses his celebrity status to enlist the help of local people, striking deals to get what he needs to transform Corinne’s life and using his own time as a bargaining tool.

10.30pm The Pranker BBC3 – A hidden camera comedy show featuring a cast of characters all played by comedian Ross Lee. This week, The Old Lady learns to play ping-pong in a very unusual way, an estate agent encounters a possessed potential tenant, Slaphead finds some human hair and Boris the Teenager inflicts wedding day woe on his babysitter.

10.35pm Classroom Secrets BBC1 – In a unique experiment, hidden cameras capture the behaviour of primary school children at a school in Leicester, before some parents are invited to witness how their children behave in class. The programme aims to illustrate the challenges teachers face and the effects of low-level disruption on all pupils, and reveals surprising, and sometimes shocking, results for both teachers and parents.


9.00pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: School’s Out ITV – Chris Tarrant hosts a special edition of the classic gameshow in which some of the UK’s top celebrities team up with their children in a bid to win that magical million for charity. The contestants are Fern Britton and her 14-year-old daughter Grace, Joe Calzaghe and his 14-year-old son Connor and Bob Mortimer with his 14-year-old son Harry.

10.30pm Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night Channel 4 – The first celebrity guests are America Ferrera, Kimberly Wyatt and Alan Carr who battle Chris as they show off their knowledge and try to secure a place in the grand final and quip their way to the illustrious top spot on the series leader board. And taking up weekly residence is Stephen Fry who describes works of high culture in a language that ‘celebrities might understand… street talk’, and David Hasselhoff, who invites the guests to answer questions about the weird and wonderful world that is ‘Hoff’s World’

10.35pm The Apprentice: How to Get Hired BBC1 – With just days to go before Lord Sugar announces his new business partner in The Apprentice, comedian and frustrated fan Dara O Briain shares his theories on how to become a winning candidate. Using evidence from the Seventh series, Dara analyses the common mistakes candidates make, as well as the clever tactics that keep them in the running.

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