The TV WEEK: Sunday 1st May – Friday 6th May 2011

by | Apr 25, 2011 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Vera ITV –  Detective drama series based on the novels by Ann Cleeves. After two young people are killed in the same way – placed in water and surrounded by flowers – DCI Vera Stanhope knows that she must catch the murderer before they strike again. Aided by her team, especially her trusted right-hand man Sgt Joe Ashworth, she unpicks the complex and dysfunctional relationships amongst a group of bird-watching friends. As the friends’ loyalty turns to betrayal, Vera finds that a small act of teenage blackmail and an illicit affair may have driven someone to kill. Starring Brenda Blethyn.

9.00pm Exile BBC1 – Psychological thriller which tells an intimate story of prodigal redemption. With his career and life in ruins, Tom Ronstadt returns to his hometown, where he finds his estranged father now in the grip of Alzheimers. As Tom struggles to adapt to the place he once knew as home, he begins to unravel the mystery from his childhood that drove him away all those years ago. Starring John Simm and Jim Broadbent. Continues Monday, Concludes Tuesday.


8.00pm Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb Channel 4

8.30pm Young, Rich & Househunting BBC3 – Series which follows some of the UK’s most affluent young people as they hunt for their perfect pads and go on a serious spending spree

9.00pm Case Sensitive ITV – Two-part detective drama based on the novel Point of Rescue by Sophie Hannah. When the bodies of a mother and her young daughter are found in the bathroom of their luxury home, new DS Charlie Zailer and her junior colleague DC Simon Waterhouse investigate. The pair immediately clash, disagreeing over whether the case is a murder-suicide or something even more sinister. Concludes tomorrow.


9.00pm The Quite Remarkable David Coleman BBC2 – David Coleman OBE was the face of BBC Sport for well over a quarter of a century. As he celebrates his 85th birthday this special documentary looks back at how he has left an indelible imprint on sports broadcasting from World Cup football to no less than 11 Olympic Games, with the Munich tragedy in 1972 undoubtedly his most challenging commentary.

9.00pm Fast Food Baby BBC3 – Documentary following three families as they desperately try and get back on the right nutritional track. From gentle food play to dramatic shocks, the parents team up with real experts who mentor them through the latest techniques as they try to wean their children off fast food.


7.30pm Waterloo Road BBC1- The School based drama returns for a seventh series with Robson Green and Mark Benton Joining the cast.

8.00pm Two Greedy Italians BBC2 – Internationally renowned chefs and old friends Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo return to the Italy they left more than 40 years ago, to discover what has changed in Italian culture and how that has affected the way Italians eat. In the first of the series, the greedy cooks eat their way around Emilia Romagna, home of parma ham and parmesan cheese, to find out if food and family are still at the heart of Italian life.

8.00pm Emergency with Angella Griffin Sky1 – Angela Griffin scrubs in and shines a spotlight on the frontline heroes of Britain’s emergency services: paramedics.

9.00pm Panorama: Council Houses, Cheats and Victims BBC1 – Richard Bilton goes undercover to confront the cheats who make money unlawfully from badly-needed council flats or offer cash rewards for tenancies.

9.00pm Children’s Craniofacial Surgery BBC2 – Series following the surgeons of the Oxford Craniofacial Unit and the children, often with rare syndromes, they treat. The work can be risky but it transforms lives. Coral, aged one, has a rare genetic condition which distorts her skull and threatens to squeeze her brain.

9.00pm Time Team: Boudicia Special Channel 4

11.20pm Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle BBC2 – In the first of six themed shows, Stewart sets out to explore some ideas about charity, but instead gets sidetracked and ends up talking mostly about crisps.


9.00pm Inside the Human Body BBC1 – Four-part series exploring the wonders of the human body. Using state-of-the-art graphics and the latest scientific research, Michael Mosley takes us on a voyage through the workings of our own inner universe. To illustrate some of the surprising ways our bodies work, the series also tells stories of remarkable people from around the world who have pushed their bodies to the absolute limit. In episode one, Michael tells the story of human biological creation. He brings to life medical research, revealing the sequence of events that led to human birth.

9.00pm The Shadow Line BBC2 – Drama focusing on DI Gabriel who has just returned to work after being shot on an undercover job; his partner was killed and Gabriel suffers amnesia with a bullet lodged in his head. He leads the police investigation of the murdered drug baron Harvey Wratten and finds himself in a race with the other side of the line, the drug dealers who want to know who killed their boss.

9.00pm Cutting Edge: Jackpots and Jinxes: Lottery Stories Channel 4 – Documentary that tells the stories of a number of lottery winners and the moment their lives were suddenly turned upside down, revealing their extraordinary experiences and capturing their lifestyle today. Jackpots and Jinxes: Lottery Stories also enters the mysterious halls of Camelot to discover the inner workings of the organisation behind the lottery. The film makers gain insight into how Camelot manage the lucky ticket holders and their friends and family, by filming with new winners before they decide to make their identities known.

10.00pm Psyhcoville BBC2 – The survivors of the explosion at Ravenhill Psychiatric Hospital reunite to bury one of their number killed in the blast. But there is to be no rest for the wicked, as new mysteries are unearthed.

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