The TV WEEK Thursday 14th April – Friday 22nd April 2011

by | Apr 14, 2011 | All, TV Week


8.00pm The Animal’s Guide to Britain BBC2 – Chris Packham presents the series that examines Britain from an animal’s point of view. Each week he encounters an elite group of five animals each of which senses the world in a very different way. By understanding their needs, problems and histories on these islands, Chris reveals what they make of modern Britain – and its humans.

9.00pm Misbehaving Mums to Be BBC3 – Series following a team of midwives as they help pregnant women who binge drink, chain smoke and overeat change their unhealthy habits before they give birth.


9.00pm Monty Don’s Italian Gardens BBC2 – Monty Don takes a grand tour around Italy’s magnificent gardens, from the luxurious retreats of the moneyed North to the lavish hideaways of the romantic South starting in Rome.

9.00pm Paul O’Grady Live ITV – Paul is joined by Charlotte Church, Rupert Everett and John Cleese.

10.00pm David Walliams: Awfully Good Ads Channel 4

10.35pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 – Guests include former Doctor Who, David Tennant, the Doctor’s former companion, actress and comedian Catherine Tate, and comedian Jon Richardson. Plus a performance from Grammy award-winner Josh Groban.


6.10pm Eurovision: Your Country Needs Blue BBC1 – Documentary following pop group Blue as they accept the challenge to represent their country this May at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf.

7.20pm Sing If You Can ITV – Keith Lemon and Stacey Solomon present a brand new star-studded singing competition. Each week, two celebrity teams go up against each other, trying to deliver the best performances of modern and classic hits while taking part in challenges designed to distract them. Stars taking part in the series include Ray Quinn, Brigitte Nielsen, Mikey Graham, Jedward, Antony Costa, Darren Gough, Chesney Hawkes, Jodie Prenger, Ricky Groves and Faye Tozer.

7.50pm Elizabeth Taylor: A Tribute BBC2 – Friends, family and co-stars share their memories of Elizabeth Taylor, the Hollywood icon who died last month.

8.20pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV – Fifth series of the talent show fronted by Ant & Dec with new look judging panel Amanda Holden, David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre.

9.50pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – With guest Russell Brand.

9.50pm Britain’s Got More Talent ITV2 – The spin-off fronted by Stephen Mulhern.


8.00pm Inside Scot’s Hut BBC2 – Ben Fogle joins an expedition across Antarctica to find Captain Scott’s Hut, frozen in time for a century. The hut was built to support Scott’s 1911 attempt to be first to the South Pole, and was later abandoned together with ten thousand personal, everyday and scientific items. Ben uncovers the hut and its contents, finding new information about his hero Scott and his famously tragic expedition.

8.00pm The Hotel Channel 4 – From the team behind Bafta-winning One Born Every Minute, this new documentary series reveals life in a British hotel as it’s never been seen before. Nestling in the five-star setting of the Lake District is The Damson Dene, a typical three-star British holiday hotel. In charge are Jonathan, the suave owner; Kirk, the creative chef; and Wayne, the ambitious general manager.

9.00pm Britain’s Royal Weddings BBC1 – 2-part documentary in-which Sophie Raworth discovers how traditions began, how weddings change to reflect the changing times, and what it is like to be part of staging an event that is watched by millions.

9.30pm Alaska: The Arctic Man Ski and Sno-go Classic BBC2 – Ed Leigh and Graham Bell travel to Alaska to take part in Arctic Man, one of the toughest alpine sport competitions in the world.

10.35pm Does Christianity Have a Future? BBC1 – Ann Widdecombe examines the evidence, and discovers at least three areas of Christian growth which are bucking the trend – immigration into the Catholic Church, the Alpha course and the Black Pentecostalist Churches.


8.00pm Help! My House is Infested Channel 4 – Sarah Beeny and a team of expert pest busters come to the rescue of homeowners suffering from serious cases of infestations; battling moths, rats and bedbugs at a time when infestations are reaching epidemic levels.

9.00pm Motorway Cops BBC1

9.00pm Fix My Family BBC2 – Documentary that follows the desperate people who turn up at ‘Save The Family’ – a hostel set up thirty years ago by the uncompromising Edna Speed, where homeless families are given shelter and Basic life lessons in the hope that they will be able to prevent their children from being taken into care. Every week families arrive at the purpose-built village in North Wales.

9.00pm The Reckoning ITV – Two-part drama about a single mother who faces a shocking dilemma. Cash-strapped Sally Wilson is struggling to support herself and her desperately ill daughter when she is informed that she has been bequeathed five million pounds by an anonymous benefactor. But there is a horrifying catch – she will only receive the money if she kills someone who deserves to die. Starring Ashley Jensen and Max Beesley. Concludes tomorrow.

9.00pm Meet The Middletons Channel 4 – The story behind Kate Middleton. With contributions from her 99-year-old great aunt Alice in west London and her 21-year-old hairdresser cousin Anna from County Durham, the film reveals the surprising and often touching family background of the woman who will one day be Queen.

9.00pm The Hotel Inspector Five – Straight-talking, award-winning hotelier Alex Polizzi strives to transform the fortunes of struggling guesthouses across Britain. Alex answers an SOS call from Jon Sweeney, owner of the First In Last Out, a 17th century pub and B&B in Winchester that has been plagued by poor reviews – with one disgruntled former guest even suggesting it might be the ‘worst hotel in the UK’.

9.00pm The Gene Code BBC4 – Two-part documentary in which Dr Adam Rutherford explores the consequences of one of the biggest scientific projects of all time, the decoding of the entire human genome in 2000. Adam discovers that every human carries the entire story of life on earth hidden in his or her DNA and sees how we are all linked directly to the origins of life and to the first creatures with backbones.

9.00pm Game of Theroies Sky Atlantic – Treachery, lust and murder reign as Sean Bean and Lena Healy star in the opening episode of HBO’s remarkable fantasy epic.


7.30pm Millitary Driving School ITV – Series following a group of recruits as they undergo training as drivers for front line duties at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield, Yorkshire. Presented by Jermey Kyle.

9.00pm The Sex Education Show Channel 4 – The Sex Education Show returns for a new series across three nights fronted by Anna Richardson, taking its own unique brand of sex education to schools up and down the UK. Anna also launches a major campaign against the sexualisation of children: Stop Pimping Our Kids!  Continues Wedensday, Concludes Thursday.

9.00pm So What If My Baby is Born Like Me BBC3 – Jono Lancaster, 26, has suffered rejection and discrimination his entire life – all because of the way he looks. Born with a rare genetic condition, Treacher-Collins syndrome, Jono has no cheekbones or external ears and has endured years of bullying and countless hospital appointments. The nature of the condition means that any child Jono fathers will have a 50 per cent chance of contracting Treacher-Collins. This film follows Jono and his girlfriend Laura as they go on a quest to find out the options available to them should they decide to start a family.

10.35pm The Baby Born in a Concentration Camp BBC1 – The story of Anka Bergman, who gave birth to her baby daughter Eva in a Nazi concentration camp. During her pregnancy, Anka witnessed the horrors of Auschwitz and endured six months of forced labour.


7.30pm Farewell Liz ITV – A tribute to Coronation Street favourite Liz McDonald – landlady of the Rovers and queen of the miniskirt – who is leaving Coronation Street after more than 20 years.

8.00pm The Great British Wedding Cake BBC2 – Renowned baking writer Mary Berry and professional baker Paul Hollywood explore the history of the Great British wedding cake. They look at its dramatic change through the eras, from the earliest Tudor creation and the extravagant Victorian period, to wartime Britain, the affluent eighties and the present day.

8.00pm Essex Jungle Five –  Documentary series profiling the people who sell, own and rescue interesting pets. From crocodiles in Romford to tarantulas in Thurrock, boa constrictors in Billericay to carpet pythons in Southend, there are more reptiles and exotic animals kept as domestic pets in Essex than there are cats and dogs.


9.00pm Long Lost Family ITV – Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell present a new series which aims to reunite family members after years of separation and offer help to people who are desperate to find long-lost relatives. When she was 11, Jennifer Wilson discovered she that had a twin sister from whom she had been separated at birth. Jennifer has always felt as if a part of her was missing and has spent a lifetime searching for her twin.

9.00pm Most Shocking Talent Show Moments Five – Countdown show looking back at the most memorable reality TV moments of all time. From the X Factor to the Apprentice, to Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity, this countdown contains all the talent show contestants who have created controversy and headlines both off and on screen.

10.35pm Jon Venables: What Went Wrong BBC1 – The man who brought Jon Venables and Robert Thompson to justice for the murder of two-year-old Jamie Bulger goes on a journey to find out what happened to Jon, the system that was designed to rehabilitate him, and what led to him being returned to jail. Featuring experts, practitioners, and people who knew Venables.

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