The TVWEEK: Saturday 10th – Friday 16th December 2011

by | Dec 5, 2011 | All, TV Week


7.00pm This is Justin Bieber ITV – One-off special where the 17 year old performs live for fans. Presenter Reggie Yates also accompanies Justin on a sight seeing trip around London. Dear God!

10.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Peter Andre is the in the Chair. Dear God!


6.00pm Noel’s Christmas Presents Re-opened Sky1 – Noel looks back at past episodes of the festive specials.

8.15pm Japan Tsunami: Caught on Camera Channel 4 – Documentary that captures  the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011, using amateur footage filmed by those caught up in the disaster. Featuring never-before-seen footage, the programme gives accounts from eyewitnesses, amateur photographers and video enthusiasts, whose initial desire to record the tsunami was quickly overtaken by the cataclysmic events that unfolded in front of them. But they kept on filming, many while only narrowly escaping with their lives. The eyewitness film captures some apocalyptic images of the wave’s destructive power, much of which has never been seen on TV before

9.30pm Text Santa ITV – Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley launch ITV’s new fundraising event. The show features some big names, fantastic surprises and truly inspiring stories to encourage viewers to text donations and raise money for charities that need it most at Christmas. The good causes involved are Carers UK, Crisis, Help the Hospices, the Samaritans, WRVS and children’s hospital charities Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Noah’s Ark Appeal, Helping Hand and Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

9.30pm Scrapheap Orchestra BBC4 – Documentary that delves into the history of instrument making and the science of music, why different instruments are made the way they are, why some designs haven’t changed for hundreds of years and why, when played together, the sound of an orchestra is unlike anything else on earth. Conductor Charles Hazlewood charges a group of the UK’s top instrument makers with the mission of transforming junk, broken furniture and the contents of roadside skips into instruments. The BBC Concert Orchestra then put their reputations on the line by using these instruments to stage what they hope will be a flawless performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at the 2011 Proms.


8.00pm The Great Treehouse Challenge Sky1 – Three-part documentary charting the efforts of three communities as they attempt to create the ultimate environmentally responsible community space.

9.00pm Wonderland: I Had the X Factor 25 Years Ago BBC2 – With the 2011 X Factor champion newly crowned and all the finalists wanting to make the most of their sudden celebrity, this show looks back at the lives of those who were in their shoes exactly 25 years ago. It was 1986 and six nervous candidates were waiting to step out on the shiny floor of New Faces, the TV talent show of the day that had the nation hooked. They included a pair of comedians, two Scouse singers, a teenage violin prodigy, and a club crooner from Birmingham. New Faces had already made stars of previous finalists, such Victoria Wood, Jim Davidson and Les Dennis, and now these six were about to get their own taste of overnight national fame. It was a night that transformed all their lives – but not in ways they had ever imagined. Tracking them through the following quarter century involves a rollercoaster ride of tangled love stories, a major business collapse, an unlikely appearance in the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent, and even a prison sentence. 

9.00pm Tourettes: I swear I Can Sing BBC3 – At 25, Ruth Ojadi had an amazing singing voice and a place to study music at university. She should have been on her way to the top. Instead, Ruth was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome and her life fell apart. The blinks and twitches her GP had put down to nerves became worse and before long she started swearing and blurting out inappropriate comments, eventually dropping out of university and locking herself away.

9.00pm The Real Thumbelina ITV – Touching Documentary following three people who suffer from a rare form of dwarfism called Russell-Silver Syndrome. Four-year-old Amelie Gledhill is still only the size of a baby, despite her age. As she prepares to start school for the first time, her parents are struggling to find out how her condition may affect her as she grows up and if there is anything that can be done to help her grow.

9.00pm Jimmy’s Grow Your Own Christmas Dinner Channel 4 – Jimmy attempts to create a Christmas Dinner from his own grown ingredients with help from best mate Jamie Oliver.


9.00pm My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas Channel 4 – From the makers of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding comes a brand new observational documentary following the celebrations and traditions of members of the Irish traveller community at Christmas. Filmed last year the programme follows a mass-yuletide First Communion ceremony, and two of the most jaw dropping weddings ever shown. The film also follows some of the unique traveller preparations that go on in the run up to Christmas, and spends Christmas Day itself with Paddy and Roseanne at their home on a traveller site in Salford.

9.00pm Don’t Tell the Bride BBC3 – Brides from the last two series talk about what they thought of their grooms attempts at wedding planning and how the marriages have been since the series.

9.00pm Donated to Science BBC4 – In 2006, a New Zealand television company interviewed several people who planned to donate their bodies to the Otago Medical School for students to dissect. They were asked about their lives and their loves, their hopes, their fears and, of course, their bodies. The school is one of the last in the world whose students still do significant human dissection, and both they and the donors gave permission to be followed through the whole process. By intercutting the donors’ interviews with their own bodies being dissected and the students’ reactions for the first time on film, there is the chance to share the amazing journey of the students, the donors and their families.

10.00pm This is England ’88 Channel 4 – Three-part follow up to This is England. Its Christmas 1988 as Lol struggles to cope with what life has thrown at her. Haunted by the devastating events that took place 18 months previously, she finds her reserves of strength ebbing away. With her soul mate Woody, heartbroken from her betrayal and in self-imposed exile from the gang, Lol becomes increasingly isolated and alone. In the first film it’s December 23 and life isn’t looking so festive for some. Continues Wednesday, Thursday.


7.30pm The Royal Variety Performance 2011 ITV – Hosted by Peter Kay the event sees performances from This Year’s Britain’s Got Talent Winner, Tony Bennet, Pixie Lott, Penn & Teller, Jason Manford and Gregg Davies.

8.00pm Superscrimpers Christmas Channel 4 – The SuperScrimpers return with a festive theme to show how to have a very frugal but fun yuletide – with a brand new cast of dedicated SuperScrimpers, as well as some old favourites

9.00pm Jamie Oliver: Christmas with Bells On! Channel 4 – Jamie Cooks Christmas in this 2-part special.

10.00pm Class Dismissed BBC2 – It’s official; class is back! Riots on the street, old-Etonians in government, a workforce on strike, Downton Abbey, The King’s Speech, the royal wedding and vajazzling… In this one-off special, Frank Skinner is joined by comedians Micky Flanagan, Roisin Conaty and Miles Jupp to assess whether class is still relevant in the 21st century. Probing analysis meets comedy chat, as our comics become intrepid reporters, examining the subject through their own unorthodox reports.  


Continuing series include The Manor Reborn, BBC1 9.00pm

                                      Without You, ITV1 9.00pm

                Living with the Amish, Channel 4 9.00pm

                Life’s Too Short, BBC2 10.00pm


9.00pm Stuffed:The Great British Christmas Dinner BBC2 – Documentary looking at the history and tradition of the British Christmas dinner and the role it still plays. With contributions from actor Simon Callow, cultural critic Jonathan Meades, food writers Paul Levy, Prue Leith and Diana Henry, and historians Kate Colquhoun and Kathryn Hughes, it asks why the British remain so wedded to this meal, what it says about us as a nation, and whether it can survive in a changing and culturally diverse Britain of different faiths, food fads and health concerns. 

9.00pm The Big Quiz: Corrie Versus Emmerdale ITV –  The titans of the ITV soap world go head to head in an epic battle that will see one of them crowned Soap Champions 2011. Two teams of cast members from the nation’s favourite soaps are put to the test by host Stephen Mulhern, who quizzes them on the big events of the year and some of the funniest and most memorable moments from both shows. 

9.00pm The British Comedy Awards 2011 Channel 4 – A live broadcast from Fountain Studios, London, hosted by Jonathan Ross and featuring all the top names in British comedy and guest stars from around the world. It’s one of Britain’s most unpredictable awards events – a kind of Christmas party for comedians – bringing together a raft of new stars with long-established talent, all vying for a prestigious British Comedy Award. A star-studded line-up of internationally-known celebrities and comedians is on hand to give out the awards and stir up the laughs in the room. The show features the funniest TV comedy moments of the year peppered throughout in celebration of another vintage year in British Comedy.

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