The TVWEEK: Saturday 12th – Friday 18th November 2011

by | Nov 9, 2011 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Come Fly With Me (The Story of Pan Am) BBC2 – Documentary shown ahead of new drama Pan Am, examining how Pan American World Airways kick-started the jet age and left a legacy of affordable travel. Former air stewardesses for the airline recall a life of glamour and luxury every bit as exciting as that of their fictional counterparts, which included celebrity encounters and international romances. Featuring contributions by Robert Vaughn and Mary Quant.

9.45pm George Harrison: Living in a Material World BBC2 – First part of a 2-part Documentary from Martin Scorsese that  traces Harrison’s early life in Liverpool, the Beatles’ first gigs in Hamburg, the advent of Beatlemania, his psychedelic phase and his increasing fascination with Indian culture, both musical and spiritual. The film, which is shown as part of the Arena strand, features contributions from fellow group members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, producers George Martin and Phil Spector, and musician Eric Clapton. Concludes tomorrow


8.00pm How to build a Super Jumbo Wing BBC2 – Three-part series that follows engineers and designers at the company’s research and development facility in Filton, near Bristol, as they design the wing, and charts its assembly in Broughton, North Wales, at one of Europe’s largest factories.

9.00pm Garrow’s Law BBC1 – Third series of the drama inspired by real-life 18th-century barrister William Garrow, who risks his reputation to defend a man on trial for trying to assassinate King George III

9.00pm I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! ITV – Eleventh run of the reality series that sees Celebrities bitch and bond in the outback. Hosted by Ant & Dec Continues all week at varying times.


2.15pm Moving On BBC1 – Third series of the daytime drama from Jimmy McGovern. The first episode centres around mild-mannered milkman Bugsy Mullen whose daily route is shattered when a local youngster is injured while playing on the back of his float. Single mother Ally understands the accident was her son’s fault, but her mother Rita and fiery ex Clive are not so forgiving, resulting in a compensation battle between the child’s family and the dairy.

3.45pm The Hairy Biker’s Best of Britain BBC2 – Si King and Dave Myers explore the history behind some of the country’s most famous dishes, beginning by exploring how the monarchy have influenced British food.

8.30pm Skin Deep BBC3 – In most parts of the UK the beauty industry is unregulated and, as Jessica-Jane Clement finds out in this consumer series, this means that things can turn ugly. Student and model Yemzi wanted long flowing locks on a budget, but a trip to a salon ended in a headache. Weeks later her mum raised the alarm to a foul odour emitting from Yemzi’s scalp and she was left with a bald patch and a carrier bag of hair saved as evidence

9.00pm Cutting Edge: Confessions of a Undercover Cop Channel 4 – With exclusive access to Mark Kennedy, Britain’s most controversial undercover police officer, this documentary tells the definitive inside story of how Mark Kennedy went from being a regular south London police officer with a wife and two children to becoming Mark Stone, who for eight years lived a remarkable double life as an undercover cop and dedicated activist.

9.00pm Mixed Up in the Middle East BBC3 – With an Arab Muslim dad and a Jewish mum, Reya El-Salahi journeys from Britain to Israel to try to understand the roots of the conflict in the Middle East from both sides. She faces the dangers and contradictions of everyday life there for young people as she tries to discover if there is anywhere in Israel she could safely belong.

9.00pm Art of America BBC4 – In the first episode of a series exploring the history of American art, Andrew Graham-Dixon embarks on an epic journey from east to west, following in the footsteps of the pioneers who built the foundations of modern America.  Part of BBC4’s America Season.

9.00pm Ross Kemp: Back on the Frontline Sky1 – Five-part series where Ross Kemp returns to Afghanistan to see what has changed ten years on from 9/11

10.00pm Sitcom Does Families GOLD – A history of Family life in comedy fronted by Hugh Dennis featuring interviews with Miranda and Neil Morrisery and the cast of Outnumbered.


9.00pm Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story BBC2 – Ben Macintyre revisits the story of wartime double agent Eddie Chapman, the subject matter of his best-selling book Agent Zigzag. He reveals how, during the Second World War, Chapman was able to dupe Nazi Germany so successfully that he was awarded the Iron Cross, the country’s most prestigious decoration. Includes footage from an interview the former spy gave three years before his death in 1997.


9.00pm Pan Am BBC2 – The first two episodes of the Drama series following the fortunes of four air stewardesses in the rapidly changing world of 1960s America. New recruit Laura struggles to deal with a taste of fame, while her sister Kate secretly prepares to risk everything for a chance at a new life. Meanwhile, rebellious purser Maggie receives an unexpected call, French stewardess Colette spots a face from her past, and newly promoted pilot Dean frets over the whereabouts of Bridget, the woman he hopes to marry. Starring Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Kelli Garner, Karine Vanasse and Mike Vogel.

9.00pm Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters BBC4 – Comedian Rich Hall hits the road as he takes a personal journey through the road movie, which, from the earliest days of American cinema has been synonymous with its culture. With his customary wit and intelligence, Rich looks at films such as Bonnie and Clyde, The Grapes of Wrath, Thelma and Louise, Vanishing Point, Five Easy Pieces and even The Wizard of Oz, exploring what makes a road movie and how the American social, economic and political landscape has defined the genre.

10.45pm Who Do You Think You Are? BBC1 – Second series of the US version of the BBC institution where celebrities trace their family history beginning with Actor, writer and director Steve Buscemi


8.00pm Children in Need Rocks Manchester BBC1 – A concert to raise money for this year’s Children in Need Appeal. Featuring performances from Gary Barlow, JLS, Lady GaGa, Coldplay, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Rowland, Snow Patrol and hosted by Chris Moyles, Fearne Cotton and David Tenannt.

9.00pm The Queen’s Hidden Cousins Channel 4 – The story of Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon, nieces to the Queen Mother and first cousins to the Queen; two girls who were born with learning difficulties and, as a result, spent most of their lives in an institution, hidden away from the public gaze at a time when attitudes towards the learning disabled were very different to now.

9.00pm Dave’s One Night Stand Dave – The stand-up comedy series returns with headliner Ardal O’Hanlon.


7.30pm Children in Need 2011 BBC1 – The campaign hosted by Sir Terry Wogan, Alesha Dixon, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton begins. They are joined by a host of stars, all out in force in support of disadvantaged children across the United Kingdom. Boyband sensation One Direction get the fundraising party started, and the cast of West End smash The Wizard of Oz performs live in the studio. The BBC newsreaders make their own headlines in a Strictly Come Dancing special, and there is an exclusive treat from the Doctor Who team. Plus a fun musical surprise from the mischievous Outnumbered kids, the cast of EastEnders rock Albert Square in a tribute to Queen, The Muppets are joined by some celebrity TV fans, and the tables are turned on Lord Sugar as he enters the Dragons’ Den. And Gary Barlow brings together a host of stars to perform the official Children in Need single.

9.00pm Word Up: Black America at the BBC BBC4 – A selection of some of the best performances by African-American artists of the 1980s from the BBC archives.

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