The TVWEEK: Saturday 14th – Friday 20th April 2012

by | Apr 11, 2012 | All, TV Week


9.15pm The Cube ITV


8.00pm The Big Quiz: Benidorm vs Essex ITV – The fictional world battles the real one as teams from the sitcom Benidorm and reality show The Only Way Is Essex face off in a hilarious quiz show. TOWIE reem team Joey Essex, Lauren Goodger, James ‘Arg’ Argent and Gemma Collins take on the Solana’s Jake Canuso, Crissy Rock, Janine Duvitski and Shelley Longworth. Who will come out on top? Presented by Stephen Mulhern.

9.00pm This World: The Norway Massacre BBC2 – This World tells the inside story of the 2011 massacre in Norway, offering new insights into the life and mind of the perpetrator, Anders Breivik, and exposing the hidden hatreds that inspired him. Through interviews with key players, including the Norwegian prime minister, survivors, the commander of the police response and the head of the Delta Force team that arrested Breivik, and including unique footage and unseen archive, the film pieces together, minute-by-minute, the course of the attacks and the response of the security services. 

9.00pm Don’t Tell the Bride USA BBC3 – American remake of the reality series that puts the groom in charge of his wedding.

10.00pm Words of Titanic ITV – Special programme re-telling the story of the liner’s fateful voyage using the diaries, personal accounts and letters of its passengers and crew. 

10.00pm The Only Way is Essex ITV2 – New series of the “reality” series.


9.00pm The 70’s BBC2 – Historian Dominic Sandbrook takes us on an eye opening and refreshing journey deep into the 1970s, a decade where the old Britain of the post-war years was transformed into the nation we see around us today. This episode he reveals a country bristling with aspiration as millions get on the property ladder, take their first foreign holidays and start to challenge the old class boundaries. It was a decade where ordinary British people first felt the thrill of freedom and money but it was also a decade in which raging conflicts about the economy and Europe loomed large. 

10.00pm Sounds of the 70’s BBC2 – Music series featuring performances from The Kinks, Roxy Music, Elton John, New York Dolls, Queen, Sparks, Rod Stewart and the rediscovered David Bowie performance of The Jean Genie from January 1973.


9.00pm I Woke Up Gay BBC3 –  At 21, Chris Birch was a typical, burly, rugby playing lad with a girlfriend and a job in a bank, but after a stroke everything changed. Today Chris looks different, sounds different and has a completely different life – he is a gay, image conscious hairdresser interested in fashion and interior decor. Chris has lost touch with some former friends and family and cannot recall many of the details of his life before the stroke. This film follows Chris as he gets to grips with his new life and his new personality, tries to discover who he used to be and attempts to build bridges with some of the people he has lost touch with. 


7.30pm Great Ormond Street Hospital BBC1 – As senior consultants claim that all is not well at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Tim Donovan uses exclusive interviews and the Freedom of Information Act to investigate the lengths that the world-famous and cherished institution will go to to protect its reputation. 

9.00pm Elizabeth Taylor: Auction of a Lifetime Channel 4 – This feature-length documentary explores Elizabeth Taylor’s extraordinary life story through some of her most precious possessions, which feature in landmark auctions in New York and London. With exclusive access to Christie’s, this 90-minute film brings to life the excitement and frenetic bidding at the auctions as millions of pounds are bid for the ‘Crown Jewels of Hollywood’, some of which sell for 50 times their pre-sale estimate 


9.00pm Louis Theroux: Extreme Love, Autism BBC2 – Louis visits one of the best schools in America for autism. He meets the students and their families to get a glimpse of what life is like for them and to experience the pleasures and the strains of one of the most extraordinary kinds of relationship. 

9.00pm 9/11: The Lost Tapes Channel 4 – For the first time British audiences will hear newly released audio recordings which offer a unique insight and moving perspective on 9/11 and the fateful minutes that changed America forever.  

10.00pm Grandma’s House BBC2 – Second series of the comedy written by and starring Simon Amstell loosely based on his home life.

10.00pm Extreme A&E Channel 4 – Dr Kevin Fong is a young doctor who deals with bodies on the brink of life and death. As a medical advisor to NASA he has witnessed and studied the effect of extreme conditions on human physiology. Now he’s ready for a new challenge. In this brand new series, Fong takes an extraordinary, adrenaline-fuelled journey into some of the world’s most dangerous, diverse and demanding emergency medicine environments to uncover the science of saving lives. Whether coping with the devastation of an epidemic of gunshot wounds in the Bronx, or mangled bodies pulled from traffic pileups in the car crash capital of the world, the combination of appalling injuries and extreme surroundings means the doctors he meets must operate at the very frontiers of medicine. These highly-skilled medical professionals are developing new procedures and techniques to help their patients survive.


9.00pm Lip Service BBC3 – Second series of the drama series which follows the interwoven love lives of three gay women in Glasgow. After a loved-up month in South America, Cat and Sam arrive back in Glasgow. Having run away from her affair with Frankie, how will Cat deal with seeing her again? Tess has it all – new job, pad and girlfriend – but her first day at work and the arrival of a new flatmate throws up some surprises.

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