The TVWEEK: Saturday 21st – Friday 27th April 2012

by | Apr 18, 2012 | All, TV Week


8.30pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV – The reality moves to a later time to avoid clash with The Voice.

9.00pm The Bridge BBC4 – Double bill of new danish Crime drama.

10.00pm Smash! Sky Atlantic – New US musical drama starring Angelica Huston and Coupling’s  Jack Davenport.


7.30pm The Voice BBC1 – Second episode of the weekend as it heads into “battle” rounds.

8.00pm Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve BBC2 – Six-part series where Simon Reeve travels around the edge of the Indian Ocean in an exotic journey that takes him from the paradise islands of the Maldives to the front line of the war against piracy and terror on the streets of Mogadishu. This first leg takes him from the rugged coast of South Africa, where he joins the fight against wildlife poachers, through Mozambique, and on to the tropical island of Zanzibar. On the way, he swims with sharks, meets the refugees who have found shelter in a luxury beachfront hotel, and travels on a huge container ship fortified against the constant threat of pirates.

8.00pm Vera ITV – Series 2 of the detective drama based on characters created by crime writer Ann Cleeves. Vera’s reunion with her first-ever sergeant, Stuart Macken, occurs under tragic circumstances when his house is petrol-bombed. Stuart is badly burned by the attack and his 18-year-old daughter Stella is left fighting for her life in intensive care.

9.00pm Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission BBC2 – Two-part documentary where Ewan McGregor is on a mission to the ends of the earth to immunise some of the hardest-to-reach children in the world. Against the odds, health workers deliver vaccines to the world’s most remote children. But their fragile nature means the vaccines must be kept constantly cold as they are passed along the supply chain, from freezer to freezer.  


9.00pm Steps: On the Road Again SkyLiving – Series following the group  Steps from dance classes to vocal sessions as they embark on their first UK tour in more than 10 years.


9.00pm Britain Unzipped BBC3 – Greg James and Russell Kane, along with a special guest, take a look at British behaviour and reveal what really goes on behind closed doors and inside our heads. 

9.00pm Hidden Talent Channel 4 – How far can natural talent really go and what if it could change your life? Hidden Talent is a new six-part series which discovers people with extraordinary hidden talents they never dreamed they had. Hundreds of randomly selected people are put through a series of tests to identify those with hidden abilities and nine participants discover if they can go from being a total novice to a top-class performer in record time. Presenter Richard Bacon follows their progress, uncovering the amazing science that enables these individuals to achieve what others can only dream of. The first episode focuses on rock climbing and lie detection. After experts test members of the general public in both physical and mental capacities, they narrow their search down to find the individuals that they believe have the greatest potential to excel in each field.


9.00pm Queen Victoria’s Last Love Channel 4 – In 1897, Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee – the first British monarch to do so. But beyond the grand celebrations on London’s streets a war was raging between Victoria and her court over her relationship with her Indian servant, Abdul Karim. Victoria’s friendship with her Scottish servant John Brown is a familiar story. Her relationship with Karim is less well known and yet produced even greater shockwaves in the Palace. Originally one of two Indians selected to join the Queen’s household, Karim rose from being a humble waiter to become Victoria’s most intimate confidant. He introduced her to the delights of Indian cuisine, fed her romantic visions of India, and became her ‘Munshi’ or teacher, giving Victoria daily lessons in Hindustani. 

10.00pm Turtle Boy: A Bodyshock Special Channel 4 – Documentary about six-year-old Columbian boy who suffers from: a rare condition called a Congenital Melanocytic Nevus: a giant mole that grew so much that it covered 40% of his body. It resembled a shell, and Didier was nicknamed Turtle Boy. 

11.05pm 2 Broke Girls Channel 4 – New US sitcom where Experienced waitress Max Black meets a new colleague, former rich girl Caroline Channing, while working in a Brooklyn restaurant. Despite her initial reservations about Caroline, Max eventually softens and the two women strike up an unlikely friendship. Although they can barely afford their rent, they soon begin to plan an exciting business venture together. All they need to do to open their successful cupcake company is find $250,000 in start-up expenses. 


9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Channel 4 – Host Jimmy Carr and team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson return for a brand new series of 8 Out of 10 Cats. With nine brand new episodes and two special ‘best of’ shows.

9.30pm Very Important People Channel 4 – Very Important People is the brand new celebrity impression show that mocks our beloved stars and satirises a culture bamboozled by trivia, gossip and regurgitated ideas. Starring Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott, as well as a cherry-picked ensemble cast, Very Important People is about to reinvigorate the world of impressions. Keeping things ultra-fresh each show also features a topical sketch recorded in the week of transmission. In the first episode Bear Grylls tackles the perils of suburbia, David Attenborough examines the fascinating behaviour of Frankie Boyle in Stand Up Planet, while Danny Dyer deals with one of the toughest things on earth – the commute to work in Britain’s Hardest Commute. Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand and David Walliams join forces as superheroes in a comic book fantasy, and the show features anti-bullying Gordon Ramsay while discovering how Adele struggles to make herself understood. 

10.00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man Channel 4 – Alan is joined by X Factor judge Tulisa.

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