The TVWEEK: Saturday 24th – Friday 30th March 2012

by | Mar 21, 2012 | All, TV Week


7.00pm The Voice BBC1 – Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J, and Danny O’Donoghue take on the role of coaches on a mission to find and nurture the UK’s next great voice. During the blind auditions, hopeful artists take to the stage while the coaches listen with their backs turned. The coaches have to base their choices on vocal ability alone. When a coach likes what they hear, they hit a button which turns their chair to face the artist, who lands a place on that coach’s team. But there is a twist: if more than one chair turns, the power changes, and the auditionee gets to choose which superstar coach is right for them. If no coach turns, the auditionee is out of the competition. Expect underhand tactics as the coaches go to extreme lengths in a bid to win over the very best singers. Hosted by Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates, the first episode kicks off with an exclusive group performance by the four superstar coaches.

8.00pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV – Ant and Dec host the brand new sixth series. Simon Cowell returns to the judging panel with Amanda Holden and new panelists Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. The Judges sit through their first auditions.

9.20pm Britain’s Got More Talent ITV2 – More auditions with host Stephen Mulhern


9.00pm Titanic ITV – Epic four-part drama by Julian Fellowes marking the 100th anniversary of the maritime disaster. Hugh, Earl of Manton, sets out on the maiden voyage of the Titanic with his wife Louisa and rebellious suffragette daughter Georgiana. Also on board, in second class, are Irish lawyer John Batley, who works for Hugh, and his wife Muriel. The Mantons’ servants Barnes and Watson have a brush with their American counterparts, while Georgiana is attracted to young American Harry Widener. Life on board is comfortable for the wealthy British and American passengers, but everything changes when the ship hits an iceberg and realisation dawns that the unsinkable Titanic is going down.

10.15pm Perspectives ITV – David Suchet follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, the famous Fleet Street photographer Jimmy Jarche, in a quest to capture on camera how Britain has changed in the past century.

10.25pm We Won’t Drop the Baby BBC1 – Documentary laying bare the joys and hurdles of disabled parenting over a six month period. Comedian Laurence Clark and his wife Adele both have cerebral palsy. Six years ago when they had a baby boy, Tom, they were criticised by doctors for being irresponsible. Laurence is wheelchair-bound, and Adele is heavily dependent on her crutches. But now Adele is pregnant again. And this time Adele is determined to have a natural birth. It is a brave decision, considering Laurence’s cerebral palsy was caused by his own difficult birth, and Adele’s CP affects her from the waist down 


2.15pm Secrets and Words BBC1 – Series of stand-alone dramas on the theme of adult literacy. Painter and decorator JJ’s life is turned upside down when he discovers a pile of love letters addressed to his wife going back a number of years. He cannot read the letters, however, so he turns to schoolteacher Fiona for reading lessons. The two grow close, and decide to go away for a night together. When he finally reads the notes, however, JJ is shocked by what he discovers, and secrets and lies that may destroy his marriage begin to unravel.  Continues till Friday

9.00pm My Murder BBC3 – One-off drama based loosely on real life events. A chance meeting with a girl leads to murder as a teenage boy is engulfed by a web of lies. Shakilus Townsend, a 16-year old boy who was led to his death by the 15-year old he thought of as his girlfriend, in what became known as the honey trap killing. 

9.00pm Ad Men Sky Atlantic – Documentary series tracing the maverick world of British advertising from the revolutionary 60s through to the dawn of the global digital world.

10.35pm One Night BBC1 – Four-part drama series set on one hot Summer’s Night and a series of seemingly unconnected events that bring four strangers together. The opening episode stars Douglas Hodge, Saskia Reeves and Neil Stuke. Airs tonight, Tuesday, Wednesday and Concludes Friday.


9.00pm The Syndicate BBC1 – Five-part drama from Kay Mellor surrounding the workers in a Leeds supermarket who win the lottery. In the opening episode desperate actions lead to disastrous consequences for members of the syndicate. Stars Timothy Spall and Joanna Page.

9.00pm Reggie Yates: Teen Gangs BBC3 – TV presenter and Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates explores the culture of fear, anger and violence which drives the dangerous world of teenage gangs. 


7.30pm Cash Britain BBC1 – Observational documentary series examining how customers of a family-run pawnbrokers are coping in the current economic climate. Episode one features Samantha, who is struggling for money to take the family to her brother’s Royal Navy passing out parade. A factory owner attempts to save his business and 30 jobs by cashing in the family diamonds; and we meet Michelle, whose pawn debt just keeps mounting – an original loan of under 600 pounds has cost her more than 2,000 pounds in interest. 

8.00pm Emergency Abroad Sky1 – Access is gained to Mallorca’s medical services in this eye-opening documentary series. Sun, sea and relaxing on a lounger this most definitely is not. 

9.00pm I Never Said Yes BBC3 – A woman is raped every ten minutes in the UK yet thousands of rapes go unreported and conviction rates remain low. Presenter Pips Taylor explores why in powerful interviews with young rape survivors.


9.00pm Panorama: The Honeymoon Murder BBC1 – With exclusive access to CCTV footage never before seen publicly, this Panorama special examines in detail the hours leading up to the death of Anni Dewani while on honeymoon in Cape Town. The film investigates the case against her husband Shrien, currently fighting in UK courts to avoid extradition to South Africa to stand trial for her murder. Did the wealthy businessman engage a taxi driver to arrange his wife’s death, or is he wrongly accused? The CCTV images reveal a different side to the couple than has so far been portrayed. 


8.30pm Titanic With Len Goodman BBC1 – Len Goodman examines how the impact of the Titanic disaster is still being felt a century after the ship sank. Before becoming a dancer, Len was a welder at Titanic builder’s Harland and Woolf’s yard in East London. To mark the centenary of the Titanic’s sinking, Len explores the ship’s one hundred year legacy 

9.00pm Reverse Missionaries BBC2 – Series following missionaries from overseas who reverse the footsteps of their British predecessors by visiting the UK. Kshama Jayaraj from Mumbai travels to Belfast to see if she can spread the gospel through her church’s mixture of dance, music and prayer.  

10.00pm Twenty Twelve BBC2 – Second series of the spoof documentary comedy featuring Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes andOlivia Colman. The documentary cameras continue to follow the men and women responsible for delivering the London Olympic Games as they paddle increasingly hard to keep the games on track and on budget. This week the Algerian Olympic team threaten to boycott the Games after discovering that the Shared Belief Centre does not face Mecca.

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