The TVWEEK: Saturday 25th February – Thursday 1st March 2012

by | Feb 22, 2012 | All, TV Week


6.15pm Pointless: Celebrity Edition BBC1 – Alexander Armstrong hosts a celebrity edition of the gameshow featuring Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins

9.20pm I’m in a Boy Band BBC2 – Documentary exploring boy bands from the inside out. How do they work and what is it like to be in one? What is the secret of their popularity? A star-packed, cross-generational cast speak frankly about what it is really like to follow the boy band dream, from pioneering Motown legends like The Four Tops and the Jackson 5, to 21st century boys like One Direction and JLS.


Continuing series include Upstairs, Downstairs 9.00pm BBC1

                                           Homeland 9.00pm Channel 4

                                           Being Human 9.00pm BBC3


2.15pm The Indian Doctor BBC1 – The comedy drama set in a Welsh mining village in the 1960s returns for a second series. Dr Prem Sharma and his wife Kamini nervously await the arrival of his dreaded mother-in-law, Pushpa. With India gripped by the chaos of a smallpox epidemic, Pushpa is taking the opportunity for a long-overdue inspection of her daughter’s new life – and the son-in-law of whom she doesn’t approve. Meanwhile, evangelist preacher Reverend Todd is struggling to control his pretty teenage daughter Verity, who is home from boarding school for the summer.

8..00pm The Dales ITV – Second series showcasing life on the Yorkshire Dales fronted by Adrian Edmunson

9.00pm Empire BBC1 – Jeremy Paxman traces the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known: the British Empire. In the first programme, he asks how such a small country got such a big head, and how a tiny island in the North Atlantic came to rule over a quarter of the world’s population. He travels to India, where local soldiers and local maharajahs helped a handful of British traders to take over vast areas of land. Spectacular displays of imperial power dazzled the people and developed a cult of Queen Victoria as Empress, mother and virtual God. In Egypt, Jeremy explores the bit of Empire that never was, as Britain’s temporary peace-keeping visit turned into a seventy year occupation.  

9.00pm Stop for My Stammer BBC3 – Documentary that follows a group of young people who have taken that important decision to tackle their stammers by enrolling on an intense speech therapy course led by pop star Gareth Gates. At the end of the course, they have to face an audience and deliver a speech. Can Gareth help them take control of their stammers?

9.00pm Pedigree Dogs Exposed: 3 Years On BBC4 – In 2008, Pedigree Dogs Exposed lifted the lid on the true extent of the health and welfare problems faced by pedigree dogs in the UK. The startling expose of harmful breeding practices generated a massive reaction from the public and from those involved in dog breeding. The programme’s producer Jemima Harrison returns to explore what has happened since she made the original film. Now a campaigner on dog welfare, Jemima takes a personal look at the positive changes that have been introduced since the original film and investigates areas of continuing concern, particularly among breeds like the pug, the bulldog and the Cavalier King Charles spaniel

10.00pm Proud & Prejudiced Channel 4 – Documentary telling the story  of two of the most controversial men in Britain. Tommy Robinson, a tanning salon manager, is the leader of the English Defence League, the biggest far-right street protest movement for a generation. Sayful Islam, a former tax inspector, heads a small group of Muslim extremists, who have become notorious for abusing British soldiers and burning poppies on Remembrance Day. Both men enjoy a cult-like status with loyal followers, both are specialists in making highly inflammatory speeches and defying the authorities, and both are from the same town: Luton. Caught in the middle is Sarah Allen, the leader of Luton Borough Council’s ‘Luton in Harmony’ initiative, the official fight back against the town’s reputation as a hotbed of extremism.

10.35pm The Agenda ITV – ITV News political editor Tom Bradby hosts a new series of talk shows looking at the controversies and talking points of the week ahead. He is joined by studio guests to discuss stories ranging from politics to popular culture.


8.00pm Supersize vs Superskinny Channel 4

9.00pm Horizon: The Truth About Exercise BBC2 –  Michael Mosleyuncovers new research which suggests many of us could benefit from just three minutes of high intensity exercise a week. He discovers the hidden power of simple activities like walking and fidgeting, and finds out why some of us don’t respond to exercise at all. Using himself as a guinea pig, Michael uncovers the surprising new research about exercise, that has the power to make us all live longer and healthier lives.


7.30pm The Food Inspectors BBC1 – Matt Allwright and Chris Hollins present a series following the work of food inspectors as they protect the nation from rogue restaurants and poisonous food. In this first episode, Matt investigates the countrywide problem of bootleg booze. Chris teams up with food inspector Ben Milligan, and drops in on an unsuspecting family at mealtime. Are they cooking clean, or risking their health with bad food hygiene

8.00pm The Fisherman’s Apprentice with Monty Halls BBC2 – Monty Halls travels down to Cadgwith to live and work as a fisherman, to find out what’s really involved in getting seafood onto our plates. As his apprenticeship continues, he learns more about the situation facing our traditional fishing fleet. 


9.00pm Children of the Tsunami BBC2 –  Through compelling testimony from 7-10 year-old survivors, this film reveals how the deadly wave and the Fukushima nuclear accident have changed children’s lives forever. The story unfolds at two key locations: a primary school where 74 children were killed by the tsunami; and a school close to the Fukushima nuclear plant, attended by children evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone.

9.00pm Make Bradford British Channel 4 – Major two-part series exploring what it means to be British. It brings together some of Bradford’s residents – all British citizens, but from different races and backgrounds – to see if they can come up with a common notion of the thread that binds them all together; what it means to be British. To define what it means to be British the series begins with the Government’s own UK Citizenship Test; the Life in the UK Test. Over 100 people from across Bradford, all British citizens, are invited to sit the test, which includes the questions: What percentage of the British population is under the age of 19?; and: When were women given the right to vote? Eight people who fail the test are then invited to live together in a microcosm of multicultural society. 

10.00pm Our Man in… Ibiza Channel 4 – In this new series British consulates have opened their doors to TV cameras for the first time, giving unique access to consulates in some of Spain’s busiest resorts From the ex-pat paradise of the Costa Blanca to Barcelona, Tenerife, Mallorca, and the party island of Ibiza. Under pressure and under fire, consulate staff are the thin red, white and blue line that lies between Brits in trouble and Brits in even more trouble. The first episode visits the party island of Ibiza where the consulate deals with the fallout from a new drug invading the club scene – the so-called ‘pink pill’. One young tourist is found lost, nearly naked, and unable to recall anything but his name. Then the Brit dealers who supply the pills also need help after they’re arrested. 

10.35pm My Dad is a Woman ITV – Documentary following two families in which one member goes through gender reassignment. 

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