The TVWEEK: Saturday 26th -Friday 1st June 2012

by | May 23, 2012 | All, TV Week


8.00pm Eurovision 2012 BBC1 – Graham Norton provides commentary on the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest from Baku in Azerbaijan, winners of the 2011 contest. Engelbert Humperdinck flies the flag for the United Kingdom, performing first with his soaring ballad Love Will Set You Free, written by award-winning songwriters Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek. He is one of 26 acts competing for the coveted title of Eurovision Song Contest winner 2012.

9.00pm Sebastian Bergman BBC4 – Swedish crime thriller. Brilliant, difficult and politically incorrect, Sebastian Bergman is one of Sweden’s leading police profilers. His life and and career are on the skids when he returns to his home town, two weeks late for his mother’s funeral but just in time to help the local police solve the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy. 


6.00pm Soccer Aid ITV – Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Gallacher introduce live action from the fourth Soccer Aid match in aid of UNICEF as a host of celebrities and footballing legends take part in this charity event from Old Trafford. Robbie Williams captains an England side which takes on Michael Sheen’s Rest of the World team. Dermot will be talking to some of the players taking part as they gear up for the match, and there will be a series of reports by Ewan McGregor, Keira Knightley and Eddie Izzard highlighting how the money raised is used around the world. Among those taking part in the match are Harry and Jamie Redknapp, Jason Isaacs, Paddy McGuinness, Olly Murs, David Seaman, Gordon Ramsay, Gerard Butler, James McAvoy, Will Ferrell, Mike Myers and Teddy Sheringham. 

8.00pm The TV BAFTA Awards BBC1 – Dara O Briain hosts the British Academy Television Awards from the Royal Festival Hall in London.  


7.30pm How to Beat Pain BBC1 – Dr Jack Kreindler and Professor Greg Whyte tackle pain – one of the most common complaints in Britain. To reveal key facts about chronic back pain, osteoarthritis and acute pain, and give insight into how these debilitating conditions can be treated, these medical mavericks use each other as human guinea pigs in fun and often painful experiments 

8.00pm The Queen & I ITV – Two-part documentary that focuses on home movie footage of the Queen and the public celebrations of her reign recorded by members of the public. Featuring previously unseen archive footage, the films provide a fascinating snapshot of British life over the past six decades. 

9.00pm Afghanistan: The Great Game – A Personal View by Rory Stewart BBC2 – 3-part series that tells the story of British interventions in Afghanistan in the 19th century, when the British Empire became obsessed with the idea that their rival, Russia, was considering the invasion of Afghanistan as a staging post for an attack on British India. It was a period of mutual suspicion and paranoia that later became known as “The Great Game”. Afghanistan was perceived by Victorian Britain, as it’s believed to be today, to be an immediate threat to British national security. In this first film, Rory Stewart tells the story of the decision-making that led to the first British invasion of Afghanistan, and the three Anglo-Afghan wars fought in this era. And he tells the story of Afghanistan’s unlikely reaction to this period. When an Afghan-elite made a futile attempt to impose western-inspired ideas and modernity on the country. Concludes Wednesday.

9.00pm Britain’s Hidden Homeless BBC3 – When she was 19, Mercury Prize-winning rap artist Speech Debelle walked out of her family home and became homeless for three years. In this documentary, she shows that being homeless isn’t just about down and outs sleeping in cardboard boxes, but is a problem which affects more and more young people in Britain today. Speech gets to know four young people from very different backgrounds – all of them sofa surfing or sleeping rough – as they try to find a more permanent roof over their heads. She discovers that councils and charities are struggling to cope with this growing crisis and she investigates the impact on young people’s lives. 

9.00pm Revenge E4 – Soapy US drama. Emily Thorne is the newest arrival in the Hamptons. She appears to be a friendly and sophisticated ‘girl next door’, but has a dark family history and is not what she seems. Seventeen years ago, her father was framed for a crime he didn’t commit by neighbours he trusted, and sentenced to life in prison. Emily never saw him again and spent her childhood consumed by rage, loss and betrayal. Now she’s returning under an assumed identity with just one goal – revenge – and every social overture she makes is a carefully planned chip at the foundation of her sworn enemies. 

10.35pm Born in the USSR: 28 Up ITV – In the tradition of the Seven Up! series, this film follows eight individuals whose early lives were spent behind the Iron Curtain. Now aged 28, they give a personal insight into life in Russia today. 


9.00pm Jimmy & The Giant Supermarket Channel 4 – Animal welfare standards might have come a long way in the UK, but most of the country’s chickens are still reared intensively, 60% of pigs still spend their whole lives in sheds, and tens of thousands of dairy calves are needlessly slaughtered each year because it’s too expensive to rear them. But in these cash-strapped times, a lot of customers can’t afford to care about free range food. Rare breed pig farmer Jimmy Doherty has a dream to make free range food affordable for everyone. So he’s challenged Britain’s biggest supermarket, Tesco, to let him prove he can do it, and they’ve agreed. He’s taking on three of Tesco’s best-selling own brand products and will work with the company to try and make higher-welfare versions for the same affordable price. 

9.00pm Prince Charles: The Royal Restoration ITV – Alan Titchmarsh presents a documentary following Prince Charles and his team as they try to save Dumfries House, one of Scotland’s most important stately homes.

10.35pm The Apprentice: The Final Five BBC1 – Programme that takes a closer look at the five remaining apprentice hopefuls.


Continuing Series Include:Lewis 8.00pm ITV

                                         The Apprentice 9.00pm BBC1

                                        24hrs in A&E 9.00pm Channel 4

                                     The Killing USA 10.00pm Channel 4 


8.00pm Britain’s Lost Routes BBC1 – Griff Rhys Jones goes on a Tudor adventure as he retraces the route that Queen Elizabeth I took through the Cotswolds and into the West Country on what was one of her regular ‘progesses’ through her realm. Winding through the heart of some of England’s most stunning countryside he tracks her journey from Windsor to Bristol. Griff reconstructs the enormous baggage train the queen took with her; he tries out some Elizabethan forms of transport, and visits some of the stunning castles and stately homes she visited. He discovers what the queen ate, how she slept and what amused her in a trip that was as much about politics as it was about leisure. Unearthing gems of tudor architecture that she would have seen, recreating a sense of the landscape she would have enjoyed, and digging up actual accounts of her visits to the towns, Griff gets a sense of the nation’s love and adulation for the great queen, and the excitement, expense and logistics that lay behind this early royal walkabout. 

9.00pm Married to the Moonies Channel 4 –  Documentary that goes inside the little known world of the Unification Church, commonly known to outsiders as the Moonies, and follows three British youngsters as they travel to Korea to be blessed by their messiah, Reverend Moon, at one of the movement’s controversial mass weddings. The three undertake a condensed courtship – meeting and making plans for the future with a person they hardly know. Twenty-two-year-old psychology student Elisa has decided to make her own wedding dress for the big day. Twenty-one-year-old Reamonn has been matched with a girl from Argentina he hasn’t even met. The cameras follow him to the airport as he meets his future bride for the first time. And 20-year-old Naomi from south London is matched with her future husband just days before the ceremony. 

9.30pm Live at the Electric BBC3 – Live Standup from Russell Kane interspersed with sketches from other comedic talent.


8.00pm A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen from Prince Charles BBC1 – To launch the diamond jubilee weekend, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales presents a personal tribute to Her Majesty the Queen. Through previously unseen photographs and cine films from Her Majesty’s private collection – many of them shot by the Queen herself – the prince reflects on various public events and private family moments during the sixty years of the Queen’s reign. In some cases, the prince himself has never seen the footage before. The prince is filmed in the private quarters of Windsor Castle and Balmoral, as well as at Buckingham Palace and Highgrove. 

9.00pm Elizabeth: Queen, Wife & Mother ITV – Alan Titchmarsh presents an intimate portrait of the Queen by those closest to her. The Duke of Cambridge speaks of her as ‘grandmother first, queen second’, while the Duke of York and the Princess Royal talk about what it was like to grow up ‘above the shop’ at Buckingham Palace with a mother who had to juggle the pressures of her job with the responsibilities of a young family. The programme also features private archive footage of the Queen as a young girl as well as rare access to family letters. 

9.00pm Punk Britannia BBC4 – Opener of a three-part documentary series about the history of punk rock. The film explores the road to punk in Britain, which begins in the early 70s with a young generation already conscious that they have ‘missed the 60s party’ and are stuck in a Britain heading for economic woes and dwindling opportunities. But before the punk generation finally arises to have its say during 1976 come a group of pub rockers, a generation of bands sandwiched between 60s hippies and mid-70s punks who will help pave the way towards the short, sharp shock of punk, only to be elbowed aside by the emergence of the Sex Pistols, the Clash et al. Pub rock set the template – small venues, fast retro rock n roll and bags of attitude typified bands like Dr Feelgood, Ducks Deluxe, Kilburn and the High Roads and Eddie and the Hotrods. Featuring unseen archive footage and interviews with John Lydon, Paul Weller, Mick Jones, Wilko Johnson, Nick Lowe, Adam Ant, Brian James and many more 

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