The TVWEEK: Saturday 2nd -Friday 8th June 2012

by | May 30, 2012 | All, TV Week


7.20pm The Voice Final BBC1 – The remaining acts fight to win the ailing singing competition.

7.30pm You Can’t Be Serious! ITV – Sports-themed entertainment show with impressionist and sports fanatic Alistair McGowan. The programme skewers all the funniest, quirkiest and silliest moments from the week’s televised sport using a mix of clips, sketches and impressions.

9.00pm The Greatest Footie Ads Ever! ITV – Paddy McGuinness presents a show featuring the most incredible, bizarre, spectacular and most-loved football related adverts.

10.05pm Robin Gibb: Me and My Songs, A Tribute BBC2 – The late Robin Gibb reflects on his songs and the extraordinary career of the Bee Gees in of the last filmed interviews he gave to the BBC, from January 2011. 

10.40pm The Apprentice: Why I Fired Them BBC1 – Lord Sugar sheds light on each of the firings from this year’s Apprentice.


1.30pm The Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant BBC1 – Huw Edwards, Matt Baker and Sophie Raworth host live coverage of one of the biggest events of the year, the diamond jubilee Thames pageant. For the first time in 350 years, a flotilla of 1,000 boats will sail down the River Thames from Battersea to Tower Bridge in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 60-year reign. 

7.30pm Gary Barlow: On Her Majesty’s Service BBC1 – Documentary following Gary Barlow, who is on a mission to record a special song to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. He writes the melody with Lord Lloyd Webber, but he wants performers from around the Commonwealth to play on it. Prince Charles gives Gary some suggestions, and Gary then embarks on an extraordinary trip, recording all manner of musicians on their home turfs to make the unique record, Sing. Musicians include a children’s choir in Kenya, Rastafarian drummers in Jamaica, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia, pan-pipers in a remote rainforest village on the Solomon Islands, and Gareth Malone’s Military Wives Choir in the UK. Gary also manages to get Prince Harry to make his own musical contribution. A record like this has never been attempted before, and the pressure is on for Gary, as he has a royal appointment to present it to the Queen herself. 

8.00pm Superscrimpers: Hot Summer Tips Channel 4 – In this SuperScrimpers Jubilee summer special Mrs M reveals her top ten sizzling money-saving summer tips from one of Britain’s top holiday destinations – Brighton.

8.30pm The Apprentice: The Final BBC1 – After 12 tasks Lord Sugar hires his business partner for the 2012 series.


7.30pm The Diamond Jubilee Concert BBC1 – In the presence of HM the Queen and the royal family, an array of stars from the last sixty years of rock, pop and classical music perform on a spectacular stage built around the Queen Victoria Memorial, right in front of Buckingham Palace. Hit songs and show stopping performances are promised, with hosts including Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart, Lenny Henry and Lee Mack. Proceedings conclude with HM the Queen lighting the National Beacon. 


8.00pm Big Brother: The Auditions Five – Special programme showing exactly what it takes to get into the Big Brother house. Presenter Jamie East joins the Big Brother auditions as they travel the country in search of this summer’s crop of housemates. 

9.00pm The Transit of Venus: A Horizon Special BBC2 – Liz Bonnin presents a Horizon special about a rare and beautiful event in our solar system that we should all be able to see for ourselves – the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. It will start just after 11pm of the 5th of June 2012 – and won’t happen again for more than a century. Joined by scientific specialists from across a wide range of specialisms, Liz explores the history and significance of this rare event as well as revealing how Venus itself has transformed our understanding of life on Earth – and the possibility of life beyond it. 

9.00pm Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar ITV – Martin Clunes travels to the island of Madagascar to investigate the fate of the world’s last surviving lemurs. Lemurs live only on this beautiful island and, species by species, they are disappearing. In this moving film, Martin meets those who are trying to protect this wonderful creature from extinction and, although he is saddened by what he sees of the destruction of the lemurs’ natural habitat, he is inspired by the dedicated work of the conservationists. He also travels to the Betampona nature reserve in a bid to track down some captive-bred black-and-white ruffed lemurs, which were brought there in 1997 in hopes that they would mate with the wild population.

9.00pm Big Brother Five – Brian Dowling hosts a new set of housemates enter the infamous Big Brother House. 

10.00pm All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry Channel 4 – Grayson Perry, one of Britain’s leading artists and winner of the Turner Prize, has always been fascinated by taste – why people buy the things they do, wear the things they wear and what they are trying to say about themselves when they make those choices. In this three-part series, Perry goes on safari through the taste tribes of Britain, not just to observe our taste, but to tell us in an artwork what it means. The work he’ll be creating is a series of six imposing tapestries called ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ – his personal but panoramic take on the taste of 21st century Britain. In each episode, he’ll embed himself with people from across our social spectrum – the working classes of Sunderland, the middle classes of Tunbridge Wells and the upper classes of the Cotswolds – in a bid to get to grips with our differing takes on taste.


9.00pm The Secret History of Our Streets BBC2 – Charles Booth’s vast 1886 survey of London ranks each one of London’s streets according to the class of their residents. This series returns to six archetypal London streets visited by Booth to discover how their fortunes have ebbed and flowed over the last 125 years 

10.00pm Bedlam SkyLiving The supernatural series returns with a talented new cast led by Lacey Turner. Bedlam Heights has been renovated, but its unearthly residents continue to torment. 


9.00pm William at 30 ITV – As Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, turns 30, Suranne Jones narrates this special one-off documentary taking a look at his life so far 

9.00pm The House the 50s Built Channel 4 –  Four-part series that celebrates the science behind the inventions and innovations that transformed the way we used to live, and catapulted an exhausted, post-war country into the modernity of 1950s Britain. Engineer and showman Professor Brendan Walker sets out to discover the ingenuity and life-changing technology behind the inventions that took drab, black and white post-war Britain and launched it, under its new young Queen Elizabeth II, into a Technicolor-drenched world of the future. Brendan learns from practical, hands-on experience exactly what it took to bring about the 50s revolution by reconstructing a house. Each episode focuses on a room and fast-forwards it through the 1950s, showcasing how progress in the home triggered a tsunami of social change. 

9.00pm Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars Five – Series that sees the celebrity chef on the hunt for Britain’s best restaurateurs. He begins in his hometown of Leeds, setting up his mobile kitchens in the city centre. The chefs have 30 minutes to cook and showcase their best dishes. But it is not just the famous Michelin-starred chef who needs impressing, Marco also asks members of the public to exercise their taste buds to help him to find the victorious couple. 


9.00pm Alan Carr’s Summertime Spectacular Channel 4 – Alan Carr has been left in charge of Channel 4 HQ and is set to throw the mother of all summer parties! Alan’s unique warm hospitality and infectious personality shine through in this party with a difference as he celebrates everything from the Jubilee to the great British summer holiday. A plethora of celebrity guests join Alan for the two hour extravaganza in various guises including sketches, entertaining and ridiculous games. Plus there’s a host of top musical performances and audience participation in the studio. Alan’s guests include David Walliams, Justin Bieber, The Saturdays, the cast of Made in Chelsea and Rizzle Kicks

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