The TVWeek: Saturday 30th June – Friday 6th July 2012

by | Jun 27, 2012 | All, TV Week


9.00pm The Hollow Crown BBC2 – The Hollow Crown brings together four filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s History Plays – Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. Starting in the year 1399, this continuous story of monarchy follows events during sixteen years of dynastic and political power play. Kings, with their families and followers, are threatened by rebellion and conflict. King Richard is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and Thomas Mowbray. Richard calls for a duel but then halts it just before swords clash. Both men are banished from the realm. Richard visits John of Gaunt, Bolingbroke’s father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the king. After seizing Gaunt’s money and land, Richard leaves for wars against the rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim back his inheritance. Supported by his allies, Northumberland and the Duke of York, Bolingbroke takes Richard prisoner and lays claim to the throne. 

10.20pm Mad Mad World ITV – Paddy McGuinness presents a comedy panel show in which comedians team up with celebrities to take part in a light-hearted quiz that looks at fun news stories, events and TV clips from every corner of the globe. Team captains Rhys Darby and Rufus Hound are joined by guests Louis Walsh, Janice Dickinson and comedian Jason Byrne. 


7.00pm Euro 2012 Final BBC1/ITV


8.30pm Jamie’s Summer Rave Up Channel 4 – In this three-part series, Jamie Oliver serves up some of his favourite and most inventive outdoors recipes, be it at a festival, on a day trip to the beach or a barbecue in the garden. In the first programme Jamie cooks an Indian dosa in his festival camp kitchen. He makes jerk chicken with jalapeno flatbreads for Jazzie B from Soul II Soul. With his pal Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie cooks skewered fish over a fire and sliced beef on hot rocks, before sharing chilli chocolate and churros with Willie Harcourt-Cooze and Norman Jay. The programme includes performances from Soul II Soul and The Guillemots. 

9.00pm Blackout BBC1 – Three-part political thriller starring Christopher Eccleston as councilor  Daniel Demoys who wakes from an alcoholic blackout to find he has beaten a man to within an inch of his life, he begins a dramatic quest for redemption. 

9.00pm 7/7:One Day in London BBC2 – One-off Documentary that gathers the testimony of over 50 people directly affected by the bombings, exploring the long lasting effects as they reflect on their experiences and how their lives have changed. After the conclusion of the public inquest in 2011, a multitude of previously untold stories emerged of the bravery, difficulties and horror that people experienced on that day in 2005; many of these have been included in this film as well as testimony from people who have never spoken publically before. 

9.00pm The Real Chariots of Fire ITV – Actor Nigel Havers, who played Lord Andrew Lindsay, uncovers the true story behind the Oscar-winning movie Chariots of Fire. The film traced the story of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, who both won gold medals at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Nigel follows in their footsteps as he travels to Cambridge, Edinburgh and Paris to meet their daughters and uncover rare archive material 

9.00pm Undercover Boss Channel 4 – Fourth series of the reality series where Bosses go undercover to see their businesses from the inside.

9.00pm Kidnapped and Drugged for Family Honour BBC3 – Documentary telling the shocking story of how a 23-year-old British girl was drugged and kidnapped by members of her family after refusing to go through with a marriage arranged by them, and secretly marrying someone else. With unique access to a specialist unit of Lancashire Police, cameras follow the investigation of a crime that split a family apart. 

9.00pm Alan Partridge on Open Books with Martin Bryce Sky Atlantic – Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) discusses his tell-all autobiography, I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan. Witty spoof literary show featuring Robert Popper. 


9.00pm Bomber Command ITV – The Queen recently unveiled a memorial to honour the 55,573 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives in the Second World War. John Sergeant narrates this documentary which marks the historic moment and recounts the moving stories of the last of Bomber Command’s survivors. 


8.00pm River Cottage Channel 4 – In this special episode of River Cottage, three famous actors swap the stage for the kitchen, and fancy shoes for wellies, to join  in a cookery masterclass at River Cottage farm. Taking part are Philip Glenister, from Ashes To Ashes, Keeley Hawes, and The Good Life’s Felicity Kendal – the original poster girl for smallholders throughout the land. Over two days of good cooking and fun on the farm, Hugh introduces his famous trio to the ways of River Cottage, the importance of seasonal, ethical produce, and the delights of home-grown, home-cooked food. There will be fun, fishing, foraging and tasty food, from delicious chocolate cakes to soups with an extra zing. 

9.00pm When I Get Older BBC1 – John Simpson, Gloria Hunniford, Lesley Joseph and Tony Robinson leave their wealth, comfort and busy lives to move in with a pensioner experiencing one of the toughest problems facing old people in the UK. How does John cope with the harsh realities of loneliness when he spends time with an isolated pensioner? Can Lesley help an elderly couple struggling with the impact of ill-health? What can consumer champion Gloria come up with to help a grandmother dealing with the grind of poverty? Can Tony help a pensioner overcome the anguish of a pensioner’s bereavement? Concludes tomorrow.


8.00pm Traffic Cops BBC1

8.00pm Urban Secrets Sky Atlantic – Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) embarks on a tour of the UK, uncovering the secrets of some of Britain’s cities. Beginning in London, he travels from St Paul’s Cathedral to Soho. 

9.00pm Let’s Get Gold ITV – Sporting teams from across the UK battle it out in front of a panel of celebrity pundits from the worlds of showbusiness and sport as they compete for a prize of £100,000. The teams are challenged to put their skills to the test, performing breathtaking activities in disciplines as wide-ranging as martial arts and cheerleading. The judging panel consists of England and Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand, former cricketing superstar Andrew Flintoff, singer and award-winning actress Martine McCutcheon and Una Healy of chart-topping girl group The Saturdays. Continues Tomorrow.

9.00pm Michael Jackson: Survival of the Fastest Channel 4 – Olympian Michael Johnson embarks on a personal genealogical and scientific journey in a bid to understand if he and other world-class African American and Caribbean athletes are successful as a result of slavery. Michael Johnson is a four-time Olympic gold medallist and the finest sprint athlete of his generation. In this remarkable authored film he discovers some disturbing truths about the lives of his enslaved ancestors. From the mass murder of those on the slave ships to the nightmarish breeding programmes of the plantation owners, Johnson confronts this appalling history. 

9.00pm The Hotel Inspector Five – Alex Polizzi helps a naturist hotel in Birmingham.


8.30pm Parents Sky1 – New comedy starring Sally Philips as a woman who is forced to move her young family back in with her elderly parents. 

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