TVweek: Saturday 31st May – Friday 6th June 2014

by | May 27, 2014 | All, TV Week


8.30pm World Cup Epic Fails ITV – Angus Deayton presents a show that celebrates the funnier side of the World Cup, the biggest sporting event on the planet. From cringe-worthy opening ceremonies, dreadful songs, terrible styles and fashions through the decades, to never-seen-before presenting bloopers.


8.00pm I Bought a Rainforest BBC2 – Documentary series following wildlife cameraman Charlie Hamilton James, who has bought 100 acres of Peruvian rainforest in the hope that the purchase will stop loggers illegally entering the Manu National Park and cutting down trees.

8.00pm A Night to Remember: Michael Flatley ITV – Christine Bleakley presents a celebration of the 20-year career of dancer, musician and choreographer Michael Flatley, from his first steps onto the world stage at Eurovision 1994 and subsequent rise to fame with Riverdance, to the arena-filling success of Lord of the Dance and beyond.

9.00pm The Normal Heart Sky Atlantic – Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts star in a powerful drama, based on Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking play, about the outbreak of HIV/Aids. Ryan Murphy directs.


9.00pm A Very British Airline BBC2 – Documentary series that goes behind the scenes of British Airways. This episode reveals the world behind the ‘millionaires door’ at Heathrow Terminal 5, a luxury lounge, restaurant, spa and champagne bar reserved for a select few and one of the airline’s key assets in persuading people to spend more to fly. The airline also reveals its plans to introduce its first A380, the world’s biggest passenger plane, into service, and the show follows 18 anxious new recruits as they start a 6-week training course to become cabin crew with BA.

9.00pm Secret Life of Cats ITV – Documentary about felines. Cats have a reputation for being grumpy, with an attitude of total insouciance. But with the balance of a ballerina, senses so acute they can see what is invisible to humans, and their unique social skills they are the most popular pets in Britain.  Brand new techniques reveal the qualities that they all possess.

10.00pm Badults BBC3 – Second series of the dire flatmate sitcom. It’s the day of the big game and the pressure is on as Tom, Ben and Matthew go to extraordinary lengths to see the match. As the game kicks off, the TV in the flat explodes leading to a desperate dash around pubs, offices and old ladies’ birthday parties to try and catch as much of the 90 minutes as possible.

10.50pm Dinner at 11 Channel 4 – Dinner parties can be minefields for adults with prickly conversations about house prices, schools and immigration over the starters. But what would happen if all the dinner party guests were aged around 11 years old? Dinner at 11 is a surprising, thought-provoking, touching and often funny insight into what’s important to these young people – all of whom were born in the 21st-century and many of whom will be able to vote in 2020 – and what it means to be a child today.


8.00pm Quads: Our First Year ITV – Sharon and Julian Turner spent four years trying for a baby – to the point that they felt that Sharon would never conceive. Then, on their final attempt at IVF something extraordinary happened. They were told that two implanted embryos had split, giving them two sets of identical twins, two boys and two girls – an occurrence rated at odds of 70 million to one. In the event, the quadruplets were born three months prematurely, precipitating their parents into an extraordinary new world. This documentary follows the family through the quads’ first year, from their precarious first few weeks through the round the clock struggle and juggle of their parents to care for them.

9.00pm The Secret Life of Babies ITV – Documentary about the first two years of a human life. At this time, we grow more, learn more, move more and even fight more than at any other period. We have to master the complex skills of walking, talking and relating to the world around us. We have more bones in our body at birth than an adult, but we do not have kneecaps. We laugh 300 times a day, but in the first few months we cannot produce tears when we are upset.

9.00pm Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb More4

10.00pm Backchat World Cup Special BBC3 – Jack Whitehall and his father Michael return for a World Cup special of their comedy chat show, joined by Harry Redknapp, James Corden, comedian Henning Wehn and Countdown’s Rachel Riley as they all look ahead to Brazil 2014.

10.00pm Amber BBC4 – Irish crime drama series telling the story of a missing teenager, told from multiple perspectives and over a non-linear time period. The disappearance of 14-year-old Amber Bailey sets off a two-year search during which her family will go through unimaginable pressures.


8.00pm Mary’s Silver Service Channel 4 – Mary Portas launches a pop-up employment agency to find jobs for Britain’s overlooked and under-valued pensioners, encouraging them to dust off the skills they’ve spent a lifetime perfecting and go back to work and give Britain the benefit of their experience and expertise.

9.00pm The McCanns and the Conman Five – Documentary film looking at ‘Operation Omega’, the secret private investigation set up by security consultant Kevin Halligen in 2008 to find missing child Madeleine McCann. As the investigation went on, it transpired that Kevin Halligen was not a spy but one of the world’s most audacious conmen. Despite this, significant information and leads uncovered from ‘Operation Omega’ have gone on to form a part of the current Scotland Yard inquiry to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann.

9.00pm I Wanna Marry Harry ITV2 – Brand new US reality series in which a dozen twenty-something American girls come to the UK to compete for Prince Harry’s affections. Little do the ladies know that “Harry” is in fact a lookalike named Matthew! In the first episode, the 12 contestants arrive at the grand Englefield House in Berkshire, where they attend a masquerade ball.

10.00pm My Last Summer Channel 4 – . In this series, five terminally ill people are brought together for regular weekends at a Cotswold manor house to talk frankly about their experience of living and dying as they contemplate the last months of their lives. This thought-provoking and poignant series tackles this difficult issue openly and honestly. Is it possible to have a good death?


8.00pm George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Channel 4 – Architect George Clarke helps imaginations run wild as once again he celebrates the extraordinary world of small spaces and unique builds. The new series features secret hideaways, space-saving retreats, eco-friendly bolt holes and reconditioned vehicles. He shows that with careful planning, cunning design and masses of imagination, the unachievable is doable.

8.00pm Angry Britain Five – Observational documentary series featuring extraordinary outbursts of temper caught on camera by bystanders and those caught up in the brouhaha.

9.00pm Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Channel 4 – Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, returns for a fifth year to London’s O2 Arena. The amazing all-star line-up for the annual comedy spectacular this year includes: Adam Hills, Aisling Bea, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, James Corden, Jo Brand, Jon Richardson, John Bishop, Jonathan Ross, Josh Widdicombe, Kerry Godliman, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Paddy McGuinness, Paul Chowdhry, Sean Lock, Seann Walsh, Warwick Davis – plus many more. Get ready for a top night of fantastic entertainment and lots of laughter all in aid of raising money for an incredibly worthy cause.

9.00pm Big Brother: Power Trip Launch Five – The reality television series returns with this 2014 launch programme. This year, Big Brother is offering housemates the ultimate prize: power. Whoever has the power will be able to influence, twist and control events in the house like never before. Emma Willis hosts as the housemates ruthlessly attempt to seize power, keep it and impose their will on the rest of the house.

10.00pm TV OD ITV2 – Matt Edmondson hosts this topical new series which takes a humorous look at the most talked about shows on TV, including a review of viewer tweets, online comments and complaints. In this opening programme, former Westlife member and current King of the Jungle Kian Egan reveals his TV guilty pleasure and Celebrity Big Brother-winning Geordie Shore regular Charlotte Crosby faces viewer comments about her role in the outrageous Tyneside-set show.


8.00pm Farewell Tina ITV – As Michelle Keegan leaves the cast of Coronation Street after six eventful years, this documentary tells the story of the Salford-born actress who achieved stardom by playing the feisty, funny but ultimately fallible character of Tina McIntyre. For the very first time, the off-screen stories behind the dramatic on-screen plotlines are revealed, with contributions from Helen Worth and Jack P Shepherd. There is home video footage of Michelle in a school production playing Sporty Spice and a chance to watch her reaction to her original Coronation Street audition tape from 2007.

8.00pm Celebrity Fifteen to One Channel 4 – Comedian Adam Hills returns with a brand new series of Celebrity Fifteen to One. Johnny Vegas, Ann Widdecombe and Heston Blumenthal are among the 15 celebrities going head-to-head in the notoriously tough quiz.

9.00pm Soccer Aid 2014 ITV – Cat Deeley hosts the pre-match celebrity chat show from the players hotel. She catches up on all the action from the week’s training leading up to the big Soccer Aid football match on Sunday in aid of leading children’s charity UNICEF.

9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr returns to host a new series of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown with team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, who are joined by Jonathan Ross and Roisin Conaty. David O’Doherty joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, while Joe Wilkinson ‘helps’ Rachel Riley provide the letters and numbers.

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