The TVWEEK: Saturday 7th – Friday 13th April 2012

by | Apr 4, 2012 | All, TV Week


6.15pm Keith Lemon’s LemonAid ITV – Keith Lemon brings his unique brand of mischief and anarchy to this a new series which sees him embark on a mission to satisfy the needs of the public – in his own special way. Keith meets real people with real dreams, hopes and dilemmas and aims to bring LemonAid to those who need it. This week, he is joined in the studio by celebrity helper Cilla Black. Plus Rizzle Kicks perform and the whole audience has the chance to win prizes in the epic game Lemon Drops.


7.30pm The One & Only Des O’Connor ITV – To celebrate both his 80th birthday and 50 years in showbusiness, legendary entertainer Des O’Connor is joined by a host of celebrities from the worlds of comedy, music and entertainment. Guests include Matt Lucas, Paul O’Grady, Robert Lindsay, Rhod Gilbert, Melanie Sykes and former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly. As well as chat, there will be surprises and special performances as the stars join Des on this very special night.

8.00pm Celebrity Deal or No Deal Channel 4 – Jimmy Carr plays for Charity

10.00pm Crucifixion Channel 4 –  Anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens, who made his name showing the world the wonders of the human body through his Body Worlds exhibitions, has decided to create a Crucifix. The new piece, which he’s been planning for over six years, is revealed in this documentary, which features interviews with leading art historians and theologians, amongst others, and examines the enduring iconic image of the Crucifix. The documentary follows von Hagens, who last year revealed that he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, as he undertakes an intensely personal journey to create his Crucifix.


8.00pm Inside Nature’s Giants: Hippo Channel 4 – The Inside Nature’s Giants team head to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, home to the largest population of hippos in the world. So many hippos congregate to feed here that they threaten the survival of other species in the park, so the authorities cull around 200 of them every year to keep their numbers in check. The cull offers veterinary scientist Mark Evans and comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg the opportunity to dissect one of these magnificent animals. They are often mistakenly seen as Africa’s laziest giant, lolling around all day in the mud. But as the team discover, at night they’re surprisingly active.

9.00pm Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge Five – Robson Green challenges local masters of their craft over five rounds of competitive fishing. To win he has to catch the most, the biggest and the best – it is Robson versus the world. Robson’s challenge starts in Florianopolis, 700 miles south of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. His opponent is professional fishing guide Giba Garbado. 

10.00pm Kelly & Her Sisters Grow Up ITV – In 2000, ITV broadcast a Bafta award-winning documentary about a family of eight struggling to cope with a life of poverty on their condemned housing estate in Birmingham. Now, 11 years later, this documentary reveals how Kelly and her five sisters’ lives have developed in the years since. Has the intervening decade led the family deeper into hardship or have they managed to escaped their deprived past? The programme uses archive footage from the previous film intercut with current footage to form a unique portrait of the changing faces both of one family and of the country itself. 


9.00pm Horizon BBC2 – Horizon follows Rosemary, Phil and Ray as they undergo remarkable new cancer treatments at one of Britain’s leading cancer hospitals, the Royal Marsden in London – from a genetically targeted drug designed to fight a type of skin cancer, to advanced robotic surgery. The recent breakthroughs in surgery and in scientific research are offering new hope and helping to defeat a disease that more than one in three people will develop at some stage of their lives.

9.00pm The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald ITV -Three-part series in which Trevor McDonald sets out on an epic journey through the heartland of the USA following the course of its most famous and important river – the Mississippi. He begins in the Deep South and discovers how the legacy from the days of slavery still plays a part in life there today. He attends a New Orleans jazz funeral, makes a poignant visit to some rare surviving plantation slave quarters, and has an encounter with an alligator in the swamps. 

10.35pm The Matt Lucas Awards BBC1 – Matt Lucas is the host of his own brand-new awards ceremony – the perfectly-titled Lucases – with nominations provided by guests comedian Jason Manford, former Goodie Graeme Garden and German stand-up Henning Wehn.


9.00pm Divine Women BBC2 – Three part series in which historian Bettany Hughes traces the hidden and often controversial history of women in religion across the world. In this episode, Bettany visits the world’s oldest religious site to find startling evidence that women were part of the very birth of organised religion.Travelling across historic sites in the mediterranean and the Near East she encounters fearsome and powerful goddesses that controlled life and death, before ending up in modern day India where she experiences goddess worship firsthand 

9.00pm The Sinking of the Concorida: Caught on Camera Channel 4 – When the Costa Concordia sank the passengers were able to film what happened on their mobile phones and video cameras. This film is made almost entirely of just that footage, with no interviews, expert testimony or narration. Their footage provides an extraordinary minute-by-minute anatomy of a disaster, capturing the reality of what happened in way that is only possible in the 21st century. From the moment the excited holiday-makers step on board the luxury cruise liner to the realisation that they are on a sinking ship fearing for their lives, viewers see what happened, as captured by those aboard the fateful final journey.  

9.00pm Don’t Blame the Dog BBC3 – Experts agree that bad dog behaviour is mainly down to bad owners and that the owners need to be fixed first. This series challenges young dog owners with bad attitudes to spend a week living with people who depend on dogs – some for their survival in extreme environments around the world and others who depend on them for their jobs. Holly, who paints her dogs’ nails, and Mikki, who is bite training his dog for protection, leave their dogs behind and travel to South Africa to spend a week with dogs that are trained to track down rhino poachers. 

9.00pm Beautiful Minds BBC4 – What does it take to become a scientific pioneer – talent, lucky timing or sheer hard work? In this series, three world-renowned scientists look back at the inspirations and breakthroughs which propelled them to the top. For palaeontologist Professor Jenny Clack, who solved one of the greatest mysteries in the history of life on Earth, success was far from inevitable. She recounts how she had to overcome a series of setbacks before she found and described the fossil Acanthostega, a 365 million-year-old creature that offered dramatic new evidence of how fish made the transition onto land.

9.00pm Peter Andre: My Life ITV2 – New reality series.


9.00pm Panorama: Ivory Wars: Out of Africa BBC1

9.00pm Long Lost Family ITV – Second run of the series hosted by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell as they attempt to reunite friends and family. In this episode, 44-year-old former rugby professional Mark Appleson hopes to uncover the truth about his past and find his birth mother. The show also follows Stella Stanley, who was persuaded to give up her baby daughter for adoption in the 1960s. She has carried the guilt of the decision for decades, but how will she feel about seeing her daughter again? 

9.00pm Russell Howard’s Good News BBC3 – New series of the comedy news programme.

10.00pm Derek Channel 4 – New comedy pilot written by and starring Ricky Gervais. Derek Noakes is a tender, innocent man whose love for his job and the people he cares for shines through. He’s 49, adores animals, Rolf Harris, Jesus, Deal or No Deal, Million Pound Drop and Britain’s Got Talent – but his main hobby is autograph hunting. He works in a retirement home with his mate and landlord, Dougie. Derek cares deeply for old people because they’re kind and funny and tell him stories about the olden days. Hannah is a care worker at the home and is Derek’s best friend. She’s smart, witty and hard-working, but unlucky in love, and like Derek, always puts other people first. 


8.30pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 – The panel game hosted by Rob Brydon with team Captains Lee Mack and David Mitchell returns for a sixth series.

9.00pm Have I Got News For You? BBC1 – With guest host Stephen Mangan and guest panellists Grace Dent and Miles Jupp. 

9.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – Piers sits down with Coronation Street institution Bill Roache.

9.30pm Not Going Out BBC1 – Series 5 of the comedy series written by and starring Lee Mack. Lee is shocked to discover Tim has joined a Rock band.

10.35pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 – With guests Cate Blanchett, who is returning to the West End in Big and Small; Hollywood star Ewan McGregor, promoting new film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; actor Michael Sheen, talking about playing Jesus in The Gospel of Us; and Little Britain star Matt Lucas who introduces his new show The Matt Lucas Awards.

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