The TVWEEK: Sunday 12th -Thursday 17th May 2012

by | May 9, 2012 | All, TV Week


7.30pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV – Final of the series.


8.00pm Starlings Sky1 – Brendan Coyle and Lesley Sharp star in this heart-warming comedy drama. The Starling family make way for a new addition to their already-hectic nest.

9.00pm Coast BBC2


8.00pm Inside Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 billion Gamble BBC2 – As Facebook heads for its 100 billion dollar flotation, Emily Maitlis updates her recent documentary on the prospects for Mark Zuckerberg’s social network phenomenon. She examines how Facebook, now with 900 million users, plans to earn the billions its new investors will expect from it. With exclusive access to Mark Zuckerberg and senior executives, Emily tells the Facebook story, and reports on its challenge – to build its advertising business from the personal information its users provide, without losing their trust.

9.00pm Chatsworth BBC1 – Three-part documentary series detailing life of the new aristocracy over Chatsworth’s entire 2011 season. For the first time ever, the palace of the peaks, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, has opened its doors to the cameras for a whole year. It is a unique opportunity to take an in-depth glimpse of life upstairs and downstairs in the 21st century. The first programme joins the 12th duke and duchess as the house is being prepared to open to the public. It is the busiest time of year for the house staff and everyone has a role to play – even the duke and duchess, as they join the annual litter pick around the estate. 2011 sees the six month probation period of the youngest and very first female head guide, Heather Redmond. Will she win over the 60-strong guide team, some of whom have worked at Chatsworth since before she was born, and get the job for keeps?

9.00pm 56 Up ITV – Three-part documentary continuing the acclaimed Seven Up! series.

9.00pm Secret Millionaire Channel 4 – New series of the reality series that sees a brand new millionaire go undercover.

9.00pm The 16 Year-Old Killer: Cyntoia’s Story BBC3 – In 2004, Cyntoia Brown was arrested for the murder of a 43-year-old man. Cyntoia was a prostitute and he was her client. Film-maker Daniel Birman was granted unique access to Cyntoia from the week of her arrest, throughout her trial and over a period of six years. His documentary explores the tragic events in her life that led up to the murder, and Cyntoia’s biological mother meets her daughter for the first time since giving her up for adoption 14 years earlier.

10.00pm The Walking Dead Five – Series 2 of the acclaimed US zombie drama.


9.00pm Silk BBC1 – Second series of the law drama starring Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones and Neil Stuke. Martha Costello takes her first case as Silk and Billy meets his match.

9.00pm Dirty Britain ITV – First in a two-part documentary in which the dirty secrets about the way modern Brits live are revealed by the filthy work of the men and women who clean up after us. A pair of Manchester sewermen share their first-hand knowledge of the nation’s poor diet, an event cleaner offers insight into how Brits behave in a crowd at Cheltenham Racecourse and two window cleaners face the terrifying task of keeping a huge national icon absolutely spotless. Meanwhile, a team of extreme cleaners in Berkshire faces one of the most extraordinary house clearances of their careers, pest controller Jim goes into battle with an infestation of bedbugs and, on one of the largest landfills in Europe, the workers do their best to hide the gigantic quantities of junk the nation produces. 

10.00pm Sex, Lies & Rinsing Guys Channel 4 


8.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1

8.00pm Lewis ITV – Sixth series of the crime drama series starring Kevin Wheatley. When botanist Liv Nash accidentally digs up the body of the recently buried Murray Hawes, Lewis and Hathaway are set upon a seemingly impossible quest. Murray was a man possessed, fixated upon solving an impossible riddle by Lewis Carroll. But could his obsession have been dangerous enough to get him killed? 

8.00pm Secret Eaters Channel 4 – Anna Richardson exposes the country’s secret eating habits, one household at a time. Each episode helps people who are mystified as to why they’re piling on the pounds. To uncover what they’re really eating and shine a light on their dietary downfalls, they’ll agree to undergo around-the-clock surveillance for five days.  

9.00pm Felicity Kendal’s Indian Shakespeare Quest BBC2 – Long before she set foot on stage in England, Felicity Kendal launched her acting career in India, where her parents ran a theatre company called Shakespeareana. Here she returns to the land of her childhood to discover the full story of India’s enduring love-affair with Shakespeare – from the first days of Empire to Bollywood and beyond. Shaped by her enthusiasm to discover more about a drama in which her own family played a role, Felicity’s journey takes her to India’s iconic cities and to places far off the beaten track. Along the way she meets film stars and prisoners, kings and market traders, school-children, historians and her own relatives, in sees how Shakespeare’s plays are inspiring a new generation of artists and film-makers in modern India. 

9.00pm 24hrs in A&E Channel 4 – Second series of the RTS award-winning documentary series.Filmed around the clock for six weeks at King’s College Hospital in south London, one of Britain’s busiest A&E departments, each programme focuses on people treated within the same 24-hour period. The first episode kicks off during the morning rush hour, meeting workers who set off on their daily commute but find themselves fighting for their lives in the skilful hands of the A&E team. Two cyclists arrive with serious head injuries. IT analyst Christopher hit a log on his way to work, and concerns are raised when scans show a bleed on his brain. Meanwhile, Brighton cyclist Sarah swerved to avoid a pedestrian when riding at 30mph downhill without a helmet. 


9.00pm The Great Euro Crash with Robert Peston BBC2 – With Europe teetering on the edge of an economic precipice, BBC business editor Robert Peston takes a long view of the euro – from Churchill’s vision of a United States of Europe to the bail-outs of Greece, Portugal and Ireland. Meeting a property developer in Ireland, a taxi driver in Rome and a German manufacturing worker, the film exposes the high cost being paid by European workers today for the dream of monetary union – and how close Europe came to a complete banking meltdown.  

9.00pm The Executives ITV2 – Six aspiring journalists compete for the chance to win their dream job with one of Europe’s largest magazine publishers. This week, rookies Hayley, Stuart, Sunny, Felix, Ellie and Christopher report for duty at More! Magazine

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