The TVWeek: Sunday 15th – Friday 20th July 2012

by | Jul 11, 2012 | All, TV Week


10.00pm Cutting Edge: Meeting Ian Brady Channel 4 – Cutting Edge goes behind the scenes of Ian Brady’s landmark tribunal to meet the people closest to him and those involved in his case. During the eight days of his hearing, Brady’s team will be arguing for his return to the prison estate, while many of the families of his victims are hoping they will hear directly from the murderer, some for the first time. Through solicitors, psychiatrists and his closest confidantes – many of whom have never spoken on television before – this film accesses the untold story of Brady’s life behind bars. The programme uncovers a friendship that has spanned 25 years, hears from psychiatrists who have worked directly with Brady, and reveals what it is like to represent the rights of such a high profile and infamous client. And as Brady’s hunger strike continues, the programme explores whether or not a return to mainstream prison could result in Britain’s most high profile killer taking his own life. 


7.00pm Babies in the Office BBC2 – Reality documentary following an experiment merging childcare and the workplace. Britain’s largest minicab company, Addison Lee, has is testing a revolutionary scheme that aims to transform its employees’ work/life balance. The company is going to do the unthinkable and open its doors to nine babies. However instead of being placed in a creche or a nursery, their parents are challenged to work with them right next to their desks. With childcare costs in Britain going through the roof, the parents dream of saving money and spending more time with their kids. To make that a reality though each must successfully juggle caring for their baby with the rigours of their day job, from the call centre to customer service and sales to accounts. Babies and business sound like a recipe for chaos – but are babies a formula for success? Continues all week.

8.00pm Britain’s Secret Treasures ITV – Broadcaster Michael Buerk and historian Bettany Hughes present a series of programmes counting down the 50 greatest treasures discovered by the British public. The order has been compiled by a panel of experts from the British Museum and the Council for British Archaeology.  

Continues all week.

9.00pm In Their Words: The Riots BBC2 – The story of the riots of 2011 told with dramatic accounts from the rioters themselves. With powerful words and previously unseen footage, this is a compelling and shocking tale of what happened and why. Actors will perform the words of the rioters themselves. Concludes Wednesday.

9.00pm Superstar ITV – Amanda Holden presents the first live show of the search for a star of Jesus Christ Superstar. Continues all week.

9.00pm Is Football Racist? BBC3 – Following a season in which football has been rocked by allegations of racism, former Premier league defender Clarke Carlisle explores how far his profession has really progressed since the dark days of banana throwing on the terraces in this documentary.

9.00pm The Toilet: An Unspoken History BBC4 – We each spend three years of our lives on the toilet, but how happy are we talking about this essential part of our lives? This film challenges that mindset by uncovering its role in our culture and exploring the social history of the toilet in Britain and abroad – as well as exploring many of our cultural toilet taboos. 

10.35pm Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive BBC1 – An intimate portrait of athlete Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world. In the London 2012 Olympics, Bolt will try to retain his three Olympic titles and his three world records. 


9.00pm Can Anyone Beat Bolt? BBC3 – He is the fastest man who has ever lived and on 5th August the world will be watching and expecting Usain Bolt to reclaim the greatest prize in the Olympic Games, the men’s 100 metres title. But there are five men who have been thinking the unthinkable, five men preparing and plotting to defeat the man they say cannot be downed. They are Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, the current world champion, who is Bolt’s training partner and strongest challenger; Asafa Powell, often the forgotten man of Jamaican sprinting, but still the last man to hold the world record before Bolt; Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin, who lead the American charge hitting top form when it matters most; and Europe’s best hope, the Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre. This film follows the fortunes of the world’s best sprinters as they prepare for that ultimate showdown at London 2012, from the supremely confident superstar Bolt to his focused, sometimes shy, rivals, determined to prove that Bolt is just a man. 

9.00pm Immortal? A Horizon Guide to Ageing BBC4 – Veteran presenter Johnny Ball looks back over the 45 years that Horizon – and he – have been on air to find out what science has learned about how and why we grow old. Charting developments from macabre early claims of rejuvenation to the latest cutting-edge breakthroughs, Johnny discovers the sense of a personal mission that drives many scientists and asks whether we are really any closer to achieving the dream of immortality. 


8.00pm Restoration Home BBC2 – Caroline Quentin returns to follow the fortunes of six more properties, all facing their own struggle for survival, all with committed new owners wanting to turn them into their dream homes. Coldbrook Farm is a 17th century Grade II listed Welsh farmhouse. Run-down, off the beaten track surrounded by working farm buildings in a muddy yard, its lavish carved Tudor timberwork is a clue that there is more to this farmhouse than meets the eye. As owners Bill and Kim grapple with the challenges of mixing old and modern, architectural expert Kieran Long and historian Kate Williams dig deep into the archives uncovering evidence that points towards Coldbrook’s possible links with one of the most powerful lords in Britain. 

9.00pm Victoria Pendleton: Cycling’s Golden Girl BBC1 – Documentary following sprint cyclist Victoria Pendleton as she prepares for the 2012 London Olympics, offering an insight into the way an otherwise ordinary life has been consumed by the sacrifice and intensity required to win an Olympic event. 30-year-old Pendleton is already an Olympic champion, having won go 

10.00pm The Wrestlers: Fighting with my Family Channel 4 – One-off documentary that follows a year in the life of the extraordinary Knight family. The Knights are dad ‘Rowdy Ricky Knight’, mum Julia ‘Sweet Saraya’, brothers ‘Zak Zodiac’ and Roy ‘The Zebra Kid’, and little sister ‘Britani Knight’. They are a dynamic dynasty from Norfolk claiming to be the biggest wrestling bloodline in the world. With a moral code of their own, this family pack a real punch, often at each other. They ‘live, eat and breathe wrestling’ while running the ‘World Association of Wrestling’ from their council house in the suburbs. With tough personal histories fuelling their drive, wrestling has always kept them together, though this year it threatens to tear them apart. To realise their global ambition and become the world’s top fighting family, Mum and Dad must give everything they’ve got. As one of America’s biggest wrestling federations searches Britain for talent, their kids are selected for try-outs. 


8.00pm The Truth about Sports Products BBC1 – Reporter Shelley Jofre tests the science behind the bold advertising claims made by some of sport’s biggest brands. 


8.00pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent Channel 4 – Phil Spencer returns, continuing his efforts to give Britain’s troublesome property market a shake up. This time he goes undercover in Scotland, trying to get offers on two houses not far from Glasgow’s busy city centre. In Giffnock he’s working with Dougie, whose three-bed home has Scotland’s best state school on the doorstep. And in Uddingston, he meets Pamela and Ian, whose five-bed cottage is struggling to find a buyer. One house is a 50s throwback, the other an 80s revival, and neither is what the buyers of Glasgow’s swanky suburbs want in a family home. Phil and the owners feel the pressure with just one week to sell these pricey properties at an open day.

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