The TVWEEK: Sunday 20th -Friday 25th May 2012

by | May 16, 2012 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Channel 4 – Headlining this year’s extravaganza – filmed at London’s 02 Arena in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital – is Jessie J, who opens the show with an exclusive live performance. The all-star line-up also includes Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Jonathan Ross, Micky Flanagan, Sean Lock, Kevin Bridges, Jo Brand, Jack Whitehall, Jack Dee, Jon Richardson, Seann Walsh, Lee Nelson, Josh Widdicombe, Paul Chowdhry, Andi Osho, Keith Lemon and Alan Carr.

9.00pm The Survivors Five – Documentary about the people who survived Anders Behring Breivik’s killing spree on July 22nd, 2011. Featuring testimony from survivors on Utoya Island and Oslo, this is a narrative of the events as they unfolded.


8.30pm Gok Cooks Chinese Channel 4 – Gok Wan is firing up his wok to showcase his other great passion in life: Chinese cooking. Growing up with a Chinese restaurateur and chef for a father, Gok loves nothing more than home-cooked Chinese food, and over the years has perfected many dishes of his own. Now he is joined by his beloved dad John, affectionately known as Poppa Wan, for this brand new cookery series exploring Chinese home cooking and healthy, quick meals devised by Gok himself – proving that he is master of the cleaver as well as the cleavage! In this first programme Gok guides viewers through the simple basics of Chinese cooking, from the ‘holy trinity’ of ingredients – garlic, ginger and spring onion – to the ‘love box’ of condiments. His first aim is to demonstrate how to cook the perfect egg fried rice: it’s the fastest Chinese food anyone can master, from wok to plate in five minutes. Gok heads to Leicester to see his dad and rustle up a classic dish.

9.00pm The Fall of Singapore: The Great Betrayal BBC2 – This landmark film by Paul Elston tells the incredible story of how it was the British who gave the Japanese the knowhow to take out Pearl Harbor and capture Singapore. For 19 years before the fall of Singapore to the Japanese, British officers were spying for Japan. Worse still, the Japanese had infiltrated the very heart of the British establishment – through a mole who was a peer of the realm known to Churchill himself. 

9.00pm Are Fake Breasts Safe? BBC3 – Former Miss Great Britain, Gemma Garrett, investigates how she – and 50,000 other British women – ended up with toxic breast implants made by the French company PIP. 


7.30pm Trash to Treasure ITV – Documentary series about two reclamation yards in the north west of England.

9.00pm Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls BBC4 – Historian Lucy Worsley immerses herself in the world of Restoration England, exploring the captivating lives of the women of the period.  

10.00pm My Big Fat Fetish Channel 4 – Fat girls eating food is becoming an underground internet activity. Magazines and online websites featuring ‘Big Beautiful Women’ have become more and more popular. These women love their fat bodies and there are millions of men around the world who admire them and are willing to pay to watch them eat online. My Big Fat Fetish follows the lives of four ‘Big’ models in the USA and UK.

10.00pm Hit and Miss Sky Atlantic – The Channel’s first original UK drama series from acclaimed writer Paul Abbott. Oscar nominee Chloe Sevigny stars as an assassin with a secret, Mia’s life is changed forever by a letter from her ex.


9.00pm Hitler’s Children BBC2 – Documentary that looks at the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime: men and women who were left a legacy that indelibly associates them with one of the greatest abominations in history. What is it like to have grown up with a name that immediately raises images of genocide?

9.00pm Euro’s Most Shocking Moments BBC3 – Richard Bacon and David James count down the most inspirational, ridiculous and mind-blowing incidents from the last 20 years of football’s European Championships, combining footage with anecdotes and memories.

10.35pm Soccer Aid 2012 ITV – Cat Deeley presents the first of three shows in the build-up to Soccer Aid 2012, the charity football match in aid of UNICEF. She chats to celebrities including England captain Robbie Williams and Hollywood star Mike Myers and catches up with the action from the training ground. Plus Keira Knightley reports from Chad on how the money raised can help.


9.00pm National Treasures: Jubilee Special BBC1 – Special edition of the history magazine show presented by Dan Snow and Sian Williams. Filmed at Westminster Abbey, the programme celebrates Britain’s royal past in the church which has witnessed more than a thousand years of pageantry and regal history.

9.00pm The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate BBC2 – London’s oldest wholesale market is on the verge of its biggest change in over a thousand years. Fish merchants are facing tough times. The market is under pressure to modernise and its iconic and ancient traditions are under threat. The job of the licensed fish porter, once a job for life, could be thrown open to all comers. The market is divided: will ancient custom or modern commerce win out?

9.30pm Don’t Trust the B#### in Apartment 23 E4 – New US sitcom. Sweet, innocent June moves from rural Indiana to start a new life amid the bright lights of New York City. Things immediately turn sour when she finds her dream job no longer exists, thanks to a CEO who is wanted for embezzlement, leaving the company to shut down. In debt and on the streets, fresh-faced, trusting June thinks her luck has changed when she gets the chance to move in with party girl Chloe, who is a charming and vivacious roommate, at least on first impressions. However, it transpires that Chloe is a con artist with the morals of a viper who attempts to scam the newcomer out of her savings. Her partner in crime is her ex-boyfriend and best pal, actor James Van Der Beek. 


The Great British Story: A People’s History BBC2 – Historian Michael Wood presents a series exploring the United Kingdom’s remarkable past from the perspective of ordinary people. Travelling across Britain, Michael works with local communities, tapping into their extraordinary energy and knowledge, and exploring our unrivalled local and national archives. The first episode spans the period from the end of the Romans to the eighth century. It explores the crystallization of our regional identities in the Dark Ages, the legacy of Rome and the coming of the Anglo Saxons, the ancestors of the English.

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