The TVWeek: Sunday 23rd – Friday 28th October 2011

by | Oct 19, 2011 | All, TV Week


12.15pm Shipwrecked: A Look Back Channel 4 – To celebrate the return of Shipwrecked – starting on E4 on Tuesday – this special programme looks back at the highlights of the last seven series, and introduces the latest contestants.

8.00pm Death or Freedom: The Jericho Jailbreak BBC2 – Actor and aviator Martin Shaw takes to the skies to rediscover one of the most audacious and daring raids of World War Two. On the morning of 19 February 1944, a squadron of RAF Mosquito bombers, flying as low as three metres over occupied France, demolished the walls of Amiens Jail in what became known as Operation Jericho.

10.00pm Chris Moyles’ Hollywood Stars Quiz Night Channel 4 – Ahead of the new series, this one-off special features a star-studded US vs UK line-up as Featuring comic legend Will Ferrell going head-to-head with David Walliams and Louis Walsh; with appearances from Robbie Williams, Britney Spears and Paul O’Grady. One Direction deliver the popular maths song.


5.00pm Four in Bed Channel 4 – Return of the daytime series where B&B owners compete to be named the best.

9.00pm Youing Apprentice BBC1 – The series last named The Junior Apprentice returns for a second series. Chosen from thousands of applicants, twelve candidates aged between 16 and 17 compete for a £25,000 fund that will be tailor-made to kick-start a business career. In this first episode, the boys are pitted against the girls as Lord Sugar sets his first task: to make a new range of frozen treats, ice creams, sorbets and frozen yogurts, and then sell them directly to the public. Under the watchful eyes of Lord Sugar’s trusted aides Karren Brady and Nick Hewer.

9.00pm Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret Channel 4 -Documentary about a  terminally ill British man called Alan who has donated his body so that leading experts can, for the first time, apply the secret mummification formula to create a 21st-century mummy.

9.00pm Young, Foreign and Over Here BBC3 – Documentary where five young Eastern Europeans reveal the harsh realities and culture shocks of life as an immigrant coming to Britain and hoping to stay. They think they know what to expect, but have they got it all wrong? As they get to grips with their new home, the immigrants join special bus trips laid on for the tens of thousands of Eastern Europeans who flock to Britain every year.

11.00pm The Jo Whiley Music Show Sky1 – DJ Jo Whiley is joined by Noel Gallagher, Julian Lennon and Ricky Wilson for a lively music-based discussion. Plus, there are performances from T.E.E.D and Maverick Sabre.


8.00pm James May’s Man Lab BBC2 – James May returns for a second series of the show that aims to re-skill the modern male. A handcuffed James and Oz Clarke break out of Dartmoor prison and must navigate their way across the treacherous moors, with a team of trackers in hot pursuit and just an Ordnance Survey map and a compass to help them. James also builds a genuine slate-bed pool table, turns his hand to portrait painting and squares up to one of the most terrifying scenarios the modern male can face: how to remember people’s names at a party.

8.00pm Amanda Knox: The Untold Story Five – Documentary exploring the murder of Meredith Kercher and subsequent trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. Featuring previously unseen footage and interviews with forensic experts, this programme reflects on the wide implications the trial has had on the Italian justice system and the Kercher family.

9.00pm Death in Paradise BBC1 – Fish out of water crime drama starring Ben Miller as DI Richard Poole who is sent to the small paradise island of Saint-Marie to investigate the mysterous death of the Island’s Police Chief  DI Charlie Hulme. To most this would Paradise but for DI Poole who hates the heat, sand and sea its a living nightmare.

9.00pm Jamie’s Great Britain Channel 4 – Series where chef Jamie Oliver travels the UK to discover the best in British Food. Over six programmes, Jamie visits Yorkshire, the Heart of England, the South West, South Wales and the west of Scotland. He kicks off his road-trip close to home in the East End, then heads for his home territory, Southend-on-Sea and the Essex coast, in his mobile kitchen/ pub.

10.35pm Young Nuns BBC1 – Documentary following the stories of two women in their early twenties as they prepare to become nuns.


8.00pm Great British Food Revival BBC2 Cookery series where chefs and foodies champion British produce. Michel Roux Jr gets passionate about our heritage pears. Concerned that eighty percent of the pears we eat are imported, Michel wants to find out what can be done to persuade people to buy British.

8.30pm The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson BBC1 – Sketch show starring Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson. New characters including Claudia Winkleman, X Factor judges Louis and Tulisa, and Professor Brian Cox join old favourites like Davina McCall and Simon Cowell.

9.00pm Frozen Planet BBC1 – Stunning new series. David Attenborough takes an extraordinary journey across the magical ice worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic – the greatest and least-known wildernesses inhabited by the most bizarre and hardy creatures on Earth. The journey begins for David at the North Pole – one of the few places he has never visited. After six months of darkness ends with the return of the sun, a pair of courting polar bears reveal a surprisingly tender side. At Greenland’s great ice cap waterfalls plunge into the heart of the ice, and a colossal iceberg calves into the sea. Humpback whales join the largest gathering of seabirds on Earth to feast in rich Alaskan waters. In the Taiga Forest a pack of the world’s largest wolves take on formidable bison prey.

9.00pm Secret Pakistan BBC2 – Two-part documentary filmed largely in Pakistan and Afghanistan, this timely and enthralling  series reveals the hidden story of how for a decade Pakistan allegedly deceived America and the West – from 9/11 to the present day – and was then found out.


9.00pm The Future State of Welfare with John Humphrys BBC2 – John Humphrys travels the country to talk to the people with the most to lose when the Benifit reform kicks in.

9.00pm Michael Forever: The Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Sky1 – An eclectic line-up of global music stars come together to pay their dues to the late King of Pop, from Motown legend Smoky Robinson to Ne-Yo and Leona Lewis.

9.00pm Frank Skinner on George Formby BBC4 – George Formby was a huge star of stage and film. In his heyday he was as big as the Beatles, earning vast sums of money on stage and starring in films which broke box office records. Formby’s trademark ukulele still inspires millions of dedicated fans, including comedian and performer Frank Skinner, who believes Formby was the greatest entertainer of his time.

10.00pm The Joy of Teen Sex Channel 4 – Return of the series fronted by Anna Richardson.

10.00pm The Slap BBC4 – Eight-part Australian adaptation that traces the shattering repercussions of a single event upon a group of family and friends.


9.00pm An Audience with Barry Manilow ITV – The “I write the songs” singer performs old and new tracks and answers questions from a celebrity audience.

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