The TVWEEK: Sunday 24th – Friday 29th June 2012

by | Jun 20, 2012 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Lifers Channel 4 – Every year in Britain, more than 600 people commit murder. The majority of these killers will eventually be sent to Gartree Prison in Leicestershire, which is home to Europe’s largest population of life-sentenced prisoners. This Cutting Edge documentary, filmed over six months at HMP Gartree, provides an unprecedented insight into the lives of convicted killers facing a lifetime behind bars. These men will die in prison unless they can convince the authorities they have changed and are no longer a risk to society. With unique access to Gartree’s cells, landings, segregation unit and visiting rooms, Lifers explores the everyday realities of prison life for those convicted of murder.


9.00pm Traffic Cops BBC1

9.00pm Strictly Kosher ITV – First of a two-part documentary following the lives of people from the Jewish community in Manchester. Bernette Clarke, a modern orthodox mother of three, travels to a part of Israel so ultra-orthodox that men have to walk on a separate side of the street to women; boutique owner Joel Lever throws opens his doors and explains why his shop is the place to be for every Jewish occasion from birth onwards; Jack Aizenberg boards a plane to Poland to visit the place where he was born and where he last saw his family alive during the Holocaust; and Rabbi Zevi Saunders talks about the work of a rabbi and reveals how he was unlucky in love until he met his fiancee Erica on the internet. Continues Tomorrow.

9.00pm Can we Trust the Police? BBC3 – Documentary presented by Adam Deacon. Growing up in Hackney, Adam has always been wary of the police and says that he has seen examples of police racism and brutality first-hand. He wants to understand if the public’s perception of the police has changed – has the mistrust that people in inner cities feel towards the police spread to all parts of the country? His investigation takes him inside different aspects of policing – from firearms training with armed police to policing large scale events such as the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and late night patrols in a seaside town, to try to understand the job from the inside out.  

9.00pm Storyville: Girl Model BBC4 – Documentary which exposes the shocking supply of ever younger girl models to the Japanese modelling industry. The film follows 13-year-old Nadya from poverty in Siberia to the city of Tokyo and a life as a model. American scout Ashley promises her a lucrative career, but all is not as it seems as Nadya’s optimism quickly fades when confronted with the dehumanising culture of life in Japanese casting sessions. 

9.00pm Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of my Life Sky Atlantic – Regional broadcaster Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) leads a comprehensive and compelling journey through his beloved Norwich, taking in all that it has to offer. 

10.00pm Veep Sky Atlantic – US version of The Thick Of It. Armando Iannucci’s comedy sees Julia Louis-Dreyfus star as Vice President Selina Meyer, as an all-star ensemble cast helps her navigate her first days in office. 

10.30pm Walking & Talking Sky Atlantic – New comedy based loosely on the life of Comedian Kathy Burke. 


9.00pm Turn Back Time: The Family BBC1 – Charting the evolution of the British family through genealogy and living history, as three modern day families find out what life was like across five eras of the past 100 years. In the first episode, the families are introduced to life in the Edwardian age. The Meadows family get a rude awakening as they take on the role of a working-class family, facing the challenges of a life in poverty. Meanwhile the Taylor family face their own difficulties as they take on the lives of their upper-middle-class ancestors, struggling with the formality and etiquette which dictates their new roles. Finally, the Golding family look to hold on to their newly acquired social status as a middle-class family, which dad Ian sees as a chance to put his theories on discipline into practice. 

9.00pm Line of Duty BBC2 – Five-part police corruption drama starring Lennie James and Vicky McClure.When Steve Arnott is transferred to a police anti-corruption unit, he finds his target is the city’s top detective, Tony Gates. Can Gates really be as good as he appears? Arnott must engage in a cat-and-mouse struggle to uncover Gates’ secret. 

9.00pm Gordon Behind Bars Channel 4 – Gordon Ramsay thinks it’s time Britain’s prisoners paid their way. There are 88,000 prisoners in the UK and it costs the taxpayer £38,000 to keep each of them locked up for a year. Gordon’s given himself six months to set up a successful food business behind bars. His aim: to get prisoners cooking food on the inside, to sell on the outside. He arrives at Brixton Prison in south London, a category B Victorian jail, packed with drug dealers, burglars, muggers and thieves – some very unsavoury characters. First Gordon needs to pick 12 men for his Bad Boys Brigade business, but none of them can even scramble an egg. 

9.00pm Coming Here Soon: Greece, Bust and Broken BBC3 – Stacey Dooley investigates the country’s financial predicament.

  • No New programmes of Note on Wednesday – Friday


8.30pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 – Episode featuring Unseen bits from the recent series.

9.00pm The Circus ITV – Documentary about one of Britain’s oldest family circuses. The Paulo family has been performing in circuses since the 1800s, and theirs is run by Big Kenny with the help of his wife Kath and their three sons. Big Kenny is worried about low ticket sales and rising petrol prices. Kenny Junior and his wife Teddi both perform in the circus, but they have a four-year-old daughter and, as she approaches school age, they must decide whether a life on the road is right for them. Ringmaster Leigh, Big Kenny’s middle son, has fallen in love with a girl from outside the circus. She does not want him to travel, so could his future with the circus be coming to an end? As Big Kenny fights to keep the circus together, will 21st-century pressures force the family off the road? 

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