TVweek: Sunday 9th – Friday 14th March 2014

by | Mar 5, 2014 | All, TV Week


9.00pm Fast and Fearless: Britain’s Banger Racers BBC2 – Two-part documentary about the petrol-soaked, testosterone-fuelled world of banger racing, a motor sport that allows contact and where scrap domestic cars are stripped out and fortified for a final lease of life on a racetrack.


7.30pm Bang Goes The Theory BBC1 – Series presenting the science behind the headlines, and looking at the issues that have a real impact on all our lives. Jem Stansfield, Liz Bonnin and Maggie Philbin investigate how close Britain might get to running out of electricity.

9.00pm EDL Girls: Don’t Call Me Racist BBC3 – Documentary exploring the lives of some women within the English Defence League’s ranks. The EDL has gained notoriety as the far-right street movement with racist and extremist members whose protests often end in violence. Many of its members feel misunderstood and misrepresented by the media.

9.00pm Great Canal Journeys More4 – To celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on four spectacular canal journeys, sharing a passion that they’ve enjoyed for decades. To start the series, Tim and Pru revisit the Kennet and Avon Canal in the West Country. Back in 1990, to promote the fully restored canal, Tim and Pru were invited to be the first boat in 42 years to travel the full length of the K&A. Almost a quarter of a century later, they navigate the 21 miles along its most picturesque stretch, starting in Bath and ending in Devizes.

10.35pm The Michael McIntyre Chat Show BBC1 – Celebrity chat with award-winning comedian Michael McIntyre. Michael is joined by veteran chat-show host and broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan. Lily Allen discusses her recent return to music and her new single ‘Air Balloon’, and business tycoon and star of ‘The Apprentice’, Lord Alan Sugar joins Michael for a chat.


9.00pm Shetland BBC1 – Full six-part series of the crime drama set on the remote Scottish islands. Old wounds are painfully reopened for the residents of Ravenswick, as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and his team look to a past crime to solve the present day murder of a young teenage girl.

10.35pm Insane Fight Club BBC1 – Documentary charting the rise of the brutal, riotous and chaotic fight club that is taking over the streets of Glasgow. Created by a group of friends who are now planning the biggest show of their lives, the wrestling takes place without boundaries, with participants being bounced off buses and thrown off pub balconies.


8.00pm Collectaholics BBC2 – Mel Giedroyc and antiques expert Mark Hill help collectors in crisis as they comfort, catalogue, curate, clear out and showcase precious items. This follows Stuart, whose love of all things railway has led to him building a life-size 1950s railway station in his back garden. Plus Nick and his collection of British beer cans, and Ben’s shrine to the 1930s and 40s, with everything from the art deco furniture, to the Bakelite light switches.

8.00pm You Saw Them Here First ITV – Robert Webb narrates this two-part programme that searches the archives to reveal the television debuts of some of Britain’s most popular stars. Coronation Street’s Sue Nicholls reveals the little-known fact that she once kissed Jesus, Hollyoaks actor Nick Pickard is confronted with the day he turned into a lizard and Brian Blessed regales us with the moment Judi Dench spat at him on Z Cars.

8.00pm Secret Eaters Channel 4 – Anna Richardson returns for a third series of the ground-breaking show about the psychology and science of eating. Workmates and lifelong friends Faye and Laura are baffled by their weight gain. They’ve been working overtime in the gym in an attempt to downsize, but with little success, and agree to be put under 24-hour-camera surveillance in the hope of finding out if their diets reveal any clues as to those puzzling extra pounds.

9.00pm Famous, Rich & Hungry BBC1 – In this two-part documentary series, four famous volunteers live with families who can’t afford to eat. The famous faces embark on the experience questioning whether UK food poverty exists but will living with a struggling household challenge their views? Business tycoon Theo Paphitis moves in with a working mum who regularly skips meals to feed her daughter. Former EastEnder Cheryl Fergison meets a single man who has to choose between eating and keeping warm. Meanwhile journalist Rachel Johnson and Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing both live with families who rely on charity handouts from food banks. Concludes Tomorrow.

9.00pm Law & Order UK ITV – New series of the crime drama starring Bradley Walsh. Ronnie Brooks is joined by his new partner DS Joe Hawkins as they investigate the death of a jeweller, Harry Bernstein, whose body is found minus his hands and teeth. The dead man’s wife Lindsay, her lover David and a former business associate of Harry’s are all suspects. The case then takes an unexpected turn when Harry’s severed hands are delivered to his sister Rebecca’s house in a box, accompanied by a short written message – ‘Not Guilty’. Rebecca is on the jury for the trial of Dale Horgan, a drug dealer and murderer whom Ronnie has been trying to nail for years.

9.00pm Astronauts: Living in Space Channel 4 – The first programme in Channel 4’s fascinating and breathtaking Live from Space season, made in collaboration with NASA. This intriguing documentary reveals what it’s like to live and work in space for months at a time, through the eyes of astronauts Rick Mastracchio, Koichi Wakata, Mike Hopkins and their families. Rick and Koichi reveal what it means to them to do a job that is out of this world. The programme demonstrates how the main function of the International Space Station – to carry out research experiments for a wide range of scientists around the world – fits in to Rick and Koichi’s daily life. Concludes Tomorrow.

9.00pm Who Needs Ibiza:?: The Great British Holiday BBC3 – Series following the efforts of the owners, the Toms family, and their dedicated team of young staff as they try to overcome a string of wet, recession-hit summers and make 2013 a roaring success at their 18-30s campsite in Woolacombe, Devon. It’s the start of high season at Europa and the team are coming up with some novel ideas to make some much needed cash and entertain the campers. A Disney tribute band has been booked and a Hawaiian theme night planned, but big storms are brewing on the horizon – both amongst the staff and in the skies above the campsite.


10.00pm How to Be a Billionaire Channel 4 – Documentary that meets some of the world’s wealthiest and most successful individuals, finding out about their lives, their lifestyle, their dreams for the future and how they have achieved their success. They also reveal the revolutionary new projects they are now devoting their time and resources to.

10.00pm The Walshes BBC4 – Niall Gaffney, Philippa Dunne, Amy Stephenson, Rory Connolly, Shane Langan, Owen Roe. Comedy series following a tight-knit family from the West Dublin suburbs who love each other very much, but whose sheer proximity keeps getting in the way. The children are too old to still be living at home, but in the current financial climate, needs must. After weeks of putting it off, Ciara finally agrees to bring her new boyfriend Graham back to meet her family. All she wants is a quick, in and out visit with no fuss and no embarrassment. However, the Walshes don’t do ‘no fuss’. Graham must navigate a social assault course of misunderstandings, dad jokes and utter humiliation. Tony has a very important TV show that he just can’t miss and Rory has big secret that he mustn’t reveal.


9.00pm I Was There: The Great War Interviews BBC2 –  In the early 1960s, the BBC interviewed 280 eyewitnesses of the First World War for the series, The Great War. Using never-before-seen footage from these interviews, this film illuminates the poignant human experience of the war, through the eyes of those who survived it.

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