The TV Week Saturday 25th September – Friday 1st October

Saturday
6.00pm Celebrity Total Wipeout BBC1
9.00pm Simply Red: For the Last Time ITV – Mick Hucknall and Simply Red have been a musical force to be reckoned with for 25 years and have sold over 50 million albums worldwide. On the verge of their final live appearances as a group the band perform their Greatest Hits one last time.
Sunday
8.05pm All Our Working Lives Revisited BBC4 – Series telling the story of the British textiles industry, using rare archive and interviews with the people who worked in it. This programme features the original 1980s documentary on cotton, followed by a new film which brings the story of textiles right up to date.
8.30pm Inspector George Gently BBC1 – Third series of the gentle crime series set in 1966 comprising of 2 standalone episodes. When the body of a young woman is found murdered, Gently and Bacchus find themselves investigating a family with unimaginable secrets. Initially, it appears that the woman’s estranged husband, and father of her young daughter, is responsible for the killing. But as they further investigate this disturbed family, they discover a far more alarming truth.
8.30pm Westlife Live at the 02 Sky 1
9.00pm Downtown Abbey ITV – Seven-part period drama following the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants at Downton Abbey. It is April 1912, and news arrives of the sinking of the Titanic with the loss of Downton’s heir James and his son Patrick. The Dowager Countess Violet hopes that the title and estate will pass on to the current Earl Robert’s oldest daughter Mary, who was in line to marry Patrick. But Robert, whose wife Cora’s money is intimately tied up in the estate, decides not to name Mary his heir, and after discovering that a distant cousin is set to inherit instead, invites the young man to Downton. Meanwhile, new valet John Bates is given a hard time by the staff as an old war injury threatens his job at the stately home. Starring Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville.
Monday
7.00pm The Classroom Experiment BBC2 – In this two-part series, theory and practice meet head on as education expert Professor Dylan Wiliam sets up an experimental school classroom. For one term, he takes over a Year 8 class at a secondary comprehensive to test simple ideas that he believes could improve the quality of our children’s education. His first radical technique is to ban hands up when the teacher asks a question and instead choose students at random. The idea is to get everyone in the class to engage, not just the handful of students who usually participate. The change though is met with resistance as both teachers and students have to break habits of a lifetime.
9.00pm Horizon BBC2 – Dr Kevin Fong investigates a pioneering technique of extreme cooling that is being used to bring people back from the dead. In the operating theatre, a patient’s heart is stopped and their brain shows no activity. They are indistinguishable from someone who is dead. Yet patients can then be warmed up and brought back to life. Kevin Fong meets the doctors who have developed this procedure, finds out how it could revolutionise intensive care and trauma medicine, and meets some of the remarkable people who have been brought back from the dead.
9.00pm DCI Banks: Aftermath ITV – First of a new two-part crime thriller based on the best selling books with Stephen Tompkinson in the lead role. What lies behind the door of number 27 The Hill? A routine ‘domestic’ call out to the house leads to a policeman’s murder, the prime suspect grievously injured and a shocking discovery made. For DCI Alan Banks it is the most difficult case of his life. Five young girls have gone missing and he has just discovered the lair of a serial rapist and killer but only four bodies are found. Which means one, Leanne Wray, could still be alive… But the suspect Marcus Payne is in a coma, and the ambitious DS Annie Cabbot from Professional Standards wants to know why. As Banks pursues his line of investigation, she tails him every step of the way. Concludes Next Monday
10.00pm Genius with Dave Gorman BBC2 – Dave Gorman returns with his comedy series which explores the many ridiculous but sometimes genius inventions, schemes and policies of the Great British public. This time Dave is joined by comedian Russell Howard and sports presenter Hazel Irvine.
10.35pm Ask Rhod Gilbert BBC1 – Comedy entertainment panel show that sees Rhod Gilbert getting to grips with a series of burning questions posed by well-known personalities and members of the public. Each episode sees Rhod and his guests tackle questions ranging from the sublime. Regular panellists Greg Davies and Lloyd Langford are joined by guests including Kate Silverton, whose job it is to grease the wheels en route to enlightenment.
Tuesday
9.00pm The Secrets of Scientology BBC1 – A Panorama special about the Church of Scientology, which boasts Hollywood A-listers Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its devotees. Reporter John Sweeney, whose last investigation into scientology resulted in an explosive confrontation with church officials, listens to the claims of a whistleblower from within the organisation.
9.00pm Whites BBC2 – New sitcom with Alan Davies as an aggressive Chef.
9.30pm Harry & Paul BBC2 – Third series of the sketch show from Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfield. Characters include three generations of the Benefit family disrupt a peaceful library, the Elderly Beatles attempt to escape hordes of old lady-boppers, the Dragons’ Den moguls consider a pitch for a new British pudding supplement, and we revisit the famous diner scene in the 1930s original of When Harry Met Sally.
Wednesday
7.00pm Start Your Own School BBC2 – Toby Young, the journalist and author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, is leading a group of middle class parents attempting to set up one of Britain’s first so-called ‘free schools’, in west London. His determination to be the first means an ambitious deadline and an enormous amount of work to do, against fierce opposition. The film follows the group’s trials and tribulations over a turbulent nine months and gives a glimpse into a world where no-one can escape that very English subject of class.
7.30pm Highland Emergency Five
8.00pm Emergency Animal Rescue Sky1 – Double bill of the documentary following the work of the RSPCA
9.00pm Crimewatch BBC1
9.00pm Secret Iraq BBC2 – Part one of a two-part documentary about Iraq after the fall of Saddam. The series has gained access to Iraqi insurgents, who talk for the first time about how they fought and why. They include a fighter credited within the insurgency of launching the first RPG ambush on an American convoy, and a former colonel in Saddam’s intelligence service. American and British soldiers, diplomats and spies also recount their experiences of an Iraq that often bore little relationship to the country being portrayed by the politicians. From the interrogation of Saddam Hussein to the brutal pitched battles fought in Fallujah which killed thousands of civilians, this first instalment tells history as it was experienced by those on the ground.
Thursday
8.00pm Nigella’s Kitchen BBC2 – Nigella cooks a sumptuous Roast Seafood for famished friends after work; a steaming bowl of pasta with salami for ravenous kids; her soothing Mother’s Praised Chicken; a decadent chocolate peanut butter cheesecake for the hungry hoards; and a restorative Thai Chicken Noodle Soup.
9.00pm Trinny & Susannah From Boom to Bust Channel 4 – Spoof fly on the wall documentary series. Trinny and Susannah were once the nation’s favourite fashionistas, best known for a no-nonsense style which saw them manhandling women all over the UK. But after several years in the TV wilderness, Trinny and Susannah think they deserve another chance. In a bid to revamp their careers they’ve allowed the cameras into their daily lives in this warts-and-all docu-drama which follows the few highs, and many lows, as the duo endeavour to get another big break. In the absence of a TV show, the girls pin their hopes on a million pound contract to be the new faces of a cleaning product company, but it falls through and their agent of 15 years lets them go. Facing an uncertain future, the girls find themselves hawking their magic knickers at a trade show.
9.00pm My School Prom BBC3 – Documentary following on six prom attendees, each going to one of three school proms being held at different schools across the UK. It gives a snapshot of the transition into adulthood of these six young people, who are from a range of backgrounds.
9.00pm The Saint and the Hanged Man BBC4 – Rob Brydon narrates a dramatised/animated documentary which reveals the clash at the heart of the Medieval mind – between the reason and the supernatural – using rational process to dissect the divine.
Friday
9.00pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – A 2 night Strictly special hosted by Brucie and Tess. Seven couples perform live for the first time, hoping to wow the judges with either a Waltz or a Cha Cha Cha, with the remaining seven couples performing on the Saturday show.
9.00pm Singer-songwriters at the BBC BBC4 – Compilation which unlocks the BBC vaults to explore the burgeoning singer-songwriter genre that exploded at the dawn of the 1970s and became one of the definining styles of that decade. Featuring Elton John, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Sandy Denny, Steve Goodman, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Judee Sill, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, Tim Hardin, Joan Armatrading and Tom Waits, as well as more commercial hits from the likes of Terry Jacks and Gilbert O’Sullivan.

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