The TV WEEK – Saturday 19th March – 25th March 2011

Saturday
8.00pm Frankenstien’s Wedding: Live in Leeds BBC3 – a contemporary interpretation of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror story. Victor Frankenstein is marrying his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Lavenza, all the while knowing that the creature he created and rejected has vowed to return on his wedding night. 12,000 people will gather at Kirkstall Abbey to share the big day and join the couple in a unique mass flash mob dance. Starring former EastEnder Lacey Turner and David Harewood.
9.30pm Christopher & His Kind BBC2 – One-off drama starring Doctor Who’s Matt Smith. The ‘divinely decadent’ Berlin cabaret scene is in full swing when a young and wide-eyed Christopher Isherwood arrives in the city to stay with his close friend and occasional lover, the poet WH Auden. To Isherwood’s reserved English sensibility, the city’s thriving gay subculture is thrilling and intoxicating. But Christopher soon finds himself heartbroken after the failure of a hopeless love affair, and so sets out on a process of self-discovery as he forges an identity and place for himself amidst the chaos of 1930s Berlin.
Sunday
8.30pm Duran Duran: One Night Only ITV – The 80’s group perform their Greatest Hits for a live audience. Presented by Christine Bleakley.
10.00pm The Only Way is Essex ITV2 – Brand new series of the real life soap opera following a cast of “glamorous” Essex characters. The show features tears, tantrums and drama, all set against a backdrop of salons, wine bars and nightclubs. Familiar stars return and are joined by some new faces who are sure to shake things up.
Monday
9.00pm Everything and Nothing BBC4 – Two-part documentary which deals with two of the deepest questions there are – what is everything, and what is nothing? Professor Jim Al-Khalili searches for an answer as he explores the true size and shape of the universe and delves into the science behind apparent nothingness.
10.00pm Sparcatus: Gods of the Arena Sky1
Tuesday
8.00pm Supersize Vs Superskinny Kids Channel 4 – Dr Christian Jessen and dietician Ursula Philpot work with parents and their children to deliver lifesaving nutritional advice. Kicking off the mini series is 15-year-old Ieuan Rosser, who weighs 17 stone, and his mum Kay, and 13-year-old Jess, who weighs six and a half stone, and her dad Dave. Ieuan consumes a shocking 4000 calories a day while super-fussy Jess’s dad Dave is urged to finally put his foot down when it comes to his daughter’s unhealthy diet. Continues till Friday.
9.00pm Katie: My Beautiful Friends Channel 4 – Four-part documentary series follows Katie Piper’s progress after a horrific acid attack destroyed her face two years ago. Millions were moved by the documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face, which showed her extraordinary determination to overcome the physical and emotional damage wrought by the attack. The series follows her over a year as Katie sets up a charity to help others living with disfigurement. She’s meeting people with a range of disfigurements, hoping to build a network of mentors to spur others on.
9.00pm Katie SkyLiving – Series following Katie Price.
10.00pm Jade Changed My Life Sky Living – On the second anniversary of the death of Jade Goody, this special documentary examines the star’s legacy through the eyes of the people who loved her most, and also through those whose lives she helped save by raising awareness of cervical cancer.
10.30pm White Man Van BBC3 – Comedy series centred around Ollie, a man with a van. Giving up dreams of running his own restaurant, Ollie has taken over the handyman business from his ailing dad, Tony. Starring Will Mellor and Georgia Moffet.
Wednesday
8.00pm Midsomer Murders ITV – First episode that sees Neil Dudgeon take over from John Nettles.
9.00pm The Truth About Lions BBC2 – Jonathan Scott investigates why with the help of the most famous lion pride in the world – the Marsh Pride of the Masai Mara in East Africa. While there are some apparent benefits to living in prides, from co-operative hunting to raising cubs, none appear to be reason enough to evolve social living. Now, after 30 years of intensive study, the Serengeti Lion Project, lead by Professor Craig Packer, may have finally found the answer and it could have direct consequences for the survival of the lion as a species.
Thursday
7.00pm Windfarm Wars BBC2 – The first of a revealing observational documentary series that follows what happened when a global windfarm developer tried to build a windfarm in the heart of some of Devon’s loveliest landscape. In this episode, developer Rachel Ruffle puts forward plans for the Den Brook Windfarm.
8.00pm The Blasters Five – Documentary following the Gustafson clan, who specialise in explosive demolition work.
9.00pm My Big Fat Fake Wedding BBC1 – In this Panorama Special, reporter Richard Bilton exposes the lucrative – and growing – world of fake marriages. Posing as a wedding photographer, he films a sham wedding and reveals the real human cost at the heart of it; he investigates an Eastern European gang that charges 8,000 pounds to supply teenage prostitutes as bogus brides
9.00pm Women in Love BBC4 – Adaptation of DH Lawrence’s classic novels The Rainbow and Women in Love, focusing on the lives of two sisters, Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, as they struggle with love, passion and commitment in the build up to the First World War. Starring Rossamond Pike and Rachel Stirling.
10.30pm Russell Howard’s Good News BBC3 – New series of the alternitive news program.
Friday
7.30pm Promises, Promises The Olympic Legacy BBC1 – London won the bid to stage the Olympics on the basis of an extraordinary promise of a lasting legacy. With the Games less than 500 days away, Jon Sopel scrutinises the original pledges and asks if the legacy of the Games can really be delivered.
9.00pm Anna Nicole from the Royal Opera House BBC4 – Opera based on the life of the young American Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, who was thrust into the global media spotlight when she married an octogenarian billionaire, became a reality TV star and died after a drug overdose. Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas have created a darkly comic work for the Royal Opera which satirises celebrity and consumer culture.
10.00pm Opinionated with Frank Skinner BBC2 – Comedian Frank Skinner hosts a topical comedy series. Each week Frank is joined by two fellow comedians and a studio audience to unpick the week’s most talked-about news stories. This time Frank is in London with guests Lee Mack and Miranda Hart.

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