The TV WEEK: Monday 30th May – Friday 3 June 2011

Monday
7.30pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV – Simon Cowell returns to the judging panel as the live shows dominate ITV’s primetime ALL WEEK. With Results at 9.30pm every night this week.
8.00pm Springwatch BBC2
8.30pm Egypt’s Lost Cities BBC1 – 2-part documentary where Dr Sarah Parcak uses satellites to probe beneath the sands, where she has found cities, temples and pyramids. Now, with Dallas Campbell and Liz Bonnin, she heads to Egypt to discover if these magnificent buildings are really there.
10.00pm Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask Dave – Pilot for a panel game where the celebrity contestants, Robert Webb, Katy Brand and Griff Rhys Jones have to not only anwer but make up the questions too.
Tuesday
9.00pm Panorama: Undercover Care, The Abuse Exposed BBC1
9.00pm Lead Balloon BBC2 – Fourth series of the sitcom written by and starring Jack Dee as comedian Rick Spleen. Rick’s career is at an all-time low: even his idea of writing a novel gets stuck on page one. So when a Sunday newspaper wants to do an ‘At Home With’ feature about his partner Mel, Rick naturally tries to muscle in on the action.
Wednesday
9.00pm Wonderland: The Men Who Won’t Stop Marching BBC2 – Filmmaker Alison Millar explores Belfast’s Shankill Road to find out how well the scars of war have healed. For four months she joined the men of the famous marching bands and in particular, spent time with Jordan, an eleven-year old aspiring drummer from one of the most famous former paramilitary families on the estate. What she found is a mixture of entrenched prejudice, relief that the troubles are over, nostalgia for the days of paramilitary discipline, and a battened-down resistance to talking about the past.
10.35pm Cumbria: One Year On ITV – A year after the shootings in Cumbria which shocked the nation, this documentary reveals what life is like for the survivors and families of the victims.
Thursday
8.00pm Andrew Marr’s Megacities BBC1 – Documentary series in which Andrew Marr finds out how some of the world’s largest cities feed, protect and move their citizens. In the first episode, Andrew looks at how people live in five of the world’s biggest megacities: London, one of the world’s oldest megacities; Dhaka, the world’s fastest-growing megacity; Tokyo, the largest megacity on Earth; Mexico City, one of the most dangerous cities in the world; and Shanghai, arguably the financial capital of the world.
9.00pm Meet the Elephant Man Channel 4 – Documentary following a team of international scientists who are studying the elephant man’s bones, and Brian Richards, who suffers from the same disorder as Merrick, is following in the elephant man’s footsteps uncovering details of what Merrick was actually like.
10.00pm Bums, Boobs and Botox Channel 4 – Transform is the UK’s biggest provider of cosmetic surgery. Whether it’s Botox, breast enlargement or liposuction, they have it covered. Over three months of extensive filming, the documentary makers were granted access to every trim, tighten, nip and tuck carried out across the network of Transform hospitals and clinics.
10.15pm Talking Funny Sky Atlantic – In an unscripted and insightful special, comics Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis CK find out what it really means to be funny.
Friday
9.00pm Annie Nightingale: Bird on the Wireless BBC4 – It’s over 40 years since Annie Nightingale’s very first show on Radio 1 – she was the station’s first female DJ and is its longest-serving broadcaster. A lifelong champion of new music, first with punk, then new wave, acid house and dubstep, Annie is still at the cutting edge in her current incarnation as the ‘Queen of the Breaks’. In this film Annie takes us on a counter-cultural journey through the events, people and sounds that have inspired her career.

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