Primetime Picks of next week’s TV
Here’s what we recommend you tune into this week, with two of the most major events happening in Coronation Street and EastEnders where there’s a fire and fireworks respectively this week!
Tonight: How Safe is Your Hospital? is on at 8:00pm on ITV1 during which Morland Sanders looks at recent hospital scandals, including Stafford Hospital – where up to 1200 people may have died unnecessarily – and Birmingham Children’s Hospital where a lack of equipment and trained staff has put patients lives at risk, and asks why regulators failed to recognise the problems earlier…
Then at 9:00pm on Channel 4 is The Sex Education Show vs Pornography. It’s the first of four shows hosted by Anna Richardson which aims to tackle the nation’s sexual ignorance and reticence.
Students from a secondary school in Norfolk get live interactive lessons in anatomy. Using live models they find out everything they need to know about the female body and Anna investigates how easy access to pornography via the internet is affecting young people as well as meeting porn actor Damian Duke.
All the Small Things on BBC1 at 9:00pm is the first of a six part new series starring Sarah Lancashire, Neil Pearson, Sarah Alexander and Richard Fleeshman in Debbie Horsfield’s musical drama series.
The series begins as Michael and Esther Caddick celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary among friends from their beloved choir. But nothing can prepare them for the changes to their lives that are on the horizon…
Next is Confessions at 10:35pm on ITV1 and the focus of tonight’s show is ‘The Wedding Trade’
In this show, we get to see more ‘tricks of the trade’ and shocking revelations that the general public doesn’t have a clue about as people who work in the wedding business lift the rather tacky lid on their working lives to reveal what really goes on behind the scenes of that special big day!
Hero Animals is on Five at 7:30pm and in this fifth of six editions, we hear the remarkable story of, The Pig That Called for Help.
Lulu is a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig who “called for help” when her owner, Jo Ann, suffered a heart attack while at her holiday home in Lake Erie.
Lulu took it upon herself to trek to the main road in search of someone who could help her stricken owner… you’ll have to tune in to see exactly how she did it!
Extraordinary People: Freak Show Family on Five at 9:00pm is the third in this series of documentaries exploring remarkable stories of human experience.
This episode features a group of Indonesian circus performers whose shocking medical conditions made them the star attraction in a travelling freak show. With the show now disbanded, the performers have returned to their respective villages where they face the prospect of finding work outside the circus.
The cameras also follow a British surgeon as he travels to Indonesia to see if he can help the people combat their conditions.
It’s the big day in EastEnders at 7:30pm on BBC1 when there’s going to be tears before bedtime on the day of Archie and Peggy’s wedding.
Peggy’s got doubts about the dress Archie chose for her, and she’s not so sure she’s made the right choice of future husband either! This hour-long episode will also be when Danielle finally reveals who she really is but it’s going to have repercussions that will devastate the lives of many on the Square…
Prepare yourself for a sensational exit; take the phone off the hook, lock your doors and don’t even blink… if you’re an Enders fan that is!
Then at 9:00pm, Would You Save a Stranger? is on Channel 4 from the Cutting Edge team.
A 12-year-old girl is beaten and stamped on by a crowd of teenagers on a crowded bus. A man is punched to the ground and kicked repeatedly in the head in an almost deserted London street.
Gun-wielding robbers threaten a cashier in a petrol station and witnesses in five separate incidents are forced to decide – intervene and risk their own safety or disengage and turn away.
Whether they choose the path of a have-a-go-hero or passive bystander, their decisions will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
The first-hand testimonies of those involved are intercut with CCTV footage and dramatic reconstruction, as the stories unfold to reveal the split-second choices that were made.
Whilst some witnesses are seemingly paralysed by fear, others step in. Some escape unscathed while others pay a heavy price for their courage…
Tonight: You Could Be Rich is on at 8:00pm on ITV1. This documentary reckons that around £15 billion is lying forgotten in unclaimed pensions, bank accounts, insurance policies and share dividends, and new legislation now means that the government will be able take some of it to use for good causes.
Jonathan Maitland investigates why so many people are missing out on their money and travels the country to hand over thousands of pounds to the rightful owners. I really hope he turns up at my doorstep!
Next is the show Real Swiss Family Robinson at 9:00pm on BBC1 which tonight, is entitled, The Busbys in Panama.
This series gets families leave their regular lives behind and sample life on a desert island and in this edition, hairdresser Denise Querino-Busby and her cabbie husband Richard worry that they’ve forgotten how to interact with their daughters Leila and Alana, due to the pressures of modern life and lengthy working hours.
Catapulted 5,000 miles from London to a wild island off the coast of Panama, Richard goes into overdrive providing for the family, but is he pushing himself too hard?
Meanwhile, the sisters discover a genuine love of nature and Denise reassesses her parenting skills and reveals her plans for the family to escape the rat race – permanently!
The excellent film The Day after Tomorrow is on at 7:00pm on Channel 4.
Director Roland Emmerich trades evil aliens and radioactive lizards for some seriously bad weather. When a radical change in the temperature of the world’s oceans causes deadly storms and sets a new Ice Age in motion, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) must race from Washington D.C. to save his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), in the subzero climes of New York City.
Elsewhere, tornadoes and hail menace the globe, leading to international disasters on an extraordinary level. Emmerich, who has proven to be a master of big-budget cinematic destruction on numerous occasions, aims to outdo himself with this film. Here entire cities are ripped apart, flooded, and/or frozen, adding up to one of the biggest disaster movies ever filmed.
Although astonishingly rendered special effects rule the movie, adept actors such as Quaid and Gyllenhaal (along with Sela Ward, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, and others) turn in solid performances that help to balance out the meteorological mayhem.
Also, if you fancy staying up, Roy Chubby Brown: Britain’s Rudest Comedian is on at 11:10pm on E4.
This documentary follows Roy Chubby Brown – as the title may have given you a hint at – as he takes his controversial stand-up show around the country, and also as he returns to his normal life as a father and grandfather who hates swearing in front of women and children!
Sunday wouldn’t be Sunday without a good film, so I recommend watching the moving and emotive Five Minutes Of Heaven at 9:00pm on BBC2.
This film is partly based on real events, specifically the murder of 19-year-old Catholic, Jim Griffin at the hands of 17-year-old Alistair Little, a member of the Ulster Volunteer Forces (UVF).
Two men must face their past if they are to face the future in this tense and powerful award-winning drama that explores the legacy of violence in Northern Ireland.
Starring Liam Neeson – husband of the late Natasha Richardson – and James Nesbitt.
And finally, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories at 10:00pm on ITV1 Yorkshire features Richard Madeley.
In a revealing one-hour interview, the famous presenter talks to Piers about his life. He talks about his affairs, his first wife, the beatings he received from his father and the shoplifting charges that nearly ruined him.
The programme also features offerings from Madeley’s wife and television partner Judy Finnigan, as well as friends and family.
Have a great week and we’ll see you next Saturday!