- Inside Facebook: Zuckerbergs $100 billion gamble-Monday 8pm BBC2 – looking into how the social network with earn the money its expected too when it goes on the market next month- contributions from the man himself.
- 56 up- Monday 9pm ITV1- longitudinal study re visiting the contributors every 7 years
- Hidden Talent – Tuesday 9pm Channel 4 – looking for someone with the natural talent for opera singing.
- Long lost family- Thursday 9pm ITV1- Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell present another episode of Long lost family where a groom to be is looking for his Dad before the wedding.
- Piers Morgan life stories- Lulu- Friday 9pm ITV1- acclaimed interviewer piers morgan interviews Lulu about her career in the music industry and her marriage with Bee Gee band member.
- The Mighty Mississippi with Trevor McDonald- Monday 10:35-11:35pm, Trevor explores America from the river.
- William and Kate: The first year. Tuesday ITV1 8pm- we all went a bit royal crazy last year, see how the year has been.
- Piers Morgan: Life Stories- Jason Donavan- Friday ITV1 9pm- interview with the Aussie star, talking about his relationship with Kylie amongst more.
- Alan Carr: Chatty Man- Channel 4, 10pm- episode 2 in his new series, guests David Walliams and Amanda Holden.
- The Cube- Saturday 7:45 ITV1- cube show beat the cube’s games to win £250,000
Cooking shows are not something as a general rule I would ever series catch up with but when there on I do enjoy them……….however until recently I often wondered how many more different ways can they take a cooking program….of course there’s the race element like ready steady cook, and the teaching element like Saturday kitchen and the cooking extracts on This Morning and Lorraine….and there’s the competition element like MasterChef and Great British Bake off, and Come Dine With Me …..all make great viewing and not just for ‘foodies’ and then there is the food programmes that look at international cooking……..so I was surprised when I came across: The Little Paris Kitchen, cooking with Rachael Khoo, I was pleased to find a new take on a cooking programme, Rachael moved to Paris 6 years ago and is interested in Parisian cooking, she lives in a tiny Parisian flat with a two ring and hob and oven the size of a microwave but she runs a restaurant from her dinning room, of course the programme does have cooking tutorials but all from her take on Parisian food.
- The Little Paris Kitchen: cooking with Rachael Khoo- Monday 8:30 BBC2- Chef who lives in Paris and has a restaurant in her tiny dinning room cooked in her tiny kitchen.
- Waterloo Road- Wednesday 9pm BBC1 last episode in series 7 end of term and the school prepares to close!
- Louis Theroux: Extreme Love Dementia- Thursday 9pm BBC2 following last weeks autism episode this week Theroux looks at families struggling with dementia.
- Long Lost Family- Thursday 9pm ITV1 (or ITV1 +1 at 10pm) Reuniting families with Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, Nicky has tweeted saying this is his favourite episode.
- Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Carol Vorderman: Friday 9pm ITV1- Carol Vorderman opens up about her life being abandoned by her father at 3 weeks old, and how she coped with the death of Richard Whitley.
Having finally caught up on the first two episodes of ITV1’s Titanic, I feel now equipped to pass judgement, and as I have already said I HAD reservations……. Firstly we all know what happened, what different spins could be put on a real life event…..Secondly ITV’s budget wouldn’t compete with that of Hollywood, and thirdly would it not just be Downton Abbey but on a boat?
In this instance I don’t mind being proved wrong….. With Downton Abbey such a huge success of course it was going to work, the only two similarities between Downton and Titanic are firstly the characters virtually fit into staff and 1st class passengers both having separate and intertwining stories…..And secondly exceptional script writing…. So why stop a winning formula!?!!!
I am not loyal to a particular channel and even sometimes get caught on QVC for longer than advised….. But throughout this consent channel hopping I have begun to notice how very different they are no more so than BBC1 and ITV1. When comparing Eastenders to Coronation Street, there are of course the obvious differences London/ Manchester, The Square/ The Street and The Queen Vic/ The Rovers. But there are so many more……….Eastenders uses more point of view camera shots, and creates tension with this technique, for example Phill walking through the market whilst everyone stared at him made me feel very uneasy (presumably how they hoped) if you were to compare the overall colour of both Corrie and Eastenders, Corrie has a much warmer orangey feel whilst Eastenders more cold and blue.
But whilst watching The Syndicate (Tuesday’s BBC1 9pm and on iplayer) which is great, I found myself thinking this is very ” BBC” I’m not certain why exactly I came to this conclusion…..The great writer Kay Mellor who wrote both The Syndicate and the amazing series Fat Friends, I presumed that The Syndicate was going to be more like Fat Friends, more comedy perhaps and although I love it, I presumed that Fat Friends must have been an ITV drama, because it was more light hearted and perhaps more closer to reality!
I have to tell myself that drama on tv isn’t real, on a practically weekly basis! Living in Manchester means that I often bump into cast members from Corrie, and have to refrain from calling them their character names after all they are in my front room several times a week! This was more than testing when I literally bumped into John Stape in Topshop at the same time he was on the run from the police (on the soap) I was taken a back…….. Then realised the whole thing is fictitious! The lives of people on Coronation Street are crazy, and although based of reality all of the extreme events don’t all happen to people who live on the same street all at once!!!!!
This weeks highlights!!
- The Matt Lucas Awards- Tuesday 10:35 BBC1 comedy awards with host Matt Lucas
- Peter Andre- My Life Wednesday 9pm ITV2- love it or hate it Peter’s life makes great TV
- The Sinking of the Conordia: caught on camera- Wednesday 9pm channel 4- what actually happened, passenger stories!
- The Sarah Millican Television Programme- Thursday 10pm BBC2- comedy chat show last in the series.
- Piers Morgans life stories- William Roache- Friday 9pm ITV1- set to be a very revelling interview start if the new series!