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This Week in TV – 7th – 13th December

Here I provide a comprehensive list of the best of the coming week’s TV – which is unusually jam-packed with great stuff! Must be nearly Christmas…

Saturday 7th December

Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Mine

Channel 4, 7:15pm

Written and narrated by Hawking himself, this autobiographical documentary tells the full story of the'Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Mine' - Channel 4, 7:15pm scientist’s extraordinary life for the first time.

When Professor Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963, aged 21, he was given just two years to live. That was of course fifty years ago and Hawking has since gone on to be the most highly-regarded and influential scientist of recent time, exceeding professionals’ predictions not just of his life expectancy but of his capabilities during that time.

Featuring interviews with Buzz Aldrin, Jim Carrey, Richard Branson, friends and family, this programme tells the remarkable story of the life of Stephen Hawking.

Also today: Family favourite Babe (ITV, 1:45pm); the Strictly quarter-final (BBC1, 7:10pm); Russell Kane and Karen Barber are on The Chase: Celebrity Special (ITV, 7:15pm); it’s the X Factor semi-final (ITV, 8:15pm); and Jack Dee, Olivia Colman, Ellie Goulding and Tom Daley (my new boyfriend, if my mam’s to be believed…) are on The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV, 10:45pm).

Sunday 8th December

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

ITV, 9:00pm

Some shows are easy to write about because I watch them. SomeSure winner? Joey Essex shows are more difficult to write  about because either I don’t watch it or it’s new and I have no interest in it. I’m a Celebrity… is strangely somewhere in the middle of the easy-difficult spectrum: I do watch it but am writing about it before anyone has left the jungle. It is therefore not easy to speculate who will be crowned King or Queen.

I don’t think that this series has been the best, if I’m honest. Maybe that’s because the camp has been extremely well-fed this year. Irritating as they may have been at the time, you can’t deny that the Gillian McKeiths, Sinittas and Helen Flanagans of yesteryear did cause a few ructions in camp, and therefore a highly entertaining series, butMy Queen - Rebecca Adlington apart from Matthew Wright in the opening episode, we haven’t had any cowards this year. The only real highlights of this run have been Mr Essex’s idiocies – or ‘Joeyisms’, as they’ve become known.

For that reason, I think I’d put my money on Joey winning – and I wouldn’t mind that, to be honest. Who I’d really love to see follow in Charlie Brooks’s footsteps, though, is Rebecca Adlington. I think she’s been so down-to-earth and open. I’ve also felt sorry for her, too – particularly when she has spoken about the expectations of women and perceptions of beauty. Then again, there’s no one who I’ve disliked this year – except Vincent Simone. So whoever wins, I’ll probably be pleased. And hopefully next year’s series will be a bit more gripping.

The annual I’m a Celebrity… Coming Out show is on Wednesday at 8:00pm.

Also today: Home Alone (Channel 4, 5:25pm); find out who’s through to next week’s Strictly at 7:20pm; and Leona Lewis and Michael Buble perform on The X Factor (ITV, 8:00pm).

Monday 9th December

The Royal Variety Performance

ITV, 7:30pm'The Royal Variety Performance' - ITV, 7:30pm

John Bishop hosts the 85th Royal Variety Performance, recorded last week at the London  Palladium.

As always the two-and-a-half hours-long show will feature a wide range of top musicians and comedians. Mary J Blige, Chas & Dave, Gary Barlow, Jessie J, Torvill and Dean, Britain’s Got Talent winners Attraction, and the casts of I Can’t Sing (Harry Hill’s X Factor musical) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will all be performing. Meanwhile, Dame Edna Everage, Jimmy Carr, Seann Walsh and the much under-exposed Hal Cruttenden will be providing the laughs, alongside host John Bishop.

Also today: Helicopter Heroes returns (BBC1, 11:30am); Christmas Kitchen With James Martin begins (BBC1, 3:45pm); Celebrity Eggheads is back (BBC2, 6:00pm); Great British Garden Revival (BBC2, 7:00pm) sees experts offer advice to viewers; Joe Swash presents I’m a Celebrity… Trials and Tribulations (ITV2, 8:00pm); there’s a one-off Food Unwrapped (Channel 4, 8:30pm); and a Snog, Marry, Avoid Christmas special (BBC3, 10:00pm).

Tuesday 10th December

The Great Christmas Toy Giveaway'The Great Christmas Toy Giveaway' - Channel 5, 7:00pm 

Channel 5, 7:00pm

Myleene Klass, Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes will be joined in a Christmas grotto by an audience of children and a whole host of celebrity guests to give away a mountain of Christmas goodies.

Union J, Mark Wright, Jeff Brazier and many more will help give prizes including bikes, scooters, board games and cuddly toys away. Viewers at home will also have the chance to win a sleigh full of toys and a UK charity will benefit from what Channel 5 are calling ‘a HUGE donation’. Should be fun!

Also today: Heston’s Great British Food (Channel 4, 9:00pm); Suzannah Lipscomb presents New Hidden Killers: The Victorian Home (BBC4, 9:00pm); Freda Kelly tells her story of working with the Beatles for over a decade in Good Ol’ Freda: The Beatles’ Secretary (More4, 9:00pm); and Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies (ITV4, 10:00pm) tells the story of the rivalry between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira.

Wednesday 11th December

Lucan 

ITV, 9:00pm

Written by The Fattest Man in Britain co-writer Jeff Pope, Lucan tells the story of Lord Lucan’s'Lucan' - ITV, 9:00pm activities as part of the infamous Clermont set, as well as the collapse of his marriage to his wife Veronica.

Starring Rory Kinnear as the eponymous Lucan and Christopher Eccleston as his co-conspirator, John Aspinall, the two-part drama focuses on Lucan’s fight for custody of his children and reveals what happened on the night of their nanny, Sandra Rivett’s death in 1974. Rivett was bludgeoned to death, with many believing to this day that Lucan mistook her for Veronica. His whereabouts and eventual fate have remained a mystery for over forty years, with the public’s fascination with his life having never diminished.

Inspired by John Pearson’s The Gamblers, Lucan also stars Michael Gambon, Rupert Evans and Paul Freeman.

Also today: SuperScrimpers Christmas Cracker (Channel 4, 8:00pm); Pappy’s present Great Movie Mistakes (BBC3, 8:00pm); Sports Personality of the Year at 60 (BBC1, 9:00pm); Typhoon Haiyan: Eye of the Storm (Sky1, 9:00pm) has accounts from survivors of the disaster; Patisserie with Michael Roux Jr (BBC4, 9:00pm); The Only Way is Essexmas (ITV2, 10:00pm); and there are highlights of the second series of I’m Spazticus (Channel 4, 11:50pm).

Thursday 12th December

There’s Something About Susan 

ITV, 9:00pm

Despite having found masses of adoring fans after her astounding Britain’s Got Talent audition,'There's Something About Susan' - ITV, 9:00pm which was viewed by over 100 million people on YouTube (that’s almost 1/70 people in the world!), Susan Boyle still suffers from terrible anxiety. This isn’t surprising: anyone who has read her autobiography, The Woman I Was Born to Be, will know that she has had a lot to put up with in her life – both pre- and post-BGT fame.

Her anxieties are about to become more intense, however, as she prepares to embark on a nationwide tour of her native Scotland – and then go on to perform in front of a 20,000 strong crowd in the States. This one-off documentary goes behind-the-scenes of the tour, showing how Susan dealt with the pressures of touring as well as the prospect of taking her show across the UK.

Also today: A Christmas edition of Supermarket Secrets (BBC1, 9:00pm); Jonathan Ross hosts The British Comedy Awards (Channel 4, 9:00pm); Mummy’s Little Murderer (Channel 5, 9:00pm) investigates the murder of Emily Longley and her boyfriend in 2011; and there are Christmas specials of The Big Reunion (ITV2, 9:00pm) and Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10:00pm).

Friday 13th December

Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery 

Channel 4, 9:00pm

Friday 13th: unlucky for some, and certainly unlucky for Ivan Massow, who is the victim of Derren Brown’s latest illusion.

Derren has organised for a specially-chosen team to steal a painting and even told art collector Ivan which Turner-nominated piece will be nabbed, when it will happen and has given him a picture of the ‘thief’. Who does this specially-chosen team comprise of, though?

Well…pensioners.

That’s right, in this one-off special we will see Derren train his mob of senior citizens in how to pull off the stunt. But, with Ivan having already been given the details of the theft, will they succeed?

Also today: Jennifer Saunders and Bernard Cribbins are on Have I Got News For You (BBC1, 9:00pm); Boyzone at 20: No Matter What (ITV, 9:00pm) celebrates two decades of the Irish boyband; Channel 5 celebrates 40 years of Abba, kicking off with documentary The Abba Years at 9:00pm; Adam Hills hosts Live at the Apollo (BBC1, 9:30pm); Victoria Wood and Richard Osman make their QI debuts (BBC2, 10:00pm); and Graham Norton has Ben Stiller, Jamie Oliver, Martin Freeman and Jessie J at 10:35pm on BBC1 while Alan Carr welcomes Seann Walsh and Michael Buble onto Chatty Man at the same time on Channel 4.

The next This Week in TV (for 14th – 20th December) will be published at the usual time of midnight on Saturday (7th December).

Are you particularly looking forward to any of these shows or is there something else from the world of TV which you want to have your say about? Feel free to comment below or tweet me –@UKTVReviewer.

Image credits: Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Mine – Thanks to Channel 4 and Darlow Smithson; I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! – All images ©ITV; The Royal Variety Performance – Thanks to ITV Studios, ©ITV; The Great Christmas Toy Giveaway – Thanks to Channel 5 and 5Production; Lucan – Thanks to ITV and Des Willie, ©ITV; There’s Something About Susan – Thanks to ITV, ©Firecracker Films.

This Week in TV – 16th – 22nd November

Here I provide a comprehensive list of the best of the coming week’s TV – with tangos in Blackpool and Halifax, and a lot for Doctor Who fans!

Saturday 16th November

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC1, 6:30pm

A bittersweet week at Strictly. On the one hand, we’re now over half way through the series. On the other, Brucie’s back. Still, never mind.

After a two year absence, Brucie, Tess and co. are returning to'Strictly Come Dancing' - BBC1, 6:30pm Blackpool to present an episode from the famous Tower Ballroom. Dances this week include the Paso Doble, Quickstep, Jive, Charleston and American Smooth.

Of course, now that Marmite contestant Dave Myers has left, the competition can now really begin. To me, there is no obvious celebrity to be the next to leave. I guess the weakest contestants could be said to be Fiona Fullerton and Mark Benton but even they’re by no means bad dancers – and it all comes down to the dance-off: if the public don’t pick up the phone and vote for their favourites, strong contestants could end up going. So there are no guarantees with Strictly – even those who are considered to be the best dancers (Abbey, Natalie, Sophie, etc.) aren’t completely safe. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Also today: Children in Need: The Best Bits (BBC1, 5:20pm); Andrea McLean and Robbie Savage are on The Chase: Celebrity Special (ITV, 7:00pm); it’s Great British Songbook week on The X Factor (ITV, 8:00pm); Doctor Who: Greatest Monsters and Villains Weekend continues (BBC3, 8:00pm); Benjamin Britten on Camera (BBC4, 8:00pm); Borgen’s back (BBC4, 9:00pm); and Jonathan Ross welcomes some big names (for once), including Sarah Millican, Eminem, Oprah Winfrey, Forrest Whitaker and (prepare for the screams) One Direction at 9:30pm.

Sunday 17th November

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

ITV, 9:00pm

It’s back! Prepare for three weeks of bitchiness, Bushtucker Trials and kangaroo bums and bo…sorry, testicles, as Ant and Dec bring us the latest from the Aussie jungle. But who are the celebrities who are bravely entering the camp this year? Well, there’s…

Professional snooker player, Steve Davis OBE

Steve Davis OBE

Model, Signed by Katie Price winner and this year’s Myleene Klass, Amy Willerton

Amy Willerton

TOWIE star, Joey Essex

Joey Essex

One fifth of Westlife, Kian Egan

Kian Egan

The Wright Stuff presenter and enemy of John Leslie, Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright

Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington

Princess Diana’s dress designer, David Emanuel

David Emanuel

Eastenders’ Big Mo, Laila Morse

Laila Morse

Fresh Prince star, Alfonso Ribeiro

Alfonso Ribeiro

Emmerdale’s Chas, Lucy Pargeter

Lucy Pargeter

Not the best line-up, maybe, but hopefully they’ll throw up a few surprises – as well as their witchetty grubs.

Also today: JFK: The Final Visit to Britain (BBC2, 6:00pm); the newly-tattooed David Dimbleby presents Britain and the Sea (BBC1, 9:00pm); Respect: A Felix Dexter Special (BBC2, 10:00pm) pays tribute to the comedian who died last month; and Laura, Joe and Rob return with I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here Now! (ITV2, 10:30pm).

Monday 18th November

Fear of Flying: Caught of Camera 

Channel 4, 9:00pm

One fifth of the UK population lives with aviophobia: the fear of flying. They wake up in cold sweats the day before a flight and often try to make a bolt for the door before take off.

This documentary features footage recorded by some aviophobes as they embark on flights, showing the extent of their fear. There are also insights from aviation experts, who offer advice on how best to overcome a fear of flying, and clips of when things go wrong in the air. Although exactly how helpful this is in a documentary about an intense fear of flying I have no idea.

Also today: Doctor Who stars past and present share their favourite moments from the show in The Ultimate Guide to Doctor Who (BBC3, 8:00pm); John Hannah narrates 7 Days That Made the Führer (Channel 5, 9:00pm); and Jim Al-Khalili presents two-part documentary Light and Dark (BBC4, 9:00pm).

Tuesday 19th November

Last Tango in Halifax 

BBC1, 9:00pm

Sally Wainwright’s excellent, BAFTA-winning comedy drama returns for a second series.'Last Tango in Halifax' - BBC1, 9:00pm

Last Tango in Halifax follows loved-up septuagenarians Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid),  who have been reunited after six decades apart. As we left the pair and their families at the end of the last series, Alan was very ill and had recently called off his and Celia’s wedding, after she failed to accept her daughter’s decision to end her marriage and come out as lesbian. It looked like Celia was going to lose Alan once again, and this series picks up from that point.

Will the couple be able to get their relationship back on track, and is a romance blossoming between Alan’s daughter and Celia’s ex-son-in-law? Probably – otherwise I wouldn’t have brought it up…

Also today: Not a lot. Um…the brilliant Hebburn continues (BBC2, 10:00pm) but that’s it. Even I’m a Celebrity… has been replaced by the football!

Wednesday 20th November

Backchat 

BBC3, 10:00pm

Preceded by Jack Whitehall Live at 9:00pm, this new chat show is presented by the Fresh Meat'Backchat' - BBC3, 10:00pm star and his dad, Michael.

Backchat is a mixture of sketches and chat with celebrities (Danny Dyer and Jeremy Paxman are on the first episode), hosted by the father and son duo.

Now, the pair were on Chatty Man last week and their bickering and banter was very funny. For about thirty seconds. I’m a huge fan of Jack’s but I’m afraid that I’m not holding out much hope for Backchat. I have a feeling that Michael’s criticisms of his son’s jokes and cluelessness about the guests will become very, very tedious very, very quickly.

Also today: Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen (BBC1, 8:00pm); and Ben Shepherd and Julia Bradbury present new series, Mystery Map (ITV, 8:00pm).

Thursday 21st November

An Adventure in Space and Time 

BBC2, 9:00pm

This eagerly-anticipated, fact-based drama tells the story of how Doctor Who began fifty years ago, and the challenges that producer Verity Lambert faced in persuading the BBC to make it.

Written by Doctor Who and Sherlock scribe, Mark Gatiss'An Adventure in Space and Time' - BBC2, 9:00pm and starring David Bradley (Mount Pleasant) and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), An Adventure in Space and Time takes us back to 1963, when William Hartnell and Lambert were both incredibly frustrated with their careers. While she was trying to break through the glass ceiling of TV production, he was fed up of being offered hard-man roles and was feeling trapped. However, this little Saturday teatime drama was about to unexpectedly change both of their fortunes and become the longest-running sci-fi series in the world.

Also today: Animal Odd Couples (BBC1), Charley Boorman’s USA Adventure (Channel 5) and Inside RAF Brize Norton (Sky1 HD) all begin at 8:00pm; Children of the Master Race (Channel 5, 9:00pm) meets three people who were products of the Nazi birthing programme; and the final series of Him & Her begins (BBC3, 10:00pm), with the next five weeks focusing on Paul and superbitch Laura’s wedding.

Friday 22nd November

The Culture Show: Me, You and Doctor Who 

BBC2, 9:30pm

Broadcaster and Doctor Who superfan Matthew Sweet believes that the show is far more than a'The Culture Show: Me, You and Doctor Who' - BBC2, 9:30pm piece of children’s television. He says that it is an integral part of modern British culture and something we should embrace and be extremely proud of.

During this one hour special, he takes us on a journey through the past five decades, tracing Doctor Who’s huge influence on television and music and meeting cast and crew old and new to discuss the huge importance of this little show.

Also today: One-off documentary The Nazi Killers (Channel 5, 9:00pm); John Denver: Country Boy (BBC4, 9:00pm) recounts the singer-songwriter’s life; George Clooney tells the story of Kennedy’s assassination in JFK: News of a Shooting (More4, 9:00pm); Live at the Apollo returns (BBC1, 9:30pm); Micky Flanagan, Sheridan Smith and Bastille are on Chatty Man (Channel 4, 10:00pm); Emma Thompson, Jimmy Carr, Robbie Williams and Matt Smith and David Tennant pull up a pew for The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, 10:35pm); and Martin Bayfield takes us back to 2003 in Rugby World Cup Winners: Ten Years On (ITV, 10:35pm).

Are you particularly looking forward to any of these shows or is there something else from the world of TV which you want to have your say about? Feel free to comment below or tweet me –@UKTVReviewer.

Image credits: Strictly Come Dancing – Thanks to BBC and Ray Burmiston, ©BBC; I’m a Celebrity… – ©ITV; Last Tango in Halifax – Thanks to BBC, Anthony and Cleopatra Series and Ben Blackall, ©Anthony and Cleopatra Series Ltd.; Backchat – Thanks to BBC and Pete Dadds, ©BBC; An Adventure in Space and Time – Thanks to BBC and Hal Shinnie, ©BBC; The Culture Show: Me, You and Doctor Who – ©BBC.

‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’ 2013 Line-Up Revealed!

For several weeks now the rumours have been rife as to which stars (and I use the term very loosely) will make up the I’m a Celebrity cast of 2013. So, let’s not waste time – here they are:

Professional snooker player, Steve Davis OBE

 Steve Davis OBE

Model, Signed by Katie Price winner and this year’s Myleene Klass, Amy Willerton

 Amy Willerton

TOWIE star, Joey Essex

 Joey Essex

One fifth of Westlife, Kian Egan

 Kian Egan 

The Wright Stuff presenter and enemy of John Leslie, Matthew Wright

 Matthew Wright

Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington

 Rebecca Adlington

Princess Diana’s dress designer, David Emanuel

 David Emanuel

Eastenders’ Big Mo, Laila Morse

 Laila Morse

Fresh Prince star, Alfonso Ribeiro

 Alfonso Ribeiro

Emmerdale’s Chas, Lucy Pargeter

 Lucy Pargeter

So, there we have it: the I’m a Celebrity… cast of 2013. Not a great one, you might think (or is that just me?) but I’m sure they’ll throw up a few surprises. I expect that Matthew and Laila will cause an argument or two…

All images ©ITV 

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! begins Sunday at 9:00pm on ITV

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here NOW! begins Sunday at 10:30pm on ITV2, with Laura Whitmore, Joe Swash and Rob Beckett

What do you think of this year’s I’m a Celebrity… line-up? Will you even be watching the show? Please comment below or tweet me – @UKTVReviewer.

You can also see what’s coming up on TV in the coming week on this blog, published every Saturday at midnight.