Dawn Renton takes a look at the week’s TV highlights
(Saturday, stv, 7.15 p.m.)
Duo Ant and Dec return with a new search for the nation’s brightest new star.
There’s a new addition to this season, a golden buzzer on the judges’ table which will allow Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon the power to send an act they love straight through to the live semi-finals regardless of other judges’ opinion.
However, they can each press it only once during the series.
Oh, the drama.
The auditions visit London, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham and Belfast, as a wide variety of acts all compete for the chance to win £250,000 and a spot at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.
Gypsies On Benefits And Proud
(Friday, Channel 5, 9 p.m.)
After the dust has settled about Benefits Street, Channel 5 gives us this documentary that examines the truth behind what many view as one of Britain’s biggest issues - immigrants coming to the UK and living on benefits.
As EU work restrictions are lifted, this film tracks a group of new arrivals from their Roma village as they come to London, while members of Roma families already living in the UK talk about their experiences.
Britpop at the BBC
(Friday, BBC4, 10 p.m.)
This one-off programme takes a look at the Britpop genre as the BBC rummages through its archives. Bands including Elastica, Suede and Menswear put in an appeareance.
And you couldn’t have a show about Britpop and leave out the biggest names of the time, Oasis and Blur, who defined and dominated the era as they did battle in August 1995 for the number one spot.
(Saturday, More4, 9 p.m.)
The series continues as Mark Evans hops across the pond to America’s Pacific Northwest where he meets people who claim to have come face to face with bigfoot.
Justin Smeja believes he has shot two of the creatures, and Vietnam veteran Dan Shirley, who says he can communicate with them by `wood knocking’.
Is there really something out in the woods or have people just been watching too many reruns of Harry and the Hendersons?
The People’s Portrait
(Sunday, BBC1, 5.35 p.m.)
Following a vote by The One Show viewers, Falklands veteran, Simon Weston, was chosen to have his portrait painted for inclusion in the illustrious National Portrait Gallery in London.
Hosted by Fiona Bruce, Simon retells his story, from his injuries in 1982 and his battle with depression and how he has become a role model to others.
Can Criminals Say Sorry?
(Monday, BBC1, 9 p.m.)
This documnentary follows former EastEnders actress, Brooke Kinsella, as she takes a look at the effectiveness of restorative justice, which gives victims the chance to communicate with offenders, and potentially receive an apology. She meets people who have taken part in the process and Brooke, asks whether it can play a significant role in criminals’ rehabilitation into society, and meet the needs of victims.
A difficult subject, but it is handled really well. Top marks, Brooke.
Great American Rock Anthems
(Monday, BBC4, 11 p.m.)
Rockumentary presented by Huey Morgan, which celebrates the story of some of the greatest US songs that rocked during the 1970s and 80s. Bon Jovi,Toto, Joan Jett, Survivor, Journey and a host of other hairy, stone washed jean glad rock gods are worshipped.