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Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall
Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall

Dawn Renton takes a look at the week’s TV highlights

(Saturday, BBC One, 9.10 p.m.)

Huw Edwards presents coverage of the annual event from the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. With performances from singer Joss Stone, the cast of War Horse, D-Day veteran Jim Radford and the Massed Bands, together they pay tribute to the those who served in the armed forces, from the First World War to the present day. The festival concludes as always, with the poignant two-minute silence as thousands of poppy petals fall from the venue’s ceiling.


(Sunday, Channel 5, 9.45 p.m.)

Another chance to see part one of this grimly fascinating, if a bit morbid, documentary. It’s unlikely to make for comfortable viewing, though as this facility (technically a hospital, not a prison) is home to the most severely psychologically disordered patients who are too dangerous to be accomodated anywhere else, including violent offenders such as Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe. Having the patients’ faces blurred (on the insistence of the hospital) won’t make it any easier to watch. Even so, it makes for gripping viewing.

Never Mind The Buzzcocks

(Monday, BBC Two, 10.00 p.m.)

Perhaps not the same since Mark Lamaar vacated the host’s chair a few years back now, but this light hearted game show can still raise a giggle or two. Comedian Rhod Gilbert plays host to the music quiz, now in its 28th series, with team captains Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding. And if a show has Noel on it, then you know it can’t be all that bad. This time they are joined by pop singer Lisa Stansfield, Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters fame and stand-up comedians Aisling Bea and Joe Lycett.


(Monday, BBC One, 8.30 p.m.)

For decades now, undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood wrote exposes in the Sun and the News of the World newspapers, posing as the `Fake Sheikh’. But the drugs trial of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos in July collapsed when the judge ruled that the reporter had seemingly lied on oath. In this show host John Sweeney, who is famed for getting to the bottom of stories, (who can forget when he took on Scientologists?) looks further into the reporter’s methods. Great viewing as always from Panorama.

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

(Tuesday, Channel Four, 8.00 p.m)

Despite this show now in its third series, I’m still not entirely sure what to make of it. We see two people who are apparently obsessed with cleaning (hence the title) head out into the world in search of homes to clean.

In this episode we meet mother-of-two Amanda from Essex who works 60 hours a week as a business manager and still manges to clock up 20 additional hours on housework. She helps Janine, also from Essex, who is something of a hoarder. Meanwhile, industrial cleaner Mark, from Leicester, has an obsession for colour coordination. He helps unemployed bargain-hunter Avril in Chiswick, west London to get her house in order.

Secrets of the Salon

(Tuesday, Channel Four, 11.05 p.m)

This documentary looks at hair salons becoming the modern day confession box. It eavesdrops on small talk and sometimes shocking conversations that take place at the hairdresser’s, where no subject is off-limits. Featuring a family business in Wales, that rents out hair extensions to aspiring beauty-pageant queens, and a team in south London, preparing Asian brides-to-be for lavish weddings.