Poles apart for endurance test

Richard Parks is in a Race to the Pole
Richard Parks is in a Race to the Pole

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

Race to the Pole

(Friday, Channel 5, 7.00 p.m.)

Former rugby union player Richard Parks takes on a series of endurance events in preparation for his ultimate goal of becoming the fastest-ever person to ski unassisted to the South Pole from the coast of Antarctica. Easy really...

Harry Hill’s Stars in Their Eyes

(Saturday, stv, 7.05 p.m.)

The original (and best) talent show returns this time with comic Harry Hill at the helm. He fronts this latest reincarnation of the singing show in which five members of the public are transformed into their musical heroes to perform an iconic hit in front of the studio audience.

The Kyle Files

(Sunday, stv, 10.15 p.m.)

Jeremy Kyle gets out the studio and takes to the mean streets of Britain to look at high-profile issues that affect people’s lives across the country, from knife crime to underage drinking, counterfeit goods to plastic surgery.

Nature’s Weirdest Events

(Tuesday, BBC2, 8.00 p.m.)

The lovely and ever so handsome Chris Packham investigates the most unusual natural events. The first episode features pigs swimming in the Caribbean, a tiny tick that is turning Americans to vegetarianism and a giant worm that is invading fish tanks.

Wedding Disaster Specials

(Wednesday, Channel 5, 8.00 p.m)In true car crash telly style that Channel 5 does oh so well, this documentary looks at infidelity within marriages. The first show includes an interview with Ryan Giggs’ brother Rhodri who reveals how he found out that his wife had been having an affair with the former Manchester United winger for eight years.