UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/03/2013

Madness Live: Goodbye Television Centre (BBC HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Saturday 23rd March 2013)

As the BBC makes its exit from the iconic west London site of Television Centre, BBC Four presents a special night of celebration of the building and its 53-year history. To kick start proceedings, the nation’s favourite nutty boys and national treasures Madness take to the stage at the front of BBC Television Centre to perform an hour long concert in front of an assembled audience nine days before TV Centre closes its doors. To help launch this celebration of over 50 years of programme making at TVC Madness treat us to new material and classics alike, such as One Step Beyond, I Never Knew Your Name, Baggy Trousers and Our House.

Toughest Place to be a… (BBC 2/BBC HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 24th March 2013)

Series in which British workers are challenged to do their job under some of the toughest conditions in the world. Firefighter Neil Fairhall is leaving his fire station in Hayward’s Heath and heading to the Amazon to fight some of the biggest forest fires in the world. While a lot of a British firefighters’ time is spent attending small fires and false alarms, during the dry season in Mato Grosso state, the Jatoba Fire Brigade can work for four days at a time trying to save the forest from fire. As Neil trains and works with fire chief Edimar Dos Santos Abreu and his crew, he learns that the blazes are often started deliberately in order to clear the forest for illegal agriculture and that this now represents the single biggest threat to the Amazon.

Boris Johnson: The Irresistible Rise (BBC 2 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th March 2013)

Boris Johnson is the biggest star in British politics. Nobody connects to the public like Boris, some even see him as a future Prime Minister. So what really makes him tick and is he a serious contender for the top job? With unprecedented access to Johnson himself, candid interviews and previously unseen archive, Michael Cockerell unlocks the secrets of the real Boris Johnson.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th March 2013)

The final show in the current series of the award-winning gang show. Guest Kevin Bridges joins Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to provide intelligent and alternative commentary on the significant moments of the past seven days, as well as pulling out the hidden gems, and weird and wonderful talking point stories of the week. The Last Leg also incorporates live studio challenges and VTs, including Alex Brooker’s continuing quest to reach the Paralympics in Rio 2016 as a participant. Plus – of course – Is It OK?

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide —

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