UK TV Watch: 8th-14th May 2009

Welcome to the Family Relationships Magazine weekly roundup of family/relationships TV highlights for the coming week.

Please be aware that these are generally programmes about families and relationships, and are not necessarily suitable for all-age/family viewing.

Friday 8th May

Affecting everyone, the Tonight programme shows Credit Secrets Revealed, in which Martin Lewis reveals the secrets of how credit scoring works and explains how to improve the chances of getting the best financial deals.

Wife Swap is at 10pm on E4 – no celebrities this time. A career-oriented wife goes to live with a hunter-gatherer husband.

Sunday 10th May

The Cutting Edge film Madeleine Was Here (10pm, More4) reconstructs the night Madeleine McCann disappeared and the efforts of her parents to create a normal life for their other children.

Monday 11th May

Make My Kids Happy (8pm, ITV1) conducts a social experiment by taking away the material possessions of a group of teenagers for one month to see if breaking their cycle of excessive consumerism makes them happier. Second part airs on Friday at 8pm.

Alernatively, Dispatches: Lost in Care (8pm, Channel 4) reveals the scandal in the British system that condemns vulnerable children to lives of isolation. Thousands are taken into care every year but there’s a wait of two years or more for adoption.

Following this, Find Me a Family (9pm, Channel 4) follows three households as they attempt to find homes for children that no-one has come forward to adopt. Continues tomorrow and Wednesday at 9pm.

Thursday 14th May

Cutting Edge: The Homecoming (9pm, Channel 4) is a film exploring the effects of long-term care on kids and their families. Thirty years after she was placed in a Doncaster children’s home, Rachel Roberts goes in search of the other children who were there with her. Armed with just one old photograph and some distant memories, Rachel discovers some astonishing stories from her former housemates and meets a long-lost member of her family.