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Saturday, 10 April 2010

The TVWEEK - Sunday 11th April - Friday 16th

Sunday
8.00pm Foyles War ITV - Return of the war drama starring Michael Kitchen. It is July 1945 and Britain is settling into peacetime. When Sam's new boss, renowned artist Sir Leonard Spencer-Jones is found dead in his home, suspicion falls on Niko, a Russian prisoner of war whom the artist had taken under his wing. When Niko flees Sussex for the sanctuary of the Russian House in London, Foyle is despatched by the War Office to bring him back. Accompanied by Sam, who believes Niko is innocent, the pair arrive in London and soon stumble on a massive international conspiracy that could topple the government if it is revealed. 9.00pm A Passionaite Woman BBC1 - 2-part romantic drama starring Billie Piper and penned by Kay Mellor. It is the 1950s, and Betty lives in a cold, two-roomed flat in a shabby Victorian house situated in a deprived area of Leeds. Her husband Donald is focused on saving to get them out of there. The only respite Betty gets from the day-to-day drudgery is the glamour of the Balula Dance Hall, which she visits once a week. But Betty's world is turned upside down when a handsome Polish man called Craze asks her to dance. Also starring Sue Johnston.
Monday
8.00pm Young, Autistic & Stagestruck Channel 4 - Nine autistic youngsters have come together from across the UK to attempt the apparently impossible feat of producing their very own stage show. This episode introduces the first five youngsters.
8.30pm Jeremy Paxman Interviews: Nick Clegg BBC1
9.00pm Out of the Frying Pan BBC2 - Reality series following The Restaurant contestants James Knight Pacheco and Alasdair Hooper as they start a new catering business. Their first client couldn't be a bigger challenge: Duncan Bannatyne wants a dinner party for eight friends and neighbours at his villa in the south of France.
9.00pm Joanna Lumley's Nile ITV - Four part series that sees the actress navigate the river. s first programme Joanna follows the Nile through Egypt capturing the spirit of Agatha Christie in Cairo and later on a Nile cruise. She travels by train, road and Felucca barge, discovering life as it is today along one of the world's greatest rivers.
9.00pm Saxon Gold: Finding the Hoard Channel 4 - In July 2009, amateur metal detecting enthusiast Terry Herbert uncovered the largest Anglo Saxon treasure hoard ever found in Britain. Just below the surface of a field belonging to farmer Fred Johnson near Lichfield, Staffordshire, he unearthed over 200 pieces of jewelled gold and silver treasure, buried, lost and forgotten for over a millennium. This programme follows what happened next.
9.00pm Goldsmiths BBC4 - The first in a two-part documentary follows a group of artists from Goldsmiths as they struggle to make art and a name for themselves during the run up to their final masters show, where dealers and collectors jostle to sign up the latest art sensation.
9.00pm The Recruits Watch - Series following the lives of police recruits down under.
10.00pm The World's Strangest Plastic Surgery and Me Channel 4 - Mark Dolan resumes on his quest to meet people leading some of the most extraordinary lives on the planet. In the first episode Mark travels to the US and Brazil to meet three people who have taken plastic surgery to extremes. In Los Angeles he meets Jenny Lee, who has had 44 plastic surgery operations, including a brow lift, eyelid lift, lower eyelid lift, four nose jobs, cheek implants, three breast enlargements, and full body lift. In the Nevada desert, Mark meets Denis Avner - also known as 'Stalking Cat' - who has spent the last 20 years having surgery, often without anaesthetic, in a bid to turn himself into a tiger.
10.00pm Ladies of Letters ITV3 - Series 2 of the comedy/drama series starring Maureen Lipman and Anne Reid. Irene and Vera have a disastrous reunion at the funeral of a gentleman friend. Vera takes a nasty tumble dancing inappropriately at the wake, leaving Irene as her reluctant carer.
10.45pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 - Guests include Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Christina Ricci and Pixie Lott
Tuesday
8.00pm Who Wants to be a Millionaire Celebrity ITV - Amanda Donohoe, playing for The Stroke Association, and Kim Thomson, who is supporting Kidscape. They are followed by James Sutton representing his charity When You Wish Upon A Star, and Alice Coulthard, who is playing for EveryChild.
8.00pm Cowboy Builders Five - Melinda Messenger and Dominic Littlewood come to the rescue of homeowners who have been let down by shoddy builders.
9.00pm Spoilt Rotten? BBC1 - Panorama meets the children suffering from ultimately preventable conditions as a result of their lifestyles, and the paediatricians treating them, and follows them home in an attempt to uncover the root cause of their problems.
10.00pm Later Live with Jools Holland BBC2 - With guests Marina & the Diamonds, Hot Chip and Paul Weller.
10.00pm V - SCFI - drama inspired by the classic 1983 mini-series about man's first encounter with an extraterrestrial race, updated and reimagined for a 21st-century audience. The Visitors - or Vs - have arrived, simultaneously appearing in every major city in the world to promote a message of peace, share their knowledge of technology and their view that all races should be united. For some of the humans, the Visitors prove a huge fascination, but many others are suspicious of their motives and believe they are planning to take over the planet by stealth.
Wedensday
8.00pm Midsommer Murders ITV - Schoolteacher Connie Bishop keeps waking in the night, convinced she has an intruder. Just days later a local councillor, said to be obsessed with her, is found murdered in her garden.
8.00pm The Man Who Injects Venom Five - Documentary exploring the story of Steve Ludwin, a reptile enthusiast who has been injecting snake venom for the last 20 years. Steve is convinced venom has medicinal properties and has been slowly building up his immunity to the deadly toxins.
9.00pm Jamie Does... Channel 4 - Series that sees Jamie Oliver visit other countries to experince their way of cooking. In the first programme, Jamie visits Marrakesh in Morocco. He dodges snake charmers to try out the street food of the city, slow-roasted lamb in cumin; prune and beef tagine; and almond and rose water cakes. Visiting a communal bread oven, he makes a tangia: a nomad's stew, slow roasting it around the fires heating the hammam baths.
Thursday
8.30pm The First Election Debate ITV
9.00pm Welcome to Lagos BBC2 - Three part observational documentary series which explores life at the sharp end of one of the most extreme urban environments in the world: Lagos, Nigeria. Today, more than half the world's population live in cities, and this eye-opening series shows what life is really like in some of the toughest parts of the world's fastest growing megacity. The first episode uncovers life in Olusosun rubbish dump.
9.00pm Will Mellor's Parnet Trap ITV2 - Series in which celebrities and their parents go on an extreme adventure together. This edition sees actor Will Mellor and his father Bill undertake an amazing journey through the rainforests of northern Borneo to live with the Murut tribe
10.00pm You Have Been Watching Channel 4 - Charlie invites three funny and discerning guests to join him in shouting and shaking his fist at the world of TV in all its diverse glory as they give their take on an array of clips presented for their delectation and dissection. In the spirit of competition, they also answer questions about the clips.
Friday
7.30pm BBC Young Musicain 2010 BBC4 - Over 300 of the UK's best young musicians entered this year's competition and just 25 were chosen to go through to the five category finals - brass, keyboard, strings, woodwind and percussion. In the brass final, five young people compete at the BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff for the title of category winner and a place in the competition semi-final.
8.00pm Dickinson's Real Deal ITV - David Dickinson and the team are in Peterborough, where dealers James Layte, Alison Chapman, David Tupman and Cheryl Hakeney are all on the hunt for the real deal
9.00pm Marco's Kitchen Burnout ITV - Marco Pierre White presents this new series in which he trains a group of celebrities to top chef level before unleashing them into a busy London restaurant kitchen. The paying public grades their offerings and one celebrity automatically goes through to the semi-final depending on how the public have judged them. Today, he takes Coronation Street's Tupele Dorgu, presenter Donna Air and columnist Kelvin MacKenzie
10.00pm Frank Skinner's Opionated BBC2 - New topical series. Each week Frank is joined by two fellow comedians and a studio audience to unpick the week's most talked-about news stories. The first guests are Al Murray and Miranda Hart.
10.00pm Fonejacker Channel 4 - Brand new series featuring brand new characters.
10.00pm Grey's Anatomy Five - Fourth series of the US medical drama.

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