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Thursday, 25 November 2010

The TV Week Saturday 11th December - Friday 17th December 2010

Saturday
6.00pm This is JLS ITV1 - Special show featuring Britain's biggest boyband, JLS. Aston, JB, Marvin and Oritse give an exclusive performance in front of an invited audience. They will be singing their biggest hits as well as a special collaboration with Kylie Minogue. The programme also includes sketches and hidden camera stunts in which each of the boys surprises some unsuspecting fans. Also, the band members imagine what life could have been like if they had not joined the group and try their hand at some alternative jobs.
9.00pm Take Me Out ITV1 - Paddy McGuinness hosts a second series of the dating show in which a crop of hopeful chaps descends in the love lift and tries to impress thirty dateless divas.
Sunday
7.30pm The X Factor Final ITV1 - The Winner is crowned.
9.30pm Piers Meets Elton: A Life Stories Special ITV1 - Elton John talks to Piers Morgan about his life in music, which spans over forty years and includes a huge number of hits and record-breaking tours as well as excesses, tantrums and controversies. Elton will also perform two songs live for the studio audience
Monday
9.00pm The Savoy ITV1 - New series going behind the closed doors of The Savoy to chart the inner workings of the luxury hotel's renovation. General Manager Kiaran MacDonald is in charge of the project, but things do not go to plan - the original budget is soon spent and on the day of the scheduled re-opening the hotel is still a building site.
9.00pm The River Cottage Christmas Special Channel 4 - River Cottage welcomes the festive season with a Christmas Fayre as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team offer up their secrets on how to enjoy the perfect Christmas holiday. Sumptuous food and drink is very much the focus, and Hugh and his chefs don't disappoint with their perfect recipes for Christmas party food. Nothing is left untouched from goose to brawn and from speciality Christmas breads to handmade delights to fill a tasty hamper, including potted stilton and pear cheese. They also share their road-tested hangover cures to aid the inevitable morning after the night before of pure indulgence.
Tuesday
8.00pm A Touch of Frost ITV1 - Another chance to see David Jason's farewell first shown at Easter. Concludes tomorrow.
9.00pm Crimewatch BBC1
9.00pm Pompeii BBC2 - Pompeii: one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. We know how its victims died, but this film sets out to answer another question - how did they live? Gleaning evidence from an extraordinary find, Cambridge professor and Pompeii expert Mary Beard provides new insight into the lives of the people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius before its cataclysmic eruption.
10.35pm The War You Don't See ITV1 - John Pilger investigates the media's role in war, tracing the history of 'embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of the First World War through to the destruction of Hiroshima, the invasion of Vietnam and the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As the nature of war has changed, who is the real enemy today?
Wednesday
7.30pm Dig 1940 BBC1 - To mark the 70th anniversary of 1940, presenter and archaeologist Jules Hudson goes on a journey of discovery into Britain's darkest hour. Jules and his team are in France digging up crashed German aircraft from the opening months of World War Two, accompanied by an RAF fighter pilot who saw action there in 1940.
Thursday
8.00pm The Royal Variety Performance BBC1 - Comedian Michael McIntyre hosts the 82nd annual Royal Variety Performance, where the cream of music, comedy and theatre come together in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, at the iconic London Palladium. Performers include Take That, Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, N-Dubz, Russell Watson, The Chelsea Pensioners, the casts of The Wizard Of Oz and Les Miserables, and Britain's Got Talent winners Spellbound. The evening also features comedy from John Bishop, Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall and Micky Flanagan.
9.00pm Celebrity Grimefighters ITV1 - John Sergeant presents a special episode in which a group of celebrities experience first-hand what it is like to wage the daily war on the nation's grime. Actor Neil Morrissey discovers the revolting conditions beneath the capital's streets as he goes underground to clear the sewers, while socialite Tamara Beckwith confronts cockroaches in Dagenham and TV chef Gino D'Acampo discovers the dark side of the catering business when he joins restaurant inspectors in Wolverhampton.
9.00pm Jeff Brazier Me and My Brother BBC3 - Documentary in which TV presenter Jeff Brazier tries to improve his brother Spencer's life. 24-year-old Spencer has cerebral palsy - he cannot speak, has no job, few friends and is completely reliant on his mum for support.
9.00pm Dirk Gently BBC4 - Drama featuring writer Douglas Adams's holistic detective Dirk Gently, who operates based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. An investigation into a missing cat is inextricably linked to a chance encounter with an old friend, an exploding warehouse, a missing billionaire and a plate of biscuits. Starring Stephen Mangan.
10.00pm Jamie's Christmas Lock In Channel 4 - . Filmed in a warm, stylish bar, Jamie hosts a night to remember. Jamie is joined by special guests, including Jonathan Ross and Charlotte Church, as well as family and friends, who all muck in to make this the best Christmas party ever. There's food, of course, with clever twists on Christmas favourites; including some creative ways to cook turkey, an all-star festive burger challenge, and some bespoke cocktails for his guests. Plus there's music, plenty of good cheer and some special Christmas surprises up Jamie's sleeves.
10.35pm The Apprentice: Why I Fired Them BBC1 - Lord Sugar looks back on the unsuccessful candidates in the 2010 series. From making sausages and selling clothes to creating a character for a brand new cleaning product, this year's budding businessmen and women have been tested to destruction
Friday
9.00pm The Sun Millatary Awards ITV1 - A host of famous faces including David Beckham, Stephen Fry and senior members of the Royal Family join forces to pay tribute to the bravery and heroism of Britain's armed forces. Award categories include Life Saver, Overcoming Adversity and Support to the Armed Forces, and each winner's story is an astonishing example of courage and sacrifice. The panel of judges includes Jeremy Clarkson, Rio Ferdinand and Ross Kemp. Presented by Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden.

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