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Friday, 14 January 2011

Saturday 22nd - Friday 28th January 2011

Saturday
9.00pm British Comedy Awards Channel 4 - Jonathan Ross hosts this year's British Comedy Awards live on C4. Before a room of comedic greats, Jonathan reveals the winners from the 13 categories including the new gold award that will crown the King or Queen of Comedy 2010, as voted by the public. Plus there are more new categories with a greater focus on celebrating the country's best comedy performers. In addition to Best Comic Actor and Actress, and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, there will be recognition of the Best Male and Female TV Comic for the first time ever. And as always a gang of A-List guests will keep the winners and audience on their toes. Lauren Laverne and Rick Edwards host the British Comedy Awards: Live Lock-In on E4 straight after the Awards air on4.
9.45pm The Tudors BBC2 - New series of the American series.
10.40pm Nurse Jackie BBC2 - Second series of the American drama series starring Edie Falco.
Sunday
8.00pm Top Gear BBC2 - Clarkson, Hammond and May return for the 16th series of the motoring series.
9.00pm Terry Wogan's Ireland BBC1 - The former Radio 2 host tours his homeland. He travels back to Dublin, the city he left behind as a teenager, and all the way back to his birth town of Limerick, taking in the length and breadth of the heart-stoppingly beautiful Irish Coast en route. For Sir Terry, this is an opportunity to cherish the old, and to seek out and celebrate the new face of Ireland.
9.00pm Being Human BBC3 - Third series of the sci-fi comedy/drama. A move to Wales sees them continue their quest to live like normal human beings, but the net is closing in on Mitchell, Annie is trapped in purgatory and George and Nina battle domestic challenges. If Mitchell is to rescue Annie from purgatory, he must face up to his haunting past. George is arrested moments before the full moon. Guest starring Robson Green and Ex-EastEnder Lacey Turner.
9.00pm Justce BBC4 - Michael Sandel casts an outsider's eye on contemporary Britain and explores the big philosophical themes behind such present-day dilemmas as what is meant by the 'big society' and 'fairness' in a special televised debate.
Monday
9.00pm Laura Hall: My Battle with Booze BBC3 - The efforts of 21-year-old Laura Hall, who was given the first-ever UK National Drinking Banning Order, to kick her alcohol habit and get her life back on track are followed in a documentary in BBC Three's season exploring the pleasures and the dangers of sex, drugs and drink.
9.00pm Justice: A Citizen's Guide to the 21st Century BBC4 - Documentary in which renowned Harvard professor Michael Sandel looks at the philosophy of justice. Is it acceptable to torture a terrorist in order to discover where a bomb has been hidden? Should wearing the burka in public be banned in Europe, if the majority of citizens disapprove? Sandel goes in search of Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant and Aristotle, three philosophers whose ideas inform much contemporary thinking on justice, and tests their theories against a range of contemporary problems.
Tuesday
10.00pm How TV Ruined my Life BBC2 - Brand new comedy series in which Charlie Brooker uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television. From hysterical public information films to grisly crime dramas, terror spills out of almost every channel. As Charlie explores TV's approach to fear, you won't know whether to laugh or scream. Warning: contains traces of Michael Buerk and a semi-naked lady.
10.35pm The Science of Pain & Pleasure with Michael Mosely BBC1 - Michael Mosley learns how the hottest chilli in the world creates euphoria in the brain, why parents have an overwhelming surge of love for their newborn child and what happens if you turn your own wedding into a chemistry experiment. We all know that where there is pleasure, pain can't be far behind, and Michael gamely exposes himself to some painful experiments to show why the two are so interlinked. Why is pain so important and how can we measure it? How much pain are we prepared to put up with if the reward is right and what would happen if we couldn't feel pain at all? And how far is Michael prepared to go in the name of pleasure?
Wednesday
7.30pm The National TV Awards 2011 ITV - Dermot O'Leary presents this year's ceremony live from London's O2 Arena. This year's show promises to be the biggest ever, so expect a spectacular night of red carpet glamour, high-octane music performances, surprise special guests and nail-biting drama. Over the course of the evening, Dermot - himself a first-time nominee - will reveal the results of a massive nationwide public vote. Programmes up for awards include The X Factor, Doctor Who, Sherlock and the soaps, while nominated stars include EastEnders' Lacey Turner, Philip Glenister, David Jason and Matt Smith. The Afterparty can be seen on ITV2 at 10.00pm
9.00pm Posh & Posher: Why Public School Boys Run Britain BBC2 - For 33 years from 1964 and 1997 - from Harold Wilson to John Major - every single British prime minister of all parties went to a state school. But now public school boys seem firmly back in charge again. In this very personal journey Andrew Neil questions if their rise symbolises the decline of social mobility in the British society and asks if our politics is set to get posher still.
Thursday
8.00pm Britain's Secret Schindler Revealed Five - Documentary exploring the remarkable story of Nicholas Winton, an unlikely hero who rescued hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in the run-up to World War II. Featuring archive footage alongside testimony from Winton and many of the people he saved, the film gives credit to the man who took action at a time when the rest of Britain seemed to be turning a blind eye to the plight of the Jews.
9.00pm JLC: Turning Japanese Five - Documentary series following Justin Lee Collins as he attempts to get to grips with Japanese culture. In a quest to find out what makes Japanese men and women tick, Justin visits a 'love doll' emporium, attends a dating college, and spends an evening as an escort.
9.00pm Cannabis: What's the Harm? BBC3 - Ex-EastEnders star James Alexandrou, who was caught smoking cannabis by the tabloids, finds out the truth about the most popular illegal drug in Britain, sees the lengths people will go to get it and discovers exactly where it comes from.
9.00pm The Highest Court in the Land BBC4 - Four of the Justices of the Supreme Court talk about the nature of justice and how they make their decisions in a film that offers a revealing glimpse of the human characters behind the judgments and explores why the Supreme Court and its members are fundamental to our democracy.
10.00pm Skins E4 - Fifth series of the teen drama with a brand new cast. There are eight new friends, four boys: Nick, Rich, Alo, Matty and four girls: Franky, Liv, Mini and Grace. Franky starts at Roundview and is determined not to be a loner and things seem to be going well until she accidentally challenges Mini's position as queen bee and when she doesn't conform to Mini's expectations, she's spat out. Franky then meets Matty who understands and empowers her giving her the strength to stand up to Mini. Grace admires Franky, and a new gang is formed with Alo, Rich and Grace. Franky has finally found friends, but in doing so has started a war with Mini.
Friday
9.00pm Embarrassing Bodies Channel 4
10.00pm The Million Pound Drop Live Channel 4

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