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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The TVWEEK: Saturday 18th - Friday 24th February 2012

Saturday
Let's Dance for Sport Relief BBC1 - Alex Jones and Steve Jones present the dance competition, which sees some of Britain's best-known comedians, TV personalities and sports stars slip into their dancing shoes to raise money for Sport Relief. Competing in this first show are Shooting Stars' Ulrika Jonsson and Angelos Epithemiou, comedian Terry Alderton, EastEnders Laurie Brett and Tameka Empson, DJs Tony Blackburn and 'Diddy' David Hamilton, and cricketer Darren Gough. A comedy panel will be on hand each week to review the acts, and this show features Graham Norton, Greg Davies and Keith Lemon, providing their unique take on each of the celebrity dancers.
9.15pm Luck Sky Atlantic - American drama series starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte showcasing the darker side of horse racing.
Sunday
9.00pm Upstairs, Downstairs BBC1 - Return of the period drama revival starring Keeley Hawes. Two new arrivals make their mark. But whilst Sir Hallam's forthright aunt Blanche disrupts life upstairs, feisty new maid Beryl struggles to adjust to life in service. Meanwhile, Lady Agnes' concern for her children reveals a dark secret about Mr Pritchard. Sir Hallam's preoccupation with burgeoning Nazi Germany leads him into dangerous waters, and a chance meeting with an unexpected face unlocks a hidden desire within. 
9.00pm Swimming with Crocodiles BBC2 - Ben Fogle travels to Botswana to join a pilot research study which aims to do the unthinkable - swim with Nile crocodiles. These ancient reptiles spend roughly 80% of their lives underwater, yet relatively little is known about their subaquatic lives. Now for the first time, crocs have become the biggest killers of humans in Africa - up to 700 this year - so new research is vital. Wildlife experts Brad Bestelink and Andy Crawford have devised a method of diving with crocodiles which they believe to be safe. For the first time, leading crocodile authority Adam Britton has come to test their theories, and see if they can reveal new information about these magnificent beasts.  
9.00pm Homeland Channel 4 - Award winning US drama starring Damien Lewis and Claire Danes. When CIA agent Carrie Mathison's unorthodox investigation of threats to US security in Iraq leads to a serious diplomatic incident, she is stripped of her field status and assigned to a desk job. Although her investigation has been cut short, she hears from her condemned Iraqi source that an American prisoner of war has been 'turned'. Carrie becomes convinced that this information relates to the return of Sgt Nicholas Brody, who was missing in action for eight years. After receiving intelligence on an al-Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan, Navy Seals stormed the house, killed 13 terrorists, and found Brody in a locked cell. 
Monday
9.00pm The Tube BBC2 - Documentary series going behind the scenes of the world's oldest, biggest and busiest underground train network as it undergoes the biggest overhaul in its history. In the last ten years, the average passenger numbers on the tube over the weekend have doubled. This is the story of how the tube copes with the public's changing expectations of the weekend and the problems it faces during this time. In this episode, a major track replacement operation threatens to disrupt the weekday service, while at Leicester square a busy Saturday night sees a woman pushed on to the live tracks. 
9.00pm Stacey Dooley Investigates BBC3 - Stacey Dooley investigates what is going on in her hometown of Luton and finds out why it is known as the extremist capital of Britain. Stacey has spent her whole life in Luton. Media commentators all have their theories about what is happening there, but Stacey is uniquely placed to tell the story through the generation she grew up with - the people who are now shaping one of the most controversial towns in Britain. Stacey meets friends - some wearing veils and others who are fully fledged EDL supporters. She goes to the heart of the Muslim community, dominated by one of the country's most extreme Muslim groups, meeting both self-proclaimed radicals and those trying to counter them. 
10.00pm Watson & Oliver BBC2 - Sketch show featuring Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver. Lorna and Ingrid's show starts badly when Lorna arrives without trousers. Featuring characters like candy and April the playboy bunnies; Wills and Kate at bedtime; Pat and Jean, an inmate and prison officer with a very special relationship; and Miss Steeps and Miss Rutherford, two insatiable Georgian ladies. Also the amazing Mr John Barrowman drops by to sing a duet - sort of. 
10.00pm True Stories: My Social Network Stalker Channel 4 - Ruth Jeffery and her boyfriend Shane Webber seemed a perfectly normal happy couple who talked about a future with marriage and children. They had known each other for ten years, but after they rekindled their relationship from school days in early adulthood, the man Ruth loved began to secretly rip her life apart. With exclusive access to Ruth and her family, who tell their full story on camera for the first time, this True Stories film unravels Ruth's prolonged ordeal, which came to a shocking conclusion.  
Tuesday
8.00pm The Brit Awards ITV - James Corden hosts the most prestigious event in the pop music calendar. The 32nd BRITs show comes from the O2 Arena in London, and it features live performances from Adele, Rihanna, Coldplay, Noel Gallagher, Florence and the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Blur, who are also taking to the stage to pick up the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. The big battle this year is for the Mastercard British Album of the Year, and it will be fiercely contested by Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence and the Machine and PJ Harvey 
8.30pm Timothy Spall: All At Sea BBC4 - Timothy Spall and his wife Shane are back on board their beloved barge the Princess Matilda as they conclude their trip around the British coast. Tim takes on Rattray Head in the face of a huge storm. This is the equivalent of Land's End for Scotland and the point where they head south for the first time. The North Sea soon becomes the new enemy as he and Shane struggle to cope with this unrelenting force of nature.
Wednesday
8.00pm Waterloo Road BBC1 - Return of the school based drama series.  It is the first day back at school and Michael's recuperation is cut short when the school is infiltrated by a local gang. Tariq's efforts to turn over a new leaf are challenged by the arrival of new year 13 pupil Mason, and elsewhere, the net closes in on Linda when Chalky exposes her lies. 
9.00pm Winterwatch BBC2 - Chris Packham, Kate Humble and Martin Hughes-Games are in the Brecon Beacons National Park to reveal how the UK's wildlife is faring this winter. The mild start followed by plummeting temperatures are setting a real challenge. The team find out how plants and animals are managing to survive, and what viewers can do to help. They also report on a surprising influx of owls, why the ptarmigan could be the UK's toughest bird, and show why winter is actually the best time of year to see some of the country's biggest wildlife spectacles.
Thursday
9.00pm Kidnap and Ransom ITV - Second series of the tense drama starring Trevor Eve as hostage negotiator Dominic King. This series Dominic is tasked with securing the lives of British holidaymakers being held at gunpoint on an Indian tour bus.
9.00pm Dispatches Channel 4 -   Fans queuing for hours to buy tickets get turned away empty handed while tickets for the same 'sold out' events appear online shortly afterwards, sometimes at astronomical prices. Channel 4 News correspondent Morland Sander investigates the multi-million-pound world of online ticket reselling where fans desperate not to miss out on in-demand concerts, festivals and sporting events often buy their tickets. Leading 'fan-to-fan' ticket exchange websites say they allow 'real fans' to sell on tickets they can no longer use. Dispatches sent reporters undercover inside two major 'fan-to-fan' ticket exchange websites to investigate who is selling via their websites and why so many tickets appear at over the face value so soon after the box office sells out.  
9.00pm Pramface BBC3 - Comedy series about two teenagers trying, and often failing, to come to terms with impending parenthood. Jamie has just finished his exams and his carefree summer is off to a great start. He has crashed a sixth-form party and hooked up with an older woman, 18-year-old Laura who is also looking for some uncomplicated fun. But thanks to a combination of post-exam euphoria, too many drinks and an available bedroom, they soon find they have one very serious complication on their hands - Laura is pregnant. So even though they barely know each other, they now have one big thing in common - and it's getting bigger. 
9.00pm Catholics BBC4 - Series about being Catholic in Britain today, going behind the scenes at Allen Hall in London, one of only three remaining Roman Catholic seminaries in the country 
9.30pm White Van Man BBC3 - Second series of the Comedy centred around Ollie, a man with a van. Ollie swaps the job book for a fancy new phone app, which soon lands him in hot water. Tensions between Emma and Liz rise, while Darren struggles to come to terms with fatherhood. 
10.00pm Strictly Baby Disco Channel 4 - Documentary about the new and ultra-competitive dance phenomenon where there is no syllabus and no limit to the ends children will go to stand out. Following the stories of three nine-year-old girls - Clemmie, Orlaigh and Billie - the film discovers a world where children as young as three are contorting their bodies to pull off eye-watering dance moves and dressing up in wigs, exotic costumes, and make-up that would put a Lady Gaga to shame. They're all doing it for the glory of being crowned 'Disco Kid' at the illustrious Blackpool Tower ballroom. What drives their fierce determination?
Friday
8.00pm Modern Family Sky1 - Return of the US comedy.
9.00pm Melvyn Bragg on Class and Culture BBC2 - In this three part series, Melvyn Bragg explores the relationship, from 1911 to 2011, between class and culture - the two great forces which define and shape us as individuals and as a society. Melvyn starts with the period from 1911 to 1945. Through location sequences, interviews with experts and ordinary people, and copious amounts of archive material, Melvyn tells the story of how a rigidly class based society responded to wars and economic hardship and changed to the point where a classless society seemed a real possibility at the end of World War II. 
9.00pm Benidorm ITV - Fifth series of the comedy. It is the first day of the holidays, and the Solana is in chaos, with Mateo and Les/Lesley barely able to keep control. They are waiting for the appearance of new manager Joyce Temple-Savage, but a coachload of angry holidaymakers arrives first. Kenneth is now proprietor of the Solana's new hair salon, and he and Gavin take time to comfort the recently widowed Jacqueline. However, the pair get a shock when they see what seems to be the ghost of her husband 

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