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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The TVWEEK: Saturday 4th - Friday 10th February 2012

Saturday
7.15pm Harry Hill's TV Burp ITV - Harry returns to the desk for a brand new series.
Sunday
9.00pm Bomber Boys BBC1 - Brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor explore Bomber Command, a rarely-told story from the Second World War. The film focuses primarily on the men who fought and died in the skies above occupied Europe, with numerous examples of individual heroism and extraordinary collective spirit, and Colin learns to fly the key aircraft of the campaign: the Lancaster bomber. But this is also the story of a controversy that has lasted almost 70 years.
Being Human returns for Series 4
9.00pm Being Human BBC3 - Fourth series of comedy/drama about werewolves and a vampire.
9.00pm The Cricklewood Greats BBC4 - Peter Capaldi embarks upon a personal journey to discover the shocking history of the stars of north London's famous film studios. Including clips from rarely seen films and interviews with Marcia Warren and Terry Gilliam.
10.55pm Superbowl Xlvi - Coverage of the NFL Superbowl from Indianapolis in the US
Monday
Andrew Marr hosts a three-part series on The Queen
9.00pm The Diamond Queen BBC1 - Andrew Marr looks at the life and reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II in this three-part series, which includes special interviews with Princes William and Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, David Cameron, Tony Blair, Sir John Major and President Obama. In this first episode, with remarkable archive footage, Marr tells the childhood story of the young girl who never expected to reign. He looks closely at the influence of her grandfather, father and mother and the impact of the abdication, and hears from the Queen's grandchildren about what it must have been like to become queen at the age of 25. Marr examines exactly what the Queen's role as head of state actually entails, and follows her to the Middle East and the USA to assess the global impact of the royal family on British trade and international relations.
9.00pm Deaf Teens: Hearing World BBC3 - Documentary about five deaf teenagers as they take their first steps into the hearing world.
Tuesday
8.00pm Gok's Teens: The Naked Truth Channel 4 - Gok Wan offers a helping hand to the nation's teens in this brand new three-part series from the makers of How to Look Good Naked. Having struggled with his own body image as a teen Gok draws on personal experience, as well as seeking expert advice, in order to offer the next generation the confidence and self-belief they need to tackle their issues and anxieties: from body confidence and sexuality, to bullying and simply being different. 
9.00pm How to Grow a Planet BBC2 -  Professor Iain Stewart tells a stunning new story about our planet. He reveals how the greatest changes to the Earth have been driven, above all, by plants. In this first episode Iain journeys from the spectacular caves of Vietnam to the remote deserts of Africa. He sees how plants first harnessed light from the sun and created our life-giving atmosphere. He uncovers the epic battle between the dinosaurs and the tallest trees on the planet. And, using remarkable imagery, he shows plants breathing and talking to each other. 
9.00pm Katie: The Science of Seeing Again Channel 4 - Documentary following Katie Piper as she undergoes her 110th op, using controversial cutting-edge science, which could truly transform her life, providing her only chance of seeing again through her badly damaged left eye. 
10.35pm Death Explained BBC1 - Documentary series following coroner Alison Thompson and her team as they examine in painstaking detail mysterious, violent and unnatural deaths in west London, one of the busiest jurisdictions in the country. Behind each case is also a very human story; these are movingly told by the families of the deceased, revealing more about their lives and the circumstances of their deaths. In the first episode, Alison's team investigates a rare case of suspected poisoning; a possible prescription drugs overdose; and the case of a man whose body lay undiscovered for months. In court, the coroner must reach her verdict - who were the deceased, and when, where and how did they die? 
Wednesday
8.00pm Super Smart Animals BBC1 -  Liz Bonnin embarks on a worldwide search for the planet's most intelligent animals. Liz gets creative with dolphins, shares a eureka moment with orangutans and defends the reputation of the human race when she goes head to head with a chimp genius in a test of maths and memory. There is an octopus escapologist, John Humphrys puts a goldfish through its paces on Mastermind, and Tillman the skateboarding dog wows crowds in Los Angeles. Concludes tomorrow
8.00pm Bees, Butterflies & Blooms BBC2 - Documentary which follows Sarah Raven on a mission to halt the rapid decline in our essential bees, butterflies and pollinating insects. Without healthy populations of insect pollinators across the world, our future food security is under threat. She takes her mission out into the great British Countryside to encourage farmers and village communities to help re-create a network of crucial habitats for our struggling bees, butterflies and pollinating insects. Sarah meets the Farringtons - a Northamptonshire farming family.  
10.00pm Roger and Val Have Just Got In BBC2 - Second series of the comedy starring Dawn French & Alfred Molina about a married couple and what happens when they both return from work.
10.00pm Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask Dave - Alexander Armstrong hosts a panel show exclusive to Dave in which panellists devise - and answer - the questions. Graham Norton, Sandi Toksvig and Marcus Brigstocke guest.
10.45pm What's The Story? BBC1 - Comedian Kevin Bridges sets out to discover the reality behind some of his on-stage material. Inspired by his formative years Kevin looks at key elements of growing up. As well as hilarious stand up, Kevin has a heart to heart with his parents at the family home, travels to Utah to attend a genuine American college party and undergoes an intimate therapy session complete with full TV crew. His highlight though is meeting the man that inspired him to give stand up a go - Frank Skinner.
Thursday
10.00pm Mothertruckers Channel 4 - Just 2% of the UK's lorry drivers are females. They're a growing force, but how do these queens of the road manage to retain their feminine traits in one of the last great male domains? MotherTruckers reveals the lifestyles of an unusual, yet growing, band of women, stepping up to the challenge of being truck drivers, as well as fighting to keep a stable family environment, as mothers, daughters, wives and girlfriends. The average UK lorry driver is a 51-year-old male.  
Friday
9.00pm Wild About Pandas BBC2 - David Tennant narrates the story of giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang, who arrived in the UK in December 2011 to be resettled in Edinburgh Zoo for the next decade. The film also follows the zoo's vet and head keeper as they travel to China to see how giant pandas are cared for in their homeland, and head keeper Alison visits a remote panda reserve in Wolong to witness the efforts to reintroduce the creatures back into the wild. 

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