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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The TVWeek: Saturday 29th September - Friday 5th October 2012

Saturday
9.00pm Boardwalk Empire Sky Atlantic - The award-winning series returns for a third season. Atlantic City kingpin Nucky Thompson battles for control of the area's bootleg whiskey business.
Monday
9.00pm Monroe ITV - Second series of the medical drama series starring James Nesbitt, Tom Riley and Sarah Parish. Monroe goes head to head with his new boss when he elects to operate on a patient with a deadly vascular anomaly. Meanwhile, Jenny Bremner returns to St. Matthew's from maternity leave to find the hospital changed - and her power diminished. Neil Pearson and Tracey-Anne Oberman join the cast.
9.00pm Hotel GB Channel 4 - New reality series fronted by Channel 4's most recognizable faces. Channel 4 had a hotel.... Gordon Ramsay would run the restaurant and Mary Portas would take charge of the rooms. Gok Wan would run the bar and events, Phil Spencer would be Maitre D', and Dr Christian Jessen would head-up the gym. Kim Woodburn would take on housekeeping, Kirstie Allsopp would be concierge and Katie Piper would run the spa. And Hilary Devey might even pop in for a surprise appearance... Runs all week at 9pm.
Tuesday
9.00pm Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip: An Emotional History of Britain BBC2 - Ian Hislop asks when and why we British have bottled up or let out our feelings and how this has affected our history. Revealing as much about ourselves today as about our past, this is a narrative history of emotion and identity over the last 300 years. Far from being part of our cultural DNA, emotional restraint was a relatively recent national trait. Foreigners in Tudor England couldn't believe how touchy-feely we could be. Ian Hislop charts how and why the stiff upper lip emerged in the late 18th and early 19th century.
Wednesday
9.00pm Welcome to India BBC2 - This observational series casts aside the usual preconceptions about the sub-continent, and lets a few of India's 1.2 billion show how their world really works. With astonishing access into the densest districts of Kolkata and Mumbai, it celebrates the impressive resourcefulness, resilience and absolute pragmatism of those living and working there, and reveals the psyche needed to get ahead in the biggest of crowds. This episode follows two main characters as they employ all their ingenuity to carve out a home. With more people moving to cities in India than anywhere else on earth, securing that place you can call home is vital for nurturing your family's future.
9.00pm Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story BBC4 - Docudrama told with the help of some of his most famous comic characters including Cupid Stunt and Quentin Pose, the story of pioneering radio DJ and television star Kenny Everett's against-the-odds struggle to achieve both personal and professional fulfilment, as seen through the decade-and-a-half prism of his marriage to Lee Middleton. Stars Coronation Street's Katherine Kelly with newcomer Oliver Lansley as Kenny.
Thursday
9.00pm Hunted BBC1 - 8-part action drama series starring Melissa George from the makers of Spooks.  After being betrayed and nearly killed in Tangier, private security operative Sam Hunter recovers in a remote cottage. She soon returns to London to resume work for her employer, Byzantium, and determine which of her colleagues set her up. Her new assignment: posing as a tutor to the grandson of criminal multi-millionaire, Jack Turner.
9.00pm Red Dwarf Dave - Brand new and exclusive to Dave: Red Dwarf returns! In the first episode of this long-awaited tenth series, Rimmer receives an SOS Distress Call from his brother.
Friday
9.00pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 - Brucie and Tess host the first part of a two-night Strictly spectacular. In this live show, six celebrities take to the floor with their professional partners to perform either a waltz or a cha cha cha. The couples face judges Craig, Darcey, Len and Bruno for the first time, but they have two weeks to impress the public before someone leaves the competition.

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