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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The TVWeek: Saturday 13th - Friday 19th October 2012

Saturday 
10.30pm Good Cop BBC1 - Final episode of the gritty crime drama postponed from a month ago. Sav's quest to get Jonjo arrested for Andy's murder draws suspicion from Costello and Sarge. Amanda agrees to pose as a student in an attempt to catch two men who have been attacking young women. When the setup goes wrong, Sav decides to take action.
Monday
8.00pm Sing For Your Life Channel 4 - As part of Channel 4's week of Stand Up To Cancer programming, Sing for Your Life tells the story of the incredible journey taken by a unique choir. In this one-off documentary, 35 cancer patients come together to learn to sing and to test the ground-breaking theory that singing may help people battling the illness. Within the space of just 12 weeks, they juggle treatment sessions and rehearsals and get help from singing stars including Emeli Sande and Russell Watson.
9.00pm World War 2 BBC4 - The British fought the Second World War to defeat Hitler. This film asks why, then, did they spend so much of the conflict battling through North Africa and Italy? Historian David Reynolds reassesses Winston Churchill's conviction that the Mediterranean was the 'soft underbelly' of Hitler's Europe. Travelling to Egypt and Italian battlefields like Cassino, scene of some of the worst carnage in western Europe, he shows how, in reality, the 'soft underbelly' became a dark and dangerous obsession for Churchill.
10.00pm Switch ITV2 - Comedy drama series with a supernatural twist following four young women as they try to make their way in London. Not that they are just any young women. In fact they are a quartet of witches, whose magic only works when the four of them are together. After months apart, the witches are reunited when career-focused Stella sends out a 'switch' text summoning the rest of the gang home, desperate to cast a spell to resolve a fatal mistake which threatens her job. Stars former EastEnders actress Lacey Turner.
10.35pm The Agenda ITV - Tom Bradby, ITV News's Political Editor, is joined by big names from the worlds of politics, news and entertainment to take a fresh look at the week ahead.
Tuesday
10.35pm Imagine: Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender BBC1 - Renowned as the bravura front man of one of Britain's greatest rock bands, Freddie Mercury's life outside Queen is rarely celebrated or explored. In a touching portrait, Imagine charts Mercury's solo projects and interests, including a previously unheard collaboration with Michael Jackson and the triumphant Barcelona project with Dame Montserrat Caballe, as well as the life of a gay man who was not yet publicly out. Rare interviews reveal a shy man in search of love, and a driven artist living behind the protection of his stage persona.
Wednesday
8.30pm Tales from the Wild Wood BBC4 - Writer and woodsman Rob Penn begins a year-long project to bring an abandoned woodland, Strawberry Cottage Wood, back to life. Rob starts work, introducing pigs to clear bracken and brambles and planning his tasks for the year. Felling a dead tree on his first day almost throws the whole project into jeopardy.
9.00pm Grand Designs: The 100th Episode Channel 4 - It's the 100th episode of Grand Designs, and to mark this momentous event - a truly momentous project. Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce want to convert and extend a landmark 150-year-old, 100-foot-high water tower right in the heart of central London. Grade II listed, but utterly derelict, with six foot thick walls and crowned with a huge steel tank - it is an almighty task. As if this isn't challenging enough, Graham and Leigh also plan to build two additional contemporary structures at the base: a new lift shaft connected to the tower by a series of glass tunnels, and a modern living space nicknamed the 'Cube'. Altogether this cluster of buildings will create a four bedroom luxury home over nine floors, crowned with a spectacular viewing room at the top offering 360 degree views across London. But a tight schedule and soaring budget make this a stress-laden build.
10.00pm Getting On BBC4 - Series 3 of the brilliantly bleak hospital based comedy. King Edwards has shut, B4 is no more. Kim, Den and Pippa have moved to neighbouring St Jude's in anticipation of a now-stalled redevelopment. Their new home, twin-bayed K2, is modern and clean - all appears well. But behind the glossy facade lie the same old patients and problems, and beyond that comes a long list of new worries. Kim is barely keeping her head above water, home life for Pippa is no more settled, and Den is about to discover her own brand new challenge.
Thursday
8.30pm Emmerdale at 40 ITV - Five-part series celebrating Emmerdale's 40th birthday. The cast and crew recall how Emmerdale took the unusual step of shooting 11 different endings for the Who Killed Tom King? storyline. They also relive the impact a cot death story had on actors and viewers alike, and remember the reaction to vet Zoe Tate coming out as a lesbian. 
10.00pm Hebburn BBC2 - Family sitcom written by Jason Cook and starring Chris Ramsey, Kimberly Nixon and Gina McKee. Jack Pearson is taking Sarah home to meet the family in Hebburn, but they think she is his new girlfriend, not his new wife that he just married in Vegas. Mum Pauline goes overboard to make Sarah welcome, while sister Vicky winds them up about the thin walls in the house. Dad Joe has an important family announcement: he is retiring, his mother, Granny Dot, is moving in and he needs Jack's help. The only way to cope is a visit to the local, Swayze's. Jack's old mates Ramsey and Gervaise are there, and Gervaise is hoping to win Vicky's heart with the power of song. Jack's ex Denise also turns up to remind Sarah of the ghost of Geordie girlfriends past, and the party ends quite unexpectedly.
10.00pm My Tattoo Addiction Channel 4 - Documentary that seeks to discover what people's tattoos say about their lives and tells some of the compelling stories that lie beneath the surface of body art. There are over an estimated 20 million tattoos in Britain and full arm, leg, chest, back and even head tattoos are now more popular than ever.
Friday
7.30pm Stand Up to Cancer Channel 4 - Stars from television, music and film come together for Stand Up To Cancer, a unique new fundraising campaign on Channel 4. Joining forces with Cancer Research UK.this Fundraising extravaganza hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen. Bringing together a unique mix of entertainment, science and fundraising, a super-sized group of celebrities come together to show their support for SU2C UK, including: The Simpsons, Tom Daley, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole, Jonnie Peacock, Emeli Sande, Jenson Button, JLS, Jimmy Carr and Miranda Hart.
8.30pm Spy Sky1 - Series 2 of the warm family comedy about a newly trained spy.
10.35pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 - The chat show returns with guests Arnold Schwarzenegger, Miranda Hart and Ronnie Corbett, with music from US singer-songwriter Usher.

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