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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

TVWeek: Sunday 4th - Friday 9th November 2012

Sunday
8.30pm Space Dive BBC2 - Documentary telling the behind-the-scenes story of Felix Baumgarter's historic, record-breaking freefall from the edge of space to Earth.
Monday
2.15pm Nick Nickleby BBC1 -  Modern interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic. When the death of Nicholas Nickleby leaves his family ruined and homeless, his son Nick turns to their wealthy, estranged uncle for help. Unbeknownst to Nick, his uncle Ralph has his own sinister plans for the Nicklebys. Separated from his family, Nick is sent off to work in Ralph's flagship care home, Dotheolds Hall - where he uncovers a dark secret at the heart of his uncle's business. Continues all week.
9.00pm Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature BBC1 - Richard Hammond reveals secret animal abilities from the natural world, and discovers how those same animals have inspired a series of unlikely human inventions at the very frontiers of science
9.00pm Nigel Slater: Life is Sweets BBC4 - Part of the Food, Glorious Food season, food writer Nigel Slater charts the origins of British sweets and chocolates from medicinal, medieval boiled sweets to the chocolate bars that line the supermarket shelves today. With adverts of the sweets everyone remembers and loves, this nostalgic, emotional and heart-warming journey transports Nigel back to his childhood by the powerful resonance of the sweets he used to buy with his pocket money. 
Tuesday
9.00pm Dara O'Briain's Science Club BBC2 - Experts and a lively audience join Dara O Briain to tackle the biggest ideas in science, taking a single subject and examining it from lots of different and unexpected angles.
9.00pm Heston's Fantastical Food Channel 4 - In this brand new series, culinary alchemist Heston Blumenthal brings back the wonder and excitement of childhood food memories and flavours on a monumental scale, awakening the kid in every viewer. Heston combines his exacting scientific expertise and culinary genius to recreate and supersize some fantastical treats, and also breaks food records along the way, building the world's largest 99 Flake, and celebrating the tea break with chocolate digestives and the world's biggest pyramid tea bag, served in a suitably enormous teapot.
9.00pm Don't Tell the Bride Goes Global BBC3 - With countries everywhere now making their own unique versions of the hugely popular BBC Three series, see what happens when grooms are left in charge in Scandinavia and blokes go shopping for wedding dresses in Oz.
10.00pm Some Girls BBC3 - Comedy series about the lives and loves of a group of quirky 16-year-old girls who play on the same school football team and live on the same inner city estate. After hearing some upsetting news from her dad, Viva decides to leave home and live with her friends. Amber is finding it very hard to dump her boyfriend, despite plenty of varied advice from Viva, Saz and Holli.
Wednesday
8.00pm Pound Shop Wars BBC1 - This documentary follows the extremely rapid expansion of two family-run retail businesses, as they both race to dominate the high street. Hussein Lalani is determined to expand his 99p Stores business north, bringing him into direct competition with Yorkshire-based pound shop chain Poundworld. Poundworld MD Chris Edwards, meanwhile, is keen to open more stores in the south. And both companies have to compete with the UK's largest pound store chain, private equity-funded Poundland. Can the 99p Stores expand quickly enough to retain their market position, or will Chris's Poundworld chain catch up? The two family businesses are in direct competition - even opening some stores right next door to each other - but who will come out on top?
8.00pm The Great British Property Scandal: Every Empty Counts Channel 4 - Almost a year after launching his campaign to get some of Britain's 350,000 long term empty homes back into use for families in need, architect and Channel 4 presenter George Clarke reports on the remarkable progress that's been made. George's campaign was so successful that the government appointed him Independent Empty Homes Advisor. Over 118,000 people signed George's online petition to lobby for low-cost loan funds to help empty homeowners get their properties back into use. It certainly worked - governments in England, Scotland and Wales now have funds totalling £17m.
10.00pm Secret State Channel 4 -  Gabriel Byrne, Douglas Hodge, Gina McKee, Charles Dance, Rupert Graves and Ruth Negga star in the four-part political drama written by Robert Jones and directed by Ed Fraiman, which is inspired by Chris Mullin's novel A Very British Coup. Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins vows to take on the American petrochemical company Petrofex after a devastating accident on British soil. Following the suspicious death of the Prime Minister in a plane crash, Dawkins' understated political ambitions are tested as heavyweights Ros Yelland and Felix Durrell vie for the top job, but neither appears to have justice for the victims at the forefront of their campaign.
Thursday
8.00pm Kirstie's Vintage Home Channel 4 - In this new series, Kirstie Allsopp looks to the past for inspiration, embracing vintage style to help homeowners desperately in need of help. She transforms unloved and cluttered houses into beautiful homely homes that are a joy to be in. By showing families how to ditch their 'throw out and spend' ways, Kirstie inspires them to 'make do and mend', introducing them, and viewers, to a whole host of new crafts, skills and techniques for interior decoration in the process.
9.00pm Great Continental Railway Journeys BBC2 - Michael Portillo retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide. Leaving London behind, armed with his 1913 guide, Michael follows the most popular route of the Edwardian traveller through France. His first stop is Paris where he absorbs the atmosphere of La Belle Epoque, before he travels south to the Cote D'Azur where he samples the Edwardian highlife and learns why the area attracted the rich and artistic alike. He then ends his journey as he arrives at the gaming tables in glamorous Monte Carlo.
Friday
9.00pm Who Wants to be a Millionaire?: I'm a Celebrity Special ITV - Former I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestants attempt to win that magic million in this one-off special. They are playing for their favourite charities - and for the viewer at home. Old jungle camping mates taking part include husband and wife Vic Reeves and Nancy Sorrell from the 2004 series, and Phil Tufnell and Joe Pasquale, who were crowned Kings of the Jungle in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

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