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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The TVWeek: Saturday 1st - Friday 7th December 2012

Saturday
9.45pm Michael Jackson: Bad 25 BBC2 - Spike Lee's documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackon's Bad Album, the accompanying videos and tour. The programme also contains interviews conducted by Lee with such names as Martin Scorsese, Kanye West and Sheryl Crow.

Sunday
8.00pm Alien Investigations Channel 4 - Documentary examining four of the most bizarre alleged alien sightings from the past five years to discover whether they were really visitors from another world.
9.00pm Steppin' Out with Katherine Jenkins ITV1 - The opera star both sings and dances in this all-star cabaret show which capitalises on her recent appearance on America's Dancing with the Stars. Guests featured on the programme include Il Divo, Tom Chambers, Stooshe and Britain's Got Talent finalists Only Boys Aloud.
9.00pm Solar Mamas BBC4- Documentary exploring why women from poor communities are making the decision to train as solar engineers in Rajasthan, India.
10.00pm The Only Way is Essex: Live ITV2- The return of the popular constructed reality show kicks off with a two-part live episode.
10.30pm British Comedy Awards: Nominations Show Channel 4 - Ahead of the ceremony, which will be broadcast on the 12th December, Miranda Hart reveals which programmes and personalities have been nominated for British Comedy Awards.

Monday
7.30pm The Royal Variety Performance ITV1 - The Queen and Prince Philip attend the 100th anniversary of the Royal Variety show which this year is presented by David Walliams and emanates from the Royal Albert Hall. Walliams' fellow Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden will present a special portion of the programme highlighting the most popular acts from the talent show including Spellbound, Diversity, Paul Potts and this year's winners Ashleigh and Pudsey. A long list of other acts includes Bruce Forsyth, Ronnie Corbett, Girls Aloud, Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart, Alan Carr, Neil Diamond, Bill Bailey, One Direction and Des O'Connor.
9.00pm Inside Claridges BBC2 - The start of a three part documentary series in which director Jane Treays was granted access to the luxury hotel for a whole year. The programme interviews both the guests and staff with this first episode seeing general manager Thomas Kochs travelling to America to drum up business.
9.00pm The Real Man's Road Trip: Jon and Sean Go West Channel 4 - 8 out of 10 Cats team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock head to Louisiana to work and play with Creole cowboys in the bayou.
9.00pm Junior Doctors: One Year Check Up BBC3 - The students from series two look back on what has been an eventful year in which they have coped with some of the biggest challenges of their lives.
10.00pm The Fear Channel 4 - Peter Mullan stars in this four-part drama as he plays crime boss Richie Beckett who is battling early on-set dementia while at the same time trying to protect his Brighton community from Albanian gangsters. The drama continues every night at 10pm.

Tuesday
8.00pm A Superscrimpers' Merry Christmas Channel 4 - Mrs Moneypenny and company show you how you can still celebrate the festive season but save money at the same time.
10.00pm Lemon La Vida Loca: Merry Keithmas ITV2 - Keith Lemon returns for a two part festive special in which he chats to Inbetweeners star Emily Atack and gets complaints from his neighbours about his Christmas lights.

Wednesday
9.00pm The Town ITV1 - Three-part drama starring Andrew Scott as Mark Nicholas who returns to his hometown after ten years to investigate a family tragedy eventually having to make the decision whether or not to stay in the town for good. The three-part series also stars Martin Clunes as the alcoholic mayor who must jump to action following the tragedy.
9.00pm The War on Britain's Roads BBC1 - Documentary offering an insight into the daily conflict between motorists and cyclists as they compete for the same crowded spaces on the UK's roads.
9.00pm Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways Channel 5 - The TV presenter travels by rail through some of the world's harshest terrains.
9.00pm Rome: A History of The Eternal City BBC4- Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore uncovers the role of religion in creating and maintaining the power of the Italian capital city.

Thursday
9.00pm Madeley Meets the Squatters ITV1 - Richard Madeley attempts to find the truth behind the rumours about squatters by meeting both those living in homes illegally and the landlords desperate to be rid of them.
9.00pm Jimmy and Jamie's Food Fight Club Channel 4 - Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty open their own cafe in Southend inviting friends, family and speical guests to try their wares. In addition the pair travel across Europe to see how the nation's favourite dishes are stacking up against foreign alternatives.
9.00pm A Young Doctor's Notebook Sky Arts 1 - Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm star in this four-part drama series about a newly-qualified Russian doctor who is forced to leave Moscow in order to take up a post in a small remote hospital thousands of miles way. Radcliffe and Hamm both take the role of Dr Vladimir Bomgard however there are seventeen years between their respective incarnations of the character.

Friday
9.00pm 100 Years of the Royal Variety Performance ITV1 - This documentary marks a century of a classic British institution that has entertained generations of audiences.
9.00pm Westminster Abbey BBC2- The first of a three part documentary that takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of Britain's most historic institutions and features interviews with over 200 staff who help maintain the upkeep at Westminster Abbey.
9.00pm Peter Kay in Conversation Channel 4 - Danny Baker conducts a one-off interview with one of Britain's Best loved comedians as Peter Kay discusses his career in detail.


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