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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The TVweek: Sunday 20th - Thursday 24th January 2013

Sunday
8.00pm Call the Midwife BBC1 - Series 2 of the period drama featuring Miranda Hart and Pam Ferris. It’s 1958 and, returning from a long day of duties, Nurse Jenny Lee finds the Nonnatus House community gathered to wish her a happy birthday, before she, Chummy, Trixie and Cynthia head off to the cinema - it’s a joyous celebration. However the midwife’s good cheer is short lived when the next day she is assigned a new patient, Molly Brignall. Involved in an abusive marriage, Molly’s due date is imminent and Jenny worries about the harm that could come to Molly and her children. Meanwhile, Trixie and Sister Evangelina find themselves in highly unusual circumstances, aboard a Swedish cargo ship looking after the captain’s daughter, who is about to have her first baby.
Monday
8.30pm The Great Comic Relief Bake Off BBC2 - Comic Relief takes over the Great British Bake Off tent. The rules have been relaxed so a host of well known personalities can lay their baking skills bare in the name of Comic Relief. Each night different faces will battle it out to claim one of the four Comic Relief 'Star Baker' titles. Mel Giedroyc is on quality control duty whilst Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood resume their roles of formidable judges. Lorraine Pascale will be reporting from Ghana on how the money raised really can change lives. Jo Brand, Stephen K Amos and comedy duo Watson and Oliver are the first four to arrive in the tent.
8.30pm Wild Things Channel 4 - Six-part series Wild Things opens up a completely different view on the world around us and reveals how plants offer an understanding of the changing British wildlife. New presenter Chris Myers - who's a Royal Horticultural Society gold medallist and garden designer - and his Labrador Lottie, are joined by one of Britain's top botanists, Dr Trevor Dines, and lichenologist Sally Eaton.
9.00pm Crazy for Party Drugs BBC3 - Documentary that gets under the skin of the new party drugs. We follow Holly, Tony and Oliver from the dancefloor to the morning after and, with unique access to the first specialist 'club drug clinic' outside London, we find out what happens to those who want to keep going even when the party's over.
9.30pm Natural World: Jaguars - Born Free BBC2 - In this Natural World special, three tiny orphaned jaguar cubs are discovered in a Brazilian forest. A family decide to take the place of their mother and train them to become wild again. Over two years they must learn to climb trees, swim, and hunt for their dinner. If they can be successfully released, it will give new hope to these rare animals.
Tuesday
8.00pm The Great Comic Relief Bake Off BBC2 -  in the second episode Warwick Davis, Duncan Banantyne, Simon Reeve and Andy Akinwolere try their hand at signature iced biscuits and attempt pastry for the first time. One of them will also bake the smallest cake ever seen on Bake Off.
9.00pm Great Houses with Julian Fellowes ITV - Downton Abbey's creator Julian Fellowes uncovers the true stories behind life in some of Britain's grandest houses.
10.35pm Allotment Wars BBC1 - Through seven months of filming over the planting, growing and harvesting seasons, this one-off documentary dishes the dirt on the battles being fought on plots across the UK. In Manchester, a young plotholder struggles to avoid eviction from his allotment - and with nearly 100,000 Britons on the waiting list, the pressure is on to maintain his patch.
Wednesday
7.30pm The National Television Awards 2013 ITV - Dermot O'Leary hosts.
8.00pm The Great Comic Relief Bake Off BBC2 - In the penultimate episode Olympian Ellie Simmonds battles it out with Kirsty Wark, Julia Bradbury and Bob Mortimer over signature scones, technically tricky chocolate eclairs and a show stopping novelty cake.
9.00pm Life After War: Haunted By Helmand BBC3 - Five members of the same platoon were killed on the 10th July 2009 in what remains the worst incident for a British foot patrol in the history of the Afghan campaign. Through powerful and touching interviews with some of the young soldiers who survived the attack, this film reveals how their lives are still haunted by the horrors of Helmand.
Thursday
8.00pm The Great Comic Relief Bake Off BBC2 - Claudia Winkleman, Ed Byrne, Martha Kearney and Olympian Helen Glover try to impress the judges in the last round. Attempting to prove that they've got what it takes to claim the title of Comic Relief star baker, they attempt signature chocolate biscuits, get to grips with a family size lemon meringue pie and try to celebrate Comic Relief's 25th anniversary with a showstopping birthday cake.
9.00pm The Genius of Invention BBC2 - Exploring the fascinating stories behind the technologies and innovations which have transformed the modern world. This episode reveals the fascinating chain of events that made everyday miracles such as turning on a light or boiling a kettle possible. Michael Mosley, Professor Mark Miodownik and Dr Cassie Newland tell the amazing story of three of the most transformative inventions of all time: the steam engine, the electrical generator and the steam turbine. They explain how these inventions came about by sparks of inventive genius and steady, incremental improvements hammered out in British workshops.

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