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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

TVweek: Saturday 13th - Friday 18th January 2013

Saturday
9.00pm World Without End Channel 4 - Cynthia Nixon, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley and Miranda Richardson head up the all-star cast in Ken Follett's epic sequel to The Pillars of the Earth. Set in the aftermath of a civil war in Medieval England, Queen Isabella defeats and imprisons her husband, making way for their young son, Edward III,(Blake Ritson) to be crowned King. Meanwhile, in the town of Kingsbridge, an injured mysterious knight is helped to shelter by the teenage sons of Sir Gerald, Earl of Shiring: Merthin and Ralph. As healers Mattie and Caris, along with Mother Cecilia and Prior Anthony, nurse him back to health, rumours spread that the King has been murdered and his killer has disappeared.
Sunday
10.00pm Speed Dreams: The Fastest Place on Earth BBC2 - Bill Nighy narrates a story about how every year thousands of petrol heads descend upon a dried up salt lake bed in Bonneville, Utah. This follows the men and their machines for a week of land speed racing on the Bonneville salt flats. It is a place where either parts or records are broken. Do any of our teams have what it takes to get a Bonneville record?
10.00pm The Magaluf Weekender ITV2 - The Magaluf Weekender welcomes viewers to Magaluf to find out what young British visitors get up to when they are away from home. Each week, a different group of revellers aged 18 to 24 checks in to the Lively Hotel ready to embark on a long weekend of partying, with four resort reps ensuring that they have as much outrageous fun as possible.
Monday
8.30pm Winterwatch BBC2 - Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games have broadcast live from their base in the Scottish Highlands. Winterwatch follows beavers, red squirrels, pine martens and a host of other animals across this challenging season.
9.00pm Young, Mormon and Single BBC3 - Documentary which follows four single Mormons looking for their eternal partner. Successful and intelligent, they must struggle with the strict rules that their Church places upon them - they must remain chaste until they are married and then stay with their partner for ever. And getting married is the only way to reach heaven. So every year, a throng of over 1,000 single Mormons swarm to Duck Beach, North Carolina, looking for that perfect husband or wife. It's a weekend-long non-stop party, but without the alcohol and sex. Will they succeed in the sexually-charged sun-kissed gathering or will they be forced to return next year, still praying that the Lord will one day provide?
9.00pm Lost Kingdoms of South America BBC4 - Series in which archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper reveals the history of some of South America's ancient civilisations. Exploring ruins and investigating the truth behind legends that surround these cultures.
9.30pm Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here BBC2 - Professor Jeremy Black examines one of the most extraordinary and revolutionary periods in British history: the industrial revolution. He explains the unique economic, social and political conditions that by the 19th century, led to Britain becoming the richest, most powerful nation on earth.
Tuesday
9.00pm Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of the Railways BBC2
10.00pm The Sarah Millican Television Programme BBC2 - Sarah Millican returns with her comedy series featuring stand-up and unique interviews. Joining Sarah are Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood and Spice Girl Melanie C.
10.00pm Utopia Channel 4 - Brand new drama - a dark and enigmatic thriller. When five online strangers are drawn together by the legendary manuscript of a cult graphic novel, they find themselves pursued by a secret and deadly organisation known only as The Network. The online comic book forum agree to meet after gaining possession of the original manuscript for the cult graphic novel 'The Utopia Experiments'. Unbeknown to them however, a shadowy organisation known as The Network is in pursuit of the manuscript - and they are prepared to kill to track it down.
10.35pm Harry and Paul's Magnificent Sporting Moments BBC1 - Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse celebrate some magnificent sporting moments, using an unlikely selection of clips. With 'live' coverage of the weird and wonderful action from their new characters, Harry and Paul champion the protagonists, from goofy clip star to sporting hero. This show is a mock-heroic celebration of the unsung heroes of bizarre and extreme sporting endeavours which have often built up a cult status on the internet, presented in various comedy guises by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.
Wednesday
9.00pm Funny Business BBC2 - Documentary revealing how top comedians can make a fortune from a wide range of corporate gigs, from after dinner speeches to TV commercials. Looking back at some of the funniest adverts ever made and revealing why for some comedians it is work that they covet, while for others it is a creative compromise too far. Also revealing what happened when one of Britain's funniest men decided to set up a company trading on laughs. Contributors include John Cleese, Rhod Gilbert, Jo Brand, Arthur Smith, Mark Thomas, Clive Anderson and Barry Cryer.
10.00pm True Stories: Saving Face Channel 4 - This extended version of the Oscar-winning film Saving Face chronicles the journey of pioneering British plastic surgeon Dr Mohammad Jawad as he goes back to Pakistan to aid the recovery of acid-attack victims.
Thursday
9.00pm Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald ITV - Two-part documentary that sees Trevor McDonald go inside one of America's most notorious maximum security prisons - Indiana State - where he comes face-to-face with 12 condemned men awaiting execution.
9.00pm Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands BBC3 - Third series of the documentary series that follows a new set of Junior Doctors as they begin life on the wards.  The seven junior doctors discover that their first day on the job is a matter of life and death. Desperate to make a good impression, they soon learn that even the simplest task isn't easy, while one finds that his medical training in Italy could never have prepared him for the demands of a British emergency department.
9.30pm Married in Britain BBC2 - For better or for worse: the vows may be the same, but in our increasingly diverse society, popular wedding traditions are far from what you would expect. Married In Britain provides a portal into the lives of Britain's newest arrivals facing the everyday challenges of establishing a new life in the UK, as they prepare for one of the biggest days of their lives. We are invited to celebrate a diverse array of customs and cultures as couples embrace their new home while seeking to hold on to familiar traditions.
10.00pm Botched Up Bodies Five - First of a two-part documentary featuring the surgeons whose job it is to correct the catastrophes left by dodgy cosmetic surgeons.
10.00pm Way to Go BBC3 - Black comedy series about three ordinary guys who find themselves forced by an extraordinary set of circumstances into setting up an assisted-suicide business.
Friday
9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Channel 4 - Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock and Jon Richardson return for a new series.
9.30pm The Last Leg Channel 4 - Last Leg host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker won plaudits and critical acclaim for their unique take on the Paralympic Games. Now they provide the same intelligent and alternative commentary on the significant moments of the past seven days, as well as pulling out the hidden gems, and weird and wonderful talking points of the week, to celebrate what makes this country unique.
10.00pm Paddy's TV Show Channel 4 - Paddy McGuinness hosts a brand new six-part comedy show. Each week he uses his 10-foot plasma TV to offer a guide through life, by exploring everything from romance to family to fitness. It all takes place in his glamorous Bolton pad where he shows us the good, the bad and the ugly from the world of television, with hours of rarely seen TV that he's recorded on his 'Paddy Player'.

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