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TVWeek: Sunday 3rd - Thursday 8th February 2013

Sunday
10.00pm Being Human BBC3 - Series  5 of the supernatural comedy-drama series. As ghost Alex adjusts to life after death with werewolf Tom and vampire Hal, we meet poisonous pensioner Captain Hatch, behind whose foul exterior lurks an ancient evil.
Monday 
8.00pm Food and Drink BBC2 - Return of the series fronted by Michel Roux Jnr and drinks expert Kate Goodman. The pair are joined by Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge as they set out to create the perfect roast. Restaurateur Oliver Peyton proclaims that we Brits need to celebrate our distinctive produce much more than we do and 'food adventurer' Stefan Gates tries to convince us to eat grubs. Food and Drink: where people talk about food.
9.00pm Dancing on the Edge BBC2 - Five-part Drama set in the early 1930s, following a black jazz band in London at a time of extraordinary change. Music journalist Stanley Mitchell befriends The Louis Lester Band and helps its rise to fame from playing in a basement jazz club to the illustrious Imperial Hotel. At first, the band is treated with hostility by the hotel's elderly audience, most of whom have never heard jazz music nor seen black musicians before. However, one table of young aristocrats love their new music and invite them to play at a garden party. Continues Tomorrow.
9.00pm Richard III: The King in the Car Park Channel 4 - When a skeleton was reported found under a Leicester council car park last September, the news broke around the world. Could it be the remains, lost for 500 years, of England's most infamous king? Now, in a world exclusive, Channel 4 has the full inside story of the hunt for Richard III. The discovery of the body and the battery of scientific tests to establish its identity have been carried out in complete secrecy and, to date, no footage of them has been seen by anyone but the investigating team. But this programme - made by the only team allowed to follow the scientists - tells every step, twist and turn of the story. It unveils a brand new facial reconstruction made from the skull and - in scenes to be shot just hours before broadcast - reveals the results of the final tests that will confirm or deny the body's identity.
9.00pm The Year of Making Love BBC3 - An experiment creating 500 new couples using the power of science. The Year of Making Love experiment launches with Britain's biggest ever blind date.
9.00pm Common Ground Sky Atlantic - Double bill of new comedy shorts. Charles Dance stars as a retired tour manager still living the rock'n'roll lifestyle and being a handful for his family.
10.35pm Being Eileen BBC1 - Six-part follow-up to Christmas comedy Lapland following the lives of the Lewis clan, who are back home in Birkenhead following their trip to Lapland. In this episode, Eileen goes missing and Paula goes into meltdown. Pete tries to treat Mandy, but he gets dragged into searching for their mum, who is not missing after all. Sue Johnston and Dean Andrews star.
Tuesday
10.35pm Out of Jail and On the Streets BBC1 - Documentary that uncovers the hidden world of public protection. Through the personal stories of probation officers, it explores how offenders are monitored, controlled and rehabilitated in everyday life, and how the public are protected from them. This is the story of our protectors, the extraordinary professionals in the probation service who work with some of society's most troubled, damaged and dangerous people.
Wednesday
8.00pm Holiday Hit Squad BBC1 - Four-part series in which Angela Rippon, Helen Skelton and Joe Crowley follow the work of hotel inspectors across the globe and give advice for making sure holidays live up to expectations.
9.00pm The Brain Doctors BBC2 - Three-part documentary series filming the work of the neurosurgeons at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital over seven months. This episode, meet the families of two patients whose lives are hanging in that balance. Tracey, a midwife and mother of two, lies comatose with massive head injuries suffered in a car crash. Her husband John escaped the crash relativey unscathed and now sits constantly by her bed, willing her to open her eyes. Across the ward lies Martin, struck down by a mysterious virus which has rendered him unconscious and unable to breathe for himself.
9.00pm People Like Us BBC3 - Documentary series following the people in and around a small estate in the deprived north Manchester suburb of Harpurhey
Thursday
9.00pm Martin Clunes: Heavy Horsepower ITV - Martin Clunes examines the role of the world's working horses as he begins training his own beloved Clydesdales, Ronnie and Bruce, and puts them through their paces on his Dorset farm. Martin has had the pair for two years, but they still have much to learn as they are sent away to expert trainer Robert Sampson to be instructed in the art of cart-pulling. Martin himself then travels to Europe and America, discovering how working horses are once more proving their value. In Italy he finds out how heavy horses are better for the soil than any tractor.
9.00pm How to Build a Bionic Man Channel 4 - Documentary that follows psychologist Bertolt Meyer, who has a bionic hand himself, as he meets scientists working at the cutting edge of research to find out just how far this new technology can go. Meanwhile, a team of roboticists create a complete 'bionic man' for the first time, using nearly $1 million-worth of state-of-the-art limbs and organs - the products of billions of dollars of research - borrowed from some of the world's leading laboratories and manufacturers.
9.00pm The Spa Sky Living - Derren Litten, the award-winning writer of Benidorm, pens an outrageous comedy set in a calamitous spa. Starring BAFTA winner Rebecca Front.
10.00pm Nashville More4 - The US drama set in the cut-throat world of country music, created by Callie Khouri, the Oscar-winning writer of Thelma and Louise, premieres on More4. Country music legend Rayna Jaymes is struggling to maintain her place in the spotlight. Her fans are ageing, her latest album isn't selling well and neither are tickets for her current tour.

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