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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The TVweek: Saturday 16th - Friday 22nd February 2013

Saturday
6.50pm Let's Dance for Comic Relief BBC1 - Alex Jones and Steve Jones host the live comedy dance show with a difference as comedians, soap stars and well-known faces tackle famous dance routines to win your vote and raise money for Comic Relief. In this episode, Ricky Hatton, Tim Vine and Natalie Cassidy are among the stars competing in front of a celebrity judging panel of Mel Giedroyc, Bradley Walsh and EastEnders' Tameka Empson. There are also show-stopping music performances from Kimberley Walsh and The Script, and a world-exclusive look at the new One Direction Comic Relief single.
Sunday
9.00pm Ripper Street BBC1 - The popular crime drama returns after a week's absence.
9.00pm Complicit Channel 4 - A compelling feature-length drama from acclaimed writer Guy Hibbert that explores the murky moral compromise that underpins the hidden intelligence wars.
Monday
3.30pm The Common Denominator Channel 4 - Phil Spencer hosts the brand new quiz where the way your brain works could be more important than what you know. It's a serious mental assault course for three contestants as they race to find the link between seemingly unrelated clues and win the chance to play for £10,000.
9.00pm Her Majesty's Prison: Aylesbury ITV - 2-part observational documentary series filmed over five months in the UK's most notorious young offenders institution. HMP Aylesbury houses some of the most dangerous criminals in Britain, including murderers, rapists, violent gang members and paedophiles. One in five of the inmates is serving a life or indeterminate sentence, but what makes this prison exceptional and disturbing is that the oldest among them is just 21.
9.00pm Embarrassing Bodies Channel 4 - The Channel 4 institution returns for a brand new series.
9.00pm Extraordinary People: Shrinking my 17 Stone Legs Five - Documentary following Mandy Sellars from Accrington in Lancashire, who has an extremely rare overgrowth condition. She has a size 12 body, but gigantic feet and legs. After years of medical tests, her genetic condition has now been diagnosed by endocrinologist Dr Robert Semple and his team at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Dr Semple is determined to find medication that could halt the overgrowth, and possibly even shrink Mandy's limbs.
10.00pm Speidi: Scandal, Secrets and Surgery Five - One-hour special documentary about 2013 Celebrity Big Brother runners-up Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, collectively known as 'Speidi', who rose to fame on the American reality TV show The Hills. This is the story behind their rise and fall and rise again, featuring intimate and revealing interviews with Heidi and Spencer and contributions from those who have surrounded them. This film reveals the truth behind their marriage, the rifts, the bankruptcy, the hate campaign, the plastic surgery and, most shocking of all, the dry cleaning bill.
Tuesday
9.00pm Cutting Edge: The Fried Chicken Shop - Life in a Day Channel 4 - Roosters Spot is an up and coming franchise in the increasingly competitive market of fried chicken. Exploring the phenomenal rise in public affection for everything fried chicken through a single shop in south London, this Cutting Edge documentary offers a unique and intriguing insight into contemporary London life.
10.35pm Litter Wars BBC1 - Documentary following the men and women who are passionate about clearing their local streets of litter and dog fouling, as they confront the litterers and roll up their sleeves to clear up other people's mess.
Wednesday
8.00pm The Brit Awards ITV - James Corden returns as host for the most prestigious event in the British pop music calendar. This year's show features live performances from Emeli Sande, Mumford and Sons, Muse, One Direction, Taylor Swift, and Robbie Williams.
9.00pm Meet the Izzards BBC1 - Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard embarks on a unique, epic and personal journey using his own DNA to trace the migration of his ancestors out of Africa and into Europe over almost 200,000 years. A simple saliva swab and the latest cutting-edge DNA science help Eddie explore the secrets of his genetic history. In this first film Eddie explores his mum's line over the last 10,000 generations, tracing her ancestral route across 10,000 miles all the way back home to Britain. Along the way he meets some of his modern DNA cousins, from the African bush to the shores of the Red Sea, as he discovers how humans populated the globe, why he has blue eyes and how the Izzards ended up in Europe. Continues tomorrow with his father's line.
Thursday
10.00pm Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline Channel 4 - While he was embedded with the US army in Afghanistan, British humanitarian photographer Giles Duley stepped on an IED. The explosion left him with horrific injuries and, ultimately, as a triple amputee. A year and a half after sustaining injuries that left him hovering between life and death for months, he kept the promise he made to himself on the day of the incident: to return to Afghanistan to complete his work documenting the impact of the invasion on civilians, and now focusing on the wounded who have sustained injuries similar to his. This film documents Giles's courageous return to Afghanistan as he undertakes his first major photographic assignment since the explosion, in the country where he very nearly lost his life.
Friday 
9.00pm Wild Arabia BBC2
9.00pm Piers Morgan's Life Stories ITV - Esther Rantzen joins Piers to talk about her life and career, including the 21 years she spent presenting and producing the hugely popular That's Life.

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