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The TVweek: Saturday 15th - Friday 21st June 2013

Saturday
8.30pm Goodbye Granadaland ITV - Peter Kay bids a fond farewell to the iconic television landmark that is Granada Studios in Manchester. After 56 years entertaining the nation, the doors are being closed as ITV in the north moves down the road to a new home in Salford's MediaCity. Featuring archive footage to celebrate the incredible shows that were created and produced there, including Prime Suspect, Stars in Their Eyes, Coronation Street, World in Action, Brideshead Revisited and This Morning. With contributions from Dame Helen Mirren, Richard and Judy, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Kelly, Jeremy Paxman, Charles Dance, Paddy McGuinness, Shaun Ryder and Sir Michael Parkinson.
Sunday 
8.00pm Marple ITV - Miss Marple is drawn into a web of deceit, dark magic and death while supposedly holidaying on the Caribbean island of St Honore. Along with the help of business tycoon Jason Rafiel, Marple sets to work unravelling the truth and capturing the island's dangerous killer.
9.00pm The White Queen BBC1 - 10-part adaptation of Philippa Gregory's novels set during the Wars of the Roses. After meeting beautiful widow Elizabeth Woodville, young King Edward IV must choose between love and loyalty. Will a country divided by war and a court divided by jealousy be destroyed by a woman many consider a witch?
Monday
8.00pm Airport Live BBC2 - In one of BBC Two's most ambitious live broadcasts, Dan Snow, Dallas Campbell and Anita Rani go airside at Heathrow, the world's busiest international hub airport. Continues all week.
9.00pm Rick Stein's India BBC2 - Rick Stein explores the different cuisines around India. He starts his journey in Bengal and Tamil Nadu, the regions that began Britain's love affair with curry. Rick discovers that the British influence in Kolkata and Chennai remains strong as he enjoys the prominence of fish and seafood in many of their dishes, flavoured with mustard in Kolkata and tamarind in Chennai.
9.00pm Lost Long Family ITV - Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell present a new series of the programme which aims to reunite family members after years of separation.
9.00pm Scientologists at War Channel 4 - Documentary that examines the independent Scientology movement and the high level defectors who have publicly renounced their membership from the Church of Scientology. Marty Rathbun is one of the most senior defectors in Scientology's history. As the former Inspector General of Ethics in the organisation that was created by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, Rathbun worked closely with its current leader, David Miscavige, and celebrity follower Tom Cruise. The film provides a rare insider view of the Church of Scientology.
10.00pm The Greatest Shows on Earth Channel 4 - Four-part series in which Daisy Donovan gets to grips with some of the most popular television shows on the planet to find out what makes some very different cultures tick. From Egyptians' love of seeing terrified celebrities kidnapped at gunpoint, to India's dancing obsession, and from Brazil's desire for the body beautiful to South Korea's gaming addiction, Daisy sees how societies - and particularly the roles of women - are brought into sharp relief by their TV. In the first episode, Daisy visits Brazil, looking backstage as the country prepares to explode onto the world stage with the World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016, and she finds extremes of television, from programmes objectifying and humiliating women to a bloody version of Crimewatch.
Tuesday
7.30pm Nature's Newborns ITV - This brand new series about nature's newborns is presented by vet Steve Leonard. In the first episode, Steve meets some Dalmatian puppies, a family of orangutans, and a group of abandoned seal pups on the north coast of Norfolk.
8.00pm Something for Nothing Channel 4 - . In this two-part series, consumer journalist Harry Wallop discovers how to live well for free. In the first episode, Harry takes on some of life's luxuries - beauty treatments, fashion, and partying - and sets himself the challenge of looking good, spending a night on the town, and throwing a massive party for his local community - all for absolutely nothing. Full of tips on how to grab remarkable cash-free bargains, the show also profiles some of the most successful freebie finders in Britain, such as bargain-hunter Martha who landed £26,000 of wedding freebies.
9.00pm The Route Masters: Running London's Roads BBC2 - Series revealing how TFL and the police keep London's roads moving in the face of extreme pressure. This episode follows the TFL staff who try to keep a city constantly on the verge of gridlock moving.
9.00pm Royal Windsor's Big Week ITV - 2013 marks the 70th anniversary of the Royal Windsor Horse Show and the 60th anniversary of the coronation of the Queen. This documentary follows the team responsible for putting on the show so that everything turns out perfectly and nothing is left to chance.
10.35pm How to Find Love Online Channel 4 -  In this two-part series, Dawn O'Porter presents the definitive guide to finding love online and discovers how to succeed, what pitfalls to avoid and what the odds are that it works at all. In this first episode Dawn follows the ups and downs of 25 single people trying online dating for the first time.
Wednesday
8.00pm Hollywood Me Channel 4 - In this new six-part series, interior designer to the stars Martyn Lawrence Bullard jets unsuspecting Brits to LA for a surprise makeover, while secretly giving their home the Hollywood treatment too. Kicking off the series, Martyn visits Peterborough to surprise hard-working mother of quads Emily Bates. What Emily doesn't know is that while she is away, Martyn and his team will secretly transform her house into the sort of hip Hollywood palace that he usually designs for celebs. Over in Tinseltown, Emily is amazed to discover that her chaperone is celebrity style icon Sharon Osbourne. As Sharon takes Emily under her wing, they embark on outrageous shopping sprees and experience the latest and craziest beauty treatments La La land has to offer.
9.00pm Horizon BBC2 -  Iain Stewart investigates a new and controversial energy rush for the natural gas found deep underground. Sometimes, this is right under the places people live in. Getting it out of the ground involves hydraulic fracturing - or fracking. Iain travels to America to find to find out what it is, why it is a potential game changer and what we can learn from the US experience. He meets some of the people who have become rich from fracking as well as the communities worried about the risks.
10.00pm Quick Cuts BBC4 - Doon Mackichan, Paul Reynolds, Lucinda Dryzek, OT Fagbenle, Jane Dowden, Jessica Gunning. Semi-improvised sitcom/sketch series set in a hairdressing salon. Sue chucks Trevor out, Marianne is choosing boobs, Gavin is sick on a pigeon, Becky is stalking her lover and Annie has a blind date with someone with an unusual problem. Trying to juggle all these problems and a shop full of customers is not easy for Sue, especially when a giant chipmunk wearing a fez and holding an axe shows up.
Thursday
8.00pm Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model Sky Living - The hit modelling contest returns for the biggest series yet with style guru Dannii Minogue joining host Elle Macpherson and Tyson Beckford on the judging panel.
9.00pm Flights and Fights BBC2 - Documentary telling the inside story of low-cost airlines - a tale of big characters and big money. Ryanair's Michael O'Leary and EasyJet's Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou opened up new frontiers in the aviation industry as their airlines offered cheap flights to a vast range of popular and alternative destinations. The programme follows O'Leary to on a trip to Poland, an EasyJet flight to Moscow and a group of lads travelling to Riga to sample the low-cost airline experience.
9.00pm 50 First Dates Channel 4 - This six-part series follows eight new couples each week. From the moment they lay eyes on each other to their parting glance, the show captures every shared joke, every faux pas and every blossoming connection. At the end of their date, the couples talk candidly to the camera about their evening and answer the killer question: will they see each other again? In a twist to the series, if the answer is 'no', then some of the unsuccessful daters will appeal to the nation for people to apply.
9.00pm The Girl With 7 Mums Five - Documentary about the family life of 10-year-old Ellie Sharp, whose father Philip is a Messianic Jew and heads Britain's only openly polygamous family. Philip says that, 12 years ago, God told him that he was a king and should take seven wives. The family have been together for over a decade, but recently cracks have started to appear. Philip has gained notoriety in the media and one of the women has left and taken her story to the press. The family have also been hit hard by the recession and are five months behind on their mortgage payments.
10.00pm Bi-Curious Me Channel 4 - This documentary explores the stories of three women as they come to terms with changes in their sexuality and questions whether our new-found sexual freedoms make the business of intimate relationships any easier. Dating coach Hayley Quinn, who's 26, began to explore her own sexuality, prompted by her first partner's open attitude to sex and relationships.
Friday
9.00pm Wild Shepherdess with Kate Humble BBC2 - Kate Humble lives with shepherds in some of the most extreme environments on earth, discovering how the relationship between shepherd and flock has played a crucial role in human history. In the first film, Kate, who bought her own farm in Wales two years ago, treks for two days in Afghanistan to reach the wild and remote mountains of the Wakhan Corridor to live with some of the most traditional shepherds on earth. The Wakhi shepherds of north-east Afghanistan are one of the world's last truly traditional herding cultures. The Wakhi live as they have done for thousands of years, at the mercy of nature and utterly dependent on their animals for survival.

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