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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The TVweek: Saturday 22nd - Thursday 27th June 2013

Saturday
8.15pm The Nation's Favourite Dance Moments ITV - This special counts down the greatest moments in dance history - as voted by ITV Viewers. But which will be crowned the Nation's Favourite? Featuring interviews with the stars, dancers and choreographers who created these iconic moves, the programme tells the stories behind 20 dance masterpieces - from films such as Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Singin' in the Rain, to pop classics like Michael Jackson's Thriller, Madonna's Vogue and Beyonce's Single Ladies. Including interviews with Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Jason Gardiner, Ashley Roberts, Len Goodman, Ashley Banjo, Ann Widdecombe, Louis Smith and Arlene Phillips.
10.35pm The Big Dirty List Show Channel 4 - As part of Mating Season, Channel 4 explores the most seductive songs in the history of modern music. From rock 'n' roll to bump 'n' grind, these are tracks both for and about sex. The Big Dirty List Show: 50 Years of Sex and Music takes 20 of the most popular sexual songs from the last 50 years and looks at how music can help to define, as well as reflect, each generation's different sexual attitudes. These are songs that shocked society and rocked the bedroom, as voted for in an exclusive Channel 4 poll. Contributors include Holly Johnson, Lil' Louis, Lazy Jay, Sean Beavan, Andrew Farriss, Michael McCary, Brian Friedman, Ron Jeremy, Jameela Jamil and Sean Rowley. Channel 4's Mating Season explores the complexities and nuances of forming relationships in 2013, with a collection of documentaries and dramas looking at modern day relationships.
Sunday
8.00pm The Secret Life of the Sun BBC2 -  Using the latest satellite images, and the expertise of Britain's leading solar scientists, Kate Humble and Helen Czerski reveal the inner workings of our very own star, and the influence its mysterious cycles of activity have on our planet. They discover why the light reaching us from the Sun can be up to a million years old: they meet the teams who protect us by keeping a round-the-clock vigil on the Sun; and investigate why some scientists think longer term changes in the Sun's behaviour may have powerful effects on our climate.
Monday
9.00pm The Man with the 10 Stone Testicles Channel 4 - he extraordinary story of 49-year-old Las Vegas resident Wesley Warren Jr, a man who lives with a rare medical condition so severe that he can't wear trousers, walk normally, go to work, drive a car, have sex, or even sit down without the help of a milk crate. This intimate documentary gives a unique insight into Wesley's daily struggles, his humiliating encounters and the life-or-death operation he faces to cure this shocking ailment. Revealing the story of how his testicles became so large, the cameras follow Wesley from his cramped Vegas apartment to one of the world's leading operating theatres, as he embarks on a fierce battle to reclaim his body and his dignity. The programme meets the trail-blazing surgeon and medical team - many of whom have never seen a case on this scale - and views their cutting-edge procedures first-hand. Will the operation enable Wesley to lead a normal life again?
9.00pm Don't Call me Crazy BBC3 - Series set in the McGuinness Unit, a last resort for adolescents with eating disorders, psychosis, depression or who self-harm. Many are so disturbed they will have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. The opening episode finds three girls newly-arrived at the unit - Beth who has an eating disorder, Gill who is suicidal and Emma who has OCD. Over several months filming we see Beth refuse to eat and the staff have to take drastic action. Gill is the most volatile patient on the ward and is caught in an unhealthy cycle of being restrained and then placed back down the acute corridor on one-to-one observation. Emma, the youngest of the three, needs to come to terms with a condition that has made her give up all her favourite things - obsessive compulsive disorder. By the end of several months' filming we learn that recovery is not just about therapy and medication, it is also about the relationships the teenagers create with one another during their time on the ward.
9.00pm Kung Foolery Sky1 - Best mates and martial arts enthusiasts Matt Bell and Pip Holmes embark on an epic adventure across Thailand in a bid to master the moves of their favourite action movie heroes.
Tuesday
8.00pm Love Your Garden ITV - Alan Titchmarsh returns with a new series of the hit gardening show. He comes to the rescue of a fellow gardener and his family in Hurst Green as they bravely cope with a life-threatening illness.
9.00pm Secrets from the Workhouse ITV - In the first of two programmes, Fern Britton, actor Brian Cox, author Barbara Taylor-Bradford and model Kiera Chaplin - granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin - uncover the facts about how their families went from a life of poverty to end up in the workhouse. Fern is upset to find that her pauper ancestors would have had their bodies dissected for medical science as part of their welfare debt to society when they died in the workhouse. Brian's great grandfather was a low paid Irish immigrant who moved to Glasgow in search of work but ended up in Barnhill poorhouse. Barbara is shocked to discover her mother's secret workhouse past - she went into Ripon workhouse as a child when her own mother became pregnant. Kiera is horrified by the reign of terror endured by her family in the Lambeth workhouse.
Wednesday
9.00pm Horizon BBC2 - This summer, the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way is getting ready to feast. A gas cloud three times the size of our planet has strayed within the gravitational reach of our nearest supermassive black hole. And across the globe, telescopes are being trained on the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, some 27,000 light years from Earth, in the expectation of observing this unique cosmic spectacle. For cosmic detectives across the Earth, it is a unique opportunity. For the first time in the history of science, they hope to observe in action the awesome spectacle of a feeding supermassive black hole.
Thursday
9.00pm Who Were the Greeks? BBC2 - Classicist, Dr Michael Scott, uncovers the strange, alien world of the ancient Greeks. Looking at the lives of the Greeks, Michael asks who were these people who gave us democracy, architecture, philosophy, language, literature and sport? Travelling across Greece today, Michael takes us to ancient cities and battlefields, to great ruins and across wild countryside, all in his search to uncover how the ancient Greeks thought and lived. What he finds is that ancient Greece was a seething tornado of strange, unsettling and downright outrageous customs and beliefs.
9.00pm India: A Dangerous Place to be a Woman BBC3 - In December 2012 a young medical student was brutally gang-raped on board a bus in Delhi. Horrified by the attack, 28-year-old British Asian Radha Bedi travels to India to uncover the reality of life for young women there.
10.00pm Eye Spy Channel 4 - Stephen Fry narrates Eye Spy, the brand new series that tests the idea that the people of Great Britain really are 'great' - that we can be heroes when faced with a particularly challenging situation and are ready to do the right thing. Eye Spy features ingenious hidden camera stunts that throw up assorted moral dilemmas and psychological conundrums to wrestle with, challenging the notion inherent in many news stories that our 'once great nation is going to the dogs'. You may say you'd do the right thing in a highly-pressured situation, but only when you're actually in the moment can you ever really know. Will it be the diners up North or those down South who stick up for an interracial couple being picked on by an outrageously racist waiter? Will anyone take a bag stuffed full of £30k in cash, just lying there in a phone box?

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