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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The TVweek: Saturday 10th - Friday 16th August 2013

Saturday
6.45pm That Puppet Game Show BBC1 - A game show run by puppets, where two celebrities compete to win £10,000 for charity. Jonathan Ross and Katherine Jenkins battle it out with talking sausages and a tipsy armadillo.
9.00pm The Urban Proms BBC3 - Sarah-Jane Crawford and Charlie Sloth present the first ever Urban Prom from the Royal Albert Hall.
Sunday
8.00pm Dragons' Den BBC2 - Dragons' Den is back with two brand new multimillionaires joining the illustrious line up - cloud computing pioneer Piers Linney and design industry icon Kelly Hoppen take their seats alongside returning den stalwarts Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden.
9.00pm The Hairy Bikers: Restoration Roadtrip BBC2 - Dave Myers and Si King get their hands dirty visiting and taking part in projects to restore Britain's industrial past. Lending a helping hand to the passionate and skilled volunteers who are breathing new life into the machines that once made Britain the workshop of the world.
9.00pm Heston's Italian Revolutionaries More4 - Heston Blumenthal tells the story of Italian food in the UK - from the days of bog standard spag bol and olive oil being sold in chemists, to cavolo nero being stocked in Sainsbury's and pesto becoming a store cupboard favourite.
Monday
9.00pm Horizon: Monitor Me BBC2 -  Dr Kevin Fong explores a medical revolution that promises to help us live longer, healthier lives. Inspired by the boom in health-related apps and gadgets, it's all about novel ways we can monitor ourselves around the clock. How we exercise, how we sleep, even how we sit. Some doctors are now prescribing apps the way they once prescribed pills. Kevin meets the pioneers of this revolution. From the England Rugby 7s team, whose coach knows more about his players' health than a doctor would, to the most monitored man in the world who diagnosed a life threatening disease from his own data, without going to the doctor.
9.00pm Benefits Britain 1949 Channel 4 - Britain's welfare state is in crisis: when it was introduced by the post-war government it seemed like a brilliant idea: an essential safety net for a civilised society. But nearly 70 years later, we've fallen out of love with it, we can't afford it, and we've all got an opinion about where it's gone wrong.
10.00pm Ramsay's Hotel Hell Channel 4 - In this new six-part series, Gordon travels across the USA to fix hopeless hotels, mediocre motels and just plain bad bed and breakfasts. He endures hotels at their worst so that future guests don't have to.
10.00pm My Cyberstalking Hell: Liz McClarnon Five - Singer and TV presenter Liz McClarnon opens up about the years she has spent living in fear of a cyberstalker and meets other people who have endured similar experiences.
Tuesday
9.00pm India's Supersize Kids BBC2 - Anita Rani travels to Mumbai to investigate the obesity epidemic engulfing India's growing middle class.
9.00pm On the Run ITV - Last year, the police hunted almost ninety thousand people who either skipped trial or broke their license conditions. Now, senior officers warn they are pursuing these targets with fewer resources than ever. Natasha Kaplinsky and Mark Williams-Thomas team up to locate three wanted criminals - a sex offender, a violent international fugitive and a burglar.
9.00pm You're Killing My Son: The Mum on the Run Channel 4 - In December 2012, Sally Roberts went on the run with her seven-year-old son Neon, to prevent him receiving life-saving treatment for a brain tumour. With exclusive access to the Roberts family, this Cutting Edge documentary charts this extraordinary story as both parents reveal their accounts of months spent in conflict over the life of their child. Neon's father Ben speaks at length and for the first time about his experiences.
9.00pm Football, Madness & Me BBC3 - Documentary following three people with mental health issues who embark on a new kind of therapy by taking part in a football league where everyone has a mental health problem.
9.00pm Kirstie Allsopp: House Proud More4 - Property expert Kirstie Allsopp loves all things handmade and over the past four years she's been busy learning crafts and mastering new skills in an effort to encourage Brits to feel House Proud. In four special programmes she's selected her favourite crafts from previous series, as well as teaching brand new ones, to make everyone fall in love with their own home.
Wednesday
10.00pm Boom Town BBC3 - Structured reality show featuring Britain's most eccentric real-life people. Cream the Rapper waxes lyrical in his local corner shop; Kev the Witch has his house valued by a local estate agent; Jonny Nash the Ladies Man uses his unique chat-up lines at a local speed dating event; Alan the Care Home Worker reads his elderly residents a story; Joel the Trainspotter waits to see his favourite train; superheroes the Knight Warriors wait for a bus; Garth the Life Coach gives some practical self-improvement tips; Dorota the Actress and her husband/manager Atonu showcase their acting skills; Talina the Temptress tries to blag a free holiday; Pablo the Romantic hopes to have tea for two; Stella the Fashion Designer tries to sell her dress to a local fashion boutique; Louis the Stripper gets some careers advice; and Anthony the Struggling Pub Landlord introduces us to his latest art installation.
10.50pm I'm Spaziticus Channel 4 - Featuring a cast of disabled talent, the show sees individuals with various disabilities pranking members of the public in a cheeky and irreverent way. In this first episode, celebrities are fooled into endorsing a bizarre new charity for amputees, a blind man walks a guide pig rather than a guide dog, and there's the return of some old favourites from the first series: the talking guide dog and the punk dwarf who punches people's food.
Thursday
9.00pm Paul O'Grady's Working Britain BBC1 - Two-part documentary series as Paul O'Grady goes on a very personal journey through the history of the British working class to find out how work shaped our communities, and what happened when those iconic jobs disappeared.
9.00pm My Dwarf Family ITV - Documentary following three families in which one or more member has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.
10.00pm Crazy About One Direction Channel 4 - Directioners are a rare breed of fan. Connected to their idols through social media, they have a love and dedication like no other. These are the girls that heart One Direction. This documentary reveals what it truly means to be a Directioner, the lengths they will go to meet 1D, and how these teenage girls are united in their love of the most popular boy band in the world. From Milton Keynes to Glasgow, Directioners dedicate their lives and their money to following Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis.
Friday
9.00pm Big School BBC1 - Comedy written by and starring David Walliams set in a secondary school. Deputy head of chemistry Mr Church is about to resign from Greybridge School but the arrival of Miss Postern, the new French teacher, changes everything. PE teacher Mr Gunn also has designs on the new member of staff so Mr Church takes advice from a pupil on how to succeed with women. Mr Church's phone doesn't send picture messages, so he can't follow Manyou's first suggestion. That just leaves offering her a lift home. The course of true love never did run smooth, particularly in an Austin Maxi. Also stars Catherine Tate and Philip Glenister.
9.00pm The Burrowers BBC2 - Chris Packham sheds light on the magical underground world of three iconic British animals - badgers, water voles and rabbits. In one of the biggest natural history experiments ever undertaken, he investigates wild burrows to recreate full-scale replicas for the animals to live in and be observed, including the largest man-made rabbit warren of its kind ever built. This creates a window on their lives never witnessed before, from birth in winter to their emergence from the burrow in summer. How do they create their burrows? How do they breed and give birth?

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