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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The TVweek: Saturday 24th - Friday 30th August 2013

Saturday
9.10pm America's Stoned Kids BBC2 - Professor John Marsden heads to Colorado in America, a state which voted to legalize the recreational use of Cannabis in November 2012.
Sunday
8.00pm Vera ITV - Third series of the detective drama. DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the brutal murder of young physiotherapist Lizzie Faulkner, who was gunned down at a luxury country retreat. In a story of betrayal, guilt and the need for atonement, Vera must move quickly to avoid another tragedy, while Joe finally makes amends with the demons from his own past.
9.00pm What Remains BBC1 - Four-part drama series. When Michael and his heavily pregnant partner Vidya move into a flat in Coulthard Street, they are shocked to discover the decomposed body of a woman in the loft. With a week left until retirement, Detective Len Harper begins to question her neighbours. He discovers that even though she had not been seen for over two years, nobody had raised an alarm or even noticed that she was gone. Len must work hard to uncover the secrets of the residents and give the deceased the attention in death she so sorely missed in life. Stars Russell Tovey and David Threlfall.
9.00pm A Touch of Cloth 2: Undercover Cloth Sky1 - The brilliant but tortured detective returns in a second series of the original Charlie Brooker comedy. Starring John Hannah and Suranne Jones. In the first of a 2-part episode Cloth and the team infiltrate a gang.
Monday
4.00pm Doctor Who at the Proms BBC1 - Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic and much-loved BBC series, this special event at the Royal Albert Hall features Murray Gold's popular music for the show, accompanied by specially edited sequences from the Doctor's most recent adventures. Hosted by the Doctor's friends, Madame Vastra and Strax, the concert also includes a look back at 'classic' Doctor Who series and the music created by the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Featuring special guest appearances by Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Peter Davison and Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor's first companion and granddaughter Susan Forman.
8.00pm Attack of the Zeppelins Channel 4 - This little-known story of a terror bombing campaign on the capital took place during the First World War. For 18 months the carnage was delivered by a machine straight from the pages of science fiction. The Zeppelin, the biggest flying machine ever to have existed, delivered a deadly payload straight to the heart of a nation and, for a time, there was nothing the British could do to stop them. This new kind of terror campaign rewrote the rules of war.
9.00pm Ultimate Swarms BBC1 - Zoologist and explorer George McGavin goes in search of some of the world's most impressive swarms. By getting right to the heart of these natural spectacles, he finds out why swarms are the ultimate solution to surviving against all odds and discovers how unlocking the secrets to how animals swarm could be crucial to understanding our own increasingly crowded lives.
9.00pm Horizon: Dinosaurs: The Hunt for Life BBC2 - Horizon meets Dr Mary Schweitzer, who may have found traces of DNA within the fossilised bones of a T-Rex - a discovery that could revolutionise our understanding of these beasts.
Tuesday
10.35pm My Hero: Ben Miller on Tony Hancock BBC1 - Ben Miller explores the extraordinary career of his comic hero, Tony Hancock. Charting Hancock's rise from amateur comedian in Bournemouth to stardom in radio, television and film, Ben discovers a restless perfectionist whose comic gifts were matched only by his talent for self-destruction. Featuring classic clips from Hancock's Half Hour, interviews with collaborators and friends, rare photographs and archive, and Ben's own personal favourite Hancock moments, the film is a tribute to one of Britain's best-loved stars.
Wednesday
9.00pm Martin Luther King and the March on Washington BBC2 - Documentary commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington, a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This programme tells the story of the how the march for jobs and freedom began, speaking to the people who organised and participated in it. Using rarely seen archive footage the film reveals the background stories surrounding the build up to the march as well as the fierce opposition it faced from the JFK administration, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI and widespread claims that it would incite racial violence, chaos and disturbance. The film follows the unfolding drama as the march reaches its ultimate triumphs, gaining acceptance from the state, successfully raising funds and in the end, organised and executed peacefully - and creating a landmark moment in the struggle for civil rights and racial equality in the united states. Featuring interviews with campaigners, contemporary Americans, officials and many others.
9.00pm Comedy Fest Live 2013 BBC3 - Back for its fourth year, Scotland's finest and funniest, Kevin Bridges, hosts the Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live. Kevin introduces some of the biggest names in comedy from this year's Fringe Festival including Russell Kane, Seann Walsh and Jason Byrne. They are joined by Festival favourites and new acts, bringing all the action from the Playhouse in Edinburgh.
10.00pm Wentworth Five - Contemporary reimagining of a classic Australian prison drama series. Housewife and hair stylist Bea Smith arrives at Wentworth as a remand prisoner charged with the attempted murder of her abusive husband. As she worries about her daughter Debbie, she finds herself caught amid the insider battles between prison governor Meg Jackson, the reigning top dog Jacs Holt and her challenger Franky Doyle.
Thursday
8.00pm The Railway: First Great Western Five - Documentary series following the working lives of the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain's largest train operating companies. Just two months into the role, Paddington's duty station manager Simon Jeffery faces a major disruption as a fire has caused signal failure and all services are delayed or cancelled. On a Swansea to Paddington late-night service, train manager Jodie picks her way through the party-goers and tries to get boozy passengers on and off the train safely.
9.00pm Burgled Channel 4 - With 675,000 burglaries reported each year and a house broken into every 47 seconds, Britain is the most burgled country in the EU. With exclusive access to the police force tackling the problem in Britain's most burgled neighbourhoods, in Leeds, Cutting Edge takes viewers onto the frontline of the battle against Britain's burglars. The UK economy narrowly avoided a triple dip recession and the police are facing severe cuts so the battle to stop the thieves has never been so tough.
10.00pm Celebrity Juice ITV2 - Keith Lemon returns to present the brand new tenth series of the outrageous comedy panel show. Radio DJ and TV presenter Fearne Cotton returns as team captain following her maternity break, with fellow presenter Holly Willoughby once again leading the opposing team.
Friday
9.00pm Big Fat Gypsy Weddings: The Luck of the Irish Channel 4 - This special episode meets Irish Travellers from both sides of the Irish Sea, exploring the special bond they share and some of the values they often don't. But, as the film records some of the biggest events in an Irish Traveller's life, from spectacular weddings to christenings, to the most important day in the Irish calendar, St Patrick's Day, it becomes apparent that despite their differences they remain united by an in-built desire to celebrate life, whatever it throws at them.
10.00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man Channel 4 - Alan returns for a new series joined by two of the stars of the forthcoming West End comedy Barking in Essex - Lee Evans and Keeley Hawes. Music is from Rizzle Kicks who perform their new single Lost Generation.

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