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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The TVweek: Saturday 12th - Friday 18th October

Saturday
10.15pm The Jonathan Ross Show ITV - The chatshow returns with guests Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, along with one of Britain's best loved entertainers, Cilla Black. Music comes from last year's million-selling X Factor champion James Arthur.
Sunday
8.00pm The X Factor Results Show ITV - Dermot O'Leary hosts the first elimination show featuring performances from Ellie Goulding and Cher.
Monday
8.00pm Dogs: Their Secret Lives Channel 4 - Using hidden cameras and a ground-breaking new study from the world's leading dog scientists, this documentary reveals what our dogs get up to while we're out. Footage from dozens of homes shows sleepy, active, howling and fretful dogs. Infrared cameras reveal what's happening inside Bruno the boxer/Rottweiler cross's head, while a dog vocalisation expert analyses Max the Alsatian's howling to understand what he's trying to communicate. Mark Evans, former chief vet at the RSPCA, investigates what it all means for the 21st-century dog owner. He discovers whether new technology allowing dogs to make phone calls and watch TV is the key to keeping our canine companions happy in the modern British home.
9.00pm Stephen Fry: Out There BBC2 - The gay writer, actor and broadcaster travels discovers what it means to be gay in different corners of the globe, as well as meeting some of the most notorious homophobes on the planet to try to understand the origin of their hatred. In the first episode, Stephen reflects back on how much has changed for gay people during his lifetime. He meets Elton John and David Furnish, the couple who inspired Stephen to be open about his sexuality as well as many others. Stephen also travels to Uganda, where the government is considering a new law that would make homosexuality a capital crime - putting gay people to death for their sexuality. Stephen also travels to the USA to explore 'reparative therapy', which claims to offer a 'cure' for being gay. Whilst in the states, he looks at how Hollywood deals with the gay issue by talking to Neil Patrick Harris, an openly gay man who continues to land leading roles. Concludes Wednesday.
9.00pm On Benefits and Proud Five - Documentary taking a look at the lifestyles of some of those living on benefits and not currently seeking employment. Mum of 11 Heather, 37, has been branded one of Britain's biggest benefits scroungers. Heather and her supersized family live in two knocked-through council houses on the outskirts of Gloucester. Her income on benefits is double what most people in Britain earn - in fact, you would need a £60k+ a year job to match it.
10.00pm Diary of a Teenage Virgin Channel 4 - In this candid yet sensitive documentary teenagers give an insight into how it feels to be a virgin in 2013, in a world where social networking and shockingly easy access to porn have transformed the sexual landscape and piled on the pressure to lose your virginity like never before.
Tuesday
9.00pm Talking to the Dead Sky Living - Russell Tovey and Sophie Rundle star in a two-part thriller based on Harry Bingham's bestseller. A young detective works her first case for the Major Crimes team. Concludes Thursday.
10.00pm Sweat the Small Stuff BBC3 - Second series of the panel game hosted by Nick Grimshaw.
Wednesday
8.00pm River Cottage To The Core Channel 4 - In thisfour part series, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall wants to sow the seeds of change and revolutionise the way we use fruit in Britain. Hugh kicks off the series with a surprising cooking demonstration - but will his guests buy into strawberries in a savoury dish? He also throws a party to celebrate the re-opening of his barn, a year and a half after it was destroyed by fire. There is roast pork with black pudding and gooseberries, and a delicious lemon tart.
9.00pm The One & Only Cilla ITV - To mark the 50th anniversary of her life in show business, Paul O'Grady presents a celebration of the career of one of our most popular and successful all-round entertainers - Cilla Black. Cilla herself looks back to where it all began with The Beatles in The Cavern Club and her time as a best-selling singer, before she evolved into one of the UK's best-loved TV hosts. For one night only, Cilla resurrects Blind Date and is joined by a host of special guests including Alison Moyet and Katie Melua who perform two of her classic hits.
9.00pm The Tunnel Sky Atlantic - The first of a thrilling ten-part crime drama. British and French detectives are brought together when a body is discovered inside the Channel Tunnel.
9.00pm Freshers ITV2 - New three-part series following a group of first year students at the University of Bedfordshire as they leave the family home and learn how to survive on their own for the first time. The programme focuses on six diverse and energetic freshers aged between 18 and 20 - ladies' man Max, loveable nerd Forrest, glamorous Anita, horse-loving Abbie, daddy's girl Bayleigh and hip-hop performer Jay C. Cameras follow the young adults as they face the daunting first few weeks of university life.
10.00pm Hello Ladies Sky Atlantic - Stephen Merchant takes centre stage in his self-penned comedy following the hapless efforts of a gawky web designer on the hunt for love in LA.
10.35pm Veep Sky Atlantic - Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns as Vice President Selina Meyer, who takes on a new nemesis in the form of the president's senior strategist.
Thursday
8.30pm Britain's Secret Treasures ITV - Michael Buerk and historian Bettany Hughes present a new series of the show that unearths some of the UK's hidden treasures
10.00pm Up All Night Channel 4 - The Nightclub Toilet provides a unique perspective of the dramas, emotions and comical occurrences that take place behind the doors of a lively nightclub washroom. Filmed across four nights, the documentary joins the toilet attendants working in the ladies and gents loos of a busy Crawley nightclub, capturing the conversations, events and grooming habits of partygoers. Divided by a sign on the door, two very different and unexplored worlds exist within the toilet. Girls don't know what happens in the gents, boys don't know what happens in the ladies, but by nightfall both these rooms are bursting with action. The first programme in Up All Night, a series of documentaries that shed an intimate light on life after dark in some of Britain's more hidden locations.
Friday
9.30pm Man Down Channel 4 - Greg Davies, acclaimed stand-up comedian, and Mr Gilbert in the hit TV series and film The Inbetweeners, writes and stars in the new comedy series. Dan's world is at near collapse: his girlfriend Naomi is fast running out of patience with his inability to navigate the simplest of life tasks, while his best friends are Jo who has, what can only be described as, the loosest of grasp on reality and Brian, a straight-laced financial adviser who is regularly dumbfounded by the complete idiocy of his two friends. Dan's listless teaching career sees him begrudgingly teach a version of the same lesson every day, nevertheless making him inexplicably popular with all but one of the pupils. His only highlight is flirting with head mistress, Miss Lipsey who really views him with a mixture of pity and despair.

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