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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The TVweek: Saturday 5th - Friday 11th October 2013

Saturday
6.30pm Fool Britannia ITV - Series 2 of the hidden camera prank show fronted by Dom Jolly.
7.00pm The Chase Celebrity Edition ITV -  Taking part today are Daybreak's Dr Hilary Jones, Shameless star Tina Malone, Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson and impressionist Jon Culshaw.
Sunday
9.00pm The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors BBC2 - Rageh Omaar sets out to discover why the Ottomans have vanished from our understanding of the history of Europe. Why so few realise the importance of Ottoman history in today's Middle East. And why you have to know the Ottoman story to understand the roots of many of today's trouble spots from Palestine, Iraq and Israel to Libya, Syria, Egypt, Bosnia and Kosovo.
9.00pm Homeland Channel 4 - First episode of season three of the popular US thriller starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. Almost three months after America's 'Second 9/11', alleged Langley bomber Nick Brody remains at large. Saul plots a risky counter-strike on the terrorists connected with the bombing, but his efforts to reinforce the CIA's position are threatened when Carrie becomes the focus of a hostile Senate investigation.
10.00pm Was It Something I Said? Channel 4 - David Mitchell hosts the new panel show series that pits two teams against one another in a battle of word play, answering questions based on quotes, tweets and autobiographies to test their verbiage mettle. Each week a guest narrator joins the show to read out quotes. Team captains Micky Flanagan and Richard Ayoade are joined by panellists Jimmy Carr and actor, comedian and author Charlie Higson for the first show, while the guest narrator is Homeland star David Harewood. In a world first, viewers can also play along with the show via Twitter, and by answering questions they will receive bonus content such as behind the scenes and deleted material and jokes from the show's panellists.
Monday
9.00pm 999: What's Your Emergency? Channel 4 - Last year, Channel 4 cameras followed the work of police, fire and ambulance staff in Blackpool to reveal modern Britain through the eyes of the emergency services. Now the series returns, but this time its focus is on the emergency service that gets to know us most intimately: the ambulance service. The new series follows ambulance staff across the country who know that every 999 call they race to could be a matter of life or death. The ambulance service is under huge pressure, with 11 million emergency calls a year and an ambulance dispatched every five seconds at an average cost of £250.
10.00pm Sex Box Channel 4 - Sex Box is a new sex talk show with a difference; a panel discussion about the real sex lives of people, with one exceptional twist. In a unique television format inspired by the work of sex researchers, three couples have sex, then talk about it afterwards, while the feelings and sensations are still vivid and truthful. They discuss their experience with the programme's host, agony aunt Mariella Frostrup, in front of a studio audience and with a panel of experts: internationally syndicated sex columinst Dan Savage, sex body language and relationship expert Tracey Cox, and psychotherapist, broadcaster and author Phillip Hodson.
Tuesday
8.00pm The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards ITV - Carol Vorderman hosts as the biggest names in show business pay tribute to our national heroes in the fifteenth annual Pride of Britain Awards. The event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, attracts hundreds of VIPs - this year including Prince Charles, prime minister David Cameron, comedian and prolific fundraiser David Walliams and sporting hero Usain Bolt - as they come together to celebrate the achievements of the winners. Prince William also presents a special one-off award in celebration of 150 years of the Football Association - the FA Football Champion award - in which he honours an amazing woman who turned her community around through the power of football.
9.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1 - Hanna and Mike have three kids, two of whom are twins who were born prematurely. One now suffers from cerebral palsy and the other is profoundly deaf. The family house is tiny and the cramped conditions are making life extremely difficult and at times dangerous for the growing boys. Nick Knowles and DIY SOS team call on friends, family and the local community to come to the aid of this young family and build a single storey extension in just nine days.
9.00pm Masters of Sex Channel 4 - US drama series set in the 1950s, chronicling the relationship between the couple who risked everything and gave birth to the sexual revolution while struggling with their own issues of success, betrayal and jealousy. Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series documents their unusual lives, romance and journey to pop-culture prominence, a process that saw them go from a Midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and TV host Johnny Carson's couch.
10.35pm The Day I Got My Sight Back BBC1 - Since 2002, Ian Tibbetts, a 42-year-old former forklift truck driver from Telford in Shropshire, has been slowly going blind. He has never seen the faces of his twin four-year-old boys. Despite numerous treatments to save his eyesight, nothing has worked - until now. Over several months, this film follows Ian as he undergoes a series of radical operations in a last attempt to restore his sight.
Wednesday
9.00pm Dan Snow's History of Congo BBC2 - Dan Snow travels to Congo to reveal how its troubled history of slavery, colonialism, corruption and war have turned one of the world's potentially richest countries into one of its poorest.
9.00pm Fat for Cash Five - Documentary exploring the secret world of overweight entrepreneurs. Jen from Boston weighs 30 stone and is a dedicated weight gainer. Online, she sells video clips of herself stepping onto weighing scales and straining to get a measuring tape around her thighs. Christina's 40-stone frame means that she is almost immobile, but she too is capitalising on her bulk. Some men believe that Christina has the perfect figure, and they will pay to watch her over the web.
Thursday
8.00pm Trust Me, I'm a Doctor BBC2 - Going behind the headlines to give you the definitive answers to your health questions. Can you be fat and fit? Could you improve your health by staying in bed longer? Should we all be taking an Aspirin pill to help us live longer? Michael Mosley is joined by a team of doctors who use their expertise to get to the bottom all those health claims. Dr Chris van Tulleken examines what diseases lurk on Britain's hands. Dr Saleyha Ahsan has some simple tips that could allow you to save a life. Surgeon Gabriel Weston witnesses brain surgery without a knife.
9.00pm Truckers BBC1 - Five-part drama series focusing on the lives of truck drivers. Stars Stephen Tompkinson, Ashley Walters and Harry Treadaway. Malachi has to accept his marriage has ended, especially when he interrupts his ex-wife having culinary-themed phone sex with her new fiance. After some soul searching and help from his son, he comes to terms with the break-up in his own way.
9.00pm Breathless ITV - New six-part drama series set in 1961, following a group of doctors at a London hospital. Abortion is still illegal and the contraceptive pill has only just become available. Charismatic surgeon Otto Powell presides over a busy gynaecological ward. At home, he and his wife Elizabeth appear to be the perfect couple. At the hospital Otto notices a new nurse, Angela Wilson, who makes a striking impression. Meanwhile Otto's deputy, Richard Truscott, is set to marry stunning nurse Jean Meecher.
9.00pm The Last Witch Sky Living - Katherine Kelly and Anne Reid star in a modern supernatural tale of magic, murder and sibling rivalry from BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax).
9.00pm Tricked ITV2 - Brand new magic show with a difference. Magician Ben Hanlin conjures up mischief as unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public are taken in by his unique brand of hidden camera magic.
Friday
10.35pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 - Graham Norton returns with a new series of his chat show. Together on his sofa are Hollywood megastar Harrison Ford, starring in new sci-fi adventure Ender's Game; comedian Jack Whitehall; and James Blunt, who performs Bonfire Heart.

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