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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The TVweek: Saturday 9th - Friday 15th November 2013

Saturday
9.00pm Hello Quo BBC2 - Alan G Parker's documentary, specially re-edited for the BBC, recounts Status Quo's epic story from the start. The original members of the 'frantic four' tell their story of a life in rock 'n' roll, alongside interviews from some prominent Quo fans, such as Paul Weller, Brian May and even Sir Cliff.
9.15pm The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance BBC1 - In the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and members of the royal family, Huw Edwards presents the Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance, which pays tribute to all victims of war and conflict. James Blunt, Alfie Boe, Katie Melua, Jonathan and Charlotte and the specially formed Poppy Girls perform alongside the Massed Bands of the Household Division and the bands of HM Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force. The Festival includes the traditional two-minute silence as poppy petals fall from the roof of the Royal Albert Hall, each representing a life lost in war.
Sunday
6.30pm Yonderland Sky1 - Double bill of a new fantasy comedy from the minds behind Horrible Histories.
8.00pm Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy - Secret History Channel 4 -Nearly a century after Howard Carter's momentous discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Egyptologist Dr Chris Naunton returns to Carter's vast excavation files. Hidden among thousands of notes he has uncovered are clues that point to a mysterious burning of the Boy King's mummy. 
9.00pm Our Soldiers: Return to Civvy Street More4 - This documentary explores the lives of former servicemen as they try to adjust to the civilian world. Hearing from three ex-squaddies, this insightful, humorous and quietly powerful film highlights the practical and emotional challenges that many in the military experience as they try to adapt to an unfamiliar way of life. Staff Sergeant Paul Wilkie has completed his 22-year contract and is looking forward to securing a new job and moving on with his life. But it's proving difficult with his specific skill set. A few years after leaving the forces, Corporal Dave Edwards suffers mentally and physically from his time in service.
10.25pm The Revolution will be Televised BBC3 - Satirical series featuring comedy from fictionalised characters to stunt-led sketches, which brings the corruption, greed and hypocrisy of politicians, multi-nationals and tax-shy billionaires who have been taking the British public for a ride for years to the fore.
Monday
2.15pm Moving On BBC1 - Fifth series of the contemporary daytime drama series. Contemporary drama series. Jo is happily married to policeman Steve, with two young children: on the face of it, the perfect family. But Steve is always distracted by his exciting job, and the kids are busy at school and no longer need Jo 24/7, leaving her with the housework and the weekly shop. Beneath the surface, Jo feels boring and invisible. That is, until she accidentally shoplifts. Initially horrified, the fear of being caught gives her a rush that she hasn't felt in a long time. Over a few months, she gradually increases the amount (and value) of her shoplifting, developing a range of tricks to avoid detection until - inevitably - she is caught. Taken to a police station, it all suddenly becomes horribly real.
5.00pm The Paul O'Grady Show ITV - Paul O'Grady returns for a new series of his early evening chat show. Today's guests include X Factor's Louis Walsh and Coronation Street's Helen Worth, and there is music from The Saturdays.
9.00pm Phil Spencer: Secret Agent More4 - Phil travels to Rawdon, West Yorkshire, to help Alan and Wendy sell their family home of eight years, which has been on the market without an offer for over 24 months. He finds a split level house on a slope with a tricky layout and tired decor.
Tuesday
9.00pm Strange Days: Cold War Britain BBC2 - Historian Dominic Sandbrook takes us back to the strange years of the Cold War.
9.00pm Missing: Without a Trace ITV - Natasha Kaplinsky and Mark Williams-Thomas team up in an attempt to reunite two families that have been affected. In one case, a young man left behind a trail leading all the way to Australia, while the other is the heartbreaking account of a mother and daughter who had not seen each other for twenty-four years.
9.00pm The Sound of Musicals Channel 4 - London's musical theatreland is booming. With millions to be made at the box office, competition is cut-throat and everyone from producers to performers is searching for that coveted spot in the West End. With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to a season in the West End, this four-part documentary series goes behind the scenes to witness every aspect of the business of musicals. In the battle between legendary producers and optimistic novices to get their shows on the stage, all have a story to tell about the lure of the bright lights. And once a show is in the West End, the series explores how to sustain a hit: the chorus lines, the casting changes and the effort it takes to bring in an audience night after night - and how to stage the spectacular. The series begins with how to bring a classic tale to life on stage, with exclusive access to Academy Award winner Sam Mendes' re-imagining of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
9.00pm Snow, Sex & Suspicious Parents BBC3 - Series in which parents secretly keep an eye on what their teenage kids get up to on their skiing holidays. In Val d'Isere, muscle man Olly, party boy Jake and four of their university mates are set for a week of Alpine anarchy. There's snow, seduction and serious drinking, but it's Jake and Olly who are under the spotlight with their mums watching their every move. 20-year-old Olly was brought up in Lancaster by his doting single mum Fiona. He left for university two years ago and his mum has no idea what he gets up to. Fiona couldn't be prouder of Olly, but she does fear that he could be drinking too much.
10.00pm Hebburn BBC2 - With a baby on the way, Sarah and Jack are desperate to move out of his parents' home. Joe's stroke recovery means Pauline has become the family's main breadwinner and has taken a job as an estate agent. Unfortunately, due to her honesty, she's finding it hard to make a sale. However, Dot might just be able to solve all the family's problems.
Wednesday
8.00pm DIY SOS: Million Pound Build for Children in Need BBC1 - The team head to Peterborough for their most ambitious build ever. They have just nine days to build a new centre for Little Miracles, a charity that helps children with additional needs and life limiting conditions. On top of dealing with the massive building, Nick and the team must also landscape the two-and-a-half acres of grounds attached to the site, but help is on hand from volunteers from across the country.
9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 - The RTS award-winning series returns for a new series, capturing dramatic and emotional stories of love, life and loss on the frontline of the NHS. The series is filmed around the clock at one of Britain's busiest A&E departments at King's College Hospital in South London. This episode focuses on patients rushed into King's after being involved in serious traffic accidents, and shows that not all problems are immediately obvious.
Thursday
8.00pm Children in Need Rocks BBC1 - Fearne Cotton and Chris Evans present a spectacular concert featuring some never-before-seen surprise collaborations held in support of Children in Need, staged over two nights at the Apollo in Hammersmith, London. Brought together by one of Children in Need's biggest supporters, Gary Barlow, performers doing their bit for Pudsey include Robbie Williams, Kings of Leon, Barry Manilow, Ellie Goulding, Dizzee Rascal, Nicole Scherzinger, Little Mix, Tom Odell, Rizzle Kicks, Bastille, the Lumineers, Passenger and the Wanted.
9.00pm The Science of Doctor Who BBC2 - Professor Brian Cox takes an audience of celebrity guests, including Charles Dance and Rufus Hound, and members of the public on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor, from the lecture hall of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Drawing on the latest theories as well as 200 years of scientific discoveries and the genius of Einstein, Brian tries to answer the classic questions raised by the Doctor - can you really travel in time? Does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build something as fantastical as the TARDIS?
10.35pm The Day Kennedy Died ITV - Documentary giving a minute-by-minute account of events in Dallas surrounding President Kennedy's assassination on 22 November.
Friday
7.30pm Children in Need 2013 BBC1 - A star-studded line-up of famous faces take part in this year's marathon fundraising effort. Sir Terry Wogan is joined by Tess Daly to kick off the evening's extravaganza in aid of disadvantaged children in the UK. The cast of West End musical Matilda perform an exclusive medley of songs from the multi award winning show. Boyband JLS perform some of their greatest hits in Albert Square, the home of EastEnders, and there is a world exclusive preview clip from the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. Olympic ice dance legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean ditch their skates and take to the ballroom as they go head-to-head in a very special Strictly Come Dancing. Gary Barlow introduces a nationwide choir of 1,500 schoolchildren united in song, whilst Frank Skinner hosts a special children's version of Room 101.

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