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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The TVWeek: Sunday 2nd-Friday 7th February

Sunday
8.00pm Top Gear BBC2 - The driving series returns for a 21st series and this time the boys are out to prove that the hatchbacks of their youth were better than those today. Elsewhere, Hugh Bonneville is this week's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car 
8.00pm Scandimania Channel 4 - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explores the food and culture of Scandinavia and attempts to discover why the Scandinavians are considered the happiest individuals on the planet. 
Monday
9.00pm DCI Banks ITV- Stephen Tompkinson returns for a third series of stories based on the boks of Peter Robinson. With DI Morton back from maternity leave, she Banks and Cabbot try to get to the bottom of a case involving a mother whose son was taken away by a couple claiming to be social workers. 
9.00pm Growing Up Down's BBC3 - A group of actors with Down's Syndrome attempt to put on a touring production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Postponed from the 21st January. 
Tuesday
9.00pm Births, Deaths and Marriages ITV- This new two-part documentary follows those experiencing the landmark moments of love and loss at Britain's most famous register office, Old Marylebone Town Hall. 
10.00pm Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Channel 5 - Series 12 of the long-running American crime series focuses on a case involving the disappearance of an adopted girl from her home. 
Wednesday
9.00pm Royal Cousins at War BBC2 - A two-part documentary traces the political and personal conflict surrounding World War I. At the heart of the conflict were three royal cousins; Tsar Nicholas II, Kaiser Wilhem II and King George V. The documentary reveals just how much their dealings with one another helped ignite the war. Concludes tomorrow night at 9pm. 
9.00pm NCIS Channel 5- Series 10 begins with a rescue mission as the team face the consequences of their headquarters being bombed. 
9.00pm Extreme Beauty Queens BBC3- Billie JD Porter travels to Venezuela and goes behind the scenes at the Miss Venezuela Boot Camp. Here she discovers that plastic surgery and punishing diets are just some of the things young girls go through in order to be transformed into famous Beauty Queens. 
10.00pm Inside Number 9 BBC2- Steve Pemberton and Reese Shearsmith return with a series of macabre comic stories. In tonight's instalment a couple celebrates their engagement but something spooky is happening in their bedroom. 
Thursday
8.00pm Pound Shop Wars BBC1- A follow-up series based on the 2012 one-off documentary, which focuses on the Wakefield-based Poundworld chain. In this first episode, CEO Chris Edwards and his team feel they're onto a winner after inventing the £1 bra. 
8.30pm Inspector George Gently BBC1-  Six months on from the events of the last series, Gently and Bacchus are still recovering from their injuries following the cathedral shooting. Gently is perturbed by Bacchus' resignation but has other things on his mind when he is forced to investigate the death of a man in custody. 
8.30pm How I Met Your Mother E4 - The American sitcom returns for its ninth and final series as we see just how Ted did meet the future mother of his children. 
9.00pm The Big Reunion ITV2 - Eternal, Damage, A1, Girl Thing, 3T and newly constructed boy band 5th Harmony discuss how fame led them down a dark path and how reuniting may cause problems. 
9.00pm Big Ballet Channel 4 - Wayne Sleep and Monica Loughman prepare a troupe of plus-size amateur dancers to perform a version of Swan Lake. In this first episode they audition the 200 hopefuls before picking the 18 men and women who'll make up the cast. 
9.00pm The Hotel Inspector Channel 5 - Alex Polizzi returns as she takes a trip to the failing Epstein House in Liverpool. 
10.00pm Brain Hospital: Saving Lives Channel 5 - Documentary series following the pioneering work of neurosurgeons and their patients at the Walton Centre in Liverpool. 
10.00pm Nashville More4 - The country music based series returns for a second run as all of the characters have to come to terms with the events of last year's climactic car crash. 
10.00pm Ja'mie: Private School Girl BBC3 - Chris Lilley revives the character of Ja'mie King for a new mockumentary series which sees the teenager back where she belongs. 

Friday
9.00pm Peter Kay: Live and Back on Nights Channel 4 - A look behind the scenes at the comedian's record-breaking 18 month stand-up tour. 
9.00pm Torvill and Dean: The Perfect Day BBC2 - Thirty years after their medal-winning routine at the Winter Olympics, Torvill and Dean recall their Bolero-based triumph. 
10.00pm Duck Quacks Don't Echo Sky One - Lee Mack hosts this new panel show in which guests have to propose unbelievable facts that are then put to the test. 
10.00pm Alan Davies : Après-ski BBC2 - The comic and actor presents this satirical look at the day's events from the Winter Olympics. 

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