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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

The TVweek: Sunday 16th - Friday 21st February 2014

Sunday
6.30pm Blandings BBC1 - Comedy series based on the stories by PG Wodehouse. The poker-wielding, egg-throwing Duke of Dunstable threatens to have Clarence committed, so Clarence's faithful, port-fuelled butler Beach and his feeble-witted son Freddie hatch a plan to rescue him.
9.00pm The British Academy Film Awards 2014 BBC1 - Stephen Fry presents the British Academy Film Awards, one of the most prestigious and star-studded events in the film calendar, live from the Royal Opera House in London.
Monday
8.00pm The British Immigration Row: Live Five - Channel 5's live debate explores the controversial topic of immigration, the issue that has underpinned and troubled Britain for decades. With new rules on who enters Britain now in place and growing populations of immigrants around the UK, The Big Immigration Row: Live explores the thorniest issue of our time - who is really British? Who should or should not be allowed to come here? Is Britain getting too full? Does integration work, or is it being resisted, and who is intolerant of who? As the racial mix becomes more and more complex, can we ever all live together in harmony?
8.00pm Modern Family Sky1 - Season five of the hit US comedy begins and, while Phil and Claire try to squeeze in some alone time, Mitch and Cam make a big decision.
9.00pm Benefits Britain: The Live Debate Channel 4 - Channel 4's Benefits Street has sparked a national conversation about Britain's welfare system, generating questions in parliament, national headlines and huge social media reaction. This special debate, chaired by broadcaster Richard Bacon, is live and interactive and shines a spotlight on the range of issues brought to the fore by the series, with questions and contributions from a studio audience. The panellists, yet to be confirmed, will represent views across the political spectrum, including those who claim benefits and were involved in the series.
9.00pm Moone Boy Sky1 - The award-winning comedy starring Chris O'Dowd and David Rawle returns for series two. In Boyle, excitement reaches fever pitch during the Italia 90 World Cup.
9.00pm Is Amanda Knox Guilty BBC3 -  In the first TV documentary since the verdict, a team who have followed the case from the very first day present the evidence for and against Amanda Knox.
10.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Channel 4 - Host Jimmy Carr and team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock are back for a new series of the topical comedy panel show. The teams are joined by a host of celebrity guests. This series guests include Jack Dee, Jo Brand, Johnny Vegas, Mel Giedroyc, David O'Doherty, Paul Hollywood, Phil Spencer, Joe Wilkinson, Adam Hills, Stephen Mangan, Alex Jones, Josh Widdicombe, Ashley Banjo, Rob Beckett, Aisling Bea, Trevor Noah and Henning Wehn.
10.00pm My Mad Fat Diary E4 - The critically acclaimed drama set in the 90s at the height of Britpop and based on the real-life diaries of funny, music-mad teenager Rae Earl is back with a seven-part series. Rae is having a dream summer with the gang and is feeling invincible. But there's something menacing looming on the horizon... college. She's still madly in love with Finn, but will her insecurities sabotage their relationship before it's even begun? Meanwhile, Kester encourages her to face her demons and finally confront the truth about what happened to Tix.
Tuesday
8.00pm The Great British Sewing Bee BBC2 - The Great British Sewing Bee returns for an eight-part series presented by Claudia Winkleman. Ten of the country's best home sewers face three challenges to make or alter an item of clothing under intense time pressure. Each week, their creations are judged by Savile Row's Patrick Grant and sewing expert May Martin, until one of them is crowned Britain's best amateur sewer.
8.00pm Secrets of Bones BBC4 - Evolutionary biologist and master skeleton builder Ben Garrod begins a six-part journey to discover how bones have enabled animals to colonise and dominate practically every habitat on Earth.
9.00pm How China Fooled The World with Robert Peston BBC2 - Robert Peston travels to China to investigate how this mighty economic giant could actually be in trouble.
9.00pm Holiday Love Rats Exposed Five - Documentary about unfortunate Brits who have been conned out of tens of thousands of pounds and left brokenhearted by con men whom they met on holiday.
9.00pm Dissected: The Incredible Human Hand BBC4 - Two-part series which goes inside two of the most amazing structures in the natural world - our hands and feet. In a purpose-built dissection lab, Dr George McGavin is joined by leading anatomy experts to dissect a real hand and foot, taking them apart layer by layer to reveal what makes them unique in the animal kingdom.
9.00pm Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb More4 - More4's popular Selling Houses returns for a new series and with a new presenter: Amanda Lamb. Three homeowners compete to win an offer from a buyer. They are all given the rare opportunity to snoop round each other's houses to eye up the competition. Then armed with this knowledge, as well as £1000, and advice from Amanda, they have just one week to improve their homes.
10.00pm Sexting Teacher Channel 4 - Sexting Teacher carefully tells the stories of three teacher-pupil relationships in the age of social media and smartphones, starting with a dramatic reconstruction of the most recent case to hit the headlines.
10.35pm Motorway Cops BBC1
Wednesday
8.00pm The Brit Awards 2014 ITV - James Corden hosts the BRIT Awards 2014 live from the O2 London featuring amazing performances from Katy Perry, Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Rudimental and Disclosure and Lorde. Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, David Bowie, Disclosure and Rudimental are all up for the coveted British Album of the Year Award.
9.00pm Infested!: Living with Parasites BBC4 - Dr Michael Mosley explores the bizarre and fascinating world of parasites by turning his body into a living laboratory and deliberately infesting himself with them. He travels to Kenya to give himself tapeworm - a parasite that can grow to many metres inside the human gut. He also encounters lice, leeches and the deadly malaria parasite, before swallowing a pill-camera to reveal what's growing within him. By the end of his infestation Michael learns a new-found respect for these extraordinary creatures, which can live off and even take control of their hosts for their own survival.
10.00pm The Truth About Webcam Girls BBC3 - Documentary looking into the secretive world of adult webcamming, in which three online performers explain what it's really like baring all, online, for strangers all over the world.
Thursday
9.00pm The White Slums: Reggie Yates's Extreme South Africa BBC3 - Reggie Yates gets up close and personal with three different communities in South Africa. By living amongst them for a week, what will he discover about the extremes of this misunderstood country? In part one, Reggie spends a week in South Africa's largest white squatter camp, Coronation Park, outside Johannesburg.
9.00pm The Smoke Sky1 - Feel the heat in this adrenaline-fuelled firefighter drama from the makers of Spooks. Jamie Bamber (Law and Order: UK) and Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) star.
Friday
9.00pm Edge of Heaven ITV -  Six-part comedy set in Margate's finest – and indeed only – 80s themed Bed & Breakfast. Run by Wham! fan Judy Taylor-Chatterjee, the guesthouse is also home to husband and chef, Tandeep and her two grown up kids – sofa-salesman Alfie and his de-mobbed soldier sister, Ann-Marie. Just moments to go before Alfie and his fianc√© Carly become Mr & Mrs Taylor-Chatterjee, Alfie gets a surprise at the altar. It turns out Carly’s had second thoughts, brought about by a randy snog on her hen night.Single for the first time since he was sixteen, Alfie's life is about to change forever.  Can Alfie and Carly iron out their differences over the course of the series or will best mate Michelle step in and carry on where Carly left off?
9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 - Jimmy Carr host a new edition of the show with 8 Out of 10 Cats team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson who are joined by James Corden, Jack Dee and Joe Wilkinson. Countdown's Susie Dent is in with the help of Joe Lycett, while Rachel Riley provides the letters and numbers.

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