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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

TheTVweek: Saturday 9th - Friday 14th February 2014

Saturday
9.00pm Salamander BBC4 - Flemish political thriller series about a police inspector that gets caught up in a case that leads to the highest levels. A professional gang break into the vaults of Jonkhere Private Bank in Brussels and target 66 safety deposit boxes, stealing only certain valuables and documents. The owners of the targeted boxes are all prominent figures from the top layer of Belgian society and determined to keep their secrets, but Inspector Paul Gerardi of the Belgian Federal Police gets wind of the robbery and wonders why the crime has not been reported. (In Dutch and French with English subtitles).
Sunday
9.00pm Babylon Channel 4 - Original new comedy drama directed by Danny Boyle, written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, featuring an ensemble cast including Brit Marling, James Nesbitt, Jill Halfpenny, Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel and Adam Deacon. Coppers. The Sweeney. Plods. The Old Bill. London's police force is in need of a public image revamp. And Chief Constable Richard Miller has found just the woman to do it... Liz Garvey is an American visionary from the world of new media parachuted in to revolutionise the force's PR department. In an age of rolling news, smart phones and an information-hungry public, Liz preaches transparency and honesty.
Monday
2.15pm WPC 56 BBC1 - Series 2 of the drama following WPC 56 Gina Dawson, the first woman police constable to serve in her West Midlands hometown in 1956. The travelling fair comes to Brinford, and the search for a runaway girl draws WPC Gina Dawson into a feud between the fair workers and a gang of teddy boys. Back at the station she struggles to remain professional when Jack makes a shock announcement. Meanwhile, Fenton clashes with the new DI when a dead body is discovered, but is there more to the mystery than either of them realise?
9.00pm Horizon: Man on Mars: Mission to the Red Planet BBC2 - Horizon goes behind the scenes at Nasa to discover how it is preparing for its most ambitious and daring mission: to land men - and possibly women - on the surface of Mars.
9.00pm Jim Davidson: At Least I'm Not Boring Five - Documentary about the Celebrity Big Brother winner.
9.00pm Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades BBC4 - Danny Baker presents a series on British rock in all its gaudy forms. He celebrates the 70s from prog to punk to the downright odd with guests Peter Hook from New Order, Viv Albertine of the Slits and gastronome Loyd Grossman, who was once a correspondent for Rolling Stone. A fan's-eye view, the programme mixes humour with archive.
10.00pm Benefits Britain: The 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. Chaired by broadcaster Richard Bacon, this special debate shines a spotlight on the range of issues brought to the fore by the series.
Tuesday
9.00pm 200 Nips & Tucks and I Want More! Five - Documentary about people who have become addicted to body-enhancing surgery. Meet the Scouse Pamela Anderson, a 58-year-old Californian who was born a man, a 59-year-old who has had everything from liposuction to her toes straightened in an attempt to hold back the years, Diablo Delenfer aka 'The Devil Man' from Kent, and Orit, a high-maintenance Israeli beauty who prides herself on looking like a doll and whose plastic surgeon is on call for her at all hours.
10.00pm Sexy Beasts BBC3 - In a world where attraction is often based purely on looks, this programme uses Hollywood prosthetics to transform people before they go on a first date, taking their real looks out of the equation. Will Alex the Demon find love with Belinda the Monster, Charlotte the Werewolf or Vicky the Alien? Can Bethany the Witch find Mr Right when she dates FrankenJosh, Old Man Scott or Ricardo the weird purple thing? It won't be easy - these dates happen in the real world, so prepare to see a Demon try and find monster love in a cheese shop, and an Old Man trying to woo a Witch on the dodgems, whilst bemused members of the public look on. The real faces of the people involved are only revealed to everyone in the show and to the viewer after all the dating is done.
10.00pm Troy E4 - South Londoner Troy may look like an ordinary 24 year old; but don't be fooled by his unassuming manner as he is one of the UK's most impressive magicians. This brand new series enters Troy's world, where he uses everyday objects and situations to baffle and amaze unsuspecting members of the public. With his distinctive blend of close-up magic, studio illusions and stunts.
Wednesday
9.00pm Line of Duty BBC2 - Second series of the drama from Jed Mercuio. A brutal ambush on a police convoy leaves three officers dead and a protected witness fighting for his life. AC-12 turn their spotlight on Lindsay Denton, the officer who led the convoy but escaped unscathed.
9.00pm Flemming Sky Atlantic - Dominic Cooper stars as James Bond author Ian Fleming in this stylish and compelling new drama. Lara Pulver and Anna Chancellor also star.
10.00pm First Dates Channel 4 - First Dates returns for a new series, offering the frisson of excitement that comes from meeting someone new coupled with the crippling nerves of what to wear and what to say.
10.00pm Suspects Five - Crime drama series following the three London detectives with three distinctive styles of working. When a toddler is reported abducted from her home, the race is on to find her. Her dysfunctional family come under immediate suspicion, but then a convicted child killer is also connected to the case. Fay Ripley and Damien Maloney star.
Thursday
8.00pm The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure BBC2 - In their most adventurous road trip yet, the Hairy Bikers tour the birthplaces of favourite Asian cuisines.
9.00pm Bible Hunters BBC2 - Documentary telling the stories of the men and women who travelled across Egypt to uncover the earliest Christian texts. Their discoveries would shed controversial new light on the Christian origins and the story of the Bible.
Friday
8.00pm Student Nurses: Bedpans & Bandages ITV - An observational series which follows student nurses at different stages of their training, revealing the challenges they face both in the classroom and on the wards. With the nursing profession under a growing media spotlight, the series paints an intimate portrait of some of the men and women who choose to devote themselves to a career on the frontline of the healthcare system. In the first episode, former carpet fitter Alistair has first day nerves, children's nurse Helen is in uncharted territory and second year student Dany deals with a very poorly patient.
10.00pm Nurse Jackie Sky Atlantic - Season five of the comedy drama starring Edie Falco. Jackie is back in the bustle of All Saints, where two new doctors shake things up.

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