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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The TVweek: Sunday 23rd - Friday 28th March 2014

Sunday
8.00pm The Million Pound Necklace: Inside Boodles Channel 4 - This one-off documentary delves into the world of one of Britain's most exclusive jewellers, Boodles, the family-run business that has been going for over 200 years. This documentary follows the firm as it creates its most valuable collection of jewellery to date.
9.00pm Louis Theroux's LA Stories BBC2 - Three-part documentary series placing life in Los Angeles under the microscope. In this programme, Louis Theroux enters the bizarre world of LA's dogs, meeting the characters whose lives revolve around the city's huge canine population. In the toughest neighbourhoods of south LA, he has a terrifying encounter with a 'weaponised' dog, trained to attack on command, and goes on patrol with 'Dogman', whose mission is to rescue some of the thousands of stray and feral pit bulls roaming the streets. At the city's biggest animal shelter, Louis meets the hard-pressed staff, whose heartbreaking job includes euthanizing thousands of unwanted dogs every year. He also encounters the middle-class Americans who adopt some of these delinquent dogs, as well as the colourful dog-training gurus who claim to be able to take the ghetto out of the dog once the dog has been rescued from the streets.
Monday
6.30pm The Voice Louder on Two BBC2 - Zoe Ball gives exclusive access to behind the scenes at The Voice UK, with exclusive performances and interviews from the finalists, coaches and presenters. Zoe is joined on the sofa by the eliminated contestants from the quarter-finals who talk about the experience and their hopes for the future, and also give an exclusive acoustic performance.
9.00pm My Spiral into Debt Hell Five - Documentary about four people who have found themselves deep in debt. From a lady in the clutches of a ruthless loan shark to a spendthrift City boy, single mum and an unrepentant man on benefits, life in the red has cost them their jobs, their homes and even their families.
9.30pm Moone Boy 2: Behind the Scenes Sky1 - Series two of Chris O'Dowd's acclaimed comedy may have wrapped up, but head back to the Emerald Isle for this 'making of' special.
10.00pm Rev - BBC2 Series 3 of the popular comedy starring Tom Hollander. Adam's wife Alex gives birth to their daughter in dramatic circumstances. How will Adam cope with parenthood on top of his small but demanding congregation? Can he manage being a father and a Father? Adam teams up with a local Imam to help improve the community - but is his new colleague friend or foe? Plus the new Area Dean and Diocesan Secretary clearly have it in for St Saviour's. Can Adam save his church from their Parish Reorganisation plans?
Tuesday
9.00pm Never Left Britain Sky1 - Britons who have never been abroad are given the chance to pick up some passport stamps in this feel-good documentary.
10.00pm First Cut: The Missing Channel 4 - Every two minutes, someone in Britain disappears. Most are found within 48 hours. But every year, more than 2000 people go missing and never return. This powerful, moving First Cut documentary follows the extraordinary stories of three families struggling to cope with the disappearance of a loved one who has vanished without a trace. A brother, a husband and a mother have gone missing: three dramatic, mysterious and out-of-character disappearances that have left police detectives scratching their heads.
Wednesday
8.00pm Big Star's Little Star ITV - Stephen Mulhern presents the first of a new series in which three celebrities share the stage with some brand new co-stars - their own children. Over the course of the show their private lives become a little more public, and the risk of embarrassment increases. Playing for charity, the guests hope to get their hands on a possible jackpot of 15,000 pounds. Tonight's celebrity guests and their offspring are Ben Cohen with Isabelle and Harriet, Denise Lewis with Ryan and Neil 'Razor' Ruddock with Pebbles.
8.00pm Killing Spree: Suffolk Strangler Five - A profile of Steven Wright, the Suffolk Strangler, who murdered five female sex workers in quick succession at different locations near Ipswich during the winter of 2006. With insight from those who involved at the time, including the officers who investigated the case and those knew him best, this programme explores his life, his crimes and his character, and considers what caused him to embark on his killing spree.
9.00pm Masterchef BBC1 - The cookery competition returns for its tenth year. Hundreds of people auditioned, and now sixty amateur cooks are through to battle it out over five weeks of heats, producing some of the most exceptional - as well as some of the most disastrous - food ever seen on the series. In this episode, the first six amateur cooks try to prove to judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace that they have the potential to be the tenth MasterChef champion. Firstly, in a new test, the contestants are asked to cook their calling card, a practiced dish that represents who they are as a cook and showcases their talent.
9.00pm The Greatest Knight: William the Marshall BBC2 - Documentary about the adventures, life and times of William Marshal, the world's greatest knight. Dr Thomas Asbridge retraces the career of the English soldier and statesman who served some of Christendom's greatest leaders, from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Richard the Lionheart. Marshal fought in battles across Europe, survived court intrigue and exile, put his seal to the Magna Carta and proved to be the best friend a king could have, remaining loyal to those he served through disaster and victory. Then at the age of 70, despite all the odds, he saved England from a French invasion.
9.00pm Dead Famous DNA Channel 4 - In this new series, acclaimed veterinary scientist and presenter Mark Evans sets out on a ground-breaking quest to track down the last remains of some of history's most important and infamous figures, to find out what their biology can add to their biographies. Delving, with some trepidation, into the shady world of the trade in human body parts, Evans attempts to obtain samples, to extract their DNA and analyse the genome: the genetic blueprint of life. Through this scientific testing of human relics, Evans aims to solve some of the mysteries that have persisted around these high-profile historical figures, whose lives have been written about, speculated about and publicly dissected, from Marilyn Monroe to Napoleon and Charles Darwin.
9.00pm Kris: Dying to Live BBC3 - When Kris Hallenga was diagnosed with aggressive, terminal breast cancer at the age of 23, she decided to channel her fear and anger into changing the way young women, the medical profession and the rest of the planet see and treat breast cancer in young women.
10.35pm Exposure ITV - Reporter Mark Williams-Thomas goes undercover to investigate the extraordinary claims of one member of an embassy's staff who says he is able to use his position to carry out criminal activities. Some diplomatic bags, which cannot be searched, are used to smuggle drugs and other contraband across borders. Representatives of overseas governments also use their immunity from prosecution to evade serious criminal charges, mistreat their staff and fail to pay millions of pounds in fines.
Thursday
9.00pm Salting the Battlefield BBC2 - Follow-up to the spy thrillers Page Eight and Turks and Caicos. Johnny Worricker and Margot Tyrell are now on the run together across Europe. With the net fast closing in, Worricker knows his only chance of resolving his problems is to return home and confront his nemesis - the prime minister, Alec Beasley.
9.00pm Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed a Plane Channel 4 - On an early evening last October, 77-year-old great-grandfather John Wildey was being flown home by his pilot friend after a day out in north Lincolnshire. The pilot suddenly started to feel unwell. Ten minutes later he had collapsed at the controls, 1500 feet up in the air. John had no flying experience, and it was starting to get dark. This documentary tells the story of how, against all the odds, he managed to land the plane in pitch darkness, with help from a small team who were scrambled to provide instructions from the ground and air.
Friday
10.00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man Channel 4 - The 2013 BAFTA award-winning funny man Alan Carr returns for a 12th series of unashamedly addictive celeb-fuelled antics, mischievous chat and top musical performances. The host is joined by an array of international and home-grown stars from the worlds of music, film, TV and sport. In tonight's first episode, Alan is joined by singer, songwriter and X Factor judge Gary Barlow, who also performs his latest single Since I Saw You Last. Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais joins Alan to talk about his latest film Muppets Most Wanted.
10.35pm Joanna Lumley Meets Will.I.Am BBC1 - Joanna Lumley is on a mission to get to know the elusive, slightly eccentric front man of the Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am. She travels to Los Angeles to spend time with The Voice judge, music performer, producer, and social entrepreneur in his home town. Over dinner with the family she bonds with his mother, who takes her through Will's childhood. Joanna learns how the boy who could not keep still made it out of his tough neighbourhood to achieve global success, and is now able to count President Obama as a friend. She gets to discover the real will.i.am, fascinated with creating the future and eager to give back. She is swept up in his hectic world but finally manages to get to the heart of what makes him tick.

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