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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The TVweek: Sunday 4th - Thursday 8th May 2014

Sunday
10.00pm In the Flesh BBC3 - Kieren Walker, in the now seemingly PDS-friendly world of Roarton, is keeping his head down, working soul destroying shifts in the Legion pub and squirrelling money into his 'escape fund'. The only problem is that he can't escape himself. In the wider world, tensions are re-igniting. The radical pro-Living party, Victus, is whipping up hatred and the Undead Liberation Army is retaliating violently. When Victus MP Maxine Martin enters Roarton, Kieren is dismayed, sensing that danger is encroaching. And when Vicar Oddie violently clashes with her, it seems Kieren's instincts are right. Kieren is also overjoyed by the return of his BDFF (best dead friend forever), Amy Dyer, though his delight is cut short by a tense encounter with Amy's opinionated beau, ULA member Simon. When Amy and Simon reveal the prejudice still bubbling under the surface in Roarton, Kieren knows he needs to leave the village immediately.
Monday
9.00pm When Corden Met Barlow BBC1 - James Corden and Gary Barlow head out on a road trip for this documentary, as James gets up close and personal with the man behind the music of his youth and discusses Gary's pop comeback. The film follows Gary's near-25-year career from its beginnings to the Take That phenomenon, the wilderness years which saw the industry he loves cast him aside, and the darker times which have inspired his lyrics.
9.00pm The Island with Bear Grylls Channel 4 -  In this new five-part series, adventurer Bear Grylls abandons 13 British men on a remote, uninhabited Pacific island for a month. They will be completely alone, filming themselves, and with only the clothes they're wearing and some basic tools. The island may look like paradise but behind the beaches it can be hell on earth.
Tuesday
10.40pm Miller's Mountain BBC1 - Comedy set around the antics of Jimmy Miller and his ragtag family of mountain rescue volunteers. When the naive and enthusiastic Conor reports for his first day as a volunteer, Jimmy, the shambolic old rescue hand, takes it upon himself to teach Conor the ways of the hills. Conor's education begins in the pub, where he is introduced to the small mountain community of Jules, Bill, and Bernie.
Wednesday
8.00pm The Supervet Channel 4 - Noel Fitzpatrick runs one of the most advanced veterinary practices in Britain and is known as the Bionic Vet. Some of the hardest-to-cure pets from across the country receive cutting-edge treatments and surgery from Noel and a team of over a hundred surgeons, nurses, ward attendants and physiotherapists. This new four-part series follows Noel and his team as they use their pioneering techniques to attempt to cure pets that might otherwise be beyond saving. In the first episode, David and Gill and their son Freddie are hoping Noel can help their Labrador, Scooby, who has a life-threatening tumour in his leg.
9.00pm Vertigo Roadtrip BBC1 - Five people with an extreme fear of heights set off on a once-in-a lifetime adventure to cure their debilitating phobia. Accompanied by presenter Mel Giedroyc, the five sufferers confront their fears head-on as they undergo exposure therapy. From the dramatic peaks of the Alps to the world's tallest building, they attempt a series of increasingly difficult height-based challenges that push them to their limits. Shot in the UK, Austria, Switzerland, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the show climaxes at the tallest building in the world - the 828m Burj Khalifa tower.
9.00pm Billy Connolly's Big Send Off ITV - In this two-part series, Billy Connolly undertakes a personal journey to evaluate and explore the ways in which we deal with the end of our lives - across all religious, cultural and social boundaries. With his trademark charisma and curiosity, he discovers what death means to different communities and the diverse ways in which it is marked.
9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 - The RTS award-winning series returns for a new run, capturing dramatic and emotional stories of love, life and loss on the frontline of the NHS.
9.00pm 24: Live Another Day Sky1 - Jack is back. Kiefer Sutherland returns as former CTU agent Jack Bauer in an all-new outing of the iconic US drama set and shot in London.
Thursday
9.30pm Blurred Lines: The New Battle of The Sexes BBC2 - Kirsty Wark explores whether there's a new culture abroad in which it's ok to write about, talk about, and feature women in a sexually offensive, even abusive way; or whether the female of the species just needs to man up, learn to enjoy a gag, and get used to the 21st century world.
10.00pm Jonah from Tonga BBC3 - Comedy series about 14-year-old rebellious schoolboy Jonah Takalua. Banished to Tonga to live with his uncle after misbehaviour at school, Jonah is still causing trouble.

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