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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

TVweek: Saturday 24th - Thursday 29th May 2014

Saturday
9.00pm 50 Years of BBC2 Comedy BBC2 - As part of BBC Two's 50th birthday celebrations, the channel has a two-hour comedy extravaganza lined up. Featuring some of the greatest names in comedy, this packed programme showcases the channel's remarkable output over the last 50 years. From The Likely Lads and Not Only... But Also in its first year in 1964, up to W1A and Rev. today, this is a romp through the funniest bits of BBC Two.
Sunday
8.15pm The British Soap Awards ITV - Hosted by Philip Schofield.
9.00pm Quirke BBC1 - Three-part drama set in the 1950's. A young woman's death leads Quirke to uncover a secret of Dublin's high Catholic society, among them members of his own family.
9.00pm Harry & Paul's Story of the Twos BBC2 - As part of the 50th anniversary of BBC Two, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse present their own unique biography of BBC Two. They romp through the story of Two's highs and lows, from imported Scandinavian dramas, via The Forsyte Saga, Tim Nice But Brooke Taylor, Late Night Line Up with Joan Bakewell Tart and Monty Python. It drops into The Office and Boys from the Blackstuff, Arena, Old Grey Whistle Test and The Apprentice among many others. The show visits and parodies in the region of 50 different shows, and there are 150 of BBC Two's favourite presenters, actors, comics and politicians on parade, most of them portrayed by either Harry or Paul, with a little help from their friends.
Monday 
7.30pm Britain's Got Talent ITV - The Talent show reaches the live shows. Every night this week, from Monday to Thursday, Ant and Dec welcome nine acts onto the stage. Each has a chance of winning 250,000 pounds and a spot at the Royal Variety Performance. While the judges offer their opinions, the viewing public can vote for their favourites. The act with the highest number of public votes automatically goes through to the live grand final. The two runners-up will then face the judges again. Returns at 9.30pm for the results. *Continues till Friday*
10.00pm Goodness Gracious Me: Reunion Special BBC2 - Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia reunite for a one-off special of the ground-breaking sketch show. The all-new material features favourite characters from the original series, including how you can tell Sherlock Holmes comes from India, some very competitive grandmothers, and a surprisingly high-tech use for an aubergine. Plus some unusually hard-hitting legal advice, a very scary nanny, and the heart-breaking denouement of the black-and-white movie classic Madrasablanca.
Tuesday
9.00pm Welcome to Rio BBC2 - As the eyes of the world turn to Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 World Cup, this three-part observational series reveals the truth about life inside Rio's famous shanty-towns, the favelas, through the lives of people who live there.
9.00pm The Complainers Channel 4 - This series tells the stories of the back-and-forth between some of the nation's most persistent and stubborn complainers, and the vast businesses and councils who deal with their complaints. This first episode goes inside the complaints department of Transport for London. With over a million more people in the capital than ten years ago, the city's roads are fit to burst, and a new generation of complainers are turning up the heat.
Wednesday
Continuing Series Include: Del Boys and Dealers, BBC1, 9.00pm
                                        24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4, 9.00pm
                                        Episodes, BBC2, 10.00pm
                                        Derek, Channel 4, 10.00pm
Thursday
9.00pm Cutting Edge: Meet the Police Commissioner Channel 4 - Documentary explores the surreal world of Ann Barnes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent. In 2012, elections to appoint 41 Police and Crime Commissioners were described as the biggest shake-up to policing for 50 years and cost 75 million, but resulted in the lowest voter turn-out since World War II.
9.30pm Burning Desire: The Seduction of Smoking BBC2 - Documentary exploring attitudes to cigarettes and smoking. Cigarettes are the most lethal consumer product on the planet. Yet, despite all the health warnings and decades of ever increasing government regulation, the burning desire for tobacco is as strong as ever. Peter Taylor travels to Australia to look at the industry's last-ditch battle to prevent plain packaging and is given rare access to the world's second-biggest tobacco company to see why thousands of young people around the world are seduced by smoking every day.
10.00pm My Granny The Escort Channel 4 - Award-winning filmmaker Charlie Russell offers a frank, intimate and revealing portrait of three of Britain's mature escorts: older women who choose to sell sex from hotel rooms and their homes, all completely legally. As well as topping up their pensions, all of these women seem to be enjoying themselves in their chosen and often new profession, but the film also questions how such a lifestyle can co-exist with their family lives and their roles as mothers and grandparents.

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