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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The TVweek: Sunday 22nd - Thursday 26th June 2014

Sunday
9.00pm A Cabbie Abroad BBC2 - London cabbie Mason McQueen takes on the challenge of driving a taxi in three very different cities around the world. In Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, he gets to grips with a unique kind of cab - the tuk-tuk. Six thousand of these primitive adapted scooters ferry passengers across Phnom Penh every day in a city where the law of the road is survival of the fittest.
10:00pm Rik Mayall Tribute: The New Statesmen ITV - The first episode of this classic comedy series introduces newly-elected MP Alan B'Stard, who has won the largest majority in parliament after sabotaging his rivals. However, the local Chief Constable has evidence of B'Stard's misdeeds and starts blackmailing him.
10.30pm Rik Mayall Tribute: Rik Mayall Presents ITV - When hapless Neil is stitched up by friends Nigel and Donald on his stag night, he wakes up on a train to Scarborough with stripper Pandora. While at first annoyed and angry with his predicament, and desperate to get back in time for his wedding to Sophie, Neil slowly comes to accept fate and enjoy his time with Pandora.
Monday
9.00pm Police Under Pressure BBC2 - British policing is under pressure like never before as forces up and down the country try to cope with the biggest cuts to their budgets in modern times. This looks at South Yorkshire Police and, with exclusive access to both officers on the ground and the most senior ranks, it follows the neighbourhood police team in Sheffield's toughest patch as they try to maintain order while coping with ever decreasing resources.
9.00pm Murdered By My Boyfriend BBC3 - Drama telling the true story of what happens to a teenage girl when she falls in love with the wrong man. The everyday story of young love turns dark and sinister when the handsome and charming stranger seeks to dominate every aspect of the young woman's life. A tale of contemporary Britain with a lesson for every young woman.
Tuesday
8.00pm Love Your Garden ITV - Alan Titchmarsh and the team return for a fourth series as they transform unloved spaces into dream gardens for some very special people.
9.00pm Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter BBC2 - Dr Pamela Cox presents this three-part series following the journey of the shopgirl from an almost invisible figure in stark Victorian stores, to being the beating heart of modern shops. Today, it is taken for granted that many shop assistants are women, but 150 years ago, being served by a shopgirl was a strange new phenomenon.
9.00pm Alison Steadman's Shetland ITV - Birdwatching fanatic and patron of the RSPB Alison Steadman heads to the Shetland Islands' rugged coastline to discover some extraordinary wildlife secrets. The popular actor swaps the hustle and bustle of city life for the remote Scottish islands' challenging landscape and extreme isolation in her search for its unique animal residents. Alison enlists some local help as she observes puffins returning in spring to feed, sets off on a coastal trek in search of otters, goes kayaking in a bid to see the wildlife from sea level, and forages for razor clams and sea urchins on the beaches of Dury Voe. The trip culminates in Hermaness where Alison joins local ecologist Richard Shucksmith to record the birdsong of the 33,000 gannets nesting on the cliffs.
Wednesday
8.00pm This Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show Channel 4 - Dawn O'Porter loves clothes, but isn't a follower of fashion. In This Old Thing she wants to prove to people hooked on the high street that buying way too many clothes, that we'll probably never wear, is not the way to go. Dawn thinks it's better to go vintage - to fill your wardrobe with beautiful pieces and look great. She wants to show how clothes from the past can help forge a unique style. In the first episode, Dawn has a real challenge with Bristol girl Chevonne, who refuses to shop anywhere other than the high street. Chevonne's clothes are always brand new. But she's tired of looking the same as everyone else. Dawn takes Chevonne on an epic shopping trip to show how vintage is a great way to achieve individual style.
8.00pm Brand New House for £5k Five
9.00pm The Hotel Inspector Returns Five - Alex Polizzi returns to the scene of some of her biggest challenges to discover whether the hotels' fortunes have turned around and whether the owners have continued to follow her advice. Alex revisits the Meudon Country House Hotel near Falmouth.
10.00pm The Way is Marbs ITV2 - Reality series following the Essex gang on their annual jaunt to Marbella. The glamorous gals and guys are back in their Spanish home from home for plenty of partying, sun, sea and drama, as well as all the usual gossip and romance.
Thursday
9.00pm Hot Property: Business Boomers BBC2 - A look at businesses that have boomed despite tough economic times. With new homes being built at the fastest rate for a decade, business is booming again for Britain's house builders. Profits are up and sales are surging, as companies like Barratt, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey tempt customers into the biggest purchase of their lives. With access to the lead players in the British house-building industry, Hot Property reveals the inner workings of this business and discovers why it is such a source of controversy and conflict.
9.00pm Beauty Queen or Bust Channel 4 - Each year regional heats take place in ordinary towns and cities across England. This three-part series follows some of the young entrants hoping to make it through the regional beauty pageants in Blackpool, Hull and Wolverhampton. Beauty Queen or Bust charts the highs and lows of being a beauty queen, while also trying to find a job, or start a business, complete their education, or living on their own for the first time. In the first episode, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley used to be a powerhouse of industry, but after decades of decline the Black Country region has the country's highest rate of unemployment, particularly among women. The cameras follow three entrants in the Miss Black Country heat as they go thought the rigorous rounds - interviews, bootcamp and catwalk - to see if they have what it takes to win the coveted crown.
9.00pm Stacey Dooley Investigates: The Truth About Domestic Violence BBC3 - Many people believe it only happens to older, married women, but girls aged 16 to 24 are as, if not more, likely to experience violence from their boyfriends than their adult counterparts. Stacey Dooley goes behind the closed doors and speaks to the now younger anonymous face of domestic violence.
10.00pm Meet the Mormons Channel 4 - For the first time, Mormon leaders in America have permitted the church in the UK to open its doors to cameras. With unprecedented access, this documentary follows a young British Mormon as he gives up two years of his life to convert the people of Leeds. Twenty-year-old Josh Field from Sussex is one of around 200,000 Mormons in the UK. Mormons believe that every worthy, able young man should serve in this way, and for Josh it is an emotional and challenging rite of passage, full of sacrifice. Like many young people his age, Josh has a regular social life, but now he must surrender entirely to church rules, and as soon as his training begins he is banned from seeing family and friends.

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