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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The TVweek: Sunday 5th - Friday 11th July 2014

Sunday
9.00pm Common BBC1 - Writer Jimmy McGovern's drama based on the UK's controversial joint enterprise law. When 17-year-old Johnjo gives his cousin and his friends a lift in his brother's car, he is unaware they are going to confront a local loudmouth who they feel needs putting in his place. As Johnjo waits in the car, one of them takes offence with an innocent bystander, who is fatally stabbed. The murder victim is the eldest child of Margaret and Tommy Ward, who has become estranged from his family after a bitter divorce. Struggling to make ends meet on her own, Margaret is nevertheless determined to fight through bureaucracy and the cool indifference of the banks to give Thomas the send-off he deserves. Johnjo makes his own way to the police station and lays the blame squarely with Kieran. However, career copper DI Hastings wants everyone possible to be tried for murder, and with the joint enterprise doctrine at his disposal, that includes Johnjo.
9.00pm The Nation's Favourite Motown Song ITV - A celebration of the hit factory that was Motown, with the coolest moves, the sharpest threads and songs that sound as fresh today as when they were recorded in a tiny Detroit studio by Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and the many other artists on the label half a century ago.
Monday
9.00pm John Bishop's Australia BBC1 - Series following comedian John Bishop as he sets off on an Australian adventure, cycling from Sydney to Cairns. John first made this journey back in 1992, and in 2014 he is back to see how this incredible country has changed.
9.00pm Scotland: For Richer or Poorer? BBC2 - In September 2014, Scotland's people face a momentous choice: should they remain part of the United Kingdom, or opt for independence? As the debate hots up, Robert Peston asks the big question which is at the heart of it: would Scotland be richer or poorer as an independent nation?
9.00pm Slum Survivors BBC3 - Series in which a group of young people are put through their paces as they embark on a crash course in urban survival in some of the world's biggest slums. In Lagos, Nigeria, three British mechanics are guided and challenged for ten days by extraordinary slum dwellers who use dedication, passion and guts to succeed. Being the best here is tough. The environment is brutal and the work relentless. It's an explosive combination of frustration and success for our three mechanics, but do they have what it takes to call themselves Slum Survivors?
9.00pm The Cube: Celebrity Special ITV - It is the turn of two celebrities to step up and try and beat the Cube and win money for charity. Has rugby star and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ben Cohen met his match in EastEnders bad girl and former Queen of the Jungle Charlie Brooks.
9.00pm The 100 E4 - The first episode of the post-apocalyptic US drama series, set 97 years after nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth, destroying all civilisation. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were lucky enough to be in orbit at the time. Since then, three generations have been born in space and the population has swelled to thousands on the 'Ark', the dozen stations now linked together and repurposed to keep the survivors alive. Life on the Ark is hard. Population is tightly controlled, resources are severely rationed and all crimes, no matter how petty, are punishable by death - unless you're under 18.
10.35pm Guilty by Association BBC1 - Documentary looking at the cases of three men who have been convicted using the law of joint enterprise, under which a person in a group or gang can be held responsible for the criminal acts of others. Alex has been charged with a murder committed by a friend in a spontaneous fight, while Wayne has been convicted of possessing a firearm he never touched and Joseph is serving a life sentence for a murder he didn't even see.
Tuesday
8.00pm Kirstie's Fill Your House for Free Channel 4 - Kirstie Allsopp returns for a brand new series of the show where she bids to fill not one, but two homes with furniture sourced for free. For the second series, Kirstie has reopened the Fill Your House for Free store in Glasgow to source the nation's highest quality cast-offs and help transform homes at a fraction of high street prices.
Wednesday
11.00pm Britain's Youngest Carers Channel 4 - This documentary follows the lives of four of Britain's youngest carers - six-year-old Ty-Reece, sisters Clare and Erin, who are 16 and 14, and Josh, who's 13 - to understand the challenges that they face in caring for their parents.
Thursday
9.00pm Champneys ITV - Founded in 1970, Champneys has always been the market leader in the British health spa industry. However, in recent years this family-run chain has faced stiff competition from health farms and spas attached to luxury hotels, as the surge in interest in health and beauty across the nation has meant that everyone wants a piece of the action. This documentary follows current Champneys owner Stephen Purdew at the company's flagship resort at Tring in Hertfordshire, as he takes an proactive role in stopping the rot, renovating the resort and shaking up the staff with the help of a new management team.
9.00pm OAPs Behaving Badly Five - Documentary about pensioners who are living life to the full in Tenerife. Pete has spent all of his own inheritance and now works as a bar promoter, although he has received several warnings for drinking on the job. Cheryl loves to party with clubbers half her age, while Gordon and Marie are happy to toast the winter fuel allowance from the sunny shores of Tenerife.
Friday
8.00pm The Cruise Ship ITV - Four-part documentary with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access on-board the Royal Princess, the world's tenth-largest luxury cruise ship with a capacity of 3,600 passengers. Filmed in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic over a period of two months, the series provides a fly-on-the-wall account, largely focusing on the crew. In the first episode, it is the Royal Princess's maiden season and the crew have much to prove at an evening Formal Night. Dirk Brand is in charge of guest hospitality, but at the moment he has his hands full with an overflowing laundry problem. Spa worker Kelly has to cope with being away from home for the first time and get used to life aboard ship.
8.00pm The Million Pound Drop Channel 4 - Davina McCall presents eight shows where contestants once again attempt to answer seven daunting questions correctly in order to stop one million pounds cash falling through the doors of the Drop.
8.00pm On The Yorkshire Buses Five - Documentary series following East Yorkshire Motor Services,
9.30pm Pipers of the Trenches BBC2 - Documentary telling the story of the pipers, who during WWI, climbed out of the trenches, unarmed, to face machine guns and shells, and played bagpipes for the Highland regiments going over the top and into battle. The descendants of those men return to the battlefields to discover individual stories of extreme bravery.

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