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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

TVweek: Saturday 9th - Friday 15th August 2014

Saturday
6.30pm Tumble BBC1 - Celebrity Gymnastics series.
9.00pm A Touch of Cloth Sky1 - Things get personal for DCI Jack Cloth in a third series of Charlie Brooker's cliche-skewering comedy. Starring John Hannah and Suranne Jones. Concludes Tomorrow.
Sunday
7,00pm Come on Down! The Game Show Story ITV - Four-part series, presented by Bradley Walsh, which examines the history of the TV game show. Featuring classic archive footage and interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment, these programmes chart key moments in the genre and tell the stories behind some of Britain's best-loved shows. In the first episode in the series, Bradley meets game show legend Sir Bruce Forsyth and hears all about an incredible career which has spanned six decades. The programme also looks at how the BBC and ITV battled it out for supremacy with The Generation Game and 3-2-1 and how imported American shows like The Price Is Right had an impact on British TV. Sir Terry Wogan reveals the secrets behind Blankety Blank's success and there are interviews with game show stars past and present, including Ant and Dec, Carol Vorderman, Richard Osman, Phillip Schofield, Vernon Kay, Les Dennis, Jim Bowen, Stephen Mulhern, Ben Shephard and Bamber Gascoigne.
8.00pm The Zoo ITV - Documentary going behind the scenes at London Zoo in Regent's Park and its sister zoo at Whipsnade in Bedfordshire. This episode follows the journey of three Sumatran tiger cubs. They are filmed from birth to the last time they can be handled before they become too dangerous.
9.00pm The Village BBC1 - Second series of the historical drama starring John Simm & Maxine Peake.
Bert is accused of cheating in the annual village race. It's the word of a farmer's boy against that of a peer of the realm. The Middletons need the money and Grace is not afraid of a fight.
9.00pm James May's Cars of Many People BBC2 - James May discovers how cars became an everyday part of normal people's lives.
9.00pm The Great War ITV - One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War, this dramatised documentary series uses the original diaries, letters, and memoirs of the men and women who were caught up in a conflict which would change their lives and their country forever.
9.00pm Made in Chelsea in NYC E4 - Chelsea's bright young things decide on a change of scenery and head out to New York for one big summer party.
10.00pm Almost Royal: Los Angeles E4 - US comedy about siblings Georgie and Poppy Carlton were born into a life of privilege, splendour and royalty... almost. Gracing E4 with their presence, faux-reality comedy Almost Royal follows the two young British aristocrats as they venture outside the palace and across the pond on their first trip to the United States, where they interact with real-life, unsuspecting everyday Americans. Crowns and cricket are traded for tobacco and baseball, their country estate is swapped for Beverly Hills and, instead of tea with the duke and duchess, there's a ride across a Texan ranch. Georgie and Poppy are about to have their silver spoons plucked from their mouths and their thrones pulled right out from under them.
Monday
9.00pm Football Fight Club BBC3 - Documentary following Britain's youth football firms across the 2013/14 season
10.00pm 70 Stone: The Man They Couldn't Save Five - Follow-up documentary focusing on one man's mission to lose weight and save his own life. Keith Martin has successfully lost 25 stone in a bid to be able to stand by himself and is now awaiting high-risk bariatric surgery. The programme follows his progress before, during and after the operation both in hospital and at home when he discharges himself against medical advice.
Tuesday
9.00pm Executed ITV - Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1964, the last two men to be executed in Britain were hanged simultaneously in Liverpool and Manchester. This powerful documentary tells the stories of those put to death by the state in Britain.
9.30pm Scotland Votes: What's At Stake for the UK? BBC2 - Andrew Neil explores what an independent Scotland would mean for Wales, England and Northern Ireland. He considers everything from the future of the armed forces and nuclear deterrent, to the UK's place at the international top table, as well as the fate of the union flag and the ramifications for the entire British political landscape.
Wednesday
8.00pm 100 Year Old Drivers ITV - Documentary focusing on some of Britain's oldest drivers. 100-year-old Bomber Command veteran Harry Kartz drives to the betting shop and back every day, retired schoolteacher Mary - also 100 - enjoys going fast, and Ken and Edna Medlock - 99 and 98 respectively - are still in love and drive to the seaside for a date. In funny and at times poignant scenes, younger relatives in the back seat wrestle with the question of whether to tell mum or dad to hand in their keys. Basil Smith faces a date with destiny as he arranges for a driving instructor to test his ability. If the instructor fails him, he will stop driving, but it will have big repercussions for him. He will not just lose his own independence but will also struggle to visit his beloved wife, now in a residential care home nine miles away.
Thursday
8.00pm Location, Location, Location Channel 4 - Location, Location, Location returns for a brand new series with Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer facing new challenges. Battling the currently lightning-quick property market, they help house hunters across the country find and bag their dream homes. For the first episode of the new run, Kirstie and Phil are in the popular commuter county of Kent. Its proximity to the capital means the Kent property market is super-speedy.
Friday
9.00pm Boomers BBC1 - Comedy series following the ups and downs of three retired couples. Alan is looking forward to Jean's funeral; his old mate Mick, Jean's ex, is coming over from Spain especially for it. Alan's wife Joyce isn't so happy - Mick has always been a bad influence. John's not happy either - he's been convinced that Mick has a thing for Maureen ever since a notorious holiday in Weymouth. And when Mick turns up, he's got a surprise for everyone - a thirty-year-old Lithuanian wife who seems to understand Trevor more than his wife Carol ever has. Alison Steadman, Russ Abbott, Stephanie Beecham and Paula Wilcox star.

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