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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The TVweek: Sunday 21st - Friday 26th September 2014

Sunday
8.00pm Operation Maneater Channel 4 - In this new series, vet Mark Evans uses technology to tackle three deadly predators: the Nile crocodile, the polar bear and the great white shark.
9.00pm Our Girl BBC1 - Full series of the army drama that first aired as a one-off drama last year starring Lacey Turner as an Army Medic. Medic Molly Dawes is over-the-moon to be sent to Afghanistan on one of the army's final deployments. But when she arrives she knows she needs to prove herself to her new platoon. Things take a bad turn when she fails to cut it more than once, but worse than that, she has to deal with an old-flame who is part of the regiment and who makes her life harder than it should be. She gets no help or support from her commanding officer, the haughty Captain James, who doesn't seem to notice just how brilliant she really is at her job.
9.00pm Life in Solitary BBC2 - Filmed over six months in Maine State Prison, this documentary follows the institution's new warden as he tries to reform a system of solitary confinement which sees prisoners locked up alone for 24 hours a day, sometimes for years or even decades at a time. With unique access to this supermax prison, the film reveals the warden's struggle to reintroduce some of the most dangerous inmates back into the general population. Unsurprisingly, some of his staff are resistant to the reforms he proposes and the warden must tackle a prison culture which emphasises punishment over rehabilitation.
9.00pm Downton Abbey ITV - Series Five of the hugely popular period drama. The story moves on to 1924, when the first ever Labour government heralds a sea change that is felt throughout the nation - nowhere more so than at Downton. A suggested plan for a war memorial unexpectedly pits Carson against Robert and Mrs Hughes, Young Jimmy the footman is the object of some unwanted female attention and Thomas gives Baxter an ultimatum. Branson's growing friendship with someone Robert considers quite unsuitable causes concern. After the tragedy she has been through, Lady Mary now seems ready to find love once more. Cracks appear in Edith and Tim Drewe's special arrangement as she struggles to keep her emotions in check - something which may have disastrous consequences for the entire household.
Monday
9.00pm Derren Brown: Infamous Channel 4 - Derren is captured live on stage at the Grand Theatre, Leeds during his Olivier-nominated tour. The Times described the show as 'a thrilling evening in which Brown offers us the gorgeous idea that we can take control of our own lives while also ensuring that we remain putty in his hands'. Stage Show.
9.00pm The Truth About Skunk BBC3 - Documentary looking at how skunk - a hybrid created in the 80s which has transformed the marketplace over the last decade - has revolutionised the world of cannabis.
9.00pm Release the Hounds ITV2 - The horror game show hosted by Reggie Yates returns for a full series. In the first show, three best mates from Essex enter a forest at dusk in a quest to unlock chests full of prize money. In order to win the jackpot they must get back out again, but the task will not be easy as the money is protected by a pack of angry dogs!
10.00pm Plebs ITV2 - Series 2 of the comedy set Ancient Rome. When the boys win big at a chariot race it looks like their fortunes might have taken a turn for the better. Stylax decides to reinvent himself as a charioteer while Marcus prefers to spend his money on romantic pursuits. Grumio, as usual, gets nothing.
10.40pm Cat Wars BBC1 - Documentary meeting people on both sides of the feline divide to find out what really gets people so worked up about the humble moggy.
Tuesday
8.00pm Dogs: Their Secret Lives Channel 4 - Mark Evans presents this live, interactive programme that exclusively reveals the results of the online survey launched in Dogs: Their Secret Lives. The survey - one of the biggest of its kind ever commissioned - sniffs out the secrets of the lives of dogs in Britain today. Evans, the former chief vet at the RSCPA, is joined by a panel of experts to tackle viewers' questions using surveillance filming and the latest science. With help from the UK's leading behaviourists, he analyses footage of what viewers' dogs get up to.
9.00pm The Driver BBC1 - Tense 3-part drama starring David Morrisery as Vince McKee's whose  life is turned upside down when he agrees to be the driver for a criminal gang.
9.00pm I Married the Waiter: Love in the Sun ITV - Documentary about British women from a range of backgrounds and ages who found love while on holiday.
9.00pm Ramsay's Cost Del Nightmares Channel 4 - Gordon Ramsay explores new territory in Ramsay's Costa del Nightmares, a four part series that sees him travel to Europe's holiday hotspots meeting Brits abroad in crisis. In the first episode, Gordon visits Mayfair, a restaurant in a prime location on the busy seafront in Fuengirola, on the Costa del Sol. The restaurant was set up 28 years ago by Londoner Pat and her husband Jack.
9.00pm Tricked ITV2 - The hidden camera magic show returns with a brand new series. Ben Hanlin goes undercover to astonish unsuspecting members of the public with amazing magic. Ben also locks Geordie Shore lass Charlotte Crosby in a sauna before bamboozling Joey Essex with a time travel trick.
10.00pm Secrets & Lies Five - Australian drama series focusing on a family man whose unremarkable life is turned upside down when he stumbles across the body of a small boy during his morning run. When suspicion falls on him, he quickly finds that friends and neighbours begin to cut him from their lives. With his marriage under strain, journalists surrounding his home and his daughter receiving hate mail, his only hope appears to be the homicide detective assigned to the case.
Wednesday
8.00pm The Long Shadow BBC2 - Tracing the legacy of the Great War through a hundred years and ten different countries, historian David Reynolds examines how the war haunted the generation who lived through it and shaped the peace that followed.
9.00pm Terror At the Mall BBC2 - Revisiting the terrorist attack on September 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya, where four gunmen walked into the crowded Westgate Shopping Mall and began systematically murdering shoppers. Drawing on the thousands of hours of footage captured by the mall's security cameras, this film charts the shocking terrorist attack which claimed the lives of 71 people, as well as the bravery of the police officers and civilians who tried to rescue trapped shoppers over the three-day siege that ensued.
10.00pm The Men with Many Wives Channel 4 - This revealing documentary explores the world of polygamous marriages among British Muslims. While polygamy is illegal under British law, it is permitted under Sharia law, and while it's unusual, some estimate that there are as many as 20,000 polygamous marriages among Muslims in the UK today. The programme examines the daily challenges of polygamous life and the motivation of those who are looking for another wife. It considers whether they are compelled by desire or tradition and meets those who are trying to make polygamy acceptable to mainstream UK society.
Thursday
8.00pm Your Home in their Hands BBC1 - Home makeover contest. Four passionate home decorators who think they have an eye for design and a flair for fabrics compete against each other to win a cash prize. Two couples take the brave step of handing over their front door keys to the amateur designers in exchange for a massive makeover.
8.00pm Jungle Atlantis BBC2 - Documentary series following an archaeological team in Cambodia as they uncover the mysteries of Angkor Wat.
9.00pm Marvellous BBC2 - Part biopic, part musical and part fantasy, this is the inspirational and incredible true story of Neil Baldwin, a man who refused to accept the label of learning difficulties, and who has led an extraordinary life. Toby Jones stars.
9.00pm Never Teach your Wife to Drive Five - Documentary following three British couples during one of the most stressful tests of their relationships. All the restraints of normal polite behaviour are jettisoned as wives take to the wheel under the instruction of their nearest and dearest.
Friday
9.00pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 - Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the first night in a live dancing double bill as six couples take to the floor for the very first time.
9.00pm The X Factor ITV - Dermot O'Leary kicks off a special triple bill weekend of X Factor shows as this year's Boot Camp stage gets under way. The remaining hopefuls in each category must now battle it out for one of six places at the judges' houses with the return of the dreaded six chair challenge.
9.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 - Britain's favourite opinionated TV viewers return for a new series, with their sharp, insightful, passionate and sometimes emotional critiques of the week's biggest and best shows.
10.35pm The Graham Norton Show BBC1 - Graham Norton returns for another series of his talk show. He is joined by Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, starring in new movie The Equalizer; the acclaimed new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi; actress Gemma Arterton, about to hit the West End in the musical version of Made in Dagenham; and hot new singer-songwriter George Ezra

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