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The TVweek: Sunday 7th - Friday 12th September 2014

Sunday
8.00pm Strictly Come Dancing: Launch Show BBC1 - Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman launch a new series of the celebrity dance contest. The journey begins as the red carpet is rolled out to greet the 15 stars before the nail-biting moment when they discover who their dancing partners are. Then the couples take to the dance floor to perform together for the very first time.
8.15pm Countdown to the Invictus Games BBC2 - Documentary which follows servicemen and women as they try to secure their place in the British team to compete at the first Invictus Games. The sporting event for injured, wounded and sick members of the armed forces will take place at London's Olympic Park and will feature teams from around the world. HRH Prince Harry keeps a watchful eye on preparations for the games, which have been organised from scratch following his announcement in 2013.
9.00pm Houdini Channel 4 - Two-part US drama that follows the epic tale of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America's first bona fide, world-renowned superstar. From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls, Eastern European immigrant Erich Weiss rose to become a household name - Houdini - across the globe. Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody stars as The Great Harry Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from US presidents to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rasputin.
9.05pm The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher ITV - Return of the Victorian detective drama. Drama series Whicher is drawn into a high stakes case when he receives a visit from a former Home Secretary, Sir Edward Shore. Sir Edward tells Whicher that his son Charles has recently arrived back in England from India, leaving some unpleasantness behind.
10.40pm The Secrets BBC1 - Five-part series of standalone dramas revolving around a secret. The first instalment stars Olivia Colman and Alison Steadman. Each story explores the links, pressures and expectations that draw people together and tear them apart. A vet expecting her first child has all the chemicals to puts pets to sleep and a mother who is chronically ill and wants to die. Continues Tomorrow.
Monday
9.00pm Cops & Robbers Channel 4 - Four-part documentary series that reveals the shocking daily reality of life for some of Britain's most prolific criminals, and the sobering truth about the task faced by the dedicated teams of police trying to get them to go straight.
Tuesday
7.30pm The Secret Life of Pets Five - Documentary series exploring the way in which we live with, care for, and rely upon our pets.
8.00pm Long Lost Family: What Happened Next ITV - First of three programmes in which Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell revisit nine of the programme's most extraordinary searches.
8.00pm Posh Pawn ITV - In this new episode of the high-end pawnbroking show, MD James and the team get excited when an ex-Chelsea footballer player turns up with some expensive Rolex watches, James is put to the test when asked to evaluate a hovercraft used in a James Bond film, a rather unusual painting of Saddam Hussein causes a stir in the office, and there's a huge surprise for a devoted mum looking to sell some spectacular jewellery to help her son's business venture.
9.00pm The Motorway: Life in the Fastlane BBC2 - Documentary series following the workers who keep the traffic flowing on one of the busiest stretches of road in Britain, where the country's longest motorway, the M6, meets four other major routes.
9.00pm Hot Tub Britain ITV - Documentary examining the growing attraction of the hot tub in Britain. Jacuzzis and whirlpools are no longer just a fantasy seen on an American soap or as accessories for the very rich. The tub has gone mainstream and has become Britain's most desirable status symbol, as one family business in Blackpool knows only too well.
9.00pm Don't Stop the Music Channel 4 - Internationally-renowned classical pianist James Rhodes is passionate about the power of music to change lives and is shocked at the state of music education in the UK. Thousands of kids up and down the country are missing out, not just on one of life's great pleasures, but on an activity proven to improve behaviour, creativity, teamwork, and even basic literacy and numeracy. When James says that music can change lives, he's speaking from experience; after a troubled past, playing the piano turned his life around. But too many kids today are being denied the chance to feel the power of music in their lives too. In this two-part series, he attempts to launch the country's biggest ever 'instrument amnesty', asking the public to donate unused instruments and getting them to kids who need them.
Wednesday
8.00pm Celebrity Squares ITV - The classic comedy game show returns to British screens following a 17-year absence, hosted by actor-turned-presenter Warwick Davis. Two contestants play a giant version of noughts and crosses, with celebrity guests helping them to play for a £20,000 jackpot. In the opening show, Warwick is joined by actor James Corden, Coronation Street's Catherine Tyldesley, Loose Women panellist and former pop star Jamelia, funnyman Mick Miller, Plebs and Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal, comedienne Sara Pascoe, Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, and resident comedians Tim Vine and Joe Wilkinson.
9.00pm Scott & Bailey ITV - Fourth Series of the popular crime drama starring Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp. Scott and Bailey find themselves in front of the promotions board, being interviewed for the post of sergeant. When both pass with flying colours, DCI Gill Murray has to choose which of them gets the job at Syndicate 9. This episode involves the abduction and possible murder of vulnerable young man Robin McKendrick.
10.00pm All Creatures Great & Stuffed Channel 4 - Taxidermy is undergoing a global revival. With high-street shops popping up, night classes selling out and demand outstripping supply, why are deceased beasts so popular? In this documentary, Bafta Award-nominated director Matt Rudge encounters some of the world's most jaw-dropping modern examples of the craft.
Thursday
8.00pm Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath BBC2 - Documentary following a group of international archaeologists, led by the University of Birmingham and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna, who believe that a new state-of-the-art approach is the key to unlocking Stonehenge's secrets.
9.00pm Penquins on a Plane BBC2 - With access to a range of animal transport companies, zoos and aquariums, this two-part series charts the logistical challenges of moving some of the biggest, the smallest, the most dangerous and the most delicate animals across the world. In this episode a flock of gentoo penguins are flown from New Zealand to Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre, requiring a high-tech, custom-built transport crate costing £40,000. With refrigeration, air filtering and even seatbelts, the 'penguin hotel' must keep the birds in peak physical condition during their 12,500-mile journey.
9.00pm Bad Bridesmaid ITV2 - New reality series. Bride-to-be Zoe must convince her hens that new, dippy hippy bridesmaid 'Daisy' is her fiance's relative and not an imposter. Can she get through the hen weekend by going along with everything Daisy says in order to win her dream honeymoon? It will not be easy as Daisy suggests she designs the bridesmaid dresses, gets embarrassingly drunk during a sophisticated evening out and even decides she should replace Zoe's best friend as Maid of Honour!
Friday
8.30pm Would I Lie To You? BBC1 - Rob Brydon returns to the host's chair for the eighth series of the comedy panel show where celebrity guests reveal amazing stories about themselves, some of which are true and some of which are not. The aim of the game is to fool the opposition into mistaking fact for fiction and fiction for fact. Regular team captains Lee Mack and David Mitchell are joined by Fiona Buce, Micky Flangan, Steve Jones and Claudia Winkleman.
10.00pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man Channel 4 - The chatshow returns with guests comedian and actor Jack Whitehall, who discusses the return of his sitcom Bad Education, while music is from Kasabian who perform their latest single 'Bumblebeee' live in the studio.
11.00pm Parents' Evening BBC3 - Multi-character sitcom pilot set on one very eventful evening, as the interactions between a variety of idiosyncratic teachers, parents and even a pupil tell the story of the school year. From the desperate maths teacher meeting the parents of a child whose property he has confiscated to the elderly geography teacher trying to solve the problems of a pupil's imaginary friend, it interweaves a series of compelling encounters featuring unique characters.

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