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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The TVweek: Saturday 18th - Friday 24th October 2014

Saturday
10.20pm The Jonathan Ross Show ITV - His guests today are the legendary Sir David Attenborough, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in her first interview since getting married, fellow X Factor judge Mel B, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell, whose latest role in drama Foxcatcher has him tipped for an Oscar nomination.
Sunday
Continuing Series: Our Girl, 9.00pm BBC One
                               Downton Abbey, 9.00pm ITV
                               Homeland, 9.00pm Channel 4
Monday
7.00pm Big Dreams, Small Spaces BBC2 - Monty Don works with amateur gardeners up and down the country to help them create the garden of their dreams. Continues All Week.
8.30pm Sarah Beeny's How To Sell Your Home Channel 4 - Sarah Beeny finds out what's involved for ordinary homeowners who take on the challenge and responsibility of selling their homes the 21st century way. Taking charge of selling your most valuable asset is a risky business. Getting it wrong can leave you frustrated... out of pocket...and in limbo. In each programme Sarah follows two stories, as well as providing practical How To information for viewers. In East Sussex she meets Terri Measures who can no longer afford the upkeep of her listed country cottage and has to sell after her recent divorce.
Tuesday
8.00pm The BBC Children In Need Sewing Bee BBC2 - The Sewing Bee returns for three special Children in Need episodes, as 12 celebrity sewers battle it out over three challenges set by Saville Row's Patrick Grant and sewing expert May Martin. The celebrities are sewing for BBC Children in Need to inspire viewers to get creative at home and raise money for the charity. Each of the three celebrity hosts will also visit an individual project supported by the charity. Jenny Eclair hosts the first episode, welcoming the stars into the sewing room. The A-line skirt pattern challenge proves to almost be the undoing of chef and Hairy Biker Dave Myers; DJ Edith Bowman transforms a gawdy Hawaiian shirt into a child's garment; Embarrassing Bodies' Dr Dawn Harper proves she can sew with surgical precision across the challenges, despite her shaking hands; and Wendi Peters puts her upholstery sewing skills to the test on a 1950s recreation dress made against the clock.
9.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1 - Nine-year-old Brandon has an extreme form of epilepsy. He has between 20 and 30 seizures a day and requires 24-hour care. His mum, Jenny Lowther, cannot let him out of her sight for even a moment since the house is not safe for him. Nick and the DIY boys, aided by designer Naomi Cleaver and a whole host of Essex trades, descend on the house to make it into a wonderful home for Jenny, Brandon and the whole family.
9.00pm You Can't Get the Staff Channel 4 - This new series ventures behind the gates of Britain's stately homes, deep inside the world of those with the money to spend, to see how the cream of society handles the staff - from the testing interviews, to the candidates desperate to get their foot in the door, down to those all-important employment decisions - whether the salary is £90 a week or over £100,000 a year. Princess Olga Romanoff, the great granddaughter of Alexander III of Russia, is looking for a 'garden boy' to help her Highness run Provender House. Military man, Baronet Sir Humhpry Wakefield of Chillingham castle needs help with his 2000 plus collection of arms and armour, but only the most loyal of servants will meet with his approval. And how will he feel about urine as a possible cleaning solution?
Wednesday
8.00pm Surprise Surprise ITV - Holly Willoughby returns with a new series of the show that surprises some of the nation's most deserving and inspirational people. Today, global pop superstar Pharrell Williams gives an amazing young fundraiser the surprise of a lifetime. An inspiring letter writer who has touched the hearts of thousands across the world gets an unexpected invitation from Stephen Fry, and a special musical performance from Nicole Scherzinger.
10.00pm Grayson Perry: Who Are You? Channel 4 - Turner Prize and Bafta Award-winning artist Grayson Perry explores identity and portraiture. Grayson spends time with people facing a crossroads or a crisis about their identity, and makes portraits to reveal the truths about who we are.
Thursday
8.00pm George Clarke's Amazing Spaces Channel 4 - The series celebrating ingenious and eccentric small builds returns. In this opening episode, George meets a man who bought the wreck of a £20 million private jet for just £4,000 and plans to transform it into the ultimate crash pad for him and his wife. There's also a gypsy tattoo artist who swapped his truck for an old railway carriage, which he hopes to turn into a home for him and his two children for only £7000. George teams up once again with master craftsman Will Hardie to hand build a woodland retreat for less than the price of a family holiday.
8.00pm Scorpion ITV2 - New US drama that follows Special agent Cabe Gallo forms a new team of super geniuses, hiring former child prodigy Walter O'Brien to lead a team of his brilliant friends. They are assigned their first mission by the government to help land airplanes at LAX when the entire communication system shuts down due to a bug at the control tower.
8.30pm The Big Bang Theory E4 - New series of the popular US comedy. Leonard and Amy take an unexpected road trip to Arizona to pick up Sheldon when his epic railway journey ends in chaos. Penny has an interview for a sales job at Bernadette's company. Howard finds Stuart's increasingly friendly relationship with his mother downright weird.
9.00pm Life Story BBC1 - David Attenborough explores how animals attempt to overcome the challenges that face them at each of the six crucial stages of life as they strive towards ultimate success - passing on their genes. In this first episode animals overcome their first great hurdle - surviving infancy. Flightless barnacle goose chicks face their greatest challenge at the very start of their lives.
9.30pm Drifters E4 - Best friends Meg, Bunny and Laura are back, still trying - and largely failing - to figure out love and life in Leeds. In episode one, Meg is traumatised when her parents announce a trial separation. But perhaps fit new neighbour Scott, who offers to practise his counselling skills on her, can ease the pain? Meanwhile, Bunny has started seeing the banjo player from promising but unsigned band The New Harvesters. And Laura finds herself taking care of Gary after an unfortunate incident.
10.00pm Russell Howard's Good News BBC2 - Russell Howard returns with his unique and quirky take on the week's global headlines and bizarre news stories.
Friday
9.00pm Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy Five - Documentary series in which hotelier and presenter Alex Polizzi rediscovers her roots while travelling across Italy. In the first episode, she takes in the north of the country, revisiting Venice, a city where she has often been and Rome, where she lived in her twenties. She also gets up close and personal with some of Maria Callas's costumes in Italy's fashion capital, Milan.
11.05pm The Feeling Nuts Comedy Night Channel 4 - Jack Whitehall plays host to an evening of entertainment that's full of surprise comedy pairings and some seriously awkward conversations, while encouraging the nation to feel nuts. This momentous event's aim is to raise awareness of testicular cancer and make audiences laugh along the way. The show reunites sitcom pair Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey in a brand new Men Behaving Badly sketch written by Simon Nye. Heavyweight comedy double act Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse perform a classic sketch. There's a special musical collaboration from James Corden and Rizzle Kicks, while Jimmy Carr and Jamie Cullum form an unlikely alliance.

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