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Monday, 27 October 2014

The TVweek: Saturday 1st - Thursday 6th November 2014

Saturday
9.00pm Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night BBC2 - Dramatised documentary based on letters, journals and diaries, exploring of one of the most significant moments in Gothic history - the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together in Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories. The night when Frankenstein and the modern vampire were born. All those involved in the events of the summer of 1816 wrote about their life-changing stay in Switzerland. The film draws on British Library manuscripts and archive, and brings together a number of Gothic, horror and science fiction writers, including Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris and Margaret Atwood, to discuss why one single night had such a significant impact on our culture.
Sunday
Continuing Series: 9.00pm Downton Abbey, ITV 
                              9.00pm Homeland, Channel 4
Monday
7.00pm The Passing Bells BBC1 - World War I drama. At the outbreak of war, two teenage boys - one German and one British - defy their parents to sign up. But their enthusiasm is tested when they get their first taste of battle. Continues All Week.
8.00pm Modern Family Sky1 - Sixth Season of the US comedy. The opener sees Mitchell and Cam return of their Honeymoon.
8.30pm Trollied Sky1 - Series four begins and a few new faces are shaking up the shop floor, including Miriam Margolyes and Stephen Tompkinson.
9.00pm Gareth's All Star Choir BBC1 - Choirmaster Gareth Malone brings together an array of untrained voices from the world of television, sport and theatre to release the official 2014 BBC Children in Need single. Actresses Alison Steadman and Linda Robson sing alongside EastEnders actor Nitin Ganatra and Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood. Also searching for their inner songbird are Countryfile's John Craven, Blue Peter's Radzi Chinyanganya, Bake Off co-host Mel Giedroyc and comedian Jo Brand. Fabrice Muamba and Maggie 'The Machine' Alphonsi join the choir from the world of football and rugby respectively, and the line-up is completed by Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine and actor Larry Lamb. In the first of this two-part documentary, Gareth assembles his motley choir, and the challenge he faces becomes abundantly clear.
9.00pm Make Leicester British Channel 4 - Documentary that brings together eight Leicester residents, four of them British citizens from various backgrounds and ethnicities, plus three recent migrants from Central and Eastern Europe and one from Somalia. They spend time together to explore their feelings about immigration and what being British means to them.
9.00pm Mickey Flanagan's Detour De France Sky1 - Join the funnyman as he heads across the Channel to put his own spin on the Tour de France. Along for the ride is his best mate Noel.
10.35pm Toast of London Channel 4 - The award-winning comedy, co-written by Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry, returns. Steven Toast is a classically trained actor living in Soho, the heart of London's theatreland. With the misguided help of his inept agent Jane Plough and his idiosyncratic middle-aged flatmate Ed Howzer-Black, Toast makes desperate attempts to get the woman, job and life he thinks he deserves. In the first episode, Toast is intrigued to find that Ed is entering a Celebrities and Prostitutes Blow Football Tournament. It's an annual event organised by Ed's showbiz charity, the River Rats. Toast also enters and soon becomes obsessed with winning the tournament.
Tuesday
8.00pm Masterchef: The Professionals BBC2 - A new judge, two Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing, joins forces with Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace to seek out the next culinary star. In the first heat, five chefs begin their bid for the coveted title with a total of three tests. The first challenge is the Signature Dish Test. The chefs have one hour to cook a plate of food that showcases what they can do, before one must leave.
9.00pm Miracle Babies Five - Documentary series following staff and patient stories at the neonatal unit at Liverpool Women's Hospital. The first episode features baby Ethan, whose struggle to breathe on his own is a mystery to doctors, Shaylen, who was born thirteen weeks early and has an underdeveloped skeleton and mum Nicola, who has just given birth to her second child after recovering from post-natal depression.
Wednesday
8.00pm Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun Five - Observational documentary series following the lives of those who live in Gibraltar.
9.00pm Great Continental Railway Journeys BBC2 - Michael Portillo sets off with his 1913 guide to journey through Russia. Among the onion domes and icons of Tula, Michael is moved by the sound of a Russian Orthodox choir. He visits the country estate of Yasnaya Polyana, where Tolstoy wrote his masterpieces. Striking north, Michael boards the train which runs from the Caspian Sea to Moscow.
9.00pm Broadmoor ITV - Two-part documentary about Broadmoor Hospital. All of Broadmoor's inmates suffer from mental disorders, now those that have the capacity to give consent are allowed to tell their stories for the very first time. We meet the men starting their Broadmoor journey, others who are responding well to treatment and some whose lack of cooperation keeps them from moving on. There are also interviews with the staff who have to deal with the hospital's most volatile patients and run a daily risk of assault.
Thursday
Continuing Series: 9.00pm Life Story, BBC1
                              9.00pm Peaky Blinders, BBC2
                              9.00pm The Great Fire, ITV
                              9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4

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