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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

TVweek: Sunday 9th - Friday 14th November 2014

Sunday
8.00pm The Mekong River with Sue Perkins BBC2 - Sue Perkins embarks on a life-changing, 3,000-mile journey up the Mekong, South East Asia's greatest river, exploring lives and landscapes on the point of dramatic change. She begins in Vietnam, meeting traditional river people caught up in a new capitalist revolution, trying her hand as a noodle saleswoman and prawn farmer. Continuing to Cambodia, she is moved by a survivor of Pol Pot's genocide, and bonds with an extraordinary fishing community whose survival depends on the bounty of the largest freshwater lake in Asia.
9.00pm Police Under Pressure BBC2 - Third part of the documentary shown earlier in the year. This episode follows officers in Sheffield as they investigate two separate incidents of missing girls, both victims of grooming and horrific sex attacks. Filmed before the Jay Report child abuse revelations became public, the programme follows South Yorkshire Police over 12 months as they struggle to re-build their tarnished reputation while at the same time trying to deal with a new spate of child sex crimes.
Monday
8.00pm How Rich Are You? Channel 4 - Wonder how your pay compares to your friends'? Where you are relative to everyone else? And who's got the big money in Britain? In an age polarised between bling and benefits, this one-off special illustrates where each of us stand in the great money map of Britain - and what that position means. With the help of leading experts and experiments with a studio audience, Richard Bacon will build up a shocking and surprising portrait of the UK. Money is a subject of equal fascination and embarrassment to most Brits, as most of us would rather discuss our sex lives than salaries, and as a result - we're missing one of the great issues of our time.
10.00pm The World's Most Extreme: Roads More4 - Six-part series that takes viewers to the most jaw-dropping places in the world. But they're also full of adrenaline, danger and excitement. From Siberia to India, the Andes to the Arctic, and from death-traps and vital lifelines, to playgrounds for thrill-seekers, this programme looks at the world's 10 most extreme roads. In Russia dashboard-mounted cameras capture mayhem on the roads. In the United States, helicopters bomb snowy mountainsides to launch huge avalanches that will help to keep the roads open and safe. In the Australian outback, where kangaroos can pose more risk than other motorists, truck drivers face all kinds of dangers to deliver their cargo. On the streets of Delhi, 11 million vehicles struggle through the old town, where a velocity of 1mph counts as speeding.
10.00pm Stalker Sky Living - Thriller from the writer of The Following and Scream. A pair of skilled but scarred detectives are brought together to catch a fire-obsessed stalker.
10.35pm Ebola Frontline BBC1 - NHS doctors and nurses have been working on the front line against Ebola in clinics in West Africa. Panorama spent a month in Sierra Leone with British-born Dr Javid Abdelmoneim filming his every moment working at a treatment centre run by the charity MSF. Using specially adapted cameras, Dr Javid records the physical and emotional impact of this deadly virus on whole families and on the medical staff treating them. Even in these desperately difficult circumstances there are moments of euphoria as patients who have been cured leave the centre.
Tuesday
8.00pm Hotel in the Clouds ITV - Documentary about the first few months in the life of London's newest five-star hotel, the Shangri-La in the Shard. The hotel is the 90 million pound flagship of an Asian hotel empire and one of the first hotels in the UK to bring traditional Asian hospitality. The programme follows members of staff as they are interviewed for their new jobs and also during their crucial first few months after the hotel's opening. 19-year-old chef Ollie lands his first job straight out of college, sommelier Anne tries to teach other novice restaurant staff about fine wine, including her protege Angela, an under-confident waitress from a pizza chain who feels completely out of her depth in the glitzy five-star world of the Shangri-La. There are also the two bellmen and childhood friends from Bermondsey, Thaddaeus and Eddie, who have never even been in a five-star hotel before.
9.00pm Teenage Tommies BBC2 - In this tribute to the teenage heroes of the Great War, Fergal Keane unearths powerful stories of Britain's boy soldiers. With as many as 250,000 boys under the age of 18 having served in the British Army during World War I, and with every tenth volunteer lying about his age, Fergal looks to find out what made them enlist. Was it motivated by patriotism or the spirit of adventure?
9.00pm The Nation's Favourite Queen Song ITV
9.00pm Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages More4 - Penelope Keith takes to the road to explore our relationship with that most quintessential of British institutions, the village. Penelope visits the open spaces of East Anglia, the rugged hills and valleys of the North, and the bucolic splendour of the South West; discovering traditions under threat and communities undergoing huge changes, as she explores what the future holds for our villages.
10.00pm The Walshes BBC2 - Repeat of the comedy first shown on BBC4 last year.
10.00pm Britcam: Emergency on Our Streets Sky1 - Keep a close eye on the British public in this candid documentary utilising cutting-edge mobile body cameras.
10.00pm Bad Robots E4 - Sir Michael Gambon is the voice of the eponymous vengeful robot in this brand new six-part hidden camera show. Technology has advanced and humans are more reliant on machines than ever before. But with our increased dependency on mobile phones, laptops and self-service machines comes continued exasperation, and often technological abuse. Well, the machines have had enough. No longer will they stand for being bashed about, kicked around and taken for granted. The Bad Robots are out for revenge.
Wednesday
8.00pm Posh Pawn Channel 4 - With the Prestige Pawnbrokers team now juggling three offices - including a swanky new store in central London - the high-end clients and luxury items continue to roll in. The opening episode sees a glamorous celebrity hat designer visit the pawnshop, looking to sell her spectacular diamond encrusted ruby necklace to raise funds to open a central London boutique. Paintings done by famous east end gangsters - the Kray twins - cause a big dilemma for the team, and MD James tries out an extreme water jet pack. And as the team get ready for the grand opening of the new flagship store, some fake watches cause a bust-up amongst the staff.
9.00pm Liberty of London Channel 4 - The doors of Liberty are flung open again for more behind-the-scenes action from one of London's oldest and most iconic stores. With unprecedented access and filmed over six months, we catch up with the work of Liberty's cast of charismatic buyers, retail team, fabric designers and, in this episode, introduce some celebrity visitors choosing to launch their products at this quintessentially British institution.
10.00pm The Newsroom Sky Atlantic - Final season of Aaron Sorkin's fast-talking drama. In the wake of the Geona debacle, the ACN team don't take any chances during a a major breaking story.
10.35pm Looking After Mum: A Children in Need Special BBC1 - Documentary about young carers and their families.
Thursday
9.00pm The Fall BBC2 - Second series of the thriller starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. Gibson continues her hunt for the killer by trying to help Spector's surviving victim remember the identity of her attacker. Spector is forced to deal with the loose ends he has left behind in Belfast, leading to terrifying consequences.
9.00pm Neil Diamond: For One Night Only ITV - The American music star takes centre stage at the London Palladium for this one-off special. Rob Brydon hosts the show and accompanies his hero on a journey back to Brooklyn where Neil's story began
10.00pm Babylon Channel 4 - Danny Boyle's pilot episode tasered both brains and funny bones back in February, and now Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong's deliciously caustic and multi-layered drama about PR and London's police force is back for a six-part series. A private security firm calls the police for assistance at a Youth Offenders Institution riot, giving Commissioner Richard Miller an ideal opportunity to highlight the force's opposition to the transfer of essential services from the public to the private sector. But when Scotland Yard's PR strategy comes under pressure, tensions between the police and City Hall boil over and Miller finds himself under attack from Deputy Mayor Grant Delgado.
10.00pm Puppy Love BBC4 - Getting On's Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna write and star in this new comedy set around a Wirral-based dog training class. When dog trainer Nana V is called out to rescue a dangerous dog in a residential area, she gains the attention of local man Alexander Moss, who's having an embarrassing problem with his dog Toffee.
Friday
7.00pm The House that TWO Built BBC2 - Series which trawls through the archives to see how BBC Two has been a guide to shifting lifestyle trends in contemporary Britain. In its mission to keep us informed, educated and entertained in all things domestic, the channel has gone mad for makeovers, finessed our food and planted ideas in our back gardens. This first episode looks at perhaps the biggest lifestyle revolution of them all, the 60s. Narrated by Mel Giedroyc and featuring Alan Titchmarsh, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Antony Worrall Thompson and Esther Rantzen.
7.30pm Children in Need 2014 BBC1 - Sir Terry Wogan and Tess Daly kick off the night of fun and fundraising with entertainment treats from Strictly Come Dancing, the cast of EastEnders as they have never been seen before, and West End hit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Also appearing are Gareth Malone and his All Star Choir, performing the official BBC Children in Need single for the first time on television. There is also a Doctor Who exclusive, plus screen legends Tom and Jerry team up with some of the BBC's best-loved television shows. Some famous faces from Albert Square return in an exclusive sketch, Fearne Cotton joins in the fun, Cheryl sings and there is a unique one-off live performance from One Direction.

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