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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

TVweek: Saturday 17th - Friday 23rd January 2015

Saturday
6.30pm Planet's Got Talent ITV - New series looking at the biggest reality shows on the planet. From Indonesia to Iceland, Bulgaria to Brazil and China to Chile, the show features some of the very best and worst acts that the world has to offer. This week's show includes a dog from the USA who does back flips, Russian acrobats who bring a whole new meaning to the word flexible, a Korean lady with a vendetta against apples and a man in India who can stuff 200 straws into his mouth at one time. Narrated by Warwick Davis.
Notable Continuing Series: 7.00pm The Voice, BBC1
Sunday
6.45pm Get Your Act Together ITV - Stephen Mulhern hosts a new series in which some of our best-loved stars join forces with top variety acts to put on a special performance. Each week, five different celebrities get to learn brand new skills, from contortion to fire dancing, ventriloquism to acrobatics, juggling to plate spinning. The celebrities and their mentors then take to the stage together to perform in front of a studio audience, who decide which celebrity - along with their mentor - has entertained them the most and will go through to the live final. This week Brian McFadden, Gareth Thomas, Sherrie Hewson, Danielle Lloyd and Ray Quinn take on the challenges.
8.00pm Call the Midwife BBC1 - Fourth series of the period drama that moves into the sixties.
A chance encounter with an impoverished child forces Trixie to see an unfamiliar darker side of life. As Nonnatus House welcomes a new resident, Nurse Barbara Gilbert, Tom Hereward has a surprise romantic gesture in store for Trixie.
Notable Continuing Series: 8.00pm Foyle's War, ITV
                                                8.00pm The Hotel, Channel 4
                                            9.00pm  Last Tango in Halifax, BBC1
                                            9.00pm Walking the Nile, Channel 4
Monday
Notable Continuing Series: 8.00pm Waterloo Road, BBC3 (Repeated at 10.35pm on BBC1)
                                              9.00pm, Silent Witness, BBC1
                                              9.00pm, Broadchurch, ITV
                                              9.00pm, The Undateables, Channel 4
10.00pm Catastrophe Channel 4 - Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan write and star in Catastrophe, a new six-part comedy that follows an American man and an Irish woman who make a bloody mess as they struggle to fall in love in London. Scorching chemistry, instant pregnancy, and genuine disaster provide the foundation for this flaming hovel of a relationship. Can Sharon, 'an extraordinarily good-smelling woman', and Rob, 'a sturdy love-maker', navigate the increasingly thorny situations they find themselves in and still find time for an emergency shag in a stairwell?
Tuesday
9.00pm The Eighmann Show BBC2 - Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPagila star in the behind-the-scenes true life story of a groundbreaking producer, Milton Fruchtman, and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz who, overcoming enormous obstacles, set out to capture the testimony of one of the war's most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann.
9.00pm Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans ITV - Paul O'Grady returns for a second series in which he visits South Africa, Zambia and Namibia on the trail of young orphaned animals. Paul's first stop is Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Here they are raising an eight-month-old orphaned rhinoceros called Olive, whose mother was killed by poachers - 1,000 rhinos are killed for their horns every year. At Na'ankuse, a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, Paul meets the owner Marlice, who introduces him to some of the resident animals - including a ten-month-old aardvark called Parkie, the strangest creature Paul has ever seen. He also meets Shrinky, a baby baboon who staff member Colette is caring for around the clock.
9.00pm Excluded: Kicked Out of School BBC3 - With over 4,500 children permanently excluded from secondary school in Britain every year, this documentary series goes inside one of the country's largest secondary alternative provision (AP) academies to find out what happens next. With up to 90 kids and 30 staff including teachers, mentors and therapists, the Bridge AP Academy is one of the biggest schools of its kind. All its students have been permanently excluded or subjected to a managed move from schools across west London, many for behaviour issues.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Silent Witness, BBC1
                                            9.00pm, 24 Hours in Police Custody, Channel 4
                                            10.00pm, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Dave
Wednesday
7.30pm The National Television Awards ITV - Britain's best-loved stars and a host of fans join host Dermot O'Leary live from The O2 in London to celebrate the UK's favourite TV shows and top talent, as voted for by viewers across the country. For the 20th annual ceremony, there is a Special Recognition Award for an actor who is as beloved by the TV industry as he is by the public
8.00pm Pets - Wild at Heart BBC1 - First of a two-part documentary using innovative techniques to reveal the secrets of pets' behaviour, including why hamsters love to run in a wheel, how dogs pick up the rules of the pack and how kittens learn to be solitary hunters. Featuring views of plunge-diving dogs, babysitting cats, acrobatic hamsters and a playful cat outwitted by his prey.
8.00pm North Pole Ice Airport Five - Three-part documentary series. A team of Russian paratroopers skydive onto the frozen Arctic Ocean to build Ice Station Barneo.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4
9.00pm Wolf Hall BBC2 - Damien Lewis, Claire Foy head an impressive cast an historical drama chronicling Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in the court of Henry VIII. Thomas Cromwell's patron, Cardinal Wolsey, is dismissed as lord chancellor and forced to flee his palace at York Place.
10.00pm Up The Women BBC2 - The comedy from Jessica Hynes makes its way to BBC2 for a new series. Gwen disrupts the BICCPRWS hunger strike with cheese, while Thomas tries hopelessly to win Emily's heart.
Thursday
9.00pm Cucumber Channel 4 - Sixteen years after Queer as Folk exploded on to the screen, award-winning writer Russell T Davies returns with Cucumber, Banana and Tofu; three new interlinked shows for Channel 4, E4 and online. Cucumber and Banana are two original drama series exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life, while Tofu is an online documentary series that explores all facets of contemporary sex culture. Channel 4's Cucumber follows 46-year-old Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance. Henry and Lance are happy and settled, but when they embark on a disastrous date night, life will never be the same again. At work, Henry is drawn to the enigmatic Freddie Baxter, while Lance greets a newcomer, Daniel - but both new friendships are set on a course to explode.
9.00pm Bangok Airport BBC3 - Series in which young Brits pass through Bangkok airport to embark on adventures of a lifetime. In the opening episode, we meet Captain Jack, Thailand's happiest immigration officer, and the flying doctor who has his patients in stitches. But not everyone's laughing - Britpacker John escapes death by a whisker, Matt is stranded without a ticket, and Paul can't find his gate after one too many drinks in departures. While the tourist police have fun on their new Segways, will Alicia and Georgia survive Thailand without the Bank of Dad?
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, Death in Paradise, BBC1
9.00pm Ross Kemp: Extreme World Sky1 - The compelling documentary series returns as Ross Kemp visits Ukraine to investigate the rise of the far right in the country's war with pro-Russia separatists.
9.00pm Best and Final Offer More4 - Instead of following a single buyer and the properties they choose to view, the focus is on one home, its owners, the estate agents trying to sell it and all of the possible buyers who are trying to make the best and final offer to make it their own. The property is a three-bed house in Horsham, West Sussex. The sellers are Jeff and Rebecca, who are relocating to Boston in the United States. They only purchased the property three years ago, but are looking to make a profit of over ú40,000. A local estate agent organises an open house day for viewings and the programme meets some of the possible buyers.
10.00pm Josie: The Most Hated Woman in Britain Channel 4 - Fame-hungry Josie Cunningham became one of the most controversial people in Britain after having a breast enlargement on the NHS. Since then, Josie has attempted to stay in the spotlight by creating as much controversy as she can, posting a regular stream of outrageous tweets and ever-more shocking stories, including a plan to sell tickets to the birth of her baby. Does she sum up everything wrong with modern shameless Britain?
10.00pm Banana E4 - Banana is a series of eight witty, heartfelt and unique stand-alone stories covering different aspects of LGBT life. This series, which features exciting and emerging talent from the fields of acting, writing and directing, offers an intriguing and often unexpected peek into the individual lives, loves and losses of a range of diverse characters. In the first episode, Dean is 19, with a job, a flat and all the sex he wants.
Friday
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Channel 4
                                               10.00pm, The Last Leg, Channel 4

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