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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The TVweek: Saturday 21st - Friday 27th February 2015

Saturday
7.00pm Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway ITV - Ant and Dec are back with the brand new series of their award-winning entertainment show. Tonight, the pair make a dummy out of Olly Murs when they go undercover, pop superstar Ed Sheeran performs live in the studio, and they are joined by a celebrity guest announcer. Ashley Roberts leaves the boys in a spin in Ant v Dec as they tackle another terrifying challenge. Also, one lucky member of the studio audience plays to win the contents of a commercial break.
9.00pm Reginald D Hunter's Songs of the South BBC2 - In the first of a three-part road trip, Georgia-born but London-based Reginald D Hunter returns home to explore the American south both past and present through its world-famous songs. Reg begins by exploring the sounds of Kentucky and Tennessee, and the disturbing tradition of blackface minstrelsy. Hunter is led through the south by its signature songs, including Dolly Parton's My Tennessee Mountain Home, Knoxville Girl, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Chattanooga Choo Choo and minstrel songs such as My Ol' Kentucky Home and Old Folks at Home. On his voyage Reg visits Dollywood, a slave plantation in Bardstown, Nashville - the home of country music, a moonshine distillery in Gatlinburg and a string band festival in Mount Airy.
9.00pm Hostages BBC4 - Tense thriller serial. When brilliant surgeon Yael Danon is selected to perform a routine operation on the Israeli prime minister it puts her and her whole family in danger. The night before the operation they are taken hostage in their house by masked men and Yael is given an ultimatum - she must kill the prime minister during his operation or her family will die. (In Hebrew with English subtitles).
Sunday
7.00pm The Big Painting Challenge BBC1 - Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon take ten amateur artists to stunning locations across the country to battle it out in a tough series of painting and drawing challenges.
7.00pm Four Rooms Channel 4 - Return of the series where dealers bid for the best price on a highly prized item.
Notable Continuing Series: 8.00pm Call the Midwife, BBC1
                                               8.00pm Top Gear, BBC2
                                               9.00pm The Casual Vacancy, BBC1
                                               9.00pm  Mr Selfridge, ITV
                                               9.00pm  Indian Summers, Channel 4
10.00pm Meet the Ukippers BBC2 - An unprecedented insight into the heartland of UKIP that follows the party faithful as they ride high in the polls and try - but fail - to avoid the gaffes the media are looking for. Thanet on the Kent coast is where Nigel Farage has chosen to stand for parliament, but this timely film is about the local party activists who stand firmly behind him rather than the media-savvy leader himself. Filmed over six months, these true believers explain the UKIP phenomena, but there are also jaw-dropping views on race the national party would definitely prefer weren't aired.
Monday
9.00pm NHS: 2 Billion Pound a Week & Counting Channel 4 - A growing population, increased life expectancy, expensive drugs and poor lifestyle choices are all contributing to a predicted £30 billion-plus funding gap in just over 10 years' time. Against this backdrop, this interactive series challengers viewers to put themselves in the position of doctors, managers and other NHS professionals as they try to determine where to allocate scarce resources. The series follows people seeking treatments across the NHS, including a liver transplant, breast reduction and new cancer drugs. Some will receive the life-changing or life-saving treatments they desperately want, while others will not. The series explores the true cost of each patient to the NHS and examines the complex ethical and financial dilemmas clinicians face; dilemmas that are becoming increasingly important in determining the care clinicians can offer to patients. Viewers will be encouraged to share their views via social media, with many featuring on screen live during the broadcast. The first episode asks: Should the NHS spend resources on liver transplants for people with alcoholism? When is cosmetic surgery justified on the NHS? And can the NHS cope with the rapid rise in the number of people with dementia?
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, Broadchurch, ITV
                                              10.00pm Catastrophe, Channel 4
Tuesday
7.00pm Wanted in Paradise BBC2 - Families considering a permanent move to somewhere exotic are given a taste of what it's really like to move to a country very different from the UK. Paula Davis has cherished a dream to move to the Cayman Islands for years. But having recently re-married, she now has to persuade her new husband Jason to come with her. They both have strong family ties to the UK - especially Jason, whose doting mum would miss him terribly. They're putting a new life in Grand Cayman to the test for a trial week, finding potential new jobs, homes and friends. Even if they find they are wanted in paradise, will it be enough to overcome the massive heartache of leaving loved ones behind.
8.00pm Mary Portas: Secret Shopper Channel 4 - Mary Portas is back for a second series, as she attempts to transform four businesses, where the customer comes anything but first, in this heart-warming and engaging series that demands better for Britain's shoppers. In this episode, Mary heads to Burnham, near Slough, to visit Hallmark Foods, a local convenience store located in the heart of the village. This family run business is struggling, and profits are falling, as locals choose to shop elsewhere.
9.00pm Critical Sky1 - Ambitious 13-part medical drama. The clock is ticking in this real-time medical drama set inside a state-of-the-art Major Trauma Centre. Lennie James stars.
9.00pm World's Toughest Jobs BBC3 - Series in which hard-up young Brits leave the UK in a bid to find their pot of gold and take on one of the world's toughest jobs. Luke, Jade and Callum are stuck in a rut and in need of a cash injection. In a bid to kick-start their lives and earn some serious money, they have signed up to work as deck-hands on a rock lobster fishing boat on the west coast of Australia. It's back-breaking, repetitive and dangerous work, under a scorching sun in treacherous seas, but there is one major perk - money. A seasoned deckie here can earn $1,000 a day - but will the newbies make it to payday or will the 2am starts, the long hours and the inevitable seasickness send them screaming back to the UK?
10.00pm Immigration Street Channel 4 - This thought-provoking documentary captures contemporary life on the ethnically diverse Derby Road in Southampton. Known locally as 'The Jungle', it's a street that has been changed significantly over the years by different waves of immigration and settlement, and gives a unique insight into the reality of multiculturalism in Britain today, as opposed to the political rhetoric and newspaper headlines. The experiences of the team making the film and the contributors, who encountered local opposition and, in some cases, intimidation, are documented in the one-off special, which provides a fascinating look at one of the most fiercely debated and divisive issues in Britain today.
10.45pm All Or Nothing: Childbirth BBC1 - Documentary following four pregnant women all making very different choices around their births. 37-year-old Jo plans to deliver her baby completely alone on board her barge, without the assistance of any medical professional. By contrast, 34-year-old Anna is opting to sidestep the pains of labour and book in for a c-section at the Portland Hospital in London. In Devon, 33-year-old Lisa plans to lotus birth - she'll leave her baby's umbilical cord attached to its placenta and she'll keep it fresh by dusting it with salt, rose petals and lavender oil. 35-year-old Kati from Manchester is going to whizz her afterbirth into a smoothie and consume it over a number of days. Fending off bewildered looks and concerns from friends, family and medical professionals, each woman is going against convention to have the birth she wants.
Wednesday
8.00pm The Brit Awards 2015 ITV - Ant & Dec host the ceremony from the 02
9.00pm The People's Strictly for Comic Relief BBC1 - For the first time in Strictly Come Dancing's history, members of the public are being invited through the sparkly ballroom doors. Tess and Claudia open this series which sees six extraordinary superfans launched into the world of Strictly and living the dream for the millions of fans who've longed to cha-cha their way into the show. Past Strictly stars and pro dancers embark on the ultimate feel-good mission: to surprise the unsuspecting heroes in everyday situations.
Notable Continuing Series: 8.00pm The Great Comic Relief Bake Off, BBC1 
                                                    9.00pm Wolf Hall, BBC2
                                             9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4
Thursday
Notable Continuing Series:  9.00pm Death in Paradise, BBC1
                                                 9.00pm, Cucumber, Channel 4,
                                                9.00pm, Fortitude, Sky Atlantic,                                                                                                             10.00pm Banana, E4
Friday
8.00pm The Million Pound Drop Channel 4 - Comedians Jo Brand and Alan Davies join Davina McCall to take on the Drop in the hope of walking away with life-changing amounts of money for their chosen charities. Alan is raising funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Jo is playing for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, ITV
                                                9.00pm Gogglebox, Channel 4
                                                9.00pm, Stella. Sky 1
                                               10.00pm, The Last Leg, Channel 4

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