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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The TVweek: Sunday 15th - Friday 20th February 2015

Sunday
8.00pm The Auction House Channel 4 - The series that goes behind the scenes with the eagle-eyed collectors, opportunistic dealers, super-rich customers, eccentric staff and magnificent artefacts of Lots Road Auction House returns for a new run. In the first episode of the new series, boss Roger drops a bombshell on his staff by announcing the replacement of his long-standing manager, with an auction house novice. And as goods come flooding through the door for the week's sale, the valuers take in two particularly eye-catching items: a pair of opulent four-poster designer dog beds that are ideal for Chelsea's pampered pooches and cost over ├║1000 each.
Notable Continuing Series: 7.00pm The Hotel, Channel 4
                                              8.00pm Call the Midwife, BBC1
                                               8.00pm Top Gear, BBC2
                                               9.00pm  Mr Selfridge, ITV
9.00pm The Casual Vacancy BBC1 - Three-part drama based on the novel by JK Rowling. The village of Pagford is left in shock when a local resident dies suddenly. Pagford is seemingly an English idyll, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a community at war. The empty seat left on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest battle the village has yet seen.
9.00pm Indian Summers Channel 4 - New 10-part drama starring Julie Walters. It's the summer of 1932. India dreams of independence, but the British are clinging to power. In the foothills of the Himalayas stands Simla; a little England where the British power-brokers of this nation are posted to govern during the warmer months. Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, Indian Summers tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India.
10.00pm Modern Times: Welcome To Mayfair BBC2 - Documentary series about life in contemporary Britain. From the upmarket resident who dresses in Victorian clothing to the cabbie living in social housing, Welcome to Mayfair offers an intimate portrait of the characters who live, work and play in one of London's most famous areas. Mayfair is home to some of the UK's best-known institutions - Claridges, Christie's auction house and the Burlington Arcade - which sit alongside 1,000 social housing tenants and an army of 80,000 workers who service this exclusive enclave. The film reveals a world of surprises, from the estate agent selling multimillion-pound mansions to the small cafe owners hanging onto their livelihoods by their fingernails.
10.00pm I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse BBC3 -  Reality gameshow set six months into a zombie outbreak which sees ten survivors from across the UK head to Monroe Shopping Village - a rescue point where the army were once based, but had to abandon when it was overrun by zombies. They must work together to make this their base - securing shelter, safety and essential supplies for the whole group.
Monday
8.00pm More Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green ITV - Series 2 of the travel series that sees the actor visit places note in Northumberland.
9.00pm UKIP: The First 100 Days Channel 4-  One-off fictional documentary, from the producers of Cyberbully and Blackout, is set in a fabricated future where Ukip have won a shock victory in the 2015 general election, and Nigel Farage is Prime Minister of Britain. The film follows the path of a newly elected MP, Deepa Kaur, Ukip's only female Asian MP, as she tries to navigate frontline politics during her first 100 days in office. Deepa settles into the role and works to fulfil Ukip's promises to create a new Britain, remove Britain from Europe and introduce a new crackdown on illegal immigration. Deepa is drawn closer and closer to the centre of power, but her ambition for high office puts her on a collision course with some of her most deeply held convictions. The programme casts members of the public and actors, weaving real-life archive with scripted drama to tell the story of how Britain adapts to a momentous change in government policy and political outlook. The rise of Ukip's electoral support and their prominence in opinion polls is the political phenomenon of recent years and this film provides a timely and innovative exploration of the effect their policies might have on Britain.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, Broadchurch, ITV
                                              10.00pm Catastrophe, Channel 4
10.00pm - House of Fools BBC2 - Series 2 of the surreal sitcom starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Vic and Bob feel Erik has come of age and decide to arrange a surprise blind date for him at Julie's Bistro with someone Beef found on the internet. Erik has problems selecting an appropriate outfit whilst Vic and Bob fall out over their band's debut performance in the Bistro.
10.45pm The Graham Norton Show: EastEnders Special BBC1 - Graham Norton celebrates 30 years of the nation's favourite soap, EastEnders. Featuring a bumper line-up of stars including June Brown, Pam St Clement, Adam Woodyatt, Letitia Dean, Kellie Bright, John Altman, Richard Blackwood, Jessie Wallace, Shane Richie, Danny Dyer, plus many more stars past and present.
Tuesday
8.00pm Can Property Pay My Wages? Channel 4 - At over £4 trillion, property makes up more than 60% of Britain's net worth. Now, Bank of Dave star and multi-millionaire businessman Dave Fishwick, is out to make sure more of us get our share. Back in the day, the lure of quick and easy money meant property developing had the nation reaching for its collective paint roller. Then the global financial crisis landed. However, with UK property prices now at their highest in years, more and more people are, once again, dreaming of carving a living from bricks and mortar. But without expert advice, mistakes in property developing can prove painfully expensive. Dave Fishwick steps in to help ordinary Brits whose projects and finances are heading for disaster. Can he get them back on track?
9.00pm The Romanians are Coming Channel 4 -  Three-part documentary series that explores the lives of Romanians trying to make a new life in Britain. It looks at the story from the perspective of the new immigrants, exploring what has caused them to leave their country behind, the difficulty of life settling into a new country and whether or not it will live up to their expectations. Is there any truth behind the fear-mongering headlines? Are they really stealing our jobs, or is it time to change our mentality about the Romanians?
9.00pm Hell's Kitchen ITV2 - World-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay puts 18 aspiring chefs through a series of rigorous and challenges for the 13th series of the US reality show.
Wednesday
Notable Continuing Series: 8.30pm The Great Comic Relief Bake Off, BBC1 
                                                    9.00pm Wolf Hall, BBC2
                                             9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4
10.00pm Junk Food Kids: Who's to Blame? Channel 4 - A third of British children are now overweight or obese. In 2013-14, 26,000 children had to go to hospital to have rotten teeth removed under general anaesthetic, largely as a result of poor diet and lack of tooth brushing. We're bringing up a generation of junk food kids, who are suffering from often avoidable illnesses. But why are we in the grip of this epidemic, and what can be done about it?
Thursday
9.00pm Reinventing the Royals BBC2 - Two-part series about the battle between the monarchy and the media over personal privacy and public image. After the tragic death of Princess Diana, Prince Charles hired a new type of royal press advisor in the form of spin doctor Mark Bolland. With the aid of the first-hand testimonies of ex-royal advisors, editors, photographers, journalists and royal correspondents, Steve Hewlett examines the controversial methods Bolland used to rebuild Prince Charles's public image and create a degree of public acceptance for Camilla Parker Bowles.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, Cucumber, Channel 4,
                                                9.00pm, Fortitude, Sky Atlantic,                                                9.30pm, Death in Paradise, BBC1
                                                  10.00pm Banana, E4
Friday
8.00pm EastEnders: Live 30th Anniversary Episode BBC1 - To celebrate 30 years, the BBC's flagship soap goes fully live as the truth about who killed Lucy Beale is uncovered.
8.30pm EastEnders: Backstage Live BBC1 - Zoe Ball joins the cast on set immediately after the EastEnders live episode comes off air. Along with presenters Ore Oduba and Joe Swash, Zoe will be getting instant reactions from some of Albert Square's most famous residents, as well as revealing how the nightly anniversary episodes were meticulously put together from their conception right through to the rolling credits. Cast and crew will talk about the unique preparation and secrecy they've had to endure in the lead up to the live week and there will be special guest appearances, iconic EastEnders moments from the last 30 years and other surprises along the way.
9.00pm Bear Grylls: Mission to Survive ITV - Bear Grylls presents the series in which eight celebrities face a 12-day survival mission through the rainforest of Costa Rica. To stay alive, they must learn to navigate the terrain, build shelters, make fire and supplement their meagre army rations with whatever they can forage. At the end of each episode, one of them faces elimination. At the end of the series, three finalists will remain, of whom just one will be acclaimed Mission Survivor. Actors and cousins Emilia Fox and Laurence Fox, singer and actor Max George, double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, TV presenter and singer Jamelia, comedy actor Tom Rosenthal, DJ, model and presenter Vogue Williams and former England rugby international Mike Tindall make up the team.
9.00pm Gogglebox Channel 4 - The Gogglebox households offer sharp, insightful, passionate and sometimes emotional critiques of the week's popular and topical TV shows.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, Stella. Sky 1
                                               10.00pm, The Last Leg, Channel 4

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