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Monday, 13 April 2015

The TVweek Sunday 19th - Friday 24th April 2015

Sunday
7.15pm Celebrity Squares ITV - Updated version of the classic gameshow where a celebrity has to answer a question and the contestant must decide whether to agree or disagree with the answer.
8.00pm For the Love of Cars Channel 4 - Philip Glenister and internationally renowned car designer and mechanic Ant Anstead return for a second series of the show where they scour the barns and lock ups of Britain, looking for wrecked treasures to bring back to life. Philip and Ant have answered desperate calls for help from people all over the country who can no longer finish their classic car restoration. The featured cars this series include a Mk1 Golf GTi, a 1958 VW Beetle, and a Mk1 Fiat 500. The new series kicks off with a motoring legend. Phil and Ant discover an Aston Martin DBS rotting in a driveway in Hertfordshire. This was the car model driven by George Lazenby's James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Only 790 DBS models were ever made. Rarely does one come up in need of restoring. They have just ten weeks to complete the bare metal restoration.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Poldark, BBC1
                                    9.00pm  Indian Summers, Channel 4
                                    10.00pm TATU, BBC3
9.00pm Hunters of the South Seas BBC2 - Documentary in which a writer and explorer spends a month at a time living with three remote communities who have adapted to ocean life in their own ways.
Monday
5.00pm Paul O'Grady Show ITV - The chatshow returns.
8.00pm Alex Pollizi: Chefs on Trail BBC2 - Alex Polizzi takes on the difficult challenge of finding head chefs. She tackles the Gilpin, a fine-dining hotel in the Lake District. This much-loved family-run business is desperate to find a new executive head chef. After months of fruitless searching, the Cunliffe family have failed to find the right person who will care as much about their business as they do. They've now turned to Alex for help and are offering up to a six-figure salary for the right candidate. In this episode, the first three candidates are put through a gruelling hands-on interview process. Their first hurdle is the highly skilled task of filleting a halibut. The pressure is then on for them to create a Michelin-standard signature dish, but before then it's time for a face-to-face interview with Alex and the Cunliffe family. Will family man Simon impress with his enthusiasm, or will globe-trotting Frenchman Nicolas impress with his international CV? Continues All Week.
9.00pm Safe House ITV - Christopher Eccelston stars in this new four-part drama set in the beautiful wilderness of the Lake District. Former detective Robert and his wife Katy are asked by close friend and ex-colleague DCI Mark Maxwell to turn their remote guest house into a safe house. Robert is tempted but will Katy agree? Later, Mark finds himself dealing with a family left reeling from an unexplained assault. David Blackwell has been hospitalised and an innocent passer-by is in a critical condition. Mark needs to find out why this family was targeted and track down the assailant, so he asks Robert and Katy to take David, Ali, Louisa and Joe Blackwell and keep them safe.
Tuesday
8.00pm Plus Sized Wars Channel 4 - 60% of British women are now technically obese and the plus size fashion industry is one of the fastest growing corners of the retail market. This Cutting Edge documentary has exclusive access to some of the biggest plus size brands - Yours, Evans and Taking Shape - as they go through a period of rapid expansion - opening new shops and designing new styles for women who are suddenly liberated by having a range of clothes that are fashionable and that they actually want to wear. Plus Sized Wars follows the women at the heart of the plus size movement - witty and stylish, these Instagram stars, Callie Thorp, Dannie Vanier, Bethany Rutter and Georgina Horne, are the poster girls for 'fatshion' - proud to show off their curves and inspire other plus sized women that they shouldn't be restricted by their size. Being fat is vilified in the mainstream media and this online world provides a safe place for overweight girls.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Ordinary Lies, BBC1
10.00pm Ballot Monkeys Channel 4 - A highly topical new comedy - much of it written a few hours before transmission - set on the campaign buses of the main political parties as the harassed teams battle their way through the noisy chaos of the election campaign, desperately trying to avoid gaffes and attempting to hang on to their sanity. The top drawer cast includes Ben Miller as coalition-weary Lib Dem campaign co-ordinator Kevin Sturridge, Sarah Hadland as Ukip's ex-TV presenter Kate Standen, and Hugh Dennis as Martin Frost, the Tory's caustic Deputy Campaign Manager. Created by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin it's a unique way of following the politics of the election through the eyes of 14 comic characters.
Wednesday
8.00pm The Restoration Man: George Clarke's Restoration Heroes Channel 4 - George Clarke chooses four of his favourite church conversions from the show, celebrating the creative dreamers brave enough to take on the challenge of restoring them, from a couple who hoped their old fisherman's church in Devon would bring them together, to a young father whose single-minded dedication to restoring a medieval Welsh chapel almost broke his young family apart.
9.00pm World's Richest Terror Army BBC2 - The inside story of how a small band of fanatical jihadi fighters became the world's richest terror army ever. Featuring the first major TV interview with an imprisoned senior leader of the so-called Islamic State, Peter Taylor looks behind its medieval savagery and investigates how it became so fabulously rich and resilient. Part of a season of films on BBC Two about the Islamic State.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm The Island: The Men's Island, Channel 4
                                              10.00pm First Dates, Channel 4
9.00pm Jane The Virgin E4 - The first season of the US comedy drama about Jane Villanueva, a driven young woman who is studying to become a teacher, nursing a dream to be a writer, and supporting herself with a job at a hot new Miami hotel. All the years she has spent watching telenovelas with the two women who raised her - her sexy, young-at-heart mother Xiomara and her still-devout grandmother Alba - have given Jane a slightly unrealistic view of romance. However, her fiancÚ Michael is supportive and understands her decision to 'save herself' until marriage. But all of Jane's meticulous life plans are turned upside down when she sees her doctor for a routine check-up and is artificially inseminated by accident. Now, Jane is faced with the most important decisions of her life - a life that has suddenly become as dramatic, complicated and unpredictable as the telenovelas she has always loved. Justin Baldoni, Jaime Camil and Yael Grobglas also star.
Thursday
9.00pm W1A - A one-hour special marks the return of the award-winning comedy about the BBC. One year on and head of values Ian Fletcher has finally got his own office. He and the team have a new set of challenges to rise to, including the impending visit of HRH Prince Charles. The question is, which of the management team will get to shake the royal hand? Head of BBC brand Siobhan Sharpe and her team at Perfect Curve have been tasked with giving a makeover to the BBC coverage of Wimbledon following rumours of a bid from a rival broadcaster. Her response is a brand mash-up to end all mash-ups. Meanwhile, over on the creative frontline, entertainment-format producer David Wilkes is trying to come up with the next big factual-entertainment series after Britain's Tastiest Village failed to fly. He's got the title - Up Town, Down Town - he just hasn't got a show. Finally, intern Will Humphries's security pass won't let him into the building. Is it a technical problem or something more significant?
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm, The Women's Island, Channel 4
                                               9.00pm, The Hotel Inspector, Five.                                                                                                         10.00pm, Inside No.9, BBC2
9.00pm Madam Secretary Sky Living -  Tia Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst forced to juggle international crises and her family life after being made secretary of state.
10.00pm The Last Leg Channel 4 - The award-winning gang show returns live to Channel 4 for a hat trick of the usual topical shenanigans, culminating in an election night extravaganza. Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker are back to take on the main talking points of the week including all the latest election news.
Friday
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Have I Got News For You?,BBC1
                                                9.00pm Gogglebox, Channel 4
                                               10:00pm, Alan Carr Chatty ManChannel 4
9.00pm Tales from the Tourbus BBC4 - Rock legend and tour bus afficionado Rick Wakeman takes us on a time-travelling trip through the decades in this first-hand account of rockers on the road from the late 1950s to the '80s and beyond. It's an often bumpy and sometimes sleepless ride down the A roads and motorways of the UK during the golden age of rock 'n' roll touring - a secret history of transport cafes, transit vans, B&Bs, sleepless roadies and of loved ones left at home or, on one occasion, by the roadside. And it's also a secret history of audiences both good and bad, and the gigs themselves - from the early variety package to the head clubs, the stadiums and the pubs. This is life in the British fast lane as told by Rick and the bands themselves, a film about the very lifeblood of the rock 'n' roll wagon train. With members of Dr Feelgood, Suzi Quatro, the Shadows, the Pretty Things, Fairport Convention, Happy Mondays, Aswad, Girlschool, the Damned and many more.

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