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Monday, 29 June 2015

The TVweek: Sunday 4th - Thursday 9th July 2015

Sunday
8.00pm Top Gear BBC2 - This compilation show looks back at the best of the most recent series.
8.00pm The Last Ship Sky1 - Michael Bay's action drama returns.
9.00pm A Song for Jenny BBC1 - One-off drama which tells the true story of Julie Nicholson's response to her daughter Jenny's death in the 7 July bombing at Edgware Road tube station, exploring the impact of violence on one woman and her family.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Black Work, ITV
                                               9.00pm Humans, Channel 4
9.45pm Family Guy BBC2 - The popular animated comedy moves from BBC Three to BBC Two for a new series. This first episode is the highly anticipated Simpsons crossover.
Monday
8.00pm Vet School ITV - Documentary series following the pioneering work of vets and students at the Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies as they treat a whole variety of animals, from domestic pets to exotic creatures, sometimes requiring challenging surgery.
9.00pm How to Get a Council House Channel 4 - This series goes behind the scenes with council officers in the country's most densely populated city, Portsmouth, taking an unflinching look at the anger, resentment and desperation that arise when demand swamps supply for social housing. Portsmouth has half as many council homes available as it did 30 years ago. Meanwhile, the number of people making homeless applications to Portsmouth Council has risen by a third in one year.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm True Detective, Sky Atlantic
                                               10.00pm My Mad Fat Diary, E4
9.00pm Bad Boy Boxer: The Last Chance BBC3 - Documentary following Lee Selby, a boxer from Barry in south Wales, who has eight months to get ready for the fight that will define his entire life. He's preparing to compete for a featherweight world title. Lee was brought up by his father not to expect any favours and has witnessed his own share of tragedy. But with his family, friends and town now behind him, he now has the chance to have it all - to become a world champion.
Tuesday
9.00pm Virgin Atlantic: Up in the Air ITV - Documentary series going behind the scenes of the colourful airline during its turbulent thirtieth year in business. With full and exclusive access, the series follows staff at all different levels of the business - from world-famous head honcho Richard Branson to the most recent cabin crew recruits, and from the company's chief executive to the boys in the warehouse - as the company rolls out a new plane, new uniforms and tries to get back in the black. In the opening episode, the team at the Virgin Atlantic base in Crawley prepare for the airline's thirtieth birthday event. Excitement is in the air as Richard Branson prepares to make a rare appearance.
Wednesday
8.00pm The Autistic Gardener Channel 4 - Alan Gardner is an award-winning garden designer. But he's no ordinary gardener. Alan credits his success to what he calls 'his gift' - the fact that he has autism. Convinced he's not the only autistic gardening genius out there, Alan's taking on five autists, who are also keen gardeners, to unlock their horticultural potential and unleash their talents on Britain's gardens. There's Thomas, a talented gardener who struggles to get his words out, but craves the order and precision of horticulture. Charles loves nothing more than nurturing his vegetable patch and dreams of one day living entirely off his land. Philip is the exotic plant expert of the group, with over 60 species of cacti in his collection. James is mostly unable to make eye contact - but has an encyclopaedic knowledge of plants. And Victoria's passion for gardening stems from her love of colour. Alan and his team take on four unloved gardens in a bid to transform them into spectacular, magical spaces.
9.00pm Children of the Gaza War BBC2 - Lyse Doucet follows the lives of children on both sides of the conflict in Gaza. Children in Gaza and across the border in Israel have lived through three wars in six years. In the summer of 2014, more than 500 children were killed in a 51-day war, all but one of them Palestinian. Almost every child in Gaza lost a loved one. More than a third were left traumatised. On the Israeli border, children lived in constant fear of rocket attacks and underground tunnels. Lyse looks at the lives of children in the midst of the war and through the months that followed, revealing how children born so close are growing further apart with each war.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E, Channel 4
                                                 9.00pm The Affair, Sky Atlantic
                                                9.00pm Jane The Virgin, E4
10.00pm From Russia with Cash Channel 4 - With increasing evidence that London's property boom is being partly fuelled by overseas buyers laundering money, this documentary uses secret filming and an undercover reporter posing as a Russian government minister to investigate how estate agents react to his plan to use millions of pounds of stolen money to purchase a high-end property in the capital's most upmarket boroughs.
Thursday
8.00pm Grand Designs: Living in the City Channel 4 - The first of four special episodes. Kevin McCloud draws on 15 years of Grand Designs - and the astonishing homes that have been filmed in this time - to look at the challenges of self-building in the city, where space is at a premium and designers have to be at their most ingenious. Using footage from the best Grand Designs urban builds, and new interviews with experts in the latest architectural thinking, Kevin reveals which designs work best and why.
9.00pm Married at First Sight Channel 4 - Married at First Sight is a ground-breaking series which asks if science can help us fall in love. Chosen from an initial pool of over 1500 applicants, individuals seeking long-term love are carefully assessed by a panel of experts in the fields of psychology, social and evolutionary anthropology, and theology. Once matched, three highly compatible couples prepare to enter into a legally-binding marriage with a complete stranger - meeting for the very first time at their own wedding where they'll declare 'I do'. But what makes the perfect match? And will everyone make it down the aisle? In this first episode, after a year of rigorous testing and measuring the experts decide who will marry who.

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