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Monday, 3 August 2015

The TVweek: Monday 10th - Friday 14th August

Monday
9.00pm Epilepsy and Me BBC3 - Documentary about people who have extreme epilepsy, where seizures can be a daily occurrence and they have to be watched 24 hours a day. It follows four people at a crucial point in their lives when their futures are being decided.
10.00pm Brits Behind Bars Channel 4 - In August 2013, Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum were jailed for six years and eight months each for trying to smuggle ├║1.5 million worth of cocaine from Peru to Spain. Their arrest highlighted the fact that Peru has taken over from Colombia as the cocaine capital of the world. This remarkable documentary has secured unprecedented access to every link in the drugs chain across Peru.
10.00pm Young, Free & Single E4 - This brand new E4 dating show presented by Steve Jones gives viewers the chance to watch and influence the love lives of a group of six young singles spending the summer looking for love in London's East End.
Tuesday
9.00pm Christian Louboutin: The World's Most Luxurious Shoes Channel 4 - Christian Louboutin is the most famous shoe designer in the world. His vertiginous stilettos with their signature lacquer-red soles grace the feet of the rich and famous and can cost up to ├║6000 a pair. Now, for the first time, Louboutin has allowed the cameras to spend a year filming behind the scenes of his extraordinary world. Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Waldman reveals the determination, hard work and remarkable creativity that have seen Louboutin revolutionise contemporary footwear, turning the shoe into an icon of eroticism, sexual fetish and fun. Twenty years after founding the empire that bears his name, Louboutin is trying to expand his business empire into new super-rich markets in Asia.
9.00pm Find a Home for My Brother BBC3 - Amal Fashanu goes on an emotional, personal journey to explore what kind of care provision is on offer for young people with learning disabilities in both the UK and Ghana. She visits people's homes, local communities and alternatives set-ups to find out where might be a suitable place for her brother to call home.
9.00pm Aquarius Sky Atlantic - Crime drama starring David Duchovny as an LAPD cop on the hunt for a girl who has fallen in with infamous cult leader Charles Manson.
10.00pm Scrappers BBC2 - Documentary following straight-talking scrapyard owner Terry and his glamorous wife Lyndsay as they fight for the future of their business and their family.
10.30pm The Totally Senseless Game Show BBC3 - Show within a show - a celebrity studio game show that explores disability and celebrates difference by 'disabling' its celebrity contestants, and a scripted behind-the-scenes comedy drama. In each episode, host Martin Dougan is joined by four celebrity guests - Rick Edwards, Greg Rutherford, Sugarbabe Amelle Berrabah and Casey Batchelor - who compete in a series of physically challenging but hugely silly games like 'Para-oke' and 'The Drunk Grand National'. From here we cut to the scripted drama that unfolded prior to the recording with Martin's production team backstage.
10.35pm Britain's Boldest Thieves BBC1 - Presenter Lucy Cooke sets out to explore the phenomenon of seagulls, foxes, squirrels and badgers which are living in our towns and stealing our food.
Wednesday
7.30pm Pound Shop Wars BBC1 - Documentary series following the competition between pound shop chains. A gaping hole is left in Poundworld boss Chris's management team as some of his top staff defect to rival 99p Stores.
8.00pm Supervet in the Field Channel 4 - Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick leads the world when it comes to cutting-edge veterinary surgery. Twice a year he leaves his surgery to stage festivals for like-minded dog lovers. In this episode, over 10,000 owners and their dogs join Noel at Loseley Park, Surrey, for all kinds of eccentric festival madness - from speed puppy training to a 'Guess the Weight of your Dog' stall. Noel is also reunited with some of his most challenging cases of the past year. First there is Sox, a Great Dane who needed a replacement spinal disc; and there's also Obi, a Labrador who needed shoulder surgery. Noel meets a brave young woman whose difficult rehabilitation from serious injury was greatly helped by her friendship with a therapy golden retriever. There's also a massive dog walk to close the show.
Notable Continuing Series: 9.00pm Jane The Virgin, E4
                                              10.10pm Veep, Sky Atlantic
Thursday
9.00pm Who Do You Think You Are? BBC1 - Celebrity genealogy series. Baker Paul Hollywood grew up very near his maternal grandparents and was particularly close to his grandfather, Norman Harman. The discovery of Norman's service medals sends Paul off on a journey to find out about his experiences in World War II, serving as an anti-aircraft gunner. Paul discovers that, having survived extraordinary danger in Tunisia, his grandfather found himself in the middle of an even more treacherous battle when he was sent to Italy as part of the Allied invasion force. Norman ended up stranded on the beaches at Anzio, surrounded by Germans - with nowhere to hide. Further up his tree, Paul also discovers stoic Scottish ancestry - and a very demanding job!
9.00pm Very British Problems Channel 4 - Very British Problems is a celebratory new show that sees some of Britain's most famous faces share how they struggle against the endless capacity for social awkwardness which comes with being British. Narrated by Julie Walters, the show features contributions from James Corden, Jonathan Ross, Ruth Jones, Johnny Vegas, Vic Reeves, Paul Chowdhry, Nigel Havers, Freddie Flintoff, Baroness Trumpington, Tameka Empson, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Josh Widdicombe, Alex Brooker, Stephen Mangan, Susan Calman, Grace Dent, and insight from non-Brits Rich Hall and Aisling Bea. How can we be furious enough to tut, but shudder at the thought of complaining? Why do we spend so much of our lives apologising to inanimate objects?
Friday
10.35pm Mountain Goats BBC1 - Sitcom about a group of mountain rescue volunteers in Scotland. Jimmy has burnt his house down and needs a new home. Conor's mum is not happy that Conor has taken up with Jimmy's scurrilous band of rescue hands.

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