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Monday, 10 August 2015

The TVweek: Saturday 15th - Thursday 20th August 2015

Saturday
8.00pm The Saturday Night Story ITV - Stephen Mulhern introduces the first of two celebrations of best-loved and most-watched television moments from Saturday night TV, featuring classic footage and interviews with the biggest names in entertainment.
Sunday
9.00pm Cilla at the BBC BBC4 - Much-mourned national treasure Cilla Black commenced her eminent career as a TV host in 1968 on the BBC. Her career as perhaps the nation's favourite female pop singer of the decade had already been established after landing her first Number 1 with Anyone Who Had a Heart, the biggest-selling hit by a female singer in the 1960s. This tribute compilation celebrates the BBC's coverage of Cilla's '60s pop star years on programmes like Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's Not Only...But Also, The Ken Dodd Show, Top of the Pops and The Royal Variety Performance, before selecting just some of the golden moments from the long-running self-titled series she hosted for the BBC between 1968 and 1976 including the Paul McCartney-penned theme song Step Inside Love and that 1973 famous duet with Marc Bolan on Life's A Gas.
9.00pm Zoo Sky1 - US drama series. A wave of violent animal attacks sweep the globe in this thriller based on James Patterson's bestseller.
9.45pm Country Strife: Abz on the Farm BBC2 - Three-part series following ex-boyband rapper Abz Love and his girlfriend Vicky Fallon as they swap city life for a new start in Wales and purchase a smallholding in Carmarthenshire - but with little money and even less farming experience how will they achieve their green dream?
Monday
9.00pm The Scandalous Lady W BBC2 - Natalie Dormer and Shaun Evans star in the true story of Lady Worsley, whose elopement prompted her husband to sue her lover for compensation and sparked one of the greatest scandals of eighteenth-century England. In 1781, Lady Worsley caused outrage when she cuckolded her husband, respectable MP Sir Richard Worsley, and ran away with her lover Captain George Bisset. Furious, Sir Richard responded by suing Bisset for criminal conversation and demanding a record ú20,000 for the damage done to his property - Lady Worsley. When the case came to court, Sir Richard lied about his relationship with Seymour, painting a perfect picture of their marriage and persuading others to do the same. Bisset looked sure to be facing penury and prison, until Seymour devised a bold plan. To save her lover from ruin, she disclosed a shocking secret - one that astounded the court, put her reputation in jeopardy and turned the trial into the greatest sex scandal of the eighteenth century.
9.00pm Andrew Marr on Churchill BBC4 - Andrew Marr discovers the untold story of Winston Churchill's lifelong love for painting and reveals the surprising ways in which his private hobby helped shape his public career as politician and statesman, even playing an unexpected part in his role as wartime leader.
9.00pm Show me a Hero Sky Atlantic - Drama from the creator of The Wire. Oscar Isaac stars as the US city mayor facing a political crisis when his town is divided over a controversial new housing plan.
10.00pm Revenge Porn Channel 4 - Anna Richardson goes to extraordinary lengths to investigate what happens when someone maliciously shares your most intimate photos, without your consent. In the UK and abroad, Anna meets the victims, talks to experts and confronts the perpetrators of these awful crimes, the effects of which can have devastating and life-changing consequences.
Tuesday
9.00pm School Swap: The Class Divide ITV - In the UK, education is one of the big political battlefields for governments and opposition alike. It also seems to represent somewhere where the class war still endures. Opponents of private schooling deride the privileged few who seem to rise to the top of most professions. The state system is also under fire. Hundreds of schools have been classed as failing, teachers are leaving in droves - and thousands of children are left, it is claimed, without proper qualifications or any prospect of a decent job in the future. In a unique experiment, a private head, his state school counterpart and six of their pupils spend a week in each other's worlds. Does going private really give you a first class advantage, and does a state education really mean second-rate?
9.00pm Terror on Everest: Surviving the Nepal Earthquake Channel 4 - Using exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage, much of it shot by the survivors themselves at the moments the quake and avalanche occurred, the programme documents the terrifying story, hearing from the people who lived through it. With the help of some of the world's leading earthquake experts, it also reveals the science behind the disaster and looks at how such colossal damage and loss of life could be avoided in the future.
10.35pm Don't Take my Baby BBC1 - Another chance to see the incredible factual drama which tells the story of a disabled couple's agonising struggle to keep their newborn baby. Based on real-life testimony, this emotional tale will call viewers' prejudices and beliefs about the disabled community and society as a whole into question, as we learn about a situation many disabled couples find themselves in as new parents.
Wednesday
9.00pm Britain's Spending Secrets BBC1 - TV presenter and journalist Anne Robinson sets off on a road trip to get up close and personal with people from across the wealth spectrum, and puts their spending habits under the microscope.
10.00pm Top Coppers BBC3 - Cop-show comedy series that playfully takes influence from American and British cop shows of the 70s such as Starsky and Hutch, The Professionals, Mission Impossible and The Sweeney. It follows the adventures of hero cops John Mahogany and Mitch Rust in the fictional world of Justice City, working to rid downtown of its criminal underworld. Notorious Cockney crime boss Harry McCrane takes over an ice cream factory. Meanwhile, Mahogany wants to ask out new girl Pippa, but he already has plans with Rust for video night.
10.00pm The Americans ITV Encore - Third series of the hit US drama series set during the time of the KGB.
Thursday
9.00pm Trapped in a Cult Five - This programme tells some frightening stories of ordinary people from the UK whose lives have been turned upside down when they, or their loved ones, have found themselves trapped in a cult. One mother reveals how her teenage son, after connecting with an online group, completely cut off all contact with his family and another woman reveals how she managed to escape the clutches of a 'guru' who was later jailed for rape and sexual assault.
9.00pm Nightingale Sky Atlantic - Emmy-nominated drama starring David Oyelowo as a war veteran who begins to psychologically unravel.

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