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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The TVweek: Sunday 23rd - Friday 28th August 2015

Sunday 
8.00pm Time Crashers Channel 4 - Sir Tony Robinson presents the six-part immersive history series that sees 10 famous faces: Kirstie Alley, Fern Britton, Louise Minchin, Zoe Smith, Meg Mathews, Keith Allen, Greg Rutherford, Charlie Condou, Jermaine Jenas and Chris Ramsey leave the 21st century behind and crash-land into different moments in British history. The first show sees the time travellers stripped of their celebrity status and plunged into 1588 where they become servants in a great manor house. They receive a crash course in Elizabethan etiquette, deference and servitude as they must cook and serve an elaborate Elizabethan feast of over 100 dishes. 
Monday
10.00pm Muslim Drag Queens Channel 4 - Documentary that provides unprecedented insight into the clandestine gay Asian - or 'Gaysian' - community in the UK. 
Tuesday
9.00pm Educating Cardiff Channel 4 - Educating returns, at Willows High School in Cardiff. The first episode introduces Head Teacher Joy Ballard, her stellar team of staff and some dynamic students. When Joy came to the school four years ago it was one of the worst performing in Cardiff. Under her leadership the school has made a huge turnaround. Joy has brought a house system to the school, with four houses competing against each other and giving the children a sense of home and pride. Mr Hennessy is Head of House for Denbigh, overseeing 120 students. He has taught Maths at Willows for six years, and strikes fear in pupils. But teaching isn't always plain sailing, especially teaching Year 11 girls, including Leah, who has one of the worst attendance records in school. One of Mr Hennessy's responsibilities is to make sure his pupils are there on time, even if that means ringing Leah every morning to make sure she's en route.
9.00pm Fit in Or Fail: Secrets of China BBC3 - Billie JD Porter reveals what it's really like to grow up in China, where respect for state and elders is being drilled into the next generation. If you don't fit in, you are often seen as a failure. She visits a special bootcamp where kids are sent to be 'fixed' by their parents, and she discovers that many there are gaming addicts. As she explores China's glamorous gaming world, she asks what China's obsession with gaming really says about pressure and individual freedom in the world's most populated nation.
10.00pm Goodness Gracious Me: India Special BBC2 - One-off special of the ground-breaking British-Asian sketch show. Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nina Wadia and Kulvinder Ghir with Dave Lamb are back together for this special India-themed episode. Featuring all-new sketches, including twists on old favourites, such as the origins of the Kapoors (pronounced Cooper) and the Competitive Goddesses, as well as a visit to the WW1 trenches with Captain Brownadder and original plans for the Taj Mahal, with special guest Art Malik.
10.30pm Fried BBC3 - Sitcom about the daily lives of the disgruntled employees at Croydon's worst fried chicken chain.
Wednesday
8.00pm Posh Pawn Channel 4 - Channel 4 returns to Prestige Pawnbrokers, headed up by slick former property developer James Constantinou and his charismatic team, across his three stores in London's Hatton Garden, Weybridge and Richmond. The series reveals the world of high-end pawnbroking with unprecedented access to the industry's experts and extraordinary clients.
Thursday
9.00pm Stephen Fry in Central America ITV - Travelling through Mexico and the entire Central American isthmus, to the Panamanian border with South America, it’s a remarkable trip through some of the oldest civilisations on the planet – Mayan, Aztec and Olmec. He visits some of the most dangerous, but breathtakingly beautiful, countries as he learns all about the people, the places, the wildlife and the history. Stephen begins his journey on the Sante Bridge separating El Paso in Texas from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, an important transit point for the drug cartels and considered one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico. 
9.00pm The Other Prince William Channel 4 - The Secret History strand continues with the story of a star-crossed royal romance that begins in Tokyo in 1968 and ends in tragedy with the death of one of the British royal family's forgotten stars. 
9.00pm Celebrity Big Brother Five - Live coverage of the launch of the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother, as another group of "famous" faces enter the house.
9.00pm American Spring Killing Sky Atlantic - Emotive documentary using social media, on-the-scene video, police reports and more, to tell the stories of gun violence victims in America.
Friday
8.00pm Duck Quacks Don't Echo Sky1 - The fact-busting comedy panel series hosted by Lee Mack returns as Jerry Springer, Emma Bunton and Jason Byrne put further fascinating titbits to the test.
9.00pm Resistance More4 - French drama set during the Second World War and based on true events, telling the story of a group of young heroes fighting for freedom from Nazi occupation. 

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