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Monday, 30 November 2015

The TVweek: Sunday 6th - Friday 11th December 2015

Sunday
7.30pm World's Weirdest Homes Channel 4 - Architectural designer Charlie Luxton presents the world's 20 weirdest, most fascinating and jaw-dropping homes, counting down to reveal what he thinks is the weirdest house on earth. Each home in this fantastical hall of architectural fame is a distinct, unique one-off. In expensive New York, Charlie meets an artist with one of the cheapest and most innovative houses you'll ever see: Greg lives in a dumpster. Plus: a Boeing 727 home in a pine forest; Pierre Cardin's summer house, which looks like it belongs on Mars but is in the south of France; an underground former nuclear missile silo decked out like a love-pad; a rotating house in the Australian outback; a house in Portugal that looks like it was made by Fred Flintstone; a summerhouse built in the middle of a frequently-flooding river in Serbia.
Notable Continuing Series: The Hunt, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                             Homeland, 9.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! ITV - Ant & Dec crown the King/Queen of the jungle of this year as the series reaches its end.
Monday
9.00pm Las Vegas with Trevor McDonald ITV - First in a two-part documentary which sees Trevor McDonald explore the city of Las Vegas, meeting some of the 1.3 million inhabitants whose lives play out in the shadow of the Strip. There he encounters people who have won and lost big and those who have experienced both the glamour and the violence of the place. In the first episode, Trevor tracks down one of Vegas's most infamous residents - former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson. Bail bondsmen and bounty hunters have been operating in Nevada for over 150 years, long before Vegas was founded. To get a perspective on this hangover from the Wild West, Trevor meets veteran bail agent and gun collector Jon Foster. Las Vegas is also the prostitution capital of America, and Trevor meets former high-class escort Annie Lobert who once made $2 million a year but is now fighting a unique crusade against the vice trade, running a safe house where working girls can get away from the violent pimps who control their lives.
9.00pm Hunting Britain's Padeophiles: Inside the National Crime Agency Channel 4 - In 2013 the newly created National Crime Agency uncovered one of the biggest online child abuse cases ever seen in the UK. Hundreds of British teenage boys had been duped into sending indecent images of themselves to what they thought was a teenage girl online. Many were blackmailed into sending more and more images, with chilling threats made against them by an unknown abuser. With unprecedented access inside the National Crime Agency, this gripping programme re-tells step-by-step the hunt to find this offender, which would take investigators halfway across the world, and the race against time for social workers to try to locate and protect all the victims, while the numbers keep going up.
9.00pm Reggie Yates: Extreme Britain BBC3 - Three-part series in which Reggie Yates travels to the extreme edge of modern British masculinity.
Tuesday
7.30pm The Royal Variety Performance 2015 ITV - Comedian Jack Whitehall hosts in the presence of Prince Harry. The show features performances from Sir Elton John, One Direction, Kylie Minogue, Little Mix, Ricky Martin, Jeff Lynn's ELO, Josh Groban, the Corrs, Brandon Flowers, Beverley Knight and Britain's Got Talent winners Jules, Matisse and Friends. The cast of Mary Poppins perform songs from their show, the spectacular Cirque du Soleil are back in town, and there is an excerpt from the award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong. Comedians Romesh Ranganathan, Matt Forde and Chris Ramsey provide more laughs.
9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 - 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown host Jimmy Carr and team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are back with a Christmas Special. Familiar faces from the worlds of comedy and entertainment join the team for more comic innuendos, festive surprises and laughs aplenty. Johnny Vegas joins Sean as they take on Jon and Katherine Ryan, while David O'Doherty joins Countdown's resident lexicographer Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, plus the queen of maths Rachel Riley presides over the numbers board.
10.00pm That's So Last Century Channel 4 - The pace of modern life, with entertainment and technological advances so rapid, leaves the marvels and wonders of just a few short years ago looking and feeling terribly dated. That's So Last Century invites celebrities to take a warm and funny walk down memory lane, to re-acquaint themselves with the gadgets, games and gizmos of their childhood and gifts from Christmas past, and see how well they've stood the test of time. People taking part include Vic Reeves, Dom Joly and Will Mellor - who turn the tables on their kids to see if they can get to grips with some old-school contraptions. Will modern children manage a selfie on an old fashioned 35mm camera? How do they cope with lo-fi video games and working a TV with no remote? And how will they react to a mobile phone that looks and weighs the same as a brick? In this first episode, James Corden, Jimmy Carr, Vic Reeves and family revisit massive mobiles, VHS players, Walkmans and the Spectrum computer.
10.00pm Tripped E4 - Four-part comedy-drama set in parallel universes. Milo Edwards is horrified to discover at his best friend Danny Gates' engagement party, that he has been overlooked as his best man. They've been best friends forever, but they hardly ever hang out nowadays. Milo thinks it's all because of Danny's fiancÚe Kate, but actually Danny's sick of Milo's refusal to grow up. Devastated, Milo consumes a bag of magic mushrooms in the toilet and bids Danny farewell for good. He stumbles home and rolls a joint. Blake Harrison stars.
Wednesday
8.00pm I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!: The Coming Out Show ITV - This programme follows the celebrities from the moment they step off the bridge to the emotional reunions with their family and friends. It also captures their reactions as they spend their first night back in the lap of luxury. As they prepare to wash the jungle out of their hair, how will they cope with adjusting to life in the outside world?
9.00pm Prey ITV - Philip Glenister stars in a second series of the fast paced crime drama. Prison officer David Murdoch escorts inmate Jules Hope to a Manchester hospital where he takes a phone call that will change his life for ever. His pregnant daughter Lucy has been kidnapped and if Murdoch wants to see her again he must break Jules out of hospital and take her to the man holding Lucy captive. If he talks to the police, Lucy will die. Unaware of the danger to Lucy, DS Susan Reinhardt - who has previous experience of this sort of case - tries to figure out why Murdoch is behaving totally out of character. He has an unblemished reputation as a prison officer, so why is he making every effort to dodge the police?
Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice. 9.00pm, BBC1
                                             24 Hours in A&E 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                             The Affair, Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm
                                             Peep Show, 10.00pm, Channel 4
                                             Nurse Jackie, 10.10pm Sky Atlantic
                                            Toast of London, 10.30pm, Channel 4
10.35pm The Apprentice: The Final Five BBC1 - As the 11th series of The Apprentice draws to a close and the tension mounts, The Apprentice profiles the remaining candidates.
Thursday
8.00pm BBC Music Awards BBC1 - Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton host the second annual BBC Music Awards from the Genting Arena in Birmingham, celebrating an amazing 12 months of popular music across the BBC. The spectacular show features stand-out performances of some of this year's biggest songs by artists including One Direction, Rod Stewart, Ellie Goulding, Faithless, Hozier, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, Mumford and Sons, OMI, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, The Shires and Jack Garratt, who will also be crowned BBC Introducing Artist of the Year. Other awards presented during the show include British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year, the public-voted Song of the Year and, new for 2015, BBC Live Performance of the Year. 
9.00pm Britain's Oldest Crooks ITV - Documentary examining the rise in criminality among the elderly population of the UK. With the over-60s becoming the fastest growing age group in UK prisons, and the crimes they have committed ranging from breaching an ASBO and pigeon feeding to shoplifting and fraud, it seems age is no barrier to committing crime. But with nearly 4,000 inmates over 60 held in Britain's prisons at present at a cost of 40,000 pounds a year each, is sending them to prison the best solution? This programme sees the aged criminals confronting their own mortality and coming to terms with their crimes in their own way.
9.00pm 18 Kids & Counting Channel 4 - Britain's biggest family is about to get even bigger. It's been a special year for the Radfords - at the age of 40, Sue has announced that she is pregnant with baby number 18. And if that isn't enough, their eldest daughter, 21-year-old Sophie, who is already a mum of two, is getting married. 
10.00pm Hunderby Sky Atlantic - The British Comedy Award-winning series returns as Julia Davis's malevolent housekeeper Dorothy attempts to get her claws into master Edmund.
Friday
9.00pm Alex Polizzi: Hire Our Heroes BBC2 - Alex Polizzi works to find employment for jobless military veterans.
9.00pm Piers Morgan's Life Stories ITV - Actor Timothy West joins Piers Morgan to look back on his five-decade long career. The former EastEnders star speaks candidly about his 52-year marriage to Fawlty Towers actress Prunella Scales, and how her battle with dementia has changed their lives.
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                        Peter Kay's Car Share, 9.30pm, BBC1

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