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Friday, 4 December 2015

The TVweek: Sunday 13th December - Friday 18th December 2015

Sunday
8.00pm The X Factor Final 2015 ITV - Olly Murs and Caroline Flack crown this year's winner.
8.00pm Britain's Wildest Weather Channel 4 - Heroic Brits face freak hailstorms, 113mph winds and deadly lightning strikes as they film themselves battling the wildest weather of 2015.
Notable Continuing Series: The Hunt, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                             Homeland, 9.00pm, Channel 4
10.00pm The World According to Kenny Everett ITV - A look back at classic ‘Kenny’ moments from his successful TV and DJ career. We explore the life and work of this comic genius through to his tragic death in 1995, as we are guided through moments of his life in his own words through astonishing radio interviews and extraordinary never before seen home movie footage.
Monday
9.00pm Back in Time for Christmas Dinner BBC2 - It really will be Christmas every day as the Robshaw family, stars of BBC2's Back in Time for Dinner, time-travel through six decades of festive nostalgia. A wartime Christmas has the Robshaws embracing the make do and mend spirit for presents (carrot fudge anyone?) and they sit down to unrationed ox heart and a Christmas pudding made primarily of grated potato. The 50s brings ham with tinned peaches, canapes, cocktails and the first televised Queen's speech, while Fred's 60s gift of a chocolate smoking set would hardly raise an eyebrow back in the day.
9.00pm Our Guy in Latvia Channel 4 - Guy Martin, best known as the daredevil petrol-head with a passion for speed and death-defying adventures, takes a rare week off work to make a personal journey to the Baltics to uncover the truth about his Latvian grandfather, Walter Kidals, who died nine years ago. The details of Walter's life have always been unclear, so Guy decides to find out what really happened, and uncovers an extraordinary life involving prisoner of war camps, daring escapes, and the constant threat of death and deportation.
Tuesday
9.00pm Luther BBC1 - Idris Elba returns for a 2-part final fourth series of the dark crime drama. . On a leave of absence from the police force, Luther is laying low in a rundown cottage on the edge of England. But a visit from his old colleagues at the Met brings a shocking piece of news that draws him back to London in search of the truth. Meanwhile, a gruesome serial killer has struck the city, eating body parts as he goes. With a trail of clues leading from one crime scene to the next, Schenk and his team must work out the twisted logic that connects each victim. But this murdering mastermind is more than a match for the police, outsmarting them at every step. It's not long before Luther is back in the bullpen, determined to steal a march on the killer before another mutilated body joins the mounting pile.
9.00pm The World's Most Expensive Christmas Channel 4 - While most of us search out Christmas bargains on the high street or online, the UK's millionaires and billionaires use a network of bespoke, high-end suppliers of luxurious Christmas gifts and decorations. This programme follows these suppliers as they strive to ensure that their clients enjoy a super-rich spirit of Christmas.
Wednesday
8.00pm You Saw them Here First ITV - A new collection of TV appearances made by stars before they became household names. Coronation Street's Jane Danson, Emmerdale's Chris Chittell and EastEnders' Jake Wood get personal screenings of the TV shows they made before starring in the nation's biggest soaps. Maureen Lipman and Jane Horrocks look back at their earliest appearances on stage, screen and TV adverts. The show also features a young Rita Ora acting, a teenage Graham Norton chatting and Jamie Dornan modelling his way to the top.
9.00pm Love You to Death: A Year of Domestic Violence BBC2 - Powerful and poignant documentary shedding light on the continuing violence inflicted by men on women every day. On average, seven women are killed each month in Britain by their husband, partner or ex-partner. This film tells the gripping stories behind this shocking statistic. The film names each of the 86 women who died at the hands of a male partner or ex-partner during one calendar year. Through interviews with families, friends and neighbours, this programme tells the stories of seven of them in detail.
Notable Continuing Series: The Apprentice. 9.00pm, BBC1
                                             Prey 9.00pm, ITV
                                             24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                             The Affair, Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm
                                             Peep Show, 10.00pm, Channel 4
                                           Toast of London, 10.30pm, Channel 4
10.35pm The Apprentice: Why I Fired Them BBC1 - Lord Sugar looks back on the candidates who fell before the final hurdle, and the tasks that tested them to the limit.
Thursday
8.00pm The Secret Life of Children at Christmas Channel 4 - Some familiar faces return in this Christmas special as the children from the original Secret Life of 4 Year Olds - Skyla, Jessica, Christian, Cuba and friends - reunite to put on their own version of the Nativity play, joined by some of the children from the new series. The programme shows how the children cope with the pressures of auditioning in front of their peers, as well as the excitement, nerves and disappointments of the casting process and the challenges of working together in rehearsals as the children try to make sense of the Nativity story. Home-schooled Cuba struggles to cope with working collaboratively with his peers as he explores and tests boundaries. Can sensible Shakir help him through a challenging week?
9.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1 - Nick Knowles and team transform another home in 3 days.
9.00pm The Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass BBC2 - Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are back to bring a generous dollop of baking cheer to Christmas this year. Step by step, they take us through stunning recipes that all the family can make during the festive season. Mary kicks off with a pavlova wreath and Paul makes a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes a decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and Paul puts leftovers to irresistible use with his turkey and ham pie. Mary makes a truly beautiful rosace a l'orange and Paul closes the show with his magnificent towering pandoro.
9.00pm The Nation's Favourite Bond Song ITV - For over 50 years, the James Bond films have provided some of the most memorable and exciting songs in movie history. This 90-minute special tells the stories behind 20 of the very best as it counts down to the nation's favourite. There are interviews with the people who have written Bond songs - including Sir Paul McCartney, Duran Duran and a-ha - as well as lyricists like Leslie Bricusse and Don Black. Contributions come from Sam Smith and Spectre producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. There are stories from inside the studio from those involved in the recording of these Bond classics, such as guitarist Vic Flick and Paul Epworth - co-writer and producer of Adele's Oscar-winning hit, Skyfall. Other celebrities - Jonathan Ross, Piers Morgan, Moby and Jools Holland, Sir Roger Moore, Honor Blackman, Joanna Lumley, Britt Ekland, and Naomie Harris - reveal their own personal favourites.
9.00pm First Dates at Christmas Channel 4 - 'Tis the season to be jolly as Christmas arrives at the First Dates restaurant. Maitre d' Fred and his team host a special festive party to celebrate the love that blossomed this year, with a host of familiar faces. In this episode they welcome back couples who found love the first time around, as well as three much-loved daters who weren't so lucky.
10.00pm Very British Problems at Christmas Channel 4 - Narrated by Julie Walters and featuring archive footage from the 1940s to the present day, this programme tackles the complexities of British life at Christmas. It's the season to be jolly, and God knows we try, but the festive season comes with its own unique set of Very British Problems to keep our Christmas cheer teetering on a knife edge. Even for the most well-adjusted Brit, Christmas is the ultimate breeding ground for problems. All the pressure of having one perfect day with the toxic brew of family and friends, cooking food for public consumption, entertaining, and copious amounts of alcohol, make it an etiquette minefield.
Friday
8.00pm Text Santa 2015 ITV - ITV's annual charity night.
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                              Peter Kay's Car Share, 9.30pm, BBC1
10.00pm Queen: From Rags to Rhapsody BBC4 - To mark the 40th anniversary of Bohemian Rhapsody, this documentary digs deep into archive to tell the story of Queen as it follows their journey from a struggling band gigging at pubs and colleges to the moment they captured the UK's hearts and minds with what was to become one of greatest songs of all time. Queen's formative years have never been explored in such detail. With a wealth of unseen interviews, recently unearthed rushes of Queen's first ever video and outtakes from the recording sessions of Bohemian Rhapsody itself, this is the unique story of early Queen, told by the band themselves.

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