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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The TVweek: Sunday 30th January - 5th February 2016

Sunday
7.30pm The Jump Channel 4 - Return of the reality series which sees  Over the new few weeks on , 12 celebrities - Dean Cain, Sarah Harding, Linford Christie, Arg, Becky Adlington, Tina Hobley, Mark-Francis, Beth Tweddle, Tamara Beckwith, Brian McFadden, Louisa Lytton and Sid Owen - live together in the Austrian Alps and compete in a series of hair-raising winter sports as they bid to be crowned the winner of The Jump 2016.  Presented by Davina McCall.
8.00pm Vera ITV - Detective drama series based on the novels by Ann Cleeves. Vera investigates the mysterious death of Anne-Marie Richards, whose body is discovered by a young girl on the wild and desolate Northumberland moors.
Notable Continuing Series: Dragons' Den, 8.00pm, BBC2
                                               War & Peace, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                              Deutschland 83, 9.00pm, Channel 4
10.00pm A Death Row Tales: The Fear of 13 BBC4 - After more than 20 years on death row, a convicted murderer petitions the court asking to be executed. But as he tells his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. This film is a stylistically daring experiment in storytelling, in effect a one-man play constructed from a four-day interview. In a monologue that is part confessional and part performance, Nick, the sole protagonist, tells a tale with all the twists and turns of classic crime drama. But as the story unfolds it reveals itself as something much deeper, an emotionally powerful meditation on the redemptive power of love and literature. A final shocking twist casts everything in a new light.
Monday
3.45pm Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman BBC1 - Len Goodman takes celebrities back in time to recreate their childhood holidays. Len travels with BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood to St Helier, Jersey, which Carol visited in 1973 as an 11-year-old.
Notable Continuing Series: Silent Witness, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                             The Undateables, 9.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Rise of the Superstar Vloggers BBC3 - Jim Chapman, a superstar vlogger with quarter of a billion views of his videos, takes us behind the scenes of the biggest vloggers on the planet. Jim meets Tyler Oakley, whose vlogs have earned him an audience with President Obama, and Ingrid Nilsen, whose 'coming out' video drew an audience of twelve million. He visits Alfie Deyes, who is now immortalised in wax in Madame Tussaud's alongside his vlogging girlfriend Zoella. We hear from KSI about how a vlogger from Watford was named by Variety magazine as more influential than Taylor Swift, and from Joe Sugg, whose movie became the fastest selling DVD on Amazon. Jim investigates how powerful vlogs can be to legions of fans and how vlogging is being used for everything from sex education to supporting those with mental health conditions. He also investigates the darker side of vlogging, from inappropriate interactions with young fans to prank videos that lead to abuse. Jim asks what makes vlogging so popular, and where its future lies.
Tuesday
8.00pm Back in Time for the Weekend BBC2 - The Ashby Hawkins family give up their 21st-century technology and travel back in time to discover the radical transformation of our leisure time since 1950. Guided by presenters Giles Coren and social historian Polly Russell, the family's entire experience is underpinned by The Family Expenditure Survey, a government study which ran from the 50s right through to 1999.
8.00pm The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4 - This new series reveals the secret life of the animals of Chester Zoo, Britain's most popular zoo, using new micro-rig technology to capture in incredible detail the remarkable behaviour of the animals and their close relationships with their keepers. In the first episode, the zoo's Asian elephant family welcome a new arrival. Grumpy matriarch Thi has been pregnant for almost two years and is reaching the end of her tether. She's given birth to a stillborn baby in the past, so the keepers have a close eye on her. Not everyone in the family is looking forward to the birth. Playful Hari, the youngest member of the herd, is feeling left out. No longer the golden child, he starts acting up, taking his frustrations out on grandmother Sithami.
9.00pm Caught on Camera ITV - Miracle escapes and bad driving - all caught on video, interviews from victims and eyewitnesses. Stories include a daughter's moving tribute to her dad's life-saving driving skills and a cyclist who turns potholes into miniature gardens.
9.00pm The Supervet Channel 4 - The Supervet returns with some new stories from Fitzpatrick Referrals.
9.00pm The Supergamers BBC3 - Documentary which opens a window on the bizarre community of e-sports that has been almost invisible to the outside world up to now. Three young British gamers at different stages of their careers all have dreams of reaching the very top. The overnight sensation from Tottenham - gamers' name KaSing - lives in Berlin, playing in one of Europe's top teams.
10.00pm Obsessed with my Body Channel 4 - Something new is happening with British boys. Incredibly they now spend 30% more time in the bathroom than teenage girls and take twice as many selfies. Gyms are full of boys attempting to become 'hench' or ripped; with eyebrow waxing, blow dries and make-up also embraced by some young men. But exactly how far will they go to achieve perfection? And what happens when things are taken to extremes? Steroid use is on the rise - an estimated one million Britons are using them. The internet is playing a key role in this new behaviour, with young men seeking constant approval online, encouraging each other to look better, bigger and even browner in their pursuit of the perfect body.
10.30pm The Virtual Reality Virgin BBC3 - Tyger Drew-Honey has never really experienced virtual reality, but all that is about to change. With high-spec virtual reality headsets expected to become widely available within the next few months, Tyger explores how they could change everything - from how we meet up with our friends to the way we have sex. He experiences one of the most successful virtual worlds and has his own lifelike avatar created. And he meets the man who makes robot sex dolls that you can programme via an app on your tablet to be the perfect partner.
Wednesday
8.00pm Posh Pawn Channel 4 - High-end pawnbroker James Constantinou returns for a new series, starting with an episode where he faces rare items that are allegedly from Arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton's expeditions. A colourful Soho legend wants to sell some vintage Chanel bags to finance botox and a new bathroom. And James takes his assistant Jo out for a terrifying test drive in a client's Porsche; but can he complete the ú35,000 loan after discovering a problem?
8.00pm Grease Live! ITV2 - An exclusive first chance for UK viewers to see the US TV event of the year as a star-studded cast performs the classic musical live in front of a studio audience and millions of viewers at home
Notable Continuing Series: The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, 8.00pm, BBC1
                                            24 Hours in A&E, 9.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Camilla's Kids Company: The Inside Story BBC1 - This film records the dramatic implosion of one of Britain's best-known charities and the ultimate fall from grace of its founder Camila Batmanghelidjh
9.00pm World War Three: Inside The War Room BBC2 - A committee of senior former British military and diplomatic figures comes together to war game a hypothetical 'hot war' in eastern Europe. Following the crisis in Ukraine and Russia's involvement in Syria, the world is closer to superpower confrontation than at any time since the end of the Cold War. The committee even debate the unthinkable - nuclear confrontation.
9.00pm Discovering Britain More4 - Maureen Lipman and Larry Lamb visit Scone Palace and meet the custodians of the 'Stone of Scone', where centuries of Scottish kings were crowned. While Maureen enjoys a fly-fishing adventure on the banks of the River Tay, Larry explores the magnificent walled gardens and joins efforts to resort the estate's medieval walls. Michael Buerk fulfils a boyhood dream riding the footplate of a heritage steam train in the Severn Valley, and actor Bill Patterson gets an exclusive glimpse of restoration work at the Glasgow School of Art, which was designed by his hero Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
10.00pm Webcam Boys BBC3 - Documentary which goes inside the multi-billon-pound global webcam industry, following the lives of four men. Over the last five years more than 100,000 British men have done webcam shows for money.
Thursday
8.00pm Cats v Dogs: Which is Best BBC2 - Chris Packham and Liz Bonnin battle it out to find the definitive answer to the burning question - which are best, cats or dogs? Based at one of Britain's largest cat and dog veterinary centres, Chris and Liz test different aspects of each animal. Round one tests whether either species can understand numbers. In Vienna, Chris discovers that dogs can discriminate between higher and lower numbers of dots and Liz tries out the test on cats with surprising results. Round two tests which animal has the better vision, sense of smell and hearing. Chris challenges sniffer dog Boris to find him in a busy city. The final round looks at whether cats or dogs are the most physically agile by testing which can jump the highest, which is the fastest sprinter and which the best endurance runner. Chris also comes face to face with a pack of wolves whilst Liz confronts an Arabian wild cat. Together, they put our favourite pets under the microscope to see how they compare.
9.00pm Keeping Up with the Khans Channel 4 - This four-part series explores the lives and aspirations of new migrants to Britain and the impact of immigration on a single community: Page Hall in Sheffield. Page Hall's tightly packed streets of terraced houses were once home to a predominantly white working-class community. During the 1960s and 70s, migrants from the Pakistani controlled area of Kashmir came to the area and thrived, owning properties, shops and restaurants. Over the past five years more than 1500 Roma migrants from Slovakia have moved to the area, hoping to build the sort of prosperous lives for themselves that previous generations of immigrants now have. While some of the long-standing white residents and established immigrants have become frustrated with the influx of Roma into the small community, and accuse them of anti-social behaviour, other locals have tried to give the new arrivals opportunities to make a better life for themselves.
Notable Continuing Series: Death in Paradise, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4
                                                First Dates, 10.00pm, Channel 4
10.00pm The Keith Lemon Sketch Show ITV2 - Keith Lemon returns for a brand new second series of the Sketch show in which he spoofs the worlds of TV, film and celebrity.
Friday
9.00pm Earth's Greatest Spectacles BBC2 - Three-part series looking at some of earth's greatest spectacles, narrated by Domhnall Gleeson.
10.00pm The Most Dangerous Band in the World: The Story of Guns & Roses BBC4 - Jon Brewer brings alive never-before-seen video footage of Guns N' Roses in their earliest days as a fledgling band, filmed and meticulously archived over the years by their close friend. It was 1985, and Guns N' Roses were soon to be known as the last mammoth rock entity to come out of LA after selling over 100 million albums. They became known as 'the most dangerous band in the world' and retained the title for reasons this film portrays, via interviews with band members and those who were there on, and off, tour. Venture down seedy Sunset Strip to the Whiskey, the Rainbow and the Roxy, all known as 'the Jungle'.

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