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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The TVweek: Saturday 9th - Friday 15th April 2016

Saturday
7.00pm Britain's Got Talent ITV - Ant & Dec present a new series of the talent show judged by Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
8.25pm Britain's Got More Talent ITV2 - Spin-off show fronted by Stephen Mulhern.
Sunday
7.00pm Wild Things Sky1 - Kate Humble and Jason Byrne reopen the gates to the Wild Wood as more contestants dressed as cuddly critters take on its fiendishly tricky obstacle course.
8.00pm Hidden Britain by Drone Channel 4 -  Presented by Sir Tony Robinson,  the series uses the latest drone technology to see our islands in a different way. Tony dispatches flying cameras across the country, getting access to billionaires' private estates and incredible stately homes, snooping on military manoeuvres and going over no entry signs and barbed wire fences.
8.30pm Royal Stories ITV3 - The history of Britain's Royal Family told through rare archive footage and the personal stories of its closest members. Queen Elizabeth II is the world's oldest monarch and Britain's longest serving Queen. As she approaches her 90th birthday, this episode explores the secret of the woman who never expected to become Queen. What have been the challenges and how has she managed to remain the most powerful matriarch on earth?
Notable Conitiuning Series: Undercover, 9.00pm, BBC1
Monday
8.30pm Abused: The Untold Story BBC1 - Documentary telling the story of those who stood up and broke their silence about sexual abuse, changing Britain forever. This is the definitive account of a national scandal, assembling an unprecedented range of voices, from the survivors and their friends and family to the professionals who led reform of some of the country's biggest institutions.
9.00pm Air Ambulance ER Sky1 - Series following the incredible work of the UK's air ambulance services. The team go to the rescue of a lumberjack who has fallen from height.
Notable Continuing Series: American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, 9.00pm, BBC2
                                            The Island with Bear Grylls, 9.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Made in Chelsea E4 - The Chelsea set return with more highs and lows for the 11th series
Tuesday
8.00pm The Yorkshire Vet Five - Documentary series following life in Skeldale Veterinary Centre, James Herriot's former practice based in the picturesque market town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire
9.00pm Europe: Them or Us? BBC2 - Nick Robinson explores the troubled history of the UK's relationship with Europe. The critical decision Britain's voters are about to take in the referendum is the culmination of decades of agonizing debate about Britain's place in Europe, and its often lethal effect on British politics. The first episode examines why British governments first shunned the new Common Market then begged to join it.
9.00pm The Tunnel: Sabotage Sky Atlantic - Second series of the crime drama with ClÚmence PoÚsy, Stephen Dillane and Emilia Fox. A couple vanishes from the Channel Tunnel giving Karl and Elise a new case to solve.
Notable Continuing Series: The A-Word, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                First Dates, 10.00pm, Channel 4
10.00pm Camping Sky Atlantic - Double Bill of a new comedy from Julia Davies.
11.05pm Flashy Funerals Channel 4 - Most funerals are modest, sombre affairs, but some families go above and beyond to ensure their loved ones go out in style. This warm, funny and surprising documentary explores some of the UK's most extraordinary final goodbyes, meeting families who spend weeks arranging this last act of remembrance and personalise every detail. But having everything you want for a funeral comes at a cost.
Wednesday
8.00pm Tonight at the London Palladium ITV - Bradley Walsh hosts a new series from the world's most famous stage, featuring some of the biggest stars from music and comedy as well as a host of spectacular speciality acts. Tonight's show features performances from classical tenor Andrea Bocelli, singer-songwriter Birdy, comedian Tommy Tiernan, the cast of Motown the Musical and stunt riders the Globe of Death.
9.00pm Five Star Babies: Inside The Portland Hospital BBC2 - An exclusive glimpse inside the UK's only private maternity hospital. This episode reveals how the Portland Hospital's army of consultants, midwives, chefs and cleaners serve some of the UK's most pampered parents. We meet high-society it girl Hui, who isn't ashamed to admit she is too scared to give birth naturally. No-nonsense Scottish nurse Pat is adamant she is not star struck but baby struck as she looks after the newborns of celebrities and royalty while they enjoy afternoon tea. And the Countess of Bradford reveals how her career as a consultant delivering newborns has a disastrous effect on her social life.
9.00pm Scott & Bailey ITV - Fifth series of the crime drama starring Surrane Jones and Lesley Sharp. This time it's comprised of three episodes telling the story of one crime. Returning to Syndicate 9 after a year away on vice, Rachel needs a bit of time to navigate her position as acting DI and rekindle her neglected relationship with Janet. However, the shocking murder of Michael Edgerton forces her to hit the ground running and adjust to the inevitable changes as she goes. Glad of Rachel's return, Janet could not have known how much she was going to need her friend. However, it soon becomes clear that Syndicate 9 are dealing with something much bigger and more sinister than a single, indiscriminate murder.
9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 - A new episode of the RTS award-winning documentary series.
10.00pm Normal for Norfolk BBC2 - Observational documentary series following eccentric gentleman farmer Desmond MacCarthy as he struggles to keep his 17th-century manor home afloat, while holding on to the country traditions of his childhood.
10.00pm What British Muslims Really Think Channel 4 - With Europe on heightened terror alert following the attacks in Paris and Brussels and the security services raising the threat posed by hundreds of home-grown jihadists, politicians and Muslim leaders claim that the values of these extremists are shared only by a tiny minority in the UK. To find out if this is the case, Channel 4 has commissioned one of the most extensive and rigorous surveys ever carried out to get a better understanding of the views of British Muslims directly from a representative cross section of Muslim men and women, rather than those who claim to speak on their behalf; and, in particular, to try to understand why young Muslims are being drawn to violence. The survey explores attitudes to being British and British institutions, as well as social issues including gender equality and homosexuality.
Thursday
8.30pm Bargain Shop Wars ITV - Two-part documentary which goes behind the scenes of Britain's newest bargain chain Pep and Co, as they try to undercut the big names of the discount fashion world on the high street. Headed up by ex-Asda boss Andy Bond and former Sainsbury's clothing supremo Adrian Mountford, they have fifty stores across the country all with their own challenges and problems. The first episode features the company's 20 million pound roll out of its stores across the country.
9.00pm Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans ITV - Paul O'Grady returns for a third series in which he visits orphaned and endangered animals around the world. The first episode takes Paul to Borneo, where he encounters orangutans, sun bears, slow lorises, turtles and gibbons.
Notable Continuing Series: Line of Duty, 9.00pm, BBC2
                                              The Good Wife, 9.00pm, More4
9.00pm BBC: The Secret Files 2 BBC4 - Penelope Keith looks into the BBC's secret dealings with some of the 20th century's most intriguing figures, including Winston Churchill, Tony Hancock and Alec Guinness.
9.00pm A Girl in the River Sky Atlantic - Winner of the 2016 Oscar for a short documentary, this is the story of Saba, a young Pakistani woman who survived an attempted honour killing by her own family.
Friday
9.00pm Britain's Biggest Super Yachts Chasing Perfection BBC2 - A behind-the-scenes look at Sunseeker, Britain's biggest superyacht builder. The company built their reputation on making small to mid-size yachts, but the recession saw this market flounder as even the super-rich tightened their belts. In a high-stakes manoeuvre, they have taken a gamble on building a larger opulent superyacht to reel in the uber-rich who still have cash to splash on life's ultimate luxuries to help sail them back into profit.
9.00pm The Five Sky1 - Created by bestselling thriller writer Harlan Coben, this gripping drama follows four lifelong friends who are forced to revisit a tragedy from their past.
Notable Continuing Series: Travel Man, 8.30pm, Channel 4
                                                Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm The People's History of Pop BBC4 - Series telling the story of pop music through fans' memories and memorabilia. Twiggy celebrates the 60s, meeting skiffle musicians, fans of the Shadows, Liverpudlians who frequented the Cavern Club at the height of Merseybeat, Beatles devotees, Ready Steady Go! dancers, mods, lovers of ska, bluebeat and Millie Small, and fans of the Rolling Stones. Unearthed pop treasures include a recording of John Lennon's first ever recorded performance with his band the Quarrymen.

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