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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The TVweek: Saturday 2nd - Friday 8th July 2016

Saturday
6.30pm Catchphrase ITV - Popular quiz in which contestants can win cash prizes and a dream holiday by guessing the well-known expressions and sayings represented by animated characters.
10.00pm Louie Spence: Taxi Driver Sky1 - Pineapple Dance Studios star Louie Spence returns to his native Essex to start afresh as a minicab driver. Fly-on-the-wall documentary with a few surprises in store.
Sunday
8.00pm China's Forgotten Emperor Channel 4 - She's probably the most controversial woman in Chinese history: Wu Zetian, who rose from lowly concubine to become the only woman in Chinese history to dare to take the title 'Emperor'. Since her death 1300 years ago, Wu Zetian has been remembered as a callous tyrant who brought calamity to China. But now extraordinary new discoveries are revealing a very different picture of her reign.
Monday
9.00pm Forces of Nature BBC1 - After journeying around the Solar System and out to the edges of the Universe, Professor Brian Cox takes viewers on a grand tour of Earth for his first series on BBC One. In four spectacular programmes he will unveil how our planet’s stunning beauty and variety is created by just a handful of underlying laws of nature. Using the latest in camera technology and seeking out the most astonishing places on Earth,
9.00pm Brief Encounters ITV - Comedy drama set in the 1980's. It stars Penelope Wilton, Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin and Sharon Rooney are to star as four women striving to find happiness and fulfilment.
9.00pm 999: What's Your Emergency? Channel 4 - The new series of 999: What's Your Emergency? focuses on the work of police and paramedics in Cheshire. The series follows incidents from the moment a 999 call is made to the arrival of the frontline police and paramedics: the hard-working men and women who protect us from ourselves and each other, while seeing us as we really are.
9.00pm Life and Deaf BBC4 - Life and Deaf is an immersive, experiential film about the Deaf world. With its unique humour and culture, it’s a world which most of us rarely encounter.  The film is in BSL: British Sign Language and has no score, no commentary, and none of the conventions of normal filmmaking. It follows a number of people who frequent St John’s Deaf Club in North London as they face life’s twists and turns.
9.00pm Ray Donovan Sky Atlantic - Fourth Season of the US drama.
10.45pm Just Call Me Martina BBC1 - Sue Barker presents a documentary looking at the life and career of tennis star Martina Navratilova.
Tuesday
9.00pm Life Stripped Bare Channel 4 - At a time when most have us have too much stuff - with the average Brit owning 1000 items, while checking their phone 200 hundred times a day - what do we really need to be happy? To find out, three households take part in a life changing experiment. For 21 days, all their possessions will be stripped away - even their clothes - and every single item in their home put into storage. They must not buy or borrow anything, apart from food and drink. Carrying on with their daily routine - work, relationships and social lives - they can choose to get back one item a day for 21 days.
9.00pm B is for Book BBC4 - B Is For Book - Shot over the course of a year in Hackney - will follow a group of primary school children as they begin their tentative first journey as young readers.
Wednesday
8.00pm My Chimp and Me Sky1 - Hester and Jerry Mundis look back fondly on the chaotic time in their lives when they raised a chimp in their home.
10.00pm Boy Meets Girl BBC2 - Second series of the transgender comedy. Judy and Leo are in love, committed to one another and making plans for a future together. Their respective families are very supportive but cannot help sticking their noses in and causing a fair amount of chaos along the way. And there’s nothing like the sound of wedding bells to get all hands on deck.
Friday
9.00pm Celebrity First Dates Channel 4 - The red carpet has been rolled out and the best silver polished to perfection, as the First Dates restaurant opens its doors to some Very Important Daters, with Fred and the team welcoming four celebrity diners who are bravely embarking on blind dates with unsuspecting members of the public, in the hope of finding love. Since finding fame on reality series The Only Way Is Essex five years ago, Jess Wright has seen her love-life played out on screen. After a string of unsuitable suitors, she's now looking for Mr Right. Richard Blackwood may play bad boy Vincent in EastEnders, but he's on his best behaviour in the First Dates restaurant. Television legend Esther Rantzen is beloved by the nation, but she's found life lonely since the death of her adored husband 15 years ago. She worries that her formidable reputation scares men off, and hopes that her date won't 'run a mile - it's happened before!' Finally, making his entrance in front of the home crowd at the Paralympics four years ago may have been nerve-wracking, but not as terrifying as entering the First Dates restaurant: table tennis silver medallist Will Bayley serves up some flowers to woo his date.

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