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Thursday, 11 August 2016

The TVweek: Monday 15th - Thursday 18th August 2016

Monday
9.00pm The Big Fat Quiz of Everything Channel 4 - The Big Fat Quiz of Everything returns and is bigger, fatter, and quizzier than ever - letting loose on not just the year-gone-by but well... everything. In this brand new series, quizmaster Jimmy Carr will be asking questions from the last 100,000 years of human history, giving the unique Big Fat Quiz spin on art, literature, television, music, geography, politics, science and celebrity from every epoch. Jonathan Ross, Mel Giedroyc, Kristen Schaal, David Mitchell, Bob Mortimer and Claudia Winkleman join Jimmy to compete for the Big Fat Quiz crown.
Tuesday
9.00pm Heroes of Helmand: The British Army's Great Escape Channel 4 - In Afghanistan, in 2006, a small Band of Brothers called Easy Company fought one of the most intense and least talked about battles in British military history. This Secret History documentary reveals for the first time how a company of British soldiers came under siege for more than 50 days in a remote desert town in Afghanistan. Trapped in a small compound, outgunned, outnumbered, and at the mercy of the Taliban, the fight to hold Musa Quala became one of the most important last stands in British history - a quarter of all the ammunition used by the British Army in Helmand for the whole of 2006 was fired in less than two months. For the first time, surviving ex-soldiers tell their story and share the footage they captured.
Wednesday
8.00pm Great Canal Journeys Channel 4 - Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on more spectacular canal journeys. This time they travel to Venice.
Thursday
10.00pm Secrets of a Police Marksman Channel 4 - Tony Long is the most prolific police marksman Britain has ever seen. Deployed on hundreds of dangerous operations to bring down terrorists, killers and hostage takers, he has been behind some of the UK's most controversial police shootings. But it was the death of Azelle Rodney that landed him in court for murder and brought his career to a devastating end. Speaking for the first time on television, in this Secret History film Long reveals what it is like to shoot and kill people in the line of duty, and how his life crumbled around him during the Rodney case. He explores the complex relationship the police have with firearms 50 years after the force first began carrying arms in the UK, and exposes the personal cost that officers face when they take the lives of others in the name of the law.

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