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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The TVweek: Saturday 6th - Friday 13th May 2017

Saturday
9.15pm The Keith and Paddy Picture Show ITV - Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness recreate an iconic Hollywood movie in half-an-hour with the help of an all-star cast. This time, they unveil their version of Dirty Dancing featuring Jessica Hynes, Larry Lamb, John Barrowman and Kimberly Wyatt.
Sunday
8.00pm Babs BBC1 - Drama. Written by Tony Jordan, this is the heart-warming story of Dame Barbara Windsor, the Cockney kid with a dazzling smile and talent to match. Preparing to perform in the theatre one cold evening in 1993, the cheeky, chirpy blonde Babs recounts the people and events that have shaped her life and career over fifty years from 1943 to 1993. She contemplates her lonely childhood and WWII evacuation, her decision to go from Barbara Ann Deeks to Barbara Windsor - inspired by the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, her complicated relationship with her father, her doomed marriage to Ronnie Knight, capturing the attention of Joan Littlewood and becoming the blonde bombshell in the Carry On films. Babs, ever the consummate professional, never lets her fans down whatever her personal anguish and steps on the stage to rapturous applause.
9.00pm Dara and Ed's Road to Mandalay BBC2 -  Dara and Ed begin their journey in Malaysia. Arriving in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Dara and Ed are keen to see beyond the bright lights and towering skyscrapers of Malaysia's economic boom and find out how Malaysia's diverse communities are holding on to their own traditions. They begin by doing what the locals do on a Saturday afternoon and watch a beauty pageant - for chickens - before joining a mass cycle ride through the city.
Monday
Notable Continuing Series: Little Boy Blue, 9.00pm ITV
                                                The Island, 9.00pm, Channel 4 
9.00pm Inside the Gang Five - Documentary series exploring gang life in Britain. Young gang members think nothing of extreme violence, openly bragging on social media. Even gang 'olders' are shocked by their lack of morality. An underworld gun dealer unveils a frightening arsenal of guns, a teenage gang 'hitter' carries an antique revolver in his job to target rival 'opps', while the 'olders' are struggling to leave the gang life behind.
9.00pm Hidden Britain by Drone More4 - We all think we know Britain, but wherever you turn there are places you're not allowed to see. Places that are hidden from view, their secrets shielded by high walls and heavy gates. No public access allowed. Until now. This series, presented by Sir Tony Robinson, uses the latest drone technology to see our islands in a different way.
10.00pm Loaded Channel 4 - A brand new comedy drama about friendship, ambition and gluttony... and the peculiar British distaste for other people's success and how money can put even life-long friendships to the test. Following the sale of their company Idyl Hands and its hit iPhone game Cat Factory, four friends and business partners - Josh, Leon, Watto and Ewan - wake up to the brilliant/terrifying realisation that they're now multi-millionaires. Josh treats his parents to an extravagant around-the-world trip in a backhanded effort to expose them to a bit of culture.
10.00pm Mind the Age Gap Five - Twelve volunteers from different generations come together to try to gain a greater understanding of one another. At a dinner party to get to know one another, tensions are revealed when gay marriage is discussed, and a game of guess the celebrity turns into a heated debate about the EU.
Tuesday
8.00pm The Eurovision Song Contest Semi Finals BBC4 - Mel Giedroyc and Scott Mills are live from Kyiv in Ukraine for the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Eighteen acts will be battling it out and tonight the UK viewers have the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The UK's entry Lucie Jones also joins Scott and Mel to discuss all things Eurovision.
9.00pm Long Lost Family: What Happened Next? ITV - Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell revisit some of the families that have been reunited over the past six years.
9.00pm Elizabeth I Five - Lily Cole, James Oliver Wheatley. Drama series about the life of Queen Elizabeth 1, with commentary by expert presenters Susanna Lipscomb and Dan Jones. This episode charts her turbulent early years from age three when her mother was executed and she was declared illegitimate and banished from court, through the dangers she faced due to the machinations of Thomas Seymour and the hatred of her half-sister Mary, to the start of her reign.
Notable Continuing Series: Veep, 10.10pm Sky Atlantic
10.45pm Football Abuse: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game BBC1 - Documentary examining the historical child sexual abuse scandal engulfing football. Reporter Mark Daly reveals fresh allegations of sex abuse and cover ups in Scottish football's most notorious paedophile scandal, at Celtic Boys' Club. He also hears powerful accounts from former footballers who talk for the first time about the abuse they say they suffered as boys in the sport.
Wednesday
9.00pm King Charles III BBC2 - King Charles III, adapted by Mike Bartlett from his Tony-nominated stage play, is part political thriller, part family drama and a timely examination of contemporary Britain. Prince Charles has waited his entire life to ascend to the British throne. But after the Queen's death, he immediately finds himself wrestling his conscience over a bill to sign into law. His hesitation detonates a constitutional and political crisis and his family start to worry, with William and Kate becoming aware his actions may threaten their future. Meanwhile, an unhappy and frustrated Prince Harry starts a relationship with a 'commoner', just at the moment that the press is looking for a way to attack. With the future of the monarchy under threat, protests on the streets and his family in disarray, Charles must grapple with his own identity and purpose to decide whether, in the 21st century, the British crown still has any real power.
9.00pm Britain's Busiest Airport - Heathrow ITV -  Documentary series which follows Heathrow Airport's army of 76,000 staff - from plumbers to pilots to police - as they deal with 200,000 passengers a day in a never-ending race to get thousands of planes away on time.
10.00pm Quadruplets and Homeless Channel 4 - If one new baby is enough to turn a household upside down, what happens when four come along at once? After trying for a child together for 10 years, Aynur and Tony are finding out. With newborn quadruplets and no home of their own, they move in with Aynur's supportive, traditional Turkish parents for a helping hand. Aynur's parents and Tony don't always see eye to eye, but Tony's determined to get stuck in and show his willingness and commitment to Aynur when their new arrivals are born. This modern British love story explores one family's big surprise and the challenges they face, particularly given the fact that Tony struggles with alcohol.
10.00pm Public Enemy Sky Atlantic - Acclaimed French-language thriller from Belgium. Chlo√© Muller takes on the difficult task of overseeing the transfer of a freed child-killer.
Thursday
9.00pm The Truth About Sleep BBC1 - We are one of the most sleep-deprived countries in the world. In The Truth About Sleep, insomniac Michel Mosley finds out what happens if we don't get enough sleep and looks at surprising solutions to help us get more.
Notable Continuing Series: Born to Kill, 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                        The Good Fight, 9.00pm More4 
                                        Guerrilla, 9.00pm Sky Atlantic 
9.00pm From Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure BBC2 - Arabist and explorer Alice Morrison journeys deep into the history, culture and civilisation of both ancient and modern Morocco on her quest to reach the legendary city Timbuktu.
Friday
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4

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