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Monday, 4 September 2017

The TVweek: Saturday 9th - Friday 15th September 2017

Saturday
7.00pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 - Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman launch a new series of the celebrity dance contest, pairing up the 15 celebrities with their professional dance partners. 2016 champions Joanne and Ore return to perform their winning jive to show, and there are also performances from Shania Twain and Rita Ora. The celebrities take to the floor for their first group dance, and there is a very special group routine as everyone on Strictly pays tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth.
Sunday
Notable Continuing Series: From Russia to Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier 8.00pm, Channel 4
       Dragons' Den, 9.00pm, BBC2
9.00pm Strike: The Silkworm BBC1 - War veteran turned private investigator Cormoran Strike investigates the disappearance of a provocative author. Robin is caught between Strike and Matthew's hopes.
Monday
8.30pm Upstart Crow BBC2 - David Mitchell returns for a second series of Ben Elton's Shakespearean sitcom. Will Shakespeare is desperate to make a good impression with the College of Heralds so he can get his family a coat of arms and finally make the Shakespeares posh. The only problem is that his deadly rival Robert Greene is the Master of Heralds. But when a dashing African Prince comes to town by the name of Otello, Will suddenly sees a way to make a favourable impression amongst the gentry. Meanwhile, Otello has made a very favourable impression on the heart of Will's friend Kate and the stage seems to be set for Robert Greene to stir up a little jealousy.
9.00pm Rellik BBC1 - Six-part thriller from Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing) that tells the story of the murder case backwards. .DCI Gabriel Markham and his team are working to find a serial killer when a break in the case leads them to a potential culprit. Gabriel is torn between his conviction that they already know who the killer is and the seemingly irrefutable evidence found at the last murder scene. Meanwhile, there are fears that Gabriel's intimate connection to the case may be skewing his professional ability to track down the perpetrator, and his personal relationships continue to impact on his work as he is given an ultimatum to face. The rest of Gabriel's team are dealing with the conflict of their own personal and professional lives as they launch a thrilling, high-stakes operation to catch the killer. But are they targeting the right person? Gabriel makes one final connection in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to get to the truth.
9.00pm The Search for a New Earth BBC2 - Professor Stephen Hawking, engineer and radio astronomy expert Professor Danielle George and former student of Professor Hawking Christophe Galfard join forces to find out if, and how, humans can reach for the stars and relocate to different planets. Travelling the globe, they meet top scientists, technologists and engineers who are working to answer our biggest questions. Is there another planet out there that we could call home? How will we travel across the vast distances of space to get there? How will we survive the journey? And how will we set up a new human civilization on an alien world?
9.00pm Liar ITV - Six-part drama from Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing) starring Joanne Frogatt and Ioan Gruffudd. Laura Nielson is a smart and dedicated teacher, not long out of a relationship and unsure about getting back on the dating scene. When she meets Andrew Earlham, a renowned surgeon whose son is a pupil at her school, an initial attraction leads to a date. But neither fully realises the far-reaching consequences that their meeting will have on each other or their families.
9.00pm The Undateables Channel 4 - Seventh series of the lighthearted dating series. Transport fanatic Jason from Shrewsbury is autistic and finds new people and situations stressful. Paralympic hopeful Souleyman is a winner on the running track, but he describes being an athlete as lonely. The sprinter has been gradually losing his sight since birth and one day he will be completely blind. His search for love is a race against the clock. Vlogger and writer Charley, from Hastings, has cerebral palsy and is bisexual. Single for the last four years, Charley longs to find love with the right person, male or female.
9.00pm Paddington Station 24/7 Five - Documentary series going behind the scenes at one of the UK's busiest transport hubs. 20,000 football fans take to the western network for the Champions League Final in Cardiff. Extra trains have been laid on, but getting everyone home after the match is complicated by a major terrorist incident at London Bridge.
Tuesday
8.00pm Robson Green's Coastal Lives ITV - Series in which Robson Green explores the extraordinary lives and homes of the people who live on Britain's coastline - from families who are swapping city homes for a new life by the sea to those who have lived on the coast for generations.
Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake Off 8.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Doctor Foster, 9.00pm, BBC1
9.00pm 100 Year Old Driving School ITV - Documentary series which follows some of Britain's oldest drivers as they take tests organised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), to determine whether they should still be on the road.
Wednesday
8.00pm My Hotter Half E4 - Series that helps couples settle an age-old question - who is hotter, you or your partner? Melvin Odoom fronts this new couples show where online daters decide who is more dateable as partner goes up against partner in an explosive and nerve-jangling Battle of Hotness. In the first episode, buff-bodied Darren takes on his girlfriend Charlotte.
9.00pm How to Stay Young BBC1 - Angela Rippon and Dr Chris Van Tulleken team up with scientists to turn back the clock on a group of volunteers, showing what can be done to reverse the ageing process. Over the course of three months, the volunteers are put through a variety of tests and placed on lifestyle plan to turn back the clock on ageing, but will it work? Can they reverse their body age?
Notable Continuing Series: Grand Designs 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Back, 10.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Stella Sky1 - Take one last trip to Pontyberry in the final series of Ruth Jones's much-loved comedy drama. Stella's boat is rocked when Luke discovers her long-kept secret.
9.00pm Taskmaster Dave - Fifth series. Greg Davies sets Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips brilliantly bewildering tasks, including basketball without hands!
10.00pm The Other One BBC2 - Comedy about a girl called Catherine Walcott. And another girl called Catherine Walcott. Sisters who had no idea the other existed until their father drops dead. Cathy has a fiance, a Duke of Edinburgh Award and a pension. Cat has a pay-as-you-go phone. The only things they have in common are their names (a smart move if you have got a secret daughter). Both of them have always wanted a sister - just maybe not each other.
Thursday
8.00pm No Limits BBC1 - Six people with different physical disabilities embark on an ambitious and emotional adventure of a lifetime through the diverse landscapes of Vietnam. Although shadowed by film and safety crews, the group are in charge of their journey, navigating the route and the difficult access in a country ill-equipped for disability. Taking part are Vicky Balch, who lost her leg after the Alton Towers rollercoaster accident in 2015, Mary Russell, who was born with achondroplasia - the most common type of dwarfism, Olympic wheelchair rugby captain Steve Brown, who was paralysed from the chest down 12 years ago, Louise Halvey, who has progressive hearing loss and must negotiate the chaos of Hanoi traffic, marathon runner Charlie Lewis, who convinced a surgeon to amputate his right leg following a snowboarding accident, and Andy Slade, who lost his arm in an industrial accident nine years ago but soon got back to bike racing, becoming the UK's fastest one-armed man on a motorbike.
Notable Continuing Series: Ambulance, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                        Educating Greater Manchester 9.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm A League of Their Own Sky1 - James Corden and the boys tear up the banger racing track with Dele Alli, Rob Beckett and Stephen Mangan. Back in the studio, a terrifying challenge awaits.
9.00pm Bromans ITV2 - Roman Kemp narrates this brand new reality series which throws a group of eight modern-day lads back in time to see if they can cope with living and fighting like Roman gladiators. The handsome boys live alongside their loving girlfriends in a simulation of ancient Rome, hoping to prove they have what it takes to go down in history as they battle it out to make it to the Emperor's Games, but only one will be crowned the winner and take home the Emperor's gold.
10.00pm Celebrity Juice ITV2 - Keith Lemon returns with a brand new series of the outrageous comedy panel show. Joining team captains Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton this time are singer Charli XCX, Love Island pals Chris and Kem and comedian Johnny Vegas.
Friday
Notable Continuing Series: Cold Feet, ITV, BBC1
                                        Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
10.35pm Comedy Playhouse: Static BBC1 - Rob Beckett, Alison Steadman and Phil Davies star in a new comedy pilot. Sitcom about twentysomething Rob, who jacks in a job in London to move back in with his parents in their south east London family home - except they fail to tell him that they have just sold the family home and moved to a static caravan park in Margate. Not only is Rob now jobless, but he is having to live on a sofa bed in his parents' caravan in a holiday park 80 miles from London. It seems like a disaster to start with, but his mum is delighted to have someone to cook for and his dad has figured out how to get thousands of football channels on the telly. Before long, Rob is getting used to being with mum and dad again, and through them he is quickly drawn into the world of the park, not to mention the raft of extraordinary characters within it. The question is - how quickly can he get back on his feet and get back to London? And, as time goes on, how much does he really want to?

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