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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

TVweek: Sunday 1st - Friday 6th October 2017

Sunday
8.00pm Escape Channel 4 - In this new series, five people stranded in the middle of hostile terrain, surrounded by the wreckage of a vehicle, have only one way to survive - build a new machine and get out of there. This time, five highly-skilled engineers are abandoned in a remote desert with the wreckage of a simulated plane crash. With them is an ex-special forces soldier, and also survival expert Ant Middleton. The mission is to keep them alive in the hostile environment while the engineers design and construct a powered vehicle from the wreckage - and escape. The engineers comprise two men and three women. Each one brings a specific skillset to the team: there's an aerobatic pilot; a traditional craftsman; an aerospace engineer; and two mechanical engineers.
9.00pm The Last Post BBC1 - Six-part drama series starring Stephen Campbell-Moore and Jessica Raine set in British-controlled Aden. Captain Joe Martin arrives in Aden with his wife Honor to replace the outgoing and much-loved Captain Nick Page of the Royal Military Police.
Notable Continuing Series: Dragons' Den, 9.00pm, BBC2
                                         Electric Dreams, 9.00pm,Channel 4
9.00pm Men Who Sleep in Cars BBC4 - Drama following three men in Manchester during one night in September. Written entirely in verse, it tells the poignant stories of Marley, Antonio and McCulloch. It is also a love song to Manchester, the backdrop to the film, whose familiar streets are difficult to leave for the departing Sarah. Marley, Antonio and McCulloch are men whose lives have turned upside down for very different reasons. They sleep on the streets of Manchester in their vehicles, having lost all their economic and social power. They hide away in disused car parks or in industrial estates, trying to snatch sleep, listening to the radio for company. The commentary from England's first World Cup qualifying fixture, where some of the richest, most powerful men in the world of sport compete on the world stage is a stark contrast to their own situations. As the film continues, it becomes clear how the how these three came to spend the night in their cars, and how their lives interconnect.
9.00pm Chris Kem: Straight Outta Love Island ITV2 - Britain's best-loved bromance is back in action as Love Island's most popular duo Chris and Kem reunite for a musical journey of discovery, exploring the world of rap, grime and hip-hop. The boys are set for an adventure of rhyme and grime as they build towards their first ever live performance - but can they pull off performing in front of a sell-out crowd?
10.00pm Child in Time BBC4 - Every year in Britain an estimated 3,000 plus children are placed into the care system. Their mothers - who have often suffered domestic violence, sexual abuse or neglect themselves - are left behind. Vilified, isolated and ignored, they form an invisible group living on the edge of society. This film gives them a voice for the first time, combining extraordinary documentary footage with poetry written by Simon Armitage. Set in Hull, as the city celebrates European Capital of Culture status, the film uses poetry to offer an arresting and emotionally charged portrait of the women's lives. The women featured are all participants of a groundbreaking new scheme called Pause, which aims to break the cycle of repeat care removals. Over the course of 18 months the women work one-on-one with a dedicated Pause practitioner who helps them reclaim their lives.
Monday
Notable Continuing Series: Rellik, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                Liar, 9.00pm, ITV
                                            The Undateables, 9.00pm,Channel 4 
                                             W1A, 10.00pm, BBC2
10.00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm Sky Atlantic - He's back, and nothing has changed. Larry tries to rid himself of an inept assistant, offends Jeff's barber and gets into hot water over a new project.
Tuesday
9.00pm Reformation BBC2 - Historian David Starkey tells the story of the Protestant Reformation and how it transformed the face of modern Europe.
9.00pm Sex, Chips and Poetry: 50 Years of the Mersey Sound BBC4 - fty years ago, Penguin published its 1967 hit pop poetry book The Mersey Sound, introducing Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri to the world, thereby securing Liverpool as the cultural centre of the UK and bringing poetry to pop audiences. With the help of famous friends and fellow writers, McGough and Brian Patten tell the inside story of this modern classic and how they made poetry cool.
Notable Continuing Series: The Great British Bake Off 8.00pm, Channel 4
                                                Doctor Foster, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                                The Deuce, 10.00pm, Sky Atlantic
9.15pm When Mary Met Barbie Channel 4 - Retail expert Mary Portas explores why Barbie has maintained such an iconic status over almost 60 years. In California, Barbie manufacturer Mattel open the doors to their HQ, giving Mary privileged access behind the scenes to find out what makes Barbie tick. Mary also has a date with the real life Ken. In Houston, Texas, at the National Barbie Collectors' Convention, Mary meets grown-ups who can't seem to grow out of playing with Barbie. In the UK, Mary investigates whether Barbie really is to blame for low body image or lack of job aspiration in young girls. With calls for an ever increasing gender-neutral world, Mary asks her son Horatio whether boys really should play with 'boys toys' and girls with 'girls toys'? And with Barbie sales have recently dipped, can the doll stay relevant going forward?
Wednesday
9.00pm The Apprentice BBC1 - The search for Lord Sugar's next business partner begins, with the hopeful candidates getting whittled down over the next 12 weeks until only one remains. To demonstrate just how much is at stake, Lord Sugar summons the aspiring entrepreneurs to his boardroom, where he has a big surprise for them. Under the scrutiny of Karren Brady and Claude Littner, the candidates are put to the test with their first test, which sees them manufacturing burgers. They have just one day to turn their meaty burgers into a healthy profit by selling them to hungry Londoners. Chaos in the kitchen throws one team into disarray as they struggle to make the burger mix, while the other team waste precious time overanalysing the labelling. Trying to maximise sales, each team set up stalls to sell cooked burgers, but personality clashes and a poor choice of selling location threaten to derail the sales. In the boardroom, the candidates face Lord Sugar for the first time and someone becomes the first to be fired.
Notable Continuing Series: The Detectives, 9.00pm, BBC2
                                               Grand Designs 9.00pm, Channel 4 
                                                Back, 10.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Celebrity Showmance ITV2 - Six-part series in which six single celebrities - TOWIE's Chloe Sims, former 5ive member Abz Love, socialite Lady Victoria Hervey, footballer Jamie O'Hara, Hollywood actress Hayley Hasselhoff and Geordie Shore's Kyle Christie - pair up into three unlikely couples and compete in a series of ridiculous comedy challenges to convince the social media world that their showmance is true love.
10.00pm The Apprentice: You're Fired BBC2 - Host Rhod Gilbert is joined by a panel of experts and fans who will analyse this week's task and meet the first candidate to be fired.
10.00pm Inside Birmingham's Children's Hospital More4 - The heart-warming documentary series that meets the children and families visiting Birmingham Children's Hospital comes to More4 with brand new episodes.
Thursday
Notable Continuing Series: Ambulance, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                        Russia with Simon Reeve, 9.00pm, BBC2                                        Educating Greater Manchester 9.00pm, Channel 4
10.00pm Vice Principals Sky Atlantic - The zany comedy returns for a second season.
Friday
9.00pm Have I Got News For You? BBC1 - Regular team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop are joined by guest host Alexander Armstrong, and panellists from the worlds of comedy, journalism and current affairs a new series of the long-running topical news quiz.
Notable Continuing Series: Cold Feet, ITV, BBC1
                                        Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
9.00pm Sing: Ultimate Acapella Sky1 - With no backing tracks, no instruments and no second chances, five groups hit the stage in a battle to become ultimate a cappella champions. Cat Deeley hosts.
9.30pm Porridge BBC1 - Full series of the Porridge reboot fronted by Kevin Bishop. Fletch has taken to helping his fellow inmates with appeals, letters home and the like. But when Barry's girlfriend comes to visit, things get complicated.
10.00pm The Last Leg Channel 4 - The award-winning series is back live to Friday nights for a 12th series with its unique brand of irreverent satire and sharp topical comedy. The live, joyous, topical comedy extravaganza hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe examines the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week. In each show, they are joined by a live audience and guests from the worlds of comedy, entertainment and politics to help dissect the week's events. In the second show Victoria Coren Mitchell joins the team.

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