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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The TVweek: Sunday 29th April - Friday 4th May 2018

Sunday
9.00pm Invitation to the Royal Wedding ITV - Trevor McDonald and Julie Etchingham meet the people at the heart of planning these momentous occasions and discover what exactly goes into orchestrating some of the biggest events of the last century. This documentary includes contributions from the likes of Elizabeth Emanuel and royal florist David Longman about their secretive work.
Monday
8.00pm Holidays Unpacked Channel 4 - Lucy Hedges and Morland Sanders road test up-and-coming travel destinations to discover the holidays you could have this summer on a budget. Lucy visits Morocco to take in the vibrant souks of Marrakesh before relaxing among spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains. She discovers fantastic food and bargains galore, all within three hours flight time from the UK.
8.30pm Superstore ITV2 - Third season of the US comedy.
9.00pm The Royal Wives of Windsor ITV - This two-part social history documentary explores how the women who wed into the house of Windsor over the last century have transformed the most famous dynasty in the world. Contributors include David Starkey, Kate Williams, Penny Juror and Rachel Johnson.
Notable Continuing Series: The island, 9.00pm Channel 4
                                               Westworld, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
10.00pm Britain's Cocaine Epidemic Five -  Documentary series meeting normal everyday Brits who nevertheless use and/or supply drugs.
Tuesday
Notable Continuing Series: The Split, 9.00pm, BBC1
9.00pm My F-ing Tourette's Family Channel 4 - In a quiet corner of an ordinary street in Oxfordshire live a family who look like any other. Except that Hayley and Richard Davies-Monk have two boys - Spencer and Lewis - with Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder. The boys' condition is expressed in uncontrollable physical and verbal 'tics' that can often include inappropriate or taboo phrases. Spencer describes having Tourette's as being 'like your little buddy who's annoying, but a part of you'. The family have struggled with the public's reaction to the boys' Tourette's. Hayley says 'The anxiety comes from the reaction of other people and the fear of what's going to happen. But we're never embarrassed by our children'. Now, after years of keeping themselves to themselves, they want to 'come out' to the world. From meals out to day trips and their first ever holiday abroad, the family confront the challenges of dealing with the everyday reality of living with Tourette's.
9.00pm British Airways: 100 Years in the Sky Five - Two-part documentary charting the highs and lows of British Airways as it approaches its centenary. Former pilots, crew and customers reveal their tales, combined with incredible archive footage. Stories include the first passengers who sat in wicker chairs with no toilets, the secret flights made from neutral Sweden during wartime, and the 1970 hijacking in Jordan.
10.00pm Surviving with Island With Bear Grylls Channel 4 - In the final programme of the current series, Bear Grylls arrives on the island. He wants to discover the stories behind the castaways' sometimes dubious survival strategies before he returns with them to civilisation. His most burning question for the two teams is why on earth they chose to live apart, divided by class, when they clearly would have been stronger together.
10.45pm Life & Death Row BBC1 - Documentary series. February 2nd 2017: John Henry Ramirez is scheduled for execution by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Convicted of committing a capital murder in 2004, he was sentenced to death. His victim Pablo Castro, a Mexican immigrant convenience store worker with young children, was left for dead from fatal stab wounds as the former US Marine went on the run to Mexico. Protected by a Mexican cartel for four years, Ramirez was eventually caught in an FBI sting on the US border four years later. His capture ended years of torment for Pablo Castro's traumatised children.
Wednesday
8.00pm Britain's Busiest Airport: Heathrow ITV - Heathrow is the busiest airport in Britain and fighting to keep its top spot in Europe. The series focuses more on the nearly 77,000 colleagues that work on the airfield and in the terminals and who are now trying to keep Heathrow in prime position more than ever. As the popular king and queen of Heathrow's passenger experience managers - Demi and Sue - deal with a new array of passenger conundrums, we also go behind the scenes of Britain's biggest border for the first time.
9.00pm Love in the Countryside BBC2 - Presenter Sara Cox joins eight rural romantics as they begin the journey to find love. Yorkshireman Pete shows his softer side and 32-year-old farmer Christine battles with her emotions.
9.00pm Rich House, Poor House Five - Families from opposite ends of the income divide swap houses and lifestyles for a week. Successful vets Colin and Lizzy Whiting enjoy spending their disposable income on antiques. Marine engineer Ross Timmins and his wife Sarah, a hairdresser, work hard to budget what funds they have.
Notable Continuing Series: The Americans, 10.00pm, ITV4
9.00pm Taskmaster Dave - Five celebs - including Russell Howard and Tim Vine - tackle wheelbarrow stunts and lemon towers as Greg Davies sets them truly absurd tasks.
10.00pm Detectorists BBC2 - Another chance to see the final series of the gentle sitcom from the start.
Thursday
8.00pm Britain's Best Cook BBC1 - Claudia Winkleman hosts as Mary Berry, Dan Doherty and Chris Bavin put ten of the nation's best home cooks through their paces. Each week the judges set two challenges - an ultimate home favourite and an improvised dish around a single ingredient - before the weakest cooks face the elimination round. In this first episode, the cooks have 90 minutes to prepare their ultimate burger with at least two sides designed to showcase their individual personality. The second challenge tests the cooks' inventiveness and creativity with a key ingredient, and the cooks with the best burgers from challenge one get to determine the key ingredient choice for everyone. This time, the choice is between nuts and berries, and the cooks must invent a sweet or savoury dish celebrating the central ingredient. Based on their performance, the judges decide who is safely through to next week and who must cook again. At the end, one cook leaves the competition.
Notable Continuing Series: Ambulance, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                         The Good Fight, 9.00pm, More4
9.00pm Syira - The World's War BBC2 - Lyse Doucet tells the story of one of the biggest humanitarian crisis of our age, the Syrian civil war - seven years of brutal conflict, surpassing the length of World War II. In this first episode, Lyse tracks of the first months of the uprising through to the chemical attack in Ghouta that finally revealed the reluctance of the US to intervene in the war, despite the crossing of President Obama's 'red line' on chemical weapons. It starts by telling the story of two characters in Homs - one a protester, the other a Government loyalist.
9.00pm Prince Harry's Story: Four Royal Weddings ITV - Prince Harry's Story: Four Royal Weddings... charts Harry's journey from a childhood touched by grief through active service as a soldier in Afghanistan and his later international charity work, going right up to his wedding as Prince Charming to the girl of his dreams through the prism of the most important turning points in his life - four royal weddings and the tragic death of his mother. This is Harry's story but told in a new and unique way.
9.30pm Let's Get Physical E4 - The US comedy starring Matt Jones, AnnaLynne McCord, Chris Diamantopoulos and Jane Seymour comes to E4. Joe Force is a boozy cover band singer who has a very good time going nowhere. But all that changes when he finds out that his father, Colonel Tom Force, the Godfather of Aerobics, has died of a heart attack. When Joe returns home, he learns that he'll only receive his eight million dollar inheritance if he beats his old rival, Barry Cross, at the next Competitive Aerobics Championships. Barry happens to be the person who beat Joe in the same competition years ago, in high school. He's also the guy who married Claudia, Joe's former flame.
Friday
Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4
10.00pm Friday Night Dinner Channel 4 - he award-winning comedy is back for a fifth series with brothers Adam and Jonny, who return to Mum and Dad's house for a Friday night dinner of soup, chicken and crimble crumble, bickering and wind-ups.
10.30pm High & Dry Channel 4 - Paradise turns to hell in this castaway comedy written by and starring Marc Wootton. When Air Intacta flight A0176 mysteriously crashes in the Indian Ocean, cautious family man Douglas Jennings finds himself stranded on a deserted, palm-fringed island with only sociopathic flight attendant Brett Sullivan for company. Indebted to him for saving his life but fearing for his own, it's the arrival of three further survivors that gives Douglas hope. Straight-talking Harriet, zombie obsessed Arnab and sheltered Christian Susan navigate one another's neuroses and endure the distorted fantasies of Brett. Everyone is desperate to get back to their friends, their families and plug back into their ordinary lives. Everyone, that is, except Brett. He's decided he's going to be 'King of the Island' and he'll do anything to keep his subjects together - including sabotaging their escape attempts.

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