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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The TV WEEK - Sat 11 September - Friday 17th September

7.00pm All Star Family Fortunes ITV1 - Boyzone's Keith Duffy and Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine compete for the charity cash.
7.25pm Merlin BBC1 - Third series of the fantasy drama.
9.00pm 71 Degrees North ITV1 - Brand new adventure reality series in which 10 celebrities go on a spectacular and challenging race deep into the Arctic Circle. The stars taking part are Shane Richie, Andrew Castle, Gavin Henson, Michelle Mone, Susie Amy, Diarmuid Gavin, Lauren Socha, Konnie Huq, Marcus Patric and Joe Absolom. Their journey begins with an action-packed dog sled race to win a night in the warm. Then they face a mid-winter swim in the icy waters of a Norwegian fjord - wearing just swimsuits. Hosted by Kate Thorton and Gethin Jones. Continues Tuesday
9.00pm 9/11: State of Emergency Channel 4 - Feature-length drama-documentary tells the story of 9/11 in the words of key political and military leaders as well as ordinary people who suddenly found themselves on the frontlines of a new kind of war.
7.00pm David Jason: The Battle of Britain ITV1 - David Jason presents a documentary commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. He embarks on a journey across the UK to meet the surviving veterans who risked their lives to defend Britain in the air and uncovers jaw-dropping accounts of the battle. He explores operations rooms, air-raid shelters and radar stations, and works as ground crew. To experience what life was like in the air for the RAF fighter pilots.
8.00pm A Concert for Heroes BBC1 - Stars from the worlds of pop and comedy come together to mark the nation's appreciation of its servicemen and women, with proceeds from the event going to the Help the Heroes charity. From Twickenham Stadium around 60,000 troops and fans will be entertained by some of the biggest names in pop, including Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon and Sir Tom Jones. Hosting the event are comedians including Peter Kay, Jason Manford, Jack Dee and Bruce Forsyth.
9.00pm Albert's Memorial ITV1 - One-off drama starring David Jason about the ties of friendship and secrets from the past. Old friends Harry and Frank are reunited when their former comrade Albert asks them to fulfil his dying request - he wants to be buried in Germany at the place where, as young soldiers, they joined up with the Russians in 1945. After Albert's death, Harry and Frank steal his body and set off for the continent, reminiscing and bickering along the way. They pick up a young German hitch-hiker named Vicki, who gradually learns of the dark secret eating away at the heart of the men's friendship.
11.00am Filthy Rotten Scoundrels BBC1 - series that highlights the work of environment officers across the UK, as they tackle astonishing and flagrant cases of fly-tipping! An enviro-officer in Leicestershire tracks the rogue who throws dozens of bags of dog poo into the trees at a local beauty spot.
9.00pm Cherry has a Baby BBC3 - Cherry Healey is unexpectedly pregnant at age 28 and horrified by the thought of giving birth! She doesn't feel ready and she wants to know whether there's ever a 'right' time to have a baby. As she deals with her own anxieties, she meets seven women of different ages and backgrounds, from 15-year-old Paige who has no worries about giving birth, to 46-year-old Angela, pregnant with twins after repeated miscarriages. Along the way, Cherry witnesses a home birth, grills a pregnant midwife and talks 'poo sieves' with almost everyone, asking the questions which most first time mothers-to-be are too afraid to broach.
10.00pm Jamie's American Food Revolution Channel 4 - UK showing of the Emmy Award-winning series, that sees Jamie Oliver head to Huntington, West Virginia - dubbed 'America's unhealthiest city'. Half of Huntington's adults are obese, levels of heart disease and diabetes are the highest in the country and children now have shorter life expectancy than their parents. Right from the start, Jamie's attempt to inspire culinary change hits opposition, with local radio DJ Rod Willis telling the chef: 'We don't want to sit around and eat lettuce all day'. Government guidelines allow school children to be served pizza for breakfast.
10.00pm The inbetweeners E4 - Third series of the teen comedy. It's the start of term and Carli is organising a charity fashion show, and like every school fashion show it's only for the coolest and best looking kids. This means our four heroes aren't involved - or at least not until the last minute when Carli's desperate, but their help proves to be a bigger hindrance than anyone could have imagined. Starts on Channel 4 on Friday.
7.30pm How to take Stunning Pictures Five - Photography masterclass presented by Suzi Perry. Celebrity photographer Harry Borden instructs two budding snappers in how to turn simple snapshots of friends and family into stunning portraits. Harry's students are then put to the test with assignments that include producing a heroic portrait for the Help for Heroes charity.
9.00pm The Young Ones BBC1 - Documentary in which six well-loved celebrities in their 70s and 80s spend a week living as though it were 1975 to see if re-living their youth can make them young again, in a recreation of an experiment first conducted 30 years ago. Liz Smith, Lionel Blair, Dickie Bird, Sylvia Syms, Derek Jameson and Kenneth Kendall settle into the past, hoping they will achieve their goals to turn back the clock. Continues Wednesday and concludes
9.00pm At First Light BBC2 - Drama-documentary. At the age of just 18, Geoffrey Wellum was one of the youngest spitfire pilots to go into combat in the Battle of Britain. A boy, barely out of school, he is determined to fight for survival. But the price of victory will be more than he can bear.
9.00pm Ramsay's Best Restaurant Channel 4 - Gordon Ramsay's back and is seeking out Britain's best restaurants. From John O'Groats to Land's End, diners have nominated their favourite local eatery, from fine French to irresistible Indian and every cuisine in between. In Ramsay's Best Restaurant, Gordon picks his favourite in eight different culinary categories, with the survivors battling it out for the overall title. But just how will they fare under the glare of the cameras? And can they cope, cooking under Gordon's watch, in a kitchen that's not their own? In the first episode, after sifting through over 12,000 nominations, Gordon presents his two finest Italian restaurants. First up is Mennula, a traditional Sicilian restaurant in London. The opposition is Casamia, an innovative restaurant in Bristol.
8.00pm Food Channel 4 - Jay Rayner, Anna Richardson and roving reporter Ravinder Bhogal present a brand-new magazine show that examines everything about the food we buy in our local supermarket and where it comes from. The series aims to challenge and inform consumers and the UK's food suppliers, and to enable informed decisions to be made about what goes on our plate and in our mouths.
9.00pm Grand Designs Channel 4 - New series hosted by Kevin McCloud. This series' innovative builds include an enormous underground urban pad; an attempt to build and occupy a factory-made kit house in just four weeks; and a conversion of two barns that takes a radical new direction when one is found to be a national treasure. In the first episode, architectural designer Lincoln Miles and his wife, artist Lisa Traxler, want to build own their own home on the Isle of Wight. But good land is hard to find, so they turn to an increasingly popular solution: bungalow gobbling - buying a property on a prime piece of land and transforming it.
10.00pm Later 250 with Jools Holland BBC2 - With guests the Manic Street Preachers and Mark Ronson.
10.00pm Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story Channel 4 - Dcumentary examining the complex relationship between Michael Jackson and possibly the most famous moon-walking chimpanzee in the world, his pet Bubbles. With contributions from Michael's sister La Toya Jackson, biographer J Randy Taraborrelli, show business writer Rick Sky, ape expert Patti Ragan and various animal behaviour and psychology experts, this programme considers why animals, and in particular Bubbles, played such a huge part in Jackson's life.
8.00pm Location, Location, Location Channel 4 - Three brand new episodes of the property series.
9.00pm Britain's Most Disgusting Drinks BBC3 - Alex Riley dips a toe into the murky waters of the drinks industry. He makes cheap plonk and dresses it up as fine wine, and tries some 'functional' drinks that are more likely to help pile on the pounds and rot your teeth than do you much good. He also tries cheap superstrength lager that has more alcohol in one can than the entire recommended daily allowance.
9.00pm The Road to Coronation Street BBC4 - Drama telling the story of the birth of ITV's landmark soap. Starring Jessie Wallace, Jane Horrocks and Shaun Dooley.
10.00pm True Blood Channel 4 - Second series of the US vampire hit.
8.30pm QI BBC1 - Eigth series of the panel game hosted by Stephen Fry. This series features the letter H. With guests Phil Jupitus, Jack Dee, Ross Noble and of course Alan Davies.
9.00pm Dragons' Den: What Happened Next? BBC2 - This episode follows Peter Jones as he leaves the Den and returns to his day job. First on his busy schedule is one of this series' most memorable investments. Kirsty Henshaw made an emotional pitch in the Den when she came in with her frozen dessert business. Peter's keen to get Kirsty's product on shelves of major supermarkets as soon as possible and goes with her to broker a very important breakthrough deal. From a brand new investment to a Den favourite - Peter meets up with the condiment king Levi Roots to push what has become the Reggae Reggae sauce empire to even further heights.
9.00pm Embarrassing Bodies Channel 4
10.00pm The Rob Brydon Show BBC2 - Rob Brydon meets Little Britain star David Walliams. There is also music and chat from Sir Tom Jones. Plus, stand-up comedy from rising star Tom Deacon.
10.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Channel 4 - New series with host Jimmy Carr and captains Sean Lock and Jason Manford.

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