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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The TVWEEK: Saturday 26th - Friday 2nd December 2011

8.15pm TV Greats: Our Favourites from the North BBC2 - Tess Daly takes a nostalgic look back at TV classics that have come out of the BBC in the North West over the last 50 years. She is joined by a host of stars as they recall their favourite TV moments and celebrate the distinctly northern flavour. In his last BBC TV interview before his death, Sir Jimmy Savile talks about the magical beginnings of Top of the Pops, while Stuart Hall recalls his favourite memories of It's A Knockout. Debbie McGee explains why she enjoyed her famous appearance on the Mrs Merton Show when Caroline Aherne famously asked her 'what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?'. John Simm and Philip Glenister, alias Gene Hunt, reveal the secrets of Life On Mars, and Dragon Peter Jones lifts the lid on the famous Den
8.15pm Tony Robinson's Gods and Monsters Channel 4 - Five-part series that sees Tony Robinson explore the weird and wonderful history of belief, superstition and religious experience in Britain. For 2000 years, Britain has been a Christian country. Or has it? In fact, our ancestors actually kept many other dark, fantastical beliefs alive. It was a world underpinned by outlandish, dangerous and plain weird beliefs.
Continuing Series include: Garrow's Law, 9pm BBC1
                                      Frontline Medicine, 9pm, BBC2
                              I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 9pm, ITV
8.00pm The British Woman on Death Row Channel 4 - The story of Linda Carty, a British grandmother currently awaiting execution by lethal injection on Death Row in Texas. Linda was born on the Commonwealth island of St Kitts, and is a British citizen: if she's killed, she'll be the first British woman to be executed since Ruth Ellis, over 50 years ago.
9.00pm Love on the Transplant List BBC3 - Documentary about a couple whose love is tested to the very edge of life. Kirstie is 21, born with cystic fibrosis and has always known that her life would be short. In March 2011 she was put onto the transplant waiting list, having been told that she had end-stage lung disease and could be dead within six months. This film follows her experience of living on the transplant list, the fear and uncertainty, the constant pain, taking endless medications, relying on oxygen machines 24 hours a day to breathe and doing all of this whilst planning for her wedding. It follows Kirstie being rushed to hospital three days before the wedding before making it down the aisle through willpower and determination.
9.00pm Digging the Great Escape Channel 4 - Documentary that brings back to life the incredible story of the Great Escape, immortalised by Hollywood, and internationally famous as an extraordinary example of human courage and ingenuity. It follows a team of engineers, archaeologists, and serving RAF officers who have gathered on the site of Stalag Luft III, the supposedly escape-proof POW camp, with an extraordinarily ambitious plan: to excavate for the first time ever the remains of 'Harry', the tunnel from which 76 allied airmen escaped on the night of 24 March 1944.
9.00pm Charley Boorman's Extreme Frontiers Five - Charley travels to Canada in the first of a 4-part series. Beginning in Newfoundland where he seeks out a giant iceberg in the rough Atlantic seas, before jumping on his bike and heading west.
10.00pm Desperate Scousewives E4 - Reality series that follows the next generation of Liverpudlians determined to show the UK just what they're all about. Behind the blonde hair, 'Scouse eyebrows', football matches and club nights are real guys and girls working hard to achieve recognition and a dream no matter how big or small. Tonight we meet Jodie, one of the liveliest Liver Birds of Liverpool as she makes a welcome return to her home town to fulfil her dream to become the city's most sought-after stylist.
9.00pm Money BBC2 - The first episode of a three-part documentary series by director Vanessa Engle, exploring our personal attitudes to money. This edition follows people who dedicate their lives to getting rich, documenting the extraordinary world of wealth trainers. Featuring renowned American wealth gurus Robert Kiyosaki and T. Harv Eker, as well as a selection of their British followers, the film examines whether anyone can get rich if they truly apply themselves.
7.30pm Super Tiny Animals ITV - Documentary about the current craze for tiny animals, from Paris Hilton's small pet dogs to miniature horses. Irene and Mo run a miniature horse farm and hold pony parties for children. Their tiniest foal, Acer, measured just over 14 inches at birth. In Devon, the show travels to the farm which played a part in starting the recent craze for micro pigs. Sandra Ponder, who has been taking in sick and abandoned chihauhuas for years, reveals her secret sideline - making blinged-up dog dresses. And cameras follow Craig Glenday from the Guinness Book of Records as he heads to the US to investigate two potential record-breakers, including a donkey called Knee High
8.00pm Cutting Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Penny Pinching Channel 4 - Cash-strapped Britain is in the grip of a bargain-hunting boom. Every week a staggering 40 million of us use money-off deals and voucher sites to buy everything from holidays to clothes, car insurance and even dental care. Cutting Edge takes an entertaining and revealing look at the lives of some of the country's thriftiest people, from frugal families obsessed by discount vouchers and competitions to a penny-pinching bride who's determined that her wedding day will cost less than the price of the average wedding dress
10.00pm Its All About Amy Five - Reality show following Amy Childs from The Only Way is Essex.
9.00pm Peter Kay's Top 43 Greatest Comedy Moments Channel 4 - Collection of comedy highlights features classic clips, unseen out-takes and rare archive footage. There's also a look back on Peter's work with Comic Relief, including hit number 1 singles Amarillo and The Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be, plus a very special duet with Susan Boyle.

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