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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

The TVweek: Sunday 12th - Friday 17th January 2020

Sunday
8.00pm The Speedshop BBC2 - Documentary series following custom bike builder Titch Cormack and his team as they take on mechanical challenges to convert broken and battered vehicles into beautiful, bespoke machines.
8.00pm Vera ITV - Tenth series of the crime drama fronted by Brenda Blethyn.
9.00pm Louis Theroux: Selling Sex BBC2 - Louis meets women legally providing sexual services, either to make a living or to supplement their income, potentially earning hundreds of pounds per hour. But rather than on the streets or in illegal brothels, these women sell sex from their own homes or hotels, utilising technology to share photos, make bookings and vet potential clients - making the exchange more accessible and, according to some, safer than the illegal alternatives. As Louis meets the women and men participating in this new sexual economy, he explores whether selling sex can ever be a healthy way to make money.
9.00pm Love Island ITV2 - Laura Whitmore hosts the first winter series of the reality show that moves to Cape Town.
9.00pm Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau Sky Crime - Documentary that goes behind the scenes of the investigation into the mysterious death of Rebecca Zahau, whose body was found at her billionaire boyfriend's mansion, just two days after his six-year-old son died while in her care. The court ruled her death a suicide - but what really happened?
Monday
9.00pm Exposed: The Church's Darkest Secret BBC2 - Two-part documentary that tells the story of the decades-long pursuit of former bishop Peter Ball by those brave individuals determined to bring him to justice for sexual abuse, and the cover-up that went to the highest levels of the Church of England. Using powerful testimony from victims, police and church officials, and dramatic reconstruction, this programme charts the story of those who fought for many years to bring a prosecution against Ball. Concludes Tomorrow Night.
9.00pm Cold Feet ITV - Ninth series of the relationship drama. Adam and Karen continue their relationship as David struggles to come to terms with their newfound love while Jenny struggles with life cancer-free.
9.00pm Catching a Killer: A Diary From the Grave Channel 4 - When elderly teacher Peter Farquhar was found dead at home in the village of Maids Moreton in 2015, it was sad and unexpected, but no one thought it suspicious. But 18 months later, when his neighbour Ann Moore-Martin also fell ill and died, the police decided to look again. They found that Ben Field, a would-be vicar and academic, had recently become part of both of their lives and benefited from their wills. This programme shows that by delving back in time through friends' and loved ones' memories of Peter and Ben's relationship, as well as Peter's diary, the police discovered a story of love and betrayal.
9.00pm M1: Keeping Britain Moving Five - Documentary series following emergency patrol teams on the M1 as they face medical problems, fast-lane pile-ups and bad driving on the motorway that connects London and Leeds.
9.00pm The Outsider Sky Atlantic - US drama series based on the Steven King novel of the same name. A seemingly straightforward murder investigation takes a sinister turn when an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case. starring Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Jason Bateman and Paddy Considine.
10.00pm Busted in Bangkok Five -  Documentary following Thailand's tourist police, focusing on four of the country's holiday hotspots as officers and volunteers ensure the good times do not get out of hand.
Tuesday
7.30pm The Metro: A Rail Life Story ITV - Four-part documentary series that follows life on the Tyne and Wear Metro – the first time cameras have been allowed in-depth behind the scenes at the UK’s biggest metro system outside London.
9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 - The RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a 20th series, following patients treated in the same 24-hour period at St George's in south-west London.
10.00pm How to Steal Pigs and Influence People Channel 4 - This documentary follows a unique community of established vegan and ex-vegan influencers. Some are embarking on an escalating series of daring farmyard heists, others are devoted to their back-bedroom chicken sanctuaries, and some are extreme ex-vegans, now notorious for their jaw-dropping raw-meat-only diet. Some enjoy hundreds of thousands of followers and know exactly what it takes to make an impact online.
10.00pm This Is Our Family Sky Atlantic - Documentary series following four families from across the UK, who tell the stories of their lives over the course of three years, beginning with the Borgs in Newport, Wales.
Wednesday
9.00pm Good Omens BBC2 - David Tennant and Michael Sheen star in the series based on the book from Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett.
Thursday
9.00pm Addicted to Painkillers?: Britain's Opioid Crisis BBC2 - In America, it's an epidemic. Now new evidence from Public Health England raises concern about the UK's use of prescription opioids. Dr Michael Mosley investigates this growing problem, meeting patients struggling with addiction and GPs fighting a constant battle to help those suffering from chronic pain. He also uncovers worrying evidence of people abusing over-the-counter opioids and discovers how easy it is to buy strong opioids online. Michael also considers why people are consuming twice the amount of opioids as 20 years ago, and asks the crucial question - do they actually work?
9.00pm The Rookie Sky Witness - Second season of the US crime drama.
10.05pm Iain Sterling's CelebAbility ITV2 - Fourth series of the comedy panel show.
Friday
9.00pm COBRA Sky1 - Political thriller following a team comprising Britain's leading experts, crisis contingency planners and most senior politicians assembles to help bring society back from the brink of collapse, as the prime minister deals with an unfolding national emergency after catastrophic events throw the nation into darkness. starring Robert Carlyle, Victoria Hamilton and Richard Dormer.
Notable Continuing Series: Would I Lie To You?, 9.00pm, BBC1
                                               Deadwater Fell 9.00pm, Channel 4
10.00pm The Last Leg Channel 4 - Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker return for a new series.
10.00pm The Passenger More4 - French crime drama. When the naked body of a man wearing a bull's head is discovered at the Gare de Bordeaux-St-Jean, Captain Anais Chatelet is the first detective on the scene. That evening, an amnesiac is found wandering along the road carrying a car wrench covered in blood. He is taken to a nearby psychiatric institution and placed under the care of psychiatrist Mathias Freire. Before long, Anais's investigations into the murder introduce her to the Greek myth of the Minotaur and she becomes increasingly suspicious of Mathias.

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