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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

The TVweek: Sunday 26th April - Thursday 30th April 2020

Sunday
7.30pm Matt Lucas's Reasons to be Cheerful Channel 4 - Comedy entertainment show written by Harry Hill, with Matt celebrating everything that is keeping the public, and some celebrity chums, entertained at home. The Little Britain star showcases the ability of men, women, children, celebrities and possibly even some pets to amuse themselves during this self-enforced downtime, as he's joined by a plethora of key workers, families at home and famous faces including Tyson Fury, Kevin McCloud, Rachel Riley, Heston Blumenthal, Tom Allen, Jon Snow and Basil Brush.
8.00pm Van der Valk ITV - Marc Warren steps into the shoes of Barry Foster to take on the role of Dutch detective Van der Valk in this updated adaptation of the Amsterdam-based crime drama. Two seemingly unrelated men are found murdered in different parts of the city on the same day. Are the deaths connected, and if so, could there be a link to the disappearance of a student activist? Commissaris Van Der Valk must uncover the truth while also dealing with an over-eager rookie cop joining his tight-knit team.
8.00pm When Will Lockdown End? Channel 4 - Dr Xand van Tulleken explores why the coronavirus lockdown is continuing, as he seeks answers to the questions many people have about when lockdown will end and what the world will look like by then. Will people who have had the virus be allowed more freedom of movement than those who haven't? What kind of restrictions will we have on work and movement, and for how long? Xand looks at both sides of the debate, meeting scientists, experts and members of the government; and also shares helpful advice on how to cope best with the challenges of the situation we face.
Notable Continuing Series: Race Across the World, 8.00pm, BBC2
                                                  Killing Eve, 9.15pm, BBC1
8.15pm Primates BBC1 - Chris Packham narrates a programme looking at the family of mammals, beginning by revealing the extraordinary strategies monkeys, apes and lemurs must use to survive in the most unexpected places. In South Africa, rarely seen bush babies go in search of food in the lean times of winter, while times are also hard for a troop of bearded capuchins in Brazil's scorched badlands.
9.00pm Stacey Dooley: Costa del Narcos BBC2 - The presenter reports on how southern Spain has become the main gateway for drugs into Europe, leading to violent turf wars between gangs and a government crackdown as the police struggle to regain control of their streets. Stacey goes on aerial patrol with police officers guarding the strip of water between Morocco and Spain, and discovers the extraordinary lengths smugglers will take to evade them, including travelling at 100mph in speedboats during extreme weather conditions.
Monday
9.00pm Normal People BBC1 - Adaptation of Sally Rooney's acclaimed novel. In a school in a small town in the west of Ireland, Connell is a well-liked, good-looking and athletic student, while Marianne is a proud, intimidating and unpopular loner who actively avoids her classmates and questions her teachers' authority. An attraction sparks between the two when Connell comes to collect his mother Lorraine, who works at Marianne's house, and a deep connection grows between the two teenagers - one they cannot stop but that they are determined to conceal from their peers. Adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel, starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones.
9.00pm Beat the Chasers ITV - Bradley Walsh hosts a spin-off from The Chase in which contestants take on two, three, four or all five of the quiz's resident experts Mark Labbett, Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha, Jenny Ryan and Shaun Wallace at once. Members of the audience are called out to face five multiple-choice questions, with the chance to bank up to £5,000, but if they get the first question wrong they are out. Next, contestants are given the option of playing between two and all five Chasers for increasing amounts of money, but with a decreasing time advantage against them. Continues All Week at 9.00pm.
9.00pm Blood Five - The return of the psychological thriller, starring Adrian Dunbar. Jim Hogan is determined to make amends and reconnect with his family, but when his daughter Fiona is in a car accident, a disturbing discovery threatens to tear them apart again. Continues All Week at 9.00pm.
Tuesday
8.00pm The Village ITV - Documentary charting a year in the life of Portmeirion, the setting for ITV's cult 1960s drama The Prisoner, beginning by get to know the men and women who are the guardians of this Italianate village on the Gwynedd coast.
8.30pm How To Keep Your Dog Happy at Home ITV - Advice on looking after dogs during lockdown, when they find themselves spending more time than ever in their owners' company but are limited in their options for going for a walk. In the first episode, a rescue border collie learns some energy-burning tricks from its owner, Ben Fogle and Gabby Logan offer tips on ensuring your pets stay fit. Ben tries out canine yoga with his labrador Storm, while Gaby finds her boxer's talent for jumping may help him get exercise in the garden.
9.00pm Paul Hollywood Eats Japan Channel 4 - The Great British Bake Off judge takes a culinary tour of Japan, discovering the importance of food in Japanese culture. He starts in Tokyo, where he gets a lesson in dining etiquette, visits themed restaurants, and discovers the growing fashion for dining out and even performing karaoke alone. He meets an Australian wrestler and heavy metal singer named Lady Beard, who joins him on a madcap karting ride around the city's streets.
Wednesday
8.00pm Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai ITV - Brothers Ryan, Adam and Scott Thomas trace their family roots in India, joined by their dad Dougie, whose father was born in Mumbai. However, the trio have never visited the country they descended from. In the opening episode, the siblings arrive in India and have an extremely fiery introduction to the local cuisine. They also give the kids at their grandad's old school a crash course in how to talk like true Mancs, and make a major discovery about the relatives their grandad left behind.
9.00pm What's It Like to Catch Coronavirus? Channel 4 - The lockdown continues and people practise social distancing in an effort to avoid COVID-19. However, for those who have caught the virus - what is it actually like? With some estimates suggesting up to 80 per cent of the population may be affected, it's vital to understand how the symptoms, from mild to life-threatening, affect individuals. Here, people from all over Britain document their experiences of living with the disease. The personal stories reveal how different people respond in different ways, and how the virus impacts on people's mental and economic health.
Notable Continuing Series: Save Me 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
                                                Run,9.00pm, Sky Comedy
10.00pm Code 404 Sky1 - Detective John Major is killed after a failed sting operation, but the Met brings him back from the dead as part of an experimental artificial intelligence project. Major immediately goes on the hunt for his killer, dragging his still shocked partner and best friend Roy Carver along for the ride. Comedy, starring Daniel Mays, Stephen Graham and Anna Maxwell Martin.
Thursday
8.00pm Spring on Jimmy's Farm Channel 4 - In any other year, as spring arrives on Jimmy Doherty's farm, his 280-acre park would be teeming with families, eager to see his collection of exotic animals. But 2020 is no ordinary year, and while there are no guests, his animals still need caring for. This documentary, filmed by a small crew, offers a unique insight into how Jimmy and his team are managing. In the first episode, lambs, goats and reindeer are all due to give birth, a camel needs to find its mate and Jimmy builds hides and nesting boxes to keep an eye on what the badgers, birds and fish are getting up to.
9.00pm The Real Marigold Hotel BBC1 - Eight celebrities embark on an experimental adventure to India, to see whether they can set up a more rewarding life than in the UK. Entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, designer Zandra Rhodes, comedian Paul `Chuckle" Elliott, cricket legend Henry Blofeld, former EastEnder John Altman, actresses Britt Ekland and Susie Blake and singer Barbara Dickson arrive at their new home by the sea in Puducherry, and while Britt struggles with the heat and Paul misses his missus, Susie, Barbara and Zandra bond over a bit of traditional Indian cooking.
9.00pm First Dates Hotel Channel 4 - The First Dates Hotel opens its doors for another summer season of love, packed full of unlikely chemistry, roaring rivalries.

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