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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

The TVweek: Sunday 21st - Friday 26th June 2020

Sunday
9.00pm The Luminaries BBC1 - Period mystery set in 19th-century New Zealand at the height of the 1860s gold rush, and based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Eleanor Catton. Politician Alistair Lauderback arrives at a cottage to find a woman, unconscious with opium, a Maori man - also unconscious - and a corpse. Lauderback brings the woman to town, where she is arrested for public intoxication and held at the jail. Starring Eva Green, Eve Hewson, Benedict Hardie and Himesh Patel. Continues Tomorrow at 9pm.
9.00pm Stacey Dooley Investigates BBC2 - A report on South Korea's trade in illegal spy camera footage. Pornography has been made illegal in the country, which has led criminals to begin a lucrative trade filming people without their knowledge and distributing the films to strangers or streaming it live on the internet. Stacey investigates the rising number of suicides among victims, examines how the authorities are trying to crack down on this rapidly evolving crime, and questions if the practice could take root in the UK.
11.35pm A Deadly Union Channel 4 - Alice, the runaway daughter of a well-known chef and restaurateur, has come back home from Australia for the wedding of her younger sister Sandra, who is getting married on the French Riviera. It's a big family reunion and a classy affair but with the party in full swing, the bride vanishes. Alice's ex-lover Vincent is the cop on the case who is tasked with delving into the history of a family who will attempt to hide their secrets from everyone regardless of the cost. French thriller, starring Alexia Barlier.
Monday
8.00pm EastEnders: Secrets from the Square BBC1 - Stacey Dooley is joined by some of Walford's biggest stars to relive their characters' most iconic moments, share behind-the-scenes stories and reveal stuff that is normally kept under wraps. She begins by catching up with Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright - Mick and Linda Carter - who talk about an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction and give Stacey a tour of the Queen Vic. Danny also shares his best `doof doof" face, and reveals which EastEnders legend sent him a special note before he took over the pub.
8.00pm Roswell: New Mexico ITV2 - After returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers her teenage crush is an alien, who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. Sci-fi drama.
9.00pm Perry Mason Sky Atlantic - Origin story of the famed criminal defence lawyer, starring Matthew Rhys. In 1931 Los Angeles, Perry investigates a child kidnapping gone wrong.
Notable Continuing Series: I May Destroy You 10.45pm, BBC1
Tuesday
9.00pm Alan Bennett's Talking Heads BBC1 - New performances of Alan Bennett's monologues. Imelda Staunton performs A Lady of Letters, the story of a woman who compulsively spies on her neighbours. She becomes fascinated by a little girl who lives across the road, who displays some unusual bruises. But when she begins sending aggressive letters to the child's parents, it leads her into trouble with the police. Sarah Lancashire performs Alan Bennett's monologue An Ordinary Woman, the story of a mother who finds herself developing incestuous desires for her own 15-year-old son. She feels unable to confide in her husband and sees herself has too normal to admit to anything so shocking, but things are brought to a head by the revelation that her son has a girlfriend.
9.00pm The Choir: Singing for Britain BBC2 - Gareth Malone sets out to bring the nation together through music during the Coronavirus lockdown, by getting people from all walks of life to perform a specially composed song. The first episode focuses on frontline workers, all of whom have a courageous story to tell.
Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in A&E 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                               Betty, 9.35pm Sky Comedy
                                               I May Destroy You, 10.50pm, BBC1
Wednesday
9.00pm APB FOX - US drama series. After a billionaire' best friend is murdered, he purchases a Chicago police precinct and equips it with cutting-edge technology. Crime drama, starring Justin Kirk.
Thursday
7.30pm Talking Heads BBC1 - Harriet Walter stars in this updated version of Alan Bennett's dramatic monologue Soldiering On, which originally starred Stephanie Cole. After the death of her husband, Muriel is left looking after her mentally ill daughter. She's a strong woman and always has been. But when her son Giles turns up with papers for her to sign, it turns out she is quite a rich widow. But can he be trusted?
9.00pm Make me Famous BBC1 - One-off drama about the impact of fame on reality TV stars. One year ago, Billy thought his life was set to change for ever after appearing on a constructed reality show. But while some of his co-stars' careers are thriving, a series of tabloid kiss-and-tells force Billy's vulnerabilities to the surface. Can he escape the reputation that now precedes him? Starring Tom Brittney, Amanda Abbington and Aiysha Hart. Written by presenter and DJ Reggie Yates.
9.00pm The School That Tried to end Racism Channel 4 -  Documentary about a pioneering British school helping 11 and 12-year-old pupils uncover and eradicate hidden racial biases by giving them a series of activities designed to challenge everything they thought they knew about race. To begin with the students are split into different work groups according to their skin colour. A white British student and his black Caribbean best friend are shocked to discover the level of unconscious bias they carry, while a 12-year-old bi-racial girl is keen to find out what group she belongs in - white or black?
Notable Continuing Series: What We Do in the Shadows, 10.00pm, BBC2
Friday
8.30pm The Glastonbury Experience BBC2 - Jo Whiley and Mark Radcliffe celebrate the weekend that would have marked 50 years of the Glastonbury Festival with a blend of performances from the archives and live acoustic sets from contemporary artists. Included in the mix are previously unseen or rarely shown moments, including highlights from the Rolling Stones' headline set in 2013, PJ Harvey's rocking performance in 2004, the irrepressible Lizzo in an early acoustic performance in the BBC garden area, Florence + the Machine's debut on one of the main stages in 2010, Oasis on the NME Stage in 1994 plus Stormzy's headline set from last year.
8.30pm Snoop Dogs Channel 4 - Cameras go inside the locked-down houses of well-known faces around the country. However, the filming is done by the homeowners' dogs - so-called Snoop Dogs. While the pooches sniff out treats, chew shoes and go for naps, viewers can play along with the guessing game to try and work out which celebrity owns the adorable doggy. The opening instalment features a four-year-old Lhasa apso and an eight-year-old Labrador mix. Narrated by Kevin McCloud.


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