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Monday, 27 July 2020

The TVweek: Monday 3rd - Thursday 6th August 2020

Monday
9.00pm Line of Duty BBC1 - Another chance to see the first series of BBC juggernaut drama which is led by Lennie James.
Notable Continuing Series: Once Upon a Time in Iraq 9.00pm, BBC2
9.00pm Curing Corona Channel 4 - Documentary revealing how Covid-19 spread unstoppably throughout the world, told through the eyes of key scientists on the pandemic frontline.
9.00pm The Deceived Five - Brand new drama from Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee. Ophelia Marsh is studying English at Cambridge when the charismatic lecturer she has begun affair with suddenly disappears. She tracks him down to his family home in Ireland, where she discovers that his wife, a famous author, has died in a fire. Psychological thriller, starring Emily Reid, Emmett J Scanlan and Paul Mescal. Continues Nightly until Thursday.
9.00pm Inside the Zoo: Down Under More4 - Naomi Watts narrates a documentary that goes behind the scenes at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, which is home to more than 5,000 creatures. In the first edition, keepers must anesthetise and transport an unwell silverback gorilla to the zoo's wildlife hospital.
10.00pm Jurgen Klopp: Germany's Greatest Export Channel 4 - The story of how the German's status grew in Britain after winning the Premier League with Liverpool, becoming one of world's most admired football managers.
Tuesday
8.00pm How to Lose Weight Well: Summer Special Channel 4 - Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr Helen Lawal challenge three pairs of friends to try out the latest popular diets, while cook Stacie Stewart demonstrates some healthy recipes.
9.00pm Cuba: Castro vs The World BBC2 - Documentary about Fidel Castro's leadership of Cuba, beginning with a look at his rise to power in 1959, which earned the hostility of the US and the support of the Soviet Union, a situation that culminated in the Cuban missile crisis. The programme also examines how Castro's government-supported liberation struggles in other nations, including Algeria, Bolivia and Angola.
9.00pm Little Birds Sky Atlantic - Adaptation of Anais Nin's collection of erotic short stories, starring Juno Temple as troubled American heiress Lucy Savage. Lucy arrives in Tangier, 1955, one of the last outposts of colonial decadence, where she discovers a world of sexual possibilities and political strife.
10.00pm The Talk Channel 4 - Famous parents of black and mixed-race children share their personal stories of making them aware of racism, and being given similar lessons by their own parents. Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sandé, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Lennie James, Maro Itoje and Ade Adepitan are among the contributors discussing being on both sides of this commonplace exchange, and how they dealt with subjects like being seen as different or dealing with the police.
Wednesday
9.00pm Surviving The Virus BBC1 - Documentary following doctors and twins Chris and Xand van Tulleken as they experience the professional and personal implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.
9.00pm Harlots BBC2 - Terrestrial airing of the US drama which originally aired here on the shortlived channel ITV Encore. Period drama set in London in 1763 following a woman as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville star.
9.00pm Lose a Stone in 21 Days with Michael Mosely Channel 4 - Doctor and dietician Michael Mosley puts five volunteers on a low-calorie diet to help get their health back on track after the UK's Covid-19 lockdown. In the first episode, Michael runs a series of tests to find out just how badly lockdown has affected his volunteers' health, before creating a bespoke diet plan for the 21 days. He also tests misconceptions of what a healthy BMI looks like, and explores the cutting-edge research which indicates ties between BMI and survivability from Covid-19.
Thursday
10.00pm Semi-Detached BBC2 - Real-time sitcom following the hapless Stuart as he struggles through the worst half-hour of his life. Things haven't been going well for Stu and partner April since the birth of their baby. Faced with a make-or-break date, Stu has to contend with disruptions from his inappropriate dad, extortionist brother and an almighty argument erupting next door. Starring Lee Mack, Ellie White, Patrick Baladi, Neil Fitzmaurice and Clive Russell.
10.30pm Squeamish About... BBC2 - Spoof documentary in which reporter Michael Squeamish (Matt Berry) explores various subjects - using a unique selection of archive footage and playing fast-and-loose with the facts to create a joyously surreal whistle-stop tour of Britain

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