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Tuesday, 18 August 2020

The TVweek: Sunday 23rd - Friday 28th August 2020

Sunday

8.00pm Gone Fishing: Whitehouse and Mortimer BBC Two - Third series of the brilliant documentary series that follows mates Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer as they try to catch fish in picturesque settings.

8.30pm Harry Hill's World of TV BBC Two - The comedian offers his unique take on different TV genres, beginning with a guide to the history of soap operas. Harry touches on everything from The Grove Family and The Newcomers to EastEnders and Coronation Street, while also giving viewers a few helpful tips on how to make their own domestic drama.

9.00pm George Clarke's National Trust Unlocked Channel 4 - George discovers some of the UK's most impressive historic homes, as he is granted special access to some of these extraordinary places, delving into the hidden recesses that visitors don't normally get to see. In this first episode, George's journey begins in Dorset at the UK's most exquisite example of Italianate architecture - the magnificent 17th-century Kingston Lacy. He uncovers a tale of shame and scandal on the south coast, and the beautiful Cotswold landmark - Hidcote Manor Gardens - in full bloom takes his breath away.

Monday

9.00pm The Unbelievable Story of Carl Beech BBC Two -  Vanessa Engle's documentary telling the story of the man who claimed he had been sexually abused by a group of prominent men in the 1970s and '80s, naming Jimmy Savile, ex-prime minister Edward Heath and former home secretary Leon Brittan as among those involved. The film is constructed using Beech's own words, taken from media and police interviews and from his blogs, and there are interviews with those who were close to the story at the time, including his ex-wife and Diana Clemetson, the widow of Lord Brittan.

Notable Continuing Series: Lovecraft Country 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

10.00pm Swingers Channel 4 - Documentary about the scene in which people engage in group sex or swap sexual partners, going behind the scenes at one of Britain's most popular swingers' clubs to find out what kinds of people attend and why.

Tuesday

9.00pm How to Avoid a Second Wave Channel 4 - Doctors Xand van Tulleken and Guddi Singh examine the possibility of a second wave of Covid-19 in the UK,in light of rising infection rates, local lockdowns and the return of children to schools. The programme examines what can be done to avoid a second wave, how best for people to prepare themselves, and if the NHS and the UK's test and trace system are equipped to deal with the possibility.

Wednesday

8.00pm The Secret World of the Zoo Channel 4 - Revisiting some of the most compelling and memorable stories from the past five years, beginning with a series of extraordinary births caught on camera at Chester Zoo.

Notable Continuing Series: Reported Missing 9.00pm, BBC One

9.00pm Peter: The Human Cyborg Channel 4 - The extraordinary story of the scientist Peter Scott-Morgan, as he turns himself into a cyborg in an attempt to overcome the Motor Neurone Disease that will otherwise kill him. With unprecedented access to Peter and an international group of doctors, scientists, engineers and designers, the programme follows 18 months of one of the most audacious transitions ever undertaken, employing radical surgery, artificially intelligent computers and robotics technology.

10.45pm Fort Salem BBC One - Supernatural drama set in an alternate America, following three young witches from basic training in combat magic into early deployment on the military frontline to fight against a dangerous rebel group called The Spree.

Thursday

8.00pm Location, Location, Location Channel 4 - On the 20th anniversary of Location, Location, Location, this show sees Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer look back on their 20 years of house-hunting, from chocolate-box cottages and future-proof pads, to tackling tough markets and the most memorable offers made. In this opening episode, Kirstie and Phil look back on 20 years of helping first-time buyers, starting with their first-ever televised house hunt with Kate.

9.00pm I Hate Suzie Sky Atlantic - A former teen idol's life implodes when her phone is hacked and private images of her are leaked to the public. Comedy-drama, starring Billie Piper.

10.00pm Shopping for a new Penis Channel Five - Documentary following the story of theatre performer Richard from London, whose entire penis was surgically removed due to an aggressive form of penile cancer. Richard is still coming to terms with the physical and emotional impact of this ordeal on his everyday life and relationships, but with a candid sense of humour, he is confronting his situation head-on - sharing his story as a warning to others about a disease on the increase.

10.45pm Fighting the Power: Britain after George Floyd BBC One - Daniel Henry follows the Black Lives Matter campaign in the UK, as the country is forced to look again at its record on race in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the US.

Friday

8.00pm The BBC Proms 2020 BBC Two - Katie Derham presents the First Night of the live classical music festival, with a feast of performances including Beethoven's Third Symphony, Aaron Copland's Quiet City, and a new work by young British composer Hannah Kendall, all performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, under conductor Sakari Oramo. 

8.00pm Lodgers for Codgers Channel 4 - The chances of a 25 to 35-year-old person owning a home have halved in the last 20 years, while millions of over-sixties are sitting on empty rooms, so here young and old tackle Britain's housing crisis by trialling a unique solution - moving in together. In this first episode, 19-year-old manager Liam moves in with 83-year-old straight-talker Flo in Brighton, while Londoner Nicole heads to Hastings to live with Claudine and Ted. How will Liam cope with his first taste of independence, what will Flo make of a night out on the town, and can Claudine and Ted succeed in showing Nicole a more affordable way to live?

8.00pm Inside Tifanny's: The World's Most Famous Jewellers Channel Five - A look at the iconic jewellery brand, founded in New York in 1837.

9.00pm We Love Are you Being Served Channel Five - Celebrity fans including Fern Britton, the Rev Richard Coles, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Patsy Palmer, Sherrie Hewson, Christopher Biggins and Amanda Barrie join in this celebration of David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd's department store-set sitcom, which ran for 70 episodes from 1972 to 1985. Plus, family and friends of Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Trevor Bannister, Frank Thornton and Wendy Richard share their personal memories and never-before-seen private photographs of the cast.

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