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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

The TVweek: Saturday 9th - Friday 15th January 2021

 Saturday

10.00pm Paul Sinha's TV Showdown ITV - Chaser, stand-up comedian and TV trivia genius Paul Sinha hosts a TV-themed comedy quiz show, joined by team captains Fay Ripley and Rob Beckett. Taking part in this first edition are Denise van Outen, Adil Ray, Catherine Tyldesley and Josh Widdicombe, who all compete to test their TV knowledge.

Sunday

6.15pm Scotland's Coastal Railways with Julie Walters Channel 4 - The actress travels the beautiful coastal railways of Scotland, and meets the vibrant characters who live and work along its shoreline. In North Berwick she chats to Jane McMinn, IT consultant-turned-master mariner and lobster breeder. Other destinations include Edinburgh, where Julie discovers the intriguing connections between the railway and the famous Balmoral Hotel's Palm Court and Clock Tower.

7.45pm The Great Property Throw Down Channel 4 - Siobhan McSweeney hosts the 2021 series as 12 of Britain's best home potters compete to become champion. In this first episode, judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller set the potters two challenges against the clock - to throw a cheese set and port chalices.

Notable Continuing Series: A Perfect Planet, 8.00pm, BBC One

8.00pm Happy Birthday Mr. Bean ITV - How the sitcom character - who featured in just 14 original episodes - has gone on to become a global superstar with an animated series and two top-grossing feature films. Rowan Atkinson's alter-ego has become an online phenomenon, with more than 110 million online fans and growing. This documentary features classic clips and interviews with Richard Curtis, Tony Robinson and Angus Deayton.

8.00pm Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun Channel 5 - Catching up with former dancer and onsite sales supremo Bambi, who is working harder than ever in her role as part of the caravan sales team.

Notable Continuing Series: The Great, 9.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Escape to the Winter Farm with Kate Humble Channel 5 - Documentary following life at the presenter's farm in Monmouthshire, where she has been growing produce and breeding livestock for the past 10 years.

Monday

9.00pm Death in Bollywood BBC Two - Documentary following the British family of actress Jiah Khan in a search for the truth about her death in Mumbai in 2013, which was ruled a suicide by police. Jiah's mother Rabbiya hired private forensic investigator Jason Payne James, who believes it is highly unlikely that a distinctive oval mark found on the 25-year-old's neck could be caused by the dupatta scarf she was found hanging from in her flat. The three episodes air over consecutive nights. Continuing Tomorrow, Concludes Wednesday.

9.00pm The Pembrokshire Murders ITV - Three-part drama based on the true story of John Cooper, a serial killer who evaded justice for more than 20 years. Two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force, so in 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decides to reopen both cases. Starring Luke Evans, Keith Allen and Alexandria Riley. The three episodes air over consecutive nights. Continuing Tomorrow, Concludes Wednesday.

9.00pm 999: What's Your Emergency? Channel 4 - The return of the documentary, filmed with South Yorkshire Police just as the Covid-19 pandemic began to take hold in early 2020. In the middle of the night, PCs Dani Devey and Keeley Lees rush to help a traumatised woman, alone at home, as attackers rampage in the street - smashing up houses and cars. They also respond to an elderly, unwell man whose bedsit is under siege from attackers still on the scene.

9.00pm Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema BBC Four - The critic returns to examines more of the techniques and conventions behind classic movie genres, beginning by looking at the tropes of British comedies. Mark argues that they win laughs by tapping into the public's abiding national preoccupations, from rooting for the underdog to the subversion of class and manners, as well as the audience's fascination with comedy and crime, and pastiches and parodies that take the big beasts of Hollywood down a peg or two.

9.00pm The Yorkshire Dales & The Lakes More4 - Return of the documentary following life in the national parks. In Appletreewick in the Dales, pub landlord David Aynesworth has a special night up his sleeve.

Tuesday

9.00pm 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4 - New series of the documentary following patients treated in the same 24-hour period at St George's in south London. The hospital has one of the busiest A&E departments in Britain - a place where stories of life, love and loss unfold every day. 

9.00pm 2 Dope Queens Sky Comedy - Talk show hosted by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. Jon Stewart shares early memories of living in New York, and Phoebe and puts his pizza knowledge to the test.

10.00pm Are Women The Fitter Sex? Channel 4 - Dr Ronx investigates why more men die from Covid-19 than women, a situation that has parallels with many other diseases, including SARS, cancer and HIV. She also looks into a dangerous gender data gap that risks undermining how women are treated within the healthcare system, leading to misdiagnoses and deaths.

10.15pm Room 104 Sky Comedy - Fourth series of the comedy anthology. A reclusive musician prepares for a very special performance, and asks a fan to gather four of his friends to watch - with some very specific instructions.

Wednesday

9.00pm The Truth About Getting Fit at Home BBC One - With millions of people swapping the gym for the living room during the Covid-19 pandemic, Mehreen Baig delves into the latest science to find the best way to get fit at home.

9.00pm Briapatch Alibi - US crime drama. Investigator Allegra Dill returns to her border-town home in San Bonifacio, Texas, to search for her sister's killer. Based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name, starring Rosario Dawson, Jay R. Ferguson, Edi Gathegi, Brian Geraghty, Kim Dickens, Alan Cumming and Ed Asner.

Thursday

9.00pm The Pembrokshire Murders: Catching the Gameshow Killer ITV - Following on from the three-part drama, this documentary tells the real story behind the Pembrokeshire Murders. After murdering four people in Pembrokeshire, John Cooper eluded prosecution for 20 years until a new detective team and advances in forensic science finally saw him put behind bars in 2011. For the first time, the key people involved in the case reveal their role in bringing the serial killer to justice.

9.00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Channel 4 - Katherine Ryan and Joe Lycett take on Johnny Vegas and Sean Lock in the words-and-numbers game, while would-be novelist Christopher Bliss joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner. 

9.00pm Hardian's Wall with Robson Green Channel 5 - The actor makes his way along the barricade, built to guard the northern frontier of the Roman Empire in AD122, and covering almost 80 miles in length from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.

9.00pm Ant Middleton & Rebel Wilson: Straight Talking Sky One - Ant takes actress Rebel on the trip of a lifetime through Mexico, with just a 4x4, a backpack and each other for company.

Friday

9.00pm The Last Leg Channel 4 - Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker return, live and socially distanced from their guests and each other for a comic review of the significant moments of the past seven days. As usual, the hashtag isitok paves the way for the gang to round up, examine and explain the leading and most entertaining news stories of the week.

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