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The TVweek: Saturday 3rd - Friday 9th April 2021

 Saturday

9.00pm Freddie Mercury: A Life in 10 Pictures BBC Two - A journey through the Queen frontman's life through 10 defining photos, with their secrets revealed by those who were there, and those who knew Freddie Mercury best. Beginning with the earliest photo of the singer as a baby, and ending with a private moment captured shortly before his death, the film charts an extraordinary life.

8.35pm Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow - Celebrity Special ITV - Harry and Sandra Redknapp are among the celebs playing 'Play Your Cards Right'

9.00pm Paul Burrell: Servant to Celebrity Channel 5 - The story of Princess Diana's former butler, charting his rise and the events of 2002, when he stood trial and was cleared of stealing items belonging to the Princess of Wales. Interviews with those who know Burrell best, including his brother and his ghost writer - as well as royal journalists and insiders - reveal how he went from footman to household name.

9.35pm It's Clarkson on TV ITV - Some television is better than ever, while some of it is atrocious - and Jeremy Clarkson is going to say exactly what he makes of it. In this programme, he unpicks popular TV events and unearths wonderful hidden gems, with an eye for detail and a rogue sense of humour.

Sunday

7.00pm Tipping Point: Lucky Stars ITV - Ben Shephard invites ex-footballer Chris Kamara, Countdown presenter Rachel Riley and former I'm a Celebrity winner Stacey Solomon to take part in the quiz show, in which the contestants answer questions to win turns on an arcade-style machine. Dropping tokens down a choice of four chutes, they hope to knock piles of them off a moving shelf - and the more they collect, the better their chances of collecting the £20,000 prize for their selected charity.

Notable Continuing Series:  Line of Duty, 9.00pm, BBC One

9.00pm Eye of the Storm BBC Two - Renowned landscape painter James Morrison faces his greatest challenge - his eyesight is fading fast, and he has one more major painting to complete. Filmmaker Anthony Baxter follows him as he picks up the brushes again at the age of 85 after being sidelined by a series of operations, and while doing so, he reflects on an extraordinary artistic life.

9.00pm Queen Elizabeth and the Spy in the Palace Channel 4 - The story of Anthony Blunt, royal appointed art expert and KGB spy, who worked as Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures for 27 years. The programme examines how he was previously employed by George VI to loot art treasures from Germany in the aftermath of the Second World War, and that despite Blunt's protestations of loyalty to the monarchy, classified documents have since revealed that he provided damaging information about the royal family to his Soviet employers.

9.00pm A Wilderness of Error Sky Crime - Oscar-nominated Marc Smerling launches a reinvestigation into the murder of a pregnant wife and two daughters by an Army surgeon who maintains his innocence.

Monday

8.00pm Alan Titchmarsh: Spring into Summer ITV - Alan celebrates the great outdoors, offering tips on gardening and farming and getting celebrity guests involved in planting schemes and food tasting. In the first edition, Gavin & Stacey star Alison Steadman discusses her continuing crusade to protect wildlife, carpenter Wayne Perrey looks at the best in garden seating and newborn lambs and goats make their TV debuts.

9.00pm Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic BBC Two - Louis revisits his 2011 documentary America's Most Dangerous Pets, returning to Oklahoma to explore what has happened since. Joe Exotic, aka Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, now resides in a federal prison after being found guilty of a murder-for-hire plot and multiple animal cruelty charges, and having been the subject of hit Netflix documentary Tiger King.

9.00pm Agatha & Poirot: Partners in Crime ITV - Richard E Grant marks the 100th anniversary of the first appearance in print of Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth, exploring the life of the writer and the events that inspired the plots, characters and locations of her many literary creations. Along with famous fans, the actor examines the relationship between Christie and Poirot and uncovers the stories behind a selection of the books, from Poirot's first outing in The Mysterious Affair at Styles to later pursuits in Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile.

Notable Continuing Series: 24 Hours in Police Custody 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                              Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 10.00pm, Sky Comedy

9.00pm Intruder Channel 5 - Sally Lindsay and Elaine Cassidy star in a brand new drama. Sam and Rebecca Hickey are leading an idyllic life in their custom-built house in the West Country, but their paradise is shattered one night when two teenagers break into their home. In a paranoid rage, Sam kills one of the intruders, and the couple stage the scene to make it look like self-defence. Continues Tomorrow, Wednesday, Concludes Thursday.

9.00pm Family Guy ITV2 - Family Guy returns for a run of new episodes. Peter gets a job as a nurse after making it through the whole of flu season without getting sick, but is torn when enemy the Giant Chicken is admitted. Brian has an identity crisis.

9.00pm Wellington Paranormal Sky Comedy - Brilliant new comedy from New Zealand from Jermaine Clement and Taika Waitti that follows New Zealand cops investigating the supernatural. O'Leary and Minogue arrest a projectile vomiting teenager, assuming it is just a case of binge drinking, only to discover she is possessed by a demon.

9.30pm American Dad ITV2 - The animated comedy returns for its 16th season. Stan travels to Little Colombia with Steve and explains how a mission to take down a drug dealer there in the past led to an annual celebration based on him.

Tuesday

9.00pm SNACKMASTERS: KFC Channel 4 - Fred Sirieix returns with a new extraordinary culinary challenge, as two of the country's finest chefs attempt to replicate the secret recipes behind Britain's best-loved snacks. In this episode two intensely competitive rivals take on the mighty KFC - as they tackle not only the top-selling Zinger Burger, but also attempt something that's never been achieved before: replicating the top-secret recipe for KFC's legendary original chicken recipe. Fine dining firebrand Tom Aikens, from Muse in Belgravia, the youngest ever chef to receive two Michelin stars, and cocky upstart Alex Bond, from Nottingham's acclaimed Alchemilla, have just seven days to perfect their recipes, before cooking them head to head for KFC's big bosses, who will choose a winner. As the chefs take different but equally outlandish approaches in their quests for a perfect replica, comedian Jayde Adams goes behind the scenes of KFC's factories to reveal how the famous products are really made. 

Notable Continuing Series: Your Honor, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

Wednesday

8.00pm Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs ITV - The comedian follows the work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London, meeting staff involved in treating, training and rehoming animals. Paul meets a shy rottweiler that is struggling to bond with people, before being left gobsmacked when a family of rabbits turn up at the doors of Battersea. Elsewhere, he falls head over heels for a spaniel cross puppy with a bad case of mites.

8.00pm Location, Location, Location Channel 4 - Phil & Kirstie return to new sets of househunters.

9.00pm The Day Will and Kate Got Married ITV - A decade on from the momentous occasion, this special programme looks back at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011. The documentary also casts a fresh eye over the couple's courtship, looking at how they are modernising the monarchy, and how they are preparing for their future roles as Britain's King and Queen.

9.00pm The Grinder FOX - US comedy from 2015 that was axed the same year. After eight years playing a famous lawyer on TV, an actor thinks he can return to his home town and join his family's law firm. Rob Lowe and Fred Savage star.

10.45pm When Nudes are Stolen BBC One - Former glamour model Jess Davies stopped doing topless shots years ago. Yet since then she has received hundred, if not thousands, of messages from men telling her they have been speaking to someone using her pictures. Here she sets out to find out about the online trade in nude and topless photos, exploring the broader culture in which people have no concerns about sharing and trading people's intimate images and give little consideration to whether the pictures were taken consensually.

Thursday

8.00pm The Shift: Women on the Force W - Return of the documentary series. PC Pauline Law leads a drugs raid and PCs Emaleigh Simeson and Toni McMahon bag their first independent arrest before working a challenging night shift.

8.30pm Britain's Brightest Celebrity Family? ITV - In the first heat, Vanessa Feltz takes on Matthew Wright with both of their families in tow. They'll face a number of fiendish general knowledge-based rounds as they attempt to make it to the semi final. Who will make it through and get closer to the chance of winning £25,000 for their chosen charity? Anne Hegerty presents.

9.00pm The Queen Unseen ITV - The Queen's coronation made her the most famous woman in the world. But her anointment, the moment she became Queen Elizabeth II, was so sacred it was hidden and not allowed to be filmed. In this documentary, a clinical psychologist unpicks her guarded body language, and lip-readers breathe new life into iconic Coronation balcony archive.

9.00pm A League of Their Own: Loch Ness to London Sky One - An outdoor adventure for Freddie Flintoff, Jamie Redknapp and Romesh Ranganathan.

10.00pm Celebrity Juice ITV2 - The return of the comedy quiz hosted by Keith Lemon, with Roman Kemp, Shirley Ballas, Judi Love and Jamie Laing joining captains Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack.

10.00pm Meet the Richardsons Dave - Second series of the mockumentary featuring the real-life couple. The couple embrace life in lockdown. Jon has a pub in his converted garage, while Lucy gets in touch with an old flame and starts work on a new project.

Friday

8.30pm Trip Hazzard: My Great British Adventure Channel 4 - Comedian Rosie Jones embarks on an adventure around Britain, gorging on culture, learning local traditions and witnessing unique sights. In this first episode, Rosie takes TV presenter Scarlett Moffatt to the Lake District. The duo visit the former home of William Wordsworth to seek inspiration for their own poetry, before re-enacting a Viking battle at Kendal Castle. They also manage to survive a driving course on a 100-year-old traction engine, meet a historian to learn about the region's ancient cuisine and run into a spot of bother with a very old sausage-making machine. 

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox, 9.00pm, Channel 4

                                               The Flight Attendant, 9.00pm, Sky One

9.30pm Have I Got News For You? BBC One - Return of the satirical current affairs quiz, with guest host David Tennant and regular team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton joined by comedian Jack Dee and journalist Helen Lewis to recap the events of the week.

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