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The TVweek: Saturday 6th - Friday 12th November 2021

 Saturday

5.45pm Worzel Gummidge BBC One - One-off special, in which Worzel swaps places with his cousin, Guy Forks, on Bonfire Night - but finds himself on top of the Bonfire as a result. John and Susan turn to Aunt Sally for help in rescuing Worzel before time runs out. Starring Mackenzie Crook and Paul Kaye.

8.10pm Britain By the Beach Channel 4 - Anita Rani travels around the coast to present a guide to the history of Britain's beaches. She begins her journey in Devon, where she discovers the story of a German attack on a D-Day training exercise that killed more than 700 US servicemen, learns the secrets of Agatha Christie, and finds out how the South Devon railway is being kept in perfect working order. Plus, the haunting story of a village that vanished.

Sunday

5.35pm The Pet Show ITV - Dermot O'Leary and Joanna Page celebrate the UK's love of animals, with model Jodie Kidd and her dog tackling the agility course in Ready, Pet, Go. Vet James Greenwood and behaviourist Chirag Patel are also on hand to solve viewers' pet problems, and the continues to look for the most inspirational animals in the search for Pet of the Year.

9.00pm Close to Me Channel 4 - Dramatisation of Amanda Reynolds' novel starring Connie Nielsen and Christopher Eccleston. The six-part drama is about a woman who wakes up in a pool of blood, to find she has suffered a brain trauma that has left her unable to remember the past year of her life. A disturbing flashback causes her to question what she might have been up to during the months she can't remember, and as she tries to put the pieces back together with the help of her husband, she begins to suspect her family are hiding something from her.

10.00pm On the Edge: Mincemeat Channel 4 - The drama anthology series returns with Samantha O'Rourke's Mincemeat, the story of a girl trying to get through to her controlling and overbearing mother, who struggles with hoarding. A new romance offers the girl a chance to escape - but may be the thing that finally pushes her mother over the edge. Starring Aimee Lou Wood, Rosie Cavaliero and Nikhil Parmar.

10.20pm Exposure: The Missing Children ITV - A feature-length edition of the Exposure strand that tells the stories of people who survived Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co Galway, where it was estimated that nearly 800 children had died between 1925 and 1961. Through the personal narratives of survivors, adoptees and the women who pieced together the evidence that has shaken Ireland to its core, this programme uncovers the truth of a shocking story that continues to affect the lives of many in Ireland, the US and the UK.

Monday

9.00pm Inside The Care Crisis with Ed Balls BBC Two - Two-part documentary that sees the former MP examine the elderly care sector by living and working alongside the staff and residents of St Cecilia's care home in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. With the Government promising to raise money for health and social care through a National Insurance rise, Ed wants to find out from the people on the ground what the biggest issues are.

9.00pm The Tower ITV - A veteran beat cop and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in south-east London. Left alive on the roof are a five-year-old boy and rookie police officer Lizzie Adama, who disappears within hours. Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins is charged with leading the investigation, trying to track down Lizzie before she comes to serious harm and uncovering the truth behind what happened. Crime thriller based on Kate London's novel Post Mortem, starring Gemma Whelan. Continues Tomorrow, Concludes Wednesday.

9.00pm Rape: Who's on Trial? Channel 4 - Cameras follow police officers at Avon and Somerset Constabulary through four sexual assault investigations, and examine the challenges in securing a conviction. The programme features testimony of women prepared to speak openly about their experiences, and an interview with Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew, who also acts as the national lead for rape crime, on what more can be done to ensure offenders are brought to justice.

9.00pm Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes Sky Documentaries - Ronan Farrow's intimate, revealing interviews with whistleblowers, journalists, private investigators and other sources for his book Catch & Kill. Ambra Gutierrez reveals the high-stakes police sting operation that captured a chilling admission from Harvey Weinstein - and her plan to preserve the evidence after authorities declined to prosecute.

Notable Continuing Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy

                                                    Succession, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic

                                             Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 10.05pm, Sky Comedy

10.00pm The Cockfield's GOLD - The return of the gentle comedy. Simon and Esther are engaged and it's the first day of their budget summer holiday on the Isle of Wight, staying in Sue and Ray's new house.

10.00pm Bad Boy Chiller Crew ITV2 - Documentary following the Bradford-based rap trio who shot to stardom after becoming viral sensations, beginning as they cause chaos at the photoshoot for their debut album cover and prepare for their first-ever festival performance.

10.05pm Dexter: New Blood Sky Atlantic - Crime drama limited series set ten years after the disappearance of the forensic expert turned serial killer, Dexter Morgan, which finds him living a new life under a false name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. Starring Michael C Hall.

10.30pm The Debate: Rape Who's on Trial? Channel 4 - Jackie Long chairs a debate on the issues raised in the previous programme. Politicians, police officers, prosecutors, campaigners and survivors discuss the current crisis of confidence in the police with an audience of women who have said they have experienced sexual assault or rape, in many cases without criminal prosecution or conviction, and are willing to waive their anonymity.

Tuesday

Notable Continuing Series: Impeachment: American Crime Story, 9.10pm BBC Two

                                            What We Do in the Shadows, 10.05pm BBC Two.

                                             Stath Lets Flats, 10.15pm, Channel 4 

9.00pm How to Build: Mini More4 - An access-all-areas visit to the Mini factory in Oxford, revealing the step-by-step process that goes into creating a Mini Electric, from the pressing of individual metal panels and the construction of its electric powertrain to the painting of the contrast roof.

Wednesday

7.00pm Walking with Kate Garraway BBC Two - The broadcaster walks through the Cotswolds and describes the joy and solace that nature brings as she takes in the inspiring views of Gloucestershire. From the panoramic viewpoint of Painswick Beacon, Kate descends through beech woods to the village of Upton St Leonards, soaking up the sounds of nature as she goes.

7.30pm Between the Covers BBC Two - Sara Cox returns with the show that celebrates the joy of books and reading and is joined by actresses Emilia Fox and Evanna Lynch and comedians Dane Baptiste and Andy Parsons. They share their favourite books and review this week's two book club picks, Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason, and Good Behaviour by Molly Keane.

8.00pm Life at 50 Degrees C BBC Two - With 2021 set to be the hottest year on record, millions of people around the world will have their health, livelihoods, and lives endangered by high temperatures. This documentary explores the devastating impact extreme heat has across the globe, and tells the human stories behind climate change, from water shortages in impoverished areas, to people being forced from their homes to escape life-threatening temperatures.

8.00pm George Clarke's Old House, New Home Channel 4 - George Clarke returns as he helps more people make their period homes fit for modern life. This brand-new series kicks off in Stroud, as George meets Phil and Leighla who are transforming their ramshackle, listed Georgian farmhouse with an industrial-style extension. And in Wootton Bassett, George helps a couple flip the layout of their Victorian end-of-terrace home. 

9.00pm Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains Comedy Central - The return of the programme in which famous faces revisit their teenage years, with Martine McCutcheon, Asim Chaudhry and Zoe Lyons joining Rhod on the first edition.

10.00pm Live At the Apollo BBC Two - The return of the stand-up comedy showcase recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo, welcoming an array of established and up-and-coming stand-ups to the stage. In the first edition, host Chris McCausland introduces sets by Sophie Duker and Emmanuel Sonubi.

10.00pm Comedians Giving Lectures Dave - Joining Sara Pascoe are Ahir Shah with his lecture 'You Don't Have To Be An Expert To Solve Big Problems', Harriet Kemsley and Bobby Mair, and Jo Brand saying 'Older People Are Happier'.

Thursday

8.00pm Mary Berry: Love to Cook BBC Two - The culinary expert offers tips for cooking delicious meals, including aubergine caponata, a warming vegetable noodle soup, and her chicken and herb casserole. Mary Berry also meets fellow foodies who love growing their own ingredients.

8.30pm Nadiya's Fast Flavours BBC Two - Nadiya Hussain rustles up assorted recipes that prove viewers don't need a special occasion to try out bold, exciting flavours that will taste great. She begins with comfort foods, including macaroni cheese, and her twist on French toast. Plus, food writer Olia Hercules shares her recipe for borscht.

8.00pm Inside The Tower of London Channel 5 - The return of the documentary that goes behind the scenes at one of the nation's most historic and best-loved attractions. The tower's oldest raven goes missing and ravenmaster Chris Skaife must come to terms with the fact it might have gone for ever, while in April a special gun salute is organised to mark the death of Prince Philip.

9.00pm Surgeons: At the Edge of Life BBC Two - As the medical documentary returns, cameras focus on Addenbrooke's head and neck surgeon Ekpemi Irune. She takes on a case where a cancerous tumour in the face and neck is growing so fast, it's threatening her 60-year-old patient Chris's life. Meanwhile, at Royal Papworth, consultant surgeon Ravi De Silva tends to Verity, 33, who has a genetic condition called Turner's Syndrome. It has caused her aorta to become enlarged and is in danger of fatally rupturing.

9.00pm The Trial of Louise Woodward ITV - The courtroom battle over Louise Woodward, a British nanny accused of murdering an American baby in her care, stunned the world as it played out live on TV. Neary 25 years later, this documentary revisits the controversial trial, which continues to divide medical and legal opinion today. It features interviews with the lead defence lawyer as well as with key expert witnesses on both sides.

9.00pm Sort Of... Sky Comedy - Sitcom, starring Bilal Baig as a gender-fluid 25-year-old Pakistani Canadian. Sabi considers leaving Toronto to make a fresh start in Berlin.

11.05pm Unapologetic Channel 4 - DJ and presenter Yinka Bokinni and social media star Zeze Millz invite black people to talk freely about everything and anything, offering views on the big issues of the day. Topics also include cultural appropriation, sex, relationships and parenting, and what's making news on social media.

Friday

Notable Continuing Series: Gogglebox 9.00pm, Channel 4
                                                 The Last Leg, 10.00pm, Channel 4

9.00pm Valley of Tears More4 - Subtitled Hebrew drama. After Syrian forces infiltrate Hermon, Avinoam attempts to lead his fellow soldiers to safety through the facility's secret tunnels. While Alush looks out for Yoni, a shell-shocked paratrooper, members of the 87th grow increasingly worried about the mental stability of their new commander, Caspi. Meni, Melakhi and Dafna bond as they journey to the Golan Heights to find their loved ones.

11.05pm The Big Narstie Show Channel 4 - The grime MC and co-host Mo Gilligan host the fourth series of their Bafta-winning late-night chat, comedy and music show. With big-name celebrity guests, music performances, hilarious sketches and anarchic interviews, expect the unexpected from the entertainment show that breaks every rule in the book.

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