TV WEEK – SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER – FRI DEC 11TH

Saturday
9.30pm Being Alan Bennett BBC2 – To mark his 75th year, a rare glimpse into the life and work of Alan Bennett, one of the UK’s best-loved writers.
9.30pm Rod Stewart One Night Only ITV – Concert hosted by Ben Shepard including footage of the singer’s home and a duet with the Stereophonics.
Sunday
6.00pm Noel’s Christmas Presents Update Sky One – Noel revisits people from the 2007 and 2008 editions of the series.
9.00pm Small Island BBC1 – 2-part drama based apon Andrea Levy’s award-winning story of Jamaicans and Londoners involved in World War Two. London 1948: Hortense joins Gilbert her new husband in England where he is lodging with Queenie Bligh. Starring Ruth Wilson and David Oyelowo.
Monday
11.00am Living Dangerously BBC1 – Series telling the stories of people caught up in extreme weather events in the UK. From floods to hailstorms and even tornados, find out what happens when freak weather hits, and learn how to protect yourself, your home and your family from disaster.
9.00pm I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!: Coming Out ITV – Catching up with the celebritites following on from their time in the jungle.
9.00pm Man On Earth Channel 4 – Tony Robinson travels back through 200,000 years of human history to find out what happened to our ancestors when violent climate change turned their world upside down, and what they can teach us as we face our own climate crisis today.
9.00pm Games Britanina BBC4 – Series in which Benjamin Woolley looks at how popular games in Britain from the Iron Age to the Information Age are a rich source of cultural and social history, and shows how the instinct to play games is both as universal and elemental as language itself.
10:35pm Inside MI5: The Real Spooks ITV – A look at the history of MI5 based on the book Defence of the Realm by Professor Christopher Andrew, who was given unprecedented access to MI5’s top secret files.
Tuesday
8.00pm Coastline Cops ITV – Cameras follow the men and women who look after the 10,500 miles of Britain’s coastline.
Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas Channel 4 – Kirstie Allsopp returns for a three-part special that sees her create the perfect homemade Christmas. She shows how to create the perfect Christmas decorations, choose the right tree and design your own Christmas cards.
9.00pm Can Gerry Robinson Fix Dementia Care Homes? BBC2 – 2-parter where Businessman Sir Gerry Robinson returns in a new series in which he tries to turn around three struggling care homes.
9.00pm Robson Green’s Wild Swimming Adventure ITV – Two-part programme in which actor Robson Green embraces the pursuit of outdoor swimming, visiting the country’s lidos, lakes, rivers and seas and meeting some fellow-bathers along the way. In the first programme, Robson returns to the freezing Tyne, in which he swam as a child. Later, he moves on to more clement waters in the South West including Tinside Lido and Porthowan Tidal Pool.
9.00pm Alesha Dixon: Who’s Your Daddy? BBC3 – Alesha Dixon investigates the potential fallout of not knowing who your father is. Alesha talks to children and experts as she examines both the emotional and practical implications of not knowing where and who you come from.
10.00pm Russell Brand: Skinned Channel 4 – An intimate and revealing documentary about the inimitable Russell Brand featuring behind-the-scenes footage, stand-up performance and an in-depth interview with Frank Skinner.
10.35pm Christmas Tales ITV – Three-part series in which Fiona Phillips examines the phenomenon of festive icons. In the first programme, she looks at the long and fascinating history of the Christmas tree.
Wednesday
9.00pm Horizon: How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth? BBC2 – faces a population crisis. He reflects on the impact of a doubling in world population during his career. While much of the projected population growth is in the developing world, it is the lifestyle enjoyed by many in the West that has the most impact on the planet.
Thursday
8.00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC1 – 1.6 million children in Britain today live in bad housing. In this DIY SOS special Nick Knowles and the team attempt to re-house a Dad and four children who have spent four years stuck in a caravan in the garden of their one bed house.
8.00pm Stuart: The Day My Life Changed BBC3 – Stuart Mangan pretty much had it all – he had completed a masters, got a great job and had a long-term girlfriend. Then in April 2008, Stuart broke his neck while playing rugby. His injuries left him paralysed from the head down, he can only breathe with the aid of a ventilator and needs 24-hour care.
Friday
9.00pm Mister Eleven ITV1 – First of a two-part romantic comedy drama. Schoolteacher Saz Paley’s love life is driven not by her heart, but by an obsession with numbers. She believes the statistic that the average British woman marries her eleventh sexual partner, so Saz could not be more certain that her fiance Dan is the man for her – because he is her own Mr Eleven. Starring Michelle Ryan and Sean Maguire.

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