The TV WEEK: Saturday 16th – Friday 22nd July 2011

Saturday
7.15pm Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Behind the Magic ITV
8.00pm The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution BBC2 – Art writer Waldemar Januszczak explores the revolutionary achievements of the Impressionists. In the first episode, Waldemar delves into the back stories of four of the most influential Impressionists – Pissarro, Monet, Renoir and Bazille – who together laid the foundations of the artistic movement.
Sunday
8.00pm Born to Shine ITV – Natasha Kaplinsky presents a brand new series in which celebrities are challenged to learn a new skill, mentored by some extraordinary children who have exceptional talents. This week, Angellica Bell, Michael Underwood and actor Nick Moran step up to take part. Under the watchful eyes of their young mentors, Angellica and Michael perform tap dance and Nick Moran gives his debut performance on the piano.
9.00pm The Apprentice The Final BBC1 – After eleven weeks, it is finally time for Lord Sugar to choose his business partner. The four finalists each have to face a gruelling interview process on their own. There is nowhere to hide, as each of them is grilled by four of Lord Sugar’s trusted business colleagues and advisors
Monday
9.00pm Show Me the Funny ITV – Jason Manford hosts a new stand-up comedy competition which sees ten comics competing for a 100,000-pound prize, their own DVD and the chance to headline a nationwide tour. The series starts in Liverpool, where the comedians are sent out to get to know the city and its people so they can write five minutes of brand new material to perform at a nerve-wracking gig in front of an all-female audience. They then face a panel of comedian Alan Davies, comedy critic Kate Copstick and this week’s guest judge, Liverpool legend Jimmy Tarbuck. The panel will decide who has made the cut for the next gig and which comic is going home.
Tuesday
7.30pm Wildlife Patrol ITV – New documentary series following Wildlife Crime officers.
8.00pm The Sex Education Show Channel 4
9.00pm Richard Hammond’s Journey to the Centre of the Planet BBC1 – Richard Hammond goes to go to the centre of the planet to find out. Using a giant 3D virtual Earth, Richard peels back the layers and shows where volcanoes come from, why earthquakes happen and even where to find diamonds. Using stunning CGI, the latest satellite imagery and beautiful locations around the world, the story of how the Earth works has never been seen like this before. And in Richard Hammond’s hands it is a story that has never told like this either!
9.00pm The Hour BBC2 – Drama from award winning writer Abi Morgan set in a 1960’s Newsroom. At Alexandra Palace reporters and best friends Bel Rowley and Freddie Lyon are finishing another long day working on the BBC newsreels. Fed up with constantly overlooking the issues of the day in favour of royal engagements and sporting triumphs both yearn for bigger, bolder stories and a freedom to dictate their own agenda. But on this particular occasion both are hopeful. Clarence Fendley is assembling a team for new weekly current affairs programme The Hour at Lime Grove and there’s a sense that Bel and Freddie may just be about to get the break they need. When Freddie finds himself reporting from the engagement party and realises the debutante is a childhood friend he finds himself drawn into a murky world of subterfuge, intimidation and political scheming. It’s a story which will lead him from a suspicious murder and a coded message, into the private dealings of the ruling elite and ultimately to a conspiracy which has the potential to shatter the society around him.
9.00pm Kellie The Girl Who Played With Fire BBC3 – At just two years old Kellie O’Farrell suffered horrendous burns to her face and hands in a car fire. Now, at 22 she’s leaving the security of her family and the small community in Ireland where she grew up to start a new life on her own in London.
Wednesday
7.30pm The Corrie Years ITV – New three-part documentary series looking at past dramatic storylines from Coronation Street which have become talking points for the nation. The first episode examines some of the plots which made front-page news, from the Weatherfield One to Sarah-Louise Platt’s teenage pregnancy
9.00pm Botham: The Legend of ’81 BBC2 – See how the anti-establishment Botham unwittingly became a national hero once again, this time through his tireless work to help children suffering with leukaemia. Featuring contributions from his family, colleagues and eyewitnesses such as Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Viv Richards, Bob Willis, David Gower, Sir Elton John, Stephen Fry and Sir John Major, Botham: The Legend of ’81 charts one of English Sports most colourful and controversial careers and tells surely its most enduring comeback story.
9.00pm Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 BBC3 – Documentary following the story of teenager Jamie Campbell, who wants to be a drag queen. Growing up in an ex-mining village in County Durham, Jamie has already faced his fair share of difficulties after coming out as gay at 14. However, with the majority of his family and friends being supportive, he has decided that he is ready to share his passion with the world.
Thursday
9.00pm Alex: A Life Fast Forward BBC3 – Alex Lewis knows he does not have much longer to live. Aged 21 he finds himself falling hopelessly in love and can’t quite believe what’s happening. Alex was first diagnosed with bone cancer shortly before his 18th birthday. After over three years of intensive treatment, he realises he is running out of options. He decides to cram as much life as possible into the time he has left. His remarkable zest for life is contagious.
10.35pm The Big Gypsy Eviction BBC1 – Documentary telling the story of the long dispute between fifty Traveller families living on Dale Farm in Essex and the local council, as the bitter campaign to evict the families reaches its climax. Having spent six years filming all sides in this conflict, film-maker Richard Parry speaks to the extended clan of matriarchs Marianne McCarthy and Mimi Sheridan, who vow they will not leave Dale Farm without a fight. He also meets Len Gridley, the unofficial leader of the residents’ campaign against the Travellers, who claims that they are a menacing, destructive presence.
Friday
10.00pm The Rob Brydon Show BBC2 – Rob Brydon returns with his unique show. He meets Little Britain star, Matt Lucas for lively banter on everything from musicals to David Beckham. Rob shows off his singing voice with The Script. Plus, stand-up and opera from ventriloquist Nina Conti.
11.05pm My Favourite Joke BBC1 – An exclusive insight into what influenced some of the nation’s best loved comedians, and what really made them belly laugh. They share their love, envy, and sheer admiration for their favourite jokes and the comedy performers behind them. With clips from Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders, Blackadder, Les Dawson, The Young Ones and many more, this programme is a delightful rummage in the top drawer of the comedy archives. Contributors include Jack Dee, Jo Brand, Rhod Gilbert and Joan Rivers.

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