The TVWEEK: Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd September 2011

Sunday
8.00pm Antiques Roadshow BBC1
9.00pm Spooks BBC1 – Tenth and Final series of the Spy drama. Harry survives his MI5 employment tribunal and is quickly back on the Grid, where changes have been made to the team. Buried secrets are unearthed when Max Witt, a retired spy and Harry’s colleague in Berlin during the Cold War, is found murdered by an unknown assassin. Meanwhile Ilya Gavrik, Russia’s foreign ambassador and Harry’s opposite number in the KGB for much of the 1980s, has flown into London to negotiate a groundbreaking strategic partnership between Russia and UK. Harry is deeply suspicious, but Towers insists he must put a lifetime of animosity behind him when it appears that the killer of Max Witt now has Gavrik in his sights.
9.00pm Downton Abbey ITV – Second series of the acclaimed period drama set in 1916.  New housemaid Ethel has replaced Gwen but she soon has everyone’s backs up – and O’Brien plays a cruel trick on her. Robert is now Lord Lieutenant of the County but is disappointed by not being at the front. William and Branson are accosted by a group of women and presented with white feathers for not being in uniform. Matthew is in France and surprises everyone when he returns on leave with his new fiancee. Sybil hopes to help the war effort by enrolling as a nurse. When Bates’s wife appears, it becomes clear that her motive is blackmail – and Anna is left distraught.
11.05pm Curb Your Enthusisam More4 – The eighth series is set a year on since Larry and Cheryl reunited. In the opening episode, Larry is affronted when he discovers that his divorce lawyer isn’t Jewish. Later, a girl scout puts Larry in an awkward position when she tries to sell him some cookies.
Monday
9.00pm My Fored Unwanted Wedding BBC3 – Documentary that follows two British teenagers – Alia, already forced into marriage, and Jessie, facing a forced marriage in Bangladesh. Two years in the making, the film observes first-hand how two young girls cope with the enormous pressure from family expecting them to marry not for love, but for the sake of honour and the community.
9.00pm Sandhurst BBC4 – Three-part observational documentary series shot at the Royal Military Academy over the course of a year. It follows the journey of one intake of cadets, both male and female, through the 200-year-old institution – three gruelling terms that turn them from civilians into officers, from followers into the leaders needed for the ongoing war in Afghanistan and beyond.
10.10pm This is Jinsy Sky Atlantic – Quirky comedy set on the fictional island of Jinsy. With guest appearences from Harry Hill, Jennifer Saunders and David Tennant. Episode 2 airs at 10.40pm
Tuesday
No New Series starting today but continuing series include
9.00pm The Body Farm, BBC1
9.00pm 71 Degrees North, ITV
9.00pm Don’t Tell the Bride, BBC3
Wednesday
8.00pm Midsomer Murders ITV
8.00pm X Factor USA ITV2 – The reality series gets an American makeover with host Steve Jones and judges Simon Cowell, L.A Ried and Paula Abdul.
9.00pm Dragons’ Den: How to Win in the Den BBC2 – A look back over the highs and lows experienced by the hundreds of entrepreneurs who have entered the Den over the last nine series. As well as examining the key ingredients required for a successful pitch, there is a selection of the tough lessons dished out by the Dragons – advice that will hopefully help budding entrepreneurs. The programme also delves behind the scenes during the filming of series nine, finding out how new Dragon Hilary Devey settled in.
9.00pm The Fades BBC3 – Teen fantasy drama. 17-year-old Paul is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist or best friend and fellow geeky social outcast Mac can provide answers for. Worse still, Paul is starting to see the Fades – the spirits of the dead – all around him. They’re everywhere but they just can’t be seen, smelt, heard or touched by ordinary human beings. But now an embittered and vengeful Fade has found a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living and Paul and Mac and their friends and family are all right in the eye of the storm.
10.00pm Fresh Meat Channel 4 –  Comedy drama about student life from the minds behind Peep Show and starring Jack Whitehall in his first drmatic role and Inbetweener Joe Thomas. Shipping up as freshers at their shared house are: JP, public school boy with good teeth and an inflated sense of entitlement; Kingsley, charming and crushingly insecure; Josie, determined to experience ‘new things’; socially-awkward know-it-all Howard; hard-living Vod; and Oregon, desperate to be cool and terrified of being boring.
Thursday
9.00pm Educating Essex Channel 4 – 4-part Documentary series that has unprecedented access to an English secondary school to follow a group of GCSE students, and the staff who teach them, as they face the most important year in their education. Passmores School in Harlow, Essex, is a successful school in a challenging area. Under headteacher Vic Goddard, it’s just been awarded Academy status and is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Now the school has been rigged with 65 fixed cameras – from the corridors to the canteen, and from the headteacher’s office to the detention hall – to reveal every detail of daily life.
9.00pm Glee Sky1 – Third series of the US high School Musical comedy.
9.00pm Jo Brand’s Big Splash Dave – Comedy travelogue in which Jo Brand explores Britain’s relationship with water. Jo attempts synchronised diving and invites Sean Lock to join her on a mud race.
Friday
7.30pm Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking BBC1
8.30pm E20 BBC3 – New Series of the EastEnders spin-off.
An Idiot Abroad: The Bucket List Sky1 – Ricky & Steve send Karl to try out things that people want to do before they die starting with a trip to a desert island.
10.30pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Channel 4 – New series of the panel game hosted by Jimmy Carr. Guests include Boxer Amir Khan and The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade.

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