The TV WEEK: Saturday 1st – Friday 7th October 2011

Saturday
7.50pm Merlin BBC1 – Fourth series of the fantasy drama. Merlin faces his toughest challenge yet when Morgana’s blinkered determination threatens not only Arthur’s future, but the very balance of the world. With her magic stronger than ever, the sorceress summons the mighty Callieach to tear open the veil between the worlds.
Sunday
Continuing series include: 9.00pm Spooks BBC1
                                       9.00pm Downton Abbey ITV
                                      9.00pm Fighting on the Frontline Channel 4
Monday
8.00pm Terra Nova Sky1 – US fantasy series set in the year 2149 that sees the population forced to travel back in the past from Steven Spielberg. Episode 2 airs straight afterwards.
9.00pm Motorway Cops BBC1
9.00pm The Hotel Inspector Five – New series of the Hotel transformation series. Alex visits a hotel in Dorset which has seen a steadily declining occupancy rate. Could the answer to the hostelry’s problems lie in a spirited assistant?
10.00pm Nevermind the Buzzcocks BBC2 – 25th series of the Pop Quiz. David Hasselhoff is the guest chairman, presiding over team captains Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding, who are joined by Louie Spence, Sugababe Amelle and Peter Serafinowicz.
11.05pm Ramdom Acts Channel 4 – Short-form arts strand airing five nights a week on Channel 4. Over the course of a year it will showcase 260 specially commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold and original expressions of creativity. Television as art, rather than about art, Random Acts enables a diverse supply of both established artists and emerging talent to create their own pieces, unmediated by presenters and unfettered by the conventions of conservative arts television. The short films will disrupt the schedule with content including, but not restricted to, spoken word, dance, animation, video art and music.
Tuesday
9.00pm Mary Queen of Frocks Channel 4 – For the first time ever Mary Portas, the shop critic and retail consultant, wants to launch her own store. She’s spent years trying to raise retailers’ standards with her outspoken reviews, but now she’s joining the High Street and opening her own shop to give grown-up women an alternative to the teenage fashion or frump currently on the high street. But can the woman who has pointed the finger at so many other retailers do it any better?
10.35pm Transplant BBC1 – Documentary that shows the extraordinary reality of multiple organ donation, following the organs from a single donor to the different recipients. The film shows the surgeries and the human stories on both sides, as both donor and recipients have agreed to waive the normal anonymity that exists between them. Transplant follows the complex process of donation coordinated by the organ donor organisation, NHS Blood and Transplant, from the very beginning when a potential donor is declared brain dead and their organs are retrieved through to the transplant surgeries and recovery of the patients who’ve benefited from the donor’s organs.
Wednesday
8.00pm All Roads Lead Home BBC2 – Stephen Mangan, Sue Perkins and Alison Steadman ditch their maps and compasses and attempt to travel the UK using nature as their only guide.The sun, the trees and even sheep droppings are their new sat nav, all providing clues to point them in the right direction. Each episode is led by one of the trio as they travel to a place of special significance to them. Sue Perkins takes charge in Cornwall and leads Stephen Mangan and Alison Steadman from Bodmin Moor to Cape Cornwall.
8.00pm The Pride of Britain Awards ITV – Carol Vorderman hosts the annual gala celebrating the achievements of the nation’s most amazing unsung heroes. Prince Charles and David Beckham join more than 100 stars from TV, showbusiness and sport – including Gary Barlow, Ant and Dec, James Corden, Richard Hammond and Gemma Arterton – to honour the winners. Award-winners include a schoolboy who saved his father from being killed by a rampaging bull, a seven-year-old who raised thousands of pounds for the hospital which treated him for his life-threatening illness, and a woman who risked her life to rescue a motorist from the path of a speeding freight train.

10.00pm Rab C Nesbitt BBC2 – Tenth series of the Scottish Comedy.  Rab returns home to find that his wife Mary has kidnapped Chingford Steel, the government minister for work, who is on a goodwill tour of Govan. There’s not much goodwill in the Nesbitt house, however, as Mary has just lost her job and decides to discuss the matter with the minister by dinging him over the head with a frying pan.
10.00pm The MOBO Awards 2011 BBC3 – Live from Glasgow, this year’s MOBO Awards are presented by Jason Derulo and Alesha Dixon
Thursday
9.00pm Hidden BBC1 – Four-part conspiracy thriller starring Philip Glenister as small-time solicitor Harry Venn who is forced to revisit his murky past when he is approached by a mysterious and glamorous lawyer, Gina Hawkes, looking for a missing alibi witness for her client. Harry quickly finds himself plunged into a deep and dangerous conspiracy.
9.00pm Mixed Britannia BBC2 – In the first of this three-part series, George Alagiah tells the story of romance in World War I between female workers and foreign seamen, the street riots it led to, and how Britain just escaped laws preventing mixed marriage and the excesses of race science.
9.00pm Extraordinary People: Eight Limbed Boy Five – Documentary that  follows the case of 6-year-old Deepak as he seeks surgery for his extraordinary condition. Deepak was born with an extra body growing out of his chest – giving Deepak eight limbs in total.
9.00pm Shock & Awe: The Story of Electricity BBC4 – Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force – electricity. Until fairly recently it was seen as a magical power, but it is now the lifeblood of the modern world and underpins every aspect of our technological advancements. This series tells of dazzling leaps of imagination and extraordinary experiments – a story of maverick geniuses who used electricity to light our cities, to communicate across the seas and through the air, to create modern industry and to give us the digital revolution.
10.00pm House Sky1 – Eighth series of the US Medical drama.
Friday
8.30pm Autumnwatch BBC2 – Michaela Strachan joins Chris Packam and Martin- Hughes-Games  for an eight-week celebration of the UK’s wildlife, broadcast live from the National Arboretum at Westonbirt.

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