The TVWEEK: Sunday 22nd – Friday 27th January 2012

Sunday

9.00pm Birdsong BBC1 – 2-part drama set against the First World War. As Stephen Wraysford fights in the terrifying death-filled trenches of northern France, he is haunted by memories of Isabelle Azaire, the woman with whom he had an illicit and all-consuming affair during a summer in France before the war.


Monday
11.00am Secret Location Channel 4 – This brand new property series takes location out of the equation, and whisks house hunters off to areas they would never normally consider. Property expert Sunita Shroff transports house hunters to viewings in a blacked-out car, leaving them entirely in the dark as to the location of the properties, and ensuring they judge each house on its merits rather than its postcode.
8.00pm Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not Channel 4 – In the second, five-part series Mrs Moneypenny is putting cash back in the nation’s bank accounts by revealing her insider trade secrets for saving money. A super-spending family undertakes the SuperScrimper challenge, when they have to live off £50 worth of food for a whole week. And star SuperScrimpers Gem and Juliette bring beauty tips and sewing skills to the great British public in their scrimping master classes.
8.00pm Seinfeld Sky Atlantic – The American sitcom from the very start.
9.00pm Wonderland: The Real Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines BBC2 – Documentary that follows three teams of microlight enthusiasts, who navigate their way across Britain armed with a map and compass, sleeping under the wing, and doing their best to keep their aircraft in one piece – while at the same time clocking up more miles than everyone else. Microlighters wax lyrical over the poetry of the skies, but they all have tales of brushes with death.
10.00pm Party Paramedics Channel 4 – Filmed over a summer in one of Britain’s hardest drinking towns – Colchester, Essex – this documentary, the first in a three-part series, tells the story of one SOS Bus, its volunteer paramedics, and the patients they treat. Every weekend, Colchester sees thousands of revellers out and about in its town centre.

A new cast of skins heads to Morocco

10.00pm Skins E4 – Sixth series of the teen drama with a brand new cast. The gang are on holiday in Morocco. The villa may be half finished, in the middle of nowhere and without running water, but they’ve found a load of weed under the floorboards so they don’t care. That night Alo’s party-tracking skills are put to use and they join the party at a flash nearby villa owned by Luke. It’s an amazing party with the best music, drink and drugs flowing. Franky, unhappy in her relationship with Matty, finds herself drawn to Luke.




Tuesday
7.30pm Farewell Becky ITV – Programme celebrating the life of Becky McDoanld.
9.00pm Junior Doctors: Your Life in their Hands BBC3 – Second series of the documentary series that follows a group of newly qualified doctors in their first year of paid work.
9.00pm Survivors: Nature’s Indestructible Creatures BBC4 – It is estimated that 99 per cent of species have become extinct and there have been times when life’s hold on Earth has been so precarious it seems it hangs on by a thread. This series focuses on the survivors – the old-timers – whose biographies stretch back millions of years and who show how it is possible to survive a mass extinction event which wipes out nearly all of its neighbours. The Natural History Museum’s Professor Richard Fortey discovers what allows the very few to carry on going – perhaps not for ever, but certainly far beyond the life expectancy of normal species. What makes a survivor when all around drop like flies? He focuses on a series of cataclysms over a million year period, 250 million years ago.
10.00pm The World Against Apartheid: Have you heard from Johannesburg? BBC4 – Series exploring how a violent and racist government was destroyed by the concerted efforts of men and women working on multiple fronts inside and outside South Africa for more than three decades. Featuring archive of the struggle never seen before on TV and interviews with the major players, it is one of the most fascinating stories of the last century

10.00pm Confessions of a Nurse More4 – Four-part series following a diverse group of nurses from Birmingham City Hospital revealing their day-to-day challenges as they care for the British public and confess, for the first time, what they really think about being a nurse. 

10.35pm Death Row Dogs BBC1 – Documentary that looks at the growing problem of illegal fighting dogs on the streets of Britain. Despite being banned in the early 90s, pit bulls have become the dog of choice for criminals; sentences are lower than for carrying a knife or a gun but the results can be just as severe. Sadly fatalities are not uncommon. This film gains access to the work of the West Midlands Police Dangerous Dog Unit as they try to tackle the growing problem.

Wednesday
7.30pm The National Television Awards ITV – Dermot O’Leary presents the 2012 awards show live from London’s 02 Arena. The event honours the past year’s biggest successes on the small screen and is unique in being the only TV awards ceremony in which the winners are voted for by the public. The night promises excitement, red carpet glamour and exclusive performances as viewers deliver their verdict on the nation’s top stars and shows. This year’s nominees include Doctor Who Downton Abbey, The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, Miranda, Outnumbered, Come Dine With Me and The Only Way Is Essex as well as actors Matt Smith, Martin Clunes, Karen Gillan, Katherine Kelly and Suranne Jones. 
9.00pm Sun, Sea & Suspicious Parents BBC3 – Second series of the reality series that sees teenagers take their first holidays abroad unaware their parents are watching their every move.



Thursday
9.00pm Strictly Soulmates BBC3 – As part of a series in which members of different faiths look for the perfect partner, this episode follows three young Evangelical Christians. After months of searching, at a Christian rock festival Katy meets a man perhaps more devout than her – he won’t even kiss before wedlock. A week later they have both decided ‘it’s a god thing’ and their relationship blossoms at breakneck speed.  
9.00pm We’ll Take Manhattan BBC4 – Drama which explores the explosive love affair between David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton. Winter 1962, and cockney photographer Bailey and unknown model Shrimpton are sent to New York for a prestigious Vogue photo shoot. What follows is a wild week, a love affair, terrible fights with their fashion editor, and how two young people with no such intention happened to change the world of fashion forever. 
Friday
9.00pm How Brits Rocked America BBC4 – The first part of series celebrating the success of British rock in America looks at how a British invasion led by the Beatles conquered America in the 60s. With contributions from Paul McCartney and Jimmy Page. 
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