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Alan Dee’s guide to the pick of the week’s TV

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SATURDAY

The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 
(BBC One, 9.15pm)

Among those taking part this year will be the Military Wives choir, formed last year by Gareth Malone. Russell Watson, Alexandra Burke and Rod Stewart are also amongst the line-up and watch out for former X Factor finalist and serving soldier Jonjo Kerr who says: “Being asked to perform at the Royal Albert Hall is a huge honour. I literally can’t express my gratitude to everyone concerned for the opportunity.”

SUNDAY

I’m A Celebrity, Get Me 
Out Of Here (ITV, 9pm)

Ant and Dec return for a new run of the series that dozens of critics love to ridicule, but millions of us can’t get enough of.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the show which successfully mashed up Celebrity Big Brother with Survivor.

As usual, ITV is keeping it under wraps exactly who will be putting themselves at the mercy of the jungle, but those rumoured include former Corrie girl Helen Flanagan, Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington and darts ace Eric Bristow.

MONDAY

Full English 
(Channel 4, 10.50pm)

When it comes to live-action sitcoms, the Brits can generally hold their own against the US but when it comes to animated comedies, it’s rather a different story. The Americans have given us The Simpsons, South Park, King of the Hill and Family Guy. We came up with Stressed Eric and Bob and Margaret.

But things could be about to change. The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade provides the voice of man-of-the-house Edgar, who shares his home with wife Wendy (Rosie Cavaliero), moody teenage daughter Eve (Daisy Haggard), and sons Dusty and Jason (both voiced by Facejacker’s Kayvan Novak).

TUESDAY

Deirdre and Me (ITV1, 9pm)

When theatre stage manager Anne Kirkbride landed the part of Deirdre Hunt in the early 1970s, she thought the Coronation Street role would be another short-term acting job to pay the rent. Four decades on, this documentary pays tribute to the fair Weatherfield friend who became a soap legend.

WEDNESDAY

The Hour (BBC Two, 9pm)

The period newsroom drama is back, and picks up nine months after the first series.

It’s now November 1957. Freddie is away travelling having been sacked, but Bel and Hector survived and are now working for charismatic new boss Randall Brown. But he has a surprise up his sleeve for them both in the shape of an old friend he feels will give his new project a shot in the arm.

Ben Whishaw is back as the earnest and ambitious Freddie, despite the fact that movie stardom beckons – he can currently be seen on the big screen as Q in Bond film Skyfall.

THURSDAY

Everyday (Channel 4, 9pm)

This new drama from acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom was filmed over the course of five years – which in this case, is the length of a prison sentence.

The film follows a series of visits as first four children go to the prison to see their father (John Simm) and then he is allowed to come home to see them.

FRIDAY

Children in Need 2012 
(BBC One, 7.30pm)

Veteran presenter Terry Wogan, is joined by co-hosts Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw to helm the telethon.

The quartet will be introducing performances from the likes of One Direction, Susan Boyle and Girls Aloud, while Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog joins Pudsey Bear for an unforgettable moment.

And throughout the seven hour show they will be asking you to chip in to boost the charity total, and not mention Jimmy Savile.

 

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