This week's Top TV: 10 - 16 October

This week's Top TV: 10 - 16 October

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Monday, 10th October 2016
Derren Brown demonstrates his healing hands in a live show from the Palace Theatre in London (credit: Channel 4)


Derren Brown: Miracle

Channel 4


Derren Brown takes his audience in his healing hands in the latest live show from the illusionist. Having already explored evangelical healers in his 2011 programme Miracles For Sale, Brown now performs medical marvels of his own by restoring one woman's sight and curing another of arthritis. Recorded from his tour last year, Derren Brown hosts the event from London's Palace Theatre.



Sky Atlantic


Robert and Frances can't stand to be with each other, but separation doesn't come easy (credit: HBO)

​The latest script from RTS Award winner Sharon Horgan stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church. Married, wealthy New Yorkers Frances and Robert find they have nothing to offer each other any more, but making a clean break is harder than either of them anticipated.


Aberfan: The Young Wives Club



The Aberfan Young Wives Club have met up every week in the 50 years since the Pantglas Junior School disaster (credit: ITV Cymru)

It's been 50 years since the 150 tons of rock and shale submerged an entire school in South Wales, killing 116 children and 28 adults. This documentary tells the heart-breaking stories of a group of bereaved mothers whose families were torn apart by the disaster, and who still meet every week for comfort and support.





Zapped sees James Buckley take on the lead role of an office drone who finds himself transported to a parallel world of fantastical wizards and fierce warriors. Through the magical regulars at the local pub, Brian (Buckley) must find out his purpose for being in his strange new surroundings and, more importantly, discover a way home. 

The far-out new sitcom comes from Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions and co-stars Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) with a cameo from executive producer Coogan.


The Story of Skinhead



DJ Don Letts changes the record on skinheads (credit: BBC/7wonder/Geoff Price)

Musician and rock historian Don Letts takes a provocative look at the British subculture of skinhead. This one-off doc tries to explain how a movement of peace between white and black youths became tarnished by football hooliganism.

DJ Don takes viewers on a historical tour of UK's inner cities as he documents the rise of skinhead music and fashion. From its barrier-breaking origins as an underground working class scene, through its associations with gang violence, we arrive at what skinhead culture looks like today.


The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4)



Sue Townsend, creator of the Adrian Mole series, died in 2014 after suffering from a lifetime of health issues (credit: BBC/Shutterstock/REX/Rob Judges)

Part of the BBC's 'Love to Read' campaign, this spotlight on the late children's author Sue Townsend features exclusive interviews with the satirist's family and friends. Snippets from her personal letters, diarising her decline in health, and unseen photographs will be shown alongside readings from some famous faces whom Townsend inspired. 





In another fantastical adventure from a parallel world, stay-at-home mum Debbie winds up in Yonderland, a place filled with curious creatures and crazy quests. 'The chosen one' Debbie must fight evil each week to save Yonderland from the tyrant Negatus, making sure she's back in time to pick the kids up from school.

The family comedy returns for series 3 with Stephen Fry making his debut as estranged elder, Cuddly Dick. 

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