This week's top TV: 16 - 22 May

This week's top TV: 16 - 22 May

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By Toby Hood,
Monday, 16th May 2016
The Bee is back as 10 hopefuls pick up the needle and thread (credit: BBC)


The Great British Sewing Bee



Claudia Winkelman returns to present British fashion's answer to The Bake Off. In the first episode of a new series, 10 hopeful contestants must create a top from four pieces, alter a maternity dress in 90 minutes, and fit a skirt for a real model.

Joining Patrick Grant on the judging panel for the first time is Central St. Martin's Art School tutor Esme Young. Young is co-founder of the fashion label Swanky Modes and personally created the famous bunny outfit in Bridget Jones's Diary.    


Locked Up

Channel 4


Maggie Civantos stars as falsely accused Macarena in this subtitled smash from the continent (credit: Channel4)

​Corporate fraud and a lover's betrayal make up the drama in this Spanish-language serial.

Set in a women's prison, the story follows the predicament of Macarena Ferreiro when she is framed by her former boss and lover of a crime she didn't commit.

Macarena must navigate the intricate politics and scandalous relationships between inmates at Spain's Cruz del Sur facility in order to survive her sentence.


Lose Weight For Love



Becky and Phil are split for 10 weeks to improve their health (credit: BBC/ Renegade Pictures)

Professor Tanya Byron investigates the psychology behind eating habits in this study of couples who sabotage each other's diets.

With recent government figures showing obesity to be a national epidemic, Byron reveals 60% of people who put on weight are in comfortable relationships 

In the first episode of Lose Weight For Love, fizzy drink addicts Phil and Becky are separated for 10 weeks to see if they can achieve better weight loss results without each other. 


Living with Quads



The Bates juggle two full-time jobs alongside parenting duties to ensure their kids get the best education (credit: ITV)

This one-off documentary looks at the trials and tribulations of four families who all have one thing in common: quadruplets.

As each family passes various milestones in the children's lives, things don't get any easier for the parents who are challenged by career choices and chronic illnesses alongside the daily chores.


Love, Nina



Faye Marsay goes barefoot in '80s literary London as the incarnation of Nina Stibbe (credit: BBC/ See-Saw Films)

Set in 1982, Love, Nina is the story of a 20-year-old woman who arrives in snooty North London from her humble home in the Midlands seeking work as a child minder.

Faye Marsay takes on the titular role in Nick Hornby's adaptation of the comical letters of real life nanny Nina Stibbe. 

Helena Bonham-Carter stars as haughty working mum Georgia alongside RTS award-winner Jason Watkins regularly appearing as troublesome neighbour Malcom.  


The Hollow Crown



Benedict Cumberbatch battles for the last time as usurper Richard of Gloucester
(credit:BBC/Carnival Film & Television Ltd/Robert Viglasky)

It's the final episode of the BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's Henriad. Family ties are broken as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, goes after the throne occupied by his brother, King Edward IV, and imprisons middle sibling George.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Judi Dench star in the gripping finale of a classic tale of treason.  


World Cup 1966: Alfie's Boys



England won 4-2 against West Germany in the 1966 FIFA World Cup final, still the most watched special event
in UK history (credit: BBC)

Sir David Jason takes a look at how Alf Ramsay chose England's World Cup-winning side, and the ways in which the manager sculpted the team into a powerhouse during the '66 tournament.

Bobby and Jackie Charlton appear in this 90 minute special as well as contributions from Jimmy Greaves, Geoff Hurst, and Tina Moore. 

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