This week's top TV: 8-14 February

This week's top TV: 8-14 February

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By Ed Gove,
Monday, 8th February 2016
Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration of Earth will be broadcast on 14/02


How the Rich Avoid Tax

Channel 4




Actor Greg Wise goes undercover for Dispatches to expose legitimate tax schemes that the rich can use to keep HMRC’s hands off their cash.

He talks to financial advisors who tell him that “tax is voluntary” and can be avoided, meeting one former employee who estimates that the schemes his former company alone used costs the HMRC over £100 million every year.




Professor Green: Hidden and Homeless



Professor Green investigates homelessness (Credit: BBC/Antidote Productions/Duncan Stingemore)

Stephen Manderson (aka Professor Green) returns to our screens in another documentary, following his popular and moving documentary about male suicide.

This time he is taking a closer look at the forgotten homeless – young people who do not appear in official statistics because they live in hostels or on friends’ sofas, not on the streets.



Drunk History

Comedy Central




The new series of Comedy Central’s Drunk History is back.

Watch all your favourite celebrities and comedians knock back one too many and then try to explain the intricate history of the Second World War, the sinking of the Titanic.or Robin Hood.

Jimmy Carr narrates these historical reinterpretations, which although perhaps not completely accurate, are entirely hilarious.



Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons

Channel 5


Paul Connolly gets locked inside Poland's most dangerous prison (Credit: Channel 5)

Journalist Paul Connolly finds himself behind bars in this investigation for Channel 5.

Locked inside Poland’s Pietrkow Prison, he finds out what it is like to be an inmate in one of the world’s most notorious correctional facilities.






Spin follows the high drama of the French Presidency (Channel 5/Etienne Chognard/CCSP)

The second series of French political drama Spin kicks off tonight with a bang - or more accurately a crash.

The illicit lover of the president’s wife Elizabeth is killed in a car accident while she is behind the wheel.

Just as President Alain Marjorie is dealing with that, he is hit by another scandal and his friend Interior Minister Benoit Hassan is forced to resign.



The Jonathan Ross Show



Jonathan Ross chats to Stephen Fry, Sasha Baron Cohen and Amy Poehler 
(Credit:ITV/Nicky Johnston)

Wossy is joined by a myriad of stars this week, including character actor Sasha Baron Cohen appearing as Nobby from his new comedy Grimsby.

American comic actress Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live) will be appearing on the sofa, and Britain’s very own treasure Stephen Fry will be chatting.

Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes will be chatting and performing.



Chinese  New Year: The Biggest Celebration on Earth



The Hairy Bikers help a family get ready of the festivities (Credit: BBC / Lion Television LTD)

For anyone who is trying to avoid the BAFTAs, this is the show to watch.

This show is the first in a series exploring the New Year celebrations in China, looking at the festivities as a whole, and also the personal stories of those involved in the celebrations.

At the Harbin ice and Snow Festival, Kate Humble, Ant Anstead and Jing Lusi join revellers celebrating in freezing temperatures, while the Hairy Bikers join a crew of bikers in the Guangzhou province. 

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