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MONDAY Grantchester ITV, 9pm Anyone who saw James Norton in the BBC's acclaimed drama series Happy Valley may find it hard to imagine him playing a vicar in a 1950s Cambridgeshire village. But Sidney Chambers, his character in this new drama series, isn't any ordinary man of God - he's a heavy-drinking war hero and jazz fan who develops a sideline in solving murders with the help of local bobby Geordie Keating (Robson Green). The first case that brings the unlikely pair together is the supposed suicide of a solicitor, whose funeral Sidney presides over. Following the ceremony, the cleric is approached by the dead man's mistress, who is convinced her lover was murdered - and as she feels unable to go to the police with her suspicions, she asks Sidney to carry out his own investigation. But will he still feel like sleuthing after Amanda, the fun-loving friend he's secretly carrying a torch for, announces her engagement? TUESDAY Real Life Families: Born Small BBC One, 10.35pm The apple never falls far from the tree, or so the saying goes. But what happens when your child is born with a difference? It is human nature to look for the similarities between ourselves and our offspring, but many families have to learn to understand and embrace what may seem like major differences between themselves and their children. Dawn and Dave Lusted, from Rhos-on-Sea, have two sons, James and Phil, who were born with Diastrophic Dysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism. Dawn and Dave are both of average height, but were unwittingly carrying the dwarfism gene. This programme gives a unique insight into the Lusteds' family life and what it is like to live with disability in the family. James and Phil have gained great support from the dwarfism community, and now that James is dating Chloe, who is of average height, he is keen to introduce her to his friends who also have the condition.

WEDNESDAY Extreme Brat Camp Channel 4, 10pm The American 'child intervention industry' is worth in excess of $2bn, with more than 1,000 private facilities devoted to turning troubled kids around. But while the idea of sending misbehaving youngsters to a residential facility where they will be instilled with a sense of discipline may sound appealing to frazzled parents, the system does have its critics. This True Stories documentary takes a look at the beliefs and ambitions behind these camps, and discovers their ideologies could come as a shock to British parents. The programme also finds that while many courses are well-run, there are also fears that, with no federal body to regulate and monitor the industry, some could potentially be open to poor standards and even abuse.

THURSDAY Educating the East End Channel 4, 9pm Those all-important GCSE exams are creeping ever closer, but while the pressure is on for the students of Year 11 to knuckle down to some much-needed revision, for many of the girls - Paige in particular - their attention has a habit of turning away from study and toward friendships, proms and boys. She and her closest friends, Georgia and Yasmine, are three of the most popular girls in school - the younger girls look up to them and the boys have crushes on them. The girls are expected to do well in their exams, but they are very aware that the pressure on them is mounting. Soon cracks start to appear in the friendship and threaten to undo all the hard work they have put in so far.

FRIDAY Lewis ITV, 9pm Despite rumours that the show was being laid to rest at the end of the last series, Kevin Whately is back as Lewis, with Laurence Fox as DI Hathaway. But the tables have been turned for this run. Lewis is now retired, but is tempted into a return to work to help the newly promoted Hathaway settle into his role - particularly as he's finding it difficult to get on with the sergeants assigned to him. Their first case involves the mysterious death of a neurosurgeon. Suspicion immediately falls on the dead man's glamorous widow, played by Kara Tointon - until the police discover many others within their inner circle also had motives for murder. Look out for Angela Griffin, who joins the cast as DS Lizzie Maddox. Although Hathaway doesn't warm to her, Lewis takes a paternal shine to his new colleague, and they strike up an excellent working relationship.

TONIGHT Genesis Together and Apart BBC Two, 9.15pm A feature-length documentary charting the rise of one of Britain's most successful rock and pop groups. It travels back in time from Genesis' Helsinki Stadium gig in 2007 to their early days in 1963, when Peter Gabriel, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks met at Surrey's Charterhouse Boarding School. A demo called She Is Beautiful came to the attention of producer Jonathan King and the band later made an impact on the music scene, at gigs such as the Roundhouse's Atomic Sunrise Festival in 1970. That paved the way for Genesis' first album, Trespass. However, when Phillips dropped out, it could have been disastrous. Eventually former child actor-turned-Flaming Youth drummer Phil Collins stepped forward and breathed new life into the band. It didn't hurt when talented guitarist Steve Hackett also joined the outfit. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway album and subsequent tour led to Gabriel finally going solo, so Collins took over as frontman. He helped steer them towards greater success - the band eventually sold around 130 million albums worldwide. Their final studio album, Calling All Stations, was released in 1997, but fans live in hope that, as in this documentary, the band will eventually reunite on stage and remind them what they've been missing.

TOMORROW Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve BBC Two, 9pm Simon Reeve is probably one of the most interesting men in our lives at the moment because, as luck would have it, the adventurer has got another case of the old itchy feet and is getting out and about again - and taking us with him (well, from the comfort of our own living rooms). In a three-part series for the Beeb, Reeve demonstrates how the world's most sacred rivers don't just simply flow through countries - they define them. In this first instalment, he travels from source to sea along the world's longest river, the Nile. Journeying from the source of the Blue Nile which springs from the highlands of Ethopia, he finds himself taking in the desert of Sudan, moving onwards through Egypt and finishing up in the Mediterranean. The presenter will also explain how the Nile has forged some of the world's earliest civilisations and influenced religions. But the stability of the region now looks rather uncertain, with the population along its banks ever-growing and Nile countries demanding greater shares of the sacred waters. He says:"These rivers have given rise to some of the world's greatest civilisations. For centuries we've worshipped their life-giving waters and feared their awesome destructive powers. On these epic journeys I'll meet some extraordinary characters and experience the very different cultures, religions and countries that have emerged along our sacred rivers."
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Date:Oct 4, 2014
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