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The Thick Of It (BBC Two, today, 9.45pm) What''s It All About? Back on our screens after almost three long years, the mirror is flipped once again so it's the fiction that is reflecting the real world. We begin this run with a new coalition government, and in the midst of a Leveson-style inquiry - sound familiar? Thankfully Bafta award winners Rebecca Front and Peter Capaldi are back, as Nicola Murray MP and foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker respectively. Both are now consigned to Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, and yet are still desperately hoping for a return to power, with Nicola as the leader of the opposition.

Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony (Channel 4, Sunday, 7pm) What''s It About? All the signs point to an extravagant show that will bring to an end 11 days of fierce competition.This event is entitled Festival of Flame, and features a host of highlights - chief among which will be a concert by Coldplay, accompanied by a cast of almost 2,000 performers.

The night also features the extinguishing of the Paralympic Flame, which marks the formal closing of the event.

Leaving (ITV1, Monday, 9pm) What''s It About? A directionless university graduate finds himself falling for an older woman.

TV newcomer Callum Turner stars as Aaron Simmons, whose life hasn't panned out quite as he expected. At 25, he has a degree but no job, is still living with his parents, and to top it all off, his ex-girlfriend is marrying his brother.

He reacts by getting hideously drunk at the wedding, which doesn't go unnoticed by 44-year-old hotel employee Julie (Helen McCrory), as it allows her to experience the romance that has largely gone out of her own marriage.

Vikings (BBC Two, Tuesday, 9pm) What''s It About? Neil Oliver knows his history. And if more schools had history teachers like him, we'd probably all know a whole lot more about the subject as a nation too.

Throughout this three-part series, he looks at the Norse warriors' customs and searches for the truth behind the legends of their deeds. He begins by telling the story of the Vikings' origins, and investigates the world of their ancient ancestors by charting Scandinavia's prehistoric landscape, from the Baltic Sea to Norway's Atlantic coast.

Grand Designs (Channel 4, Wednesday, 9pm) What''s It About? The first of the new run centres on Sean Simons, who bought the ruins of Cloontykilla Castle in the Irish county of Roscommon.

He hoped to create a spectacular mock-16thcentury home. However, the bold plans - including hot tubs in the battlements - could turn the project into a garish nightmare.

Presenter Kevin McCloud's fears are not eased when he discovers Sean, who borrowed a jaw dropping 1.2 million Euros for the project, has not consulted an architect...

Intercity 125: The Age of the Train (BBC Four, Thursday, 9pm) What''s It About? For anyone of a certain age, this documentary will conjure up images of a besuited Jimmy Savile waxing lyrical about British Rail.

Here, programme makers reflect on the fleet of high-speed engines introduced by British Rail in 1976 in a bid to revive its commercial fortunes.

The enterprise modernised the industry - and proved to be a typically British success story.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories (ITV1, Friday, 9pm) What''s It About? September 15 marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, so who better to open a new series of Morgan's interview show than Roger Moore? Moore will be recalling the highs and lows of his acting career and personal life, lifting the lid on his four marriages and recounting the story of his humble upbringing in south London.

With each passing Bond film (he made seven) Moore became merrier, largely because of his million dollar price tag - not bad for someone described by a critic in 1955 as 'a lump of English roast beef'.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 8, 2012
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