This week's top TV: 22 - 28 January

This week's top TV: 22 - 28 January

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This week's top TV includes the National Television Awards live from London's O2 Arena. Andrew Graham-Dixon travels across Europe in Stealing Van Gogh and it's the final episode of BBC One's nature epic Big Cats.

Documentary:  Great American Railroad Journeys

Monday

6.30pm, BBC2


Michael Portillo sets out on a new trip from Boston (credit: BBC)

Michael Portillo returns for the first episode of series three to explore more of the US rail network. He embarks on the the first leg of a journey from Massachusetts to Canadian city Toronto. He begins in Boston where he rides America's first underground railway and samples oysters in the city's oldest restaurant before heading to Canada.

Entertainment: The National Television Awards

Tuesday

7.30pm, ITV


Master of ceremonies Dermot O'Leary (credit: ITV)

Dermot O'Leary will be dishing out the silver trophies at the 23rd National Television Awards, live from London's O2 Arena. Celebrating the best-loved stars and shows from the small screen over the last 12 months. Tom Hardy (Taboo), David Tennant (Broadchurch), Jenna Coleman (Victoria) are all in the running for the fiercely contested drama performance award, and Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield and Ant and Dec will be hoping to take home the award for best presenter.

Documentary: Stealing Van Gogh

Wednesday

9pm, BBC2


Starry Night, painted by Vincent Van Gogh (credit: Wikipedia)

In December 2002 two priceless and historically important paintings were stolen from Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum in an audacious robbery carried out by experienced, professional thieves. Andrew Graham-Dixon travels across Europe, meeting policemen, prosecutors and art experts and tells the story what he calls "the most shocking art crime of the 21st century". 

Sport: League Cup Football: Arsenal v Chelsea, semi-final second leg

Wednesday

7.30pm, Sky Main Event


Expect fireworks with a place in February's showpiece cup final at stake (credit: Wikipedia)

After a goalless draw in the first leg, who will triumph and book their place at Wembley for February's cup final? The Blues will be hoping Edin Hazard can continue his recent goal scoring exploits, while Arsène Wenger will be praying for a result to avoid further backlash from the Gunners faithful, especially with the departure of star player Alexis Sánchez imminent. 

Nature: Big Cats

Thursday

8pm, BBC One


The cheetah can run up to speeds of 120 km/h (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

It's the final episode of the ground-breaking programme following several different cat species. Using high-tech collars Professor Alan Wilson has discovered that it is not the cheetah's straight-line speed that is its greatest weapon but its ability to brake, change direction and accelerate. Meanwhile, five years ago, the Iberian lynx was considered the rarest cat on the planet, but thanks to a new breeding programme, its numbers are increasing. 

Entertainment: All Together Now

Saturday

7.15pm, BBC One


Presenter Rob Beckett (credit: BBC)

The first episode of a new series. Rob Beckett hosts All Together Now, a musical talent show with a twist. A range of singers step on-stage for a chance to win a £50,000 cash prize. The judging panel takes the form of `The 100', a large collective of music experts and performers from all over the UK led by Geri Horner. The key to success is encouraging the judges to sing along too, and the more panelists each singer manages to win over, the better their chances of proceeding to the grand final.

Drama: Cleverman

Sunday

11pm, BBC2


Jarrod Slade intends to experiment on Koen's body, but Koen's regenerative powers are even stronger than he realised (credit: BBC)

Its all going off in Cleverman's first episode of series two. Koen is seemingly dead following the recent massacre of the Hairies and rebels but he returns to life more powerful than ever. He's ready to continue his fight against the Containment Authority. His surviving followers are rescued from imprisonment by a mysterious stranger who disappears into the forest. Meanwhile, Slade begins a series of experiments on the Hairies to remove their powers.

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