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FRI­DAY POR­RIDGE (BBC One, 8.30pm)

FORTY years af­ter the orig­i­nal Nor­man Stan­ley Fletcher left pri­son, grand­son Nigel is ad­just­ing to his own spell in­side as the re­launched sit­com con­tin­ues.

This week, de­pressed rock star Rob Strange (Phil Corn­well) ar­rives at the pri­son and Fletch is as­signed to keep an eye on him. How­ever, events take an un­ex­pected turn...

SATUR­DAY NCIS: NEW OR­LEANS (C5, 10pm)

IN THE open­ing episode of the third se­ries of the pro­ce­dural drama about agents of the US Naval Crim­i­nal In­ves­tiga­tive Ser­vice, Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) has to cope with the fall-out fol­low­ing Mered­ith Brody’s de­par­ture.

To make mat­ters worse, he and the team are un­der scru­tiny by the FBI but get a chance to prove their worth when a sniper be­gins a reign of ter­ror.

SUN­DAY SHERI­DAN (ITV, 9pm)

LIN­COLNSHIRE-BORN ac­tress Sheri­dan Smith has been work­ing on an al­bum – and fans of her per­for­mance in Cilla will be pleased to hear it in­cludes her ver­sion of Any­one Who Had a Heart.

Now she gets to launch it in style with this prime­time ITV spe­cial. As well as per­form­ing songs from the al­bum ac­com­pa­nied by a live or­ches­tra, she chats to Alexan­der Arm­strong about her life and ca­reer.

MON­DAY CHRIS TAR­RANT: EX­TREME RAIL­WAY JOUR­NEYS (C5, 9pm)

CHRIS Tar­rant kicks off a new se­ries of his Ex­treme Rail­way Jour­neys by em­bark­ing on an epic trip to the far­away North African city of Tim­buktu.

He trav­els across Morocco, head­ing into the desert to find out whether a rail­way line once crossed the Sa­hara all the way to the afore­men­tioned Tim­buktu.

Tak­ing in Mar­rakesh, Casablanca and Fez, Chris heads into the Sa­hara – only to find him­self stuck in the sand in the mid­dle of nowhere,.

TUES­DAY THE PRIDE OF BRI­TAIN AWARDS 2017 (ITV, 8pm)

CAROL Vor­der­man hosts the awards cer­e­mony that cel­e­brates acts of brav­ery and self­less­ness from peo­ple whose ac­tions would oth­er­wise go un­sung – or­di­nary folk with ex­tra­or­di­nary sto­ries.

Among those to look out for are mem­bers of the emer­gency ser­vices and NHS who helped those af­fected by the Manch­ester and Lon­don ter­ror at­tacks, as well as the Gren­fell Tower dis­as­ter. Other win­ners in­clude a quick-think­ing four-year-old who saved her mum’s life and a hair­dresser whose story in­spired do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims to fight back.

Celebri­ties set to par­tic­i­pate in­clude David Beck­ham, Michael Caine, Joanna Lum­ley, Rod Ste­wart and Lenny Henry, while pol­i­tics will be rep­re­sented by Theresa May and Jeremy Cor­byn.

WED­NES­DAY BIG LIFE FIX: CHIL­DREN IN NEED SPE­CIAL (BBC Two, 9pm)

LAST year, pre­sen­ter Si­mon Reeve hosted a show called The Big Life Fix, which fea­tured peo­ple who were strug­gling with what many of us would con­sider to be sim­ple, ev­ery­day tasks, and chal­lenged some of Bri­tain’s best de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers to find a so­lu­tion.

Now, Reeve and his team are back for a one­off spe­cial that fea­tures three chil­dren with se­vere dis­abil­i­ties and the ex­perts who are hop­ing to help them over­come some of the chal­lenges they face.

THURS­DAY SAM SMITH AT THE BBC (BBC One, 8pm)

IN JUST five years, Sam Smith has gone from strug­gling singer and cho­ris­ter to one of the world’s big­gest pop stars.

De­spite only turn­ing 25 in May, the Lon­don­born singer-song­writer has se­cured huge al­bum sales, six UK No 1 sin­gles, Guin­ness World Records, AMAs, Mo­bos, Brits, Gram­mys and even an Os­car and Golden Globe for his James Bond theme.

In this hour-long show, Smith is ac­com­pa­nied by his band and the BBC Con­cert Or­ches­tra to per­form old and new tracks in front of a live au­di­ence.

Pre­sented by Fearne Cot­ton, the pro­gramme also fea­tures an in­ter­view with the singer as he dis­cusses his ca­reer, mu­sic and much talked-about pri­vate life.

Carol Vor­der­man hosts the Pride of Bri­tain Awards 2017

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