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doc­u­men­tary se­ries tells the in­cred­i­ble story of the ty­coon’s em­pire, in­ter­weav­ing Mur­doch’s be­hind-the-scenes in­flu­ence on world events with the per­sonal bat­tle for power within his own fam­ily. The pro­gramme be­gins in 1995, with a young Tony Blair fly­ing half­way around the world to Mur­doch’s pri­vate is­land look­ing for sup­port to be­come Bri­tain’s next Prime Min­is­ter. Mean­while, the Mur­doch fam­ily is rocked when Ru­pert mar­ries Wendi Deng, a woman 37 years his junior, in 1999.

Our York­shire Farm (C5, 9pm)

New se­ries. Re­turn of the doc­u­men­tary se­ries fol­low­ing hill shep­herds Amanda and Clive Owen and their nine chil­dren. This third se­ries be­gins as the fam­ily bids farewell to Raven as she leaves for univer­sity. Four-year-old Clemmy is also about to start school - but is less keen on leav­ing the farm, es­pe­cially since it means less time with her beloved pony Tony. The fam­ily all has to pull to­gether when Clive goes into hospi­tal for hip re­place­ment surgery, pre­vent­ing him from work­ing on the farm as win­ter draws nearer.

WED­NES­DAY

Sport­ing Le­gends: Si­mone Biles (BBC2, 3.45pm)

Si­mone Biles is just four feet and eight inches tall, but she’s a gi­ant in the world of gym­nas­tics. She rose to fame in 2013 - win­ning two World Cham­pi­onship golds aged just 16, in­clud­ing the all-around ti­tle. She fol­lowed that with four more golds in 2014 and an­other four in 2015. By the time Rio 2016 - her first Olympics - rolled around, she was the hottest of hot favourites for the ti­tle. And she didn’t dis­ap­point: Biles won gold in the all-around, team, vault and floor, and bronze on the beam. This short pro­gramme pro­files the su­per­star gym­nast, who even has her own emo­jis called Si­moji.

Bears About the House (BBC2, 8pm)

Con­ser­va­tion­ist Giles Clark is tak­ing on a new mis­sion - he’s been asked by his friend, Matt Hunt, CEO of Free the Bears, to help with build­ing a pi­o­neer­ing new sanc­tu­ary in Laos, South­east Asia. That’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge, but the role also means tak­ing on the il­le­gal wildlife trade, which sees bears be­ing sold as tro­phy pets and for their body parts. Their gall­blad­ders are par­tic­u­larly prized, as their bile is thought to have medic­i­nal prop­er­ties, and over 10,000 bears across Asia are kept caged in farms so their bile can be ex­tracted. As well as fol­low­ing Giles and his team as they tackle the prob­lem, cam­eras also chart the progress of Mary, a five-month-old res­cued sun bear who moves in with Matt and Giles while her en­clo­sure at the sanc­tu­ary is be­ing built.

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs - Back in Busi­ness (STV, 8pm)

Back in March, the staff at Bat­tersea Dogs & Cats Home re­alised that a lock­down was loom­ing and that they would have to shut their doors to the pub­lic for the first time in their 160year his­tory. So, the pres­sure was on to find as many fam­i­lies and tem­po­rary foster car­ers as

kinder to put to sleep some of the most se­verely in­jured, ill or de­formed crea­tures fea­tured dur­ing the past six years of this se­ries, but see­ing them gam­bol­ing around hap­pily as well as the joy on the faces of their own­ers in this catch-up show should con­vince them oth­er­wise. This week we re­visit three an­i­mals we first met in 2015. First up is Darcy, a chi­huahua who needed emer­gency surgery af­ter hav­ing her pelvis crushed in a road ac­ci­dent. Darcy pro­vided a link for autis­tic teenager TaJournee with the rest of the world, so her re­cov­ery was much needed. Then there’s a chance to find out how three-legged res­cue cat Jersey has got on af­ter un­der­go­ing hip re­place­ment surgery, be­fore the fam­ily of deer­hound Wil­low dis­cuss how she re­cov­ered from a sus­pected bro­ken neck.

Am­bu­lance (BBC1, 9pm)

Award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary fol­low­ing the North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice as they care for the peo­ple of Liver­pool and all across Mersey­side. The con­trol room ex­pe­ri­ences a spike in calls for pa­tients with breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, and when Sher­ilee talks to a daugh­ter calls whose mother has chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary disease, it proves tough for the call han­dler as her own mum had the same ill­ness. Mean­while, call han­der Bro­gan has to guide a caller through life­sav­ing CPR while they wait for an am­bu­lance, and there’s a full emer­gency at John Len­non Air­port when a plane loses con­tact with air traffic con­trol. Last in the se­ries.

Out­lander (More4, 9pm)

As the pe­riod drama nears the end of its fourth sea­son, Jamie, Claire and Young Ian em­bark on a long and un­cer­tain jour­ney to res­cue Roger. Mean­while, Bri­anna be­gins to feel the pres­sure from Aunt Jo­casta to find a suit­able hus­band, and fast, be­fore the baby ar­rives. Fol­low­ing a din­ner party soiree, she re­ceives a mar­riage proposal from Mr Forbes. How­ever, she has other ideas and be­gins to forge a friend­ship with Lord Grey, who has ar­rived be­cause Jamie wrote to him and asked him to look in on Bri­anna while they were gone.

There She Goes (BBC2, 9.30pm)

Rosie is ob­sessed with Christ­mas, de­spite the fact that it is only mid-Fe­bru­ary, for­ever want­ing to watch fes­tive films on re­peat and even drag­ging Si­mon to buy a tree. So when she finds an­other spe­cial day marked on the cal­en­dar - Pres­i­dent’s Day at the end of Fe­bru­ary - her par­ents won­der if cel­e­brat­ing that in­stead will help dis­tract Rosie from her yule­tide ob­ses­sion. In the flash­backs to 2008, Emily and Si­mon are no longer talk­ing, ex­cept to ar­gue. But even­tu­ally, months of pent-up frus­tra­tion comes to a head in an emo­tional showdown.

FRI­DAY

Celebrity Snoop Dogs (C4, 8.30pm)

The celebrity prop­erty show con­tin­ues, as we take a look around more fa­mous home­own­ers’ abodes, guided by the dogs who live there. Spe­cially kit­ted out with mounted cam­eras at­tached to a har­ness, the pooches tour their lav­ish homes and the se­cluded gar­dens their own­ers nor­mally re­treat to. In this episode, we snoop in­side the homes of a Labradoo­dle and two Amer­i­can spaniels - brothers from dif­fer­ent moth­ers. But who do these love­able rogues and their beau­ti­ful homes be­long to? Kevin Mc­Cloud com­men­tates on ev­ery­thing from the ar­chi­tec­ture to their own­ers’ choices in decor and feng shui.

Jack White­hall’s Sport­ing Na­tion

(BBC1, 8.30pm)

For the sec­ond episode in his nos­tal­gic look at Bri­tain’s sport­ing his­tory and what it says about the coun­try, Jack White­hall is turn­ing his at­ten­tion to the peo­ple Bri­tons love cheer­ing on al­most as much as we en­joy watch­ing them come crash­ing down - our sport­ing he­roes. It seems if you want to reach the top of your field, you need a thick skin as well as tal­ent and ded­i­ca­tion, be­cause there are very few sports­men and women who can claim to have been given a com­pletely easy ride by the Bri­tish pub­lic and press. To prove his point, Jack looks back at David Beck­ham’s free kicks and red cards, Andy Mur­ray’s tu­mul­tuous jour­ney to the top of ten­nis, and Zola Budd’s in­fa­mous tan­gle at the 1984 Olympics.

The Other One (BBC1, 9.30pm)

Fed up with Cathy fes­ter­ing in her bed, post­wed­ding can­cel­la­tion, and stalk­ing Mar­cus and Mered­ith on what was sup­posed to be Cathy and Mar­cus’ hon­ey­moon, Cat de­cides the best thing to cheer up her half-sib­ling is to take her away on their own ‘sis­ter hon­ey­moon’. She’s got just the place in mind - their late Dad’s favourite pub. At the so­lic­i­tors, Mar­i­lyn and

Tess learn that Colin’s will con­tains an ab­so­lute bomb­shell and that they must pass on some shock­ing news to their daugh­ters. Com­edy, star­ring El­lie White, Lau­ren Socha, Siobhan Fin­neran and Re­becca Front. Last in the se­ries.

The North York Moors: A Wild Year (BBC2, 9pm)

An ex­plo­ration of the up­land area of North York­shire, where heather-clad up­lands and shel­tered dales have been shaped both by the elements and by its peo­ple. Hardy Swaledale sheep roam the high moors all year round only com­ing down to the low­lands for lamb­ing and shear­ing. Red grouse feed and breed amongst the heather along­side curlews and other ground nest­ing birds and bil­lions of pur­ple heather blooms pro­vide nec­tar for the bees, brought to the moors by bee­keep­ers in the sum­mer. Toby Jones nar­rates, as time-lapse cam­era tech­niques bring fresh in­sight into the rest­less rhythms of the re­gion. Last in the se­ries.

A Greek Odyssey with Bet­tany Hughes (C5, 9pm)

The his­to­rian trav­els through the Corinth Canal - a feat of en­gi­neer­ing that re­quired the re­moval of 12 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of earth - be­fore head­ing for her penul­ti­mate stop of Corfu, where Count Flam­buri­ari re­veals the is­land’s close con­nec­tions to Bri­tain. From there, Bet­tany sails to Ithaca, Odysseus’s home is­land, fi­nally com­plet­ing her 1,700-mile voy­age across the Greek Islands. How­ever, there’s a star­tling sur­prise in store when she is awo­ken in the night by an earth­quake mea­sur­ing 4.9 on the Richter scale. Last in the se­ries.

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