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Stephen Fry in Central America ITV 1 thursday 27 August 2015 9.00pm-10.00pm
Seven years ago, Stephen Fry travelled through all fifty states of the USA in a black cab. But he’s always been fascinated by events south of the border, so now, in this brand new four-part series, he embarks on an adventure into America’s backyard. Travelling through Mexico and the entire Central American isthmus, to the Panamanian border with South America, it’s a remarkable trip through some of the oldest civilisations on the planet – Mayan, Aztec and Olmec. He visits some of the most dangerous, but breathtakingly beautiful, countries as he learns all about the people, the places, the wildlife and the history. In episode one, Stephen begins his journey on the Sante Bridge separating El Paso in Texas from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, an important transit point for the drug cartels and considered one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico.

Other TV shows worth a mention:
Rugby League: Challenge Cup Final
BBC One

Saturday 29 August 2015

2.30pm-5.30pm

Mark Chapman introduces live coverage of the Challenge Cup final between Hull KR and holders Leeds Rhinos at Wembley Stadium. Hull KR, whose solitary Challenge Cup success came in 1980, booked their place in the final with a surprise victory against Warrington Wolves - Josh Mantellato, Ken Sio, Kevin Larroyer and Shaun Lunt all scoring tries in a 26-18 win. They will once again look to upset the odds against favourites Leeds - the Rhinos are taking part in their fifth final in six years and are hoping to lift the trophy for a 13th time.

The Trials of Jimmy Rose

ITV 1

Sunday 30 August 2015
9.00pm-10.00pm
The Trials of Jimmy Rose stars Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman in a new drama of crime and passion. Career criminal Jimmy Rose has spent the last twelve years in prison for armed robbery. Now aged 61, Jimmy is a free man and wants to be with his family, but his wife Jackie doesn’t know if she loves him anymore. Jimmy has to face up to commitment as a husband, father and grandfather… that means being around for his children, staying out of trouble and out of prison. However, his son Joe thinks he’s a waste of space and his daughter Julie has troubles of her own. And he’s trying to go straight on a zero hour contract at a DIY store and he can barely afford £3.69 for a coffee these days. When Jimmy finds out his granddaughter has gone off the rails, he’s determined to bring her home, but he triggers a chain of events that could force him back into crime… Jackie now faces an uncertain future with the man she loves but she’s harbouring a secret. Jimmy Rose lives by Newton’s laws of motion: but with every action there are unforeseen reactions and they may cost Jimmy his marriage, his freedom and even his life.  

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