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TV: The Woman in Black, Orphan, Girls, Our Gay Wedding, Hercules the Human Bear, New Worlds

Not only are the clocks springing forward tonight but it’s also earth hour at 8pm, so rest assured you are only going to miss The Voice, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway or Winning Streak when you unplug the goggle box. But after you switch it back on, there is a plethora of fine TV to tantalize your telly taste buds this week.

Channel 4 are having something of a scare fest on Sunday night starting with The Woman In Black (Sunday 9pm) starring Daniel Radcliffe as the young solicitor sent to a village to put a deceased clients affairs in order. The Gothic mansion he is to stay in however, is cursed by a mysterious woman dressed in black who is spiriting away the local children.

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A child who could do with some spiriting away is Orphan, showing after The Woman in Black at 10.50pm on Channel 4. Starring Vera Fermiga and Peter Sarsgaard, as a young couple who decide to adopt a mysterious 9 year old girl. However Esther turns out to be a murderous little minx. Worth watching for the twist at the end.

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Monday evening Channel 4 are celebrating the historic event of same sex marriages being made legal from 12am this morning in England and Wales. This documentary follows one couple who have decided to stage their wedding as a musical…with Stephen Fry providing commentary and appearances from Olivia Newton John and Boy George who could resist watching Our Gay Wedding:The Musical (10pm).

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Also at 10pm is the final episode in the third series of acclaimed US series Girls. I can’t say I was all that impressed by this series, but I have enjoyed the blossoming of Adam’s career on Broadway as everyone else’s ‘careers’ seem to have taken a nosedive.

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New Worlds starts on Tuesday at 9pm on Channel 4, a historic drama from the stable of The Devil’s Whore. The Stuarts are back on the throne and the restored monarchy of Charles II has betrayed its promises and reverted to tyranny. This mini series follows the fortunes of four young people- Beth, Hope, Abe and Ned. Abe might be the one to watch as he is played by Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan, last seen in The Fall and about to hit the big time in the movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.

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Finally a documentary that beggars belief called Hercules The Human Bear on Channel 5 on Thursday at 9pm. Andy and Maggie Robin, who raised the grizzly as if it were their child until his death in 2001, bought Hercules the bear cub from a Scottish zoo in 1974 for the princely sum of £50. Standing 10ft tall at his full height and weighing 50 stone, Hercules could have killed either of them at any moment with one swipe of his giant paws. But thanks to Andy’s intensive training, which saw him sparring with Hercules daily, the bear formed an unprecedented bond with his human parent’s, which baffles experts even now.

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