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Davina McCall: in at the deep end

Last month she was pulled out of a freezing Windermere midway through a punishing Sport Relief cycle, swim and run across Britain. What's Davina McCall trying to prove? She talks about meltdowns, addiction and family tragedy

Davina McCall set off from Edinburgh to London on a bicycle last month, preoccupied entirely by the physical ordeal ahead. She was going to cycle, swim and run the 500-mile journey through driving rain and wind and floods, and had just seven days to complete it. For celebrities who like the idea of an insanely outlandish endurance test, Sport Relief presents an annual opportunity to show us what they're made of. Eddie Izzard once ran 43 marathons in 51 days; David Walliams swam 140 miles down the Thames, tearing a spinal disc and contracting a parasitic infection along the way. Davina McCall, however, is not one of them. "There is not one piece of me that had
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Catch-up TV guide: from Silence In The House Of God to Ask My Mom

Silence In The House Of God - Mea Maxima Culpa | The Killing | The Business | Parks And Receation | Streetmate | Ask My Mom

TV: Silence In The House Of God: Mea Maxima Culpa

Responsible for the likes of Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room and Taxi To The Dark Side, Alex Gibney has garnered a reputation for sharp, muck-raking documentary-making. His latest effort tackles on the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church, profiling four deaf men who seek to expose the priests who assaulted them as boys. Essential viewing, as ever, and available until July on the iPlayer.

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TV: The Killing

Poorly received in its first two seasons, this Us remake of everyone's favourite Scandicrime saga was cancelled by network AMC. However, a cash injection by Netflix meant that the show was able to return for a third outing, and what's more, critical response suggests the show has undergone a massive improvement.
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TV highlights 14/06/2013

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International Rugby League: England v Exiles | Alaska Fish Wars | Harbour Lives | The Time Traveller's Guide To Elizabethan England | The Million Pound Drop Live | Micky Flanagan's Out Out Tour | Charles Bradley: Soul Of America | Da Vinci's Demons

International Rugby League: England v Exiles

7.30pm, Sky Sports 2

Inviting a select team of foreign Super League players to go up against England's best might seem like a good idea; after all isn't rugby league just played by a few clubs along the M62 corridor? Think again: Australia and New Zealand's domestic league makes ours look like tiddlywinks at times and both have a healthy contingent of expats playing over here. The Exiles, which also includes players from the Pacific Islands, have had the better of the series since it began in 2011. Lanre Bakare

Alaska Fish Wars

8pm, Nat Geo Wild

New documentary series about competitive fishing in Alaska. Three commercial fishing vessel
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Five Minutes to a Fortune: the genius of Davina McCall

Channel 4's new gameshow would just be more daytime wallpaper in the hands of your average host. But Davina makes the daftest ideas watchable

Any idiot can present a daytime television gameshow. Just look at the schedules for proof. On any given day this week, the bored and housebound are asked to endure gameshows presented by estate agents (Phil Spencer's The Common Denominator), Diy men (Nick Knowles's Perfection), retired PR types (Nick Hewer's Countdown), newsreaders (Dermot Murnaghan's Eggheads) permanently corpsing comedians (Bradley Walsh's The Chase) and genuinely objectionable, insanely dressed egomaniacs (Deal or No Deal).

But while it's true that any idiot can present a daytime gameshow, it takes someone special to make a daytime gameshow that's actually worth watching. It's for this reason that I have become slightly addicted to Davina McCall's new show Five Minutes to a Fortune.

Five Minutes to a Fortune should be terrible.
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