Friday, 12 September 2008
The TV Week – 20-26 September 2008
9.55am/11.25pm Live Music Awards Channel 4 – Hosted by Steve Jones and Juliette Lewis at Brixton Academy in London, with performances by Estelle and The Ting Tings.5.40pm Hole in the Wall BBC1 – Ten-part entertainment show dubbed "human Tetris" presented by Dale Winton. In the format based on a Japanese hit show, celebrity contestants in shiny leotards, in teams captained by Anton Du Beke and Darren Gough, have to get through holes in a giant moving wall or end up in a swimming pool.
6.00pm Medieval Night BBC2 – terrestrial airings of programmes from the recent BBC4 season, featuring Inside the Medieval Mind, Clarissa and the King's Cookbook, Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press and Christina: A Medieval Life.7.30pm Merlin BBC1 – A 13-part drama about the life of wizard Merlin as a young man who has a series of clashes with the young King Arthur. Stars Richard Wilson as Gauis, Anthony Head as Uther, Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Arthur, Angel Coulby as Guinevere, Katie McGrath as Morgana and John Hurt as the Voice of the Great Dragon. Guest stars include Santiago Cabrera as Lancelot, Michelle Ryan as the wicked sorceress Nimueh, Eve Myles as Mary Collins, Will Mellor as Valiant and Julian Rhind-Tutt as Edwin Muirden.
9.00pm The Day After Peace: Storyville BBC4 – Documentary following filmmaker Jeremy Gilley's bid to establish a Day of Peace on September 21.
9.15pm It'll Be Alright On The Night ITV1 – Return of the bloopers show, with Griff Rhys Jones replacing Denis Norden as host.
10.30pm Arena – The Hunt For Moby Dick BBC2 – Documentary following author Philip Hoare as he writes a new book about man's complex relationship with the whale.
6.00pm Are You Smarter Than a 10-Year-Old? Sky1 – Return of the quiz show hosted by Noel Edminds, beginning with a celebrity special featuring Martine McCutcheon and Sally Gunnell.
6.30pm Art and Money Channel 4 – Documentaries on The Mona Lisa Curse with art critic Robert Hughes; aboriginal art with Ekow Eshun, director of the ICA; and The Great Russian Art Invasion presented by writer Marcel Theroux.
7.00pm Design E2 Sky Arts – Return of the design magazine narrated by Brad Pitt.
7.30pm Whale Night BBC4 – Featuring Arena: The Whale in the Museum, Philip Hoare's Guide to Whales, Sperm Whales: Back from the Abyss, Killer Whales and Incredible Animal Journeys.
8.00pm Austin Stevens' Adventures Five – Wildlife documentary series.
8.00pm The Greening of Southie Sky Arts – Documentary about an environmental building in Boston, USA.
9.00pm Real Prison Breaks ITV4
10.00pm Jamie Foxx Biography11.55pm Animate TV Channel 4
1.00am The 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards E!
g Guest list
• Michael Buble, Denise Van Outen, Rihanna, violinist David Garrett, acrobat Balazs Foldvary, Mark Watson and Stephen K Amos on For One Night Only ITV1, Sunday
• Elbow, David Gilmour, Natalie Cole, Roots Manuva and Katy Perry on Later Live ... With Jools Holland BBC2, Tuesday
• The Imagined Village on Cambridge Folk Festival BBC4, Friday
• Al Murray's Happy Hour ITV1 Friday
• David Walliams and Matt Lucas, Jamie Oliver, Simon Pegg, Keane on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1 Friday
• Elbow, David Gilmour, Natalie Cole, Roots Manuva and Katy Perry on Later... With Jools Holland BBC2, Friday
9.15am Dom's On The Case Of,,, BBC1 – A weeklong investigation by Dom Littlewood into the NHS.
5.00pm The Paul O'Grady Show Channel 4 – The return of the teatime talk show.
6.30pm Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two BBC2 – With Claudia Winkleman.
9.00pm A Place of Execution ITV1 – Three-part drama based on Val McDermid’s bestselling novel about a missing 13-year-old girl, switching between the past and the present. Stars Juliet Stevenson as TV reporter Catherine Heathcote, who is making a film based on the 1963 disappearance of schoolgirl, Alison Carter (Poppy Goodburn), with Lee Ingleby and Philip Jackson as DI George Bennett, Emma Cunniffe as Alison’s mother Ruth, Greg Wise as Alison's stepfather Hawkin, Elizabeth Day as Catherine's 14-year-old daughter Sasha, plus Tony Maudsley, Sheila Reid, Dave Hill, Peter Cartwright, Nicholas Pritchard and Joy Blakeman.
9.00pm Extreme Marksmen History Channel
9.00pm Profiling Lynda La Plante ITV3 – Accompanied by reruns of Prime Suspect and Trial and Retribution.
9.00pm America's Next Top Model LivingTV – Series 10 of the reality show presented by Tyra Banks.
10.00pm Lipstick Jungle LivingTV – US comedy drama created by Sex And The City author Candace Bushnell about three women who stop at nothing to get to the top of the New York business world. Starring Brooke Shields as TV executive Wendy Healy whose best pals are a designer and the editor-in-chief of a glossy mag. With Kim Raver and Lindsay Price.
8.00pm 1968 Night BBC4 – Featuring The Rock 'n' Roll Years, 1968, RFK, Martin Luther King: Citizen King and Black Power Salute.
9.00pm Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones BBC2 – Two-parter in which the comedy star explores anger in himself and others. With contributions by journalist Rosie Millard, chef Heston Blumenthal and comedian Rory McGrath.
9.00pm Ross Kemp: A Kenya Special Sky 110.00pm The Secret Millionaires Changed My Life Channel 4
Wednesday7.00pm How to Build a Cathedral BBC2 – With architectural historian Jon Cannon.
7.40pm NHS at 60 Night BBC4 – Featuring The NHS: A Difficult Beginning, Greg Dyke on Nye Bevan, Trust Me I'm a Doctor - Medics in the Movies and Raj to Rhondda: How Indian Doctors saved the NHS.8.00pm Supernanny Channel 4 – Return of the reality series featuring Jo Frost.
9.00pm Jack Osbourne Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie ITV2 – Challenge show featuring actress Charlie Brooks, Happy Mondays star Bez and Shameless's Jody Latham bungee-jumping in Switzerland; actor John Thompson, model Jodie Kidd and ex-Busted member Matt Willis in New Zealand on a 24-hour endurance race; and singer Craig David, TV presenter Emma Griffiths and Huey Morgan from Fun Lovin Criminals rock climbing and boxing in Mexico.9.00pm Being Brian Harvey Biography
9.00pm Leslie Ash: Face to Face ITV1 – The actress on her lip-filler horror.
10.00pm Keith Lemon's Celebrity Juice ITV2 – Eight-part comedy game show, hosted by Leigh Francis as his Keith Lemon character, featuring teams captained by Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby facing questions about celebrity news. Guests include Dermot O'Leary.
10.00pm Lost In Austen... Behind the Scenes ITV3
8.00pm The Underdog Show LivingTV – Series two of the reality series, previously on BBC2, in which celebrities train orphaned rescue dogs. Hosted by Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Mark Durden-Smith, with a judging panel comprising Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole and professional dog trainers Donelda Guy and Steve Mann. Contestants are failed Apprentice candidate Raef Bjayou, Brian Blessed, Strictly Come Dancing's Camilla Dallerup, MC Harvey, Javine Hylton, Lesley Joseph, former Hollyoaks stars Elize du Toit and Kevin Sacre, Jason Wood and Ninia Benjamin.
9.00pm Bones Sky 1 – Return of the US crime drama starring David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel.
4.35pm Dani's House BBC1 – Comedy show starring Dani Harmer with guest appearances by Matt Di Angelo, L'il Chris, Richard Blackwood, Zoe Salmon and Shaun Williamson.
7.30pm Classical Legends – Jacqueline du Pré And The Elgar Cello Concerto BBC4
9.00pm Heroes Countdown BBC3 – Preview of series three of the action drama.
9.10pm David Gilmour Night BBC4
10.00pm Russell Brand Live Channel 4
g Subject list
• Despatches Let Down By Labour. Channel 4, Monday
• Panorama Personal information BBC1, Monday
• The Dark Side of Fame With Piers Morgan Jason Donovan BBC1 Monday
• True Stories: Forbidden Lie$. Tuesday, More4
• Who Do You Think You Are? Jodie Kidd BBC1, Wednesday
• Comedy Classics Rising Damp ITV1, Wednesday
• Extraordinary People The Million Dollar Mind Reader. Five, Thursday• Cutting Edge The Virgin Daughters. Thursday Channel 4
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