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Friday, 24 October 2008

The TV Week – 1-7 November 2008

Sharpe's Peril, ITV1, Sunday
Saturday
9.25am T4@10 Channel 4 – Highlights from a decade of T4 programming featuring contributions by Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg, Pamela Anderson, Pussycat Dolls, Alan Carr, Dermot O'Leary, Margherita Taylor, Vernon Kaye and June Sarpong. Hosted by Steve Jones, Miquita Oliver, Rick Edwards and Alexa Chung.
7.05pm The Choice
More4 – Documentary narrated by Jon Snow about Barack Obama and John McCain.
9.00pm Living with... Yvette Fielding and Karl Beattie
LivingTV
Sunday12.40pm Unsignedact Channel 4 – Return of the search for the best unsigned music act in the UK, hosted by Alex Zane with Lauren Laverne and Alex James.
6.00pm The Simpsons
Sky1
7.00pm Bremner, Bird and Fortune: Silly Money Channel 4 – A four-part comic look at the credit crunch with Rory Bremner, John Bird and John Fortune.
8.00pm Time Shift: How To Write A Mills & Boon BBC4 – Documentary about the romantic fiction publishers in which author Stella Duffy takes on the challenge of writing a novel for them.
9.00pm Consuming Passion, 100 Years Of Mills & Boon BBC4 – One-off drama written by Emma Frost about the romantic publishing firm Mills & Boon. Stars Daniel Mays as Charles Boon, Patrick Kennedy as Gerald Mills, Jodie Whittaker as Charles's wife Mary, Olivia Colman as spinster Janet Bottomley (Olivia Colman) and Patrick Baladi as a handsome consultant.
9.00pm Sharpe's Peril ITV1 – Two-part drama featuring the return of Sean Bean as the swashbuckling 19th-century hero Richard Sharpe. Written by Russell Lewis. Guest stars include Raza Jaffrey, Luke Ward Wilkinson, Beatrice Rosen and Michael Cochrane.
9.00pm Falklands: Sea Of Fire National Geographic
9.00pm The Harbour Bridge History Channel
Guest list
• Kevin Bishop, Neyo, Scouting for Girls on Everybody Loves Lil' Chris Channel 4, Saturday
• The Killers, Al Green, Fleet Foxes, Pendulum on Later Live ... With Jools Holland BBC2, Tuesday
• Jack Dee, Alexei Sayle, Stine B from Alphabeat on Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC2, Thursday
• Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Glasvegas on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday
• The Killers, Al Green, Fleet Foxes, Pendulum on Later... With Jools Holland BBC2, Friday
Monday

3.05pm Kerwhizz BBC1 – Children's quiz show featuring computer-generated characters Kit and Kaboodle, Twist and Snout and Ninki and Pip.
5.45pm The Pinky & Perky Show CBBC – A 20-part computer-generated animation series featuring the puppet pigs, back on TV after a 25-year absence. Features the voices of Kevin Bishop, Ella Kenion and Nicky Wardley and music by Heaven 17 frontman Glenn Gregory.
7.30pm Watchdog BBC1 – Return of the consumer programme presented by Nicky Campbell with Julia Bradbury and Paul Heiney.
8.00pm A Poem for Harry BBC4 – The Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion composes a new work to honour Harry Patch, Britain's last first world war survivor. Introduced by the Prince of Wales.
8.00pm Posh and Becks: E! True Hollywood Story E!9.00pm Armistice BBC4 – Documentary in which David Reynolds, professor of international history at Cambridge University, examines the Armistice of 1918 that ended World War One.
9.00pm Boozed Up Brits Abroad Bravo – An 18-part series following drunken Brits in eastern Europe.
9.00pm The Unsinkable Titanic Channel 4 – Documentary charting the chain of events that contributed to the sinking of a ship thought to be unsinkable.
9.00pm Taggart ITV19.00pm Crimes That Shook Britain Crime & Investigation – Series looking at headline-grabbing crimes, beginning with the case of Harold Shipman.
9.00pm How Life Began History Channel – Documentary exploring how single cell organisms evolved into highly complex creatures.
10.35pm My Family At War BBC1 – Four-part series, running on consecutive nights, in which TV personalities delve into the war stories of their families. Features Dan Snow and Natalie Cassidy in the opener, followed by programmes featuring Phil Tufnell and Matthew Kelly, Kate Silverton and Eamonn Holmes, Rolf Harris and Kirsty Wark.11.20pm Jake on the Box BBC2 – Tribute to British singer-songwriter Jake Thackray.

Tuesday
8.00pm Heath Ledger: E! True Hollywood Story
E!
9.00pm Most Haunted
LivingTV – Return of the paranormal investigation series hosted by Yvette Fielding.
9.00pm High Society Channel 4 – A season of documentaries beginning with Prince Charles' Other Mistress: a look at the Prince of Wales's friendship with Lady Tryon in the 1970s.9.00pm Crime 360 Crime & Investigation – Series using CGI and 3-D photography to examine the work of police as they solve crimes.
11.00pm Mister President Biography – Documentary about how the American president has been portrayed in fiction.
11.20pm The Unseen Alistair Cooke BBC2
Wednesday8.00pm The Home Show Channel 4 – A six-part series in which George Clarke, formerly presenter of Five’s Build a New Life, travels the country meeting new owners of forgotten, neglected properties and helping them convert them into modern use.
8.30pm The People's Hospital BBC1 – Series about life on the wards at Whipps Cross Hospital in London. Continues Thursday.9.00pm Picture Book BBC4 – Three-part series telling the story of children's fiction through the pictures, comic strips and illustrations featured in famous books. Contributors include Raymond Briggs, Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Lauren Child and Quentin Blake.
9.00pm The Bill Made Me Famous ITV1 – A special programme featuring actors who gained fame after appearing in the police drama.9.00pm Underworld National Geographic – Series about the world's most notorious criminal gangs and organised crime syndicates.
9.00pm Blind Faith: Live In Hyde Park Sky Arts
10.00pm Rude Tube E4 – Six-part series featuring funny videos found on the internet.
11.05pm The Inbetweeners Channel 4 – A terrestrial airing of E4's brilliant sitcom about four teenagers growing up in suburbia.
Thursday
5.15pm Gastronuts CBBC – A 13-part series for children hosted by Stefan Gates, the presenter of BBC2's Cooking in the Danger Zone, explaining how food is grown, made, shaped and marketed and offering advice on how to stew worms, catch farts in jars, and bake toenail cakes.
8.00pm Darbar Festival 2008
Sky Arts – Highlights of the 2008 Darbar South Asian Music Festival in Leicester.
9.00pm MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 MTV – Hosted by Katy Perry at the Echo Arena in Liverpool with performances by Pink, Duffy and The Killers.11.10pm Fonejacker Channel 4 – A terrestrial airing of E4's prank phone call comedy series.

Friday
9.00pm Michael Portillo – Death Of A School Friend BBC2 – Documentary in which Portillo examines the suicide of a close friend at Harrow County School for Boys.
9.00pm Hitler's Secret Bunkers
National Geographic
9.30pm Mouth to Mouth BBC3 – Comedy-drama pilot about fictional girl group Cat's Eyes. Stars Ayesha Antoine, Pippa Duffy and Anna Nightingale.
10.45pm BBC Four Sessions – Randy Newman BBC4
10.50pm Lee Mack Live
Channel 4

Subject list
Timewatch The Last Day Of World War One Saturday, BBC2
Panorama Afghanistan. BBC1, Monday
Despatches Heroin-addicted mothers. Channel 4, Monday
Storyville Operation Iraqi Filmmaker. BBC4, Monday
• Cutting Edge The Prince Charles Generation. Channel 4, Thursday

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