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Thursday, 22 January 2009

The TV Week – 31 January - 6 February 2009



Saturday
8.55am One Tree Hill Channel 4 – Series four of the US drama.
5.50pm The Feelgood Factor
ITV1 – Entertainment show encouraging viewers to get fit, hosted by Myleene Klass and Eamonn Holmes with Alesha Dixon and the casts of West End musicals Chicago and Billy Elliot.
7.00pm Cat Stevens: Majikat
Sky Arts
8.50pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Celebrity Special ITV1 – Features Meera Syal and Josie Lawrence, and Gary Lucy and Andrew Lancel.
9.00pm BBC Four World Cinema Award BBC4 – Jonathan Ross presents the ceremony in which the nominees are Gomorrah, Persepolis, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, The Orphanage, and 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days. Plus the presentation of the BBC Four World Cinema Achievement Award to Werner Herzog.
9.00pm Mandela at 90 BBC2 – Profile featuring behind-the-scenes footage.
9.30pm The Old Guys BBC1 – Six-part sitcom starring Roger Lloyd Pack and Clive Swift star as Tom and Roy, a pair of elderly delinquents who lust over their neighbour, Sally (Jane Asher). With Katherine Parkinson as Amber and Justin Edwards as Steve. Written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong with Simon Blackwell.

Sunday
12.30pm Shipwrecked 2009: Battle of the Islands Channel 4 – Return of the reality show set in the South Pacific.
9.00pm Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life BBC1 – Sir David Attenborough shares his personal views on the genius of evolution and tracks the changes in our understanding of the natural world.
9.00pm The Celebrity Agency MTV – Behind the scenes of management and PR company Jonathan Lipman Ltd.
9.00pm Killer Couples Crime & Investigation – Crime novelist Mark Billingham tells the story of infamous murderers, begiining with the child killers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady.
9.00pm Neil Young: Don't Be Denied/In Concert: Neil Young BBC4
10.00pm Ross Kemp: Return To Afghanistan Sky1 – Five-part series in which the actor joins the 5 Scots on the frontline in Helmand Province.
10.00pm Mel Gibson
Biography
10.30pm Catherine Deneuve Talks to Kirsty Wark BBC4

Guest list
• Martin Sheen on The Sunday Night Project, Channel 4, Sunday
Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... Smokey Robinson. Channel 4, Wednesday
• Tim Allen on Shatner's Raw Nerve. Biography, Friday
• Jo Brand, Phill Jupitus, Dara O'Briain and Alan Davies QI BBC1, Friday
• Anna Friel, Jason Manford, Tom Jones on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday

Monday

7.30pm La Boheme Live Sky Arts – Jonathan Miller's production of Puccini's opera from the Colossium, London.
9.00pm Whitechapel ITV1 – Drama about a modern day Jack the Ripper operating in Whitechapel, east London. Stars Rupert Penry-Jones as media-savvy DI Chandler, Phil Davis as hard-bitten DS Miles and Steve Pemberton as a Ripperologist called Buchan. Written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip.
9.00pm Moses Jones BBC2 – Three-part drama starring Shaun Parkes as Moses Jones, a Metropolitan police detective of Ugandan origin. With Eamon Walker as Solomon, a musician who is part of London's Ugandan community, which is hit by a ritual murder, Matt Smith as Dan Twentyman, Indira Varma as Dolly, Jude Akuwudike as Matthias, Wunmi Mosaku as Joy and Obi Abili as Joseph.
9.00pm Who Do You Think You Are? BBC1 – Return of the series in which well-known people trace their ancestry, beginning with Rory Bremner.
9.00pm Backstairs Billy: The Queen Mum's Butler Channel 4 – The rise and fall of William Tallon.
9.00pm Darwin's Struggle: The Evolution of the Origin of Species BBC4
10.00pm Samantha Who? E4 – Series two of the US sitcom starring Christina Applegate as the vice president of a real estate company who develops retrograde amnesia after a road accident. With Kevin Dunn, Jennifer Esposito, Melissa McCarthy, Tim Russ, Jean Smart and Barry Watson.
10.00pm Animal Cops Houston
Animal Planet

Tuesday
8.00pm A Town Called Eureaka Sky1 – Series three of the US drama set in a town housing the best minds in the USA, who work on inventions to save the world from disaster. Stars Colin Ferguson, Joe Morton, Meshach Peters, Frances Fisher, Ed Quinn and Salli Richardson.
8.00pm Doctors and Nurses at War ITV1 – Series following NHS trauma surgeons, paramedics and nurses who have volunteered for three-month’s service with the British army in Afghanistan.
8.00pm Buddy Holly Night Sky Arts
9.00pm Boys and Girls Alone
Channel 4 – Four-part documentary series in which 10 boys and 10 girls, aged eight to 11 years old, get the chance to experience life without adults, spending two weeks living in separate cottages in Cornwall.
9.00pm Sun, Sea and A&E
Virgin1 – Eight-part fly-on-the-wall series following life in Mallorca.
9.00pm Extreme Trains
History Channel
10.00pm Ladies of Letters ITV3 – Comedy drama starring Maureen Lipman and Anne Reid as widows who forge a friendship through letters.
10.35pm Comic Relief: The Fools' Guide BBC1

Wednesday
7.30pm Brush With Fame Sky Arts – Series in which former art forger John Myatt paints celebrities in the style of famous artists. The six-parter features Tara Palmer Tomkinson in the opener, John Cleese, David Bailey, Jane Horrocks, Robin Gibb and Ian Brown.
8.00pm 10 Years Younger: The Challenge Channel 4 – A 10-part revamped version of the makeover show, with Myleene Klass replacing Nicky Hambleton-Jones as presenter and a weekly challenge between one woman who has surgery and another who uses make-up, hair and fashion ideas to look younger.
9.00pm Minder Five – Six-part revival of the 1980s drama series, with Shane Richie playing the role of Archie Daley, London wheeler-dealer Arthur Daley's nephew, with Lex Shrapnel as Archie's minder Jamie Collins. The original starred George Cole and Dennis Waterman and ran for 15 years. Made by Talkback Thames.
9.00pm Terry Pratchett – Living With Alzheimer's BBC2 – Two-parter in which the author charts his journey through the science and the reality of what it's like to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
9.00pm ReGenesis FX – Series two of the sci-fi drama starring Peter Outerbridge, Maxim Roy and Conrad Pla.
9.00pm Buddy Holly Night BBC4 – Featuring Arena, The Buddy Holly Story and Buddy Holly's Rock Shrine.
9.00pm America's Hardest Prisons National Geographic
10.00pm The World's Most Enhanced Woman and Me Channel 4 – With comic Mark Dolan.

Thursday
8.00pm Songbook Sky Arts – Series two of the programme in which songwriters talk about their craft. The line-up features Jarvis Cocker in the opener, Donovan, Bernard Summer, Albert Hammond, Duran Duran and Yusuf Islam.
8.00pm Deadly Crossing ITV4 – Documentary following six men travelling on giant ships over the treacherous waters of the Columbia River sand bar.
9.00pm It's Time to Go Nationwide BBC4 – Documentary about the teatime news magazine that ran on BBC1 from 1969 to 1983. Featuring contributions from Sue Lawley, Michael Barratt, Richard Stilgoe, Bob Wellings, Hugh Scully, Frank Bough, Esther Rantzen and John Stapleton.
9.00pm Cutting Edge Channel 4 – The documentary series returns with a film about the Ipswich serial killer Steven Wright.
9.00pm Teen Mum High BBC3
10.00pm No Signal FX – A 10-part comedy series parodying TV programme genres including documentaries, reality shows, rolling news, teleshopping and kids shows. Created by Pete Cain and Louis Bogue.

Friday
8.00pm Odetta Remembered BBC4 – Profile of the singer dubbed the Queen of Folk by Martin Luther King, who died aged 77 in December.
9.00pm Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA Channel 4
9.00pm Two Queens and a Castle Biography – Documentary following millionaires Terry George and Michael Rothwell, the first gay couple to have a civil partnership in the UK.
10.00pm Folk America At The Barbican
BBC4 – Featuring Judy Collins, Eric Andersen and Roger McGuinn.
11.00pm Ketch! and HIRO-PON Get it On BBC3 – Pilot silent comedy.

Subject list
Christianity: A History Rageh Omaar on the Crusades. Channel 4, Sunday
Explore Kenyan Rift Valley. BBC2, Sunday
The South Bank Show The history of the Cambridge Footlights. ITV1, Sunday
Dispatches Congo's Forgotten Children. Channel 4, Monday
Panorama Tax havens. BBC1, Monday
Storyville Wild Art: Olly & Suzi Paint Predators. BBC4, Monday
Horizon Cannabis: The Evil Weed? BBC2, Tuesday
The Culture Show Alfred Brendel, Greg Dyke on HBO, Felix Mendelssohn. BBC2, Tuesday
Movie Connections Shirley Valentine. BBC1, Wednesday
Money Programme Media Revolution with Janet Street-Porter. BBC2, Thursday
First Cut Squirrel Wars. Channel 4, Friday
Natural World Elephants without Borders. BBC2, Friday
Folk America Blowin' In The Wind. BBC4, Friday

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