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Friday, 6 February 2009

The TV Week – 14-20 February 2009


Saturday
7.00pm Channel 4 Political Awards Channel 4 – Hosted by Jon Snow.
7.30pm Arena: Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends
BBC2 – The crooner reflects on his life with his friend and jazz enthusiast Clint Eastwood.
7.45pm Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
ITV1 – Return of the entertainment show. Guests are Paris Hilton and Miley Cyrus.
9.00pm New Town
BBC4 – Drama starring Max Bremer and Mark Gatiss set in Edinburgh where danger and desire is seething among the upper echelons of society. With Daniela Nardini, Gabriel Quigley, Paul Higgins, John Bett, Omid Djalili, Rose Leslie and Edith MacArthur.
9.00pm Dancing on Ice: The Story of Bolero ITV1 – Documentary about ice skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean marking the 25th anniversary of their medal-winning Bolero routine at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics.


Sunday
1.15pm Lily Allen Special Channel 4
7.00pm Ways to Save the Planet
Discovery Channel – Series following a team of scientists in their bid to cover part of a Greenland glacier with reflective blankets to stop it melting.
8.00pm Come Dine With Me Channel 4 – The return of the party-hosting challenge features celebrities Christopher Biggins, Edwina Currie, Julia Bradbury and Phillip Olivier.
8.00pm The City MTV One – US reality series.
8.30pm Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections BBC2
9.00pm The Victorians BBC1 – Four-part series in which Jeremy Paxman delves into the lives of Victorian people.
10.20pm Damages BBC1 – Series two of the US legal thriller starring Glenn Close as high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes and Rose Byrne as her protegé Ellen Parsons . The 13-part run sees the arrival of William Hurt as a new client of Hewes, Marcia Gay Harden as an attorney who opposes Hewes in court, Timothy Olyphant as a man who becomes entangled in Ellen's life.
10.35pm Mark Lawson Talks to Sir Antony Sher BBC4

Guest list
Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... Kris Kristofferson, Roseanne Cash, Norah Jones and John Mellencamp. Channel 4, Wednesday
Songbook Donovan. Sky Arts, Thursday
• Sean Lock, Rob Brydon, Ben Miller and Alan Davies QI BBC1, Friday
• Mickey Rourke, Jason Manford, Will Young, the Cure on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday
Lily Allen, N-Dubz, Alesha Dixon and All American Rejects on The Album Chart Channel 4, Friday

Monday

6.30pm Oops TV! Sky1 – A 50-part daily series voiced by Justin Lee Collins featuring funny home videos, YouTube clips, sporting bloopers and TV out-takes.
8.30pm Snog Marry Avoid? BBC3 – Return of the makeunder show fronted by Jenny Frost.
9.00pm Wine BBC4 – Series looking behind the scenes at Berry Brothers and Rudd, the oldest wine merchant in the world.
9.00pm Obama Inaugural Celebration Sky Arts – The concert in Washington to celebrate Barack Obama's presidential inauguration, starring Bruce Springsteen, U2, Beyonce and Stevie Wonder.
10.00pm The Shield Five USA – The seventh series of the US police drama starring Michael Chiklis, Benito Martinez, CCH Pounder, Catherine Dent and Walton Goggins.
10.35pm Bobsleigh Challenge BBC1 – Documentary following Dean Macey, Dan Luger, Jason Gardener and Craig MacLean as they attempt to enter the British bobsleigh championships with only 10 days' training.

Tuesday
8.00pm Freaky Eaters BBC3 – Return of the series in which nutritionist Charlotte Watts and psychological coach Felix Economakis help people with strange eating habits and food phobias and addictions, beginning with a bacon and burger addict.
8.00pm Mr and Mrs Wolf
Five – Two-part documentary about Shaun Ellis, who lives with a pack of captive wolves in Devon.
8.30pm Vertical City
More4 – Architecture expert Charlie Luxton looks at the world's most iconic skyscrapers, beginning with One Canada Square, in London's Canary Wharf.
9.00pm Mistresses BBC1 – A second six-part series of the drama about four thirtysomething friends. Stars Sarah Parish, Sharon Small, Orla Brady and Shelley Conn as steadfast doctor Katie, struggling single mum Trudi, high-flying solicitor Siobhan and fun-loving events organiser Jessica. With Raza Jaffrey, Adam Rayner, Patrick Baladi and Adam Astill as the men in their lives. Joining the cast are Steven Brand as Jack, Katie's old flame and new boss, Natasha Little as Jack's wife Megan and Oliver Milburn as Jessica's new man, Mark.
9.00pm Air Force One: Flying The President National Geographic
10.35pm Make Me Live Forever BBC1 – Quirky science documentary in which Michael Mosley finds out if he can live for ever.

Wednesday
7.00pm The Brits Red Carpet ITV2 – With Sara Cox, Rufus Hound, Nicole Appleton and Melanie Blatt.
8.00pm The Brit Awards 2009
ITV1 – Coverage of the ceremony presented by Kylie Minogue, James Corden and Mathew Horne. Features performances by U2, Coldplay, Girls Aloud, Take That, Kings of Leon, Duffy and Pet Shop Boys.
9.00pm Trouble in Amish Paradise
BBC2
10.00pm The Beast Five USA – US drama series starring Patrick Swayze as an undercover FBI agent. With Travis Fimmel, Larry Gilliard Jr, Kevin J O'Connor and Lindsay Pulsipher.
10.00pm The Brits Encore ITV2 – With Sara Cox, Rufus Hound, Nicole Appleton and Melanie Blatt.
10.00pm The World's Strongest Child And Me
Channel 4 – With comic Mark Dolan.

Thursday
8.00pm Rogue Traders BBC1 – Return of the consumer series with Matt Allwright and Dan Penteado.
8.00pm Hello Goodbye
Sky1 – Series in which Kate Thornton meets people arriving or leaving Heathrow airport, focusing on emotional reunions and sad goodbyes.
8.00pm Shannon Matthews: The Disappearance Crime & Investigation
8.00pm Eddie Stobart: Smart Truckers ITV4
8.30pm Britain's Best Drives BBC4 – Actor Richard Wilson drives a range of classic Fifties cars on some of Britain's most beautiful routes.
9.00pm Penelope Keith and the Fast Lady BBC4 – Documentary in which Penelope Keith retraces a journey from London to Liverpool in 1905 by Dorothy Levitt, an Edwardian woman who wrote a guide for female motorists.
9.00pm Billy Connolly: Journey To The Edge of the World ITV1 – Four-parter following the Scottish comedian as he journeys across the Arctic Ocean's notorious North West Passage.
9.00pm Baby Borrowers US BBC3 – Series in which five American teenage couples learn parenting skills.
9.00pm Watching The Detectives Crime & Investigation – Series following New York's crime fighters
10.00pm Miracle Of The Hudson Plane Crash Channel 4 – Documentary about the crash of US Airways Flight 1549 into New York's Hudson river.
10.00pm Michael Smith's Drivetime BBC4 – Documentary in which the novelist and raconteur asks whether or not driving has changed us.
10.00pm Chandon Pictures Dave – Australian comedy about deluded film-maker Tom Chandon, Stars Robert Carlton, Darren Gilshenan, Julie Godfrey and Rebecca Massey.

Friday
8.00pm Motown at the BBC BBC4 – Appearances in BBC studios by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and the Jackson 5.
9.00pm 30 Rock Five USA – Return of the sitcom set behind the scenes of a late-night sketch show. Stars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan.
9.00pm Legends: The Motown Invasion
BBC4
9.00pm Taggart
ITV1
12.40am Tony Christie: Going Home
Channel 4 – Documentary by Don Letts about the recording of Christie's album Made in Sheffield.

Subject list
Christianity: A History Kwame Kwei-Armah on the global growth. Channel 4, Sunday
Explore Manila to Mindanao. BBC2, Sunday
Dispatches Unemployment crisis. Channel 4, Monday
Panorama Muslim First, British Second. BBC1, Monday
Toffs and Crims The Gangster and the Pervert Peer. Channel 4, Monday
Who Do You Think You Are? Rick Stein. BBC1, Monday
Storyville Ghosts of the 7th Cavalry. BBC4, Monday
Horizon Can We Make a Star on Earth? BBC2, Tuesday
True Stories Graphic artist Johnny Hicklenton. More4, Tuesday
The Culture Show The Kermode Awards, Waiting for Godot BBC2, Tuesday
Nature's Great Events The Great Salmon Run. BBC1, Wednesday
Movie Connections Local Hero. BBC1, Wednesday
Cutting Edge Britain's Conjoined Twins: Hope and Faith. Channel 4, Thursday
First Cut Home security systems. Channel 4, Friday
Natural World A Farm for the Future. BBC2, Friday

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