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Thursday, 5 March 2009

The TV Week – 14-20 March 2009



Saturday
10.55am Lily Allen Special Channel 4
7.00pm U2 at the BBC
BBC3
8.00pm Timewatch - Captain Cook: The Man Behind the Legend BBC2

9.00pm DevFest
Channel 4 – Three episodes of Skins starring Dev Patel, followed by The Making of Slumdog Millionaire.
9:00pm Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
More4 – Drama starring Anna Paquin, Chevez Ezaneh and August Schellenberg about how American Indians were displaced as the US expanded west.
9.00pm The Lost World of Communism
BBC2 – Documentary in which people tell their stories of life behind the Iron Curtain.
10.00pm Viva Joe Strummer
Biography

Sunday
7.30pm The Big Tackle with Austin Healey ITV4 – Six-part series in which the former England rugby union star attempts to change the fortunes of five struggling clubs.
8.00pm Yellowstone BBC2 – Series looking at the wilidlife in America's Yellowstone, the most extensive thermal area on Earth.
9.00pm The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency BBC1 – Six-part series based on Alexander McCall-Smith best-selling novels set in Botswana, starring Jill Scott as Precious Ramotswe, the proprietor of the country's only female-owned detective agency. With Anika Noni Rose as her faithful secretary Mma Makutsi,, Desmond Dube as flamboyant hairdresser BK, Lucian Msamati as JLB Matekoni and Paterson Joseph as fellow private detective Cephas Buthelezi.

9.00pm Peter Kay: Raider of the Pop Charts Channel 4 – The story of comic Peter Kay’s chart successes with contributions by Sir Michael Parkinson, Gary Barlow, Matt Lucas, Richard Curtis and Mr Blobby.
9.00pm I, Samurai BBC4 – Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the art of the Samurai.
9.00pm Amy Winehouse
Biography
10.00pm Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps BBC3 – After the Comic Relief special, the sitcom starring Natalie Casey, Sheridan Smith, Thomas Nelstrop, Will Mellor, Kathryn Drysdale and Luke Gell returns for a new seven-part run.

Guest list
Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway ITV1, Saturday
• Sheila Hancock on Piers Morgan Life Stories ITV1, Sunday

• Visage on Pop Goes the Band, LivingTV, Monday
Specactle: Elvis Costello With... Herbie Hancock Channel 4, Tuesday
Songbook Gary Kemp Sky Arts, Thursday
Ronnie Corbett and Ricky Gervais on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday
• John Humphrys on I've Never Seen Star Wars BBC4, Thursday
• David Mitchell, Rich Hall, Jimmy Carr and Alan Davies on QI, BBC1, Friday
• Michael Sheen, Lionel Richie, Vin Diesel, Sparks on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday
• The Wombats, Keane, Frankmusik and The Hours on The Album Chart Show Channel 4, Friday

Monday
9.15am Missing Live BBC1 – Series presented by Louise Minchin and Rav Wilding following missing persons investigations.
2.15pm Missing
BBC1 – A week-long drama series set in a police missing persons unit, starring Pauline Quirke as charismatic police detective DS Mary Jane Croft, Mark Wingett, Pooja Shah and Felix Scott.
5.00pm Taste The Nation ITV1 – Series hosted by Nick Hancock in which teams of amateur cooks representing UK regions compete, with a celebrity chef captaining the team.
6.30pm Sofa Surfers CBBC – A week-long series about some of the 130,000 children in the UK who do not have a permanent home.
9.00pm In Search Of Wabi Sabi With Marcel Theroux
BBC4 – The author travels across Japan in an attempt to discover the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete – the literal meaning of "wabi sabi".
9.00pm Without a Trace Hallmark – Beginning a rerun of the US drama series about the FBI missing persons squad in New York.
9.00pm Most Shocking Drivers Out of Control Bravo
10.00pm Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle BBC2 – Six-part series in which the comedian tackles various themes, beginning with toilet books, in a stand-up routine, illustrated with sketches featuring an ensemble cast: Tony Law, Tara Flynn, Paul Putner, Kevin Eldon, Miles Jupp, Simon Munnery, Job Angus and Michael Redmond. Peter Serafinowicz provides the voiceover.

Tuesday
7.30pm The Simpsons Sky1 – In The Name Of The Grandfather in which the Simpsons travel to Ireland.
8.00pm Shane Richie: Make Me Irish
Sky1 – Shane Richie tries his hand at a variety of traditional Irish activities from jigging to fishing.
9.00pm Living with the Dead LivingTV – Paranormal show in which mediums Johnnie Fiori and Ian Lawless visit haunted homes in Britain, beginning with comedian Freddie Starr's home.
9.00pm Holloway ITV1 – Three-part series looking inside Holloway Prison, Europe's largest female jail.
9.00pm 18 Pregnant Schoolgirls BBC3 – Documentary investigating whether 18 teenage girls from the same US Catholic school who all became pregnant at the same time made a pact.
10.30pm Tim Marlow On... Picasso Sky Arts
10.35pm Will Young: The South Bank Show ITV1

Wednesday
9.00pm Extraordinary People Five –The documentary series exploring remarkable stories returns with The World's Oldest Conjoined Twins.
9.00pm Black Panthers
National Geographic – Documentary about America's largest organised black separatist movement.
10.00pm The Unit Virgin 1 – Series four of the US drama about a special forces team. Stars Dennis Haysbert, Scott Foley, Robert Patrick, Michael Irby and Demore Barnes.

Thursday
4.05pm Runaways BBC1 – Three-part drama about child runaways, made by Paul Wilmshurst, starring William Miller and Saffron Coomber as Sean and Molly who meet on the streets and fall into the clutches of a deceptive stranger.
8.00pm Wendy Richard: To Tell You the Truth BBC1
9.00pm Tom Driberg and Me: A Personal Portrait by William G Stewart BBC4 – The TV producer and presenter investigates the allegation that journalist and MP Tom Driberg, who died in 1976, was a KGB spy.
9.00pm The Hottest Place on Earth BBC1 – Documentary about the Danakil desert in northern Ethiopia.
10.00pm The Justin Lee Collins Show ITV2 – Chat show featuring celebrity interviews, games with the studio audience and karaoke. Guests are Billie Piper, Catherine Tate and Kevin James.

Friday
8.00pm No Grounds for Gardening BBC2 – Garden designer Joe Swift attempts to add green space to Britain's city streets.
10.00pm Genius
BBC2 – Six-part series in which Dave Gorman and a celebrity guest – Catherine Tate in the opener – discuss daft ideas pitched by members of the public.

Subject list
Panorama Crime Pays. BBC1, Monday
Dispatches Pakistan's Taliban Generation Channel 4, Monday
Cutting Edge Bailiffs. Channel 4, Monday
Horizon Who Do you Want Your Child to Be? wirth David Baddiel. BBC2, Tuesday
True Stories Tears, Tiaras and Transsexuals More4, Tuesday
The Culture Show Picasso. BBC2, Tuesday
Nature's Great Events The Great Feast BBC1, Wednesday
Unreported World Cambodia: Selling the Killing Fields. Channel 4, Friday

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