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Friday, 17 April 2009

The TV Week – 25 April-1 May 2009

Boy Meets Girl, ITV1, Friday
1.20pm Teen America BBC2 – Series in which Louis Bhose take an irreverent look at teenage life in the USA.
6.00pm Animals Do the Funniest Things
8.00pm Queens of British Pop BBC4 – Rerun of the BBC1 two-parter narrated by Liza Tarbuck, followed by episodes of Dusty, Cilla, The Sandie Shaw Supplement and Lulu's Back in Town plus the 1979 Kate Bush Christmas special.9.00pm Donovan: Sunshine Superman Sky Arts
11.00am Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Five – Fantasy drama starring Randy Quaid, Whoopi Goldberg, Roger Daltrey, Kieran Culkin, Colm Meaney and Orla Brady.
8.00pm The British Academy Television Awards
9.00pm Best – His Mother's Son BBC2 – Biographical drama about how alcoholism destroyed the career of footballer George Best and led his mother Anne from being a teetotaller to becoming an alcoholic, too. Stars Tom Payne and Michelle Fairley as George and Anne, with Lorcan Cranitch as George's father Dickie. Written by Terry Caffola.
10.20pm American Dad! BBC3 – Return of the US animated comedy about CIA employee Stan Smith.
Guest list
Drew Carey on William Shatner's Raw Nerve Biography, Saturday
• Martina Hingis on Beat the Star, ITV1, Sunday
• Depeche Mode, Lily Allen, Sonic Youth, Raphael Saadiq, Taj Mahal on Later Live ... With Jools Holland BBC2, Tuesday, Friday
The Justin Lee Collins Show ITV2, Thursday
• Esther Rantzen on I've Never Seen Star Wars BBC4, Thursday
• Damian Lewis, Chris Addison and Janet Street-Porter on Have I Got News for You BBC1, Friday
• Stewart Lee on Genius BBC2, Friday
• Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jade Ewen, Rob Brydon, Sophie Dahl, The Enemy on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday

4.00pm The Biggest Loser ITV1 – Reality show hosted by Kate Garraway in which contestants live and work together for several weeks and compete to lose the most weight.
10.00pm The Chopping Block ITV2 – US cookery competition hosted by Marco Pierre White.
10.00pm Michael Jackson for Sale Five
8.00pm Impact SciFi – US mini-series in which a huge meteor strikes the Moon. Stars Natasha Henstridge, James Cromwell, David James Elliott and Steven Culp.
8.00pm Churchill's German Army
National Geographic
9.00pm Cruickshank on Kew: The Garden That Changed the World BBC2 – Series in which Dan Cruickshank delves into the 250-year history of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
9.00pm Born to Be Different Channel 4 – A two-part update on the series following children growing up with a disability.
9.00pm Kirsten's Topless Ambition BBC3 – TV presenter Kirsten O'Brien weighs up an offer to pose topless for a lads mag.
9.00pm Who's Watching You? BBC2 – Three-parter in which Richard Bilton explores Britain's surveillance society.
10.35pm Desperately Hungry Housewives BBC1 – Documentary about four housewives with eating disorders.
9.00pm Super Weed National Geographic – Documentary on the science of marijuana.10.30pm President Obama's 100 Days - Newsnight Special BBC2

7.00pm Drawing The Line - A Portrait Of Keith Haring Sky Arts
9.00pm My Wall Street Channel 4 – Documentary loking at the impact of the recession on some of the 23 Wall Streets in the UK.
9.00pm Farm to Pharma: The Rise and Rise of Food Science BBC4 – Documentary on the history of British food science.
9.00pm Crimewatch BBC1
9.00pm Taggart ITV1
9.00pm Boy Meets Girl ITV1 – Comedy drama series starring Martin Freeman plays dreamer Danny Reed, who is struck by lightning and wakes to find himself trapped in a woman’s body and swapping lives with glamorous female fashion journalist Veronica Burton (Rachael Stirling). With James Lance, Tamzin Malleson, Marshall Lancaster and Angela Griffin.
9.00pm Blues Britannia
BBC4 – Documentary charting the British love of the blues from the Fifties to the early Seventies, narrated by Nigel Planer. Contributors include Keith Richards and Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones); Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann); Chris Dreja (The Yardbirds); Phil May (The Pretty Things); John Mayall (The Bluesbreakers); Jack Bruce (Cream); Mick Fleetwood and Bob Brunning (Fleetwood Mac); Ian Anderson and Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull); Dick Taylor (The Pretty Things); and jazz trombonist Chris Barber.
10.30pm Blues At The BBC BBC4 – Archive performances by Son House, The Kinks, BB King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Delaney & Bonnie and Long John Baldry.
11.40pm Album Chart Show: The Enemy Special Channel 4

Subject list
The South Bank Show William Goldman. ITV1, Sunday
• Dispatches The financial crash. Channel 4, Monday
Panorama Who'd Be an NHS Whistleblower? BBC1, Monday
Horizon The Truth About Violence. BBC2, Tuesday
Extraordinary People Octopus Man. Five, Wednesday
Unreported World Afghanistan: Siege City. Channel 4, Friday

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