The TV Week – 11-17 October 2008

by | Oct 3, 2008 | All, TV Week

Britain’s Got the Pop Factor and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice, Channel 4, Sunday


8.00pm Building Of The Year: RIBA Stirling Prize 2008 Channel 4 – Kevin McCloud hosts live coverage from the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool. Nominees are Accordia in Cambridge, Bijlmer Arena Station in Amsterdam, Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Nordpark Cable Railway in Austria, Royal Festival Hall in London and Westminster Academy at the Naim Dangoor Centre in London.8.40pm Blue Peter At 50 BBC2 – A celebration of the children’s magazine narrated by Tom Baker with contributions by Leila Williams, John Noakes, Peter Purves, Val Singleton, Lesley Judd, Johnny Wilkinson, Torvill and Dean, Nick Park and Lewis Hamilton.

10.00pm Damages BBC4 – Rerun of the US legal drama starring Glenn Close, Rose Byrne and Ted Danson.

10.00pm US Border War National Geographic

Sunday8.00pm/10.15pm Britain’s Got the Pop Factor and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice Channel 4 – Comedy created by Peter Kay spoofing TV talent shows. Presented by Cat Deeley with judges Neil Fox, Nicki Chapman and Pete Waterman as the judges, the competition is down to the final three: transsexual singer Geraldine King (Peter Kay), Our Wayne (Marc Pickering), who survives in the show thanks to his sob story, and 2 Up 2 Down (Jo Enright, Sian Foulkes, David Hulston, Karl Lucas). One Hundred And Eighty: The Tour Documentary about Kay’s Mum Wants a Bungalow tour airs before the final results at 10.15pm.
8.00pm Heartbeat ITV1 – Return of the nostalgic drama starring John Duttine, Gwen Taylor, Joe McFadden, Clare Wille, William Simons and Tricia Penrose.
8.30pm Living on the Edge MTV – A second, 10-part series of the docusoap following the lives of 18 year olds. This series is set in the Welsh holiday town of Abersoch.9.00pm Stephen Fry In America – The New World BBC1 – A six-part second series of Stephen Fry’s excursions in the United States.

9.00pm A Touch Of Frost ITV1 – Three new episodes starring David Jason as DI Jack Frost and Cherie Lunghi as DS marsh. Guest stars include Adrian Lukis, Keith Barron, Bruce Alexander, Elizabeth Berrington, John Castle, Nicholas Farrell, John Lyons, Mel Martin, Sarah Matravers, Paul Shane, Julia Watson, Paula Wilcox and Tam Williams.

10.00pm Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew MTV – US reality show hosted by Mario Lopez and Rachelle Leah.

10.00pm Cracking Up BBC2 – One-off documentary in which the former Downing Street director of communications Alastair Campbell talks about his 1986 nervous breakdown and subsequent recovery.

11.25pm The BBC One Sessions: Duffy BBC1

Guest list• Basshunter and Sugababes on Everybody Loves Lil’ Chris Channel 4, Saturday• Snow Patrol, Tom Jones and Eliza Carthy on Later Live … With Jools Holland BBC2, Tuesday• Bob Mortimer, Kelly Rowland, David O’Doherty, Jack Osbourne and Nick Grimshaw on Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC2, Thursday
• Goldie Hawn, Sandi Toksvig and Alphabeat on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday
• Joanna Lumley, Stereophonics. on Al Murray’s Happy Hour ITV1 Friday• Gordon Ramsay, Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Razorlight on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1 Friday• Snow Patrol, Tom Jones and Eliza Carthy on Later… With Jools Holland BBC2, Friday

12.45pm Going for Gold Five – Revival of the quiz format in a live version presented by John Suchet featuring Beat-the-Buzzer, Four-in-a-Row and Head-to-Head.
6.30pm Lights, Camera, Animals
Five – A 10-parter featuring animals which appear in TV and film.
7.30pm Watchdog
BBC1 – Return of the consumer programme presented by Nicky Campbell with Julia Bradbury and Paul Heiney.
9.00pm The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall
Channel 4 – Drama starring Stephen Dillane and Kerry Fox about the shooting of a young British peace protester by an Israeli soldier in 2003 – and the subsequent legal battle by the Hurndall family against the Israeli Defence Force. With Jodie Whittaker, Harry Treadaway and Matthew McNulty. Written by Rowan Joffe.
9.00pm Wired ITV1 – Three-part thriller about bank fraud, starring Jodie Whittaker as single mum Louise who works for a bank and is forced into helping cream off £250m. With Toby Stephens as mysterious police officer Crawford, Laurence Fox as Louise’s devious boyfriend Philip, Charlie Brooks as Louise’s best friend Anna plus Riz Ahmed, Sacha Dhawan and Ramon Tikarum). Written by Kate Brooke.9.00pm Martina Cole’s Ladykillers ITV3 – Six-part documentary series in which British crime writer Martina Cole examines the stories of female serial killers.
9.00pm Crimewatch BBC1
10.00pm Chop Shop: London Garage Discovery – Return of the car bodywork series featuring Leepu Awlia and Bernie Freeman. The 10-parter sees the pair customising cars owned by celebrities including Martin Kemp, David Ginola and Johnny Vegas.
10.00pm Love the Place You’re In UKTV Style – Ten-part home improvement series presented by Zoe Lucker, with interior designer Gordon Whistance and psychologist Dr Linda Papadopolous.


8.00pm High Anxieties: The Mathematics of Chaos BBC4
8.00pm Who Wants To Be a Millionaire
9.00pm Last Man Standing BBC3 – Return of the challenge series in which six athletes take part in ancient tribal sporting festivals around the world including Suri stick-fighting in Ethiopia, Waura canoe racing in Brazil, high-altitude climbing in Nepal and endurance foot racing in Siberia.
9.00pm Britain’s Worst Learners Virgin 1 – Series hosted by Tim Shaw in which 18 people are taught to drive by loved ones.9.30pm The Art Of Francis Bacon Sky Arts

Wednesday9.00pm/10.45pm The Mobo Awards BBC3 – Mel B and Reverend Run host the ceremony at London’s Wembley Arena with performances by John Legend, Jay Sean, Estelle, Flo Rida and Sugababes.

9.00pm War On Knives Sky1 – A two-hour programme fronted by Donal MacIntyre and June Sarpong campaigning against knife crime.

9.00pm Surviving History History Channel – Series in which a team of professional prop makers recreate punishing contraptions and torture equipment from history.


5.15pm Blue Peter 50th Birthday Programme BBC1 – Presenters Helen Skelton, Joel Defries and Andy Akinwolere host a special featuring appearances by the Queen and McFly.
8.00pm River Cottage Autumn
Channel 4 – Four-part food magazine presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Blackadder’s Most Cunning Moments GOLD – Celebrities including Jeremy Paxman, John Sargeant, Tamsin Greig, Ross Kemp, Danny Wallace, Dave Spikey and Dick & Dom pick their favourite moments from the sitcom.
9.00pm The Last Days of Steam
9.00pm Danger Men
Five – Six-part series profiling people who undertake some of the most dangerous jobs in the world.
10.00pm Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Story So Far
Virgin 1
11.00pm The US Presidential Debate

7.35pm Unreported World Channel 4 – The foreign affairs series returns with an investigation into Muti Murder in South Africa.
9.00pm Have I Got News for You
BBC1 – Return of the comedy news quiz, with Fern Britton hosting and guests Tom Bradby and Mark Steel.
9.00pm Les Paul
BBC4 – A tribute to the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar at the Iridium Jazz Club.
10.50pm Frank Skinner Live at the Birmingham Hippodrome Channel 4
11.40pm The Mobo Awards
11.55pm 4 Music Presents… Snow Patrol Channel 4

Subject listTimewatch The Boxer Rebellion BBC2, Saturday

Panorama Barack Obama BBC1, Monday

Despatches British Airways. Channel 4, Monday

Storyville Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired BBC4, Monday

The Dark Side of Fame With Piers Morgan Nancy Dell’Olio BBC1 MondayComedy Classics Brass ITV1, Tuesday
True Stories Garbage Warrior More4, Tuesday
Imagine Dangerous Liaison: When Akram met Juliette Tuesday, BBC1
Cutting Edge Eastern European builders. Thursday Channel 4

Classical Legends Vladimir Ashkenazy. BBC4, Friday

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