The TV Week – 15-21 November 2008

by | Nov 6, 2008 | All, TV Week

Clone, BBC3, Monday


12,55pm 101 Challenges Channel 4 – Series following two brothers, Lindsay and Lee, as they travel around Asia for a year, completing 101 challenges devised by the public and posted on their website.7.00pm Jail Date Channel 4 – Documentary about men who hook up with women in prison in America via the internet.
8.35pm/10.20pm We Are Most Amused ITV1 – One-off comedy show hosted by Phillip Schofield and John Cleese starring the best comedians of the past 60 years to mark Prince Charles’ 60th birthday and raise funds for his Prince’s Trust charity. Features Robin Williams, Rowan Atkinson, Bill Bailey, Joan Rivers, stand-ups Michael McIntyre, Omid Djalili, Chris Tarrant and Fern Britton.
9.05pm Outnumbered BBC1 – Series two of the semi-improvised family sitcom starring Hugh Dennis as the father of three precocious children. With Claire Skinner, Samantha Bond,David Ryall, Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez. Written by Guy Jenkins and Andy Hamilton.
9.05pm The Fallen BBC2 – Three-hour documentary remembering every single serviceman and woman who has died while serving with the British armed forces in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past seven years. Directed by Morgan Matthews.Sunday7.00pm Jane Seymour Biography9.00pm I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! ITV1 – Return of the reality show hosted by Ant and Dec.

10.00pm John From Cincinnati FX – US drama series set in the surfing community of Imperial Beach, California. Starring Bruce Greenwood, Rebecca De Mornay, Austin Nichols, Ed O’Neill and Luke Perry.

10.30pm I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here Now! ITV2 – With Matt and Emma Willis and Mark Durden-Smith.

10.30pm Mark Lawson Talks to Quentin Blake BBC4

Guest list• Will Young, McFly on Everybody Loves Lil’ Chris Channel 4, Saturday• Davina McCall, Kelly Jones, Alesha Dixon, Mitch Hewer on Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC2, Thursday• Alan Carr, Tom Jones on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday• Jack Dee, Miranda Hart on Have I Got News for You BBC1, Friday

9.15am How to Survive the Property Crisis BBC1 – Series offering advice for homeowners and house buyers with Kristian Digby, Declan Curry and Dominic Littlewood.
7.30pm Rough Guide to Tropical Islands
8.00pm The Ascent of Money
Channel 4 – Six-part series in which historian Niall Ferguson examines the role of money and financial institutions in world history.
8.00pm Metropolitan Opera Season: Peter Grimes
Sky Arts8.30pm Clone BBC3 – Sci-fi comedy series written by Adam Chase, an executive producer on Friends, starring Jonathan Pryce as Dr Victor Blenkinsop, a scientist working in a bunker deep below a Tesco Metro who creates the first human clone, which is designed to be an elite soldier, but turns out to be a kindly wimp. With Stuart McLoughlin as the Clone, Mark Gatiss as Colonel Black, Fiona Glascott as bartender Rose and Oliver Maltman as Ian, Blenkinsop’s long-suffering assistant.

9.00pm The Department Store BBC4 – Series in which Richard Macer examines the place of independent British department stores in the modern world.

9.00pm Location, Location, Location: A Survival Guide Channel 4 – Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer undertake property searches for three families hit by the current financial troubles.
9.30pm Summer Heights High BBC3 – Rerun of Chris Lilley’s parody of Australian high school life.
10.00pm Lipstick Jungle LivingTV – Return of the New York-based comedy drama.

Tuesday9.00pm Ultimate Road Wars Sky1
9.00pm Stone Age Apocalypse National Geographic
9.00pm Cromwell: God’s Executioner History Channel
10.00pm The Culture Show BBC2 – Return of the series presented by Mark Kermode and Lauren Laverne. The opener features Andrew Graham-Dixon on Titian, the film Local Hero, Grace Jones and Cameron Carpenter.and director of Waltz With Bashir.
10.30pm Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe BBC4 – Return of the satirical look at television.

Wednesday8.30pm Wild About Your Garden BBC1 – Six-part series presented by Nick Knowles in which urban spaces across Britain a makeover from The One Show’s wildlife reporter Ellie Harrison and garden designer Chris Beardshaw.
The Devil’s Whore Channel 4 – Four-part series about the English Civil War centred on the experiences of Angelica Fanshawe (Andrea Riseborough), a 17-year-old aristocratic woman who befriends leading Parliamentarians including Oliver Cromwell and Thomas Gainsborough. Also stars John Simm as anti-monarchist rebel Edward Sexby, Kenneth Branagh as Oliver Cromwell, Dominic West as Oliver Cromwell, Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rainsborough and Peter Capaldi as Charles I. Written by Peter Flannery (credits include Our Friends In The North) and Martine Brant; made by Company Pictures.

9.00pm Crimewatch BBC1

10.50pm Diamond Geezers: Real Crime ITV1


9.00pm Our Psychic Family Biography – Series following the “UK’s only psychic family”, the Hamilton-Parkers.

9.00pm Steeleye Span Night BBC4
9.30pm Gavin & Stacey
BBC1 – A terrestrial airing of the BBC3 sitcom starring Joanna Page, Mathew Horne, James Corden, Ruth Jones. Alison Steadman, Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb and Melanie Walters.
10.00pm The IT Crowd
Channel 4 – Third series of the sitcom written and directed by Graham Linehan, starring Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katharine Parkinson.
10.00pm Now That’s What I Call 1983 ITV1 – Entertainment special in which Danise Van Outen looks back at the year’s music and events. Features live performances by Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Heaven 17, Nick Heyward, Kajagoogoo, Paul Young, Ali Campbell and Tony Hadley.
10.35pm Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill
Channel 4
11.55pm World Music Awards
Channel 4 – Hosted by Nick Cannon in Monte Carlo featuring performances by Mariah Carey, Killers, The Script and Donna Summer.

Subject list • The South Bank Show Sam Taylor-Wood ITV1, SundayThis World The Man Who Armed the World. BBC2, Monday
Panorama African aid. BBC1, Monday Storyville I’m Not Dead Yet BBC4, MondayHorizon How Mad Are You? BBC2, TuesdayHigh Society Prince John: The Windsors’ Tragic Secret. Channel 4, Tuesday• True Stories Kurt Cobain – About a Son More4, Tuesday
Imagine How an Orchestra Saved Venezuela’s Children. BBC1, Tuesday
Comedy Classics Duty Free. ITV1, Tuesday
• Cutting Edge Special needs pets Channel 4, Thursday

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