The TV Week – 16-22 May 2009

by | May 8, 2009 | All, TV Week

8.55am Yo Gabba Gabba Channel 4 – Cult US kids show featuring live action, animation, music, dance and celebrity guests.
6.20pm Eurovision – Jade’s Story BBC1 – Graham Norton presents the story of the UK’s Eurovision entrant.
7.00pm Bear Grylls: Born Survivor Channel 4 – A 10-part third series featuring adventuresin some of the most hostile areas in the world.
8.00pm Eurovision Song Contest BBC1 – Graham Norton presents coverage of the 54th Contest, from Moscow, Jade Ewen representing the UK.
9.00pm The Kinks Biography
9.00pm Arena: Dylan Thomas: From Grave to Cradle BBC4
10.00pm Ian Hislop’s Changing Of The Bard BBC4 – Documentary about the role of the Poet Laureate, including an interview with the outgoing holder of the post, Andrew Motion.
11.00pm Carol Ann Duffy: Secular Prayers
11.20pm The Violent Highway
BBC2 – Documentary about The Highway in east London which has twice the national average for violent crime.
Sunday4.00pm Lost: A Journey In Time Sky1 – Documentary exploring US drama Lost’s mysterious relationship with time.
6.00pm Chelsea Flower Show BBC1 – Alan Titchmarsh begins a week of coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
6.00pm Whale That Blew Up In The Street National Geographic
9.00pm Pulling BBC3 – A one-off special episode to conclude the sitcom about best friends Karen (Tanya Franks), Donna (Sharon Horgan) and Louise (Rebekah Staton).
9.00pm The Unloved Channel 4 – Single drama set in Nottingham, directed by actress Samantha Morton based on her experiences as a young girl growing up in a children’s home. Stars Robert Carlyle, Susan Lynch, Craig Parkinson, Andrea Lowe, Molly Windsor and Lauren Socha. Written with Tony Grisoni.
9.00pm History’s Hardest Prison
National Geographic
9.30pm Poetry Please – 30 Years Of The People’s Poetry BBC4 – Tribute to BBC Radio 4’s long-running poetry request programme. Contributors include presenter Roger McGough, Ian McMillan, Wendy Cope, Andrew Motion, Andrew Sachs, Kenneth Cranham, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rick Stein and David Blunkett.

Guest list Rebecca Romero on Beat the Star, ITV1, Sunday• Kasabian, The Pretenders, Baaba Maal, Regina Spektor, Golden Silvers, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble onLater Live … With Jools Holland BBC2, Tuesday, FridayThe Justin Lee Collins Show ITV2, ThursdayIsabella Rossellini, Juliette Lewis on The Graham Norton Show. BBC2, Thursday• Alexander Armstrong, Reginald D Hunter and Stuart Maconie onHave I Got News for You BBC1, Friday• Martin Sheen, Yvette Fielding, Grace Jones and Scott Maslen on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday
Monday 2.15pm Moving On BBC1 – Series of five contemporary dramas running across the week: The Rain Has Stopped by Karen Brown, starring Shelia Hancock and Bhasker Patel; Bully by Marc Pye, starraing Mark Womack and Lee Boardman; Drowning Not Waving by Sarah Deane starring Christine Tremarco and Richard Armitage; Dress To Impress by Arthur Ellison starring Ian Hart and Dervla Kirwan; and Butterfly Effect by Esther Wilson starring Lesley Sharp and Joanne Frogatt.
5.00pm Divided ITV1 – Game show fronted by Andrew Castle.
7.00pm Monster Bass National Geographic
8.00pm NCIS FX – Return of the US drama series following a team of special agents who investigate crimes connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel.
9.0opm 1066: The Battle for Middle Earth Channel 4 – Two-part drama about the year of the Norman conquests, following ordinary Sussex villagers caught up in the invasion. Stars Mike Bailey, Francis Magee, Soren Byder and Anthony Debaeck; written by Peter Harness. Continues Tuesday.
9.00pm Tears, Lies & Videotape ITV1 – Documentary about notorious criminal liars, including Karen Matthews, Tracie Andrews and Ian Huntley.
9.00pm The Great Contemporary Art Bubble BBC4 – Examining the rise and fall of the contemporary art market.
9.00pm The Trouble With Working Women BBC2 – Two-parter examining issues facing working women, presented by Sophie Raworth and Justin Rowlatt. Concludes Tuesday.

Tuesday8.00pm Make My Body Younger BBC3 – Series presented by George Lamb and Dr James Lambert advising people with excessive lifestyles how to become healthier.
9.00pm Blood, Sweat and Takeaways
BBC3 – Series in which a group of young consumers leave behind their takeaways, restaurants and supermarkets in the UK to visit the farms and processing factories of Asia.
Dollhouse SciFi – US drama series created by Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. The story centres on a mysterious organisation that erases the memories of its agents and imprints them with a new personality. Stars Eliza Dushku as as Echo.
9.00pm The Great British Wedding BBC4 – Documentary about how Britons tie the knot, narrated by Mark Benton.
10.30pm Make ’em Laugh
BBC4 – Six-part series chronicling the history of American comedy.
10.35pm The Classical BRIT Awards 2009
ITV1 – Presented by Myleene Klass at London’s Royal Albert Hall.Wednesday9.00pm Why Poetry Matters BBC2 – Griff Rhys Jones launches the BBC’s Poetry Season with a celebration of the power of verse.
9.00pm Feasts
BBC4 – Three parter in which food writer Stefan Gates visits some of the most extraordinary feasts and festivals on earth.
10.00pm Simon Cowell: Where Did It All Go Right? FiveThursday
8.00pm The Home Show Channel 4 – An eight-part second series of the programme in which George Clarke travels the country meeting new owners of forgotten, neglected properties and helping them convert them into modern use.
8.00pm Playing the Part
BBC1 – Reality programme pilot in which Waterloo Road star Denise Welch returns to her home town of Consett, County Durham to spend a week playing the part of a real teacher.
9.00pm My Weapon is a Dog
BBC3 – Documentary about young men who own dangerous dogs.
10.30pm The Real Hustle on Holiday
BBC3 – Hustlers Alexis Conran, Paul Wilson and Jessica Clement expose the scams targeting travellers out of their holiday.
10.30pm American Dad FX – Return of the animated comedy series.

7.0opm Hay-On-Sky Sky Arts – Daily coverage from the literary festival presented by Mariella Frostrup.
7.30pm Acis and Galatea from the Royal Opera House BBC4
9.00pm Off By Heart
BBC2 – Documentary on a nationwide poetry recitation competition for primary school children.
9.15pm The Night James Brown Saved Boston/BBC4 Sessions: James Brown
10.00pm Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Five – Return of the US crime drama series.
12.00am Album Chart Show: The Enemy Special
Channel 4

Subject list The Birth Of British Music George Frideric Handel. BBC2, Saturday The South Bank Show Out of Nigeria. Sunday, ITV1
• Dispatches
Britain’s Bankers: Still Cashing In. Channel 4, Monday
• Panorama Stem Cells and Miracles. BBC1, MondayStoryville The Baby and the Buddha. BBC4, MondayExtraordinary People Electric Human. Five, WednesdayCutting Edge Emergency in the Womb. Channel 4, Thursday

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