The TV Week – 22-28 November 2008

by | Nov 13, 2008 | All, TV Week


7.10pm Animals in the Womb: Cats Channel 4 – Documentary capturing the reproductive lives of domestic and wild felines.7.10pm Royal Ballet World Première: Wayne McGregor’s Infra BBC2

8.10pm Bear Eats: Born Survivor Channel 4 – A special edition of the adventure documentary featuring Bear Grylls’ struggle to get food in the world’s most inhospitable environments.
8.10pm Tess of the D’Urbervilles BBC4 – Rerun of the costume drama.9.10pm Einstein And Eddington BBC2 – Drama starring Andy Serkis as the German-born scientist Albert Einstein as he develops his theory of relativity, with David Tennant as British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, who was the first astrophysicist to understand the work. The cast also features Jim Broadbent, Jodhi May and Lucy Cohu. Written by Peter Moffat; made by Company Pictures.

Sunday7.00pm God Bless America Channel 4 – Documentary examining the future of America’s Religious Right after Barack Obama’s election win.
7.00pm Guinness World Records Smashed!
Sky1 – Series hosted by Ben Shephard and Fearne Cotton in which celebrities and members of the public attempt to break world records.
8.00pm Divas 2 ITV1 – A second special featuring female singers including Leona Lewis, Pink, Anastacia, Rihanna, Sugababes and the legendary Dionne Warwick. Hosted by Myleene Klass.
8.00pm Doomed to Die? 13 Most Shocking Hollywood Curses E!9.00pm Survivors BBC1 – A six-part modern version of the 1970s drama series set in in the aftermath of a devastating virus which wipes out most of the world’s population. Stars Julie Graham and Shaun Dingwall as Abby and David Grant, whose 11-year-old son Peter has just recovered from a near-fatal illness; Phillip Rhys as rich playboy Al Sadiq; Zoë Tapper as Dr Anya Raczynski, whose girlfriend is struck down by the virus; Paterson Joseph as Greg Preston, a former systems analyst; Freema Agyeman as primary school teacher Jenny Collins; Chahak Patel as 11-year-old Moslim boy Najid; Nikki Amuka–Bird as junior minister Samantha Willis; and Max Beesley as dangerous criminal Tom Price. Written by Adrian Hodges. Continues Tuesday10.00pm Mark Lawson Talks to Rolf Harris BBC4 – Part of the channel’s Rolf Harris Night.
Guest list• Take That on The X Factor, ITV1, Saturday• Mark Watson, Matthew Wright on Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC2, Thursday• Reese Witherspoon, Paul O’Grady, Ting Tings on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday• Al Murray, Germaine Greer on Have I Got News for You BBC1, Friday

9.15am Hospital Heroes BBC1 – Series following the work of doctors and nurses at King’s College Hospital.
11.00am Buy It, Sell It, Bank It?
BBC1 – Series hosted by Kristian Digby in which two developers bid for the same property at auction, with the losing bidder returning to give their verdict on the winner’s renovations.
8.00pm Kyle XY
LivingTV – US drama starring Matt Dallas as a boy with no memory of his past.
9.00pm Gerry Robinson and the Money Makers
BBC4 – Series in which businessman Sir Gerry Robinson talks to some of the country’s top financial movers and shakers, beginning with Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy.
9.00pm Catastrophe
Channel 4 – Five-part series presented by Tony Robinson investigating the history of natural disasters using CGI effects and contributions by experts.
10.00pm 24: Redemption
Sky1 – A feature-length special filmed in South Africa starring Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer who is on the run from the US government in a war-torn corner of Africa. With Robert Carlyle, Jon Voight, Cherry Jones and Gil Bellows.
10.00pm Hollyoaks Later E4 – A week of special episodes of the soap, featuring the return of Guy Burnet as Craig Dean.12.05am 4Music Sessions: Alphabeat/Lemar Channel 4

Tuesday9.00pm Road Wars Sky1 – The seventh series of the programme following police at work in Devon and Cornwall.

Wednesday8.00pm Combat Chefs Five – Series profiling the people responsible for feeding the 120,000 British troops stationed overseas.9.00pm Travels With Vasari BBC4 – A two-parter in which Andrew Graham-Dixon profiles the world’s first art critic, Giorgio Vasari.9.00pm The Big Bang Theory E4 – Return of the US sitcom about two nerdy physicists and their gorgeous neighbour.

10.00pm I’m a Celebrity… Made Me Rich Five


9.00pm The Jacksons Are Coming Channel 4 – Film-maker Jane Preston follows members of the famous musical family as they move to Appledore, a Devon fishing village.

8.00pm World’s Strongest Man Super Series Five – Coverage of the test of strength.
8.30pm Parents Of The Band
BBC1 – Six-part sitcom starring Jimmy Nail as Phil Palmer, who had one chart hit in the 1980s and is now managing, and meddling in, the three-piece band in which his teenage son Jack is the drummer. With Peter Losasso as Jack, Franz Drameh as Granville, David Barseghian as Eddie, Colin McFarlane as Ashton, Nicola Hughes as Carmen, Niky Wardley as Sandy, Geoff McGivern as Kipper and Nina Young as Marketa. Created by Jimmy Nail and Tarquin Gotch, who worked together on BBC series Crocodile Shoes and the film Still Crazy; written by David Cummings; made by BBC Vision Productions and Serious Entertainment Productions.
9.00pm Westway to the World/The Clash Live: Revolution Rock BBC4
10.35pm Live at the Apollo
BBC1 – Return of the comedy show recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, beginning with appearances by Michael McIntyre and Frankie Boyle.10.35pm Chris Rock: Kill The Messenger Channel 4

Subject list This WorldAmerican Time Bomb BBC2, Monday
Panorama African aid. BBC1, Monday
Natural World Cheeky Monkey BBC2, Tuesday
HorizonJimmy’s GM Food Fight BBC2, TuesdayHigh SocietyHigh Society’s Favourite Gigolo. Channel 4, Tuesday
The Culture Show Angelina Jolie, Titian, Martin Freeman with the Funk Brothers BBC2, Tuesday
Imagine Richard Serra: Man of Steel. BBC1, Tuesday

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