The TV Week – 25-31 October 2008

by | Oct 15, 2008 | All, TV Week


12.30pm Mission Beach USA BBC2 – Eight-part documentary series following eight British teenagers taking part in California’s junior lifeguard programme. They are Yasmine, 16, from Swansea; Emma, 17, from Halifax; Georgina, 17, from Portsmouth; Joe, 16, from Stockport; Sean, 16, from Swansea; Aine, 17, from County Derry; Jack, 16, from Devon; and Tommy, 16, from Cornwall.
8.00pm Most Haunted Live: Village of the Damned LivingTV – A seven-night paranormal investigation in Denbigh, a Welsh village allegedly cursed by witches and home to an asylum which has reportedly been the scene of ghostly activity. With Yvette Fielding.8.30pm Art Rocks Sky Arts – Five-part series revealing the artistic talents of rock stars, narrated by Jerry Hall. The series begins with Iggy Pop’s paintings and also features Moby, George Clinton, Graham Nash and Dave Stewart.
9.40pm The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector: Arena BBC2 – Documentary about the legendary music producer.10.00pm Chaka Khan One Classic Night Biography
11.20pm The Electric Proms 2008 BBC2 – Featuring Saturday Night Fever at London’s Roundhouse starring Robin Gibb, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gateley, Sam Sparro, Sharleen Spiteri and Gabriella Cilmi, plus Razorlight in Liverpool.

Sunday6.15pm Britannia High ITV1 – Series combining two 60-minute documentaries, and eight-part stage school drama and a live 90-minute performance. Take That’s Gary Barlow heads a team of songwriters who will write for the pupils of a fictional arts school, while Strictly Come Dancing’s Arlene Phillips is the head of choreography, and Grease is the Word judge David Ian will help select the performers. Stars Mitch Hewer, Georgina Hagen, Sapphire Elia, Marcquelle Ward, Matthew James Thomas and Rana Roy, Mark Benton as principal Nugent, Michele Austin as eccentric landlady Mrs Troy, Lorraine Pilkington as music mentor Anna and Chris Jarvis as dance mentor Jason.
7.10pm Dispatches: Jon Snow’s American Journey
Channel 4
7.30pm Futurama
Sky1 – The fifth series of Matt Groening’s sci-fi comedy animation series with 16 new episodes after a five-year gap.8.00pm Little Dorrit BBC1 – A 15-part adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic by Andrew Davies telling the story of the Dorrit family and the rich array of characters they encounter on their way from rags to riches and back again. Stars Matthew Macfadyen as Arthur Clennam who changes the lives of the Dorrits after spending 15 years in China, Claire Foy as sweet little Amy Dorrit (aka Little Dorrit), Tom Courtenay as her father Mr Dorrit, who is in Marshalsea debtor’s prison, James Fleet a Amy’s jovial uncle Frederick Dorrit, Emma Pierson as her flighty elder sister Fanny, Amanda Redman as Mrs Merdle, glittering wife of “the greatest man in London”, Andy Serkis as French villain Rigaud; Ruth Jones as Flora Casby, Robert Hardy as Tite Barnacle, whp heads the Circumlocution Office, Mackenzie Crook as accomplished storyteller Harris, Bill Paterson and Janine Duvitski as Mr and Mrs Meagles; Freema Agyeman as Tattycoram, Maxine Peake as the mysterious Miss Wade, Eddie Marsan as debt collector Pancks, Annette Crosbie as Mr F’s Aunt, Alun Armstrong as twins Jeremiah and Ephraim Flintwinch, Georgia King as Pet Meagles, Judi Parfitt as Mrs Clennam, Arthur Darvill as Tip and Russell Tovey as John Chivery. Continues Thursday8.00pm Dragons’ Den: Outside the Den BBC2 – Series revealing the lives of the Dragons’ Den Dragons, beginning with Theo Paphitis.8.00pm Stars Without Makeup E!
9.00pm Celebrity Scissorhands BBC3 – Third series of the reality show in which hairdresser Lee Stafford trains a group of celebrities to become hair and beauty experts. Presented by George Lamb with Steve Strange as image consultant. Contestants include The Apprentice’s Lucinda Ledgerwood, ex-EastEnders actress Shana Swash, singer Jay Sean and former Five Star member Stedman Pearson from Eighties pop sensation Five Star.
9.00pm In Love With Barbara BBC4 – Drama by Jacquetta May about the life and loves of romantic novelist Barbara Cartland, set mainly in the 1970s. Stars Sinead Matthews and Anne Reid as Cartland with David Warner as her friend, Lord Mountbatten, and Tom Burke as her adored younger brother, Ronald.9.00pm 9/11: The Conspiracy Files BBC211.10pm The Electric Proms 2008: Oasis BBC2
Guest list• New Kids on the Bloc, Pink, Cage the Elephant on Everybody Loves Lil’ Chris Channel 4, Saturday• Grace Jones, Kentucky Morning Jacket, Seu Jorge, Razorlight, Geraint Watkins on Later Live … With Jools Holland BBC2, Tuesday• Russell Brand, Martha Wainwright, Rachel Stevens, Sway, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Greg Davies on Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC2, Thursday
• Mickey Rourke, Jessica Biel, Martha Wainwright on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday
Jack Osbourne on The Prisoner. Five, Thursday
• Tom Baker, Chris Addison on Have I Got News for You BBC1, Friday• David Attenborough, Miley Cyrus, Frank Skinner, the Killers on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1 Friday• Grace Jones, Kentucky Morning Jacket, Seu Jorge, Razorlight, Geraint Watkins on Later… With Jools Holland BBC2, Friday

4.00pm Rosemary Shrager’s School for Cooks ITV1 – Daily competition among amateur cooks.
5.00pm Golden Balls ITV1 – Return of the game show hosted by Jasper Carrot.8.00pm Autumnwatch BBC2 – Bill Oddie and Kate Humble present their daily nature watch from the island of Brownsea in Dorset.8.00pm Ty’s Great British Adventure UKTV Style – Series in which US makeover expert Ty Pennington helps residents of the Cornish town of Portreath to transform their rundown park.9.00pm Spooks BBC1 – Series seven of the spy drama, in an eight-part run with the world still facing the threat of Islamist terrorism and Russia’s re-emergence as a superpower. Richard Armitage joins Rupert Penry-Jones (Adam Carter), Hermione Norris (Ros Myers), and Peter Firth (Harry Pearce) in the cast playing MI5 officer Lucas North, who has spent the past eight years in a Russian prison. Continues Tuesday.

9.00pm Prescott – The Class System And Me BBC2 – Two-parter in which former cruise ship steward and deputy prime minister John Prescott examines the class system, with visits to Hull, the Hay On Wye literary festival and the Henley Regatta.

9.00pm Embarrassing Teenage Bodies Channel 4 – Four-part medical advice series for British teenagers, being shown on consecutive nights.9.00pm The Aztec Massacre History Channel
9.40pm Argumental Dave – A 12-part comedy show hosted by John Sergeant in which teams captained by Marcus Brigstocke and Rufus Hound debate silly subjects. Guests include Jimmy Carr, Sue Perkins, Ed Byrne, Johnny Vegas, Andy Parsons, Lucy Porter, Mark Watson, Andrew Maxwell, Phill Jupitus and Hugh Dennis.
10.00pm Dead Set E4 – Five-part horror thriller written by Guardian columnist/Nathan Barley co-writer Charlie Booker. It is set in the Big Brother house where, outside, zombies are on the loose. Stars Jaime Winstone as a production runner, Andy Nyman as the producer Patrick and Riz Ahmed as her boyfriend Riq, with guest appearances by Davina McCall and former Big Brother housemates.
10.00pm I Want My Dad Back Channel 4 – Documentary following psychotherapist Professor Andrew Samuels as he tries to repair bonds between absentee dads and their lost sons.10.30pm Tim Marlow On… Rothko Sky Arts
11.50pm A Sikh’s Journey Home BBC1 – Documentary linked to the Diwali festival following a year in the life of the Mankoo family, who have lived in London for the 30 years.


9.00pm Eric Bristow’s Golden Arrows ITV4 – A look at classic darts characters and matches.
10.00pm Neil Morrissey’s Risky Business
Channel 4 – Three-part series following the actor as he sets up his own brewery with his best friend.10.40pm The Troubles I’ve Seen ITV1 – Documentary presented by Eamonn Holmes marking the 40th anniversary of the start of the Northern Ireland conflict. Features contributions by James Nesbitt, Patrick Kielty, Charles Lawson, Barry McGuigan and Andrea Catherwood.

10.50pm This Is Nollywood Sky Arts – Documentary on the Nigerian film industry.

8.00pm National Television Awards
ITV1 – Hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald live at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Accompanied by Backstage Exclusive at The National Television Awards at 10.00pm on ITV2 with Sara Cox and Scott Mills.Thursday

7.30pm The Money Programme BBC2 – A five-part series examining different aspects of the credit crunch.
8.00pm Live from the Red Carpet: Quantum of Solace E!9.00pm The Suffolk Strangler: Real Crime ITV1
10.00pm Life
ITV3 – US drama starring Damian Lewis as Detective Charlie Crews, a policeman who rejoins the force after serving a prison sentence for a crime he did not commit. With Brooke Langton as Crews’ friend and attorney Constance Griffiths and Sara Shahi as his new partner Dani Reese. With Robin Weigert and Adam Arkin.
10.00pm Batteries Not Included Dave – Series featuring the latest gadgets, fronted by Dom Joly and John Cleese with Katy Brand, Ed Byrne, Hugh Dennis and John Thompson playing Guess the Gadget.10.35pm Russell Brand’s Ponderland Channel 4 – A five-part second series two of the show in which the comic addresses a different topic each week, aided by archive TV clips.
12.05am How To Look Good Naked USA
E4 – US version of the makeover show, hosted by Carson Kressley.

7.00pm Barack Obama Biography
7.30pm Dead Art Sky Arts – Series exploring art in city cemeteries, beginning with Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider exploring eclectic memorial sculptures in New York.
9.00pm Backstreet Boys: Live at the O2 VH1
9.30pm Neil Young Night

Subject list

The South Bank Show Cildo Meireles, ITV1, Sunday

Panorama Government-held information. BBC1, Monday Despatches Hedge funds. Channel 4, Monday Storyville When Borat Came To Town BBC4, Monday The Dark Side of Fame With Piers Morgan Chantelle Houghton BBC1 MondayTrue Stories Jesus Politics More4, TuesdayImagine Jay-Z. Tuesday, BBC1Classical Legends Nathan Milstein BBC4, Friday

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