The TV Week – 27 September-3 October 2008

by | Sep 18, 2008 | All, TV Week

Beautiful People, BBC2, Thursday


5.30pm John Adams More4 – Seven-part Emmy Award-winning US drama series about the man who was elected as America’s first vice president and second president. Stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.
7.10pm Art of Arts on TV season BBC4 – Featuring Civilisation, The Shock of the New, Simon Schama’s Power of Art, Imagine… Who Cares About Art?, Mark Lawson Talks to Melvyn Bragg, The Photographer, his Wife, her Lover, The Late Show and Visions of Space.
8.05pm Timewatch BBC2 – Return of the historical documentary series with an investigation into a radical new theory about Stonehenge.10.45pm The Day After Peace BBC2 – Storyville documentary about filmmaker Jeremy Gilley’s attempt to establish a Day of Peace on September 21.

11.00pm The US Presidential Debate More4
11.20am RockCorps Channel 4 – Alex Zane and Nick Grimshaw present the Royal Albert Hall concert featuring Busta Rhymes, John Legend, The Guillemots and Feeder.
12.45pm 4Music Presents… Will Young
Channel 4
7.30pm Art of Arts on TV season BBC4 – Featuring Ways of Seeing, editions of 1960s arts series Monitor about Orson Welles, Henry Moore, Philip Larkin and John Betjeman, Pop Art and Alfred Hitchcock, The Art of Arts TV and The Genius of Photography.8.00pm Manufactured Landscapes Sky Arts – Landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky observes changes caused by industrial work and manufacturing.9.00pm NCIS FX – Series five of the US action drama.

9.00pm Gethin Jones’ Danger Hunters Virgin1 – Series in which the former Blue Peter presenter undertakes risky adventures.
9.00pm James May’s Big Ideas BBC2 – The Top Gear presenter seeks answers to scientific questions that perplex him.
9.00pm NASA’s Greatest Missions Discovery Channel10.00pm Breaking Bad FX – US comedy drama about a high-school chemistry teacher involved in illegal drug manufacturing. Stars Bryan Cranston from Malcolm In The Middle, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul and Dean Norris.
10.00pm The Art Of Arts TV
BBC4 – A three-part history of television arts programmes focuses on single arts films. Contributors include Sir David Attenborough, Joan Bakewell, Melvyn Bragg, Matt Collings, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Mike Hodges, Jonathan Miller, Jonathan Meades, Ken Russell, Brian Sewell and Alan Yentob. Continues Monday and Wednesday.
10.50pm Russell Brand on the Road BBC2 – Homage to author Jack Kerouac.
g Guest list• Bryan Adams, Justin Currie and Ben Harper on Live from Abbey Road, Saturday, Channel 4
• Emma Bunton, Lee Mack, Will Young, Pink, Indina Menzel, The English Gents on For One Night Only ITV1, Sunday
• Kaiser Chiefs, The Streets, Seasick Steve, TV On The Radio, Little Jackie and Boy George on Later Live … With Jools Holland BBC2, Tuesday• Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, John Legend on Al Murray’s Happy Hour ITV1 Friday• Michael Parkinson, Faye Dunaway, Alan Carr, Oasis on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1 Friday• Kaiser Chiefs, The Streets, Seasick Steve, TV On The Radio, Little Jackie and Boy George on Later… With Jools Holland BBC2, Friday

4.35pm The Sarah Jane Adventures BBC1 – Second 12-part series of the Dr Who spin-off drama for children starring Elisabeth Sladen as the Doctor’s former companion Sarah Jane Smith who is now working as an investigative journalist. With Thomas Knight, Daniel Anthony and Yasmin Paige.
7.30pm Art of Arts on TV season BBC4 – Featuring Ways of Seeing, Max Beckmann at the Tate, 1001 Nights of the Late Show, Cityscapes and The Art of Arts TV.
9.00pm Matt Damon Biography
10.35pm Real Crime ITV1 – Investigating the 1975 murder of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed.

Tuesday7.30pm Art of Arts on TV season BBC4 – Featuring Ways of Seeing, Imagine… Fantastic Mr Dahl and Arena at 30.

9.00pm Jamie’s Ministry of Food Channel 4 – Four-part series in which the chef tries to stop people eating ready meals and gets help from Julie Critchlow, the Rotherham woman who defied his school dinners campaign by giving pupils takeaways.9.00pm Clive Owen Biography

10.00pm Dawn Porter: Free Lover Channel 4 – Dawn Porter explores the most extreme ways of getting and being married, from polygamy and polyamory to mail order brides and geishas.
10.30pm Coming Of Age
BBC3 – Sitcom written by 19-year-old Tim Dawson about a group of sixth-form students living in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, who are always being thrown out of the pub and end up in a garden shed instead. Stars Anabel Barnston as Chloe, Tony Bignell as Matt, Hannah Job as Jas, Ceri Phillips as Ollie and Joe Tracini as DK.

Wednesday7.00pm Market Kitchen UKTV Food – Return of the daily magazine with Amanda Lamb and Rachel Allen joining Tom Parker Bowles, Matt Tebbutt and Matthew Fort.

7.30pm Art of Arts on TV season BBC4 – Featuring Ways of Seeing, A History of British Art, David Hockney’s Secret Knowledge, The Art of Arts TV and Arena: The Waugh Trilogy.

8.00pm Pride of Britain Awards 2008 ITV1 – Hosted by Carol Vorderman with appearances by Prince Charles, Gordon Brown, Paul McCartney, Ant & Dec, David Beckham, Torvill and Dean, Dame Shirley Bassey, Kevin Spacey, Simon Cowell, Bill Nighy and Team GB’s Olympic gold medallists.

9.00pm/10.00pm Heroes BBC2/BBC3 – Series three of the US action drama created by Tim Kring, concentrating on the original Heroes while introducing new villains.

9.00pm Silent Witness BBC1 – Return of the crime drama starring William Gaminara as Leo Dalton, Emilia Fox as Nikki Alexander and Tom Ward as Harry Cunningham. Concludes Thursday

9.00pm Sienna Miller Biography
10.00pm Living With… Boy George Living TV – One-off show in which the former pop star is followed by cameras.

8.30pm Railway Walks BBC4 – Series in which Julia Bradbury travels along old railway tracks.
9.00pm Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC2 Return of the pop quiz hosted by Simon Amstell. Guests include Mark Ronson, Harry Judd, Ralph Little and Tim Minchin.
9.00pm Ian Hislop Goes Off The Rails BBC4 – Documentary in which Hislop looks at the impact of the notorious 1963 Beeching Report, which led to the closure of many of Britain’s rural railway lines and stations.
9.00pm Cold Case Sky1 – Series six of the US crime drama starring Kathryn Morris and Danny Pino.
9.00pm Natural Born Sellers ITV1 – Six-part series in which eight salespeople compete to win a cash prize. Created by Dan Adamson, who worked on The Apprentice.
9.30pm Beautiful People
BBC2 – Family comedy series by Gimme, Gimme, Gimme writer Jonathan Harvey based on Nasty, the memoirs of New York window dresser Simon Doonan. Stars Olivia Colman as mum Debbie and Meera Syal as blind lodger Aunty Hayley. Other characters are Debbie’s husband Andy, an Irish softy and wine maker, her older sister Ashlene, a wannabe ghetto queen, teenage son Simon and his best friend Kyle, who are showtune crazy, and foul-mouthed grandma Narg. With Aidan McArdle, Layton Williams, Samuel Barnett and Luke Ward-Wilkinson.
10.00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC2 – Return of the chat show, with Harry Shearer and Travis guesting on the opener.
11.00pm The Closer More4 – Series three of the US drama series about the Los Angeles police department’s priority murder squad. Stars Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Tucker and Brad Rowe.

Friday 9.00pm Matthew McConaughey Biography
9.00pm Art of Arts on TV season BBC4 – Featuring Once Upon a Time in New York, Arena: The Burger and the King and Arena: My Way.
9.30pm Little Britain US
BBC1 – A UK airing of the US comedy series made by Matt Lucas and David Walliams, featuring new creations such as masculine gym buddies Mark and Tom; Phyllis, who is under the power of Mr Doggy, her King Charles spaniel; foulmouthed girl Ellie-Grace; Mildred and her shocked grandson Connor; astronaut Bing Gordyn; and the “happily married” Sandra and George. Features appearances by Geraldine James, Sting, Rosie O’Donnell and Paul Rudd.
11.15pm The US Vice Presidential Debate More4

g Subject listArt and Money The Great Russian Art Invasion Channel 4 , Sunday
Despatches Cameron’s Money Men. Channel 4, Monday
• Panorama David Cameron BBC1, MondayWho Do You Think You Are? Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen BBC1, Monday

The Dark Side of Fame With Piers Morgan Tracey Emin BBC1 MondayCutting Edge Dana: The Eight-Year-Old Anorexic. Thursday Channel 4Classical Legends Pinchas Zukerman. BBC4, Friday

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