The TV Week – 3-9 January 2009

by | Dec 17, 2008 | All, TV Week

Saturday8.30am Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab BBC2 – Children’s science game show hosted by the Top Gear reporter.

9.00am Who Wants to Be a Superhero? BBC2 – Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes present a UK version of the reality show in which people dress as superhroes.

5.35pm Doctor Who Confidential: The Ten Doctors BBC1

6.10pm Total Wipeout BBC1 – An eight-part UK version of the global hit game show in which contestants compete in wacky but demanding obstacle courses. Hosted by Richard Hammond with Amanda Byram.

7.10pm Eurovision: Your Country Needs You BBC1 – Series in which Andrew Lloyd Webber masterminds the search for this year’s UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, including his trip round Europe to pick up tips.

7.20pm Demons ITV1 – Saturday evening drama series starring Philip Glenister,in which the legacy of Dracula infects modern-day London. Glenister plays American sceptic Rupert Galvin, with Christian Cooke as his teenage godson, Luke, the descendant of vampires, Holliday Grainger as his best friend Ruby, Zoe Tapper as blind pianist Mina Harker Zoe Tapper, who is an authority on the entities preying on humanity, Richard Wilson as Father Simeon, Mackenzie Crook as the villainous Gladiolus Thrip and Kevin McNally as half-man half-rat Mr Tibbs.

8.00pm A History Of Scotland January 2009, BBC2 – Series presented by Neil Oliver exploring Scotland’s taking landscapes and landmarks.

9.00pm Prog Rock: Timeshift/The Old Grey Whistle Test: ELP on Tour BBC4

9.05pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Celebrity Special ITV1 – With Hilary Jones and Andrea McLean, Jonathan Ansell and Connie Fisher.

Sunday5.40pm Time Team Channel 4 – Return of the archaeology series fronted by Tony Robinson.

6.00pm Gladiators Sky1 – Return of the game show presented by Ian Wright and Caroline Flack.

6.05pm Creature Comforts ITV1 – Return of the animated comedy series.

7.00pm Celebrity Big Brother’s Little Brother E4 – With George Lamb.

7.00pm The Real Italian Job: James Martin’s Mille Miglia BBC2 – The chef competes in the annual 1000-mile classic car race through Italy.

7.30pm Harry Hill’s TV Burp ITV1 – First of four compilation shows.

8.00pm E! True Hollywood Story – Young Hollywood: A to Zac E!

9.00pm Swarm: Nature’s Incredible Invasions BBC1 – Two-part documentary featuring footage of animal swarms, narrated by David Tennant.

9.00pm Above Suspicion ITV1 – Two-part drama adapted by Lynda la Plante from her own novel, starring Kelly Reilly as DC Anna Travis, an ambitious police officer who is following in her late father’s footsteps and is assigned to her first murder case, with Ciaran Hinds as her volatile boss, DCI Langton, Jason Durr, Shaun Dingwall, Daniel Caltagirone and Michelle Holmes. Continues Monday

9.00pm The Antiques Rogue Show BBC2 – Drama documentary about art forger Shaun Greenhalgh, featuring Jeremy Swift, Peter Vaughan and Liz Smith.

9.00pm When in Rome: Genesis in Concert/Mark Lawson Talks to Phil Collins/Genesis: Come Rain or Shine BBC4

Guest list• Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer on The Sunday Night Project, Channel 4, Sunday• Lenny Henry, Andy Parsons and Ed Byrne on Live at the Apollo BBC1, Friday

9.15am Wanted Down Under BBC1 – Reality show presented by Nicki Chapman in which families get to experience live in Australia.

4.35pm Half Moon Investigations BBC1 – A 13-part children’s comedy drama starring Rory Elrick as schoolboy private detective Fletcher “Half” Moon, based on Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer’s best-selling book. With Seb Charles as Red Sharkey, Olivia Grant as Mia Stone and Nicola Duffell as April Devereaux.

5.15pm MI High CBBC – A 13-part third series of the drama about young spies – Rose (Rachel Petladwala), Carrie (Charlene Osuagwu), Oscar (Ben Kerfoot) and Frank London (Jonny Freeman).

6.00pm Animal Park BBC2 – Kate Humble and Ben Fogle present coverage from Longleat Safari Park.

7.00pm The Diary Of Anne Frank BBC1 – Five-part drama by Deborah Moggach starring Ellie Kendrick as the Jewish girl who hid with her family from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic during the second world war. With Iain Glen as Otto Frank, Tamsin Greig as Edith Frank, Felicity Jones as Margot Frank, Roger Frost as Mr Kleiman, Tim Dantray as Mr Kugler, Mariah Gale as Bep, Kate Ashfield as Miep, Ron Cook as Hermann Van Daan, Lesley Sharp as Petronella Van Daan and Geoff Breton as Peter Van Daan.

8.00pm Fifth Gear Five – Return of the motoring magazine.

8.00pm Paul McKenna: I Can Make You Thin LivingTV – Series in which self-help guru Paul McKenna helps people lose weight. Continues all week.

8.30pm Masterchef BBC2 – Return of the daily cookery challenge with John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

9.00pm Science And Islam BBC4 – Three-parter in which professor Jim Al-Khalili examines the lives and achievements of scientisits in the medieval Islamic world.

9.00pm War Zone Five – Documentary series following the British forces at Kandahar airbase in Afghanistan.

9.00pm Spain – On The Road Again UKTV Food – Gwyneth Paltrow’s 13-part culinary road trip.

10.00pm Saving Gazza Channel 4 – Documentary about how the family of football legend Paul Gascoigne is coping with his alcoholism and mental illness.

10.00pm MacIntyre: World’s Toughest Towns Bravo – Documentary series fronted by Donal MacIntyre.

10.30pm Kill It, Cook It, Eat It BBC2 – Series hosted by Julia Bradbury in which nine contributors find out what is involved in the shooting, butchering and preparing of wild game for dinner.

10.35pm The Secret Diary of the Holocaust BBC1 – Documentary about the girl dubbed the ‘Polish Anne Frank’ – 14-year-old Rutka Laskier, who was murdered at Auschwitz in 1943.

Tuesday8.00pm Oz And James Drink To Britain BBC2 – Eight-part series in which Oz Clarke and James May enjoy drinks made in Britain.

8.00pm Planning Wars ITV1 – Documentary on the increasing development in Britain.

8.00pm Naked Nashville Sky Arts – Three-parter about the country music business in America.

8.30pm Tubular Bells: Mike Oldfield/Prog Rock Brittania: An Observation in Three Movements BBC4

9.00pm Nicholas Crane’s Britannia BBC2 – Three-parter in which Nicholas Crane undertakes a 5,000 mile, rediscovering the places chronicled in William Camden’s Britannia, printed in 1586.

9.00pm Crimewatch Solved BBC1

9.00pm Claire Sweeney’s Big Fat Diet TV1 – Documentary in which the actress explores being overweight.

10.00pm Dead Set Channel 4 – A three-part terrestrial airing of E4’s 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. Continues Wednesday, Thursday10.00pm Ross Kemp on Gangs: Liverpool Sky1

10.35pm Repossessed BBC1 – Documentary about three families battling to save their homes from repossession,
Wednesday8.00pm Waterloo Road BBC1 – Return of the school drama in a 20-part series. Stars Eva Pope as headmistress Rachel Mason, Denise Welch as Steph Haydock, Neil Morrissey as Eddie Lawson, Jason Done as Tom Clarkson, Christine Tremarco as Davina Shackleton, Shabana Bakhsh as Jasmine Koreshi, Chris Geere as Matt Wilding, Philip Martin Brown as Grantly Budgen, Katy Carmichael as Melissa Ryan, the new head of extended services, who is Rachel’s sister, Reece Douglas as Denzil Kelly, Adam Thomas as Donte Charles, Reece Noi as Earl Kelly, Thomas Milner as Paul Langley, Tachia Newall as Bolton Smilie and Elyes Gabel as new PE teacher Rob Cleaver.

8.00pm Relocation, Relocation Channel 4 – Return of the property series, in a 12-part run, fronted by Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer.

8.00pm It’s Not Easy Being Green BBC2 – Series in which Dick Strawbridge and son James team up with Lauren Laverne to live a more environmentally aware lifestyle.

8.00pm Ice Road Truckers Five – Documentary series following truckdrivers on Canada’s notorious ice highways.

8.00pm Andy Warhol’s Factory People Sky Arts – Series about the bohemian crowd that hung out at Andy Warhol’s New York studio.

8.00pm Monarch of the Glen ITV3 – Beginning a rerun of the drama set in a Scottish estate.

9.00pm Rick Stein’s Memoirs of a Seafood Chef BBC2

10.45pm Movie Connections BBC1 – Series about Britain’s biggest movies, narrated by Ashley Jensen, beginning with Monty Python and the Holy Grail.


8.00pm River Cottage Spring Collection Channel 4

8.00pm Cowboy Builders Five – Series fronted by Melinda Messenger and Dominic Littlewood in which homes wrecked by shoddy builders get a makeover.

8.00pm Life Of Riley BBC1 – Six-part sitcom starring Caroline Quentin as Maddy, who has married for a second time, to Jim, and they are struggling with their dysfunctional extended family. With Neil Dudgeon, Lucinda Dryzek, Taylor Fawcett, Patrick Nolan and Ava Lamb. Written by Georgia Pritchett; made for BBC Scotland by Catherine Bailey Productions.

8.30pm The Green Green Grass BBC1 – Return of the John Sullivan’s sitcom, in a nine-part run, starring John Challis and Sue Holderness return as Boycie and Marlene.

9.00pm Hustle BBC1 – Return of the drama about a team of con artists. Adrian Lester returns as gang leader Mickey Bricks, alongside Robert Glenister as Ash Morgan and Robert Vaughn as Albert Stroller, with Kelly Adams as Sara Naismith, Matt Di Angelo as Aaron and Bill Bailey as Cyclops.

9.00pm ER More4 – The 15th – and final – series of the US hospital drama.

9.00pm My Name Is Earl E4 – Series four of the US sitcom starring Jason Lee.

9.00pm Victorian Farm BBC2 – Series in which historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn move into a Victorian smallholding on the Acton Scott estate in Shropshire and live the life of Victorian farmers for a year.

9.00pm Total Emergency ITV1 – Series following all three major emergency services in Sheffield.

9.00pm Ozwald Boateng: Why Style Matters BBC4 – The Savile Row menswear designer talks about sytle.

10.00pm Brothers & Sisters More4 – Series three of the US family drama starring Calista Flockhart, Rob Lowe, Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths.

10.00pm Style on Trial BBC4 – Series in which Stuart Maconie and Lauren Laverne examine fashion decade by decade from the 1940s to the 1990s, joined by interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, showgirl/author Immodesty Blaize and Guardian columnist Annalisa Barbieri.

10.00pm Family Guy FX – Series six of the US animated comedy.

10.35pm Dexter ITV1 – Series two of the US crime drama starring Michael C Hall.

11.00pm The Closer More4 – Return of of the US drama series about the Los Angeles police department’s priority murder squad. Stars Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Tucker and Brad Rowe.

7.30pm Anne Frank Remembered BBC4 – Oscar-winning documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh.
9.00pm QI BBC1 – The sixth series of the comedy quiz hosted by Stephen Fry with regular panellist Alan Davies. Guests answering questions on Flotsam and Jetsam are Charlie Higson, Andy Hamilton and Rob Brydon.
9.00pm NCIS Five – US drama series about the US Navy’s dedicated federal agency. Stars Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, David McCallum, Pauley Perrette, Cote de Pablo and Sean Murray.
9.00pm Legends – The Beverley Sisters: Tickled Pink BBC4
10.00pm Plus One Channel 4 – Following a successful pilot on the Comedy Showcase strand, a five-part sitcom starring Rory Kinnear as unlucky-in-love Rob Black, whose girlfriend Linsey (Miranda Raison) leaves him to marry Duncan from Blue. With Nigel Harman as Rob’s brother Rich, Steve John Shepherd as his best mate Paul and Ruth Bradley as his colleague Laura. Features cameo appearances by Jamelia, Lisa Snowdon and Steve Jones. Written by Tim Allsop and Stewart Williams.
10.00pm Numb3rs Five – US detective drama about a maths genius recruited by the FBI to solve complex criminal cases. Stars Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, Alimi Ballard, Sabrina Lloyd and Peter MacNichol.

Subject list Dispatches Pupil behaviour. Channel 4, Monday Panorama Kids Behaving Badly. BBC1, Monday The Culture Show Martin Freeman Goes To Motown. BBC2, TuesdayTrue Stories Chinese art. More4, Tuesday
Storyville The launch of a revolutionary new telescope. BBC4, Wednesday
First Cut Money-saving. Channel 4, FridayNatural World Cuckoo BBC2, Friday

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