The TV Week – 4-10 October 2008

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9.25am Everybody Loves Lil’ Chris Channel 4 – A seven-part entertainment show fronted by Lil’ Chris, the pop star discovered on reality show Rock School, following a successful pilot. Guests on the opener are Katy Perry, Jack Osbourne and The Feeling.
9.00pm Dancing with the Stars
Watch – The US version of Strictly Come Dancing.10.00pm Ice Road Truckers History Channel – Return of the series feauring truckers Hugh, Alex, Rick and Drew who travel Canada’s perilous ice road.
11.35am Frock Me Channel 4 – Seven-part fashion and music entertainment series for T4 presented by Alexa Chung and fashion designer Henry Holland. The opener features Daisy Lowe, the Kooks, Agyness Deyn and a style challenge in Sheffield.
5.45pm Bear Grylls: Born Survivor Channel 4 – Return of the series, in a seven-part run, featuring the adventurer in some of the world’s most inhospitable environments, from the Skeleton Coast of Namibia in the opener to the rapids in Zambia, desert canyons of Mexico, the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and the Andean Steppes.

6.10pm Big Cat Live BBC1 – An eight-part run of the series exploring Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve. With Kate Silverton, Simon King, Jonathan Scott and and Masai guide Jackson Looseyia.

8.00pm House Hallmark – Series four of the US medical drama starring Hugh Laurie.

9.00pm Fringe Sky1 – US science fiction drama about an international flight that lands in Boston with all its passengers and crew dead. Created by Lost creator JJ Abrams and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who worked with him on the forthcoming Star Trek film. Stars Anna Torv as FBI special agent Olivia Dunham, John Noble as scientific researcher Dr Walter Bishop, Joshua Jackson, as his estranged son, Lance Reddick as special agent Phillip Broyles, Kirk Acevedo, Blair Brown, Mark Valley and Jasika Nicole.

9.00pm Burn Notice FX – US drama series starring Jeffrey Donovan as a former US spy who uses his experience to help people in trouble. With Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless.

9.00pm The Secret Policeman’s Ball 2008 Channel 4 – Comedy show staged at London’s Albert Hall in aid of Amnesty International, featuring Al Murray, Andrew Maxwell, Chevy Chase, Dylan Moran, Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, Green Wing, Jeremy Irons, Jessica Stevenson, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Culshaw, Natalie Imbruglia, Omid Djalili, Richard E Grant, Ronni Ancona, Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman, Seth Green, The Magic Numbers, The Mighty Boosh and The Zutons.

9.00pm Law & Order: SVU Hallmark – Series nine of the US crime drama.

9.00pm Nightmare In Suburbia Crime & Investigation – Series investigating real crimes in the UK’s suburbs.

9.00pm Colin Farrell Biography

10.00pm The South Bank Show ITV1 – The arts series returns with a film about Ronnie Corbett followed by programmes about the band The Streets, headed by the Mike Skinner, , film-maker and photographer Sam Taylor-Wood, James Bond, Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles and St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre.

10.15pm Imagine – The Story Of The Guitar BBC1 – Three-parter in which Alan Yentob explores the history and culture of the guitar. Features contributions by John Williams, Paco Peña, Bert Weedon, Les Paul, Pete Townshend, BB King, Pete Townshend, Jack Black, Bill Bailey, Michael Tyack and Xue Fei Yang.

10.30pm Mark Lawson Talks to John le Carre BBC4

Guest list• Brian Wilson, Martha Wainwright and Teddy Thompson on Live from Abbey Road, Saturday, Channel 4 • Coldplay, The Hold Steady, Glen Campbell, SIA and Amy LaVere on Later Live … With Jools Holland BBC2, Tuesday• Stephen Fry, Dominic Cooper, Josie Long, Matt Schultz, Frankie Sandford on Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC2, Thursday
• Jennifer Saunders, Cyndi Lauper on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday
• Dawn French, Gok Wan, Sugababes on Al Murray’s Happy Hour ITV1 Friday• Colin Farrell, Sir Roger Moore on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1 Friday• Coldplay, The Hold Steady, Glen Campbell, SIA and Amy LaVere on Later… With Jools Holland BBC2, Friday

6.00pm Eggheads BBC2 – Return of the general knowledge quiz with Jeremy Vine sharing the role of host with Dermot Murnaghan.

8.00pm Dinosaur: A Time Team Special Channel 4

8.00pm In Search of Spanish Flu BBC4

9.00pm Eli Stone Sci Fi Channel – US comic fantasy legal drama starring Jonny Lee Miller as Stone, an ambitious lawyer who suffers from bizarre hallucinations predicting the future, normally accompanied by the lyrics of George Michael, who makes frequent guest appearances. The cast also includes Natasha Henstridge as Eli’s fiancée, Victor Garber as his boss and future father-in-law, Loretta Devine as his assistant, Julie Gonzalo as a rookie lawyer, Matt Letscher as Eli’s brother and doctor and James Saito as Eli’s acupuncturist Dr Chen. Created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim (credits include Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money).

9.00pm Rachel Allen: Bake! UKTV Food – A 15-part series offering advice on baking.

9.00pm World’s Toughest Fixes National Geographic – Series featuring Sean Riley tackling some of the world’s toughest repair jobs.

9.00pm The Story Of Maths BBC4 – Marcus du Sautoy, professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford, explores the 30,000-year-old history of mathematics.

9.00pm Unbreakable Five – Explorer Benedict Allen leads eight volunteers on a series of physical and mental tests in the Amazonian jungle.

9.30pm Ace Of Cakes UKTV Food – US series going behind the scenes of a bakery run by rock musician Duff Goldman.

9.30pm Rules of Engagement Paramount – Series two of the US sitcom.

10.00pm ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards ITV3 – A ceremony hosted by Alan Davies choosing the best crime thriller books, films and TV dramas, preceded by six programmes profiling authors Colin Dexter, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell, Lynda La Plante, Val McDermid and PD James.

11.20pm Inside Sport BBC1 – Return of the sports magazine presented by Gabby Logan.


8.00pm Richard & Judy’s New Position Watch – Chat show with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.
7.00pm Hairy Bikers Come Home
BBC2 – Dave and Simon explore the cuisine of the north of England.
8.00pm Twiggy’s Frock Exchange
BBC2 – Series in which model Twiggy heads a team of fashion experts helping women as they take part in clothes-swapping parties.
9.00pm Sunshine
BBC1 – Three-part comedy drama starring Steve Coogan as Bob ‘Bing’ Crosby, a compulsive gambler, written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey. With Bernard Hill as Bing’s father George, Lisa Millet as Bernadette, Bing’s childhood sweetheart and mother of their eight-year-old son, Joe (Dominic Senior), Craig Cash, Phil Mealey, Dan Ryan, Rita May, Lorraine Cheshire, Joan Kempson and Geoffrey Hutchings. Made by Cash and Mealey’s Jellylegs Productions. The project was originally scheduled to air on ITV with Peter Kay as the star, but that was abandoned when Kay pulled out.

9.00pm British Style Genius BBC2 – Five-part examination of the UK fashion industry, looking at the trends that have defined British style. Features contributions by Kate Moss, Twiggy, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Paul Smith, Ozwald Boateng, Philip Green and Stuart Rose.
9.00pm Jack: A Soldier’s Story
BBC3 – Series in which Ben Anderson spends two months with 24-year-old Lance Corporal Jack Mizon and a unit of Grenadier Guards in the Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.

9.00pm Cops with Cameras ITV1

10.00pm I Should Be Dead National Geographic – Series featuring extraordinary survival stories.

Wednesday8.00pm Peace, Love & Murder: The Ira Einhorn Story Crime & Investigation – The story of guru/killer Ira Einhorn.

9.00pm Greatest Cities of the World with Griff Rhys Jones ITV1 – Three-part documentary in which Rhys Jones explores a day in the life of London, Paris and New York.

9.00pm Paul Merton in India Five – Five-part travel series featuring the comedian.

9.00pm Wilderness Explored BBC4 – Documentary series about early European explorers who reached the wildernesses of Canada, the Congo and Australia.

9.00pm Hoodies Can Be Goodies BBC3 – Garron Mitchell tries to convince middle England that not all hoodie wearers are bad.

9.00pm Sanctuary ITV4 – A 13-part US sci-fi series from the creators of Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis putting actors into virtual reality sets. Stars Amanda Tapping as Dr Helen Magnus, a 157-year old physician who studies monsters, Robin Dunne as Helen’s reluctant protégé, psychiatrist Will Zimmerman and Emilie Ullerup as Helen’s fearless daughter Ashley.

9.00pm Psychic Children: Their Sixth Sense Biography

cancelled 10.00pm Pop Goes the Band LivingTV – Six-part series, made by ITV Productions, in which music acts from the 1980s reunited and given plastic surgery before playing a reunion gig. Features Shakatak whose frontwoman Jill Saward became seriously ill after a facelift, Bucks Fizz, Bananarama, Visage, Cleopatra, 911 and Chaka Khan.

10.35pm England Expects ITV1 – Documentary in which former England manager Graham Taylor explores the nature of the job. With contributions by Fabio Capello, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Glenn Hoddle, Harry Redknapp, Sir Trevor Brooking and Johann Cruyff.

11.00pm US Presidential Debate More4

9.00pm Blackadder: The Whole Rotten Saga GOLD – The story of the sitcom, featuring contributions by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson, Miriam Margolyes, Patsy Byrne and Brian Blessed.
9.00pm Big, Bigger, Biggest
National Geographic – Series featuring the the stories of the world’s biggest man-made structures.
9.00pm Between the Lines: Railways in Fiction and Film BBC4 – Novelist Andrew Martin examines how the train has shaped the work of writers and film-makers.
10.30pm The Real Hustle
BBC3 – Series six of the programme about scams, which will include tricks played in celebrities including Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page. Presented by Alexis Conran, Paul Wilson and Jessica-Jane Clement.

8.00pm Police Interceptors Five – Series following the high-speed police interception unit in Essex.
9.00pm The American Future: A History by Simon Schama
BBC2 – Four-part documentary series presented by Simon Schama looking at four of the critical issues facing the country: war, moral fervour, immigration and the economy.
9.00pm South Park Paramount – The animated comedy series returns with Cartman accidentally being infected with HIV.
9.00pm Guitar Night
BBC4 – Featuring Julian Bream, Guitar Heroes on Later… with Jools Holland and The Story of the Guitar.
9.00pm Last Of The Dambusters
History Channel
10.00pm Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong Channel 4 – Return of the comedy game show featuring two teams of celebrities competing in a test of their showbiz knowledge.

Subject listTimewatch Britain’s Forgotten Floods BBC2, Saturday

Art and Money Aboriginal art. Channel 4, Sunday

Panorama Should We Be Scared Of Russia? BBC1, Monday

Despatches Lap dancing. Channel 4, Monday

Storyville Dirty Tricks: The Man Who Got the Bushes Elected BBC4, Monday

The Dark Side of Fame With Piers Morgan Mickey Rourke BBC1 Monday
Comedy Classics Doctor in the House ITV1, Tuesday
Extraordinary People The Little Mermaid, Thursday, Five
Cutting Edge Narcolepsy. Thursday Channel 4

Classical Legends Itzhak Perlman: Virtuoso Violinist. BBC4, Friday

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