The TV Week – 6-12 June 2009

by | May 29, 2009 | All, TV Week

10.55am Kasabian Live Channel 4
4.20pm D-Day 65: The Veterans Return BBC1 – Fiona Bruce, James Naughtie and Dan Snow report live from Normandy on the events that mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day.
4.30pm BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2009 BBC2 – Preview of the search for a new opera star, ahead of a week of concerts on BBC4.
6.30pm Athletes Do the Funniest Things ITV1 – With Stephen Mulhern.
7.00pm D-Day Remembered BBC4 – Fiona Bruce presents an evening of programmes to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day from Normandy.
7.30pm Totally Saturday BBC1 – Seven-part entertainment show hosted by Graham Norton springing surprises on members of the audience. Each show features celebrity guests, beginning with Lionel Richie and Boyzone.
8.00pm ER
Channel 4 – Terrestrial airing of the 15th and final series of the US hospital drama.
9.30pm Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow BBC1 – Six-part series showcasing up-and-coming stand-up acts and established stars. Features Rhod Gilbert, Mark Watson, Stewart Francis and Kevin Bridges at the Edinburgh Playhouse; Jason Manford, John Bishop, Mick Ferry and Sarah Millican at the Manchester Apollo; Shappi Khorsandi, Tom Stade, Steve Hughes and Paul Tonkinson at the Birmingham Hippodrome; Sean Lock, Steve Williams, Ava Vidal and Alun Cochrane at the Swansea Grand; Al Murray, Jon Richardson, Micky Flannigan and Jo Caulfied at the Brighton Dome; and Patrick Kielty, Neil Delamere, Jeff Green and Kerry Godliman at the Belfast Waterfront Hall.
9.45pm Arena: TS Eliot BBC2 – The life and work of the poet.
10.00pm Bill Bailey Tinselworm Channel 4 – Comedy show filmed at Wembley Arena. Sunday7.00pm Bremner, Bird & Fortune: The Last Show Before the Recovery Channel 4 – Three-parter in which Rory and the two Johns satirise the financial crisis. With Pauline McLynn and Frances Barber.
8.00pm Hope Springs BBC1 – Eight-part comedy drama series about four female ex-convicts who plan to create a new life for themselves in Barbados with £5m stolen from one of their husbands, but end up in the Scottish village of Hope Springs instead. Stars Alex Kingston as Ellie, the feisty leader of the gang, Annette Crosbie as local gossip Sadie and Christine Bottomley as streetwise Shoo Coggan plus Sian Reeves, Vinette Robinson, Ronni Ancona, Paul Higgins and Alec Newman . Written by Ann McManus, Maureen Chadwick and Liz Lake; made by independent production company Shed Productions.
8.00pm Wife Swap Channel 4 – The reality show returns with a celebrity special featuring comedians Rhona Cameron and Stan Boardman.
8.00pm Stephen Tompkinson’s African Balloon Adventure ITV1 – Three-part series in which the actor and hot air balloon pilot Robin Batchelor take an aerial tour of Africa.
9.00pm The Apprentice Final/The Apprentice: You’re Hired BBC1
9.00pm Kingdom ITV1 – Return of the drama series starring Stephen Fry as a solicitor in a small seaside town. With Hermione Norris, Celia Imrie, Karl Davies, Tony Slattery and Phyllida Law.
10.00pm Ladies of Letters ITV1 – Terrestrial airing of the ITV3 comedy starring Maureen Lipman and Anne Reid.

Guest list• Shappi Khorsandi and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall onHave I Got News for You BBC1, Friday• Jack Black, Sue Perkins, Giles Coren, Take That on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday

6.00pm Ultimate Tourist Scams
Crime & Investigation
7.30pm BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2009 BBC4 – Peteroc Trelawny hosts daily coverage of the competition involving 25 of the best young opera singers from around the world.
8.00pm Fifth Gear Five – Return of the motoring magazine presented by Tim Shaw, Tiff Needell, Tom Ford and Jason Plato.
9.00pm The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies Channel 4 – Three-parter in which 16-year-old composer Alexander Prior finds four musical prodigies, aged nine to 15, from around the world.9.00pm Ross Kemp In Search Of Pirates Sky 1 – Three-parter in which the actor investigates modern piracy.
9.00pm I’m a Celebrity… USA ’09 ITV2 – Myleene Klass presents the US version of the reality show. Contestants include Stephen Baldwin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Heidi Montag and Sanjaya Malakar.
9.00pm My Child Won’t Sleep ITV1
10.00pm Miami SWAT Sky1 – Series following the city’s special response team.
Tuesday8.00pm Property Snakes & Ladders Channel 4 – An 11-part series in which Sarah Beeny examines the housing market meltdown.
9.00pm Living With Monkeys – Tales From The Treetops BBC1 – Two-parter in which primatologist Dr Julie Anderson and adventurer Guy Grieve visit Gabon’s rainforest to study the red-capped mangabey monkey. Continues Wednesday
10.00pm Gerry Robinson’s Car Crash BBC2 – The business troubleshooter investigates Britain’s ailing car industry.
10.35pm Don’t Call Me Stupid ITV1 – Celebrity quiz hosted by Alexander Armstrong in which celebrities leatn about each other’s passions, beginning with former Tory leader Michael Howard and dancer Wayne Sleep tested on Liverpool FC and West End musicals.Wednesday8.00pm Celebrity MasterChef BBC1 – Cookery contest hosted by John Torode and Gregg Wallace, featuring Rosie Boycott, Joel Ross and Michael Obiora, then Jan Leeming, Jayne Middlemiss and Joe Swift. Continues on Thursday – with Shobna Gulati, Sian Lloyd and Dennis Taylor and Tracy-Ann Oberman, Saira Khan and Brian Moore – and with the final on Friday.10.00pm Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam Night BBC4Thursday
9.00pm Krod Mandoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire BBC2 – Comedy spoof of medieval times starring Sean Maguire as reluctant hero Krod who becomes the last great hope in the fight against the evil Chancellor Dongalor, played by Matt Lucas. With India De Beaufort, Steve Speirs, Kevin Hart, John Rhys-Davies, James Murray, Marques Ray Mascarinas and Alex Macqueen. Created by Peter Knight, who wrote the scripts with Brad Johnson.
9.00pm May Contain Nuts ITV1 – Two-part comedy drama about pushy mothers starring Sophie Thompson and Shirley Henderson as parents who will do almost anything to ensure their children get into the best school in south-west London. Based on John O’Farrell’s best-selling novel, adapted by Mark Burton. With Darren Boyd, Elizabeth Berrington, Tony Gardner and Justin Edwards.
9.00pm When Diets Go Wrong BBC3 – Actress Mikyla Dodd examines various dieting disasters.
10.00pm That Mitchell And Webb Look BBC2 – A third six-part series of the comedy sketch show starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
11.05pm TNT Show
Channel 4 – A 12-part topical entertainment show fronted by Jack Whitehall and Holly Walsh.

7.00pm/10.00pm The Isle of Wight Festival 2009 ITV2 – Fearne Cotton and Rufus Hound present performances by Iglu and Hartly, the Noisettes, the Ting Tings, Basement Jaxx and The Prodigy.
8.00pm Air Force Afghanistan Five – Documentary series following the British service personnel at Kandahar air base in southern Afghanistan.10.00pm The Book Quiz Poetry Special BBC4 – Kirsty Wark presents the literary panel game,with contestants Andrew Motion, Brian Patten, Alice Eve and Natalie Haynes.

Subject list Storyville Blindsight – Everest the Hard Way. BBC4, Sunday
Dispatches Credit crunch. Channel 4, Monday• Panorama Obama and the Ayatollah. BBC1, Monday
Extraordinary People Real Wolf Kids. Five, Monday
Storyville Angels of Rio. BBC4, MondayTrue Stories Act of God. More4, TuesdayCutting Edge Two Feet Tall Teen. Channel 4, ThursdayMy Life In Verse Cerys Matthews BBC2, Friday

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