8.00pm The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 BBC1 – Live coverage of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest from Oslo, Norway, filled with glitter, glamour, dodgy outfits, wacky gimmicks and singing. The hopes of the UK rest on the young shoulders of Josh Dubovie, with Pete Waterman’s song That Sounds Good To Me. Hosted by Graham Norton.
6.00pm Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal Sky1 – First of a 2-part family drama. Richard Coyle and David Suchet lead an all-star cast in this third outing into Sir Terry Pratchett’s magical Discworld. Concludes Bank Holiday Monday
9.00pm The Big Personality Test: A Child of Our Time Special BBC1 – Two-part Child of Our Time Special hosted by Lord Robert Winston and Sophie Raworth. Catching up with some of the children, we learn their combination of personality traits. Concludes on Monday.
9.00pm An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbelby BBC2 – In the first of three films he travels across Mali, Ghana and Nigeria. On the River Niger he meets the men who dive for sand, learns the art of mud building in the ancient town of Djenne, and attends a court presided over by the King of the Ashanti, a former Brent council worker.
9.00pm The Genius of Britain Channel 4 – Five-part series some of Britain’s leading scientific figures tell the stories of the people behind these innovations. The first programme begins 350 years ago when a small group of friends, colleagues and rivals defied everything that was known about the world at that time. Stephen Hawking and Jim Al-Khalili explain how Isaac Newton saw mathematics at the root of everything, from gravity to light. Continues all week
10.25pm Blackadder Rides Again BBC1 – Another Chance to see the documentary celebrating the iconic sitcom which was first shown over Christmas 2008. Features interviews with the entire cast of the series.
Bank Holiday Monday
7.30pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV – Beginning a week of Live Shows every night this week with results at 9.30pm. Continues ALL WEEK
9.00pm The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister BBC2 – Drama telling the story of Anne Lister, 1791-1840, a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was a lesbian who kept her orientation secret from society at large but in private defied convention by living with her female lover. Anne kept an account of her life, loves and emotions in a fascinating and painfully honest 4,000,000-word journal. Its recent deciphering provides an astonishing insight into the life of the woman who has been called Britain’s first modern lesbian. Starring Maxine Peake, Anna Madely.
9.00pm Coronation Street ITV1 – A week of primetime episodes to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. Continues ALL WEEK.
8.00pm World Cup’s Most Shocking Moments BBC3 – Richard Bacon and guest presenter Peter Crouch look back on the 50 greatest shocks in the history of the World Cup, covering the last six tournaments and including moments such as Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’, Zinedine’s Zidane’s headbutt and England’s penalty pain.
10.00pm Bodyshock: I’m Turning Into a Giant Channel 4 – Thirty-one-year-old Tanya Angus from Nevada in the USA, who was once a pretty and popular young woman, now stands at 6ft 8ins and weighs almost 32 stone. Tanya is already one of the tallest and heaviest women on the planet. Alarmingly, she is still growing, and lives in agonising pain. Now doctors say she is the only woman in the world whose growth cannot be halted by medication. This Bodyshock special follows Tanya’s extraordinary journey as she struggles to come to terms with her unstoppable growth and joins the world’s leading doctors in a race against time to ultimately save her life.
9.00pm Atlantis: The Evidence – A Timewatch Special BBC2 – Historian Bettany Hughes unravels one of the most intriguing mysteries of all time. She presents a series of geological, archaeological and historical clues to show that the legend of Atlantis was inspired by a real historical event – the greatest natural disaster of the ancient world.
7.30pm Fifth Gear Five – New series of the Motoring series.
9.00pm Pulse BBC3 – One-off drama. A year after her mother’s death, Hannah resumes her training at one of the country’s top teaching hospitals. She is soon terrified by strange visions and the theatening behaviour of her ex-boyfriend and star surgeon Nick and wonders if she has come back too soon. But beneath the hospital’s reputation of medical excellence she discovers a secret network of dangerous experiments pushing back the boundaries of science. Starring Claire Foy and Ben Miles.
9.30pm Little Ships BBC2 – To mark the 70th anniversary of the ‘miracle of Dunkirk’, 50 of the surviving little ships which made the original perilous cross-channel voyage are returning to France. Dan Snow tells their extraordinary story: their role in the evacuation and the people who struggled to keep them afloat during those fateful days in 1940, when the future of Europe hung in the balance.
9.00pm When Romeo Met Juliet BBC2 – Two contrasting schools come together to put on a professional production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In a unique experiment, each school is cast as one of the two feuding families: Romeo and his Montague clan come from a Coventry city centre comprehensive while Juliet and the Capulets are from a Catholic school in the city’s northern suburbs. Trying to get the show on the road is artistic director of the National Youth Theatre, Paul Roseby.
9.00pm Fighting the Red Baron Channel 4 – Documentary following two modern-day pilots as they face the same challenges the aviators of WWI faced, in order to find out how aerial warfare changed so quickly in just four years.
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