The TV Week – what’s new 10-16 May

by | May 2, 2008 | All, TV Week

BBC Three At Radio 1’s Big Weekend BBC3 – Edith Bowman and Zane Lowe present coverage from Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, featuring performances by Madonna (at 9.15pm tonight), Usher, Kooks, Goldfrapp, The Feeling, Ting Tings and Black Kids. Concludes Sunday An audience-pleasing bill. Black Kids are the ones we want to watch most
7.30pm Secrets Of The Forbidden City
BBC2 – Documentary about the Chinese treasure in Ming Emperor Yongle’s palace.

Sunday 3.30pm A Heroes Welcome BBC1 – Highlights of Saturday’s musical and military spectacular from Windsor Castle in honour of the armed forces, presented by Kate Silverton
6.00pm BBC Young Musician of the Year: Grand Final BBC2
6.00pm Gladiators Sky One – A 10-part revival of the game show, presented by Ian Wright and Kirsty Gallacher. The 12 new Gladiators are: Atlas (aka Sam Bond, 24 from Bournemouth), Battleaxe (Shirley Webb, 26 from Edinburgh), Destroyer (Damar Martin, 38 from Croydon), Enigma (Jenny Pacey, 25 from Borehamwood), Ice (Caroline Pearce, 27 from Cambridge), Inferno (Jemma Palmer, 24 from Tamworth), Oblivion (Nicholas Aldis, 21 from Norwich), Panther (Kara Nwidobie, 26 from Morecambe), Predator (Du’aine Ledejo, 36 from Newark), Spartan (Roderick Bradley, 24 from Grantham), Tempest (Lucy Boggis, 19 from Quintin, Wiltshire) and Tornado (David McIntosh, 22 from Altrincham). Bulgetastic battering
7.00pm Don’t Forget The Lyrics Sky One – A 12-part game show hosted by Shane Richie based on a US hit in which contestants aim to win money by singing missing lyrics from hit songs. We might forget to watch.
8.00pm Tin Man Sci-Fi Channel – US drama based on the Wizard of Oz story, set in The Outer Zone, starring Zooey Deschanel as bored waitress DG and Kathleen Robertson as Azkadellia, plus Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough, Raoul Trujillo and Richard Dreyfuss. A hugely entertaining drama with big budget wizardry
8.05pm Wild China BBC2 – Six-parter exploring China’s landscapes, architecture, people and wildlife.
9.30pm Rihanna Live From the Bell Centre VH1
10.00pm Vegas Comes to China
National Geographic – Four-parter examining how Macau grew from a small town to a booming city thanks to the gambling industry.
10.05pm Russia: A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby BBC2 – Six-part series in which Jonathan Dimbleby takes an in-depth look at the country.

g Guest list• Vicky Entwistle, Kenny Dalglish and Dominic Wood on All Star Mr and Mrs, Saturday, ITV1• Chris Moyles, Mark Thomas, Jon Culshaw on Comedy Map of Britain, BBC2, SaturdayGuillemots, Ashlee Simpson, Kelly Rowland and Late of the Pier on The Green Room, Channel 4, Sunday• David Peace and Michael Parkinson discussing The Damned United about Brian Clough’s time as Leeds boss on The South Bank Show, ITV1, Sunday• Sir Salman Rushdie on Shrink Rap, Monday, More4• Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Raconteurs, Sharleen Spiteri, Scarlett Johansson, Glasvegas, Chatham County Line and Mary Wilsonon Later Live…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Tuesday• Black Lipson The Wall, BBC3, Tuesday• Cynthia Nixon.on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, ThursdayHave I Got News for You, BBC1, Friday• Sarah Jessica Parker, Andrew Marr, Anthony Head, Yazoo on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday• Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Raconteurs, Sharleen Spiteri, Scarlett Johansson, Glasvegas, Chatham County Line and Mary Wilson on Later…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Friday

Monday 6.30pm Monkey Life Five – Natural history series about the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.
9.00pm The Duke
ITV1 – Two-part documentary following the duke at work and play over the past 12 months plus interviews by Trevor McDonald and footage the duke filmed himself. Continues Tuesday Two old bores in one missable package.

9.00pm Teen Mum High BBC2 – Documentary featuring a pupil referral unit for pregnant schoolgirls.9.00pm Herod: Behind The Myth History Channel

9.00pm The Dinosaur Mummy Channel 4 – Documentary about the 2003 discovery of a 67-million-year-old dinosaur “mummy”.

9.00pm Gordon Ramsay’s F Word Channel 4 – A 12-part series of the food magazine, with guest appearances in the opener by Wendi Peters, Geri Halliwell and James Corden. Regular items include Janet Street-Porter rearing two veal calves; Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite in which he tries to get couch potatoes into the kitchen; and Teach Gordon Ramsay a Lesson. Tired old formula which won’t be helped by the likes of Wendi Peters.
What Happened Next? BBC4 – Series following up classic BBC documentaries, starting with the 1973 film about Global Village Trucking Co., a rock group living in a Norfolk commune with their families, friends, roadies and managers.
9.00pm Abortion: The Choice BBC2 – Documentary featuring women as they face the decision of whether or not to have an abortion.
9.00pm Football Funnies: The Best Ever
10.00pm The World’s… and Me Channel 4 – Four-part series in which comedian Mark Dolan examines people with extreme physiques, beginning with the world’s tallest people.
10.35pm The Classical Brit Awards 2008 ITV1 – Myleene Klass presents the ceremony from London’s Royal Albert Hall featuring performances by Andrea Boccelli, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Nigel Kennedy and Anna Netrebko.
11.10pm Sex and the City World Premiere Channel 4

8.00pm Megastructures Five – Return of the documentary series about huge engineering projects.
9.00pm Half Ton Dad Channel 4
10.00pm The Girl in the Box Five – Documentary about a bizarre 1970s kidnapping case.
11.20pm Virgin Memories BBC2 – A light-hearted look at the loss of virginity.

10.00pm Panorama: The Challenge of the 60s BBC4 – Experts and diplomats look back at a 1960 Panorama programme predicting how the world would change.

Friday 8.00pm Jericho Hallmark – Series two of the US drama set in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion. Stars Skeet Ulrich and Lennie James.

8.00pm Deadliest Catch Channel 4 – Series on big sea fishing.

8.30pm A Question of Sport: FA Cup Final Special BBC1
9.00pm Return of Genesis Night
BBC4 – An evening of programmes marking the reunion of Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, featuring Genesis – Come Rain Or Shine and When In Rome.

9.00pm Sonny Rollins Jazz – Saxophone Colossus Sky Arts

9.30pm An Audience Without Jeremy Beadle ITV1 – An hour-long special celebrating the TV star’s career, hosted by Chris Tarrant featuring clips from Game For A Laugh and Beadle’s About and contributions from his friends and family, celebrity guests and victims of his practical jokes. Tribute to a star from the days when TV was fun not cynical.

11.45pm Raines ITV1 – Terrestrial airing of the shortlived US drama series starring Jeff Goldblum as a Los Angeles detective.
g Subject listDispatches Anti-aging creams. Channel 4, Monday
Panorama School exams. BBC1, MondayTrue Stores Carnival workers. More4, TuesdayNatural World Superfish BBC2, TuesdayThe True Story Amityville Horror. Five, WednesdayStoryville The Battle for Jerusalem/My Israel. BBC4, WednesdayThose Were the Days 1976’s hot summer ITV3, Wednesday
Cutting Edge Art forging pensioners. Channel 4, Thursday
Storyville Flipping Out – Israel’s Drug Generation. BBC4, Thursday

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