The TV Week – what’s new 12-18 April 2008

by | Apr 3, 2008 | All, TV Week

WWW = we will watch WMW = we might watchSaturday
1.00pm Pussycat Dolls Present
Channel 4 – Choreographer Robin Antin, who created the Pussycat Dolls, recruits members of a new girl group called Girlicious.
5.45pm Animals Do the Funniest Things
ITV1 – Return of the clip show fronted by Stephen Mulhern.
6.05pm The Kids Are Alright
BBC1 – Entertainment show presented by John Barrowman featuring teams of four friends competing against a team of seven kids.
6.45pm All-Star Mr & Mrs
ITV1 – A celebrity version of the 1970s game show for married couples, presented by This Morning hosts Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield. Tonight’s contestants are Phil Tufnell and his wife Dawn, Shane Lynch and his wife Sheena, and Wendy Richard and her partner John Burns. Later programmes feature Coronation Street’s Vicky Entwistle, Anthony Head, Vic Reeves, Christopher Biggins, Lembit Opik and Gabriela Irimia and Laurence Llewelyn Bowen. WWW but we know it won’t be as good as in the Derek Batey days
7.00pm Lost
E4 – Beginning a rerun of the first series of the US mystery drama.
7.45pm Britain’s Got Talent
ITV1 – Series two of the talent show hosted by Ant and Dec, with acts judged by Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan. Accompanied by Britain’s Got More Talent on ITV2 presented by Stephen Mulhern. WWW (even though we detest Morgan) and hope that it’s as good as series one
9.00pm Pushing Daisies
ITV1 – Golden Globe-nominated drama US drama created by Bryan Fuller (Heroes) and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) starring Lee Pace and Anna Friel. Pace plays Ned, a young man who runs a pie shop and can bring the dead back to life; Friel plays his childhood sweetheart Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles. With Chi McBride as private detective Emerson Cod and Kristin Chenoweth as waitress Olive. Narrated by Jim Dale. Reruns Sunday 4.30pm WWW because this has had a great reception in the US
9.00pm Sheryl Crow
10.10pm The Best of Youth
BBC4 – Italian family drama series, from the 1960s to the present day. Stars Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Jasmine Trinca and Adriana Asti. WMW
10.50pm Lee Evans: Wired And Wonderful: Live At Wembley
Channel 4

Sunday 8.25am The Shooting Party Channel 4 – Two-parter featuring the work of nine disabled film-makers.
11.55am Shipwrecked: Battle Of The Islands Channel 4 – Series six of the reality show in which teams of youngsters live together on Pacific islands. WMW
2.35pm Beyoncé: Live In LA Channel 4
4.40pm The Galaxy British Book Awards 2008 Channel 4 – Coverage of the ceremony hosted by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.
7.00pm Bremner, Bird & Fortune Channel 4 – A six-part return of the satirical comedy series starring Rory Bremner, John Bird and John Fortune. WWW – there’s always some moments of biting, satirical genius
7.00pm TV’s Funniest Music Moments ITV1 – Clip show featuring memorably bad music performances. Features Carol Smillie, Kevin Keegan, Craig Phillips, Ricky Gervais, Richard Madeley and David Hasselhoff. WMW if we’re desperate
8.00pm Foyle’s War
ITV1 – A new series of the drama starring Michael Kitchen as the wartime detective. With Honeysuckle Weeks as sidekick Sam Stewart, Julian Ovendon as Foyle’s son Andrew and Anthony Howell as sergeant Paul Milner. Guest stars include Joseph Mawle, Natasha Little, Jesse Birdsall and Phyllida Law. WMW – this is always an easy-going treat
8.00pm Bear Grylls: Born Survivor Channel 4 – Six-parter in which the adventurer undertakes extreme challenges in some of the world’s most inhospitable environments, beginning with a two-part special in the Sahara desert. WMW – he’s quite fit
8.00pm Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire History Channel
10.00pm The Innocence Files Crime & investigation – Documentary about the law school Innocence Projects, where students take on cases where prisoners claim they were wrongly convicted.

g Guest list
Kate Rusby on My Music, Five, Sunday• Natasha Bedingfield, Delays, Feeder and Plastic Little on The Green Room, Channel 4, Sunday
Portishead, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Last Shadow Puppets, Toumani Diabaté on Later Live…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Tuesday
Joseph Dempsie and Daniel Kaluuya from Skins, and Cage The Elephant on The Wall, BBC3, Tuesday• Geri Halliwell on The Friday Night Project Channel 4, Friday
• Patsy Palmer, Mackenzie Crook, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday
• Portishead, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Last Shadow Puppets, Toumani Diabaté on Later…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Friday

Monday4.35pm New Beginnings – Grange Hill BBC1 – The final series of the school drama features Grange Primary’s year 7 pupils. Stars Edward Baker-Duly, Kirsten Cassidy, Chris Perry-Metcalf, Holly Quin-Ankrah, Chantelle Latham and Holly Jay Bowes. WMW. Is Mr Bronson still in it?
9.00pm Waking the Dead
BBC1 – Return of the crime drama about a team tackling cold cases. Stars Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Tara Fitzgerald, Wil Johnson and Michelle Forbes. Continues Tuesday WMW although the characters are needlessly highly strung most of the time
9.00pm Am I Normal?
BBC2 – Documentary series in which clinical psychologist Dr Tanya Byron explores sex, addiction, vanity and spirituality.
9.00pm Quest for the Lost Ark
Channel 4 – Documentary about professor Tudor Parfitt’s search for the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, the sacred container housing the stone tablets on which Moses inscribed the Ten Commandments.
9.00pm Stephen Fry And The Machine That Made Us BBC4 – Stephen Fry examines the invention of the printing press. Part of the channel’s Medieval season. WMW
10.00pm The Complainers Five – Six-part consumer affairs series presented by Dom Joly in which a team of campaigners use ‘unorthodox methods’ to right wrongs.
10.35pm Meet the Immigrants
BBC1 – Documentary telling the stories of immigrants to the United Kingdom, legal and illegal.

Tuesday9.00pm Battlestar Galactica Sky One – The fourth and final series of the acclaimed scifi drama. WWW because this is the best scifi series around right now
9.00pm The Age Of Terror BBC2 – Journalist Peter Taylor’s series explores four major terrorist attacks in the past 30 years: the 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane; the 1987 bombing of Enniskillen by the IRA; the 1994 hijacking of an Air France plane by Islamist extremists; and the 1998 bombing of the American Embassy in Nairobi. WMW

9.00pm Child Genius Channel 4 – An update on the 2007 programme featuring gifted children including Peter, 11, who is England’s under-12s chess champion, and Mikhail, five, a maths and spelling star. WMW
9.00pm The Saint And The Hanged Man BBC4 – Documentary narrated by Rob Brydon about the clash between reason and the supernatural in medieval times. WMW
9.00pm Cities of the Underground History Channel
9.00pm Indiana Jones: The True Story Five

Thursday9.00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC2 – Return of the chat show, with the opener featuring Tony Curtis and Kevin Bacon. WMW but we’ve probably had out fill of Graham for a while
9.00pm Inside the Medieval Mind BBC4 – Series in which Professor Robert Bartlett examines the way people thought during Medieval times.

7.35pm The Creation by Haydn at the Barbican
9.00pm Have I Got News for You
BBC1 – Return of the comedy quiz, with jack Dee guest hosting the opener. WWW. Unmissable always (unless Clarkson is hosting)
9.00pm The Apprentice: Motor Mouths
BBC2 – Clip show featuring choices made by celebrity fans and former contenders.
9.30pm Amazing Journey – The Story Of The Who
BBC4 – Profile of the British rock group featuring rare and unseen concert footage with interviews with key people including Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. WMW10.00pm Shark Five – Series two of the legal drama series starring James Woods as Los Angeles lawyer Sebastian Stark. WMW because series one was sometimes good10.00pm Young Mums’ Mansion Changed My Life BBC3g Subject listExtraordinary People Half Man Half Tree. Five, MondayTrue Stories Three virgin girls in Nepal who are worshipped as goddesses. More4, TuesdayNatural World Moose In The Glen. BBC2, WednesdayCutting Edge The murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy. Channel 4, Thursday

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