The TV Week – what’s new 13-19 September

by | Sep 10, 2008 | All, TV Week


6.30pm Strictly Come Dancing BBC1 – Return of the talent show, hosted by Graham Norton, with contestants Tom Chambers, Mark Foster, Christine Bleakley, Lisa Snowdon, Jodie Kidd, Rachel Stevens, Jessie Wallace, Andrew Castle, Heather Small, Cherie Lunghi, Austin Healey, Gary Rhodes, Gillian Taylforth, Phil Daniels, John Sergeant and Don Warrington.
7.00pm How to Start Your Own Country Dave – Rerun of the comedy show featuring Danny Wallace.
7.30pm Maestro: The Winner’s Finale Live BBC2
7.30pm Proms in the Park 2008: Swansea BBC4
7.30pm The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins BBC1 – Quiz hosted by Nick Knowles.
8.20pm Casualty BBC1 – The medical drama returns with a two-parter concluding on Sunday.
8.00pm/9.10pm The Last Night Of The Proms BBC2/BBC1 – Presented live from London’s Royal Albert Hall by Clive Anderson with Suzy Klein.
8.30pm All Star Family Fortunes ITV1 – A third series of the game show hosted by Vernon Kay.
9.15pm Everybody Dance Now ITV1 – Fearne Cotton looks back on dance crazes that took Britain by storm. With appearances by Jocelyn Brown, Whigfield, Signature, Jimmy Osmond and the cast of Grease.
10.10pm Dara O’Briain Live at the Theatre Royal BBC2
10.30pm Humphrey Lyttelton Tribute Night BBC4 – Featuring I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Legends: Humphrey Lyttelton, Humph’s Last Stand and Gagging For It: TV’s Hunger for Radio Comedy.


6.30pm After You’ve Gone BBC1 – Return of the family sitcom starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, Celia Imrie, Amanda Abbington, Dani Harmer and Ryan Sampson.
7.00pm For One Night Only ITV1 – Variety show featuring top music and comedy stars plus speciality acts. Each show will be presented by two stars, with all of the guests gathering for a showpiece finale. Joan Rivers and Vernon Kay host the opener, with a bill including Boyzone, Michael McIntyre, the cast of Jersey Boys, contortionist Snake Man and Pussycat Dolls.7.00pm Noel’s HQ Sky One – One-off live special hosted by Noel Edmonds celebrating acts of kindness and inspiring good deeds.

7.15pm US Presidents Week BBC4 – Begins tonight with The Candidate, How to Be a Good President and Primary Colors.
8.00pm Bring Back Star Wars Channel 4 – Comic Justin Lee Collins tries to persuade the stars of the sci-fi blockbuster to attend a reunion.8.00pm Lindsay Lohan Biography9.00pm Tess Of The D’Urbervilles BBC1 – Four-part adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 19th-century novel, written by David Nicholls. Stars Gemma Arterton as heroine Tess, Hans Matheson as Alec, who seduces her, Eddie Redmayne as Angel, with whom she falls in love, Jodie Whittaker as her best friend Izzy, Ruth Jones as Tess’s mother Joan, Anna Massey as Mrs D’Urberville and Ian Pulseton-Davies as John Durbeyfield and Christopher Fairbank as Groby.9.00pm Massive BBC3 – Six-part comedy series about a fictional Manchester record label starring Ralf Little as posh Didsbury boy Danny and Carl Rice as a nogooder from Gorton, Shay, who quit their temporary jobs with the council to form a new label in Manchester called Shady Records and get involved in various misadventures. With Johnny Vegas as Shay’s father, Paul Kaye, Philip Jackson, Christine Bottomley, Lorraine Cheshire, Joel Fry, Steve Furst, Craig Parkinson, Beverley Rudd, Faye McKeever, Joanne King and Craig Parkinson. Written by Damian Lanigan, a former member of the 1980s band The Twentieth Legion.9.00pm Poirot ITV1 – Series of four new films starring David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective. Guest stars include Zoë Wanamaker, Joe Absolom, Richard Hope, Sarah Smart, Lesley Nicol, Ruth Gemmell, Raquel Cassidy, Simon Shepherd, Sian Phillips, Amanda Root, Harriet Walter, Natasha Little, Susan Woolridge, Claire Skinner, Pippa Haywood, Jo Woodcock, Clemency Burton-Hill, Matilda Sturridge, Jemima Rooper, Peter Bowles, James Wilby and Haydn Gwynne.

g Guest listMartha Wainwright, Devon Sproule on Cambridge Folk Festival BBC4, Friday• Ted Danson, Ross Kemp, Estelle on Al Murray’s Happy Hour ITV1 Friday• Ben Stiller, Cheryl Cole and Paul O’Grady on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1 Friday• Ting Tings, Pussycat Dolls, Kelly Rowland, Matthew Horne and Mighty Boosh on Transmission, Channel 4, Friday

7.30pm US Presidents Week BBC4 – Featuring California: The Man in the Mansion, President Hollywood and Dinner with Portillo.
7.30pm Big Ideas for a Small Planet Sky Arts – US environmental documentary series.8.30pm What To Eat Now BBC2 – Six-part series in which Valentine Warner presents a “definitive guide” to seasonal food.
8.30pm Only Connect BBC4 – General knowledge quiz show presented by Victoria Coren.9.00pm Profiling Ruth Rendell ITV3 – Documentary about the crime author, accompanied by reruns of Inspector Wexford dramas.

9.00pm Amazon with Bruce Parry BBC2 – Six-part series in which explorer Bruce Parry journeys to the source of the Amazon and meets some of the last uncontacted tribes on Earth.
9.00pm Living with… Jade Goody LivingTV10.00pm America’s Toughest Prisons Five

9.00pm Horizon BBC2 – The science documentary series begins with The President’s Guide to Science and also includes comedian Danny Wallace on robotics, Michael Portillo on violence in humans, attitudes to being naked, physicist Brian Cox on time, 21st-century plagues, including the rise of allergies, obesity and mental illness.
9.00pm The Executioners
History Channel – Series about people who carry out capital punishment.
10.00pm Later Live… With Jools Holland BBC2 – Return of the music series in a nine-part run, beginning with performances by Metallica, Kings Of Leon, Carla Bruni, Nicole Atkins and The Fireman. Other acts scheduled to appear in the series include Kaiser Chiefs, Fleet Foxes, The Streets, Grace Jones, David Gilmour, Seasick Steve, My Morning Jacket, VV Brown, Natalie Cole and Dengue Fever.

10.00pm Bodyshock Special: The Girl With Two Faces Channel 4

11.35pm Film 2008 with Jonathan Ross BBC1

Wednesday7.30pm It Pays to Watch Five – Return of the consumer affairs series with Martin Lewis.
8.00pm Ax Men Five – Series following lumberjacks in America’s Pacific Northwest.
9.00pm The Family Channel 4 – Eight-part observational documentary series in which cameras capture life of the Hughes family from Kent – dad Simon, 44, mum Jane, 39, and their four children: Jessica, 22, who lives nearby with her fiancé Pat and 10 month-old baby Ruby, Emily, 19, Charlotte, 17, and Tom, 14 – over four months. Directed by Bafta-award winner Jonathan Smith.9.00pm The Fixer ITV4 – Rerun of the ITV drama series starring Andrew Buchan, Tamzin Outhwaite, Peter Mullan and Jody Latham.
10.00pm Fonejacker E4 – Six more episodes of the prank phone call comedy created by Kayvan Novak.
10.30pm Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World E4 – Animated comedy series from the US gay network Logo, with Alan Cumming, Peter Paige, Wilson Cruz, and Margaret Cho providing one of the voices with music from the creators of Avenue Q .

8.00pm Timeshift: Archaelogy – Digging the Past BBC4
8.00pm Celebrity Come Dine With Me Channel 4 – Featuring Peter Stringfellow, Lee Ryan, Michelle Heaton and Linda Barker.
9.00pm The World’s Strictest Parents BBC3 – Series in which British teenagers are sent to live with tough parents in India, Ghana and Jamaica.
9.00pm Blowdown: Explosive Engineering
National Geographic – US documentary series about a family team of demolition experts in Maryland.
9.00pm Anne Widdecombe Versus… ITV1 – The MP tackles girl gangs, tonight, and the slimming industry.
10.30pm No Heroics ITV2 – Six-part sitcom featuring a group of useless, drunken British superheroes. Stars Patrick Baladi, Nicholas Burns, James Lance, Claire Keelan and Rebekah Staton.
10.30pm John Waters: This Filthy World
Sky Arts

Friday 6.00pm Camp Rock Disney Channel – Musical movie starring the Jonas Brothers.
7.35pm My Boyfriend, The Suffolk Strangler
Channel 4
9.00pm Roxy Music Night
10.00pm Ricky Gervais: Fame Channel 4 – Stand-up show exploring fame.
Later… With Jools Holland BBC2 – Featuring performances by Metallica, Kings Of Leon, Carla Bruni, Nicole Atkins and The Fireman.

g Subject listDespatches What’s in your wine. Channel 4, Monday• Panorama Omagh: What the Police Were Never Told BBC1, MondayThe Dark Side of Fame With Piers Morgan Jim Davidson BBC1 Monday
True Stories: Her Name is Sabine Tuesday, More4
Who Do You Think You Are? David Suchet BBC1, WednesdayCutting Edge The Ambulance. Thursday Channel 4

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