The TV Week – what’s new 17-23 May

by | May 9, 2008 | All, TV Week

Kyle XY BBC2 – A terrestrial airing of the US drama starring Matt Dallas as a mysterious teenage boy with no past, who is helped by psychologist Nicole Trager (Marguerite MacIntyre). With Bruce Thomas as Stephen Trager, April Matson as Lori Trager and Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Josh Trager. Airing as part of teen strand Switch. A must-see for fantasy fans

12.45pm Class of 2008 BBC2 – Eight part series, airing as part of teen strand Switch, following six London teens as they try to find jobs in the fields of fashion, music, design, acting, DJing and business. The series features model Daisy Lowe, her boyfriend Will Cameron, the singer in indie band Blondelle, club promoter and DJ Flash Louis, fashion designer Kesh, model Portia Freeman and budding actor Daryl Fox-Huxley. Narrated by Louis Bhose.

2.20pm Revealed… BBC2 – Series about the lives of teenagers tackling subjects such as entrepreneurship, hidden America, gangs, family life, sex and school.

8.00pm The Power Of Harmony Sky Arts – The story of a gay men’s chorus in Texas.

8.00pm Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain BBC2 – Beginning a rerun of the five-part history series.

Sunday 5.05pm Chelsea Flower Show BBC1 – Alan Titchmarsh presents the startcoverage of the annual event in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
6.00pm Life of Ryan
MTV – Reality series following 17-year-old professional skateboarder Ryan Scheckler. If you like your boys pretty, this is for you.
8.00pm Great Wall of China
National Geographic
Ultimate Force ITV1 – Three previously unseen episodes of the drama starring Ross Kemp as Henno Garvie, leader of a crack SAS troop.We love this testosterone-full nonsense.
10.00pm At Home With The Hattons Sky One – Documentary following boxer Ricky Hatton and family as he prepares for a fight against Juan Lazcano in Manchester on May 24.

g Guest list• Anthony Head, Natasha Hamilton and David Dickinson on All Star Mr and Mrs, Saturday, ITV1• Ian Lavender, Anton Rodgers and Lee Evans on Comedy Map of Britain, BBC2, SaturdaySantogold, Cage the Elephant, Taio Cruz and The Charlatans on The Green Room, Channel 4, SundayGore Vidal on The South Bank Show, ITV1, Sunday• Kathleen Turner on Shrink Rap, Monday, More4• Paul Weller, Martha Wainwright, Seu Jorge, White Lieson Later Live…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Tuesday
Jimmy Carr, The Rascals on The Wall, BBC3, TuesdayThe Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday• Lee Mack hosts Have I Got News for You, BBC1, Friday• Ray Winstone, the Osmonds, Neil Diamond on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, FridayPaul Weller, Martha Wainwright, Seu Jorge, White Lies on Later…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Friday

Monday 3.00pmHouse Guest ITV1 – Series to rival Channel 4 hit Come Dine with Me in which five couples compete to host the best dinner party and provide overnight hospitality for one guest. …we know all about ITV’s record of replicating C4 hits. It’s not good
8.00pm Warship Five – Documentary series observing life aboard aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious.

9.00pm Class Of 62 – From 16 To 60 BBC2 – Documentary made by Marilyn Gaunt (whose credits include Bafta-winning Kelly And Her Sisters) revisiting a group of working-class women she went to school with in Yorkshire. A sort of Seven-Up with added chillbains.9.00pm Time Team Special: The Sword and the Skull Channel 4

9.00pm The Duchess of York on a Mission ITV1 – Two-part documentary in which the Duchess of York goes to stay with a working class family in Hull. Concludes Tuesday Another tabloidy effort to fill ITV’s factual quota

9.00pm Queen Of Sheba: Behind The Myth History Channel

10.00pm Reverend Death Channel 4 – Journalist Jon Ronson follows the Reverend George Exoo, a Unitarian minister from West Virginia who has helped people commit suicide.

11.20pm Edwyn Collins: Home Again BBC2 – Documentary about the recovery of the singer who suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2005 and then contracted MRSA.

7.30pm Extraordinary Animals Five
8.00pm Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final 2008 BBC3 – Paddy O’ Connell and Caroline Flack present coverage of the first Eurovision semi-final from Belgrade, with 19 countries competing for 10 places in the final. Entires include favourite from Bosnia (see video above) Better than the real things thanks to Paddy
9.00pm The Supersizers Go… BBC2 – Six-part series, following on from the successful BBC4 programme Edwardian Supersize Me, in which writer and restaurant critic Giles Coren and writer/comedian Sue Perkins eat their way through the cuisine of six different eras in Britain’s history – wartime, Restoration, Victorian, Seventies, Elizabethan and Regency. The Edwardian show was hugely entertaining, mainly thanks to Sue (Giles is a bit of a smartass)
9.00pm Marathon des Sables: Toughest Race in the World ITV4
10.35pm Mum & Me BBC1 – Documentary made by Sue Bourne (whose credits include My Street and The Falling Man) about her own family, filmed over three years as Sue and her daughter cope with her mother’s Alzheimer’s. Documentary of the week

7.00pm UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United v Chelsea ITV1 Come on you Reds. 9.00pm My New Best Friend BBC4 – Documentary series exploring the transition from primary to secondary school at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, an inner-city London comprehensive and a high school serving the remote islands of east Scotland. Part of BBC4’s childhood season. Great premise.
9.00pm The Hotel Inspector Revisits Five – Series which revisits troubled hotels which received advice from Ruth Watson.
9.00pm The Secrets of the Austrian Cellar Channel 4
9.00pm Human Extinction
National Geographic – The stories of three of the largest mass extinctions that have hit Earth.
9.00pm Pangea Day Sky Arts – Highlights of the international effort to ‘unite the world through film’.
10.00pm Viagra: Ten Years on the Rise Five
10.40pm Secret Diary of a Call Girl
ITV1 – Rerun of the ITV2 drama starring Billie Piper as an upmarket escort.

8.00pm Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final 2008 BBC3 – Paddy O’ Connell and Caroline Flack present coverage of the second Eurovision semi-final from Belgrade, with 19 countries competing for 10 places in the final.

Friday 8.00pm The Passions Of Vaughan Williams BBC4
8.00pm Hay-On-Sky Sky Arts – Mariella Frostrup presents a daily highlights programme from the book festival.9.00pm Britain’s Best ITV1 – A ceremony recognising the best of British in a variety of categories. Hosted by Piers Morgan. Avoid at all costs for so many reasons (with Morgan being the main one)

9.00pm American Idol Final 2008 ITV2

9.30pm Pink Floyd Night BBC4 – Comprising The Pink Floyd Story – Which One’s Pink?, Classic Albums: Dark Side Of The Moon and Omnibus:Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond

g Subject listDispatches Christian fundamentalists. Channel 4, MondayTrue Stores Reunion of a Jewish family in Buffalo, New York. More4, TuesdayThe World’s… Smallest Man and Me Channel 4, TuesdayWhat Happened Next? Living in the Past BBC4, TuesdayStoryville Bob Dylan’s Indian Birthday. BBC4, WednesdayThose Were the Days Fall of the Berlin Wall ITV3, Wednesday

• Hidden Lives Wedding Addicts. Five, Wednesday

Cutting Edge 13 Kids and Wanting More. Channel 4, Thursday

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