The TV Week – what’s new 23-29 August

by | Aug 14, 2008 | All, TV Week

Takin’ over the Asylum, BBC4, Saturday

Saturday7.30pm BBC Proms: National Youth Orchestra BBC2
8.00pm Marx Brothers: Time Marxes On Sky Arts
8.30pm Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? Celebrity Special ITV1 – Featuring Michelle Collins and Sean Gallagher, and Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen.
9.00pm Reading and Leeds Festival BBC3 – Featuring Editors, the Raconteurs, The Killers and the Manic Street Preachers.
9.00pm Justin Timberlake Biography9.30pm Outnumbered BBC4 – Rerun of the family sitcom starring Claire Skinner, Hugh Dennis and Samantha Bond.

10.00pm Takin’ over the Asylum BBC4 – Beginning a rerun of the classic drama starring Ken Stott as Eddie McKenna who sets up a radio station at St Jude’s Mental Hospital. With David Tennant, Elizabeth Spriggs, Roy Hanlon, Mary MacLeod and Katy Murphy.
4.40pm KylieX2008 Channel 4 – Kylie Minogue in concert at London’s O2 Arena.
7.00pm, 11.05pm Reading and Leeds Festival BBC3 – Featuring Feeder, Slipknot, Metallica and the Last Shadow Puppets7.30pm BBC Proms: St John’s Passion BBC4
9.00pm Martin Clunes: One Man And His Dogs ITV1 – The actor travels the world to find the ancestors of Britain’s pets and explores why they have worked so well with humans.
g Guest list• Joan Rivers, Matthew Bourne The Edinburgh Festival Show, BBC2, TuesdayThe Charlotte Church Show Channel 4, Thursday
• Kelly Rowland, The Script, Courteeners and Twisted Wheel on Transmission, Channel 4, Friday.


9.00am Helicopter Heroes BBC1 – Ten-part series presented by Rav Wilding following the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.5.00pm Terry Wogan’s Total Recall Channel 4 – Game show fronted by the veteran broadcaster in which three contestants will have to remember answers from previous rounds to win the cash prize.

5.30pm Come Dine With Me Channel 4 – Returns of the series in which amateur chefs compete to be the best dinner party host.

6.30pm Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2008 BBC1

6.30pm MasterChef – The Professionals BBC2 – Daily series in which chefs battle to reach professional standard, judged by Gregg Wallace and Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jnr.7.30pm BBC Proms: Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky BBC4
9.00pm Pierrepoint ITV1 – A TV showing of the film made by ITV starring Timothy Spall as 1930s hangman Albert Pierrepoint. With Mary Stockley as Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, Juliet Stevenson as Albert’s wife Anne Fletcher and Eddie Marsan as his pal Tish.
9.00pm Profiling Val McDermid ITV3 – Documentary about the controversial crime writer, accompanied by reruns of Wire in the Blood.
10.35pm The Last Word BBC1 – Three 30-minute comedy dramas written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick. Begins with Six Days One June stars Rhys Ifans as a man with a dominating mother; followed by Before I Call You In (Tuesday) starring Sheila Hancock as a dying woman; and A Bit Of Private Business (Wednesday) with Bob Hoskins as an assassin. Made by Baby Cow.11.05pm Comedy Lab Channel 4 – Headwreckers starring five comics from Dublin.

Tuesday8.00pm Thames Shipwrecks: A Race Against Time BBC2
9.00pm Mutual Friends
BBC1 – Six-part comedy drama series about solicitor Martin Grantham (Marc Warren), who is happily married to Jen (Keeley Hawes), with a son Dan, but his life is changed when best friend Carl throws himself under a train. The cast also includes Alexander Armstrong as Martin’s immature, unwanted, friend Patrick, Sarah Alexander, Claire Rushbrook, Naomi Bentley, Rhashan Stone, Lee Ross and Emily Joyce. Written by Richard Pinto and Anil Gupta (whose credits include The Kumars At No 42, Goodness, Gracious Me); made by Hat Trick.9.00pm Fiddles, Cheats and Scams ITV1 – Three-parter in which Morland Sanders follows investigators who work to stop people cheating the insurance industry.
9.00pm Don’t Tell the Bride BBC3 – Series in which grooms get to choose every detail of his upcoming wedding.11.05pm Comedy Lab Channel 4 – Mr & Mrs Fandango, a sketch show starring Barunka O’Shaughnessy and Tom Meeten.

9.00pm My Zinc Bed August BBC2 – Drama based on David Hare stageplay about penniless but gifted poet Paul Peplow (Paddy Considine), a recovering alcoholic who is sent to interview wealthy internet entrepreneur Victor Quinn (Jonathan Pryce), whose wife Elsa (Uma Thurman) is a recovering alcoholic.
10.00pm Alan Carr: Tooth Fairy Live
Channel 4
10.50pm Comedy Lab
Channel 4 – Olivia Lee’s Naughty Bits.
10.50pm Comedy Lab
Channel 4 – A sketch show/sitcom, Pappy’s Fun Club, starring Matthew Crosby, Brendan Dodds, Ben Clark and Tomas Parry.

Thursday8.30pm Accidental Heroes BBC1 – Six-part series featuring stories of people who have narrowly escaped death.
9.00pm Fame Junkies BBC3 – London barman Garron Mitchell embarks on an experiment to infiltrate the ‘celebrity machine’.
10.30pm The Wrong Door
BBC3 – Six-part comedy sketch show set in a parallel universe, where the special effects seen in the movies and on TV are part of everyday life. Stars Brian Blessed, Pippa Haywood, Rasmus Hardiker, Alex MacQueen, MyAnna Buring, Burt Kwouk, Miles Jupp, Ingrid Oliver, Lucy Cudden, Lorna Watson and Humphrey Ker plus guest stars including Matt Berry and Neil Fox. Characters include the Booze Fairies, the Wizard of Oswestry, the World’s Most Annoying Creature and love-struck dinosaur Phillip, superheroes, wizards, dinosaurs and monsters.

Friday 8.00pm Most Haunted Live: Total Darkness LivingTV – Yvette Fielding and the team spend three nights investigating London’s underground spooky spots.
9.30pm Cambridge Folk Festival 2008
BBC4 – Featuring Seth Lakeman, Noah And The Whale, Martha Wainwright and The Imagined Village.
10.00pm All New TV’s Naughtiest Blunders
10.00pm Ronaldo – Red Devil
ITV4 – Profile of the Manchester United footballer.
11.00pm Reading and Leeds Festival 2008

g Subject listThe G-Spot Superbotox Me. Channel 4, SundayBritain From Above Untamed Britain. BBC1, Sunday* Despatches How The Banks Never Lose. Channel 4, Monday• Panorama Britishness. BBC1, MondayRevealed JFK – The Scandals. Five, TuesdayDrama Trails Footballers’ Wives to Brideshead Revisited. ITV3, WednesdayWho Do You Think You Are? Jerry Springer BBC1, WednesdayFirst Cut A1: The Road Musical. Channel 4, FridayComedy Connections Dad’s Army BBC1, Friday

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