The TV Week – what’s new 24-30 May

by | May 15, 2008 | All, TV Week


Saturday 10.35am Midsomer Murders Weekend ITV3
12.25pm 4Music Presents Usher
Channel 4
5.50pm Weakest Link Paranormal Special BBC17.30pm Last Comic Standing Paramount – Return of the stand-up comedy show.

8.00pm Eurovision Song Contest BBC1 – The 53rd contest, presented by Terry Wogan from Belgrade, Serbia with Andy Abraham representing the UK with Even If.

7.25pm The 11th Hour
Channel 4 – Documentary, narrated and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, in which leading scientists, environmentalists, politicians and activists – including Stephen Hawking, Mikhail Gorbachev and Wangari Maathai – suggest what can be done to save the planet.
8.00pm Ashton Kutcher Biography
8.15pm Ray Mears Goes Walkabout
BBC2 – Four-parter featuring the survival expert in the Australian Outback, following in the footsteps of John McDouall Stuart, one of the unsung explorers of Australia.
8.15pm The Inspector Lynley Mysteries BBC1
9.00pm Best Ever Spitting Image Moments
9.10pm Greek
BBC3 – A 10-part US comedy drama about the Greek system of fraternities and sororities in American colleges, set at Cyprus-Rhodes University. Stars Spencer Grammer, Jacob Zachar, Scott Michael Foster, Jake McDorman, Clark Duke, Dilshad Vadsaria, Paul James and Amber Stevens. Characters include popular, beautiful, smart Casey Cartwright, her wealthy, good-looking boyfriend Evan Chambers, scheming Rebecca Taylor, the daughter of a politician, and her geeky younger brother, Rusty. Reruns 8.00pm Thursday when it is followed by Greek Uncovered.

11.05pm Vicar of Baghdad ITV1 – Rageh Omaar profiles Canon Andrew White.

g Guest list• Heidi Range, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Michael Howard on All Star Mr and Mrs, Saturday, ITV1• Alan Davies, Steve Pemberton and Marty Feldman fan Iain Lee on Comedy Map of Britain, BBC2, SaturdayAlphabeat, Jamie Lidell, The Subways and Amy Macdonald on The Green Room, Channel 4, SundayDame Edna Everage and Alanis Morrisette on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday• Alexander Armstrong hosts Have I Got News for You, BBC1, Friday• Mark Wahlberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Barrowman, Kirsty Young, Black Kids on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday

Monday 6.00pm Permissive Night BBC Parliament – Joan Bakewell presents an evening of programmes commemorating the major social changes of the Sixties.6.00pm Emmerdale 5000 ITV1 – A celebration of the soap as it reaches its 5000th episode. Features memorable scenes, a guided tour with Mark Charnock and Joe Gilgun, Lucy Pargeter’s studio secrets, a reunion of Sheila Mercier, Freddie Pyne, Frazer Hines and Jean Rogers, plus contributions from Claire King, Jeff Hordley, John Middleton, Lisa Riley and Paula Tilbrook.

6.30pm A Taste Of My Life BBC2 – Second series of the food show fronted by Nigel Slater, the award-winning food writer, journalist and broadcaster Nigel Slater. He talks to Jane Horrocks, Nigella Lawson, Sophie Dahl, Tamsin Greig and Sanjeev Bhaskar about their culinary loves and hates.

7.30pm Fire Detectives BBC1 – Series following the work of the Merseyside fire and rescue grigade’s investigation team.

8.00pm Springwatch BBC2 – Daily live show presented by Bill Oddie and Kate Humble from Norfolk with Simon King in Strathspey, Scotland, home to wildcats, ospreys, pine martens and more.
8.00pm Sean Connery
9.00pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV1 – Ant and Dec present the live shows. Judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden comment on the eight acts in each semifinal but the two who make the Saturday final are selected by viewers.9.00pm Kiss Of Death BBC1 – Crime drama centred on a kidnap plot, moving backwards and forwards in time and telling the story from the point of view of everyone involved. Starring Louise Lombard as Kay Rousseau, who has returned as a crime team chief after the death of her child, Danny Dyer as Kay’s second-in-command Matt Costello, Lyndsey Marshal as forensic scientist Dr George Austen, Shaun Parkes as Dr Clive Morrell, Lenora Crichlow as rookie cop Jude Whiley, Ace Bhatti as Kay’s husband Miles Trueman and Brian McCardie as killer Michael Bovery. Written by Barbara Machin.
9.00pm CSI/Without A Trace More4 – The two US crime together come together for a serial killer storyline.
9.00pm Life After People Channel 4 – Film exploring the future of mankind’s life on Earth and how the planet would continue without people.
9.00pm Graham Hill: Driven BBC4 – Profile of the British motor racing legend.
9.00pm Eat Like A King History Channel – A look at the meals consumed by King Henry VIII.
10.00pm Kidnapped Abroad Five – Documentary series featuring the stories of abductions abroad, beginning with the 1999 seizure of a group of 14 tourists and their guide by guerillas while on safari in Uganda.
8.00pm 10 Years Younger
Channel 4 – An 11-part return of the makeover series fronted by Nicky Hambleton-Jones.
8.00pm Mummies
9.00pm The Apprentice
BBC1 – On Tuesday for one week only due to football.
9.00pm What The Dickens?
Sky Arts – Arts quiz hosted by Sandy Toksvig with two celebrity teams competing.
9.00pm American Skinheads
National Geographic
10.00pm The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World: Storyville
BBC4 – Four-part series looking at China’s largest restaurant which is owned by the energetic Qin Linzi.

7.00pm Euro 2008 Preview ITV4 – With James Richardson.
8.00pm Match of the Day Live: England v USA
8.00pm Mariska Hargitay: E! True Hollywood Story E! – The story of the star of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
9.00pm Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story BBC2 – Drama starring Julie Walters as Clean-Up-TV campaigner Mary Whitehouse, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of her clash with BBC director-general Hugh Carleton Greene (Hugh Bonneville) over the use of the word “knickers” by the Beatles in the song I Am The Walrus. With Alun Armstrong as Whitehouse’s loyal husband Ernest. Written by Amanda Coe (whose credits include Shameless and Elizabeth David – A Life In Recipes).
9.00pm River Cottage Spring Channel 4 – Four-part food magazine presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Includes a guide to seasonal food, a challenge for five Bristol families to turn an acre of derelict city land into a smallholding, reports on a vegetarian who becomes a butcher’s apprentice and updates on his Chicken Out! campaign.
10.00pm Strangelove Five – Documentary series exploring extreme relationships, beginning with two men who have sexual relationships with their cars.
10.30pm Six Degrees ITV1 – Shortlived US drama series from Lost creator JJ Abrams which interlinks the stories of six random New Yorkers. Described as Thirtysomething meets Cold Feet. Stars Jay Hernandez as Carlos, Erika Christensen as Mae Anderson, Bridget Moynahan as Whitney, Dorian Missick as Damian, Hope Davis as Loverboy and Campbell Scott as Steven Casemen.
11.05pm Gary’s War
More4 – Spoof documentary special starring Greg McHugh as Sgt Gary McClintoch, an Erasure-loving former soldier in the Iraq war.
11.05pm Most Evil Five – Series in which forensic psychiatrist Dr Michael Stone looks into the minds of deadly criminals.

9.00pm Painted Babies Growing Up BBC4 – Documentary in which Jane Treays follows up her 1995 film, Painted Babies, by meeting teenage girls who competed in baby beauty pageants when they were younger. Part of BBC4’s childhood season.
10.00pm Without a Trace
Channel 4 – Series six of the US drama starring Anthony LaPaglia as FBI agent Jack Malone, head of the missing person bureau.

Friday 9.00am 1983 General Election BBC Parliament – A rerun of the BBC’s coverage fronted by David Dimbleby with Peter Snow, Tony King, John Cole and Robin Day.
7.00pm The Money Programme
BBC2 – Return of the financial documentary series presented by Max Flint, beginning with Where’s My Mortgage Gone?
8.00pm Russell Watson – Fighting for Life ITV1
9.00pm Johnny Cash Night BBC4 – Featuring The Last Great American, The Best Of The Johnny Cash Show – Country Gold and BBC4 Sessions – Rosanne Cash.
9.00pm TT 2008 Preview ITV4 – With Mike Brewer and Jane Omorogbe.
12.40am Babyshambles: Oh What a Lovely Tour Channel 4g Subject listDispatches Somalia’s warlords. Channel 4, Monday
Panorama Online paedophiles. BBC1, Monday
• The Supersizers Go… Restoration BBC2, TuesdayWhat Happened Next? The Broken Bridge, a 1968 film followed two severely autistic children. BBC4, Tuesday

True Stores Jesus Camp. More4, TuesdayThe World’s… Fattest Pet and Me Channel 4, Tuesday
• Imagine Doris Lessing – The Hostess and the Alien BBC1, Tuesday
Storyville Death of a WAG. BBC4, Wednesday
Cutting Edge Gridlock and Road Rage. Channel 4, Thursday

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