The TV week – what’s new 26 April-2 May 2008

by | Apr 17, 2008 | All, TV Week

Saturday nothing new today

Sunday 2.50pm 4 Music Presents Duffy Channel 4
5.45pm Scrapheap Challenge Channel 4 – A 10th, eight-part series of the show hosted by Robert Llewellyn and Lisa Rogers in which contestants build crazy contraptions.
8.00pm Miss Austen Regrets BBC1 – Drama based on the life and letters of author Jane Austen, starring Olivia Williams, Imogen Poots, Greta Scacchi, Hugh Bonneville, Pip Torrens and Adrian Edmondson. Worthy fare for TV’s more literate viewers.
Midsomer Murders ITV1 – The first of two new films featuring John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby and Jason Hughes as DS Ben Jones. Tonight’s tale, They Seek Him Here, is set during the making of a new film of The Scarlet Pimpernel. World’s dullest detective solves world’s most outlandish crimes
10.00pm Fur TV MTV – Eight-part comedy show featuring animal puppets; made by Warp Films. Set in the fictional world of Furry Avenue, where puppets and humans live side by side, it features, Lapeno Enriquez, a smoothtalking, girl-wooing Brazilian, Mervin J Minky, a scrawny self-abusing weirdo, and Edward ‘Fat Ed’ Tubbs, a beer, food and heavy metal-loving puppet with attitude. They get involved in cage-fighting, hanging out in illegal dentists’ drinking dens, avoiding drug dealers, cannibals and deranged landlords, and pulling girls.
10.00pm Page Three Teens BBC3 – Documentary following Chelsea White, a teenager considering a career as a page 3 model.
11.20pm Céline Dion – Live In Las Vegas BBC1

g Guest list• Danny Dyer, Julie Goodyear, Christopher Biggins on All Star Mr and Mrs, Saturday, ITV1• Johnny Vegas, Jenny Eclair, Rhona Cameron, Doon MacKichan, Fred MacAulay on Comedy Map of Britain, BBC2, Saturday• Eliza Carthy on My Music, Five, SundayThe Hoosiers, Sam Sparro and Ebony Bones on The Green Room, Channel 4, Sunday• Gene Simmons on Shrink Rap, Monday, More4James, Melody Gardot, Gutter Twins, Mable John, Operator Please and Pentangle on Later Live…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Tuesday• Delayson The Wall, BBC3, Tuesday• Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers, Sandi Thom on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday
• Brian Blessed on Have I Got News for You, BBC1, Friday

• Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Aspel, The Ting Tings on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday• James, Melody Gardot, Gutter Twins, Mable John, Operator Please and Pentangle on Later…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Friday

Monday 2.15pm Out Of The Blue BBC1 – Australian soap about a group of thirtysomething friends who return to the Sydney resort of Manly for a reunion – but their fun is shortlived when one of them is murdered. Stars Sophie Katinis, Renai Caruso and Clayton Watson. Comes recommended from Down Under

8.00pm Glamour’s Best Dressed List 2008 Fiver – Fashion series presented by Peaches Geldof. Pointless presenter (back on TV after her shameful ‘probe’ of Islam), pointless show.

8.00pm Classic Car Years 1970 Men & Motors
8.30pm Kylie Kwong: Heart And Soul
UKTV Food – Eight-part series featuring Australian-Chinese cook Kylie Kwong.

9.00pm Embarrassing Bodies Channel 4 – Four-parter in which doctors Christian Jessen, Dawn Harper and Pixie McKenna de-stigmatise complaints that many people would rather ignore than take to their GP. Continues until Thursday. Not pretty but maybe useful. Have you checked for lumps recently?

9.00pm It’s Not What You Know Challenge – Quiz show hosted by Chris Tarrant in which two contestants use their judgement to predict how a group of five celebrities will answer questions on specialist subjects and general knowledge. Guests include Jenni Falconer (with showbusiness as her subject), Frederick Forsyth (history), Michael Beurk (news) and Toby Young (films).

9.00pm Life After People History Channel – Experts in geology, climatology and archeology predict what life will be like on Earth after the human race dies out.

9.00pm Britain’s Youngest Grannies BBC3 – Documentary about women who have become grandmothers in their 30s. Possible includes chavs.

9.00pm Real Crime: Murder at Harvey Nicks ITV1 – Documentary about the murder of beauty consultant Clare Bernal at the London department store by her ex-boyfriend.

10.00pm Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew Fiver – US reality show in which Dr Drew Pinsky treats celebrities with drug and alcohol addictions. The participants are actor Daniel Baldwin, adult film star Mary Carey, ex-wrestler Chyna, , actress Jaimee Foxworth, model Brigitte Nielsen, former American Idol contestant Jessica Sierra, martial arts star Ricco Rodriguez, Crazy Town singer Seth Binzer and former child star Jeff Conaway. The washed-up are indulged and get their faces on TV again

10.30pm Ideal BBC3 – Return of the sitcom starring Johnny Vegas as small-time dope dealer Moz, with Nicola Reynolds as his girlfriend Nicki. This has never been great, but has always been watchable

Tuesday10.00pm Michael Barrymore: What Really Happened Channel 4 – The story of the TV star’s downfall in which Jacques Peretti travels Essex to examine what happened on the night that Stuart Lubbock died in Barrymore’s swimming pool. C4 used to do primetime programmes on philosophy, you know.
10.30pm Scallywagga BBC3 – Comedy sketch show from northern England featuring characters such as Asbo PIN, pastry-obsessed Greggs Girl and the pupils of Scallywagga High. Stars Carl Rice, Jessica Hall, Luke Gell, Joanna Higson, Stefan Gumbs, Lena Kaur, Scott Taylor and Curtis Cole as the youngsters, with Sally Lindsay, Steve Edge and Neil Fitzmaurice. We’re reliably informed this is better than most of BBC3’s recent sketch shows

8.00pm Madeleine, One Year On: Campaign for Change ITV1 – A two-hour special Kate and Gerry McCann talk about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine from their holiday apartment in Portugal.
Two hours of self justification by parents who went out for a meal instead of beign with their kids
9.00pm Sex and the City Fiver – From the beginning, the whole of the US comedy about a four New York thirtysomethings.
1 Giant Leap: What About Me? Channel 4 – Documentary series following Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto as they set off round the world to create the largest global music jam in history.

Thursday9.00pm The Invisibles BBC1 – Six-part comedy drama starring Anthony Head and Warren Clarke as old-time crooks Maurice Riley and Syd Woolsey, who move from Spain to a sleepy Devon fishing village after exhausting their ill-gotten gains. With Jenny Agutter as Maurice’s wife, Barbara, Dean Lennox Kelly as Hedley, the son of a former partner of the two criminals, Emily Head (daughter of Anthony) as Maurice and Barbara’s daughter, and Paul Barber as veteran criminal Young Nick. Written by William Ivory. Trailers make this look like one of those excrutiating dramadies – but the cast is good and the writer has a good CV so worth giving a chance.
9.00pm Taggart A Study in Murder ITV1
10.00pm The Inbetweeners E4 – Six-part sitcom about teenager Will (Simon Bird) who unwillingly moves from a private school to a suburban comprehensive where he makes three new friends, Simon (Joe Thomas), Lee (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison), none of whom are cool or credible. Written by Daman Beesley. The best new show of the week

Friday 7.30pm 35mm Sky Movies Premiere – Movie magazine presented by Mark Dolan featuring movie previews, news, coverage of the latest releases, interviews and on-set reports.

9.00pm James Taylor Night BBC4 – Featuring a concert by the singer-songwriter, a repeat of Hotel California – LA From The Byrds To The Eagles and a 1971 performance from the BBC archive.
9.00pm Ultimate Countdowns: Police Chases Bravo – With Marc Bannerman.
Derren Brown: Trick or Treat Channel 4 – A second series of the show in which members of the public face Derren’s mind games. We’re beyond being impressed.10.30pm Peep Show Channel 4 – A fifth series of the comedy series starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Mark faces the horror of working with his estranged wife while Jeremy runs out of money. Their recent BBC2 sketch show was poor (yet it has been recommissioned) but this is where Davd and Robert really shine.

g Subject listPanorama Special How Clean is Your Hospital? BBC1, Sunday
Dispatches Mobile phone rip-offs. Channel 4, Monday
Panorama UN missions. BBC1, Monday
Am I Normal? Spirituality. BBC2, MondayTrue Stores Our Daily Bread. More4, TuesdayThe True Story Escape from Alcatraz. Five, Wednesday
Those Were the Days: Charles and Diana. ITV3, Wednesday

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