The TV week – what’s new 29 March-4 April 2008

by | Mar 20, 2008 | All, TV Week

Alfie Allen in Casualty 1907

WWW = we will watch WMW = we might watch

Saturday 12.45pm The Surgery BBC2 – A studio discussion programme for teens, hosted by Jeff Leach, based on Radio 1’s Sunday Surgery. Part of the BBC’s teen strand, BBC Switch. The opener deals with dating; other programmes will address family, social networking, Asbos, fashion, drinking, drugs, body image, celebrities and politics. WMW to see what The Youth are like these days. Suspect we’ll tut and sigh several times.
5.50pm Weakest Link Paranormal Special
8.00pm Martin Luther King: American Prophet BBC2
8.00pm Megafactories National Geographic – Inside Ferrari, BMW and Corvette.
8.00pm Run’s House MTV – Return of the reality series focusing on the family life of rapper and hip-hop music pioneer Joseph Simmons (aka Reverend Run).
9.05pm Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Evening BBC3 – Featuring outtakes, the live episode When Jonny Met Sharky plus other classic episodes of the Runcorn-based sitcom.WWW because we’re fans.
9.30pm The Shogun
BBC2 – Drama-documentary about the Samurai general Tokugawa Ieyasu.

3.30pm Clay BBC1 – One-off drama styarring Imelda Staunton and Ian McElhinney based on the book by David Almond set in 1960s Tyneside.
WWW – it’s a great book and Imelda S is one of our favourite actresses.
6.00pm Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old
Sky One – Return of the Noel Edmonds-fronted quiz.
7.00pm Dempsey and Makepeace
ITV3 – Beginning a rerun of the 1980s crime drama starring Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber.
7.30pm I’d Do Anything Results BBC1 – The first of the live eviction shows as Graham Norton tells one of the wannabe women they won’t be Nancy, plus the latest on the hunt for Oliver.
8.00pm Amy Whitehouse – True Hollywood Story
8.00pm Tiger Spy in the Jungle
BBC1 – Wildlife documentary following four growing tiger cubs, narrated by David Attenborough.
9.00pm Casualty 1907 BBC1 – Three-part series following a successful pilot of a drama about real events at the Royal London Hospital. Stars Cherie Lunghi as Matron Eva Luckes, Sarah Smart as Nurse Ada Russell, Nicholas Farrell as Sydney Holland, Charity Wakefield as Ethell Bennett, Lilly Allen’s brother Alfie as Nobby Clark and Tom Riley as Dr James Walton.
WWW. The pilot was really good.
9.00pm David Ogilvy – The First Mad Man BBC4 – Profile of the advertising legend.
9.00pm Spooks UKTV Drama – Rerun of series one of the spy drama.
11.00pm Brothers And Sisters E4 – Series two of the US drama series created by Ken Olin. Justin (Dave Annable) is missing in the Middle East, Nora (Sally Field) tries to pull the family together, Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) fights to save her marriage, Kevin (Matthew Rhys) experiences true love, Tommy (Balthazar Getty) struggles after the death of his newborn son, Kitty (Calista Flockhart) faces the challenges of being engaged to senator Robert McCallister (Rob Lowe), Saul (Ron Rifkin) gets a visit from an old friend, and Rebecca (Emily VanCamp) tries to find her place in the Walker family.
WWW because we somehow got hooked during series one

g Guest list• Naomi Watts, Supergrass on The Culture Show, BBC2, Saturday
• Alesha Dixon, Robert Webb on Lily Allen And Friends BBC3, Tuesday
• Denise Van Outen, Kris Marshall on Al Murray’s Happy Hour, ITV1, Friday
• David Tennant, Catherine Tate, John Hurt, Nigel Marven, Radiohead on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1
• Mariah Carey on The Friday Night Project Channel 4, Friday

• Adele, Gnarls Barkley, James Taylor, Black Kids, The Only Ones on Later…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Friday
• The Hoosiers on The Album Chart Show, C4, Friday

9.15am The Estate We’re In BBC1 – Daytime series in which Silla Carron, a campaigning grandmother who improved her estate in Camden, north London, tries to change the fortunes of an estate in Plymouth.
7.00pm Brian Keenan: Back to Beirut BBC2 – Documentary in which the Belfast-born lecturer who was imprisoned for four and a half years by Shia militants in Lebanon returns to the country.
7.00pm Crossing Jordan Hallmark – Series six of the US drama series.
8.00pm The Gadget Show Five – Return of the consumer technology show presented by Jason Bradbury, Suzi Perry and Jon Bentley.
WMW. This is one of Five’s best non-imports.
8.00pm University Challenge – the Professionals BBC2
8.00pm Dispatches: Undercover in Tibet Channel 4
9.00pm Poppy Shakespeare Channel 4 – A 90-minute drama adaptation of the debut novel by Clare Allan satirising the NHS’s mental health system, The story centres on N (Anna Maxwell Martin), a disturbed young woman is happy to remain as a day-patient at a psychiatric hospital in north London. With Naomie Harris as Poppy Shakespeare, a new patient who insists she is not mentally ill.
WWW . This is outstanding.
9.00pm Marty Feldman – Six Degrees Of Separation BBC4 – A profile of the comedian who appeared on Round the Horne, The Frost Report, The 1948 Show and his own series. Featuring contributions by John Cleese, Sir David Frost, Michael Palin, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Denis Norden. Followed by It’s Marty Feldman and Round The Horne Revisited
WWW to see what all the fuss was about
9.00pm Dis/Connected BBC3 – Pilot drama following six teenage strangers who meet in London after the suicide of a mutual friend, written by Howard Overman.
WWW so we can complete the set – we’ve seen all five of the BBC3 drama pilots so far.
9.00pm Crimewatch BBC1

Tuesday8.00pm A Journey Through American Music Sky Arts – Documentary series narrated by Morgan Freeman tracing the growth of American music through the 20th century.
8.00pm TV’s Believe It Or Not BBC4 – Comedian Sean Lock narrates a programme full of extraordinary television.
9.00pm Battlestar Galactica: Revisited/Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon Sky One – Two specials preceding the airing of the fourth and final series of the sci-fi drama.
9.00pm Most Haunted Living – The series returns with Yvette Fielding and guest medium Brian Shepherd in Kent’s spooky Chislehurst Caves.
9.00pm Super Rich: The Greed Game BBC2 – Robert Peston delves into the fortunes of the super-rich.
WWW but will probably have sick in our throats.
10.00pm Later Live… With Jools Holland BBC2 – Eight-part live series of the acclaimed music show. Guests on the opener are Adele, Gnarls Barkley, James Taylor, Black Kids and Peter Perrett’s The Only Ones. Acts appearing later in the series include Goldfrapp, Portishead, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Toumani Diabate, The Kooks, Yeasayer, Eartha Kitt, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and Neil Diamond.
WWW because this has a brilliant line-up.

2.35pm Kevin Hill E4 – Short-lived US drama series starring Taye Diggs as lawyer Kevin Hill. With Jon Seda, Patrick Breen and Christina Hendricks.
9.00pm Hughie Green, Most Sincerely
BBC4 – Film written by Tony Basgallop starring Trevor Eve as the host of ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks/father of Paula Yates. With Mark Benton as Stars On Sunday presenter Jess Yates who believed he was Paula’s father, plus Emma Stansfield, Kim Thomson, Danny Webb and Nick Dunning.
WWW because Green was a TV legend and it will be interesting to see how Eve portrays him.
9.00pm Dan Cruickshank’s Adventures In Architecture BBC2 – Eight-part series in which the architectural historian tells the history of humankind through architecture, with visits to the world’s greatest cities, buildings and monuments.
WWW. We’re not fans of Dan C but we love those big buildings.

Thursday8.00pm Project Runway Sky One – The fourth season of the US reality show hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, searching for the next big name in fashion. WMW
9.00pm Too Much Too Young Sky One – Documentary about the dark side of fame with case studies including Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty, Britney Spears and Heath Ledger.
9.00pm The Apprentice: the Worst Decisions Ever BBC2 – Clips of gross stupidity by the candidates in all three series.
WWW – should be a schadenfreude joy.
9.00pm Holiday Homes From Hell ITV1
9.00pm When Were We Funniest? The 90s Results UKTV Gold

9.00pm Criminal Minds Living – Series three of the US crime drama about profilers at the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit in Virginia, starring Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson.
9.00pm Supernanny US E4 – Return of the reality series featuring parenting expert Jo Frost.
9.00pm The Harp BBC4 – Harpist Catrin Finch looks at the history of the instrument in Wales and the world.
WMW because we love them harps.
9.00pm Royal Flying Doctors National Geographic – Series about the service caring for the people of Australia’s outback.
g Subject listAround the World in 80 Gardens South East Asia: Bangkok, Singapore and Bali BBC2
Alternative Therapies Meditation. BBC2, Monday
Horizon A Life In Memory BBC2, TuesdayTrue Stories No End In Sight on the Bush Administration’s conduct of the Iraq war. More4, Tuesday
ONE Life The story of Josie Russell who was left for dead when her mother and younger sister were killed in a brutal attack. BBC1
Natural World A wolf called Lobo. BBC2, WednesdayExtraordinary People The World’s Heaviest Man. Five, WednesdayCutting Edge The Human Spider on a man who loves climbing. Channel 4

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