The TV week – what’s new 5-11 April 2008

by | Mar 27, 2008 | All, TV Week

WWW = we will watch WMW = we might watch


11.00am Everybody Loves Lil Chris Channel 4 – The teenage star of Rock School presents interviews and music from his customised Winnebago. The opener features The Hoosiers, Robyn, Shane Ward, Plain White T’s and Leigh Francis’s Keith Lemon. WWW because he’s very funny.
6.20pm Doctor Who BBC1 – Series four, lasting 13 episodes, of the sci-fi dramas features Catherine Tate as regular character Donna, the runaway bride. Guest stars include Alex Kingston, Colin Salmon, Sarah Lancashire, Felicity Kendal, Lesley Sharp, Georgia Moffett, Lindsey Coulson, Fenella Woolgar, Tim McInnerny, Peter Capaldi, Phil Davis and Tracey Childs. WWW although we’re not too happy about the hiring of Catherine Tate.
8.00pm China’s Terracotta Army BBC2
9.00pm Duran Duran Biography
9.50pm Verity Lambert: Drama Queen BBC4 – A tribute to the TV producer, who died in November 2007, leaving behind a body of work including Dr Who, The Naked Civil Servant, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Minder, May To December, Eldorado and Jonathan Creek. Contributors include John Hurt, Alan Davies, Lynda La Plante and David Renwick. Preceded by The Naked Civil Servant at 7.10pm and three episodes of Doctor Who; followed by Minder and Jonathan Creek. WWW because Verity did some great work.

11.00am My Music Five – Four-part series narrated by Tom Ravenscroft, son of the late John Peel, exploring the influences of Seth Lakeman, Kate Rusby, Eliza Carthy and Athena on folk music. Contributors include Billy Bragg, Jennifer Saunders, Stewart Lee and Willy Russell. WWW
noon Vanity Lair Channel 4 – A double bill finale of the reality show in which one of the Lairmates will win the £10,000 prize – and the honour of being named the most attractive person on the show. Followed by a look back over the series with some of the contestants.
2.20pm The Green Room
Channel 4 – Music show featuring performances by top acts, plus behind-the-scenes footage. The opener features Robyn, The Courteeners, Chris Brown, The Count and Sinden featuring Cherry B and Beardyman.
7.00pm Planet Mechanics National Geographic – Eco-engineers Dick Strawbridge and Jem Stansfield journey across Europe to help people adopt a green lifestyle.
7.00pm The World’s Got Talent ITV1 – Clumsy clip show.
8.00pm Kiefer Sutherland
9.00pm Louis Theroux’s African Hunting Holiday BBC2 – Louis Theroux investigates the controversial South African hunting industry. WWW. Get your teeth into them, Louie.
10.00pm Headcases
ITV1 – Eight-part topical comedy series featuring CGI caricatures of politicians and celebrities, written by a team headed by former Spitting Image writer Henry Naylor. The celebrities featured include Helen Mirren and Judi Dench as chavs, Amy Winehouse launching a perfume called A Hint of Bin, The Beckhams, Pete Doherty, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jeremy Clarkson, Madonna, Piers Morgan, Heather Mills McCartney, Katie and Peter, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Bono, Trevor McDonald, Princes Harry and William, Gordon Brown, George Bush, David Cameron, Vladimir Putin, Robert Mugabe, Nicholas Sarkozy, Andy Murray and Fabio Capello. Voiced are provided by Lewis McCleod, Katy Brand, Kayvan Novak, Rory Bremner, John Culshaw and Omid Djallili. WWW because it sounds really good.10.00pm The Two Coreys Biography – US reality show in which forgotten 1980s legends and friends Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, who both appeared in The Lost Boys, live together – with Feldman’s wife Susie Sprague completing the household. WMW because we hear it’s hilarious.
10.20pm Road to Beijing: The Olympic Flame in London
10.45pm Melvyn Bragg Travels In Written Britain ITV1 – Four-part series in which Melvyn Bragg looks at how writers have reflected the natural and man-made landscape of Britain in historical and contemporary works. WMW although we’re not big Bragg fans.

g Guest list• Goldfrapp, The Kooks, Yeasayer on Later Live…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Tuesday
• Sarah Jessica Parker on Project Runway, Sky One, Thursday
Elijah Wood on The Friday Night Project Channel 4, Friday
• Goldfrapp, The Kooks, Yeasayer, The Frames, Natty on Later…with Jools Holland, BBC2, Friday

7.00pm The Undercover Diplomat BBC2 – Profile of Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s chief of staff.
8.00pm Immigration: The Inconvenient Truth
Channel 4 – Three-parter in which journalist Rageh Omaar investigates how immigration has affected Britain by travelling around the country, talking to ordinary people and the main players in the British immigration debate, including Trevor Phillips, Hanif Kureishi and Lord Heseltine. WMW
9.00pm The Real Dick Turpin History Channel
9.00pm Young Mums’ Mansion BBC3 – Eight-part series from the makers of Baby Borrowers and Filthy Rich And Homeless in which 10 single mothers and their children live together for a month in a mansion where they will be reliant on each other to improve their lives. Accompanied by seven 30-minute spin-off shows featuring highlights from the series and the back stories of the women taking part. Continues all week WMW because it could be chavtastic.
9.00pm I Am the Elephant Man: A Bodyshock Special Channel 4 – The story of China’s Huang Chuncai as he undergoes surgery to remove a 15kg tumour.
9.00pm Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Living2 – Series four of the US reality show in which five gay men give style advice to American bachelors.
9.00pm Clowns BBC2 – Film by Daisy Asquith meeting children’s entertainers.
10.00pm Chuck
Virgin 1 – US comedy drama starring Zachary Levi as an ordinary man who becomes a spy after accidentally downloading CIA secrets to his brain. Adam Baldwin plays John Casey, a veteran agent who recruits him. WWW because The OC creator Josh Schwartz and director McG are behind it – and it comes highly recommended.
12.15am Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip More4 – Rerun of the one-season-wonder drama about a TV entertainment show. WMW because we loved it so much.

Tuesday7.00pm Jaguar Adventure with Nigel Marven Five – Six-parter in which the wildlife presenter searches for the biggest jaguars in the world.
8.00pm How to Look Good Naked Channel 4 – Return of the makeover series fronted by Gok Wan.
9.00pm Chinese School BBC4 – Documentary series observing school life in a small town in rural Anhui. WWW
9.00pm Massacre at Virginia Tech BBC2
10.35pm Crimewatch Special: The Killing of Sally Anne Bowman BBC1
Tats Cru – The Mural Kings Sky Arts
11.00pm The Wall
BBC3 – Live entertainment series featuring comedy, music and celebrity guests, plus a vast video wall via which viewers can react to the show. Hosted by Rhys Thomas and Alexa Chung, with Lucy Montgomery, We Are Klang and Simon Brodkin. WWW because we love Rhys and Lucy. Shame we have to suffer Alexa.

8.00pm Property Ladder Channel 4 – Return of the property series fronted by Sarah Beeny. WWW because Beeny is the best.
9.00pm Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me BBC4 – Drama about the British comedy star, played by David Walliams, showing how Howerd suffered from stage fright, depression and conflict about his homosexuality. Rafe Spall plays his partner Dennis Heymer. With Dilys Laye and Melanie Hill. Written by Peter Harness. Followed by Arena: Oooh er Missus! The Frankie Howerd Story and an episode of Up Pompeii. WWW because Howerd was a legend and Walliams is a good actor.
10.00pm Frances Tuesday ITV4 – Rerun of the crime drama starring Tamzin Outhwaite, Douglas Henshall, Lennie James and Beth Goddard.10.00pm Fight Masters National Geographic – Series about elite military troops.
10.40pm Comedy Sketchbook BBC1 – Clip show presented by Angus Deayton.

Thursday7.30pm In Search of Medieval Britain BBC4 – The channel’s Medieval season begins with this series in which art historian Dr Alixe Bovey follows the oldest surviving route map of Britain to make Middle Age journeys.
8.00pm Come Dine With Me
Channel 4 – A 22-part primetime series of the reality show in which amateur chefs cook for each other. Begins with a celebrity special featuring Tamara Beckwith, MC Harvey, Lynsey de Paul and Jonathan Ansell. WMW although the level of ‘celebrity’ is piss poor.
9.00pm Who Do you Think You Are BBC1 – A fourth series in which celebrities delve into their ancestry beginning with Barbara Windsor. WWW – the first ones in these series are always the best.
9.00pm Bones Sky One – Return of the crime drama series starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz.
9.00pm Too Fat To Toddle ITV1 – Documentary focusing on four families with overweight children under the age of five who are helped by Professor Paul Gately and his team of experts from Leeds Metropolitan University.
9.00pm Arena – The Strange Luck Of VS Naipaul BBC4 – Portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning author.


9.00pm Blood Ties Friday 11 April 2008, Virgin 1 – Fantasy drama from Canada based on the Blood Books by Tanya Huff. starring Christina Cox as private eye Victoria ‘Vicki’ Nelson who takes on occult adversaries, helped by graphic novelist Henry Fitzroy, played by Kyle Schmid.
9.00pm My Family
BBC1 – Series eight of the family sitcom starring Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker.

g Subject listNatural World Reindeer Girls. BBC2, WednesdayExtraordinary People Autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire. Five, WednesdayCutting Edge Cotton Wool Kids about anxious parents. Channel 4

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