The TV Week – what’s new 9-15 August

by | Jul 31, 2008 | All, TV Week

Spooks: Code 9, BBC3, Sunday

Saturday6.30pm BBC Proms: Classical Jazz BBC2

8.00pm Xtra Factor: One Year On ITV2

7.00pm Make Me a Christian Channel 4 – Three-part reality documentary series in which Reverend George Hargreaves and his team of mentors oversee an experiement in which six volunteers agree to live by strict Christian principles.
BBC Proms: The King’s Singers BBC2

8.00pm Celebrity Wife Swap Channel 4 – Featuring soul singer Alexander O’Neal and wine expert Jilly Goolden.

8.00pm Jimmy and the Wild Honey Hunters BBC1 – Jimmy Doherty (of Jimmy’s Farm fame) travels to Nepal to meet the people who risk their lives to farm honey.
9.00pm Spooks: Code 9 BBC3 – A six-part spin-off series from BBC1’s MI5 drama Spooks, starring Joanne Froggatt. It is set in 2013: London has been evacuated following a nuclear bomb and MI5 hires six young new recruits for Field Office 19. The team led by experienced agent Hannah (Joanne Froggatt), includes Charlie (Liam Boyle), a mathematician and genius problem-solver, Rachel (Ruta Gedmintas), an ex-police officer, Jez (Heshima Thompson), a former criminal, Vik (Christopher Simpson) who chooses MI5 over a career in his family’s business, Rob (Andrew Knott), a junior doctor, and Kylie (Georgia Moffett) a psychology student, just back from her gap year. Created by David Wolstencroft; written by David Wolstencroft, Chris Chibnall, Howard Overman, Ben Schiffer, James Moran, Cameron McAllister and Jack Lothian; made by Kudos.

9.00pm Britain From Above BBC1 – Three-part series presented by Andrew Marr featuring aerial photography of Britain. Accompanied by Britain From Above – The City on BBC2 at 10.00pm.

10.00pm Britain From Above – The City BBC2 – Three-parter featuring archive footage and photography to show the dramatic transformation of Britain’s landscape.

10.30pm The John Akii-Bua Story: An African Tragedy BBC2 – Documentary about athlete John Akii Bua, who won gold at the Munich Olympics of 1972 then returned to his native Uganda to find it under the tyrannical rule of Idi Amin.

g Guest listRicky Hatton onThe Charlotte Church Show Channel 4, ThursdayTaio Cruz, Gabriella Cilmi, Glasvegas and Noah and the Whale on Transmission Channel 4, Friday• The Kills and The Fratellis on Live From Abbey Road, More4, Friday

6.00pm Michaela Strachan’s Zoo Babies Five – Ten-parter on animal breeding programmes in Britain.
7.00pm Return to… The Cruise BBC2 – Updates on the docusoap.7.30pm BBC Proms: World Music Gala BBC4

8.00pm Fifth Gear Five – Return of the motoring magazine with Tim Shaw, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Tom Ford, Tiff Needell, Jonny Smith and Jason Plato.
9.00pm Kevin McCloud and his Big Town Plan Channel 4 – Four-part series following an 18-month social experiment in which the people of a northern town are helped by Kevin McCloud, Sarah Beeny, designers and architects to regenerate their public spaces. Launches with a countdown of the Top 10 best designed places to live in Britian.
9.00pm Superhuman: World’s Smallest People ITV1
9.00pm Britcop Night BBC4 – Featuring The Real Life on Mars, an episode of Life on Mars, Creating Life on Mars and Mark Lawson Talks to GF Newman.
11.20pm Ian Rankin’s Hidden Edinburgh BBC2

Tuesday8.00pm Don’t Blame The Builders Channel 4 – Three-part series in which the Daily Telegraph’s Jeff Howell mediates in disputes between homeowners and builders.
8.00pm 1908 – The First True Olympics BBC48.00pm America’s Psychic Challenge LivingTV – Reality contest featuring 16 acclaimed mediums and clairvoyants.9.00pm Maestro BBC2 – Reality show presented by Clive Anderson in which eight celebrities learn to conduct orchestras and choirs, with the winner appearing at the BBC Proms In The Park on 13 September. The participants are hiphop star Goldie, Blur bassist Alex James, actress Jane Asher, newsreader Katie Derham, broadcaster Peter Snow, actor David Soul, comedian Sue Perkins and actor Bradley Walsh. Judges are Sir Roger Norrington, who will be conducting the Last Night Of The BBC Proms, composer and cellist Zoë Martlew, conductor Simone Young and double bassist Dominic Seldis. They and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra will vote off one competitor each week.

9.00pm Britcop Night BBC4 – Featuring Dixon of Dock Green and Call the Cops.

10.20pm How Not To Live Your Life BBC3 – Comedy series starring Dan Clark as a neurotic, single, dysfunctional thirtysomething with an overactive mind, commissioned after a successful pilot in September 2007 With Isabel Fay, Sally Bretton, Rich Fulcher, Claire Keelan and Bruce Mackinnon.

8.30pm How Clean Is Your House? Channel 4 – A five-part series in which cleaning ladies Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie revisit houses they tidied in previous shows.
9.00pm Who Do You Think You Are?
BBC1 – A fourth, eight-part series in which celebrities delve into their ancestry, beginning with Patsy Kensit and also featuring Boris Johnson, Jerry Springer, Esther Rantzen, David Suchet, Ainsley Harriott, Jodie Kidd and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

9.00pm Rory & Paddy’s Great British Adventure Five – Four-part series in which comedians Rory McGrath and Paddy McGuiness travel the UK in a campervan and take part in eccentric British activities such as cheese-rolling, shin kicking, wife carrying, bog snorkeling, worm charming, pig racing and the Bird Men competition in Bognor.

10.00pm The Edinburgh Festival Show BBC2 – Lauren Laverne presents highlights from the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. The opener features Tracey Emin and the weird, wonderful and woeful acts.

10.00pm Banged Up Abroad Five – Return of the series featuring the stories of travellers who sound themselves incarcerated overseas.

Thursday7.30pm BBC Proms: Daniel Barenboim BBC4
9.00 Britain’s Really Disgusting Foods BBC4 – With anarchist Alex Riley.

Friday 7.00pm The Real Monarch of the Glen BBC2 – Series following multi-millionaire Paul Lister who bought Alladale, a 23,000-acre traditional Highland sporting estate in Sutherland, Scotland in 2003 and planned to turn it into the largest enclosed reserve in Europe.
BBC Proms: Boulez Conducts Janáček BBC4
10.00pm The Verve at Glastonbury 2008 BBC4

g Subject listThe G-Spot Kill it, Skin it, Wear it. Channel 4, Sunday• Panorama Bill Bryson on rubbish tip Britain. BBC1, MondayInside Alaska’s Toughest Prison Sky One, MondayRevealed Margaret the Tabloid Princess. Five, TuesdayDrama Trails The Vice to Prime Suspect. ITV3, WednesdayStoryville Flying – Confessions of a Free Woman. BBC4, WednesdayFirst Cut The Murder of Billie-Jo Jenkins.Channel 4, FridayComedy Connections Rab C Nesbitt. BBC1, Friday

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