The TV week – what’s new July 26-August 1

by | Jul 18, 2008 | All, TV Week

6.00pm Weakest Link Special: Holby City and Casualty BBC1
6.45pm BBC Proms 2008 – Nigel Kennedy BBC2
8.30pm Cab Night BBC4 – An evening of programmes presented by Robert Elms featuring Mastermind: Fred Housego, Arena: Cab Driver, Top Gear Take Two, Jack Rosenthal’s acclaimed play The Knowledge and Modern Times.

6.00pm Siberia to Sahara: A Snowboarder’s Odyssey BBC2 – Ed Leigh undertakes snowboarding adventures around the world.7.00pm Heartbeat ITV1 – Return of the nostalgic drama series.
7.00pm Car Bomb Channel 4 – Ex CIA agent Robert Baer explores the origins of car bombs.
7.30pm Proms on Four 2008: Messiaen BBC4
8.00pm Who Wants To Be A Superhero? Sci Fi – Series two of the reality show in which comic book legend Stan Lee presides over a contest in which 10 wannabe superheroes compete to have their characters immortalised in print.
9.00pm Kerry Katona: The Afterbirth MTV
10.00pm Totally Calum Best: The Best Is Yet To Come MTV – Fly-on-the-wall series following the son of footballer George Best as he is challenged to remain celibate for 50 days while touring the world.

g Guest listThe Charlotte Church Show Channel 4, Thursday• Colin Jackson on The Making Of Me BBC1, ThursdayPatsy Kensit, Alice Cooper, Primal Scream and Sam Sparro on Transmission Channel 4, Friday
• Matchbox Twenty, The Script and Def Leppard on Live From Abbey Road, More4, Friday

6.00pm Battle of the Brains BBC2 – Quiz show hosted by Paddy O’Connell pitching two teams against each other in a game of nerve, strategy and skill.
7.30pm Return to… Castaway
BBC2 – An update on the BBC reality series.
7.30pm Proms 2008: Beethoven and Elliott Carter
9.00pm Rhodes Across China UKTV Food – A 10-part series in which Gary Rhodes and two apprentice chefs prepare Chinese food.
9.00pm One Man and His Canoe: The John Darwin Story ITV1
9.00pm When Beauty Goes Wrong BBC3
11.40pm Latitude 2008
ITV2 – Caroline Flack and Rufus Hound present coverage of the festival held in Southwold, Suffolk featuring Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros and Interpol.
12.40am Third Watch
More 4 – Series six of the US drama, airing daily, about the New York emergency services.

Tuesday8.00pm Dr Alice Roberts: Don’t Die Young BBC2 – Series two of the medical programme in which Dr Alice Roberts presents advice on how to look after your vital organs.Wednesday
8.00pm Lost Land of the Jaguar
BBC1 – Three-parter in which wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan explores the landscape and wildlife of Guyana.
8.00pm Don’t Forget The Lyrics US Sky One – US version of the game show, hosted by comedian Wayne Brady.
9.00pm House Of Saddam BBC2 – Four-part drama series based on the book Trapped In Saddam’s Brutal Regime, which charts the rise and fall of the Iraqi leader and the lives of Saddam’s closest family and friends. Stars Igal Naor as Saddam Hussein; Said Taghmaoui as Barzan Ibrahim, Saddam’s half brother and the Iraqi representative to the United Nations between 1988 and 1998; Shohreh Aghdashloo as Sajida Talfah, Saddam’s wife; Christine Stephen-Daly as Samira Shahbandar, Saddam’s mistress and second wife; Uri Gavriel as Ali Hassan Al Majid, more widely known as Chemical Ali; Amr Waked as Hussein Kamel, Saddam’s nephew and son-in-law; Makram J Khoury as Tariq Aziz, the foreign minister and deputy prime minister of Iraq; and Philip Arditti as Uday, Saddam’s eldest son. Written by Alex Holmes and Stephen Butchard.
9.00pm Lifesavers Five – Dramatic documentary about organ transplantation in the UK.
9.00pm Trinny & Sussanah Undress The Nation ITV1 – Return of the series in which the fashion experts offer advice.
9.00pm Panorama: Racing’s Dirty Secret BBC1
10.00pm The Nine
Five – US drama series about nine strangers who bond as they are held hostage for 52 hours after a botched bank robbery. Stars Tim Daly, Kim Raver, Chi McBride, Scott Wolf and John Billingsley.
10.00pm Dangerous Jobs for Girls
Channel 4 – Series in which four teams of high-flying British women travel to remote, male-dominated places to learn how to do jobs that have been the sole preserve of men for generations – cowboys, hunters, fishermen and loggers.
10.00pm My Kid Could Paint That BBC4 – Documentary about how paintings by four-year-old Marla Olmstead sold for a fortune in America and drew comparisons to Kandinsky and Pollock.
12.05am Ibiza Rocks Channel 4 – Zane Lowe presents performances by The Kaiser Chiefs, We Are Scientists and Hadouken!.

8.00pm Rogue Restaurants BBC1 – Matt Allright and Anita Rani present undercover reports uncovering the state of Britain’s restaurants and pubs.
9.00pm When Were We Funniest?: The 1960s UKTV Gold – With Martin Freeman.
11.00pm My Strange Brain Five – Documentary series exploring unusual neurological conditions.
11.25pm E4 Comedy E4 – Return of the series of comedy shorts.

Friday 7.30pm First Cut Channel 4 – Series of documentaries by up and coming directors beginning with a light-hearted look at the people who’ve made Britney’s breakdown their business in Saving Britney Spears.
9.00pm The Tudors BBC2 – Second series of the historical drama starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII, with Peter O’Toole as the Pope, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Northam, Henry Cavill and Hans Matheson.
9.30pm The Armstrong and Miller Show
BBC1 – A second series of the comedy sketch show.
11.10pm Tonightly Channel 4 – Daily comedy entertainment show, running for 16 nights, in which Jason Manford, Andi Osho and new comic performers take a satirical look at the news. Regular characters include consumer conspiracy theorist Steve Lipschitz, teenage telly addict Ollie, investigative reporter Jack Whitehall and the only MP left in Parliament during summer recess Sir Ian Bowler.
11.35pm Originals: Hawkwind – Do Not Panic BBC2

g Subject listDispatches British sandwich industry. Channel 4, Monday• Panorama Fuel prices. BBC1, MondayInside The Prison Code Sky One, MondayRevealed Neanderthal. Five, Tuesday
True Stories Female circumcision in Kenya. More 4, Tuesday
The Culture Show Art in Florence, theatre director Katie Mitchell, Paul Weller. BBC2, TuesdayDrama Trails Cold Feet to a Touch of Frost. ITV3, Wednesday
• Money Programme Who’s Buying up Britain? BBC2, Friday
Comedy Connections The Liver Birds BBC1, Friday

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