The TV week – what’s new July 5-11

by | Jun 26, 2008 | All, TV Week

Saturday 9.45am Dark Angel E4 – Pilot episode of the cult scifi drama.
7.00pm Dispatches Helen Newlove: A Widows War on Yobs
Channel 4

7.45pm Last Choir Standing BBC1 – Knockout competition featuring choirs from around the UK, presented by Nick Knowles and Myleene Klass with judgment by a panel of music experts – singer Russell Watson, Holby City actress/choir aficionado Sharon D Clarke and Suzi Digby, choral conductor and principal of The Voices Foundation – who will choose the 15 choirs from 60 auditions to go through to the studio heats. Six choirs will qualify for the live shows, with one being eliminated each week.

8.15pm Race Across America ITV4 – Documentary about one of the hardest cycle races in the world.

8.30pm The NHS: A Difficult Beginning BBC2 – Documentary about the creation of the NHS in 1948.

8.45pm This Time Tomorrow BBC1 – Eight-part National Lottery game show with wow-factor prizes presented by Tess Daly at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow.

Sunday 11.00am/7.00pm Life Is Wild Hallmark – US drama based on ITV1’s Wild At Heart, starring Leah Pipes, DW Moffett, Stephanie Niznik, Andrew St John, S Club’s Calvin Goldspink and Atandwa Kani. The series centres on a New York veterinarian who moves with his second wife and their children to a South African game reserve.
3.05pm 02 Wireless Festival Channel 4 – Rick Edwards presents Sam Sparro, The Wombats, The Courteeners, Jay Z and Fat Boy Slim.
Celebrity Gladiators Sky One – A special edition of the game show, with “celebrities” including Danielle Lloyd, Bianca Gascoigne, Harvey and Hollyoaks’ Anthony Quinlan.
7.00pm The Truth About Street Weapons Channel 4 – Debate chaired by Jon Snow.
8.00pm George Gently BBC1 – Two more stories featuring Martin Shaw as Inspector George Gently, a detective working in 1964 Northumberland. With Lee Ingleby as ambitious Detective Sergeant John Bacchus and guest stars Tim Healy and Robert Glenister. Adapted by Peter Flannery and Mick Ford from the novels by Alan Hunter.
8.00pm Midsomer Murders ITV1 – The first of two more films featuring John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby and Jason Hughes as DS Ben Jones.
8.00pm Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner
9.00pm TV’s 50 Hardest Men Sky One – Countdown presented by Martin Kemp of TV’s toughest characters.
9.00pm Damages Hallmark – Rerun of series one of the thriller starring Glenn Close.
9.00pm The Conspiracy Files: 9/11: The Third Tower BBC2
10.00pm Dexter
FX – Series two of the US drama starring Michael C Hall as on Dexter Morgan, a serial killer who works for the Miami police as a blood spatter analyst.
10.45pm Trexx And Flipside BBC3 – Sitcom about wannabe hip hop stars whose music label – Wu Hah Records – is run by Mr Brilliance, a lover of crooning.

g Guest list
• The Charlatans Live at the IndigO2 ITV2, Saturday
• Highlights of the series on The Green Room, Channel 4, Sunday• David Hasselhoff on The Sunday Night Project Channel 4, Sunday• Chaka Khan, Steve Carell, Primal Scream on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday• Stereophonics, Colbie Caillat and Joan Armatrading on Live from Abbey Road More4, Friday

6.30pm Wild Animal ER Five – A 20-part series presented by Kate Gerbeau observing the work of the Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital in Buckinghamshire.
7.30pm Return to Vets in Practice BBC2 – Documentary series catching up with the graduates featured in BBC1’s Vets’ School.
8.00pm University Challenge BBC2 – Return of the quiz chaired by Jeremy Paxman.
8.00pm Lance Armstrong: The Science of… ITV48.30pm Ching’s Chinese Kitchen BBC2 – Six-part series in which Chinese chef Ching-He Huang teaches British people to cook healthy versions of popular takeaway dishes.

9.00pm New Tricks BBC1 – A fifth, eight-part series of the crime drama starring Amanda Redman as Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman with James Bolam, Alun Armstrong and Dennis Waterman as Jack Halford, Brian Lane and Gerry Standing, the veteran detectives working for her.

9.00pm Banged Up Five – Reality series in which 10 young men deemed to be “on the cusp of a life of crime” are subjected to the criminal justice system, including a spell in prison at a former jail in Scarborough. The programme features former home secretary David Blunkett as the head the prison’s parole board and former prison officer Jim Dawkins.

9.00pm 7/7: The Miracle of Carriage 346 Channel 4 – Documentary marking the third anniversary of the London transport system bombings, featuring the stories of passengers, witnesses and rescuers.

9.00pm Alesha: Look But Don’t Touch BBC3 – The Strictly Come Dancing and Misteeq star Alesha Dixon looks at the 21st century perception of beauty and agrees to become a cover star with no digital enhancement whatsoever.

9.00pm My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding Biography – Series featuring couples planning extravagant weddings.

9.00pm The King Of Stonehenge History Channel

9.30pm Nick Ross: Secrets of the Crime Museum Crime & Investigation – Series in which Nick Ross visits the Metropolitan’s police’s Crime Museum at Scotland Yard to examine notorious items collected in evidence during investigations into notorious crimes.

10.00pm CCTV Cities Five – Eight-parter in which Donal MacIntyre examines CCTV footage of street crime.

10.35pm My Family Has 20 Kids BBC1

8.00pm Sports Mastermind
BBC2 – A sporting version of the quiz show, hosted by Des Lynam. Continues Wednesday8.00pm Camilla’s Family Affair: Revealed Five8.30pm Francesco’s Mediterranean Voyage BBC2 – Series in which architect and historian Francesco da Mosto embarks on a journey across the Mediterranean sea. Continues Wednesday9.00pm Bonekickers BBC1 – Six-part drama series set in Bath following a team of experts working out of Wessex University who extract bodies, weapons and other artefacts, leading to investigations of past mysteries and present dangers. Stars Julie Graham as the team’s feisty head Professor Gillian Magwilde, Adrian Lester as forensic expert Dr Ben Ergha, Hugh Bonneville as encyclopaedic Professor Gregory Parton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as eager intern Viv Davis and Michael Maloney as Professor Daniel Mastiff. The opener features guest appearances by Paul Rhys, Paul Nicholls, Oliver Jackson Cohen and Tamzin Merchant. Created by Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah and Michele Buck and Damien Timmer.

9.00pm Warriors of the French Foreign Legion ITV4

9.30pm Graffiti: From Tags To Riches Sky Arts – The story of graffiti artists whose work is worth a fortune.

4.35pm Serious Ocean BBC1 – Reality series featuring eight young adventurers.7.00pm Omaha Beach: The Real Horror National Geographic
8.00pm Make My Body Younger BBC3 – Eight-part series presented by George Lamb in which consultant neurologist Andrew Curran tells youngsters who live life to to the excess what damage they are doing to their bodies.
9.00pm Black Power Salute BBC4 – Documentary about the 1968 Olympic Games when African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their gloved clenched fists in support of the Black Panther movement during the Star Spangled Banner.

Thursday8.00pm Sir Ranulph Fiennes Eiger Challenge ITV49.0pm The Hotel Inspector Five – Hotelier Alex Polizzi replaces Ruth Watson as presenter of the show in which failing hotels receive expert advice. Polizzi is the daughter of hotel designer Olga Polizzi and niece of hotelier Sir Rocco Forte.
9.00pm Mock The Week BBC2 – A sixth series of the satirical quiz presented by Dara O’Briain, with Frankie Boyle, Hugh Dennis, Russell Howard and Andy Parsons. With guests Michael McIntyre and Lucy Porter. Future shows feature David Mitchell, Mark Watson, Lauren Laverne, Ed Byrne and Greg Proops.
9.00pm Life and Death on the NHS ITV1
9.00pm Ax Men
History Channel – Series following lumberjacks in America’s Pacific Northwest.
9.30pm Lab Rats BBC2 – Sitcom set in the Arnolfini Research Laboratory of St Dunstan’s College science building, starring Chris Addison, who wrote it with Carl Cooper, as Dr Alex Beenyman, Geoff McGivern as Professor John Mycroft, Jo Enright as Cara McIlvenny, Dan Tetsell as Brian Lalumaca, Selina Cadell as Dean Mieke Miedema and Helen Moon as Minty Clapper.
10:00 Still Game BBC2 – Return of the Scottish sitcom starring Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill as Glasgow pensioners.
10.00pm Ibiza LivingTV – Docusoap following the party people on the Spanish island.
10.00pm The Charlotte Church Show
Channel 4 – An eight-part run of the chat show, with Catherine Tate and David Mitchell guesting on the opener.
10.30pm Touch Me, I’m Karen Taylor BBC3 – A second, seven-part series of the comedy sketch show including late-night quiz show Cash Cow, current affairs show Glamorama and At Home with The Smithsons. With Anna Crilly, Jalaal Hartley, Clare Warde and Lawry Lewin.

Friday 7.30pm/10.30pm T In The Park 2008 BBC3 – Edith Bowman and Jeff Leach present coverage of the Scottish music festival featuring The Verve, REM, Stereophonics, KT Tunstall, The Fratellis, Kings Of Leon, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Kaiser Chiefs, Amy MacDonald, The Wombats and Scouting For Girls.
8.00pm Superstars Five – A revival of the sporting contest that was a BBC hit in the 1970s and a flop when it was revived by BBC One in 2003. It features four teams captained by Steve Redgrave, Kelly Holmes, Roger Black and Darren Campbell. with former football referee Graham Poll overseeing the competition. Guests include Lee Sharpe, Roberto Di Matteo, Graham Thorpe and Mike Catt.
9.00pm Would I Lie To You?
BBC1 – Second series of the comedy panel show hosted by Angus Deayton with teams captained by David Mitchell and Lee Mack. Guests on the opener are Rob Brydon, Robert Webb, Gabby Logan and Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
9.00pm Carpenters Night BBC4 – Featuring Only Yesterday – The Carpenters Story, The Carpenters at the BBC and A World Of Music – The Carpenters.

g Subject listHow TV Changed Britain Quiz shows. Channel 4, SaturdayPanorama NHS For Sale. BBC1, MondayDispatches It Shouldn’t Happen To A Muslim. Channel 4, MondayInside: Supercops, Sky One, Monday What Happened Next? They Steal Children Don’t They. BBC4, Tuesday* True Stories: Cafe de los Maestros More 4, Tuesday The Culture Show David Simon, creator of The Wire, Vaughan Williams, China’s building boom, Extra Golden. BBC2, TuesdayImagine Anthony Minghella. BBC1, TuesdayDrama Trails The Jewel in the Crown to Band of Gold. ITV3, Thursday

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