The TV week – what’s new 22-28 March 2008

He Kills Coppers

WWW = we will watch WMW = we might watch


Saturday
6.00pm The Harry Potter Kids
Biography
8.00pm Lost Kings Of Israel
National Geographic
8.30pm Top 50 Greatest Families Sky One – Todd Carty and Wendy Richards present a countdown of the most memorable families, real and fictional.
8.30pm Shroud Of Turin – Material Evidence BBC2 – Documentary presented by Rageh Omaar marking the the 20th anniversary of the carbon dating of the Shroud of Turin which revealed the most famous relic in Christendom was a fake. WMW
9.05pm Mighty Boosh Night BBC3 – The stars of the psychedelic comedy Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt present an hour-long documentary about the cult hit plus six of their favourite episodes. Contributors include Stewart Lee, Danny Wallace, Lee Mack, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Jo Whiley, Lenny Henry, Kasabian and The Horrors. WWW but only on a recording so we can skip past Brand
10.00pm Richard the Lionheart
BBC2 – Drama-documentary
Sunday
12.30pm The Hollyoaks Music Show Channel 4 – Rick Edwards presents gigs at The Dog in the Pond, The Loft and the SU Bar.
5.45pm The Secrets of the Twelve Disciples
Channel 4 – With theologian Dr Robert Beckford.
6.10pm My Life with Animals
: Simon King BBC2
6.30pm The Colour Of Magic
Sky One – Two-part drama based on the first of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. Stars Sir David Jason as incompetent wizard Rincewind, Tim Curry as Rincewind’s nemesis Trymon, Sean Astin as Discworld’s first tourist, the naive Twoflower, and Christopher Lee as the voice of Death plus David Bradley, Laura Haddock, James Cosmo, Nigel Planer and Liz-May Brice. Continues Monday WWW
7.30pm The Passion
BBC1 – Concluding the religious drama. WWW just to see what happens
8.00pm Cult of… Hamish Macbeth
BBC4 – The series unearthing the history of Sunday TV dramas features the drama starring Robert Carlyle. WMW
8.00pm Heartbeat ITV1 – Return of the nostalgic drama.
8.00pm Celebrity Wife Swap Channel 4 – Featuring Sinitta and Coronation Street’s Bruce Jones.
9.00pm The No. 1 One Ladies’ Detective Agency BBC1 – Drama based on the best-selling novel by Alexander McCall Smith, directed by Anthony Minghella, who wrote the screenplay with Richard Curtis. Made on location in Botswana, the film follows Precious Ramotswe, the sensible proprietor of the only female-owned detective agency in the country. Stars soul singer Jill Scott as Precious, Anika Noni Rose as prim secretary Mma Makutsi, John Kani, Desmond Dube as BK, David Oyelowo as Kremlin Busang, Idris Elba as Charlie Kgotso, Colin Salmon Note Makoti, Precious’s no-good jazz musician husband, Nikki Amuka Bird as Alice Busang and Vasco Shoba as Obed. WWW but if our recording devices break down, we’ll opt for He Kills Coppers
9.00pm He Kills Coppers ITV1 – Three-part adaptation by Ed Whitmore of the Jake Arnott novel The Long Firm, spanning the 1960s to the 1990s, starting in 1966 when Detective Sergeant Frank Taylor, Daily Illustrated journalist Tony Meehan and war hero turned petty thief Billy Porter are caught up in the murder of three policemen. Starring Rafe Spall as Frank, Mel Raido as Billy, Steven Robertson as Tony, Kelly Reilly as Jeannie, Cavan Clerkin as Stan, Cameron Jack as Jimmy, Liam Garrigan as John and Maureen Lipman. Written by Ed Whitmore. WWW because the glimpses we’ve seen are a match for BBC2’s excellent adaptation of Arnott’s The Long Firm
9.30pm Pulling BBC3 – Second series of the comedy about the love lives of three women, written by Sharon Horgan, who is also the star, and Dennis Kelly. With Tanya Franks, Rebekah Staton, Cavan Clerkin and Paul Kaye. WWW because series one had real pulling power
g Guest list
• Guillemots, Supergrass, KT Tunstall and Envy & Other Sins on The Album Chart Show, C4, Saturday
• Goldfrapp, Roisin Murphy and the Cave Singers on The Culture Show, BBC2, Saturday
• Lauren Laverne and The Futureheads on Lily Allen And Friends BBC3, Tuesday
• Rupert Grint, Alex James, Penny Smith, The Enemy on Al Murray’s Happy Hour, ITV1, Friday
• Donald Sutherland, Trevor Eve, The Kooks on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday
• Scouting for Girls, Roisin Murphy, Lightspeed Champion and Justice on The Album Chart Show, C4, Friday

Monday
3.00pm Daily Cooks Challenge ITV1 – Third series of the culinary show hosted by Antony Worrall Thompson featuring Rick Stein, Paul Vickery, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Oz Clarke and Linda Barker.
8.00pm Stargate: Ark of Truth Sky One – Feature-length spin-off from Stargate SG-1.
8.30pm The Book Quiz BBC4 – Series two of the game show with Kirsty Wark replacing David Baddiel as presenter. WWW but we’re upset Baddiel’s not back
9.00pm The Frost Report Is Back!
BBC4 – One-off revival of the 1960s satirical TV series hosted by Sir David Frost, featuring Michael Palin, John Cleese, Ronnie Corbett and Tim Brooke-Taylor. WWW to see what the fuss was about
9.00pm Bear Grylls : Mission Everest Channel 4 WWW because he’s hunky
Tuesday
8.00pm Big, Bigger, Biggest
Five – Four-parter on the construction of superstructures such as Heathrow airport’s terminal 5 and the Burj Dubai.
10.35pm Crime Scene Conmen BBC1

Wednesday
9.00pm
Hancock & Joan BBC4 – A 90-minute drama starring Ken Stott and Maxine Peake about Tony Hancock’s well-publicised affair with the wife of Dad’s Army star John Le Mesurier, based on Joan Le Mesurier’s 1989 memoirs Lady Don’t Fall Backwards. WWW
9.00pm The Apprentice BBC1 – Fourth series of the reality show featuring Sir Alan Sugar.
9.00pm The Secret Peacemaker BBC2 – Reporter Peter Taylor meets the man who acted as a secret go-between for the British Government and the IRA for more than 20 years. WMW because Taylor is a top reporter.
9.00pm Most Haunted Live LivingTV – Beginning five days of spooky investigations in Turin. Accompanied by Most Haunted Live: Access All Areas at 8.00pm on Living 2.
9.00pm Ghosthunting With… I’m a Celebrity ITV2 – Yvette Fielding visits eerie places in the West Midlands with Christopher Biggins, Matt Willis, Cerys Matthews, Dean Gaffney and Emma Griffiths.
10.00pm Desperate Housewives Channel 4 – Series four of the US drama. WWW – our TV highlight of the week
10.00pm The Apprentice: You’re Fired BBC2
10.00pm Should I Smoke Dope BBC3
Thursday
9.00pm Katie & Peter: The Next Chapter
ITV2 – New series of the reality show following Katie Price and Peter Andre during the first years of their marriage.
10.00pm Gossip Girl ITV2 – US teen drama starring Veronica Mars actress Kristen Bell, created by The OC’s creator Josh Schwartz. The series is based on novels by Cecily von Ziegesar about wealthy teenagers who go to school in New York’s affluent Upper East Side. The cast also includes Blake Lively and Leighton Meester as best friends Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald and Penn Badgley and Taylor Momsen as outsiders Dan and Jenny. WWW to see if it lives up to the hype
10.00pm Cane ITV3 – US drama about a large Cuban-American family running a rum and sugar business in Florida. Starring Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo and Nestor Carbonell. WMW because the cast is impressive
10.35pm Panorama: Teenage Sex For Sale BBC1
Friday
9.00pm Benidorm ITV1 – A second eight-part series of the sitcom written by Darren Littern. Stars Nicholas Burns, Abigail Cruttenden as newlyweds Kate and Martin Weedon, Johnny Vegas as The Oracle Geoff Maltby, Elsie Kelly as his mum Noreen, Kenny Ireland and Jacqueline Janine Duvitski as swingers Donald and Jacqueline Stewart, Paul Bazely and Hugh Sachs as gay couple Troy and Gavin, Steve Pemberton and Siobahn Finneran as Mick and Janice Garvey and Shelia Reid as Janice’s mother Madge. Wendy Richard will make an appearance as a loud-mouthed wheelchair-user. WMW just to see if it’s any better than series one
9.30pm Teenage Kicks ITV1 – TV version of the Radio 2 sitcom written by Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Smith. Edmondson stars as veteran punk rocker Vernon who, after getting divorced, moves in with his kids, Max (Ed Coleman), 20, and Milly (Laura Aikman), 18, plus young lodger David (Jonathan Chan-Pensley). He tries to recapture his youth, while they are horrified by his bad behaviour. With Mark Arden as Vernon’s sad best friend Bryan. WMW although the trailers make it look awful

g Subject list
Alternative Therapies reflexology. BBC2, Monday
Horizon A Life In Memory BBC2, TuesdayTrue Stories A Small Town Murder. More4, TuesdayNatural World Elephant Nomads of the Namib Desert. BBC2, WednesdayExtraordinary People The Man with No Face. Five, WednesdayCutting Edge Sleeping With My Sister. Channel 4

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