Old Post,2008

Survivors 2008, BBC1 – A modern version of the 1970s drama series set in in the aftermath of a devastating virus which wipes out most of the world’s population. Stars Julie Graham and Shaun Dingwall as Abby and David Grant (Julie Graham) whose 11-year-old son Peter has just recoeverd from a near-fatal illness; Phillip Rhys as rich playboy Al Sadiq; Zoë Tapper as Dr Anya Raczynski, whose girlfriend is struck down by the virus; Paterson Joseph as Greg Preston, a former systems analyst; Freema Agyeman as primary school teacher Jenny Collins; Chahak Patel as 11-year-old Moslim boy Najid; Nikki Amuka–Bird as junior minister Samantha Willis; and Max Beesley as dangerous criminal Tom Price. Written by Adrian Hodges.

A Free Country BBC1 – Six-part drama series set in Berwick-upon-Tweed and exploring what would happen if the border town declared itself independent from England and Scotland – an idea suggested by former Foreign Office civil servant Philip Selby when he returns to the town amid a referendum to decide whether the town should be part of England or Scotland. Written by Tony Saint (credits include Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley); made by Great Meadow.

Jonathan Creek December 2008, BBC1 – A Christmas special of the drama starring Alan Davies as the creator of magic tricks who becomes embroiled in crime solving.

50 Ways to Leave Your TV Lover Sunday 15 June 2008, Sky One – Fern Britton counts down the most memoral romantic breakdowns on TV.

Wired ITV1 – Three-part thriller about bank fraud, starring Jodie Whittaker, Toby Stephens, Laurence Fox, Charlie Brooks and Riz Ahmed. A single mum working for a bank is forced into helping cream off £250m.

Maestro 2008, 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.

Dad’s Army reunion BBC1 – Jonathan Ross hosts a 40th anniversary reunion of the surviving cast members – Bill Pertwee, 81, Clive Dunn, 88, Frank Williams, 76, Colin Bean, 82 and Ian Lavender, 62 – from the BBC sitcom, which ran from 1968 to 1977.

My Child Won’t Eat Monday 16 June 2008, ITV1 – Documentary about the controversial work of child psychologist Dr Gillian Harris who believes some children suffer from a food phobia.

Commercial Breakdown With Jimmy Carr June 2008, BBC1 – Eight-part 11th series of the series poking fun at TV ads, previously hosted by Jon Culshaw, Ruby Wax, Rory McGrath, Jo Brand and Jasper Carrott.

Jews Wednesday 18 June 2008, BBC4 – Three-parter by director Vanessa Engle (credits include Lefties) offering an insight into Jewish life in Britain. Focuses on very different kinds of Jews – from atheist and secular Jews through to ultra-orthodox Jews – and looks into family histories, belief systems and the meaning of what it is to be Jewish.

Bingo Night Live Thursday 5 June 2008, ITV1 – An hour-long late-night daily game show presented by Melinda Messenger and Michael Underwood.

The Bill Made Me Famous ITV1 – A special programme featuring actors who gained fame after appearing in the police drama.

Bamzooki Streetwars 2009, CBBC – Children’s virtual reality game show.

Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong Channel 4 – A second, six-part run of the comedy game show.

It’ll Be Alright On The Night ITV1 – Return of the bloopers show, with Paul Merton replacing Denis Norden as host.

Suggs’ Italian Job autumn 2008, Sky Arts – Series presented by the singer with Madness exploring Italy in a classic Mini, going off the beaten track and investigating the stories behind some Renaissance masterpieces.

Tooth Fairy Channel 4 – A TV airing of the DVD capturing comedian Alan Carr on tour.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher ITV1 – Drama based on the Kate Summerscale novel about the investigation of an 1860 child murder by Scotland Yard’s Inspector Jonathan Whicher. Made by Hat Trick Productions.

More Fry in America BBC4 – A five-part second series of Stephen Fry’s excursions in the United States.

Rough Guide to Ultimate Escapes Five – Series in which celebrities undertake thrill-seeking adventures. Features – Dom Joly climbing an active volcano and skiing down its volcanic ash slope in Nicaragua, Stephen Mangan cycling in the Himalayas, rower James Cracknell in the Andes and Venzuela and TV presenter Ashley Hames trekking through the Philippines rain forests.

Piers Morgan chat show ITV1 – The former journalist has signed a two-year deal to fronting a new chat show, plus some interview specials and three documentaries.

The Gadget Show Monday 9 June 2008, Five – Return of the consumer technology magazine.

Brothers And Sisters In Love Thursday 12 June 2008, ITV1 – Documentary about relationships between siblings who were separated at birth and reunited in later life.

Britain Under Water Monday 9 June 2008, BC1 – An examination of the cause and effect of last year’s floods in Britain, presented by Nicky Campbell, with Kate Humble and Matt Allwright.

Through the Anomaly Sunday 8 June 2008, ITV3 – A behind-the-scenes documentary about the ITV1 fantasy drama Primeval, written, directed and presented by Andrew-Lee Potts, one of the stars of the series.

Britain’s Biggest Babies Wednesday 11 June 2008, ITV1 – Documentary investigating why the country`s babies are getting larger.

The Isle Of Wight Festival Friday 13- Sunday 15 June 2008, ITV2 – Coverage of the event that stars The Kooks, Sex Pistols, Kaiser Chiefs, The Police, and Scouting For Girls. Presented by Lauren Laverne and Matt Willis.

The Minotaur Saturday 7 June 2008, BBC2 – The world premiere at the Royal Opera House, London of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s new work about the character in Greek myth who is part man, part beast. Stars John Tomlinson, Christine Rice and Johan Reuter.

Summer Heights High Tuesday 10 June 2008, BBC3 – Australian mockumentary-style comedy series written by and starring comedian Chris Lilley. It follows one school term in an average Australian high school. Lilley plays mischievous schoolboy Jonah Takalua, delusioned drama teacher Greg ‘Mr G’ Gregson and bitchy schoolgirl Ja’mie King. Made by ABC TV and Princess Pictures, the series won two Australian TV awards and acclaim from gossip blogger Perez Hilton.

The Street 2009, BBC1 – A third six-part series of the drama created by Jimmy McGovern telling the stories of people living on the same street.

Live at indigO2 summer 2008, ITV2 – Six concerts presented by Caroline Flack featuring Paul Weller, The Courteeners, Scouting for Girls, The Enemy, The Charlatans and The Zutons.

Andy McNab’s Tour of Duty (previously listed as McNab’s Tour of Duty) Tuesday 10 June 2008, ITV4 – SAS man turned author Andy McNab tells the story of British and American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq using Ministry of Defence footage, contributions from the troops on the front line, reconstructions and interviews. Made by Flashback Television.

Shameless 2009, Channel 4 – Series six of the drama series featuring the characters of the Chatsworth Estate in 16 episodes. Debbie (Rebecca Ryan) reaches the age of 16, Frank suffers from post natal depression, Monica (Annabel Apsion) redecorates the house, Micky (Ciaran Griffiths) goes to college and enters the world of porn, Liam (Johnny Bennett) is found to be a genius, nurse Maxine (Joanna Higson) seduces Carl (Elliott Tittensor), Mandy (Samantha Siddall) falls for a man called Joe (Ben Batt), Yvonne (Kelli Hollis) gets an unexpected visitor, Karen (Rebecca Atkinson) and Jamie (Aaron McCusker) have marital problems, Ian (Gerard Kearns) contemplates leaving the Chatsworth Estate and Norma (Dystin Johnston) makes a grim discovery at The Jockey.

The Queen’s Wedding Saturday 7 June 2008, Channel 4 – The story of political machination, public hostility and court intrigue behind the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in November 1947.

The Sunday Night Project Sunday 8 June 2008, Channel 4 – A new slot for the variety programme presented by Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr, with guest hosts. The new seven-part run begins with Katie Price and Peter Andre guesting.

Reaper Tuesday 9 June 2008, Channel 4 – A terrestrial airing of the US comedy drama starring Brett Harrison as Sam, a slacker whose parents sold his soul to Satan (Ray Wise) before he was born.

8 Out of 10 Cats Friday 12 June 2008, Channel 4 – Return of the comedy panel game chaired by Jimmy Carr with team captains Sean Lock and Jason Manford.

One Tree Hill Monday 8 June 2008, E4 – Series five of the US teen drama starring Chad Michael Murray jumping forward four years, six months, two days in time. The gang have finished college: Lucas is a published author, Brooke has made it big in fashion, Peyton is pursuing a career in music, and Nathan and Haley are raising little James.

Beauty and the Geek Monday 9 June 2008, E4 – Series four of the US reality show.

Back To You Wednesday 11 June 2008, More4 – Sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton as newsreaders on a Pittsburgh TV station – he’s womaniser Chuck Darling; she’s uptight Kelly Carr. Other characters include Montana Diaz Herrera (Ayda Field), a sexy, inept weather presenter, Ryan Church (Josh Gad), the news director, Marsh McGinley (Fred Willard), the sports anchor and reporter Gary Crezyzewski (Ty Burrell). Created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, who both worked on Frasier.

Margaret Thatcher – The Long Walk to Finchley Thursday 12 June 2008, BBC4 – Drama about the future prime minister’s determination to get selected to a “winnable” Tory seat in the 1950s. Starring Andrea Riseborough as the young Margaret, Rory Kinnear as husband Denis, Geoffrey Palmer as Thatcher’s nemesis Sir John Crowder, Oliver Ford-Davis as Conservative MP Sir Donald Kaberry and Samuel West as fellow future PM, Edward Heath. Written by Tony Saint.

Mary Queen Of Shops Monday 9 June 2008, BBC2 – Return of the series in which Mary Portas gives advice to struggling fashion shops.

Legends – Quincy Jones Friday 13 June 2008, BBC4 – Two-part tribute to the American jazz musician, composer, arranger, record producer and entrepreneur whp celebrated his 75th birthday in March. Contributors include Harry Belafonte, Herbie Hancock and Michael Caine.

50 Greatest TV Endings (previously listed as Top 50 TV Endings) Sunday 8 June 2008, Sky One – Countdown of amazing and ridiculous moments from TV history, hosted by Cilla Black.

Mad Men 2009, BBC4 – Series two of the US drama series created by Matthew Weiner (credits include The Sopranos) set in the New York advertising industry in the 1960s. stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones and Christina Hendricks.

Step Up To The Plate (previously listed as You Think You Can Cook) BBC1 – Eight-week amateur cookery competition hosted by Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke with judge Loyd Grossman.

Russell Brand’s Ponderland 2008, Channel 4 – Series two of the series in which the comic addresses a different topic each week, aided by arcive TV clips.

Map of Love ITV1 – Three-part thriller written by Waking the Dead creator Barbara Machin involving three sisters.

The Fixer 2009, ITV1 – A second series of the drama starring Andrew Buchan as a paid assassin, with Tamzin Outhwaite, Jody Latham and Peter Mullan.

This Time Tomorrow BBC1 – Eight-part Saturday night National Lottery game show presented by Tess Daly at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow.

Justin Lee Collins: The Bristol Flyer Monday 23 June 2008, Sky One – One-off entertainment show following the TV presenter as he aims to become a professional darts player, trained by former world champions Eric Bristow and Keith Deller.

…And Proud Virgin 1 – Six-part series examining taboo subjects featuring the stories of people who embrace unusual lifestyles with no shame.


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