Old Post, 2008


Criminal Justice Monday 30 June 2008, BBC1 – Five-part drama starring Ben Whishaw as a 21-year-old man who claims he has been wrongly imprisoned for murder. Whishaw plays Ben Coulter, who wakes to find that a woman he has just slept with has been stabbed to death and he is unable to remember what happened. With Pete Postlethwaite and David Harewood as fellow prisoners Hooch and Graham, Bill Paterson as the investigating policeman DCI Box, Con O’Neil as solicitor Stone, Lindsay Duncan as the defence barrister, Frances Kapoor, Ian Peck, Ruth Negga, David Westhead, Juliet Aubrey, Sam Alexander, Holly Atkins and Johann Myers. Written by former barrister Peter Moffat (credits include Hawking, Cambridge Spies, North Square)

Noel’s HQ autumn 2008, Sky One – One-off live special hosted by Noel Edmonds celebrating acts of kindness and inspiring good deeds.

Les Dennis’s Home Video Heroes Monday 23 June 2008, Challenge – The comedian presents classic home video clips in a 60-part show.

Army Chefs
Five – Series following new chefs at the Army Catering School as they learn how to cook using old ammunition boxes and dustbins before going to the frontline in Afghanistan.

Science And Islam BBC4 – Three-parter in which Professor Jim Al-Khalili traces the lives and achievements of the great scientists of the medieval Islamic world.

Above Suspicion ITV1 – Single drama adapted by Lynda la Plante from her own novel, starring Kelly Reilly as DC Anna Travis, an ambitious police officer who is following in her late father’s footsteps, and Ciaran Hinds as her volatile boss, DCI Langton.

Deadly Weather: Fear Junkies Virgin1 – Six-part series presented by Gethin Jones featuring obsessive thrill seekers who risk their lives.

Hairspray: The School Musical Sky One – Eight-part reality show presented by Denise Van Outen with Emma Bunton in which a school will be challenged to recreate the hit Disney show.

Rory & Paddy’s Road of Sport 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.

The Boyz Are Back In Town Saturday 28 June 2008, Sky One – Documentary about the comeback of boyband Boyzone, including interviews, footage of their reunion talks with former manager Louis Walsh and film of the group spending time with their families.

Boyzone Live Saturday 28 June 2008, Sky One – The concert at Manchester’s MEN Arena as part of the group’s Back Again – No Matter What comeback tour.

Top 50 Showbiz Comebacks Sunday 29 June 2008, Sky One – Christopher Biggins presents a countdown of the stars and shows that have managed to bounce back.

Concrete Canvas Tuesday 1 July 2008, Sky Arts – Series following street artist Julian Beever as creates chalk drawings around the world.

K-Ville Five US – Shortlived US crime drama series, starring Anthony Anderson, Blake Shields and Tawny Cypress, set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, where criminals roam the streets.

Who Dares Sings! (previously listed as Pitch Perfect and Fever Pitch) Saturday 28 June 2008, ITV1 – Karaoke singing talent show presented by Ben Shephard and Denise Van Outen in which contestants are called on to sing a variety of songs.

Bonekickers summer 2008, 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. Created by Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah and Michele Buck and Damien Timmer.

Sorry I’ve Got No Head Friday 27 June 2008, BBC1 – Children’s comedy sketch show starring Marcus Brigstocke, Mel Giedroyc, James Bachman, Anna Crilly and David Armand.

The Royal Sunday 22 June 2008, ITV1 – Series seven of the nostalgic hospital drama starring Amy Robbins, Robert Daws, Wendy Craig, Kari Corbett, Damian O’Hare and Robert Cavanah.

Identical Triplets: Their Secret World Monday 23 June 2008, ITV1 – Documentary featuring four sets of identical triplets undergoing stunts, tests and investigation.

Black Market Britain Tuesday 24 June 2008, ITV1 – Undercover probe into the international counterfeiting racket.

On the Ball: the Story of Sports Commentary Saturday 21 June 2008, BBC1 – Clip show narrated by Adrian Chiles featuring memorable sporting moments and interviews with Kelly Holmes, John Motson, Ian Botham, Barry Davies, Murray Walker and Alistair McGowan.

Top Gear Sunday 22 June 2008, BBC2 – Return of the motoring magazine, with guests Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins.

British B Movies: Truly, Madly, Cheaply Saturday 21 June 2008 – BBC4’s B Movie Week begins with film historian Matthew Sweet reappraising over half a century of British B movies.

MeeBOX Sunday 22 June 2008, BBC3 – Comedy show featuring Adam Buxton, Matt Berry, Joanna Bobin, Nigel Buxton, Leah Charles and Tony Law.

Snog Marry Avoid? (previously listed as Filthy Gorgeous) Monday 21 June 2008, BBC3 – Described as a make-under show, this series fronted by Jenny Frost scrubs down over-styled girls and boys – using the Personal Overhaul Device – to discover their natural beauty.

Snowdon and Margaret: Inside a Royal Marriage Wednesday 25 June 2008, Channel 4 – Documentary about the relationship between Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret.

Totally Calum Best: The Best Is Yet To Come Sunday 27 July 2008, 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.

Gok’s Fashion Fix (previously listed as Gok’s Clothes Show) Thursday 26 June 2008, Channel 4 – Style guru Gok Wan and Alexa Chung celebrate fashion, offer advice, present a weekly catwalk clash between teams representing designer brands and high street retailers, rummage through the wardrobes of celebrities including Joan Collins, Geri Halliwell, Mischa Barton and Kelly Osbourne and host a contest to find the UK’s Most Stylish Person.

Live from Abbey Road Friday 27 June 2008, More4 – Return of the live music series with Mary J Blige, James Blunt and Dashboard Confessional in the opener and Herbie Hancock with Corinne Bailey Rae, Stereophonics, Hard-Fi and Bryan Adams later in the series.

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