Britannia High 2008, ITV1 – Series combining two 60-minute documentaries, and an eight-part stage school drama and a live 90-minute performance. Take That’s Gary Barlow heads a team of songwriters who will write for the pupils of a fictional arts school, while Strictly Come Dancing’s Arlene Phillips is the head of choreography, and Grease is the Word judge David Ian will help select the performers. Stars Mitch Hewer, Georgina Hagen, Sapphire Elia, Marcquelle Ward, Matthew James Thomas, Rana Roy, Mark Benton, Michele Austin, Lorraine Pilkington and Chris Jarvis.
My Zinc Bed autumn 2008, BBC2 – Drama based on David Hare stageplay about penniless but gifted poet Paul Peplow (Paddy Considine), a recovering alcoholic who is sent to interview wealthy internet entrepreneur Victor Quinn (Jonathan Pryce), whose wife Elsa (Uma Thurman) is a recovering alcoholic.
A Number autumn 2008, BBC2 – Drama based on Caryl Churchill stageplay starring Tom Wilkinson as Salter and Rhys Ifans as his son Bernard, who learns he is one of an unidentified number of clones.
Dharma & Greg ITV1 – Remake of the 1990s US sitcom about the relationship between a rich lawyer who marries a hippy chick after just one date.
Identity ITV1 – Six-part drama series about a police identity theft investigation unit, written by Ed Whitmore (credits include Waking The Dead).
The Tunnels Show BBC – Japanese entertainment show featuring crazy games, pranks and unpleasant challenges.
This Time Tomorrow Saturday 5 July 2008, BBC1 – Eight-part Saturday night National Lottery game show with wow-factor prizes presented by Tess Daly at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow.
Trexx And Flipside Sunday 6 July 2008, BBC3 – Sitcom about wannabe hip hop stars whose music label – Wu Hah Records – is run by Mr Brilliance, a lover of crooning.
Ching’s Chinese Kitchen Monday 7 July 2008, BBC2 – Six-part series in which Chinese chef Ching-He Huang teaches British people to cook healthy versions of popular takeaway dishes.
Make My Body Younger (previously listed as Doctor in the House) Tuesday 8 July 2008, 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.
Touch Me, I’m Karen Taylor Thursday 10 July 2008, 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.
T In The Park 2008 Friday-Sunday 11-13 July 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.
Carpenters Night Friday 11 July 2008, BBC4 – Featuring Only Yesterday – The Carpenters Story, The Carpenters at the BBC and A World Of Music – The Carpenters.
Celebrity Gladiators Sunday 6 July 2008, Sky One – A special edition of the game show, with “celebrities” including Danielle Lloyd, Bianca Gascoigne, Harvey and Hollyoaks’ Anthony Quinlan.
TV’s 50 Hardest Men Sunday 6 July 2008, Sky One – Countdown presented by Martin Kemp of TV’s toughest characters.
My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding Monday 7 July 2008, Biography – Series featuring couples planning extravagant weddings.
Nick Ross: Secrets of the Crime Museum Monday 7 July 2008, 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.
Ax Men Thursday 10 July 2008, History Channel – Series following lumberjacks in America’s Pacific Northwest.
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.
Am I Beautiful? BBC3 – Comedian Shazia Mirza looks at the incredible lengths women go to achieve beauty.
Konnie Huq’s When Beauty Goes Wrong BBC3 – The stories of people who inflcited beauty treatments on themselves.
Addicted To Changing My Body BBC3 – Fashion journalist Louise Roe meets four women who have had repeated breast enhancements.
Double Your Money ITV1 – A possible revival of the classic quiz show. Richard Madeley may present.
Mock The Week Thursday 10 July 2008, BBC2 – A sixth series of the satirical quiz presented by Dara O’Briain, with Frankie Boyle, Hugh Dennis, Russell Howard and Andy Parsons. Guests include David Mitchell, Michael McIntyre, Mark Watson, Lauren Laverne, Ed Byrne and Greg Proops.
Britain’s Missing Top Model Tuesday 1 July 2008, BBC3 – Series in which eight women with disabilities compete to become a mainstream fashion model. Made by Love Productions.
Sunday Schools: Reading, Writing and Redemption Thursday 3 July 2008 BBC4 – Documentary investigating the impact Sunday schools had on British society. Contributors include Patricia Routledge, Roy Hattersley and Anne Widdecombe. Narrated by Huw Edwards.
Good Bid, Good Buy Monday 30 June 2008, ITV1 – Daytime property auction series presented by experts Michael Holmes and Clare Reid.
Daily Cooks Challenge Monday 30 June 2008, ITV1 – A second series of the programme hosted by Antony Worrall Thompson in which two UK chefs battle it out to win the praise of a celebrity guest.
Crash Scene Investigators Tuesday 1 July 2008, ITV1 – Series following Devon and Cornwall police’s team of accident investigators
Bannatyne Takes On Big Tobacco Tuesday 1 July 2008, BBC2 – Duncan Bannatyne of Dragons’ Den fame travels to Africa to investigate the tobacco industry’s power in getting more children to smoke.
On the Fiddle? Monday 30 June 2008, BBC1 – Series following the work of benefit fraud investigators.
All New You’ve Been Framed! Saturday 28 June 2008, ITV1 – Return of the hidden camera clip show narrated by Harry Hill.
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.
Drama Trails Wednesday 2 July 2008, ITV3 – A 10-parter tracing connections between classic ITV dramas, narrated by James Nesbitt. The opener concentrates on Coronation Street.
Marco’s Best Ever British Meal Wednesday 2 July 2008, ITV1 – Series in which chef Marco Pierre White shoots, fishes and forages for food around the UK before creating his own dishes.
Britain’s Closest Encounters Wednesday 2 July 2008, Five – Documentary series examining UFO stories from around the UK.
Gun and Knife Crime Season Monday 30 June 2008, Channel 4 – Featuring a drama called Fallout, a Street Weapons Commission chaired by Cherie Booth, a five-part series called The Truth about Street Weapons, two Dispatches investigations, a special edition of Cutting Edge and a series of 3 Minute Wonders.
Kids, Knives and Broken Lives Monday 30 June 2008, Channel 4 – Investigation into why so many young people in Britain carry guns and knives.
The Truth About Street Weapons Monday 30 June 2008, Channel 4 – Four-part series of discussions, airing on consecutive nights, chaired by Cherie Booth, with contributors includinf Ian Levy, whose son was killed in a knife attack, and the former West Midlands chief constable Lord Geoffrey Dear.
Independents Day Monday 30 June 2008, Channel 4 – Four-part series following a mix of artists including Charlatans, Editors, Maximo Park, Futureheads, Jay Sean and Feeder as they record an album of classic indie covers.
Personal Services Required Wednesday 2 July 2008, Channel 4 – Four-part reality series in which families are given a chance to road test candidates to become housekeepers, personal assistants, au pairs or companions.
Fallout Thursday 3 July 2008, Channel 4 – Single drama by Roy Williams starring Lennie James as Joe, a policeman returning to an estate he grew up on to investigate the murder of black teenager Kwame (Lanre Malaolu). With Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jerome Holder. Based on a play staged at London’s Royal Court theatre.