Old Post,2008

The Prisoner ITV1 – A six-part remake of cult 1960s classic The Prisoner, starring Sir Ian McKellen as the sinister Number 2 and Jim Caviezel as Number 6, a former secret agent who was abducted and kept in a sinister village. Written by Bill Gallagher (credits include Lark Rise to Candleford and Clocking Off). It was due to be aired on Sky One but the broadcaster pulled out.

Everybody Loves Lil’ Chris autumn 2008, Channel 4 – A seven-part entertainment show fronted by Lil’ Chris, the pop star discovered on reality show Rock School, following a successful pilot. Made by Connected Pictures.

American Pregnancy Cult BBC3 – Documentary investigating whether 17 teenage girls from the same US Catholic school who all became pregnant at the same time after making a pact.

Make Me A Supermodel Monday 14 July 2008, LivingTV – US reality show presented by Niki Taylor and Tyson Beckford.

Burn Up July 2008 BBC2 – Two-part environmental drama dealing with the conflicting interests of oil company executives, environmental activists and politicians. Stars Rupert Penry-Jones as Tom McConnell, the new head of Arrow Oil, Neve Campbell as his colleague Holly Dernay, who is collaborating with environmentalists, and Bradley Whitford as Tom’s best friend James ‘Mack’ Mackintosh, an unscrupulous oil industry lobbyist. With Marc Warren, San Shella, Ron Cook, Claire Skinner and David Calder. Written by Simon Beaufoy (credits include Full Monty), made by Kudos Film and Television.

Expedition Guyana July 2008, BBC1 – Three-parter in which wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan explores the landscape and wildlife of Guyana.

The Making Of Me July 2008, BBC1 – Three-parter in which celebrities undertake a mission to discover the source of their defining trait, talent or characteristic, beginning with entertainer John Barrowman trying to find out the truth about his sexuality.

Hadrian July 2008 BBC2 – Documentary in which Dan Snow tells the story of the Roman emperor.

Moving On 2009, BBC1 – Five-part daytime drama written by Jimmy McGovern, with each episode set in a house where a family or individual is moving in or out.

Terry Wogan’s Total Recall autumn 2008, Channel 4 – Game show fronted by the veteran broadcaster in which three contestants will have to remember answers from previous rounds to win the cash prize.

Hole in the Wall autumn 2008, BBC1 – Ten-part Saturday night entertainment show dubbed “human Tetris” presented by Dale Winton. In the format based on a Japanese hit show, celebrity contestants in shiny leotards, in teams captained by Anton Du Beke and Darren Gough, have to get through holes in a giant moving wall or end up in a swimming pool. Made by talkbackTHAMES.

Love the Place You’re In October 2008, UKTV Style – Ten-part home improvement series presented by Zoe Lucker.

Undercover Boss 2008, Five – Five-part reality series in which the heads of five companies pose incognito on the shopfloor to see how the business really operates.

Andrew Marr On Darwin’s Legacy (previously listed as Andrew Marr and Darwin’s Dangerous Ideas) 2009, BBC2 – A three-parter examining Charles Darwin’s theories.

Life (previously listed as Tree of Life) BBC1 – A 10-part series presented by Sir David Attenborough telling the story of the evolution of life on the planet.

What Darwin Didn’t Know 2009, BBC4 – Documentary airing as part of BBC’s Darwin season.

Darwin: In His Own Words 2009, BBC4 – Documentary airing as part of BBC’s Darwin season.

Darwin’s Garden 2009, BBC2 – Three-parter in which eEntomologist and farmer Jimmy Doherty recreates many of Charles Darwin’s plant experiments.

Stargate: Atlantis Tuesday 19 August 2008, Sky One _ Series five of the US scifi drama.

Stargate: Continuum Tuesday 12 August 2008, Sky One

Little White Lies – Possible sitcom based on comedian Isabel Fay’s stage show, Altar Ego featuring Blodwin, who works at an old people’s home and creates a fictional boyfriend. Made by Hat Trick Productions

How Not To Live Your Life 2008, BBC3 – Comedy series starring Dan Clark as a neurotic, single, dysfunctional thirtysomething. With Isabel Fay.

The Nine Wednesday 30 July 2008, Five – US drama series about nine strangers who bond as they are held hostage for 52 hours after a botched bank robbery. Stars Tim Daly, Kim Raver, Chi McBride, Scott Wolf and John Billingsley

Send In The Dogs Tuesday 15 July 2008, ITV1 – Four-parter following police dogs at work. Narrated by Ken Stott.

Above Suspicion ITV1 – Two-part 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 is assigned to her first murder case, and Ciaran Hinds as her volatile boss, DCI Langton.

Street Of Dreams 2010, BBC2 – Property design series following the building of an innovative street in the heart of Manchester. Made by Yap Films.

Crimes That Shook Britain History Channel – Six-part series on some of the best known crime cases in recent British history.

On Thin Ice BBC2 – Five-parter featuring Ben Fogle and James Cracknell as they take part in a 450-mile Antarctic race to the South Pole.

Bookaboo! ITV – A 13-part children’s series featuring a rock star dog who cannot play his drums until he’s been told a story by a celebrity guest

Keep It In The Family 2008, BBC2 – Four-parter featuring the stories of family-run businesses.

The Monster Hunter Virgin1 – A 12-part US series in which adventurer Josh Gates visits places that are rumoured to be the home of mysterious or paranormal creatures.

Redgrave’s Raw Recruits Thursday 17 July 2008, ITV4 – Sir Steve Redgrave attempts to turn a squad of youngsters from inner-city Liverpool into top class rowers.

Olympic Dreams Tuesday 15 July 2008, BBC1 – Four-part documentary series showing what it takes for these Olympic hopefuls to make the grade. Features diver Tom Daley; BMX world champion Shanaze Reade; the wheelchair rugby team; heptathlete Jessica Ennis; table tennis players Paul Drinkhall and Darius Knight; Welsh gymnast Venus Romaeo; judo hope Ashley McKenzie; Paralympic dressage champion Lee Pearson; the women’s rowing team; and the men’s rowing coxless four.

The Thirties In Colour Wednesday 16 July 2008, BBC4 – Four-part series featuring footage from rare, private and commercial film collections and archive photographs.

Tinga Tinga Tales CBeebies – A 52-part animated series based on classic African folk tales.

Jimmy Doherty’s Farming Heroes Tuesday 15 July 2008, BBC2 – The farmer meets other people involved in agriculture.

A Match Made in Heaven Sunday 13 July 2008, ITV1 – Series exploring three of the UK’s most popular religious dating agencies. Narrated by Liz Kershaw.

Harley Street (previously listed as Tender Loving Care) Thursday 17 July 2008, ITV1 – Six-part drama series about a team of GPs and specialists who are setting up a new practice in London’s famous medical district. Stars Suranne Jones and Paul Nicholls as private doctors Martha, the daughter of a Harley Street practitioner, and Robert, a working class lad, plus Shaun Parkes as cosmetic surgeon Ekkow. With Oliver Dimsdale as Felix Quinn, Kim Medcalf as practice manager Anne and Cush Jumbo as receptionist Hannah. Guest stars include James Fox, Isabella Calthorpe, Will Mellor and Leslie Phillips. Written by Marston Bloom; made by Carnival Films.

Ibiza Thursday 10 July 2008, LivingTV – Docusoap following the party people on the Spanish island.

Private Practice Wednesday 16 July 2008, LivingTV – A spin-off from the US medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy following neo-natal surgeon Addison Forbes Montgomery (Kate Walsh), as she moves from Seattle to Santa Monica, California to start a new practice.

Diet on the Dancefloor Wednesday 16 July 2008, LivingTV – Series in which overweight people attempt to lose weight by taking part in a dance contest. Made by Mentorn.

The Class Monday 14 July 2008, Channel 4 – Shortlived US sitcom featuring Sean Maguire playing a gay character. The series, created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik (writers on Friends and Mad About You), starts with a reunion of old schoolfriends, organised by Ethan Haas (Jason Ritter).

The Wonders of Islam Monday 14 July 2008, Channel 4 – A season of programmes including feature-length documentary, The Qur’an; Seven Wonders of the Muslim World and a documentary on Mecca.

The Qur’an Monday 14 July 2008, Channel 4 – Documentary by Antony Thomas asking what Islam’s holiest book says about issues such as equality, punishment, peace, other faiths and suicide bombing. Part of The Wonders of Islam season.

Shariah TV Monday 14 July 2008, Channel 4 – Series five of the series exploring Muslim life.

The Seven Wonders of the Muslim World Monday 14 July 2008, Channel 4 – Five-part series looking at how Islam is lived and practised.


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