Hadrian Saturday 19 July 2008 BBC2 – Documentary in which Dan Snow tells the story of the Roman emperor.
T4 on the Beach Sunday 20 July 2008, Channel 4 – A musical extravaganza from Weston-super-Mare, featuring The Hoosiers, The Feeling, McFly, Kelly Rowland, Five O’Clock Heroes featuring Agyness Deyn and The Ting Tings.
Dragons’ Den Monday 21 July 2008, BBC2 – Return of the series presented by Evan Davies in which entrepreneurs attempt to win investment from multi-millionaire businesspeople.
Burn Up Wednesday 23 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.
Step Up To The Plate (previously listed as You Think You Can Cook) Monday 21 July 2008, BBC1 – Eight-week amateur cookery competition hosted by Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke with judge Loyd Grossman.
Can’t Read, Can’t Write Monday 21 July 2008, Channel 4 – Series in which controversial teacher Phil Beadle, featured in Channel 4’s The Unteachables, tackles Britain’s adult literacy crisis by teaching illiterate adults.
The Contender Muay Thai Tuesday 22 July 2008, ITV4 – Contest between 16 Muay Thai fighters from around the world.
The Making Of Me Thursday 24 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. The other programmes feature athlete Colin Jackson and violinist Vanessa Mae.
Lost Land of the Jaguar (previously listed as Expedition Guyana) Wednesday 30 July 2008, BBC1 – Three-parter in which wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan explores the landscape and wildlife of Guyana.
Eating with the Enemy Monday 21 July 2008, BBC2 – Amateur cooks compete to impress four food critics.
Cash in the Celebrity Attic Monday 21 July 2008, BBC2 – Series in which “celebrities” give away treasured possessions to raise money for charity. Airs all week, featuring Jenny Seagrove, Michael Winner, Rosemary Conley, Toyah Willcox and Clare Francis.
The Kevin Bishop Show Friday 25 July 2008, Channel 4 – A six-part series of the comedy sketch show, following a successful pilot on the Comedy Showcase strand, spoofing TV, film and popular culture. The opener features Daily Mail DVD giveaways, a US remake of quiz show, Sienna Miller’s new perfume Publicity, Brian Cowell, who runs the fourth largest convenience store in Rotherham, and an appearance by Jodie Marsh. Written by Kevin Bishop and Lee Hupfield.
Transmission Friday 25 July 2008, Channel 4 – A nine-part run of the music show hosted by Lauren Laverne and Steve Jones. The opener features The Ting Tings, The Kooks, Santogold and Roots Manuva.