The Cup autumn 2008, BBC2 – Six-part sitcom about the selfish, obsessive parents of boys in the Bolton-based Ashburn United under-11s football team. Stars Steve Edge, Jennifer Hennessy, Tanya Franks, Dominic Coleman, Samantha Power, Bill Geraghty, Pal Aron and Emmanuel Leconte.. Based on Canadian series The Tournament; made by Hartswood Films; written by Moray Hunter and Jack Docherty.
Shooting Stars Christmas 2008, BBC2 – A one-off revival of the comedy game show hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer with Matt Lucas as scorer George Dawes, plus a compilation of highlights from the series.
Trinity ITV2 – Eight-part drama series set in the 900-year-old Trinity College, part of the fictional Bridgeford University, which has decided to admit students from the lower social classes including streetwise Theo (Reggie Yates), stoners Angus (Mark Wood) and Raj (Arnab Chanda). The cast also includes Claire Skinner as the progressive warden, Charles Dance, Christian Cooke and Antonia Bernath.
The Chris Moyles Quiz Show Channel 4 – Celebrity game/chat show hosted by the Radio 1 breakfast show DJ.
FM ITV2 – Six-part sitcom set in an indie radio station called Skin FM, starring Chris O’Dowd as neurotic DJ Lindsay Carol, with Kevin Bishop and Nina Sosanya as his colleagues.
The Troubles I’ve Seen ITV1 – Documentary presented by Eamonn Holmes marking the 40th anniversary of the start of the Northern Ireland conflict. Features contributions by James Nesbitt, Patrick Kielty, Charles Lawson, Barry McGuigan and Andrea Catherwood.
A Short Stay In Switzerland BBC1 – Drama about euthanasia, based on a true story starring Julie Walters as Dr Anne Turner who was diagnosed with a neurological disease. Written by Frank McGuinness.
Bring Back… Star Trek Channel 4 – Justin Lee Collins attempts to reunite the surviving cast from the original Star Trek series including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei.
No Heroics ITV2 – Six-part sitcom featuring a group of useless, drunken British superheroes. Stars Patrick Baladi, Nicholas Burns, James Lance, Claire Keelan and Rebekah Staton.
Collision 22009, ITV1 – Five-part drama about a car crash and the aftermath. Written by Anthony Horowitz and Mike Walker.
Richard and Judy October 2008, Watch (UKTV’s new channel) – Daily talk show fronted by the husband and wife couple, with former Apprentice candidate Raef Bjayou as a regular contributor.
Tonightly Friday 1 August 2008, Channel 4 – Daily comedy entertainment show, running for 16 nights, in which Jason Manford, Andi Osho and new comic performers take a satirical look at the news. Regular characters include consumer conspiracy theorist Steve Lipschitz, teenage telly addict Ollie, investigative reporter Jack Whitehall and the only MP left in Parliament during summer recess Sir Ian Bowler.
Who Wants To Be A Superhero? Sunday 27 July 2008, Sci Fi – Series two of the reality show in which comic book legend Stan Lee presides over a contest in which 10 wannabe superheroes compete to have their characters immortalised in print.
Car Bomb Sunday 27 July 2008, Channel 4 – Ex CIA agent Robert Baer explores theorigins of car bombs.
Dangerous Jobs for Girls Wednesday 30 July 2008, Channel 4 – Series in which four teams of high-flying British women travel to remote, male-dominated places to learn how to do jobs that have been the sole preserve of men for generations – cowboys, hunters, fishermen and loggers.
Ibiza Rocks Wednesday 30 July 2008, Channel 4 – Zane Lowe presents performances by The Kaiser Chiefs, We Are Scientists and Hadouken!.
Travellers’ Century Thursday 24 July 2008, BBC4 – Three-parter in which Benedict Allen celebrates the exploits of three celebrated adventurers.
First Cut Friday 1 August 2008, Channel 4 – Series of documentaries by up and coming directors beginning with a light-hearted look at the people who’ve made Britney’s breakdown their business in Saving Britney Spears.
E4 Comedy Thursday 31 July 2008 – Return of the series of comedy shorts.
Third Watch Monday 28 July 2008, More 4 – Series six of the US drama, airing daily, about the New York emergency services.
Heartbeat Sunday 27 July 2008, ITV1 – Return of the nostalgic drama series.
Trinny & Sussanah Undress The Nation Wednesday 30 July 2008, ITV1 – Return of the series in which the fashion experts offer advice.
Rogue Restaurants Thursday 31 July 2008, BBC1 – Matt Allright and Anita Rani present undercover reports uncovering the state of Britain’s restaurants and pubs.
The Armstrong and Miller Show Friday 1 August 2008, BBC1 – A second series of the comedy sketch show.
Cab Night Saturday 26 July 2008, BBC4 – An evening of programmes presented by Robert Elms, featuring Mastermind: Fred Housego, Arena: Cab Driver, Top Gear Take Two, Jack Rosenthal’s acclaimed play The Knowledge and Modern Times.
Siberia to Sahara: A Snowboarder’s Odyssey Sunday 27 July 2008, BBC2 – Ed Leigh undertakes snowboarding adventures around the world.
Battle of the Brains Monday 28 July 2008, BBC2 – Quiz show hosted by Paddy O’Connell pitching two teams against each other in a game of nerve, strategy and skill.
Return to… Castaway Monday 28 July 2008, BBC2 – An update on the BBC reality series.
Dr Alice Roberts: Don’t Die Young Tuesday 29 July 2008, BBC2 – Series two of the medical programme in which Dr Alice Roberts presents advice on how to look after your vital organs.
House Of Saddam Wednesday 30 July 2008, BBC2 – Four-part drama series based on the book Trapped In Saddam’s Brutal Regime, which charts the rise and fall of the Iraqi leader and the lives of Saddam’s closest family and friends. Stars Igal Naor as Saddam Hussein; Said Taghmaoui as Barzan Ibrahim, Saddam’s half brother and the Iraqi representative to the United Nations between 1988 and 1998; Shohreh Aghdashloo as Sajida Talfah, Saddam’s wife; Christine Stephen-Daly as Samira Shahbandar, Saddam’s mistress and second wife; Uri Gavriel as Ali Hassan Al Majid, more widely known as Chemical Ali; Amr Waked as Hussein Kamel, Saddam’s nephew and son-in-law; Makram J Khoury as Tariq Aziz, the foreign minister and deputy prime minister of Iraq; and Philip Arditti as Uday, Saddam’s eldest son. Written by Alex Holmes and Stephen Butchard.
The Tudors Friday 1 August 2008, BBC2 – Second series of the historical drama starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII, with Peter O’Toole as the Pope, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Northam, Henry Cavill and Hans Matheson.
Big Cat Live BBC1/CBeebies – A week of live programmes hosted by Kate Silverton with Masai guide Jackson Looseyia, Simon King and Jonathan Scott featuring lions, cheetahs and leopards living on Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve.
Amazon autumn 2008, BBC2 – Series in which explorer Bruce Parry journeys to the source of the Amazon and meets some of the last uncontacted tribes on Earth.
The American Future – A History autumn 2008, BBC2 – Documentary series presented by Simon Schama looking at four of the critical issues facing the country: war, moral fervour, immigration and the economy.
Barristers autumn 2008, BBC2 – Documentary series following students as they train to become barristers in London.
British Style Genius September 2008, BBC2 – Five-part examination of the UK fashion industry, looking at the trends that have defined British style. Features contributions by Kate Moss, Twiggy, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Paul Smith, Ozwald Boateng, Philip Green and Stuart Rose.
Building The Olympic Dream autumn 2008, BBC2 – Documentary series looking behind the scenes of the preparations for the London 2012 Olympics .
Charley Boorman: Ireland To Sydney By Any Means autumn 2008, BBC2 – Adventurer Charley Boorman uses local transport to travel to Australia.
The Conspiracy Files autumn 2008, BBC2 – Return of the investigative series, looking at the Lockerbie and 7/7 terrorist attacks.
Einstein And Eddington autumn 2008, BBC2 – Drama starring Andy Serkis as the German-born scientist Albert Einstein as he develops his theory of relativity, with David Tennant as British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, who was the first astrophysicist to understand the work. The cast also features Jim Broadbent, Jodhi May and Lucy Cohu. Written by Peter Moffat; made by Company Pictures.
The Fallen autumn 2008, BBC2 – Three-hour documentary remembers every single serviceman and woman who has died while serving with the British armed forces in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past seven years. Directed by Morgan Matthews.
Heroes autumn 2008, BBC2 – Series three of the US action drama created by Tim Kring, concentrating on the original Heroes while introducing new villains.
History Of Climate Change autumn 2008, BBC2 – Three-parter promising a definitive guide to the environmental crisis, presented by Dr Iain Stewart.
Horizon autumn 2008, BBC2 – The science documentary series includes comedian Danny Wallace on robotics, Michael Portillo on violence in humans, attitudes to being naked, physicist Brian Cox on time, 21st-century plagues, including the rise of allergies, obesity and mental illness.
Indian Food Made Easy autumn 2008, BBC2 – Return of the cookery series with Anjum Anand.
James May’s Big Ideas autumn 2008, BBC2 – The Top Gear presenter seeks answers to scientific questions that perplex him.
Later…/Later Live… With Jools Holland autumn 2008, BBC2 – Return of the music series.
Lead Balloon autumn 2008, BBC2 – A third series of the sitcom starring Jack Dee as comic Rick Spleen.
Louis Theroux – Philly PD autumn 2008, BBC2 – Documentary featuring the Philadelphia Police Department patrolling the most dangerous part of the city.
Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones autumn 2008, BBC2 – Two-parter in which the comedy star explores anger in himself and others.
Oceans autumn 2008, BBC2 – Eight-part documentary series in which explorer Paul Rose, maritime archaeologist Dr Lucy Blue and marine biologist Tooni Mahto delve into oceans around the globe.
Prescott On Class autumn 2008, BBC2 – Two-parter in which former deputy prime minister John Prescott examines the class system.
The Restaurant autumn 2008, BBC2 – Return of the reality series fronted by chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc in which nine couples compete for the opportunity to open a new restaurant with him.
This World autumn 2008, BBC2 – Return of the international current affairs series.
Twiggy’s Fashion Trade autumn 2008, BBC2 – Series in which model Twiggy heads a team of fashion experts helping women as they take part in clothes-swapping parties.
Wayne McGregor: A World Premiere autumn 2008, BBC2 – Documentary following the British choreographer as he creates a new work for the Royal Ballet.
What To Eat Now autumn 2008, BBC2 – Series in which chef Valentine Warner hunts, fishes and cooks his way across Britain.
WWII – Behind Closed Doors autumn 2008, BBC2 – The story of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s dealings with Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Adolf Hitler.
The Eurovision Dance Contest Saturday 6 September 2008, BBC1 – The second event, presented by Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman from Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre featuring dancing couples from 15 countries. With commentary by Strictly Come Dancing’s Len Goodman and Craig Revell Horwood.
Blind Date 2009, ITV1 – A revamped version of the dating game show. Davina McCall is set to be the presenter, although others believed to be in the frame are Dermot O’Leary and Ant and Dec.
Agatha Christie’s Marple 2008, ITV1 – The two final appearances by Geraldine McEwan as Agatha Christie’s detective before Julia Mackenzie takes over the role. Nemesis features guest appearances by Richard E Grant, Lee Ingleby, Johnny Briggs, Amanda Burton, Anne Reid, Ronni Ancona, George Cole, Emily Woof and Ruth Wilson. Towards Zero features guest appearances by Tom Baker, Julia Graham, Paul Nicholls, Julian Sands, Greg Wise, Saffron Burrows, Alan Davies, Zoe Tapper and Eileen Atkins.
The Underdog Show autumn 2008, LivingTV – Series two of the reality series, previously on BBC2, in which celebrities train orphaned rescue dogs. Hosted by Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Mark Durden-Smith, with a judging panel comprising Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole and professional dog trainers Donelda Guy and Steve Mann. Contestants are failed Apprentice candidate Raef Bjayou, Brian Blessed, Strictly Come Dancing’s Camilla Dallerup, MC Harvey, Javine Hylton, Lesley Joseph, former Hollyoaks stars Elize du Toit and Kevin Sacre, Jason Wood and Ninia Benjamin.
Skins Channel 4 – Series three of the youth drama featuring a new cast including Jack O’Connell, who played Pukey in the film, This Is England.
I Sleep With Strangers August 2008, Virgin 1 – Documentary about people who seek out strangers for sex.
The British Suck In Bed August 2008, Virgin 1 – Documentary in which comedy star Olivia Lee looks at how UK sexual attitudes and habits differ from people in the rest of Europe.
Thomas Beatie documentary Channel 4 – Documentary about the “pregnant man” who grew up as a girl named Tracey before undergoing a sex change and giving birth to a daughter by artificial insemination.
In The Line Of Fire autumn 2008, ITV1 – Two-part documentary following the Metropolitan police’s firearms division, CO19.
Billy Connolly: Ocean To Ocean ITV1 – Four-parter following the Scottish comedian as he journeys across the Arctic Ocean’s notorious North West Passage.
Clone BBC3 – Sci-fi comedy series written by Adam Chase, an executive producer on Friends, starring Jonathan Pryce as Dr Victor Blenkinsop, a scientist who creates the first human clone, which is designed to be an elite soldier, but turns out to be a kindly wimp.
Living With Jade Goody LivingTV – Reality series featuring the former Big Brother housemate.
Are You Smarter Than a Ten-Year-Old? Sky One – A second run of the quiz show, with Noel Edmonds hosting the primetime show and Dick & Dom presenting the daytime version.
The Secret Policeman’s Ball 2008 autumn 2008, Channel 4 – Comedy show staged at London’s Albert Hall in aid of Amnesty International, featuring Al Murray, Andrew Maxwell, Chevy Chase, Dylan Moran, Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, Green Wing, Jeremy Irons, Jessica Stevenson, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Culshaw, Natalie Imbruglia, Omid Djalili, Richard E Grant, Ronni Ancona, Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman, Seth Green, The Magic Numbers, The Mighty Boosh and The Zutons.
Wild At Heart 2008, ITV1 – Series four of the drama series about a British family in Africa, with Dawn Steele and Juliet Mills joining the cast, which includes Stephen Tompkinson, Lucy-Jo Hudson and Hayley Mills. Amanda Holden has left the show.
I Own Britain’s Best Home and Garden Five – Four-part series in which Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen leads a team of experts as they visit 12 of the country’s best gardens.
CelebAir ITV2 – Eight-part reality show presented by Angellica Bell in which 12 celebrities run their own airline, working as cabin crew and customer care assistants.
Saints and Scoundrels BBC1 – A 15-part daytime series presented by Dominic Littlewood following investigators who track down benefit cheats and give the money to those in need.
Love the Place You’re In October 2008, UKTV Style – Ten-part home improvement series presented by Zoe Lucker, with interior designer Gordon Whistance and psychologist Dr Linda Papadopolous.
Tallest Tower Channel 4 – Two-part documentary about the construction of London Bridge Tower, also known as the Shard of Glass.
Prison Break Monday 8 September 2008, Sky One – Series four of the US drama series starring Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell as brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows, who have fled from prison in Panama and are seeking revenge.
Ross Kemp On Gangs Sky One – Series four of the documentary series, featuring gangs in Liverpool, Los Angeles, Belize, Kenya and Bulgaria.
American Gladiators September 2008, Sky One – US version of the game show hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali.
Stargate: Continuum Tuesday 12 August 2008, Sky One – A feature-length episode of the scifi drama.