Saturday7.00pm BBC Proms: Great Conductors BBC2
7.30pm The X Factor ITV1 – Return of the singing talent show, hosted by Dermot O’Leary. Cheryl Cole from Girls Aloud replaces Sharon Osbourne on the judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Dannii Minogue.
8.30pm The Xtra Factor ITV2 – Holly Willoughby takes over as presenter of The X Factor spinoff.
8.30pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Coronation Street Special ITV1
10.00pm Pop Britannia BBC2 – Terrestrial airing of the BBC4 series telling the story of British popular music.11.10pm V Festival 2008 Channel 4 – Performances from Muse, The Kooks, The Prodigy and The Pigeon Detectives.
7.30pm BBC Proms: Beethoven’s Mass in C BBC4
8.00pm Pacific Abyss BBC1 – Underwater wildlife series with Kate Humble sailing 2000 miles across the Pacific with a team of natural history filmmakers and deep water marine biologists.8.00pm Elvis In Tupelo Biography
10.20pm Almost Famous BBC1 – Pre-celebrity clips, presented by Alex Zane.
11.00pm Liverpool on the Box Week BBC4 – Begins with a showing of Educating Rita.
11.10pm V Festival 2008 Channel 4 – Performances from The Verve, Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse and Kaiser Chiefs.
g Guest list
• Chuck Palahniuk The Edinburgh Festival Show, BBC2, Tuesday
• The Charlotte Church Show Channel 4, Thursday
• Duffy, Biffy Clyro, Mystery Jets and Pussycat Dolls on Transmission, Channel 4, Friday
7.00pm Return to… Lakesiders BBC2 – Update on the docusoap.
7.30pm Liverpool on the Box Week BBC4 – features Chambre Hardman and the Lost City of Liverpool, Passport to Liverpool, Ken Loach’s The Golden Vision, the movie Gumshoe, Stuart Sutcliffe: the Lost Beatle and Rock Family Trees.8.30pm Hairy Bakers BBC2 – Series in which motorcycling food fans Dave Myers and Simon King take to the road to explore the history of bread, pies, pastries and celebration cakes.
9.00pm Superhuman: Genius ITV1 – Documentary about gifted people in music, science and the arts.
9.00pm Profiling… Ian Rankin ITV3 – Documentary about the crime writer to accompany a week of Rebus reruns.9.00pm The Premiership’s 50 Greatest Goals Sky One10.00pm Gene Simmons Family Jewels Biography – Return of the docusoap featuring the Kiss frontman.
8.00pm Stargate: Atlantis Sky One – Series five of the US scifi drama, beginning with Colonel Carter attempting to rescue trapped Atlantis crew members.
8.00pm The Pussycat Dolls: E! True Hollywood Story E!
8.00pm Liverpool on the Box Week BBC4 – Features Liverpool on the Box recalling some of the programmes inspired by Liverpool, with contributions by Willy Russell, Phil Redmond, Nerys Hughes, Eddie Braben, Gerry Marsden, Carla Lane and Ken Loach. Followed by Z Cars and Call the Cops.
9.00pm Captain Cook History Channel – Series in which author Vanessa Collingridge searches for the truth about the legendary explorer.
9.00pm Pedigree Dogs Exposed BBC1 – Investigation into the health of pedigree dogs.9.00pm Money Makers: Beach Break Live BBC3 – Documentary about two entrepreneurs staging an eco-friendly Cornish music festival.
8.30pm Trawlermen BBC1 – Series following a group of trawler fishermen in Peterhead, Scotland.
9.00pm Blood And Guts – The History Of Surgery BBC4 – Five-part series exploring the surgical breakthroughs that shaped modern medicine, presented by Michael Mosley.9.00pm Extraordinary People Five – The freakshow documentary series returns with The Biggest Legs in the World.
Thursday7.30pm Fossil Detectives BBC4 – Series in which Open University associate lecturer Dr Hermione Cockburn leads a team searching for Britain’s best fossil treasures and mysteries.
8.00pm SuperDoctors BBC1 – Three-part series presented by Professor Robert Winston examining the life and death decisions made every day by health professionals. The Professor of Science and Society, Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies, Imperial College, London explores robotic surgery, stem-cell technology and the alternative health methods in Africa.
8.00pm Liverpool on the Box Week BBC4 – Featuring Morning in the Streets and Trouble at the Top.
9.00pm Cheap Homes for Sale? BBC3 – Newly-married presenter Alex Riley attempts to climb on to the property ladder.
9.30pm The Cup 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.
10.00pm Serial Killers Uncovered Sky One
10.30pm The Nominees FX – Six-part Australian comedy series made by, and starring, Chris Lilley before his school mockumentary Summer Heights High. Lilley plays five people who have been nominated for the fictional Australian of the Year award.
10.45pm Comedy Lab Channel 4 – Kids School Of Comedy starring Will Poulter, Jack Harries and other young actors as a range of characters.
8.00pm, 10.30pm Reading Festival 2008 BBC3 – Edith Bowman and Zane Lowe present performances by Rage Against The Machine, Killers, Metallica, Manic Street Preachers, The Cribs and Babyshambles.
8.00pm Valery Gergiev: Portrait of a Maestro BBC4 – Documentary about the legendary composer.
9.00pm Liverpool on the Box Week BBC4 – Featuring Liverpool on the Box, Z Cars, Call the Cops and Willy Russell’s drama Our Day Out.
11.00pm Motor City’s Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges BBC2
11.40pm Comedy Lab Channel 4 – Slaterwood, a sketch show starring Peter Slater.
g Subject list
• The G-Spot The Perfect Vagina. Channel 4, Sunday
• Britain From Above Man-made Britain BBC1, Sunday
• Panorama The NHS Postcode Lottery. BBC1, Monday
• Revealed Julius Caesar and the Druids Five, Tuesday
• Drama Trails The Second Coming to Afterlife. ITV3, Wednesday
• Who Do You Think You Are? Boris Johnson BBC1, Wednesday
• First Cut Funerals. Channel 4, Friday
• Comedy Connections Sorry! BBC1, Friday
Saturday7.00pm BBC Proms: Great Conductors BBC2