Breaking Bad Sunday 28 September 2008, FX – US comedy/drama created by X-Files co-producer Vince Gilligan. Stars Malcolm in the Middle’s Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a struggling teacher with a handicapped child and pregnant wife. When he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he sets up a meth lab to support his family. With Anna Gunn as his wife Skyler, who stays at home and sells items on eBay, RJ Mitte as teenage son Walter, Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Walter’s drug business partner, Dean Norris as DEA agent/Walter’s brother-in-law Hank Schrader and Betsy Brandt as Hank’s wife Marie.
American Gladiators Tuesday 2 September 2008, Sky One – US version of the game show hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali.
Desperate Housewives Wednesday 3 September 2008, Channel 4 – A resumption of series four of the US comedy drama.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Monday 1 September 2008, Hallmark – Series six of the US crime drama.
Ross Kemp On Gangs Monday 1 September 2008, Sky One – Series four of the documentary series, featuring gangs in Liverpool, Los Angeles, Belize, Kenya and Bulgaria.
Ugly Betty Friday 5 September 2008, Channel 4 – A resumption of series two of the US comedy drama.
Underbelly Monday 29 September 2008, FX – A 13-part Australian television mini-series series, based on the 1995–2004 gangland war in Melbourne.
Greatest Dishes in the World autumn 2008, UKTV Food – Five-parter presented by Naomi Cleaver in which leading chefs cook a celebrated dish, which is judged by food critics Matthew Fort and Charles Campion.
Kylie Kwong: My China autumn 2008, UKTV Food – Series featuring the Australian chef exploring China’s diverse cuisine.
Food Safari autumn 2008, UKTV Food – Series two of food writer Maeve O’ Meara culinary tour of Australia.
Glutton for Punishment autumn 2008, UKTV Food – Series two of the programme featuring ‘culinary adventurer’ Bob Blumer.
It’ll Be Alright On The Night ITV1 – Return of the bloopers show, with Griff Rhys Jones replacing Denis Norden as host.
Driving Mum And Dad Wild Tuesday 2 September 2008, BBC3 – Documentary in which Joe Pritchard, a gay hairdresser, and Verity Abrahams, are taught to drive by their parents.
Good Arrows ITV4 – Comic mockumentary by Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh about a darts player who loses his nerve and tries various remedies to regain his form. Stars Jonathan Owen as Andy ‘The Arrows’ Sampson with Ella Smith as his wife Big Sheila.
The What In The World? Quiz Five – Comedy science and nature quiz presented by Marcus Brigstocke with teams captained by Lee Hurst and Dominic Holland.
Chop Shop Discovery – Return of the car bodywork series featuring Leepu Awlia and Bernie Freeman. The 10-parter sees the pair customising cars owned by celebrities including Martin Kemp, David Ginola and Johnny Vegas.
Wheeler Dealers On the Road Discovery Real Time – Twelve-parter in which presenters Mike and Edd travel around Europe to buy and restore classic cars.
Fiona’s Story August 2008, BBC1 – Drama about a family torn apart when the husband is accused of downloading child pornography. Stars Gina McKee and Jeremy Northam as Fiona and Simon Mortimer with Jimi Mistry, Claire Bloom, Nicholas Farrell and Amanda Root. Written by Kate Gabriel.
CIA Experiments: The Secret History Wednesday 3 September 2008, National Geographic
Gardeners’ World BBC2 – Toby Buckland becomes the main presenter, replacing Monty Don.
Crimewatch Roadshow BBC1 – A four-week series of live programmes from across the UK fronted by Rav Wilding.
Martin Clunes: One Man And His Dogs Sunday 24 August 2008, ITV1 – The actor travels the world to find the ancestors of Britain’s pets and explores why they have worked so well with humans.
Pierrepoint Monday 25 August 2008, ITV1 – A TV showing of the film made by ITV starring Timothy Spall as 1930s hangman Albert Pierrepoint. With Mary Stockley as Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, Juliet Stevenson as Albert’s wife Anne Fletcher and Eddie Marsan as his pal Tish.
The Last Word Monday 25 August 2008, BBC1 – Three 30-minute comedy dramas written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick. Six Days One June stars Rhys Ifans as a man with a dominating mother; Before I Call You In stars Sheila Hancock as a dying woman; and A Bit Of Private Business stars Bob Hoskins as an assassin. Made by Baby Cow.
Mutual Friends Tuesday 26 August 2008, BBC1 – Six-part comedy drama series about solicitor Martin Grantham (Marc Warren), who is happily married to Jen (Keeley Hawes), with a son Dan, but his life is changed when best friend Carl throws himself under a train. The cast also includes Alexander Armstrong as Martin’s immature, unwanted, friend Patrick, Sarah Alexander, Claire Rushbrook, Naomi Bentley, Rhashan Stone, Lee Ross and Emily Joyce. Written by Richard Pinto and Anil Gupta (whose credits include The Kumars At No 42, Goodness, Gracious Me); made by Hat Trick.
Fiddles, Cheats and Scams Tuesday 26 August 2008, ITV1 – Three-parter in which Morland Sanders follows investigators who work to stop people cheating the insurance industry
Don’t Tell the Bride Tuesday 26 August 2008, BBC3 – Series in which grooms get to choose every detail of his upcoming wedding.
My Zinc Bed Wednesday 27 August 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.
Accidental Heroes Thursday 28 August 2008, BBC1 – Six-part series featuring stories of people who have narrowly escaped death.
Terry Wogan’s Total Recall Monday 25 August 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.
Come Dine With Me Monday 25 August 2008, Channel 4 – Returns of the series in which amateur chefs compete to be the best dinner party host.