Old Post,2008

Strictly Come Dancing Saturday 20 September 2008, BBC1 – Return of the talent show, with contestants Tom Chambers, Mark Foster, Christine Bleakley, Lisa Snowdon, Jodie Kidd, Rachel Stevens, Jessie Wallace, Andrew Castle, Heather Small, Cherie Lunghi, Austin Healey, Gary Rhodes, Gillian Taylforth, Phil Daniels, John Sergeant and Don Warrington.

Prison Break Tuesday 2 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.

Hairspray: The School Musical Sunday 31 August 2008, Sky One – Eight-part reality show presented by Denise Van Outen with Emma Bunton in which pupils from Kingsmead Secondary Comprehensive School, Enfield, Middlesex will be challenged to recreate the hit musical with help from vocal coach Zoe Tyler and choreographer Stacey Haynes.

Border Force Tuesday 9 September 2008, Sky One – Eight-part series following the work of the UK Border Agency in Terminal 3 at Heathrow, Dover and Calais.

Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections Monday 8 September 2008, National Geographic – Four-parter in which Top Gear’s Richard Hammond tells the stories behind some of the world’s most ambitious structures including the Airbus A380, the Keck deep space observatory and the Taipei 101 skyscraper.

Clash of The Choir Saturday 6 September 2008, Biography – US reality series in which singers Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton go to their home towns to form a choir.

Private Sessions Thursday 11 September 2008, Biography – Series in which Lynn Hoffman interviews stars including Alanis Morissette, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Douglas, Cyndi Lauper and James Blunt.

50 Things You Need to Know About British History Sunday 7 September 2008, History Channel – Five-part documentary series in which Dan Snow examines events from British history.

Private Sessions Thursday 11 September 2008, Biography – Series in which Lynn Hoffman interviews stars including Alanis Morissette, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Douglas, Cyndi Lauper and James Blunt.

In My Country BBC2 – Six-part sitcom written by Simon Nye set in a run-down London guesthouse. Stars Omid Djalili, who has contributed some of the material, as Navid, a down-on-his-luck Iranian immigrant who is a permanent resident . With Stephen K Amos as Johnny, a Nigerian who is new to Britain, Vee Vimolmal as Ratana, an ex-Thai bride, Velibor Topic as Sali, an immigrant from Kosovo, and Amelia Bullmore as landlady Mrs Ledley.

Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop BBC2 – Six-part sitcom based on the BBC Radio 4 series written by and starring Miranda Hart as an outsider who is a constant disappointment to her mother Penny.

Rab C Nesbitt BBC2 – A one-off 45-minute special starring Gregor Fisher as the string vest-wearing Glasgow philosopher. With Elaine C Smith as his wife Mary “Mary Doll” Nesbitt. Written by Ian Pattison.

New Tricks 2009 – A sixth series of the crime drama starring Amanda Redman as Superintendent Sandra Pullman, and Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam as her team of old fashioned detectives.

Torchwood: Children Of Earth BBC1 – The third series of the fantasy drama created by Russell T Davies, starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones, Kai Owen as Rhys Williams, Gwen’s husband, and Tom Price as PC Andy. Guest stars in the five-part series are Peter Capaldi, Paul Copely and Liz May Brice.

Dead Set 2008, E4 – Five-part horror thriller written by Guardian columnist/Nathan Barley co-writer Charlie Booker. It is set in the Big Brother house where, outside, zombies are on the loose. Stars Jaime Winstone as a production runner, Andy Nyman as the producer Patrick and Riz Ahmed as her boyfriend Riq, with guest appearances by Davina McCall and former Big Brother housemates. Made by Zeppotron

The Family September 2008, Channel 4 – Eight-part observational documentary series in which cameras capture life for one British family over four months. Directed by Bafta-award winner Jonathan Smith.

The Ascent of Money November 2008, Channel 4 – Six-part series in which historian Niall Ferguson examines the role of money and financial institutions in world history.

Catastrophe November 2008, Channel 4 – Five-part series presented by Tony Robinson investigating the history of natural disasters using CGI effects and contributions by experts.

Cutting Edge Thursday 11 September 2008, Channel 4 – The documentary strand returns with films including: The 9/11 Faker about a woman who pretended she lost her fiancé in the terror attack; The Ambulance, charting a month in the life of an ambulance crew; The Virgin Daughters about a US purity ball; Builders, on the clash between British workers and eastern Europeans; and Repo Man about a Yorkshire-based debt recovery firm.

Art and Money September 2008, Channel 4 – Documentaries on aboriginal art with Ekow Eshun, director of the ICA; The Mona Lisa Curse with art critic Robert Hughes; andThe Great Russian Art Invasion presented by writer Marcel Theroux.

The Devil’s Whore November 2008, Channel 4 – Four-part series about the English Civil War centred on the experiences of Angelica Fanshawe (Andrea Riseborough), a 17-year-old aristocratic woman who befriends leading Parliamentarians including Oliver Cromwell and Thomas Gainsborough. Also stars John Simm as anti-monarchist rebel Edward Sexby, Kenneth Branagh as Oliver Cromwell, Dominic West as Oliver Cromwell, Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rainsborough and Peter Capaldi as Charles I. Written by Peter Flannery (credits include Our Friends In The North) and Martine Brant; made by Company Pictures.

The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall October 2008, Channel 4 – Drama starring Stephen Dillane and Kerry Fox about the shooting of a young British peace protester by an Israeli soldier in 2003 – and the subsequent legal battle by the Hurndall family against the Israeli Defence Force. With Jodie Whittaker, Harry Treadaway and Matthew McNulty. Written by Rowan Joffe.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food September 2008, Channel 4 – Series in which the chef tries to stop people eating ready meals.

Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live October 2008, Channel 4 – The chef offers tuition on cooking more than 20 varied dishes.

River Cottage Autumn October 2008, Channel 4 – Food magazine presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Boys and Girls Alone November 2008, Channel 4 – Documentary series in which 10 boys and 10 girls, aged eight to 11 years old, get the chance to experience life without adults, spending two weeks living in separate cottages in Cornwall.

Embarrassing Teenage Bodies October 2008, Channel 4 – Medical advice series for British teenagers.

Miss Naked Beauty October 2008, Channel 4 – Fashion stylist Gok Wan searches for a women to act as an ambassador for natural beauty.

Extreme Wife September 2008, Channel 4 – Dawn Porter explores the most extreme ways of getting and being married, from polygamy and polyamory to mail order brides and geishas.

English Country House November 2008, Channel 4 – Series presented by Ruth Watson, presenter of Five’s The Hotel Inspector, looking inside some of the grandest houses in Britain.

The Home Show (previously listed as Restoration Man) November 2008, Channel 4 – An eight-part series in which George Clarke, formerly presenter of Five’s Build a New Life, travels the country meeting new owners of forgotten, neglected properties and helping them convert them into modern use. Made by Tiger Aspect.

The Jacksons Are Coming October 2008, Channel 4 – Film-maker Jane Preston follows members of the famous musical family as they move to Appledore, a Devon fishing village.

Britain’s Got the Pop Factor and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice October 2008, Channel 4 – Comedy created by Peter Kay spoofing TV talent shows. Characters include transsexual singer Geraldine King, played by Kay, and Our Wayne, who survives in the show thanks to his sob story.

Raider of the Pop Charts October 2008, Channel 4 – The story of comic Peter Kay’s chart successes with contributions by Sir Michael Parkinson, Richard Curtis and Mr Blobby.

The IT Crowd November 2008, Channel 4 – Third series of the sitcom written and directed by Graham Linehan, starring Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katharine Parkinson.

Star Stories November 2008, Channel 4 – Third series of the comedy spoofs starring Kevin Bishop, Daisy Beaumont, Harry Peacock, Dolly Wells, Steve Edge and Laura Patch. Subjects including Elton John, Kate Moss, Bono, Heather Mills and Paul McCartney, and Peter Andre and Katie Price.

Russell Brand’s Ponderland October 2008, Channel 4 – Series two of the series in which the comic addresses a different topic each week, aided by archive TV clips.

John Adams More4 – Seven-part US drama series about the man who was elected as America’s first vice president and second president, played by Paul Giamatti.

True Stories More4 – The series of documentary films from around the world includes Chosen, directed by Brian Woods, about three men who were abused as boys in a British public school 30 years ago; Thriller in Manila about the 1975 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier; Pig Business about eco warrior Tracy Worcester’s investigation into intensive pig farming; and Jesus Politics following the 2008 US election campaign.

Beehive autumn 2008, E4 – An all-female comedy sketch show starring Alice Lowe, Sarah Kendall, Barunka O’Shaughnessy and Clare Thomson.

Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World autumn 2008, E4 – Animated comedy series from the US gay network Logo, with Alan Cumming providing one of the voices.

Fonejacker 2008, E4 – Six more episodes of the prank phone call comedy created by Kayvan Novak with characters including George the African Scamster; Terry Tibbs the dodgy dealer; salesman Irish Mike; and the abbreviation-talking Mr Doovde.

KNTV: Sex November 2008, Channel 4 – Ten-part guide to sex education featuring Kierky and Nietzsche, animated teenagers from the fictional country of Slabovia.

Battlefront December 2008, Channel 4 – Series following 20 teenagers as they campaign on issues they deeply care about.

The State of the Nation autumn 2008, Channel 4 – A season of programmes examining how vital UK institutions are coping amid growing economic and political uncertainty. Includes The Family, Life and Death at 18, The Force, The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Traffickers, Adopt Me and Benefit Business

Life and Death at 18 Channel 4 – Series looking at how the NHS is coping with a generation of young Britons whose life expectancy is less than that of their parents.

The Force Channel 4 – Documentary series exploring the reality of policing in the 21st century.

The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Traffickers Channel 4 – Documentary series following a nationwide crackdown by the police, codenamed Operation Pentameter, to identify and arrest the criminals responsible for trafficking women into and around Britain.

Benefit Business Channel 4 – Documentary following the government’s overhaul of the management and policing of the modern welfare system.

Adopt Me Channel 4 – Series in which five sets of prospective adopters get hands-on parenting experience.

Jack Osbourne Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie ITV2 – Challenge show featuring actress Charlie Brooks, Happy Mondays star Bez and Shameless’s Jody Latham bungee-jumping in Switzerland; actor John Thompson, model Jodie Kidd and ex-Busted member Matt Willis in New Zealand on a 24-hour endurance race; and singer Craig David, TV presenter Emma Griffiths and Huey Morgan from Fun Lovin Criminals rock climbing and boxing in Mexico.

Elite Force autumn 2008, Bravo – Eight-part series following former SAS legend and military author Chris Ryans as he joins police units in Rio de Janerio, Colombia and Kazakhstan.

Celebrity Scissorhands BBC3 – Third series of the reality show in which hairdresser Lee Stafford trains a group of celebrities to become hair and beauty experts. Presented by George Lamb.

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin BBC1 – A possible revival of the 1970s sitcom written by David Nobbs. Martin Clunes is set to take the role made famous by Leonard Rossiter

Red Dwarf BBC2 – A possible one-off revival of the 1980s scifi comedy created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.

Sherlock Holmes BBC1 – A contemporary update of the classic detective tales, written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

Bizarre ER BBC3 – Return of the series featuring strange cases tackled by hospital casualty units.

Bizarre Animal ER BBC3 – Ten-part series featuring strange cases tackled by vets.

The Price of Property Monday 8 September 2008, Channel 4 – Four-parter in which journalist Jon Henley investigates Britain’s obsession with property and their prices, including a regional guide to house price changes.

The Sex Education Show Tuesday 9 September 2008, Channel 4 – Six-parter in which Anna Richardson explore Britain’s sexual history, hang ups and sexual health. Made by Cheetah Television.

Samantha Who? Thursday 11 September 2008, E4 – US sitcom starring Christina Applegate as the vice president of a real estate company who develops retrograde amnesia after a road accident. With Kevin Dunn, Jennifer Esposito, Melissa McCarthy, Tim Russ, Jean Smart and Barry Watson.

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