The TV Week – what’s new 6-12 September

Samantha Who?, E4 Thursday


Saturday

12.00noon Sound BBC2 – Return of the music show hosted by Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw with a performance by McFly.
12.30pm Scene Stealers BBC2 – Six-part series presented by Jeff Leach in which two teenagers pretend they belong to another teen tribe: a plastic becomes a hip hop MC, a goth becomes a plastic, an indie boy becomes a chav, a posh girl becomes a hippie and an emo becomes a posh kid.
1.00pm Greek BBC2 – A terrestrial airing of the US teen comedy about students at Cyprus-Rhodes University.1.50pm Revealed… BBC2 – Return of the teen current affairs programme presented by Charlotte Ashton and Anthony Baxter.
6.20pm Beethoven Night BBC2
8.00pm The Eurovision Dance Contest 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. The UK is represented by former EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton and Vincent Simone, who partnered her on Strictly Come Dancing. With commentary by Strictly Come Dancing’s Len Goodman and Craig Revell Horwood.
9.00pm Clash of The Choir 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.
Sunday

6.30pm Griff on Hardy
BBC1 – Rhys Jones on Thomas.
7.30pm Soccer Aid 2008
ITV1
7.30pm Proms 2008: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra BBC4
8.00pm Antiques Roadshow BBC1 – Return of the antiques show, in a 26-part run, presented by Fiona Bruce.
8.00pm Charley Boorman: Ireland To Sydney By Any Means
BBC2 – Adventurer Charley Boorman uses local transport to travel to Australia, avoiding commercial airlines wherever possible.
9.00pm Joanna Lumley: Land Of The Northern Lights BBC1 – Documentary in which the actress travels across the Arctic Circle and through Norway in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights, while also exploring the nature, history and culture of the region.
9.00pm 50 Things You Need to Know About British History History Channel – Five-part documentary series in which Dan Snow examines events from British history.
9.00pm Earth: The Climate Wars BBC2 – Three-parter giving a definitive guide to the environmental crisis, presented by Dr Iain Stewart.
9.00pm Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who ITV4 – Documentary about the British rock band.10.10pm Surviving Midsomer – An Insider’s Guide ITV3 – With Barry Jackson who plays Dr George Bullard.

g Guest list
• Steve Coogan, Stevie Wonder on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1 Friday
• Black Kids, Cut Copy, Pigeon Detectives, The Wild Beasts and The Mighty Boosh on Transmission, Channel 4, Friday.
• Brian Wilson, Martha Wainwright and Teddy Thompson on Live from Abbey Road, More4, Friday

Monday

11.30am Behind Closed Doors Five – Seven parter hosted by Charlie Luxton looking inside celebrated buildings.
7.30pm Top Trumps
Five – Series in which Robert Llewellyn and Ashley Hames test their knowledge of extreme machines.
7.30pm Proms 2008: Chicago Symphony Orchestra BBC49.00pm The Price of Property 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.
9.00pm MTV Video Music Awards 2008 MTV One – Coverage of the ceremony at the Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, hosted by Russell Brand.9.00pm Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections 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.
9.00pm Profiling PD James ITV3 – Documentary about the crime author, accompanied by reruns of TV dramas based on her works.
10.00pm Vinnie Jones’ Toughest Cops ITV4 – The footballer turned actor investigates extreme action by police around the world, including Bogata, Kingston, the Ukraine and the UK.10.35pm The Dark Side of Fame With Piers Morgan BBC1 – Series in which Morgan talks to celebrities about the downside of fame, beginning with actress Pamela Anderson.

Tuesday
8.00pm The Sex Education Show Channel 4 – Six-parter in which Anna Richardson explore Britain’s sexual history, hang ups and sexual health.
8.00pm Who Really Killed Jesus? Five – Documentary exploring the trial and execution of Christ.
8.00pm National Movie Awards ITV1 – Coverage of the ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall, presented by James Nesbitt.
8.00pm Dog Borstal BBC3 – Return of the series in which some of the worst dogs in Britain are tackled by three tough trainers.
8.30pm Maestro: Live Grand Final BBC2
10.00pm Mercury Prize 2008 BBC2 – Lauren Laverne presents the ceremony awarding the award for the best UK album of the year from the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.9.00pm Border Force Sky One – Eight-part series following the work of the UK Border Agency in Terminal 3 at Heathrow, Dover and Calais.
10.00pm I Want To Work For Diddy Virgin 1 – Eight-part reality series in which 13 contestants compete to become the personal assistant of rap star Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.10.35pm Comedy Classics ITV1 – Six-part series exploring classic sitcoms, beginning with On the Buses. Features contributions by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney, Anna Karen and Ursula Mohan, June Sarpong, Ian Wright and Wendy Richard.

Wednesday8.00pm The Restaurant BBC2 – Return of the reality series, in a 15-part run, fronted by chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc in which nine couples compete for the opportunity to open a new restaurant with him. Continues Thursday.
8.00pm Megastructures Breakdown
Five – Documentary series following engineering projects in which huge structures are taken to pieces and recycled.
9.00pm A Number
BBC2 – Drama based on Caryl Churchill stageplay exploring nature versus nurture, starring Tom Wilkinson as Salter and Rhys Ifans as his son Bernard, who learns he is one of an unidentified number of clones.
9.00pm The 9/11 Hotel
Channel 4 – Documentary about the actions of staff and guests at the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel after the Twin Towers attack in 2001.
9.00pm Celebrating… The South Bank Show ITV3 – Melvyn Bragg presents a six-part look back at the ITV arts programme, recalling shows on Paul McCartney, Woody Allen, David Hockney, Tom Wolfe, Ken Dodd, Ian McEwan, Laurence Olivier, Jack Lemmon, David Lean, Steven Spielberg, Pete Townshend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Francis Bacon.
9.00pm Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life LivingTV – Series two of the dance contest at the Mountain Lake Resort in Virginia, with judges Miranda Garrison, Sean Cheesman and Kelly Brook.

Thursday8.00pm The Fashion Show ITV2 – Weekly fashion magazine including celebrity gossip, celebrity fashion, tips, guests and live music. Presented by models Abigail Clancy and Michelle de Swarte with George Lamb.
8.00pm The Planners Are Coming BBC1 – Eight-part fly-on-the-wall documentary series following the staff of Britain’s local planning authorities.
9.00pm Crimewatch BBC1
9.00pm Cutting Edge
Channel 4 – The documentary strand returns with The 9/11 Faker about a woman who pretended she lost her fiancé in the terror attack. Other films in the series include 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.
9.00pm Private Sessions
Biography – Series in which Lynn Hoffman interviews stars including Alanis Morissette, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Douglas, Cyndi Lauper and James Blunt.
9.00pm Your Identity for Sale BBC3 – Investigation into identity theft by Rebecca Wilcox.
9.00pm Katie & Peter: The Next Chapter ITV2 – Series following the celebrity couple as they move into a modern mansion.
10.00pm Secret Diary of a Call Girl ITV2 – Series two of the drama starring Billie Piper as a high-class London prostitute. With Billie Piper, Iddo Goldberg, Ashley Madekwe and Callum Blue.
10.00pm Samantha Who? 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.
10.30pm Crowned E4 – US reality series in which mother and daughter teams compete in a beauty contest.
11.00pm Entourage ITV2 – Return of the US drama series about Hollywood star Vince Chase. Stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Debi Mazar and Kevin Connolly.
11.30pm Sunset Tan E4 – US reality series set in a hip LA tanning salon.
Friday
8.00pm Vietnam: Battle Stories National Geographic
8.30pm Cambridge Folk Festival 2008
BBC4 – Featuring Seth Lakeman and Noah And The Whale.
9.00pm Wire in the Blood ITV1 – Return of the crime drama, in four two-part stories, starring Robson Green as clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and Simone Lahbib as DI Alex Fielding. Guest stars include Christian Solimeno, John Hopkins, Mary Tamm and Michael Smiley.
9.00pm Legends – Humphrey Lyttelton
BBC4 – A profile of the late jazz musician, band leader and broadcaster. Followed by Humph’s Last Stand.
10.00pm Big Brother: What the Housemates Did Next Channel 4
10.00pm Al Murray’s Happy Hour ITV1 – A third series of the entertainment show begins with appearances by Phil Collins, Philip Glenister and New Kids on the Block.
11.05pm Omid Djalili: No Agenda
Channel 4 – Stand-up comedy performance at the London Palladium.
11.35pm Mercury Prize 2008 BBC2 – Highlights from the ceremony with Lauren Laverne and Jools Holland featuring performances by The Last Shadow Puppets, Elbow, Adele, Laura Marling and Neon Neon.

g Subject list
* Despatches Literacy in schools. Channel 4, Monday
• Panorama Can Money Grow on Trees? BBC1, Monday
G-Spot Other People’s Breast Milk with Kate Garraway. Tuesday, Channel 4
Who Do You Think You Are? David Suchet BBC1, Wednesday
Extraordinary People The World’s Smallest Muscle Man, Five, Thursday

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