Noel’s HQ Sunday 14 September 2008, Sky One – One-off live special hosted by Noel Edmonds celebrating acts of kindness and inspiring good deeds.
The Executioners Tuesday 16 September 2008, History Channel – Series about people who carry out capital punishment.
Wire in the Blood Friday 12 September 2008, 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.
Strictly Come Dancing Saturday 13 September 2008, BBC1 – Return of the talent show, hosted by Graham Norton, 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.
All Star Family Fortunes Saturday 13 September 2008, ITV1 – A third series of the game show hosted by Vernon Kay.
Everybody Dance Now Saturday 13 September 2008, ITV1 – Fearne Cotton looks back on dance crazes that took Britain by storm. With appearances by Jocelyn Brown, Whigfield, Signature, Jimmy Osmond and the cast of Grease.
For One Night Only Sunday 14 September 2008, ITV1 – Variety show featuring top music and comedy stars plus speciality acts. Each show will be presented by two stars, with all of the guests gathering for a showpiece finale. Joan Rivers and Vernon Kay host the opener, with a bill including Boyzone, Michael McIntyre, the cast of Jersey Boys, contortionist Snake Man and Pussycat Dolls.
Poirot Sunday 14 September 2008, ITV1 – Series of four new films starring David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective. Guest stars include Zoë Wanamaker, Joe Absolom, Richard Hope, Sarah Smart, Lesley Nicol, Ruth Gemmell, Raquel Cassidy, Simon Shepherd, Sian Phillips, Amanda Root, Harriet Walter, Natasha Little, Susan Woolridge, Claire Skinner, Pippa Haywood, Jo Woodcock, Clemency Burton-Hill, Matilda Sturridge, Jemima Rooper, Peter Bowles, James Wilby and Haydn Gwynne.
Massive Sunday 14 September 2008, BBC3 – Six-part comedy series about a fictional Manchester record label starring Ralf Little as posh Didsbury boy Danny and Carl Rice as a nogooder from Gorton, Shay, who quit their temporary jobs with the council to form a new label in Manchester called Shady Records and get involved in various misadventures. With Johnny Vegas as Shay’s father, Paul Kaye, Philip Jackson, Christine Bottomley, Lorraine Cheshire, Joel Fry, Steve Furst, Craig Parkinson, Beverley Rudd, Faye McKeever, Joanne King and Craig Parkinson. Written by Damian Lanigan, a former member of the 1980s band The Twentieth Legion.
Later Live… With Jools Holland Tuesday 16 September 2008, BBC2 – Return of the music series in a nine-part run, beginning with performances by Metallica, Kings Of Leon, Carla Bruni, Nicole Atkins and The Fireman. Other acts scheduled to appear in the series include Kaiser Chiefs, Fleet Foxes, The Streets, Grace Jones, David Gilmour, Seasick Steve, My Morning Jacket, VV Brown, Natalie Cole and Dengue Fever
After You’ve Gone Sunday 14 September 2008 BBC1 – Return of the family sitcom starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, Celia Imrie, Amanda Abbington, Dani Harmer and Ryan Sampson.
Tess Of The D’Urbervilles Sunday 14 September 2008, BBC1 – Four-part adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 19th-century novel, written by David Nicholls. Stars Gemma Arterton as heroine Tess, Hans Matheson as Alec, who seduces her, Eddie Redmayne as Angel, with whom she falls in love, Jodie Whittaker as her best friend Izzy, Ruth Jones as Tess’s mother Joan, Anna Massey as Mrs D’Urberville and Ian Pulseton-Davies as John Durbeyfield and Christopher Fairbank as Groby.
Bring Back Star Wars Sunday 14 September 2008, Channel 4 – Comic Justin Lee Collins tries to persuade the stars of the sci-fi blockbuster to attend a reunion.
What To Eat Now Monday 15 September 2008, BBC2 – Six-part series in which Valentine Warner presents a “definitive guide” to seasonal food.
Amazon with Bruce Parry Monday 15 September 2008, BBC2 – Six-part series in which explorer Bruce Parry journeys to the source of the Amazon and meets some of the last uncontacted tribes on Earth.
Only Connect Monday 15 September 2008, BBC4 – General knowledge quiz show presented by Victoria Coren.
The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins Saturday 13 September 2008, BBC1 – Quiz hosted by Nick Knowles.
Big Ideas for a Small Planet Monday 15 September 2008, Sky Arts – US environmental documentary series.
Horizon Tuesday 16 September 2008, BBC2 – The science documentary series begins with The President’s Guide to Science and also 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.
The Family Wednesday 17 September 2008, Channel 4 – Eight-part observational documentary series in which cameras capture life of the Jughes family from Kent – dad Simon, 44, mum Jane, 39, and their four children: Jessica, 22, who lives nearby with her fiancé Pat and 10 month-old baby Ruby, Emily, 19, Charlotte, 17, and Tom, 14. – over four months. Directed by Bafta-award winner Jonathan Smith.
Fonejacker Wednesday 17 September 2008, E4 – Six more episodes of the prank phone call comedy created by Kayvan Novak.
Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Wednesday 17 September 2008, E4 – Animated comedy series from the US gay network Logo, with Alan Cumming, Peter Paige, Wilson Cruz, and Margaret Cho providing one of the voices with music from the creators of Avenue Q .
Crowned Thursday 11 September 2008, E4 – US reality series in which mother and daughter teams compete in a beauty contest.
Sunset Tan Thursday 11 September 2008, E4 – US reality series set in a hip LA tanning salon.
No Heroics Thursday 18 September 2008, ITV2 – Six-part sitcom featuring a group of useless, drunken British superheroes. Stars Patrick Baladi, Nicholas Burns, James Lance, Claire Keelan and Rebekah Staton.
The World’s Strictest Parents Thursday 18 September 2008, BBC3 – Series in which British teenagers are sent to live with tough parents in India, Ghana and Jamaica.
Anne Widdecombe Versus… Thursday 18 September 2008, ITV1 – The MP tackles girl gangs, tonight, and the slimming industry.
Art and Money Sunday 21 September 2008, Channel 4 – Documentaries on The Mona Lisa Curse with art critic Robert Hughes; aboriginal art with Ekow Eshun, director of the ICA; and The Great Russian Art Invasion presented by writer Marcel Theroux.
The Paul O’Grady Show Monday 22 September 2008, Channel 4 – The return of the teatime talk show.
Supernanny Wednesday 23 September 2008, Channel 4 – Return of the reality series featuring Jo Frost.