Little Britain USA Friday 3 October 2008, BBC1 – A UK airing of the US comedy series made by Matt Lucas and David Walliams, featuring new creations such as masculine gym buddies Mark and Tom; Phyllis, who is under the power of Mr Doggy, her King Charles spaniel; foulmouthed girl Ellie-Grace; Mildred and her shocked grandson Connor; astronaut Bing Gordyn; and the “happily married” Sandra and George. Features appearances by Geraldine James, Sting, Rosie O’Donnell and Paul Rudd.
The Choir BBC1 – Six-part drama series written by Debbie Horsfield following the ups and downs of members of a choir in a northern England town. Stars Sarah Lancashire as the enthusiastic Esther, Neil Pearson as her husband Michael, the inspiring choirmaster, Richard Fleeshman as their musically-gifted son Kyle, Bryan Dick as young curate Jake, and Sarah Alexander as glamorous soprano Layla, who destroys the harmony in all sorts of ways.
Law & Order: London ITV1 – A UK version – with 13 parts in the first series – of the long-running US crime drama series. Stars Freema Agyeman as the main prosecutor, with Bradley Walsh and Jamie Bamber as police partners, plus Ben Daniels, Harriet Walter and Bill Paterson. Written by Chris Chibnall (credits include Torchwood); made by independent production company Kudos.
School Of Comedy Channel 4 – A six-part series of the comedy sketch show performed by children following a successful Comedy Lab pilot. Written by Barunka O’Shaughnessy, Toby Davies, Watson And Oliver and Trippplicate.
Whose Side Are You On? Dave – Comedy show in which comedians including Jimmy Carr, Sue Perkins, Ed Byrne, Johnny Vegas, Andy Parsons, Lucy Porter, Mark Watson, Andrew Maxwell, Phill Jupitus and Hugh Dennis debate silly subjects.
Now That’s What I Call 1983 ITV1 – Entertainment special in which Danise Van Outen looks back at the year’s music and events. Features live performances by Howard Jones and Nik Kershaw.
Living With… Boy George Living TV – One-off show in which the former pop star is followed by cameras.
Flashpoint ITV3 – A 13-part US crime drama series following an elite group of officers who deal with life-or-death situations. Stars Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon and Amy Jo Johnson.
Eli Stone Monday 6 October 2008 Sci Fi Channel – US comic fantasy legal drama starring Jonny Lee Miller as Stone, an ambitious lawyer who suffers from bizarre hallucinations predicting the future, normally accompanied by the lyrics of George Michael, who makes frequent guest appearances. The cast also includes Natasha Henstridge as Eli’s fiancée, Victor Garber as his boss and future father-in-law, Loretta Devine as his assistant, Julie Gonzalo as a rookie lawyer, Matt Letscher as Eli’s brother and doctor and James Saito as Eli’s acupuncturist Dr Chen. Created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim (credits include Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money)
Breaking Bad Sunday 28 September 2008 FX – US comedy drama about a high-school chemistry teacher involved in illegal drug manufacturing. Stars Bryan Cranston from Malcolm In The Middle.
Burn Notice Sunday 5 October 2008 FX – US drama series starring Jeffrey Donovan as a former US spy who uses his experience to help people in trouble. With Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless.
ReGenesis Wednesday 22 October 2008, FX – Canadian drama series about the work of scientists working for NorBAC (The North American Biotechnology Advisory Commission) in Toronto that investigates scientific problems. Starring Peter Outerbridge, Conrad Pla, Ellen Page, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Wendy Crewson, Mayko Nguyen and Greg Bryk.
Blackadder: The Whole Rotten Saga Thursday 9 October 2008, GOLD – The story of the sitcom, featuring contributions by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson, Miriam Margolyes, Patsy Byrne and Brian Blessed.
Blackadder’s Most Cunning Moments Thursday 16 October 2008, GOLD – Celebrities including Jeremy Paxman, John Sargeant, Tamsin Greig, Ross Kemp, Danny Wallace, Dave Spikey and Dick & Dom pick their favourite moments from the sitcom.
Skellig Sky One – A one-off film based on the children’s book by David Almond about a boy who does a strange creature – part owl, part angel – a good turn. Stars Tim Roth, Kelly MacDonald, Bill Milner and John Simm. Made by Feel Films
Richard and Judy Tuesday 7 October 2008, Watch – Daily talk show hosted by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.
Chicken 2009 BBC3 – Eight-part series in which young British men undertake a road trip challenge over four months in which they take on scary jobs such as shark feeding and venom collecting from deadly snakes.
Pop Goes the Band 2008, LivingTV – Six-part series, made by ITV Productions, in which music acts from the 1980s reunited and given plastic surgery before playing a reunion gig. Features Shakatak whose frontwoman Jill Saward became seriously ill after a facelift, Bucks Fizz, Bananarama, Visage, Cleopatra, 911 and Chaka Khan.
Election CBBC – Series fronted by Angellica Bell in which 10 children, aged 11 to 14, compete to be the best leader. They live in the Election Leadership House, undertaking character-revealing exercises and getting advice from mentors including Michelle Dewberry, Ken Livingstone, Ann Widdecombe and Vince Cable. The judging panel is headed by Jonathan Dimbleby.
My Family At War BBC1 – Four-part series in which TV personalities delve into the war stories of their families. Features Rolf Harris, Kate Silverton, Eamonn Holmes, Natalie Cassidy, Phil Tufnell, Matthew Kelly, Kirsty Wark and Dan Snow.
Growing Babies BBC4 – Series in which infant psychologist Laverne Antrobus explores pregnancy and its role in determining human development and behaviour.
Science And Islam BBC4 – Three-parter in which professor Jim Al-Khalili examines the lives and achievements of scientisits in the medieval Islamic world.
Story Of Maths BBC4 – Marcus du Sautoy, professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford, explores the 30,000-year-old history of mathematics.
Men Are Wonderful BBC4 – Drama by Jacquetta May about the life and loves of romantic novelist Barbara Cartland. Stars Sinead Matthews and Anne Reid as Cartland with David Warner as her friend, Lord Mountbatten.
Time Shift: How To Write A Mills & Boon BBC4 – Documentary about the romantic fiction publishers in which author Stella Duffy takes on the challenge of writing a novel for them.
Art Of Italy BBC4 – A season of programmes including Travels With Vasari in whichAndrew Graham-Dixon profiles the world’s first art critic Giorgio Vasari; The Medici – The Art Of Making Money; The Perfect House marking the quincentenary of the birth of architect Palladio; and the three-part series Baroque!
Baroque! BBC4 – Three-part series celebrates the impact of the first global art movement, written and presented by Waldemar Januszczak.
Prog Rock Britannia – An Observation In Three Movements BBC4 – Feature-length documentary about progressive rock music featuring bands such as Yes, Genesis, ELP, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Caravan and Egg. Contributors include Robert Wyatt, Mike Oldfield, Pete Sinfield, Rick Wakeman, Phil Collins, Arthur Brown, Carl Palmer and Ian Anderson.
The Story Of The American Folk Revival BBC4 – Three-part series about US music, spotlighting the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mississippi John Hurt, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, The Band, The Byrds, Odetta, Harry Belafonte, The Kingston Trio and The Weavers. Accompanied by a concert at London’s Barbican featuring music from the series.
The Swing Thing BBC4 – Documentary tracing the story of swing music, from 1920s jazz clubs to modern stars such as Harry Connick Jr and Michael Buble. Narrated by Kenneth Cranham.
Neil Young – Don’t Be Denied BBC4 – The Canadian rock star talks about his career. Part of a Neil Young weekend.
Paul Merton On Hitchcock BBC4 – The comedian examines Alfred Hitchcock’s British films including 10 silent movies. Featuring contributions by director Roy Ward Baker, biographer John Russell Taylor and cinematographer Gil Taylor.
Picture Book BBC4 – Three-part series telling the story of children’s fiction through the pictures, comic strips and illustrations featured in famous books. Contributors include Raymond Briggs, Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Lauren Child and Quentin Blake.
Just Read BBC4 – Documentary in which Michael Rosen, the Children’s Laureate, tries to get reluctant young readers to be passionate about books.
Why Reading Matters BBC4 – Documentary looking at the science behind reading.
How Reading Made Us Modern BBC4 – Documentary in which professor John Mullan looks back to when the people of Britain began to read en masse.
The Lost Libraries Of Timbuktu BBC4 – Documentary about the hundreds of thousands of manuscripts that have come to light in Africa in recent years.
Storyville BBC4 – The series of international documentaries include Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired about the film director’s conviction for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl; When Borat Came To Town following US lawyers encouraging the small Romanian village of Glod to sue Sacha Baron Cohen; Shot In Bombay about Bollywood gangster films; Prodigal Sons, the story of an American high school football star who had a sex change; and Operation Iraqi Filmmaker about film student Muthana’s big break in Hollywood.
Armistice BBC4 – Documentary in which David Reynolds, professor of international history at Cambridge University, examines the Armistice of 1918 that ended World War One.
The Joy Of Motoring BBC4 – Series in which historian Tristram Hunt explores explores the British love of driving, featuring
Britain’s Best Drives BBC4 – Actor Richard Wilson drives a range of classic Fifties cars on some of Britain’s most beautiful routes.
Caravans BBC4 – A homage to the British icons.
The Fast Lady BBC4 – Documentary in which Penelope Keith retraces a journey from London to Liverpool in 1905 by Dorothy Levitt, an Edwardian woman who wrote a guide for female motorists.
Michael Smith’s Drivetime BBC4 – Documentary asking whether or not driving has changed us.
The Maharajah’s Cars BBC4 – The story of Rolls-Royce in India.
The Department Store BBC4 – Series in which Richard Macer examines the place of independent British department stores in the modern world.
Spiral BBC4 – Second series of the French thriller series called Engrenages in France set in the drug trafficking underworld.
Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe BBC4 – Return of the satirical look at television.
Flight Of The Conchords BBC4 – Series two of the comedy series featuring the two-man band – Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement – from New Zealand in New York City.
Cold Case Thursday 2 October 2008, Sky1 – Series six of the US crime drama starring Kathryn Morris and Danny Pino.
Vera Brittain: Letters From A Lost Generation BBC1 – Jo Brand tells the story of Vera Brittain, who endured tragedy during World War One.
Walter’s War BBC4 – Drama written by Kwame Kwei-Armah about Walter Tull, the first black officer to lead British troops during World War One.
America’s Next Top Model Monday 22 September 2008, LivingTV – Series 10 of the reality show presented by Tyra Banks.
King Of The Hill Saturday 25 October 2008, FX – Series 12 of the US animated comedy.
Law & Order: SVU Sunday 5 October 2008, Hallmark – Series nine of the US crime drama.
Rules of Engagement Monday 6 October 2008, Paramount – Series two of the US sitcom.
Underbelly Monday 10 November 2008, FX – A 13-part Australian television mini-series series, based on the 1995–2004 gangland war in Melbourne.
Market Kitchen Wednesday 1 October 2008, UKTV Food – Return of the daily magazine with Amanda Lamb and Rachel Allen joining Tom Parker Bowles, Matt Tebbutt and Matthew Fort.
Rachel Allen: Bake! Monday 6 October 2008, UKTV Food – A 15-part series offering advice on baking.
Ace Of Cakes Monday 6 October 2008, UKTV Food – US series going behind the scenes of a bakery run by rock musician Duff Goldman.
Twiggy’s Frock Exchange (previously listed as Twiggy’s Fashion Trade) Tuesday 7 October 2008, BBC2 – Three-part series in which model Twiggy heads a team of fashion experts helping women as they take part in clothes-swapping parties.
Gethin Jones’ Danger Hunters Sunday 28 September 2008, Virgin1 – Series in which the former Blue Peter presenter undertakes risky adventures.
Dancing With The Stars Friday 10 October 2008, Watch – Series seven of the US dancing contest hosted by Tom Beragon and Samantha Harris. Features N-Sync star Lance Bass, Toni Braxton, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and ex-athlete Maurice Greene.
Scam Nation Channel 4 – Four-parter following fraud investigators.
Armstrong & Miller sitcom BBC1 – Possible sitcom by Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller with Louis Waymouth and Jamie Lennox about lazy office temps.
Camp Rock Friday 19 September 2008, Disney Channel – Musical movie starring the Jonas Brothers.
The Art Of Arts TV Sunday 28 September 2008, BBC4 – Three-part history of television arts programmes. Contributors include Sir David Attenborough, Joan Bakewell, Melvyn Bragg, Matt Collings, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Mike Hodges, Jonathan Miller, Jonathan Meades, Ken Russell, Brian Sewell and Alan Yentob
The Sarah Jane Adventures Monday 29 September 2008 BBC1 – Second 12-part series of the Dr Who spin-off drama for children starring Elisabeth Sladen) as the Doctor’s former companion Sarah Jane Smith who is now working as an investigative journalist. With Thomas Knight, Daniel Anthony and Yasmin Paige.
Coming Of Age Tuesday 30 September 2008, BBC3 – Sitcom written by 19-year-old Tim Dawson about a group of sixth-form students living in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, who are always being thrown out of the pub and end up in a garden shed instead. Stars Anabel Barnston as Chloe, Tony Bignell as Matt, Hannah Job as Jas, Ceri Phillips as Ollie and Joe Tracini as DK.
Ian Hislop Goes Off The Rails Thursday 2 October 2008, BBC4 – Documentary in which Hislop looks at the impact of the notorious 1963 Beeching Report, which led to the closure of many of Britain’s rural railway lines and stations.
The Graham Norton Show Thursday 2 October 2008, BBC2 – Return of the chat show, with Harry Shearer and Travis guesting on the opener.
Silent Witness Wednesday 1 October 2008, BBC1 – Return of the crime drama, with each story being told over two nights. Stars William Gaminara as Leo Dalton, Emilia Fox as Nikki Alexander and Tom Ward as Harry Cunningham.
Never Mind the Buzzcocks Thursday 2 October 2008, BBC2 Return of the pop quiz hosted by Simon Amstell.
Railway Walks Thursday 2 October 2008, BBC4 – Series in which Julia Bradbury travels along old railway tracks.
Beautiful People Thursday 2 October 2008, BBC2 – Family comedy series by Gimme, Gimme, Gimme writer Jonathan Harvey based on Nasty, the memoirs of New York window dresser Simon Doonan. Stars Olivia Colman as mum Debbie and Meera Syal as blind lodger Aunty Hayley. Other characters are Debbie’s husband Andy, an Irish softy and wine maker, her older sister Ashlene, a wannabe ghetto queen, teenage son Simon and his best friend Kyle, who are showtune crazy, and foul-mouthed grandma Narg. With Aidan McArdle, Layton Williams, Samuel Barnett and Luke Ward-Wilkinson.
Natural Born Sellers Thursday 2 October 2008, ITV1 – Six-part series in which eight salespeople compete to win a cash prize. Created by Dan Adamson, who worked on The Apprentice.
Heroes Wednesday 1 October 2008, BBC2 – Series three of the US action drama created by Tim Kring, concentrating on the original Heroes while introducing new villains.
James May’s Big Ideas autumn 2008, BBC2 – Three-part series in which the Top Gear presenter seeks answers to scientific questions that perplex him.
The Satanic Verses BBC2 – An examination of Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel.
Henry VIII Channel 4 – A four–art psychological profile of the king.
Outnumbered BBC2 – Series two of the family sitcom starring Hugh Dennis as the father of three precocious children. With Claire Skinner, Samantha Bond,David Ryall, Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez. Written by Guy Jenkins and Andy Hamilton; made by Hat Trick Productions.
Hole in the Wall Saturday 20 September 2008, BBC1 – Ten-part Saturday night entertainment show dubbed “human Tetris” presented by Dale Winton. In the format based on a Japanese hit show, celebrity contestants in shiny leotards, in teams captained by Anton Du Beke and Darren Gough, have to get through holes in a giant moving wall or end up in a swimming pool. Made by talkbackTHAMES.
It’ll Be Alright On The Night Saturday 20 September 2008, ITV1 – Return of the bloopers show, with Griff Rhys Jones replacing Denis Norden as host.
A Place of Execution Monday 22 September 2008, ITV1 – Three-part drama based on Val McDermid’s bestselling novel about a missing 13-year-old girl, switching between the past and the present. Stars Juliet Stevenson as TV reporter Catherine Heathcote, who is making a film based on the 1963 disappearance of schoolgirl, Alison Carter (Poppy Goodburn), with Lee Ingleby and Philip Jackson as DI George Bennett, Emma Cunniffe as Alison’s mother Ruth, Greg Wise as Alison’s stepfather Hawkin, Elizabeth Day as Catherine’s 14-year-old daughter Sasha, plus Tony Maudsley, Sheila Reid, Dave Hill, Peter Cartwright, Nicholas Pritchard and Joy Blakeman.
Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice Wednesday 24 September 2008, ITV2 – Eight-part comedy game show, hosted by Leigh Francis as his Keith Lemon character, featuring teams captained by Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby facing questions about celebrity news. Guests include Dermot O’Leary.
Merlin Saturday 20 September 2008, BBC1 – A 13-part drama about the life of wizard Merlin as a young man who has a series of clashes with the young King Arthur. Stars Richard Wilson as Gauis, Anthony Head as Uther, Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Arthur, Angel Coulby as Guinevere, Katie McGrath as Morgana and John Hurt as the Voice of the Great Dragon. Guest stars include Santiago Cabrera as Lancelot, Michelle Ryan as the wicked sorceress Nimueh, Eve Myles as Mary Collins, Will Mellor as Valiant and Julian Rhind-Tutt as Edwin Muirden. Made by Shine.
Arena – The Hunt For Moby Dick Saturday 20 September 2008, BBC2 – Documentary following author Philip Hoare as he writes a new book about man’s complex relationship with the whale.
Dom’s On The Case Of… Monday 22 September 2008, BBC1 – A weeklong investigation by Dom Littlewood into the NHS.
Are You Smarter Than a 10-Year-Old? Sunday 21 September 2008 Sky1 – Return of the quiz show hosted by Noel Edminds, beginning with a celebrity special featuring Martine McCutcheon and Sally Gunnell.
Bones Thursday 25 September 2008, Sky 1 – Return of the US crime drama starring David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel.
Design E2 Sunday 21 September 2008, Sky Arts – Return of the design magazine narrated by Brad Pitt.
Dani’s House Friday 26 September 2008, BBC1 – Comedy show starring Dani Harmer with guest appearances by Matt Di Angelo, L’il Chris, Richard Blackwood, Zoe Salmon and Shaun Williamson.
Lipstick Jungle Monday 22 September 2008, LivingTV – US comedy drama created by Sex And The City author Candace Bushnell about three women who stop at nothing to get to the top of the New York business world. Starring Brooke Shields as TV executive Wendy Healy whose best pals are a designer and the editor-in-chief of a glossy mag. With Kim Raver and Lindsay Price.
The Underdog Show Thursday 25 September 2008, LivingTV – Series two of the reality series, previously on BBC2, in which celebrities train orphaned rescue dogs. Hosted by Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Mark Durden-Smith, with a judging panel comprising Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole and professional dog trainers Donelda Guy and Steve Mann. Contestants are failed Apprentice candidate Raef Bjayou, Brian Blessed, Strictly Come Dancing’s Camilla Dallerup, MC Harvey, Javine Hylton, Lesley Joseph, former Hollyoaks stars Elize du Toit and Kevin Sacre, Jason Wood and Ninia Benjamin.
Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones Tuesday 23 September 2008, BBC2 – Two-parter in which the comedy star explores anger in himself and others.
Pam: Girl On The Loose E! Entertainment – Behind-the-scenes documentary following the 41-year-old former Baywatch star.
Cleopatra: Portrait Of A Killer BBC1 – Documentary about the forensic evidence found in the Egypian queen’s tomb.
Lark Rise To Candleford BBC1 – A Christmas special plus a second 11-part series of the drama series adapted by Bill Gallagher from Flora Thompson’s literary trilogy depicting 19th-century life in the Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise and the neighbouring market town of Candleford. Stars Olivia Hallinan, Julia Sawalha, Dawn French, Brendan Coyle and Mark Heap, with Sheridan Smith guesting as Cinderella Doe in the festive special, and new characters hotelier James Dowland played by Jason Merrills and post office worker Minnie played by Ruby Bentall.
Lines In The Landscape – Six Poetic Journeys Around The UK BBC4 – Six-part series in which poet and writer Owen Sheers explores poems that are important to British culture from Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth to Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach.