Old Post, 2009

Albert’s Memorial ITV1 – Single black comedy drama starring David Jason as one of two World War Two veterans taking a dying friend to Hinderburg in Germany.

War On Knives Wednesday 14 October 2008, Sky1 – A two-hour programme fronted by Donal MacIntyre and June Sarpong campaigning against knife crime.

Martina Cole’s Ladykillers Monday, 13 October 2008, ITV3 – Six-part documentary series in which British crime writer Martina Cole examines the stories of female serial killers.

Traders BBC2 – Three-part reality show in which people with no financial experience get to invest £1m.

Krod Mandoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire BBC2 – Comedy spoof of medieval times starring Sean Maguire as reluctant hero Krod who becomes the last great hope in the fight against the evil Dongalor.

Evacuees Reunited ITV1 – Five-parter in which Michael Aspel joins evacuees, now in their 70s and 80s, as they go back to where they were placed in World War Two as part of Operation Pied Piper.

Deadliest Men Bravo – Eight-parter telling the stories of underworld crime figures.

The Krypton Factor ITV1 – Possible revival after 13 years of the game show.

Time Of Your Life BBC1 – Game show hosted by comic Michael McIntryre featuring people who are celebrating important moments in their lives.

Celebrity Fantasy Homes UKTV Style – Series fronted by Gaby Roslin finding dream homes for celebrities including David Gest and Lee Sharpe.

Fantasy Homes Down Under UKTV Style – Five-part series featuring Brits who are moving to Australia.

Argumental (previously listed as Whose Side Are You On?) Dave – A 12-part comedy show hosted by John Sergeant in which teams captained by Marcus Brigstocke and Rufus Hound debate silly subjects. Guests include Jimmy Carr, Sue Perkins, Ed Byrne, Johnny Vegas, Andy Parsons, Lucy Porter, Mark Watson, Andrew Maxwell, Phill Jupitus and Hugh Dennis.

Red Dwarf GOLD – Four new episodes of the scifi sitcom mixing old and new material, marking the show’s 20th anniversary.

Syrian School BBC4 – Five-part observational documentary series.

Batteries Not Included Dave – Six-part series in which celebrities show-off their gadgets and, in each programme, John Cleese examines some of the world’s most amazing gizmos. Guests include Danny Wallace, Dom Joly, Alex Zane and Mark Durden-Smith.

24: Redemption (previously listed as 24: Exile) Sunday 30 November 2008, Sky1 – A feature-length special filmed in South Africa starring Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer with Robert Carlyle and Jon Voight.

Brothers & Sisters Saturday 11 October 2008, Channel 4 – Series tewo of the US family drama starring Calista Flockhart, Rob Lowe, Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths.

Red Riding Channel 4 – Drama trilogy based on novels by David Peace, adapted by Tony Grisoni: 1974 directed by Julian Jarrold; 1980 directed by James Marsh, set at the time of the Yorkshire Ripper’s murders; and 1983, directed by Anand Tucker. The cast includes Andrew Garfield as rookie crime reporter Eddie Dunford, Rebecca Hall as young widow Paula Garland, Sean Bean as property magnate John Dawson, Paddy Considine as Assistant Chief Constable Peter Hunter, Lesley Sharp as his wife Joan Hunter, David Morrissey as Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson, Mark Addy as John Piggott plus Warren Clarke, Peter Mullan, Maxine Peake, Saskia Reeves, Daniel Mays and Sean Harris

Big School Channel 4 – A 15-part series following children as they move to secondary school.

Ultimate Gap Year Channel 4 – Eight-parter following the adventures of gap year students.

Surviving History Wednesday 15 October 2008, History Channel – Series in which a team of professional prop makers recreate punishing contraptions and torture equipment from history.

Stephen Fry In America – The New World (previously listed as More Fry in America) October 2008, BBC4 – A six-part second series of Stephen Fry’s excursions in the United States.

Blue Peter At 50 October 2008, BBC1 – A celebration of the children’s magazine narrated by Tom Baker with contributions by Leila Williams, John Noakes, Peter Purves, Val Singleton, Lesley Judd, Johnny Wilkinson, Torvill and Dean, Nick Park and Lewis Hamilton.

Cracking Up October 2008, BBC2 – One-off documentary in which the former Downing Street director of communications Alastair Campbell talks about his 1986 nervous breakdown and subsequent recovery.

The Mobo Awards Wednesday 15 October 2008, BBC3 – Mel B and Reverend Run host the ceremony at London’s Wembley Arena with performances by John Legend, Jay Sean, Estelle, Flo Rida and Sugababes.

Les Paul Friday 17 October 2008, BBC4 – A tribute to the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar at the Iridium Jazz Club.

Hairy Bikers Come Home Tuesday 7 October 2008, BBC2 – Dave and Simon explore the cuisine of the north of England.

Richard & Judy’s New Position Tuesday 7 October 2008, Watch – Chat show with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

The American Future: A History, by Simon Schama Friday 10 October 2008, BBC2 – Four-part documentary series presented by Simon Schama looking at four of the critical issues facing the country: war, moral fervour, immigration and the economy.

The Real Hustle Thursday 9 October 2008, BBC3 – Series six of the programme about scams, which will include tricks played in celebrities including Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page. Presented by Alexis Conran, Paul Wilson and Jessica-Jane Clement.

Police Interceptors Friday 10 October 2008, Five – Series following the high-speed police interception unit in Essex.

Sanctuary Wednesday 8 October 2008, ITV4 – A 13-part US sci-fi series from the creators of Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis putting actors into virtual reality sets. Stars Amanda Tapping as Dr Helen Magnus, a 157-year old physician who studies monsters, Robin Dunne as Helen’s reluctant protégé, psychiatrist Will Zimmerman and Emilie Ullerup as Helen’s fearless daughter Ashley.

The South Bank Show Sunday 5 October 2008, ITV1 – The arts series returns with films about the band The Streets, headed by the Mike Skinner, Ronnie Corbett, film-maker and photographer Sam Taylor-Wood, James Bond, Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles and St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre.

Fringe Sunday 5 October 2008, Sky1 – US science fiction drama about an international flight that lands in Boston with all its passengers and crew dead. Created by Lost creator JJ Abrams and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who worked with him on the forthcoming Star Trek film. Stars Anna Torv as FBI special agent Olivia Dunham, John Noble as scientific researcher Dr Walter Bishop, Joshua Jackson, as his estranged son, Lance Reddick as special agent Phillip Broyles, Kirk Acevedo, Blair Brown, Mark Valley and Jasika Nicole.

World’s Toughest Fixes Monday 6 October 2008, National Geographic – Series featuring Sean Riley tackling some of the world’s toughest repair jobs.

I Should Be Dead Tuesday 7 October 2008, National Geographic – Series featuring
extraordinary survival stories.

Big, Bigger, Biggest Thursday 9 October 2008, National Geographic – Series featuring the the stories of the world’s biggest man-made structures

Nightmare In Suburbia Sunday 5 October 2008, Crime & Investigation – Series investigating real crimes in the UK’s suburbs.

Ice Road Truckers Saturday 4 October 2008, History Channel – Return of the series feauring truckers Hugh, Alex, Rick and Drew who travel Canada’s perilous ice road.

The Secret Policeman’s Ball 2008 Sunday 5 October 2008, Channel 4 – Comedy show staged at London’s Albert Hall in aid of Amnesty International, featuring Al Murray, Andrew Maxwell, Chevy Chase, Dylan Moran, Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, Green Wing, Jeremy Irons, Jessica Stevenson, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Culshaw, Natalie Imbruglia, Omid Djalili, Richard E Grant, Ronni Ancona, Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman, Seth Green, The Magic Numbers, The Mighty Boosh and The Zutons.

Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong Friday 10 October 2008, Channel 4 – Return of the comedy game show featuring two teams of celebrities competing in a test of their showbiz knowledge.

The Closer Thursday 2 October 2008, More4 – Series three of the US drama series about the Los Angeles police department’s priority murder squad. Stars Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Tucker and Brad Rowe.

Frock Me Sunday 5 October 2008, Channel 4 – Seven-part fashion and music entertainment series for T4 presented by Alexa Chung and fashion designer Henry Holland. The opener features Daisy Lowe, the Kooks, Agyness Deyn and a style challenge in Sheffield.

Bear Grylls: Born Survivor Sunday 5 October 2008, Channel 4 – Return of the series, in a seven-part run, featuring the adventurer in some of the world’s most inhospitable environments, from the Skeleton Coast of Namibia in the operner to the rapids in Zambia, desert canyons of Mexico, the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and the Andean Steppes.

Unbreakable Monday 6 October 2008, Five – Explorer Benedict Allen leads eight volunteers on a series of physical and mental tests in the Amazonian jungle.

The Story Of Maths Monday 6 October 2008, BBC4 – Marcus du Sautoy, professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford, explores the 30,000-year-old history of mathematics.

ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Monday 6 October 2008, ITV3 – A ceremony hsted by Alan Davies choosing the best crime thriller books, films and TV dramas, preceded by six programmes profiling authors Colin Dexter, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell, Lynda La Plante, Val McDermid and PD James.

Twiggy’s Frock Exchange (previously listed as Twiggy’s Fashion Trade) Tuesday 7 October 2008, BBC2 – Series in which model Twiggy heads a team of fashion experts helping women as they take part in clothes-swapping parties.

Imagine – The Story Of The Guitar Sunday 5 October 2008, BBC1 – Three-parter in which Alan Yentob explores the history and culture of the guitar. Features contributions by John Williams, Paco Peña, Bert Weedon, Les Paul, Pete Townshend, BB King, Pete Townshend, Jack Black, Bill Bailey, Michael Tyack and Xue Fei Yang.

Sunshine Tuesday 7 October 2008, BBC1 – Three-part comedy drama starring Steve Coogan as Bob ‘Bing’ Crosby, a compulsive gambler, written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey. With Bernard Hill as Bing’s father George, Lisa Millet as Bernadette, Bing’s childhood sweetheart and mother of their eight-year-old son, Joe (Dominic Senior), Craig Cash, Phil Mealey, Dan Ryan, Rita May, Lorraine Cheshire, Joan Kempson and Geoffrey Hutchings. Made by Cash and Mealey’s Jellylegs Productions. The project was originally scheduled to air on ITV with Peter Kay as the star, but that was abandoned when Kay pulled out.

Big Cat Live Sunday 5 October 2008, BBC1 – An eight-part run of the series exploring Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve. With Kate Silverton, Simon King, Jonathan Scott and and Masai guide Jackson Looseyia.

Living With… Boy George Wednesday 1 October 2008, Living TV – One-off show in which the former pop star is followed by cameras.

Greatest Cities of the World with Griff Rhys Jones Wednesday 1 October 2008, ITV1 – Three-part documentary in which Rhys Jones explores a day in the life of London, Paris and New York.

England Expects Wednesday 8 October 2008, ITV1 – Documentary in which former England manager Graham Taylor explores the nature of the job. With contributions by Fabio Capello, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Glenn Hoddle, Harry Redknapp, Sir Trevor Brooking and Johann Cruyff.

Paul Merton in India Wednesday 8 October 2008, Five – Five-part travel series featuring the comedian.

Pop Goes the Band Wednesday 8 October 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.

Wilderness Explored Wednesday 8 October 2008, BBC4 – Documentary series about early European explorers who reached the wildernesses of Canada, the Congo and Australia.

British Style Genius Tuesday 7 October 2008, BBC2 – Five-part examination of the UK fashion industry, looking at the trends that have defined British style. Features contributions by Kate Moss, Twiggy, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Paul Smith, Ozwald Boateng, Philip Green and Stuart Rose.

Inside Sport Monday 6 October 2008, BBC1 – Return of the sports magazine presented by Gabby Logan.

Eggheads Monday 6 October 2008, BBC2 – Return of the general knowledge quiz with Jeremy Vine sharing the role of host with Dermot Murnaghan.

Jack: A Soldier’s Story (previously listed as Jack’s Story) Tuesday 7 October 2008, BBC3 – Series in which Ben Anderson spends two months with 24-year-old Lance Corporal Jack Mizon and a unit of Grenadier Guards in the Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.

Miss Naked Britain Channel 4 – Series hosted by Gok Wan and Myleene Klass seeking Britain’s most natural beauty.

Lights, Camera, Animals Five – A 10-parter featuring animals which appear in TV and film.

Nature Shock Five – Series featuring weird things from nature.


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