The TV Week – 13-19 December 2008

Sports Personality of the Year, BBC1, Sunday


Saturday

7.00pm Iraq: The Legacy Channel 4 – Documentary from political commentator Peter Oborne.
7.00pm The Great Inca Rebellion
History Channel
7.10pm Dad’s Army Night
BBC2
8.00pm Extreme Theatre Sky Arts – Documentary following the Old Vic theatre’s best young writers, actors, directors and producers as they create and perform a series of plays in just 24 hours.
8.40pm The Girls Aloud Party
ITV1 – Musical special featuring the girl group.
9.00pm Carluccio and the Leopard
BBC4 – Chef Antonio Carluccio travels to Sicily to discover more about the Italian novel, The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.
10.50pm The Peter Serafinowicz Show…Best Of
BBC2

Sunday12.20pm Britannia High Behind the Scenes ITV1
2.10pm Girls Aloud: Under the Skin/Tangled Up Live Channel 47.00pm BBC Sports Personality Of The Year BBC1 – The annual sports review/awards ceremony presented by Gary Lineker, Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey from Liverpool.
8.00pm The Royal
ITV1 – Return of the nostalgic drama series starring Natalie Anderson, Scott Taylor, Linda Armstrong, Robert Cavanah, Kari Corbett and Wendy Craig.
10.00pm Sunday Night Project Channel 4 – The comedy entertainment show returns with Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr joined by Tom Jones.11.15pm The Priests ITV1 – Documentary following the three Catholic priests from Northern Ireland who got a £1m recording contract.

Guest list
Never Mind the Buzzcocks BBC2, Thursday
• Jack Dee, Razorlight on The Graham Norton Show BBC2, Thursday
• Jeremy Clarkson, Charles Kennedy, Ed Byrne on Have I Got News for You BBC1, Friday
• Dara O’Briain, Frankie Boyle on Live at the Apollo BBC1, Friday

Monday

11.30am Christmas Cooks Challenge ITV1 – Daily series with Antony Worrall Thompson.
3.15pm A Place By The Sea
Channel 4 – Another property programme.
5.00pm 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.
8.00pm Xtra Factor: Best and Worst 2008 ITV1 – A week-long series of highlights with Holly Willoughby.8.30pm Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen BBC2 – Five-part advice series with Nigella Lawson, running all week.
9.00pm Crimewatch
BBC1
9.00pm Taggart ITV1
10.00pm Chosen Channel 4 – Documentary directed by Brian Woods about three men who were abused as boys in a British public school 30 years ago.
10.40pm Death on the Bay: Real Crime ITV1
12.05am Spectacle Channel 4 – Music and chat series hosted by Elvis Costello, with The Police guesting on the opener.
Tuesday
9.00pm Sleep Walkers: Secrets of the Night
ITV1
9.00pm Killer Lakes National Geographic
Wednesday7.30pm The Royal Variety Performance BBC1 – The 80th anniversary show takes place at the London Palladium with performances by Take That, Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Duffy, George Sampson, John Barrowman, Naturally 7, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Josh Groban, Only Men Aloud, the stars of Jersey Boys, Zorro, The Lion King and La Cage Aux Folles, Brian May and Kerry Ellis, Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, Peter Kay as Geraldine McQueen, Jimmy Carr, Michael McIntyre, Rhod Gilbert and Armstrong and Miller.
8.00pm Christmas at River Cottage Channel 4
9.00pm Willie’s Perfect Chocolate Christmas Channel 4 – Willie Harcourt-Cooze makes chocolate-themed Christmas recipes.
9.00pm Police, Camera, Action: Drink Driving Special ITV19.00pm The Perfect House: The Life and Work of Palladio BBC4
Thursday
8.00pm The Millies Sky1 – Awards ceremony launched by Prince Charles and the Sun to recognise the work of the armed forces. Presented by Tess Daly.
9.00pm From Wags to Riches
BBC3 – Radio 1’s Annie Mac meets footballers’ wives and girlfriends.
9.00pm Jamie Cooks Christmas Channel 4 – Festive food ideas from Jamie Oliver.
9.00pm Fat Teens in Love ITV1
9.00pm Louis Armstrong Night BBC4

Friday

8.00pm Gardeners’ World at Christmas
BBC2
9.00pm Britain’s Got an Extra Pop Factor and Then Some Channel 4 – Peter Kay follows up Britain’s Got the Pop Factor and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice with a show in the style of The Xtra Factor, presented by Ben Shepherd and featuring winner Geraldine McQueen performing her new single Once Upon a Christmas Song.
9.30pm The Swing Thing BBC4 – The story of swing music, narrated by Kenneth Cranham.
10.35pm Eddie Izzard: Circle Channel 4


Subject list

Panorama Britain’s Terror Heartland. BBC1, Monday
Horizon Where’s My Robot? BBC2, Tuesday
The Culture Show Highlights of 2008. BBC2, Tuesday
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