The TV week – 27 December 2008 -2 January 2009

Saturday
3.30pm 4Dance 2008 Channel 4 – The best dance on film from around the world, presented by hip-hop artist Jonzi D.
5.00pm John Adams
Channel 4 – Terrestrial airing of the seven-part Emmy Award-winning drama starring Paul Giamatti as the second US president with Laura Linney as his wife Abigail.
6.50pm The Weakest Link: Strictly Come Dancing Special
BBC1
7.05pm All Star Family Fortunes Christmas Special
ITV1 – The McQueen family from Hollyoaks versus the Dingles from Emmerdale.
9.00pm Bring Back… Fame
Channel 4 – Justin Lee Collins attempts to track down and reunite the cast of the 1980s US series. His targets include Irene Cara, Carlo Imperato, Valerie Landsburg, Erica Gimpel, Lee Curreri, Carol Mayo Jenkins and Debbie Allen.
9.00pm Why I Love Celebrity Big Brother
E4
9.30pm Most Annoying People 2008
BBC3 – Continues Monday.
10.00pm Macbeth
More4 – The RSC’s production starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench.

Sunday4.00pm Stingray: The Reunion Party/All About Thunderbirds BBC2
6.00pm Help! I’m No Bigger Than A Bug
ITV1 – With Nigel Marven.
6.30pm Celebrity Mastermind
BBC1 – A week of special editions of the quiz show featuring David Lammy, Dave Myers, Toyah Willcox and David Harewood (tonight); Rav Wilding, Mark Chapman, Philippa Gregory and Jon Culshaw (Monday); Bob Harris, John Sessions, Louise Minchin and Andrew Neil (Tuesday); Sally Lindsay, Mick Hucknall, Summer Strallen and Mel Smith (Wednesday); Phil Daniels, Rick Wakeman, Ian Lavender and Tim Vine (Thursday).
8.00pm The 39 Steps
BBC1 – Feature-length adaptation by Lizzie Mickery of John Buchan’s spy thriller set in the run-up to the outbreak of the first world war. Stars Rupert Penry-Jones as Richard Hannay, Alex Jennings as Captain Kell, Eddie Marsan as Scudder, Patrick Kennedy as Harry Sinclair and Lydia Leonard as Victoria Sinclair, David Haig as Sir George Sinclair, Patrick Malahide as Professor Fisher, Stephen Elder as the Vicar, Werner Daehn as Ackerman and Peter Stark as Engel.
8.00pm World’s Strongest Man
Five – Coverage from Charleston, West Virginia.
9.00pm Affinity
ITV1 – One-off film adapted by Andrew Davies from Sarah Waters’ Gothic ghost story/love story set in a Victorian prison. Starring Anna Madeley as prison visitor Margaret Prior, Zoe Tapper as enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes, Anna Massey, Anne Reid and Amanda Plummer.
9.00pm Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2008
Channel 4 – Hosted by Jimmy Carr.

Monday

7.00pm Christmas on the Frontline BBC1 – Matt Allwright visits the British military base Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
7.15pm The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
Five – Professor Chris Bishop explores humankind’s relationship with computers.
7.30pm The Lost Pyramid
Channel 4 – Documentary on a 12-year excavation on the edge of the Giza plateau to reveal a fourth pyramid.
8.00pm The Perfect TV Detective
BBC2 – Celebration of Britain’s TV detectives.
9.00pm Tony Robinson and The Blitz Witch
Channel 4
9.00pm Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
ITV1 – With Olympic gold medallists.
10.40pm A Study in Sherlock
BBC2 – Documentary exploring the appeal of the fictional detective with contributions by Minette Walters, Kim Newman and Edward Hardwicke.
11.10pm The Eternity Man
Channel 4 – Film by Julien Temple of the contemporary opera by Jonathan Mills and Dorothy Porter.
11.20pm 2008 at the Movies BBC1

Tuesday
7.00pm BBC Young Musician of the Year 2008: Concerto Final
BBC4
8.00pm Britain’s Weirdest Phobias
ITV1 – Documentary featuring people afraid of knees, peas, tree roots and snow.
9.00pm Shooting Stars Night
BBC2 – Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer present a celebration of their comedy quiz show, beginning with Shooting Stars: The Inside Stor, a documentary featuring contributions by Will Self, Ulrika Jonsson, Lenny Henry, Amanda Donohoe, Michael Winner, Paul Whitehouse, Tim Healy, Charlie Higson, Johnny Vegas, Matt Lucas, Gary Rhodes, Noel Fielding and Martine McCutcheon. Followed by a brand-new edition featuring Ulrika Jonsson, Jack Dee, Peter Jones, Kate Garraway, Christine Walkden and Dizzee Rascal.
9.00pm Around The World In 20 Years BBC1 – One-hour off special in which Michael Palin takes a dhow journey from Dubai to Bombay, 20 years after he made the same trip in Around the World in 80 Days.
9.00pm Tony Robinson and the Ghosts of Glastonbury
Channel 4
9.00pm Taggart: Lifeline ITV1
10.30pm The Graham Norton Holiday Show BBC2 – With Joe Swash, Michael McIntyre and Boyzone.
Wednesday5.35pm Top Of The Pops BBC1 – Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates look back at the year in music.
7.30pm Last of the Summer Wine
BBC1 – Return of the sitcom starring Russ Abbot, Burt Kwouk, Brian Murphy, Peter Sallis, Frank Thornton and Trevor Bannister.8.00pm The Weakest Link: West End Special BBC1
9.00pm Tony Robinson and the Medieval Reincarnation
Channel 4
10.50 New Year Live
BBC1 – Nick Knowles and Kate Silverton host a party aboard the HMS Belfast in London featuring Alesha Dixon, Simply Red, Russell Watson, Only Men Aloud and Jodie Prenger.
10.55pm Jools’ Annual Hootenanny
BBC2 – Featuring Martha and the Vandellas, Dizzee Rascal, Annie Lennox, The Ting Tings, Dave Edmunds, Duffy, Svang, Adele, Sam Sparro, The Hold Steady, Rico Rodriguez, Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones and Lily Allen.
11.15pm Elton John’s New Year Eve Party ITV1 – A concert at The O2 arena in London hosted by Kate Thornton.
Thursday
noon The Big Match Revisited ITV4
1.50pm Doctor Who At The Proms
BBC1 – A concert of music from the scifi series at London’s Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Freema Agyeman with a guest appearance by Catherine Tate.
7.00pm New Year’s Day Concert 2009
BBC4
8.00pm Three Men in More Than One Boat
BBC2 – Griff Rhys-Jones, Dara O’Briain and Rory McGrath sail from Plymouth to the Isles of Scilly.
9.00pm Agatha Christie’s Marple: Nemesis
ITV1 – Features guest stars Richard E Grant, Dan Stevens, Johnny Briggs, Laura Michelle Kelly, George Cole, Adrian Rawlins and Lee Ingleby.
9.00pm Jonathan Creek BBC1 – A special episode of the drama starring Alan Davies as the creator of magic tricks who becomes embroiled in crime solving. The Grinning Man features Sheridan Smith as sceptical Joey Ross and Stuart Milligan as illusionist Adam Klaus.
10.10pm Almost Famous 2 BBC3

Friday

7.30pm The Krypton Factor ITV1 – Revival after 13 years of the mental and physical game show, with Ben Shephard as the host.8.00pm The Real James Bond National Geographic
9.00pm Morecambe and Wise: the Show What Paul Merton Did BBC1 – Paul Merton hosts a celebration of the comedy duo.
9.00pm Celebrity Big Brother: Live Launch Channel 4 – With Davina McCall. Rumours suggest the housemates will be Michelle Heaton, Tina Malone, Lucy Pinder, Paula Hamilton, Mutya Buena, Sherrie Hewson, Ian Wright, Lembit Opik and Verne Troyer.
9.00pm Around The World In 80 Faiths BBC2 – Series in which part-time Anglican vicar Peter Owen Jones explores the world’s religions and observes the most important rituals of 80 of the world’s faiths.
10.00pm 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. Narrated by Nigel Planer. Preceded by Prog at the BBC.
10.15pm Rude Tube Channel 4 – Alex Zane counts down the top 50 internet clips from 2008.
11.45pm Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe: Review of the Year BBC2
12.25am Foo Fighters Live in London Channel 4

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