Horne And Corden BBC3 – Six-part comedy sketch show written by and starring Mathew Horne and James Corden. Characters include Xander, a foul-mouthed but well meaning man; Tim Goodall, a gay TV journalist; magicians Jonny and Lee; and Superman and Spiderman. Directed by Kathy Burke.
Explore: Patagonia to the Pampas Sunday 25 January 2009, BBC2 – Series in which Simon Reeve leads a team through the spectacular landscapes of Argentina.
Naked Tuesday 27 January 2009, BBC3 – Series in which psychologist Emma Kenny and image consultant Jonathan Phang launch a radical self-confidence building course with five professionals undertaking challenges designed to help their self-esteem.
Soho Blues Thursday 29 January 2009, Five – Series following police at work in London’s West End.
Piers Morgan On… Thursday 29 January 2009, ITV1 – Series on luxurious lifestyles featuring reports from Dubai in the opener followed by Monaco and Los Angeles.
Pushing Daisies Friday 30 January 2009, ITV1 – Series two of the US comedy drama a man with the ability to bring dead people back to life starring Lee Pace and Anna Friel.
Supernatural Sunday 25 January 2009, ITV2 – Series four of the US drama starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.
Paris Hilton’s New Best Friend Thursday 29 January 2009, ITV2 – Reality show in which the celebrity tests out 20 people in the UK in a bid to find her best British friend.
Chickens, Hugh and Tesco Too Monday 26 January 2009, Channel 4 – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall attempts to change the animal welfare policy of Britain’s biggest supermarket, Tesco. Part of the Great British Food Fight season.
Gok Wan: Too Fat Too Young Tuesday 27 January 2009, Channel 4 – A look at the problem of teenage obesity in the UK.
Gordon’s Great British Nightmare Friday 30 January 2009, Channel 4 – Chef Gordon Ramsay campaigns to get people to use their local restaurants.
90210 Monday 26 January 2009 E4 – A revival of the US drama series Beverly Hills 90210 about rich youngsters in Los Angeles. Stars Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth. The series focuses on Annie Wilson and her brother Dixon, who enrol at West Beverly Hills High School after their family moves from Kansas.
Perrin BBC1 – A six-part revival of the 1970s sitcom written by David Nobbs. Martin Clunes will take the role of the harassed middle-aged man made famous by Leonard Rossiter in the series made by Objective Productions, co-written by Nobbs and Simon Nye. With Fay Ripley, Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Whitehead, Neil Stuke and Lucy Liemann.
PAs 2009, BBC3 – Six-part comedy drama series about four women working as personal assistants in the City of London. Stars Laura Aikman as beautiful, brainy Lucy; Annabel Scholey as fame-hungry Midge; Ruth Negga as intellectual outsider Sid; Maimie McCoy as money-obsessed Nicole, Mark Benton, Joe Absolom, Robert Gant, Archie Panjabi, Olivia Grant, Darren Boyd, Emily Bruni and Jamie Davis. Created by Gabbie Asher (credits include EastEnders); made by 2AM TV.
Where Our Food Comes From BBC3 – Series in which a group of young consumers leave behind their takeaways, restaurants and supermarkets in the UK to visit the farms and processing factories of Asia.
My Life As An Animal BBC3 – Series in which a group of eight volunteers take part in an experiment to try to learn more about animals by eating, sleeping and endeavouring to communicate with horses, dogs, pigs, penguins and seals. With wildlife expert Terry Nutkins offering advice.
Natalie Cassidy’s Bold Britain BBC3 – The actress presents a series of films about young Britons. Subjects include Otto, a 21-year-old with Down’s Syndrome and YouTube make-up classes phenomenon Lauren.
Underage And Pregnant BBC3 – Six-part series following teenagers who became parents while still at school.
Young Mums’ Mansion – Arrival Of The Dads BBC3 – Series in which five single mums and five single dads will live together with their children for four weeks.
The Belief Season BBC3 – A series looking at how religion impacts on young people’s lives. Features 18 Pregnant Schoolgirls, about an alleged “pregnancy pact” at a Catholic school in Massachusetts; Young, Psychic And Possessed about Gary Mannion, 20, who describes himself as Britain’s youngest psychic surgeon; The Teen That Time Forgot about Deborah Drapper, 13, who has grown up in a deeply Christian family protected from the sins of the outside world.
We Are Klang BBC3 – Comedy show starring the three-man troupe as employees at the Klangbury council offices,: Councillor Marek, the hapless baldy, Councillor Steve, the psychotic one, and council leader Greg (the fat Rik Mayall lookalike).
Pulling BBC3 – A one-off special episode of the sitcom about best friends Karen (Tanya Franks), Donna (Sharon Horgan) and Louise (Rebekah Staton).
Ideal BBC3 – Series five of the sitcom starring Johnny Vegas as lazy drug dealer Moz. With Mick Miller as Moz’s dad, Keith, and Sinead Matthews plays Jenny. Written by Graham Duff.
Daddy’s Little Princess, Mummy’s Best Soldier BBC3 – Series in which indulgent parents send their offspring into the real world. Eight young pampered people move into basic London rented accommodation and learn to live on a tight budget, and compete in a series of challenges.
Young Butcher/Chef/Hairdresser Of The Year 2009 BBC3 – Competitions using TV talent show conventions to find the best the UK has to offer.
What Darwin Didn’t Know Monday 26 January 2009, BBC4 – Documentary in which evolutionary biologist Armand examines the evolution theory put forward by Charles Darwin in 1859.
Lost: Season Five Revealed Sunday 25 January 2009, Sky1 – Iain Lee talks to the cast and crew of the US drama series.
Nature’s Great Events BBC1 – Six-part series narrated by David Attenborough featuring footage of the planet’s most dramatic wildlife spectacles from the flooding of the Okavango Delta to the summer melt of Arctic ice, the emergence of grizzly bear cubs and the gathering of dolphins and sharks off the coast of South Africa.
America’s Next Top Model Monday 26 January 2009, LivingTV – Series 11 of the US modelling show hosted by Tyra Banks.
The Book Quiz Monday 26 January 2009, BBC4 – Return of the Kirsty Wark-fronted literary panel game.
Damages February 2009, BBC1 – Series two of the US legal thriller starring Glenn Close as high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes and Rose Byrne as her protegé Ellen Parsons . The 13-part run sees the arrival of William Hurt as a new client of Hewes, Marcia Gay Harden as an attorney who opposes Hewes in court, Timothy Olyphant as a man who becomes entangled in Ellen’s life.
The Sexy Ad Show 2009, Fiver – Six-parter hosted by British comedienne Olivia Lee featuring sexual TV commercials from around the world.
Penelope: Princess Of Pets Channel 4 – A possible pilot of quirky American comedian Kristen Schaal’s offbeat web series
We Need Answers BBC4 – Comedy quiz hosted by Mark Watson, Tim Key and Alex Horne based on a successful show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
A Short Stay In Switzerland Sunday 25 January 2009, BBC1 – Drama about euthanasia, based on a true story starring Julie Walters as Dr Anne Turner who was diagnosed with a neurological disease. With Stephen Campbell Moore, Lyndsey Marshal, Liz White, Harriet Walter, Patrick Malahide, Will Knightley and Michelle Fairley. Written by Frank McGuinness.
Pete Doherty in 24 Hours Sunday 25 January 2009, MTV1
Being Human Sunday 25 January 2009, BBC3 – Six-part series about a flatsharing ghost, werewolf and vampire, following a pilot by Toby Whithouse. Stars Russell Tovey, as George, a mild-mannered hospital porter who, for one night a month, becomes a werewolf, Aidan Turner as the laid-back Mitchell who becomes a blood-sucking vampire and Lenora Crichlow as Anna, a talkative ghost who has no self-confidence.
A Town Called Eureaka Tuesday 3 February 2009, Sky1 – Series three of the US drama set in a town housing the best minds in the USA, who work on inventions to save the world from disaster. Stars Colin Ferguson, Joe Morton, Meshach Peters, Frances Fisher, Ed Quinn and Salli Richardson.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Friday 23 January 2009, BBC1 – Return of the chat show, with guests Stephen Fry, Lee Evans and Franz Ferdinand.
Grey’s Anatomy Thursday 22 January 2009, LivingTV – Series five of the US medical drama.
Gossip Girl Wednesday 21 January 2009, ITV2 – Series two of the US drama about wealthy New York youngsters. Stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick and Taylor Momsen.
Folk America (previously listed as The Story Of The American Folk Revival) Friday 23 January 2009, 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.