The TV Week – 21-27 February 2009

Saturday
12.45pm Superagents BBC2 – Eight-part reality show in which six contestants compete for a job at a sports talent agency, mentored by Tahli Grobbelaar.
6.35pm Let’s Dance For Comic Relief BBC1 – Four-week fundraising celebrity dance show presented by Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones featuring solo dancers, duos and groups recreating famous dances from movie classics such as Saturday Night Fever and High School Musical and pop videos such as Baby One More Time and Thriller. Taking part are Jo Brand, Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden, Tim Vincent, Anthea Turner, Mark Curry, Diane-Louise Jordan, Peter Duncan, Peter Purves, Janet Ellis, Helen Skelton, Dick & Dom, Keith Lemon, Paddy McGuinness and Robert Webb.
6.35pm The Colour of Money ITV1 – Eight-part game show hosted by Chris Tarrant in which contestants try to win money from 20 different coloured cash machines.
8.00pm Timewatch – Queen Elizabeth’s Lost Guns BBC2
9.00pm Roxy Music: The High Road Sky Arts
11.00pm Chris Brown Live From the Sommet Centre MTV
11.10pm John Updike In His Own Words More 4

Sunday
8.00pm Sissinghurst BBC4 – Series following writer Adam Nicolson and his wife Sarah as they retart farming in the estate and garden of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.
9.00pm Bruce Parry: Cannibals and Crampons ITV4 – Bruce Parry climbs the unscaled face of Mandela in the rainforest jungle of New Guinea.
9.00pm Solitary Endeavour on the Southern Ocean BBC2 – Documentary following the attempt by Andrew McAuley to cross the Southern Ocean from Australia to New Zealand in a kayak.
10.00pm Piers Morgan Life Stories ITV1 – The former journalist talks to celebrities about their lives, beginning with Sharon Osbourne.
11.00pm Zane Lowe Meets Morrissey VH1
11.00pm Oscars 2009 – Live From The Red Carpet Sky1
11.25pm The Making of Slumdog Millionaire Channel 4
11.30pm Oscars Newsnight Special BBC2
1.00am 81st Annual Academy Awards Sky Movies Premiere – Claudia Winkleman presents coverage of the Los Angeles ceremony.

Guest list
• Ricky Gervais on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway ITV1, Saturday
• Lynne Franks, Raef Bjayou, Chris Ellison, Michelle Gayle on Celebrity Come Dine With Me. Channel 4, Sunday
Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… Renée Fleming. Channel 4, Wednesday
Songbook Ian Broudie. Sky Arts, Thursday
• The Prodigy, Pet Shop Boys, Starsailor and Kelly Clarkson on The Album Chart Show Channel 4, Thursday
• John Sergeant, Jimmy Carr, Jo Brand and Alan Davies. QI BBC1, Friday
• Sir David Attenborough, Emily Blunt, Clive Owen, U2 on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday

Monday

5.00pm The Paul O’Grady Show Channel 4 – Return of the chat show. Guests in the first week are Zoe Wanamaker, Natalie Cole, Mathew Horne, Imelda Staunton, Robert Vaughn, Kate Thornton, Faryl Smith, Jimmy Osmond, Natalie Cassidy and Kelly Clarkson.
5.00pm Britain’s Best Dish – Celebrity Special
ITV1
8.00pm The Oscars Highlights
Sky1
9.00pm Heroes BBC2 – Return of the US action drama starring Masi Oka as Hiro, James Kyson Lee as Ando, Sendhil Ramamurthy as Suresh, Milo Ventimiglia as Peter, Brea Grant as Daphne, Greg Grunberg as Matt, Hayden Panettiere as Claire, Adrian Pasdar as Nathan, Zachary Quinto as Sylar, Cristine Rose as Angela, Jack Coleman as HRG, Ali Larter as Tracy and Zeljko Ivanek as “the hunter”.
9.00pm Law & Order: UK ITV1 – A London-based version – with 13 parts in the first series – of the long-running US crime drama series. Stars Freema Agyeman as strong-willed prosecutor Alesha Phillips, with Bradley Walsh as East End copper DS Ronnie Brooks, Jamie Bamber as his charming police partner DS Matt Devlin, Harriet Walter as their boss DI Natalie Chandler, Ben Daniels as crown prosecutor James Steel, and Bill Paterson as CPS director George Castle. Written by Chris Chibnall (credits include Torchwood); made by independent production company Kudos.
10.00pm Pop Goes the Band 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 Dollar in the opener plus Shakatak, Bucks Fizz, Bananarama, Visage, Cleopatra, 911 and Chaka Khan.
10.00pm The Real Slumdog Millionaire
Sky1 – Documentary looking at the real inspirations for the hit film.
10.00pm Britain BC
History Channel – Two-parter about life in pre-Roman Britain.

Tuesday
9.00pm Manhunters Crime & Investigation – Series following the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force.
10.35pm Make Me Stay Awake
BBC1 – Science documentary with Michael Mosley.

Wednesday
9.00pm The Rise of the Superchef BBC2 – The story of Delia, Jamie, Gordon, Nigella, Rick, Gary and Antony.
9.00pm Caravans: A British Love Affair
BBC4 – Documentary telling the story of caravanning in Britain from the 1950s to the present.
10.00pm Desperate Housewives
Channel 4 – Return of the fifth series of the drama set on Wisteria Lane, starring Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria Parker and Nicollette Sheridan.
10.00pm Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait BBC4
10.00pm Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice ITV2 – Series two of the comedy quiz show fronted by the Leigh Francis character, with Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby as team captains.
10.30pm FM
ITV2 – Six-part sitcom set in an indie radio station called Skin FM, starring Chris O’Dowd as neurotic DJ Lindsay Carol, with Kevin Bishop and Nina Sosanya as his colleagues. Features appearances by the Guillemots, Marianne Faithfull and Justin Hawkins.

Thursday
9.00pm Margaret BBC2 – Drama starring Lindsay Duncan as Margaret Thatcher about the former prime minister’s final days in office when, in 1990, she lost the backing of her cabinet and was forced to quit. down as prime minister and Conservative leader. With Ian McDiarmid as Denis, James Fox as Charles Powell, John Sessions as Geoffrey Howe, Philip Jackson as Bernard Ingham, Oliver Cotton as Michael Heseltine, Robert Hardy as Willie Whitelaw, Kevin McNally as Kenneth Clarke, Rupert Vansittart as Peter Morrison and Nigel Le Vaillant as Ted Heath. Written by Richard Cottan (credits include Love Again and Hancock & Joan); made by Great Meadow Productions.
9.00pm Billy Connolly: Journey To The Edge of the World (previously listed as Billy Connolly: Ocean To Ocean) ITV1 – Four-parter following the Scottish comedian as he journeys across the Arctic Ocean’s notorious North West Passage.
9.00pm Touring Britain BBC4 – Cultural historian David Heathcote explores modern Britain using a 1887 Baedeker Guide.
9.00pm Crimewatch BBC1
10.00pm Cold Case
Sky1 – Return of the US crime drama starring Kathryn Morris and Danny Pino.
10.00pm Snowstorm: Britain’s Big Freeze Channel 4
11.00pm Law & Order Sky1 – The 17th series of the US crime drama.

Friday
7.30pm Bartok and Van Gogh: Partners in Art BBC4
9.00pm Moving Wallpaper ITV1 – A second series of the comedy drama set behind the scenes of TV production, created by Tony Holland. Ben Miller’s Jonathan Pope is now producing a Renaissance, a horror drama starring Kelly Brook. The cast again includes Raquel Cassidy, James Lance, Sarah Hadland, Elizabeth Berrington, Lucy Liemann, Dave Lamb and Sinead Keenan.
9.00pm Legends: The Beverley Sisters – Tickled Pink BBC4
9.30pm Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder ITV1 – Seven-part comedy sketch show starring Al Murray as various characters including gentleman thief Barrington Blowtorch, Nazi Otto Schwul, dodgy builder Bill Preston, footballer Jason Bent, stag party guru The Ledge and Prurient Dad. Made by Avalon.
11.35pm NME Awards
Channel 4 – Coverage of the ceremony at London’s Brixton Academy, hosted by Mark Watson wth performances by Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas, Elbow and The Cure.

Subject list
Christianity: A History Colin Blakemore on Christianity’s relationship with science. Channel 4, Sunday
Dispatches Princes William and Harry. Channel 4, Monday
Panorama Theo Paphitis on small businesses. BBC1, Monday
Toffs and Crims The Real Casino Royale. Channel 4, Monday
Who Do You Think You Are? Zoe Wanamaker. BBC1, Monday
Storyville Maradona – In the Hands of the Gods. BBC4, Monday
Horizon The Secret Life of Your Bodyclock BBC2, Tuesday
True Stories Inside Hurricane Katrina More4, Tuesday
The Culture Show U2 BBC2, Tuesday
Nature’s Great Events The Great Migration. BBC1, Wednesday
Movie Connections Calendar Girls BBC1, Wednesday
Money Programme James Caan’s Jobs. Thursday, BBC2
Cutting Edge Life in Bristol on the longest day of 2008. Channel 4, Thursday
First Cut Adult dolls house enthusiasts. Channel 4, Friday

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