The TV Week – 11-17 April 2009

Saturday
6.45pm Doctor Who: Planet Of The Dead BBC1 – Michelle Ryan and Lee Evans guest star as Lady Christina de Souza, who joins the Doctor on a bus trip, and Malcolm, whose life becomes connected to the Doctor’s under extraordinary circumstances. Written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts.
7.40pm Private Life of an Easter Masterpiece BBC2
7.45pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV1 – Series three of the talent show hosted by Ant and Dec, with judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden. Followed by Britain’s Got More Talent with Stephen Mulhern on ITV2
8.00pm Opera Australia’s Golden Jubilee
Sky Arts
9.00pm Greatest Album Ever: The Results MTV/VH1 – Edith Bowman, Zane Lowe and Trevor Nelson reveal the Top 10 albums chosen by viewers.

Sunday
7.00pm Skellig
Sky1 – A one-off film based on the children’s book by David Almond about a boy who does a strange creature – part owl, part angel – a good turn. Stars Tim Roth, Kelly MacDonald, Bill Milner and John Simm.
8.00pm O Fortuna! Carl Orff And Carmina Burana
Sky Arts
8.00pm The Gospel Music Of Johnny Cash Sky Arts
9.00pm God Vs. Satan: The Final Battle History Channel
10.00pm Grouchy Young Men Comedy Central
10.00pm Mr T Biography
10.40pm Messiah: The South Bank Show ITV1
11.10pm Operation Taliban: Paratroop Elite Sky1


Guest list
Doves, Marianne Faithfull, Noisettes, Rokia Traore and Madeline Peyroux on Later Live … With Jools Holland BBC2, Tuesday, Friday
The Justin Lee Collins Show ITV2, Thursday
• Nigel Havers on I’ve Never Seen Star Wars BBC4, Thursday
• Johnny Vegas on Genius BBC2, Friday
• Hugh Jackman, Lady Gaga, Martin Clunes on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday
• Kelly Clarkson, Lily Allen, Lady Gaga, Pet Shop Boys, Keane, Akon, The Saturdays, James Morrison and The Script on The Album Chart Show Channel 4, Friday

Monday
9.00am Lifegivers BBC1 – Weeklong series looking at organ and blood donation, presented by Nadia Sawalha and Dr Jonty Heaversedge.
6.30pm In Search of England’s Green and Pleasant Land BBC1
7.30pm Meerkat Manor Animal Planet – Series following a family of meerkats in the Kalahari Desert.
7.30pm Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: A Time Team Special Channel 4
8.00pm Women Behind Bars Crime & Investigation
9.00pm Hell’s Kitchen ITV1 – Return of the reality show fronted by chef Marco Pierre White and Claudia Winkleman.
9.00pm Rain BBC4 – The first of three documentaries about the weather.

Tuesday
8.00pm Gok’s Fashion Fix Channel 4 – Eight-part fashion advice series with stylist Gok Wan.

Wednesday
8.00pm Embarrassing Bodies Channel 4 – Ten-part medical advice series with doctors Christian Jessen and Pixie McKenna.
9.00pm Mud, Sweat and Tractors: The Story of Agriculture
BBC4 – Documentary series looking at the state of farming in Britain.


Thursday
4.35pm Horrible Histories BBC1 – Series based on the books written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown. Features Sarah Hadland, Steve Punt and Meera Syal relating strange facts about the past.
8.00pm Kirstie’s Homemade Home Channel 4 – Five-parter in which Kirstie Allsopp transforms a dilapidated Devon cottage.
9.00pm 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.
9.00pm Professor Regan’s Don’t Believe The Science BBC2 – Series in which Professor Lesley Regan puts products under the microscope, including diet aids, medicine cabinet contents, children’s food and non-surgical beauty products.
9.00pm Dorset Days: A Year in the Life of Longhorn Jim BBC4
9.00pm Katie & Peter: Stateside ITV2
10.00pm Testees
FX – Canadian/US comedy starring Steve Markle and Jeff Kassel as friends who work as human test subjects at Testico, a product testing facility.
10.35pm The Narnia Code BBC1 – Documentary examining claims that CS Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles contain a hidden meaning.

Friday
8,30pm Air Medics BBC1 – Series about the work of the Great North Air Ambulance.
9.00pm NCIS
FX – Series six of the US drama about the US Navy’s dedicated federal agency. Stars Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, David McCallum, Pauley Perrette, Cote de Pablo and Sean Murray.

Subject list
Panorama Life After Woolies. BBC1, Monday
Horizon How Violent Are You? with Michael Portillo. BBC2, Tuesday
True Stories Paedophile priests. More4, Tuesday
Extraordinary People Britain’s Tiniest Toddlers Five, Wednesday
Cutting Edge Missing people. Channel 4, Thursday
Unreported World China/North Korea: The Great Escape. Channel 4, Friday
Storyville The Jazz Baroness. BBC4, Friday

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