The TV Week – 23-29 May 2009

Saturday
7.00pm Coalmining Night BBC4 – Featuring The Stars Look Down, All Our Working Lives, The Miners’ Strike and My Strike.

Sunday
8.30pm Britain’s Got Talent ITV1 – The live shows begin, hosted by Ant and Dec with judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden.
10.30pm Fighting Passions
BBC2 – Documentary featuring interviews with soldiers about the act of killing.

Guest list
Andrew Castle on Beat the Star, ITV1, Sunday
• Kasabian, The Pretenders, Baaba Maal, Paul Jones, Regina Spektor, Golden Silvers, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble on Later Live … With Jools Holland BBC2, Tuesday, Friday
• Kurt Russell, Toni Collette on The Graham Norton Show. BBC2, Thursday
• David Mitchell, Andrew Maxwell on Have I Got News for You BBC1, Friday
• Hugh Laurie, The Killers on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday

Monday
5.00pm Coach Trip Channel 4 – Return of the reality show in which tour guide Brendon takes a coach of tourists on a six-week trip around Europe, with passengers voting to remove their fellow tourists from the trip each day.
7.30pm Everest ER
BBC1 – Series following doctors working at the highest hospital in the world.
8.00pm
Springwatch 2009 BBC2 – Chris Packham joins Kate Humble and Simon King as co-presenter of the three-week celebration of UK wildlife, with Martin Hughes-Games joining the reporting team.
9.00pm How The Celts Saved Britain BBC4 – Two-parter in which Dan Snow reveals how the Irish saved Britain from cultural oblivion during the Dark Ages.
9.00pm
Who’s Watching You? BBC2 – Three-parter in which Richard Bilton explores Britain’s surveillance society.
9.20pm Churchill’s Darkest Decision Channel 4 – Documentary about Winston Churchill’s decision to sink the French fleet in the second world war.
10.00pm Going Postal BBC2 – Documentary on shootings at high schools, campuses and workplaces in America,
10.25pm The Operation: Surgery Live Channel 4 – Four-part series running on consecutive nights in which leading surgeons carry out life-changing operations.

Tuesday
9.00pm Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link BBC1 – David Attenborough tells the story of what could be one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 21st century.
9.00pm Simon Schama’s John Donne BBC2 – Documentary celebrating the life and work of one of Britain’s greatest love poets.
9.00pm The Great British Foreign Holiday BBC4 – Narrated by Mark Benton.
10.00pm Jade: As Seen on TV
E4 – Programme about the Jade Goody phenomenon, with contributions by Jackiey Budden, Max Clifford, Miranda Sawyer, Lucie Cave, Rod Liddle and John Stapleton.
10.30pm Bizarre Animal ER BBC3 – Series featuring the treatment of animals.
10.40pm Kick Out the Kids BBC1 – Series in which young people move in with older people needing companionship and support.

Wednesday
7.00pm UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona v Manchester United ITV1
8.00pm
What The Dickens? Sky Arts – Return of the irreverent culture quiz hosted by Sandi Toksvig with teams captained by Chris Addison and Sue Perkins. Guests during the series include Rick Wakeman, Jan Ravens, John O’Farrell and Frank Skinner.
8.00pm 10 Things You Need to Know About Losing Weight BBC1 – Advice from medical journalist Michael Mosley.

Thursday
5.15pm Deadly 60 CBBC – Steve Backshall finds the 60 most lethal animals on Earth.
8.05pm Previously on ER… More4 – Preceding the final episode of the US hospital drama, a look back at the past 15 series with contributions by Noah Wyle, Alex Kingston, Anthony Edwards and Julianna Margulies.
9.00pm Tourettes: I Swear I Can’t Help It
BBC1 – Documentary revisiting John Davidson, who featured in a BBC film about Tourettes syndrome in 1988, and teenager Greg Storey, who featured in a 2002 documentary updating John’s story.
9.00pm Armando Iannucci in Milton’s Heaven and Hell
BBC2
9.00pm Michael Wood on Beowulf
BBC4 – The historian examines Beowulf and other Anglo-Saxon poetry classics.

Friday
7.30pm The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross BBC4 – Concert featuring Haydn’s masterpiece.
10.00pm Big Brother’s Big Quiz
E4 – Davina McCall hosts a comedy quiz show to mark the 10th year of the reality show.

Subject list
The Birth Of British Music Haydn: The Celebrity. BBC2, Saturday
The South Bank Show Peter Kosminsky. Sunday, ITV1
• Panorama Licence to Torture. BBC1, Monday
Storyville The Jew who Dealt with Nazis. BBC4, Monday
True Stories Painting The Mind/Here’s Johnny. More4, Tuesday
Cutting Edge The Building Inspector is Coming. Channel 4, Thursday
My Life In Verse Shelia Hancock BBC2, Friday

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