TV Week 2010 Week 4 – Saturday 23rd January – Friday 29th January

Saturday
8.00pm Newsnight at 30 BBC2 – Jeremy Paxman presents a special programme to mark 30 years of Newsnight with contributions from Kirsty Wark, Peter Snow and Martha Kearney, and a reminder of some of the classic moments from the show’s three decades.
10.00pm Brits Hits 30 ITV – Spice Girl Mel B hosts a celebration of the awards history. Feauturing the 15 most memoroble performances and insight from Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud, Take That, Sharon Osbourne, Cat Deeley and Davina McCall.
Sunday
7.00pm The Bible: A History Channel 4 – Seven figures from different walks of life offer their personal perspective on the best-selling book of all time and what it means to them.
9.00pm Rock & Chips BBC1 – Prequel to classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses, set in 1960. In Peckham, the Trotters are all under one roof: Grandad, Joan, husband Reg and the teenage Del Boy. Things suddenly change, however, when ex-con Freddie Robdal appears. Nicholas Lyndhurst will appear as Rodney’s birth father Freddoe “The Frog.” The Inbetweeners star James Buckley plays a young Delboy.
9.00pm The Great Rift: Africa’s Wild Heart BBC2 – Series investigating the geological forces that have shaped East Africa’s Great Rift Valley.
9.00pm 24: Day 8 Sky 1 – Brand new series starring Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer.
Monday
2.00pm House Gift ITV1
7.00pm God Bless You Barack Obama? BBC2 – Theologian Robert Beckford takes a trip across America retracing Barack Obama’s journey from religious sceptic to devout Christian.
9.00pm Mrs. Mandela BBC4 – Sophie Okonedo stars in this one-off drama which charts how Winnie Mandela went from innocent country girl to politicised fighter against apartheid, and from an adoring wife to firebrand revolutionary.
10.00pm The Good Wife Channel 4 – American drama starring Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, a wife and mother whose life is turned upside down when her husband Peter is involved in a very public sex and political corruption scandal that lands him in prison.
10.00pm Billie & The Real Belle Bare All ITV2 – Billie Piper meets the real Belle de Jour, Dr Brooke Magnanti, in an intimate and revealing conversation about Brooke’s time spent as a high class call girl. In her first full-length television interview, Brooke shares her reasons for becoming a prostitute, bizarre client requests and why she revealed her identity after six years of anonymity.
Tuesday
8.00pm EastEnders Greatest Cliffhangers BBC3
9.00pm Amanda Holden’s Fantasy Lives ITV1 – Three-part series that sees Amanda Holden try out three new occupations. In the first episode tries her hand at beccomming a Parisian showgirl, performing at the glitzy Lido on the Champs-Elysees, the home of the famous Bluebell Girls.
9.00pm I Believe in UFO’s: Danny Dyer BBC3 – Actor Danny Dyer goes on a quest to spot a UFO, spurred on by a meeting with his boyhood hero Sir Patrick Moore.
10.00pm Shameless Channel 4 – Channel 4’s longest running comedy drama returns for its seventh series. Pauline McLynn joins the cast as Libby, a local librarian who falls for Frank.
10.35pm Too Old to Be a Mum BBC1 – Women old enough to be grandmothers are having babies. Fifty-nine-year-old Essex mum Susan Tollefsen has a one year old; can she fit in another baby before her 60th birthday? At 63, Lauren Cohen is a working mum with three children under five. Both Susan and Lauren represent a growing number of women around the world defying nature.
Wednesday
8.00pm Midsomer Murders ITV – A 13th series of the soft crime drama. A burglar known as ‘the Creeper’ terrorises Midsomer as Barnaby and Jones investigate the murder of a dinner party guest at upper-crust Chettham Park House.
9.00pm Crimewatch UK BBC1
9.00pm Tsunami: 5 Years On BBC2 – This documentary tells the powerful story of how the survivors have tried to rebuild their lives; such as the mother in Thailand who is fighting property developers to protect the memory of her drowned daughter.
10.00pm Desperate Housewives Channel 4 – Sixth series of the US Comedy drama. Mike’s bride is finally revealed. Lynette faces the reality of another pregnancy; Gaby has her work cut out looking after Carlos’s teenage niece.
Thursday
10.00pm The Girl With 8 Limbs Grows Up Channel 4 – Lakshmi Tatma was briefly the most famous little girl in the world. Joined at the pelvis to her half-formed conjoined twin, she was born with four arms and four legs. She was immediately worshipped by her parents and others in their poverty-stricken village as the reincarnation of Lakshmi, the eight-legged goddess of prosperity and wealth. But they faced a dilemma: only a groundbreaking operation to remove the conjoined twin’s limbs could save their daughter’s life, but the same gruelling procedure might easily kill her.
10.00pm Secret Diary of a Call Girl – New series of the series starring Billie Piper as call girl Belle. A disguised Belle attends the launch of her book, but her confidence is knocked by hearing criticism first-hand. Her handsome editor Duncan reassures her that she has what it takes to be a writer, but Bambi and Ben have issues of their own with the book.
Friday
8.30pm Celebrity Big Brother: The Final
9.00pm Latin Music USA BBC4 -Series revealing the musical and social impact of Latin music in the USA. It begins with the first Cuban immigrants arriving, with their Afro-Cuban music, into the States. Using feature film clips, rare archive and location filming, the programme reveals how Afro-Cuban music impacted on jazz, pop rhythms and dance styles.

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