If I’m honest I can’t say I’m total enthused about many of my picks for the week. My highlights would really be some of the weeks films.
However, this is a TV site and I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and suggest a few things to catch.
Sunday marked the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with that in mind you might want to re-watch Channel 4s Children of 9/11 which meets some of the young people whose parents were killed on the day. More 4s True Stories takes a different look at the tradegy in The Love We Make. The documentary centres on singer Paul McCartney’s and his efforts to put on the Concert for New York shortly after events in the city.
The BBC have two new series beginning this week, one a spin off and the other an updated version of an award winning series. Earlier in the year and after nine series, the powers that be killed off Waking the Dead. Well, one member of the Cold Case team, forensic pathologist Dr Eve Lockhart stars in The Body Farm starting Tuesday. Back in 1999 the BBC aired what was at the time the most expensive documentary series ever commissioned in Walking with Dinosaurs it would go on to be a ratings hit as well as winning a number awards. Well, Planet Dinosaur is much the same but taking in the latest discoveries.
We’ve a number of returning series with new line ups, firstly, if you do the reality thing the Beebs Strictly Come Dancing is back for its nineth series on Saturday. The likes of Boxer Audley Harrison; Australian actress Holly Valance; politician Edwina Currie and footballer Robbie Savage are names of a few of this years contestants. The channels school drama series Waterloo Road returns with a new headteacher and two new teachers including Jaye Jacobs formerly of Holby City as Science teacher Sian Diamond. Channel 4s drama set in a small town in Louisiana, USA where vampires and humans co-exist, True Blood returns for its third series.
If you watch the Soaps you might want to tune into Tuesday’s edition of Eastenders as there’s a new arrival in the shape of Mercy’s (She who was deported to Nigeria) younger sister Faith Olubunmi.
Some super films this week the highlight of which has to be Paul Greengrass’s United 93 which documents the last 80 minutes of the plane that crashed into a field just outside Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania. Something a little less gut-wrenching a superb legal thriller Michael Clayton about a hot-shot legal fixer who gets involved in conspiracy which he might not get out of alive. Another thriller this time set against the background of the 60s Civil Rights America is British director Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning.
Finally, two afternoon delights from Channel 4, first up one the best diaster films ever from the master of the genre Irwin Allen. I give you a linear on its final voyage, an all star cast and a one hell of a wave. It all adds up to one thing the gulity pleasure that is The Poseidon Adventure. Why not take Friday off to catch Channel 4s afternoon screening of Bigger Than Life. James Mason plays a teacher who becomes addict to prescriptive drug. Yes the performance might be somewhat stagey but its a 50s film and its shot in glorious technocolor.
Strictly Come Dancing (another chance to watch)
The ninth series begins with a special red carpet launch show, featuring Dolly Parton.
Series Producer Ed Booth
Series Editor Clodagh O’Donoghue
A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Director Paul Greengrass
Children of 9/11
On 11 September 2001, more than 3000 children under the age of 18 lost a parent this film meets some of those children.
Producer Nacressa Swan
Director Janice Sutherland
A Darlow Smithson production for Channel 4
A law firm brings in its “fixer” to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Director Tony Gilroy
Prepared to go to any lengths to halt the ravages of age, Maggie (Anita Dobson) seeks help from her daughter, Yolanda (Cathy Tyson), giving rise to a confrontation.
Writer Alexander Stewart
Director Henry Darke
A Touchpaper TV production for Channel 4
In this edition of the programme we get to meet Mercy’s sister Faith
Director Clive Arnold & Nic Phillips
Executive Producer Bryan Kirkwood
The Body Farm
Eve Lockhart and her team find that helping victims of crime is messier than they expect.
Producer – Simon Lewis
Director – Diarmuid Lawrence
The Love We Make
More 4 10pm
A feature-length documentary chronicling singer Paul McCartney’s experiences in New York in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. It follows him as he organises a concert for New York City. Features concert performances & appearances from the likes of David Bowie, President Clinton, Eric Clapton, Steve Buscemi, Sheryl Crow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Elton John and Keith Richards.
Director Albert Maysles
Channel 4 – 11.05pm
Set in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress, discovers a new world of creatures when she falls in love with Bill Compton, a vampire.
The new headteacher faces a baptism of fire when two pupils conceal a terrible secret.
New finds from Africa have revealed some of the most spectacular dinosaurs ever known.
The Poseidon Adventure
A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape, when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.
Director Ronald Neame & Irwin Allen
Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
Bigger Than Life
When a suburban teacher and father (James Mason) is prescribed cortisone for a painful, possibly fatal affliction, he grows dangerously addicted to the experimental drug.
Director Nicholas Ray