Pick of the Week: Monday 14th July

July 14, 2008 by  
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Mon. 14th July – Sunday 20th July

Channel 4 Monday 14th July  7:50pm Alert Me!

Week-long series presenting Islam as it is lived and practised. The guides are six pilgrims from different parts of the world – including a young Spanish pizza chef, a newspaper boy from Jerusalem, and a PR professional from Pakistan. They all have a dream, to visit Mecca for pilgrimage. The Seven Wonders of the Muslim World tells their stories in six, intimate ten-minute portraits exploring their lives and the way they worship – from Djenne in Mali to Lahore, Pakistan, and Tehran to Istanbul. Contrasting lives, in diverse settings, yet with a single common thread: Islam – the fastest-growing faith, which dominates the lives of 1.3 billion followers. Their stories reveal how modern Muslims live and the programme explores some of the most stunning examples of Islamic architecture on the planet.

Channel 4 Tuesday 15th July 12:05am Alert Me!

Returning for a fifth series, but at an unfortunate hour, Shariah TV travels to New York to see what Britain can learn from post 9/11 America’s relationship with its Muslim community. Broadcaster and journalist Tazeen Ahmad brings together young Muslims to quiz scholars and Imams from across the USA and find out what their duty is towards the country so many of their fellow Muslims across the world see as their enemy. James Yee, the former Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, and Reza Aslan, seen by many young American Muslims as ‘The Golden Boy of Islam’, are among the panellists as they face questions on living in the shadow of 9/11, the role of Muslim women in the land of the Civil Rights movement and how Muslims relate to other faiths in ‘God’s Own Country’.

Living TV Tuesday 15th July 10:00pm Alert Me!

Private Practice follows Grey’s Anatomy’s neo-natal surgeon Addison Forbes Montgomery (Kate Walsh,) as she moves from Seattle to Santa Monica, California, and starts over. After a failed attempt at marriage reconciliation with estranged husband Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), and a knock back from a promotion in Seattle Grace Hospital, Addison accepts a position at the Oceanside Wellness Center in this brand new series. Joining her new colleagues, Addison discovers that the entire staff have their own life issues. The sexy alternative medicine doc who has one-night stands; the gynaecologist who doesn’t know a thing about women; and the therapist who doubts she’s doing any good at all.

ITV 1 Thursday 17th July 9:00pm Alert Me!

This new ITV drama follows Dr Robert Fielding (Paul Nicholls) and Dr Martha Elliot (Suranne Jones) along with Dr Ekkow Obiang (Shaun Parkes) as they a modern GP practice, 195 Harley Street.
While all three doctors are absolutely dedicated to their GP work at 195 they do have other interests. Robert divides his time between the practice and the white knuckle thrills of a London A&E where he does locum Registrar shifts for his friend, Dr Ross Jarvis (Tom Ellis). Martha is a psychologist who juggles the demands of her busy career alongside being a single mum to her twelve year old daughter, Tess (Rosie Day). Ekkow is a renowned plastic surgeon, and a mastermind in his field.

BBC PROMS 2008: First Night of the Proms Live
BBC 2 Friday 18th July 8pm

Introduced by Charles Hazlewood and Suzy Klein, live from London’s Royal Albert Hall, the first Prom features Finnish soprano Karita Mattila singing Strauss’s Four Last Songs; pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard playing Beethoven’s Rondo in B flat major; Nicholas Daniel performing Mozart’s Oboe Concerto; and organist Wayne Marshall launching proceedings on the Royal Albert Hall’s historic organ with Strauss’s Festliches Präludium. The concert ends with Scriabin’s powerful Poem of Ecstasy.

For the first time, the BBC Two Proms are presented from a specially built studio within the Royal Albert Hall building, where Charles and Suzy are joined by guests and artists to discuss the concert, signalling the start of new-look Saturday night BBC Two broadcasts throughout the season (starting on 26 July). The studio will have a large screen showing preparations within the auditorium, as well as specially pre-recorded films and live down-the-line interviews with artists backstage.