Pick of the Week: Monday 11th August
KEVIN MCCLOUD AND THE BIG TOWN PLAN
Channel 4 Monday 11th Aug 9pm Alert Me
In a new four-part series Kevin McCloud follows an innovative community-led regeneration scheme in the former mining town of Castleford in Yorkshire. He wants to find out if good design can help to kick-start regeneration and improve the quality of life of a town, and to see if the involvement of residents can add to the project’s chances of success. The series follows the triumphs and tribulations of the process, looks at the reality of regeneration and finds out what residents and experts make of the experience.
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
Film Four Tuesday 12th August 9pm Alert Me
Uplifting and life-affirming drama starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as Andy Dufresne and Ellis Boyd Redding, prisoners serving long sentences in the vicious Shawshank jail. The two come to terms with their imprisonment while surviving the sadistic acts of prison warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton), and for both, a different sort of redemption awaits. Directed by Frank Darabont, and based on Stephen King’s short story, Channel 4 viewers voted The Shawshank Redemption the third best film of all time.
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
BBC 1 Wednesday 13 August 9pm Alert Me
Holby City star Patsy Kensit is the first of eight celebrities to embark on an emotional personal journey to investigate her family history, as Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One for a new series. Patsy’s investigation begins with the colourful life of her late father, Jimmy Kensit, who was deeply involved with London’s most notorious gangsters of the Sixties: the Krays and the Richardsons. Wanting to understand the roots of his criminality and to discover how far back the “family trade” goes, Patsy meets a criminologist who has unearthed a copy of her father’s criminal record – which reveals the full extent of his activities. She is then shocked to find documents in the National Archives that show her grandfather was also a prolific criminal. As Patsy’s journey continues, she comes across a truly remarkable vicar who shines a new light on her family history and provides her with a fresh insight into her own faith and values.
THE X FACTOR
ITV 1 Saturday 16 August 2008 7:30pm Alert Me
This year, Judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue are joined by new X Factor judge Cheryl Cole from one of the most successful pop groups of the decade, Girls Aloud. In this first episode the X Factor auditions 2008 kick off in Manchester before moving to London and Cardiff. Cheryl faces up to her first day as an X Factor judge in Manchester with a huge dilemma as she’s called on to judge a friend from her past. In London, the judges audition a 26-year-old mother of 5 with not only some shocking real life experience but an amazing talent and having found one of the best ever boybands in London, the judges travel to Cardiff to be confronted by one of the all time worst.
THE PERFECT VAGINA
Channel 4 Sunday 17th Aug 10pm Alert Me
The G- Spot, a female-led documentary strand of intelligent and provocative films investigating a range of topical issues that impact on how women live now, continues with The Perfect Vagina . Vaginal cosmetic surgery on the NHS has doubled in the UK over the past five years and in the private sector there has been an estimated 300% increase in labiaplasties. In this honest, witty and compassionate film, Lisa Rogers tries to find out why more and more women are considering vaginal surgery for either aesthetic or cultural reasons.