Friday 17 October 2008
Unreported World - 7.35pm Channel 4
In South Africa, the market for body parts used in traditional medicine involves the killing of people. Ramita Ravai investigates these "Muti Murders" and talks to a "healer" who claims he has tortured and killed for the sake of his trade.
Have I Got News for You - 9pm BBC 1
Either the guest host, Fern Britton, is feeling masochistic, or she's hoping for a comedic exorcism of Gastric Band-gate. Ian Hislop and Paul Merton will no doubt bide their time before brandishing the satirical rosaries, as the consistently funny news quiz returns for its 18th year.
The American Future: a History, by Simon Schama - 9pm BBC2
Americans tend to be viewed as trigger-happy cowboys, but Simon Schama reveals a history of pacifism from Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain to the veterans currently opposing the war in Iraq.
Ugly Betty - 9pm Channel 4
In a guest-star-heavy season finale, Lindsay Lohan plays Betty's high-school-bully nemesis and Naomi Campbell sends herself up.
Les Paul – Chasing Sound - 9pm BBC4
The still-gigging nonagenarian father of the electric guitar is profiled with the help of Jeff Beck, Steve Miller and B B King.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross - 10.35pm BBC1
Ricky Gervais and Sarah Silverman , two comedians who score off politically correct sensibilities, are guests, so the host may have to up his game surrounded by wits sharper than his own. Oh well, there's always Gordon Ramsay making his umpteenth visit to this sofa.
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
- 3 Star Wars memorabilia called a 'bit of plastic' on Antiques Roadshow by Fiona Bruce valued at £50,000
- 4 Meet Thea, Norway's 12-year-old child bride
- 5 Russell Brand might seem like a sexy revolutionary worth getting behind, but he will only fail his fans
Breaking Bad season 6 is still not happening
Downton Abbey review series 5, episode 5: Period drama falls disappointingly flat
Doctor Who, Flatline - review: Clara isn’t half bad as the Time Lord
Alfred Hitchcock's unseen Holocaust documentary to be screened
X Factor 2014 results: Chloe Jasmine and Stephanie Nala sent home
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'