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.
BBC Trust agrees to axe channel from TV in favour of digital moveTV
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Greece debt crisis explained: A history of just how the country landed itself in such a mess
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis's funniest (and most memorable) quotes
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
Wireless 2015: Nicki Minaj 2 hours late to main stage due to 'travel issues'
Chronixx interview: Reggae sensation on taking the opening spot at Glastonbury and calling Barack Obama a 'waste man'
Game of Thrones season 6: Director Jack Bender hints showrunners 'communicate closely' with George RR Martin
Amy: Mark Ronson praises 'respectful' Amy Winehouse film as it scores the highest ever UK opening for a British documentary
Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts