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.
Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
- 5 Zayn Malik quits One Direction: Hundreds of workers request compassionate leave following band member's exit
Jeremy Clarkson to host BBC's Have I Got News For You despite Top Gear exit
A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III's birthday at his reburial
Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
Kay Burley 'bias' against Ed Miliband prompts 130 complaints to Ofcom
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'