25 TV highlights this week

Massive movies, breath-taking documentaries and the reappearance of Tommy Saxondale

Staying in this week? Then try and catch these TV highlights.

Thursday 20

WWE SmackDown
Superstars from World Wrestling Entertainment go head to meaty head in the latest edition of this fast-paced grappling show.
3.45pm, Showsports 1&2

Letters from Iwo Jima
The second part of Clint Eastwood’s remarkable Pacific War diptych focuses on the moving plight of the Japanese soldiers.
10pm, Cinema City

Entertainment Steve Coogan’s hilarious new series follows Tommy Saxondale, the ex-roadie turned pest controller, and his often-confused assistant Raymond.
10.45pm, BBC

How the Earth was Made
Travel back 4.5 million years in history and investigate the fascinating geological formations that reveal how the Earth was born.
9pm, The History Channel

Friday 21

Guinot Mary Cohr Masters
Two The final day of the Paris Open’s big lead-up event. Will Rafael Nadal (pictured) make a racket?
2.30pm, Showsports

Kath & Kim
Comedy Hilarious Aussie comedy about the dysfunctional relationship between a woman and her 20-something daughter.
8pm, OSN

City Wrap
A recap of the top events in Dubai in the past week. Essential viewing for those who like to be on the pulse, starring our editor, Ross Brown.
6.30pm, Dubai One\

Saturday 22

In The Loop
Comedy Scottish comedian Armando Iannucci has turned his satirical series The Thick of It into a film, which sparkles with the same foul-mouthed but sharp and accurate humour.
10pm, Showmovies

Toy Story 2
It’s rare that sequels improve on their predecessors, yet this great animated follow-up, about a gang of toys that come to life, has even greater wit and imagination than the first movie.
11.30am, Disney XD

Follow an optimistic US secondary school teacher as he attempts to inspire the school choir to realise their potential. Light-hearted fun.
9pm, America Plus

Tornado Road
Witness some of the most spectacular and deadly weather in the world.
8pm, Discovery Channel

Sunday 23

PGA European Tour: BMW PGA Championship
The final day of the flagship event on the 2010 European Tour international schedule.
5pm, Showsports 4

Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Ron Perlman’s wise-ass devil spawn is back, this time fighting a subterranean-dwelling prince eager to lead the titular army in a war against humans.
11pm, Showmovies

Criminal Minds
Season 3 returns with the team trying to identify a serial killer based on a shaky profile, with devastating consequences.
10pm, Fox Series

A crack team of engineers and mechanical geniuses create the craziest, one-of-a-kind prototypes.
This 9pm, Discovery Channel

Monday 24

NRL Premiership: Panthers vs Bulldogs
The Penrith Panthers lock horns with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in rugby action from Down Under.
1pm, Showsports 3

Looking for inspiration, charismatic novelist Richard Castle shadows tough female police detective Kate Beckett as she investigates a series of murder-mysteries.
9pm, Star World

Dark Days in Monkey City
This stylised show dramatises the ongoing struggle of the endangered Sri Lankan ‘temple monkeys’.
8.40pm, Animal Planet

Tuesday 25

NHL Playoffs
Who will be ice hockey champions? Catch all the action here.
9pm, Fox Sports

The Stoning of Soraya M
An Iranian woman is executed after she is falsely accused of adultery.
10pm, Super Movies

Brideshead Revisited
Adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel about finding one’s place in the world.
10pm, Cinema City


A great, morally ambiguous show about agents whose personalities are altered for each new mission.
9pm, America Plus

Best Job In The World
Brit Ben Southall has possibly the world’s top job: caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef.
6pm, 11pm, National Geographic

Wednesday 26

Rugby League State of Origin – New South Wales vs Queensland
One of Australia’s biggest sporting events begins with this match.
8pm, Showsports 3

American Idol
Series nine of the popular talent-spotting show nears its climax.
8pm, Star World

Orang-utan Island
Orphaned orang-utans learn to live together in a sanctuary in Borneo.
8.10pm, Animal Planet

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