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Edition No. 159

Date:- 17 July 2004

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Switched On This Week 
The Best Bits on TV by Caroline Harris
For the Week Saturday 19 July to Friday 25 July

1)    Big Brother, Channel 4, Friday 8.30pm

After 64 very long days of eating, sleeping, sunbathing and very little else, Big Brother finally shuts up house for another year. And not a moment too soon.

2)    After They Were Famous: Star Trek, ITV1, Saturday 9.15pm

Where did the crew of the Starship Enterprise boldly go after the demise of Star Trek? Catch up with Captain James T Kirk, Commander Spock and the rest of the cast 34 years on.

3) Don’t Drop The Coffin, ITV1, Tuesday 10.30pm NEW SERIES

ITV lifts the lid on the normally closed world of undertakers with a look at the family firm of F.A. Albin and Sons, who have arranged funerals in South London for more than 200 years.

4)    Ruby Wax With…Liza M, BBC1 Monday, 10.35pm NEW SERIES

Celebrity odd couple Liza Minelli and husband David Guest get the full Wax treatment as they join the queen of chat for a day in London, complete with fish and chips, cockney cab-driver and a trip to Harrods.

5) Young Posh and Loaded, ITV1 Thursday 10.30pm NEW SERIES

Remember Donatella, the wealthy young Londoner who spent £1000 on three T-shirts? Catch up with more jaw-dropping examples of how the teen queen and other fantastically rich young things spend their dosh.

6) James Hewitt: Confessions of a Cad, Channel 4, Thursday 9pm

The story of how love rat James Hewitt tried to sell letters from his former lover the Princess of Wales for £10million, despite his promise that ‘he had no intention ever to sell’.

7) Swapping Notes BBC1 Wednesday 11.15pm

Swapping his classical repertoire for rock, Russell Watson, aka the People’s Tenor, dons leather trousers and stick-on tattoos to join the mighty Meatloaf in a duet of Bat Out Of Hell.

8) House Doctor, Five, Thursday 8pm NEW SERIES

Ann Maurice returns with more no-nonsense advice to homeowners who can’t sell their homes, beginning with a two-bedroom semi-detached in the West Midlands that hasn’t budged after six months on the market.

9) The West Wing, E4, Tuesday 9pm NEW SERIES

Its popularity may be on the wane in the States, but the fourth series of the White House drama remains quality television. This week, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) begins his campaign for re-election. 

10) Comic Book Superheroes, Biography Sunday 9.30pm

Surly men in tights dispensing biff-style justice or a comic-book commentary on America’s Great Depression? This revealing look at Superman, Batman and the rest of the superhero fraternity suggests the latter may be nearer the mark.