Monthly Archives: February 2014

This Week in TV – 22nd – 28th February

Following on from a week that showed how great TV can be (Andrew Marr’s Jonathan Ross Show appearance, Sunday’s Call the Midwife and Emmerdale’s current HIV storyline) while also plumbing the depths of tedium (Splash!, Andrew Sachs’s interview on This Morning and Alex Turner’s BRITs acceptance speech), here’s what we have to look forward to over the next seven days.

Saturday 22nd February

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

ITV, 7:00pm

After a four year hiatus, Ant and Dec returned with their Saturday Night Takeaway last year and stayed true to form by attracting a plethora of stars to take part, with Mila Kunis, Simon Cowell, One Direction, Robbie Williams and Ricky Gervais all making an appearance.

One of last year’s guests, Michael Buble, makes a'Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway' - ITV, 7:00pm reappearance this week as he steps into the voiceover booth to be the Guest Announcer and also provides the always fabulous End of the Show-Show. Elsewhere, Ashley Roberts will oversee another ‘Ant vs Dec’ challenge, the duo fool Holly Willoughby on the set of Surprise Surprise, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford take part in ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Outta Me Ear’, Little Ant & Dec cause trouble at the BAFTAs.

Of course, there’ll be lots of other surprises for the audience – both at home and in the studio – and probably a mention of Ant’s ‘thumb situation’ too.

Also today: An I’m a Celebrity… themed edition of The Cube: Celebrity Special (ITV, 6:00pm); the last of the blind auditions in The Voice UK (BBC1, 7:00pm); the last in the current series of Take Me Out (ITV, 8:20pm); and Jack Whitehall and McBusted join Jonathan Ross for a natter (ITV, 9:50pm).

Sunday 23rd February

Deadly on a Mission: Pole to Pole

BBC1, 4:15pm

Intrepid presenter Steve Backshall sets off on another Deadly 60 mission in this programme, and as'Deadly on a Mission: Pole to Pole' - BBC1, 4:!5pm the title suggests he’s embarking on a trek across the world – from the North to the South Pole.

Along the way, Steve will risk encountering some of the world’s most dangerous animals. Beginning in the Arctic, the presenter has run-ins with polar bears, walruses and whales.

Just like his previous missions, this isn’t going to be an easy one for Steve, but I’m sure he’ll manage. Just.

Also today: Dancing on Ice crawls towards its finale (ITV, 6:15pm & 8:30pm); former I’m a Celeb contestants Sinitta and Dougie Poynter are on All Star Family Fortunes (ITV, 7:45pm); Time Team (Channel 4, 8:00pm) focuses on Castle Drogo in Devon; hit comedy film Bridesmaids premieres on Channel 4 at 9:00pm; and TOWIE returns (ITV2, 10:00pm).

Monday 24th February

Impractical Jokers

BBC3, 10:00pm

For some reason, this hidden-camera comedy series went'Impractical Jokers' - BBC3, 10:00pm somewhat unnoticed during its first  series in 2012. That’s a real shame, as I can quite honestly say that I found it to be one of the funniest shows on TV in the last few years.

The set-up is simple: four friends and comedians (Roisin Conaty, Marek Larwood, Joel Dommett and Paul McCaffrey) are put into various everyday, but very public, situations and must challenge each other, with the aid of an earpiece, to do or say incredibly embarrassing things. If they succeed, they win points, but if they abstain or fail, they win nothing. The person who has the least amount of points at the end of the show must then undergo a terribly embarrassing forfeit – previous examples of which include stripping off in a launderette, performing a lapdance in a nightclub, and giving a motivational speech to a room of unimpressed businesspeople, using a presentation prepared by the other Jokers. The latter forfeit is in the clip below, which does contain strong language but is also very, very funny – and very, very juvenile.

Contains strong language

Also today: Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (9:15am), Countryside 999 (11:00am) and Antiques Road Trip (4:30pm) all return to BBC1; new quiz series Revenge of the Egghead begins (BBC2, 6:00pm); The Gadget Show (Channel 5, 7:00pm), Silk (BBC1, 9:00pm) and One Born Every Minute (Channel 4, 9:00pm) are back; and Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! (Channel 5, 9:00pm) looks at the world of debt collection.

Tuesday 25th February

Strippers

Channel 4, 10:00pm'Strippers' - Channel 4, 10:00pm

This three-part series takes an in-depth look at Scotland’s strip club industry.

We begin by entering Diamond Dolls in Glasgow, which is run by Shelley and employs over 40 dancers. Here, viewers of the programme will gain an insight into how the performers juggle work with their home lives and what they really think about the industry they are part of. For example, Kim (pictured) explains why she sacrificed her gymnastics success for a life of lap dancing and Laefana opens up about how her job helps pay the debts from her nursing degree.

The punters of the clubs featured will also tells us why they like to go to such places as the series progresses and also visits Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Also today: Permission Impossible: Britain’s Planners (BBC2, 7:00pm); Kirstie Allsopp presents Kirstie’s Best of Both Worlds (Channel 4, 8:00pm); Max Hastings presents documentary The Necessary War (BBC2, 9:00pm); The Mentalist (Channel 5) and The Vampire Diaries (ITV2) return at 9:00pm after their mid-season breaks; Steve Jones presents new challenge series, Hair (BBC3, 9:00pm); and sitcom Pramface is back for a new series (BBC3, 10:00pm).

Wednesday 26th February

Party Wright Around the World

ITV2, 9:00pm

In this new series, former TOWIE star Mark Wright travels the globe to meet various groups of'Party Wright Around the World' - ITV2, 9:00pm friends in often very different locations. His challenge after he has got to know them is to throw them a party that they’ll never forget.

Yes, ITV really have spent money on this.

Mark begins his three month-long journey in Miami, but the series will also see him travel to such gorgeous locations as New York, Australia and…oh, Somerset.

I’m guessing the budget was pretty much non-existent by the time Somerset was decided upon…

Also today: Born to Kill? returns (Channel 5, 8:00pm); Festivals, Sex & Suspicious Parents begins (BBC3, 9:00pm); and comedy drama film Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor, premieres on Channel 4 at 12:05am.

Thursday 27th February

Bluestone 42

BBC3, 10:00pm

I wasn’t particularly impressed by this bomb disposal unit-set sitcom when it began last year, and'Bluestone 42' - BBC3, 10:00pm have to admit that I haven’t watched any episodes since the first. It must have proved popular with some, though, as it spawned a Christmas special and second series, which begins tonight.

Having made his debut in the Christmas episode, Matthew Lewis returns as the fresh-out-of-training Corporal Gordon House, nicknamed Towerblock, who is in possession of a new weapon: the Glock 17. This prompts Captain, Nick to try to prove himself by undergoing a weapons-handling test – but it doesn’t exactly go swimmingly.

Elsewhere, Simon attempts to improve his intellect by studying Art of War – and draws Bird into his obsession, landing her in trouble.

Also today: One-off documentaries Royal Funerals: The Inside Story (Channel 5, 7:00pm), Jumbo: The Plane That Changed the World (BBC2, 9:00pm) and The Storms That Stole Christmas (Channel 4, 9:00pm); and new factual series Junior Paramedics begins (BBC3, 9:00pm).

Friday 28th February

Jonathan Creek

BBC1, 9:00pm

Jonathan hasn’t done too badly with his sidekicks over the years, has he? Caroline Quentin, Julia'Jonathan Creek' - BBC1, 9:00pm Sawalha and Sheridan Smith all joined the sleuth from 1997 to 2013, and now Sarah Alexander is  helping out as Alan Davies dons the duffle coat for a series of three new cases.

In tonight’s opening episode, Jonathan, as always, must employ his magic knowledge as he investigates the mystery of an actress’ murder in her locked dressing room. The victim, Juno Pirelli’s wounds cannot be explained and no murder weapon can be found, yet, with her life hanging in the balance, someone must be accountable.

Jonathan has his own troubles, though: he and his wife Polly (Sarah Alexander) have recently suffered a sudden personal tragedy, and their marriage is about to be thrown into jeopardy as a series of disturbing family secrets are uncovered.

Also today: Mel C, Gyles Brandreth and Adam Hills are on Room 101 (BBC1, 8:30pm); John Humphrys returns to his native Cardiff in Coming Home (BBC2, 8:30pm); Niall Ferguson uses cutting-edge technology to offer his perspective on World War I in The Pity of War (BBC2, 9:00pm); and a stellar Graham Norton Show line-up on BBC1 at 10:35pm, with Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Naomi Campbell, The Kaiser Chiefs and Ant and Dec all taking to the sofa.

Are you particularly looking forward to any of these shows or is there something else from the world of TV which you want to have your say about? Feel free to comment below or tweet me –@UKTVReviewer.

Image credits: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – Thanks to ITV; Deadly on a Mission: Pole to Pole – Thanks to BBC NHU, ©Johnny Rogers; Impractical Jokers – Thanks to BBC, ©Yalli Productions; Strippers – Thanks to Channel 4; Party Wright Around the World – ©ITV; Bluestone 42 – Thanks to BBC and Coco Van Oppens, ©BBC; Jonathan Creek – Thanks to BBC and John Rogers, ©BBC.

This Week in TV – 8th – 14th February

Following on from a week that saw appointment television like The Big Benefits Row, Age Gap Love and the heartbreaking Hunted, here’s what’s on over the next seven days.

Saturday 8th February

The Jonathan Ross Show

ITV, 9:55pm

You do kind of have to feel sorry for Wossy. He hasn’t exactly had the best guests this series, has he? In fact, he hasn’t had the best guests since his move to ITV.

I don’t want to start sounding too much like Ian Hyland but if we'The Jonathan Ross Show' - ITV, 9:55pm compare The Jonathan Ross Show  to The Graham Norton Show, the contrast in the quality of guests is obvious. For example, on the first show back after his Christmas and New Year break, Graham welcomed Sly Stallone, Robert De Niro, Jonah Hill and Carey Mulligan to his sofa. Impressive! Over on Jonathan’s show? Naomie Harris, Jennifer Saunders, Jamie Cullum and Paddy McGuinness made an appearance. Of course, there is an argument for British stars being more relevant to a British audience (plus Naomie Harris was in the much-anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic at the time) but, let’s face it: it hardly makes for inspiring reading, does it? Or viewing, for that matter.

So, is Wossy’s line-up any better this week? Well, yes to be fair. John Legend performs, Kiefer Sutherland discusses the new 24, Chris O’Dowd chats about his new film Cuban Fury (which looks very good), Emily Mortimer talks about her sitcom Doll & Em and Kevin Bridges explains why he’s not doing much at the moment – which does beg the question, why’s he on The Jonathan Ross Show?

Also today: The second semi-final of Splash! (ITV, 7:10pm); and Tony Robinson returns with Walking Through History (Channel 4, 8:00pm).

Sunday 9th February

Babylon

Channel 4, 9:00pm

Directed by Danny Boyle, this one-off comedy drama stars a wide range of acting talent.'Babylon' - Channel 4, 9:00pm

James Nesbitt, Jill Halfpenny, Jonny Sweet, Martin Trenaman and more appear in Babylon, in which  Liz Garvey (played by US actress Brit Marling) is introduced by Chief Constable Richard Miller (Nesbitt) to revamp the police. Her job is to improve PR with the force – dragging it into the twenty-first century; the age of rolling news, smart phones and social media.

However, we also see some of the other cops at work in London, as cameraman Matt Coward follows them around for his fly-on-the-wall series.

Tonight’s 90 minute programme acts at the pilot. A full series of six episodes will follow later this year.

Also today: An 80s-themed Dancing on Ice, celebrating 30 years since Torvill and Dean’s success at the Olympics (ITV, 6:15 & 8:30pm); and Sir Steve Redgrave and Natalie Anderson are on All Star Family Fortunes (ITV, 7:45pm).

Monday 10th February

Jim Davidson: At Least I’m Not Boring 

Channel 5, 9:00pm

After what he has many times called the worst year of his life (having been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree), Jim Davidson was voted the winner of Celebrity Big Brother last month.'Jim Davidson: At Least I'm Not Boring' - Channel 5, 9:00pm

Now I wasn’t particularly bothered that he won. I shocked myself by forgiving his vile stand-up routines and “gags” and instead being happy for him winning. But then I remembered why he was kicked off of Hell’s Kitchen. I remembered that he last year compared the Paralympics to “f*cking Robot Wars”, likened a black competitor to “a Peparami” and, on the topic of the twenty three-times gold medal-winning Ellie Simmonds, stated, “I f*cking hate midgets…they’re horrible”. Of course, comedians’ jokes – however unfunny – do not necessarily represent their true views, but surely no one can deny that some of Jim Davidson’s routines are plainly unacceptable.

Anyway, controversies aside, this documentary charts the rise, fall and rise again of Jim Davidson – from his early days on New Faces to Big Break and The Generation Game, his arrest last year and then finally his CBB success.

Also today: Crime drama series WPC 56 is back (BBC1, 2:15pm); Danny Baker’s Rockin’ Decades (BBC4, 9:00pm); off the back the success of Benefits Street and The Big Benefits Row, Richard Bacon hosts Benefits Britain: The Debate (Channel 4, 10:00pm); spoof documentary The Life of Rock with Brian Pern (BBC4, 10:00pm); and the first of a three part series, Danny Baker Rocks the Seventies (A Bit) (BBC4, 10:30pm).

Tuesday 11th February

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Chris’s Final Answer

ITV, 8:00pm

As you may or may not be aware, last week’s Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire? was in fact  the last-ever. After'Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Chris's Final Answer' - ITV, 8:00pm fifteen years there are no more audiences to be asked, no more friends to be phoned and no more fifties to be fiftied.

Yes, I am aware that that doesn’t make sense. Just go with it though, please.

In this programme, the show’s host, Chris Tarrant, reflects on the past one and a half decades – from the six top prize winners (five of whom were clever enough not to cheat) to some of the most unfortunate losers.

Also today: Police 5 (Channel 5, 7:30pm) offers up crime prevention advice; 200 Nips and Tucks and I Want More! (Channel 5, 9:00pm); new dating show Sexy Beasts (BBC3, 10:00pm); and some magic in Troy (E4, 10:00pm).

Wednesday 12th February

Suspects

Channel 5, 10:00pm

The press pack for Suspects claims that it is ‘an innovative new British crime drama’.

According to Dictionary.com, the definition of ‘innovative’ is, ‘something new or different’. That might'Suspects' - Channel 5, 10:00pm be worth keeping in mind as I tell you that Suspects is an improvised series filmed in a documentary  style. We follow a team of detectives in each stand-alone episode as they investigate a different case. That sounds remarkably similar to ITV’s 2012 improvised series, Crime Stories, which was also filmed in a documentary style, with each stand-alone episode following detectives as they investigate a different case.

I’m not suggesting that Suspects isn’t going to be good. I’m merely pointing out that it is not ‘innovative’ – well, not in the popular sense of the word, at least.

Also today: Line of Duty returns (BBC2, 9:00pm); Dominic Cooper stars in drama series Fleming, about the creator of the James Bond books (Sky Atlantic, 9:00pm); and documentary series First Dates is back (Channel 4, 10:00pm).

Thursday 13th February

Benidorm 

ITV, 9:00pm'Benidorm' - ITV, 9:00pm

For some reason, this series of Benidorm has attracted some criticism. Many have stated that it  has been the weakest run to date but I completely disagree – I don’t think I’ve found the show this funny since the second series! It’s rude, crude and borders on the ridiculous but also simply brilliant!

Plus it stars Danny Walters. *Swoon*

Anyway, back to the matter in hand. This week’s episode is the last in the series and sees a clash for the Garveys and the Dykes, Joyce put under pressure and some very big guests turn up in the form of Rustie Lee, the Krankies and Joan Collins!

Rustie’s the main feature though, obviously.

Also today: The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure (BBC2, 8:00pm); The Kidnapping of Shergar (Channel 5, 8:00pm); Bible Hunters (BBC2, 9:00pm); and the best bits of Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe (BBC2, 10:00pm). His coverage of Hayley’s death on Corrie was a particular highlight for me.

Friday 14th February

Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages 

ITV, 8:00pm

Beginning tonight, this eight-part series follows the work of trainee nurses in Manchester and  Birmingham.

Over the course of the series, we get to know the students as they try their best to cope with the struggles on the wards, in training and at home. Hopefully it will also show the NHS in a good light, given its recent bad rap in the papers.

May I also just say happy Valentine’s Day to all of the singletons out there? I shall be spending 14th February in London, surrounded by many of my friends who are in relationships. Let’s all share the pain of singletude, eh?

Also today: Vernon Kay, Miles Jupp and Kelly Hoppen are on Room 101 (BBC1, 8:30pm); Ian Botham is the subject of the last Life Stories of the series (ITV, 9:00pm); Peter Kay: Live & Back on Nights concludes (Channel 4, 9:00pm); more Alan Davies: Après Ski (BBC2, 10:00pm); and Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville and Paloma Faith round-off the current series of The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, 10:35pm).

Are you particularly looking forward to any of these shows or is there something else from the world of TV which you want to have your say about? Feel free to comment below or tweet me –@UKTVReviewer.

Image credits: The Jonathan Ross Show – Thanks to Nicky Johnston, ©ITV; Babylon – Thanks to Channel 4 and Dean Rogers; Jim Davidson: At Least I’m Not Boring – Thanks to Five; Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Chris’s Final Answer – Thanks to ITV, ©Sony Pictures Television; Suspects – Thanks to Five; Benidorm – Thanks to ITV, ©Tiger Aspect.

This Week in TV – 1st – 7th February

Greetings! And following on from a week that saw bleeding eyes in Splash!, crashes aplenty on Channel 4’s The Jump and Jim Davidson re-enter the nation’s good books, here’s what we have to look forward to over the next seven days.

Saturday 1st February

Splash!

ITV, 6:50pm'Splash!' - ITV, 6:50pm

Vernon Kay and Gabby Logan join coach Tom Daley for the first semi-final of celebrity diving  competition, Splash!.

Taking part tonight are: Diversity’s Perri Kiely; model, Danielle Lloyd; Boyzone star, Keith Duffy; and presenter, Michaela Strachan. I’ve just watched each of their first dives on YouTube (as I can’t be bothered to watch the programme in full – or at all for that matter) and it seems that Perri is the stand-out diver, although I was quite impressed by Danielle and Keith.

However, who the public and judges pick to go through to the final is another matter.

Also today: Liam Neeson, Peter Andre and Goldie Hawn are on The Jonathan Ross Show, with Pixie Lott providing the music (ITV, 9:35pm).

Sunday 2nd February

A Tribute to Roger Lloyd-Pack

BBC1, 10:25pm'A Tribute to Roger Lloyd-Pack' - BBC1, 10:25pm

Tonight, the BBC shows a half-hearted tribute to Roger Lloyd-Pack.

Now, I’m saying ‘a half-hearted tribute’ because it’s a ten minute programme, featuring interviews  with his friends and colleagues, followed by a repeat of the first episode of Only Fools and Horses – in which he appears for all of 3 minutes 11 seconds (yes, I timed it. No one can say I don’t put effort into this blog.)

To think, the show’s writer, John Sullivan, got a full thirty minutes when he passed away in 2011.

It just seems such a waste. For a man who has left such a mark on British comedy, and the news of whose death caused such an outpour of adoration from the nation, I can’t help feeling that the BBC could have done more to celebrate his fantastic achievements – both on- and off-screen. Surely they could have extended the tribute programme for a start; ten minutes will surely not be enough to shed light on his TV, film and stage roles, as well as his tireless charitable and political campaigns. Then, to follow that, why not show an episode of Only Fools in which he is more prominent – ‘Ashes to Ashes’ or ‘The Jolly Boys Outing’, perhaps? Or show an episode of The Vicar of Dibley? Or even – as a last resort – The Old Guys? Or all three!

I just think that Roger Lloyd-Pack deserves more than this short ‘tribute’.

Also today: Dancing on Ice, sans Zaraah Abrahams (ITV, 6:15 & 8:30pm); Janine Duvitski and Scott Mills’s families go head-to-head on All Star Family Fortunes (ITV, 7:45pm); Top Gear returns (BBC2, 8:00pm); and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall presents new documentary series Scandimania (Channel 4, 8:00pm).

Monday 3rd February

The Big Benefits Row: Live

Channel 5, 9:00pm

Channel 5 cash-in on the success (for want of a better word) of Benefits Street with this: a live debate surrounding the topic of the country’s welfare system, and whether it needs to be revised.

Kelvin McKenzie, Katie Hopkins and Edwina Currie will be joined by a live studio audience to debate how easy it is to cheat the system, whether immigrants should be able to claim benefits, and are the sums available just out of control?

It’ll likely be controversial and cause a storm on Twitter – so Katie Hopkins will love it.

Also today: A Horizon special (BBC2, 9:00pm); DCI Banks is back (ITV, 9:00pm); and BBC3’s Growing Up Down’s, also at 9:00pm.

Tuesday 4th February

Births, Deaths and Marriages

ITV, 9:00pm

This two-part fly-on-the-wall series, following the highs and lows of life at Westminster register office,  begins tonight.

The office, which holds the birth and marriage records for big names including Winston Churchill,'Births, Deaths and Marriages' - ITV, 9:00pm Joan Collins, Paul McCartney and Margaret Thatcher, sees the registration of thousands of marriages a year, and this series takes a look at just some of them.

In the first episode, we meet Head Registrar, Alison Cathcart, who registered Prince George’s birth last summer, as she prepares to marry a couple who have no witnesses for their union so – yep, you guessed it – have to ask two willing volunteers from the street to stand in on the ceremony. However, it’s not all joy: married couple Tony and Rebekah arrive at the office to register the birth of their daughter Joanna, who was born with congenital heart disease. Sadly, we also see them register Joanna’s death just two weeks later.

To say that this is going to be a rollercoaster of emotion is an understatement!

Also today: Kevin Bridges, Rachel Riley and more take to the hot seat for (what is said to be the last-ever) Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (ITV, 8:00pm); She’s 78, He’s 39: Age Gap Love (Channel 5, 9:00pm) meets couples whose ages haven’t stopped them loving each other; and Christine Lagarde presents The Richard Dimbleby Lecture (BBC1, 10:35pm).

Wednesday 5th February

Inside No. 9

BBC2, 10:00pm'Inside No. 9' - BBC2, 10:00pm

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s eagerly-awaited dark comedy Inside No. 9 begins  tonight.

Each of the six episodes in this series will focus on a different street, going behind the door of a different number 9, revealing the strange and dark goings on inside the building. In the first episode for example, a couple’s engagement party leads to a game of ‘sardines’ and some quite odd revelations.

Everything points to Inside No. 9 being a hit – not only because it’s from the pen of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton but also because it features an array of guest stars (Tamsin Greig, Anne Reid, Katherine Parkinson and Gemma Arterton to name just a couple) and has been recommissioned for a second series by the BBC, before the first episode has even aired.

Also today: Documentaries Royal Cousins at War (BBC2, 8:00pm), Touring Car Legends (ITV4, 8:00pm), Extreme Beauty Queens: Secrets of South America (BBC3, 9:00pm) and Sherlock: The First CSI (Channel 5, 10:00pm).

Thursday 6th February

The Big Reunion

ITV2, 9:00pm

Following the unexpected, monster hit that was the first series of The Big Reunion last year, ITV2 have of course brought it back once again for 2014 – only this time with a somewhat less inspiring  line-up.'The Big Reunion' - ITV2, 9:00pm

A1, Eternal (except Louise), Damage, 3T and Girl Thing are all reforming. Er, I’m sorry: who? Fair enough, A1 and Eternal I have heard of but the rest? Is that the bottom of a barrel I hear being scraped? I can only assume the producers could get in contact with neither The Fast Food Rockers nor Scooch…

There is some good news, though: a ‘supergroup’ has also been formed of musicians who enjoyed a brief stint in the charts – so less The Big Reunion, more The Big Union. 5th Story, as they are called, comprises of Kenzie (of Blazin’ Squad fame), Adam Rickitt (the Nick Tilsley before the current one in Corrie), Gareth Gates and Dane Bowers (off of Katie Price’s hit list) and Kavana (your guess is as good as mine, quite frankly).

I’m sure that, as with last year, the most enjoyable parts will be seeing the performers being interviewed about the bitch fights and bust-ups that caused the group to split in the first place, as well as them reunite and discuss their differences amicable. Yeah, right!

Also today: Documentaries Pound Shop Wars (BBC1) and Help! I’m Snowtrapped (Channel 5) at 8:00pm; the sixth series of Inspector George Gently begins (BBC1, 8:30pm); Big Ballet sees plus-size dancers prepare for a performance of Swan Lake (Channel 4, 9:00pm); The Hotel Inspector is back (Channel 5, 9:00pm); Brain Hospital: Saving Lives begins (Channel 5, 10:00pm); and new Chris Lilley series, Ja’mie: Private School Girl is on BBC3 at 10:00pm.

Friday 7th February

Winter Olympics

BBC2, 3:30pm

For the next three paragraphs I shall attempt to sound knowledgeable about sport. Do bear with me.

Clare Balding presents coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony – and may I  just say how kind it is of Vladimir Putin to allow someone of her orientation into the city. He must be feeling particularly level-headed and'Alan Davies: Après Ski' - BBC2, 10:00pm intelligent at the moment, eh?

Then later, at 9:00pm, Torvill & Dean: The Perfect Day will tell the story of the duo’s famous Bolero routine, which helped them win gold in Sarajevo thirty years ago. Incidentally, on 13th February, they will return to the country, and the very same stadium, to perform the routine once again.

Straight after Torvill & Dean: The Perfect Day, new series Alan Davies: Après Ski begins at 10:00pm, which, each Friday, will see the comedian and guests take an irreverent look back at the action from the Olympics. Is it just me, or do you think someone at the BBC has been watching The Last Leg on Channel 4?

Did I get away with not sounding too knowledgeable but also not too clueless? I hope so.

Also today: Lee Mack, Ruby Wax and Dave Myers comprise the panel for this week’s Room 101 (BBC1, 8:30pm); Piers Morgan interviews Tony Blackburn (ITV, 9:00pm); Peter Kay: Live & Back on Nights (which was originally released on DVD in order to trick fans into buying it, thinking that they were getting new material but in fact it was just a behind-the-scenes documentary which everyone, including Peter himself, knew would be on Channel 4 within a year or so anyway) is at 9:00pm; Alex Brooker is welcomed back to the aforementioned The Last Leg after finishing his presenting duties on The Jump (Channel 4, 10:00pm); Lee Mack’s new panel show, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (Sky1, 10:00pm); and Gary Oldman and Nick Frost are on The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, 10:35pm).

Are you particularly looking forward to any of these shows or is there something else from the world of TV which you want to have your say about? Feel free to comment below or tweet me –@UKTVReviewer.

Image credits: Splash! – Thanks to Tony Ward, ©ITV/Twofour; A Tribute to Roger Lloyd-Pack – ©BBC; Births, Deaths and Marriages – Thanks to ITV, ©Wall to Wall; Inside No. 9 – Thanks to Richard Ansett, ©BBC; The Big Reunion – ©ITV; Alan Davies: Après Ski – Thanks to BBC and So Television, ©Tony Briggs.