The big TV development of the week is the first outing (one of many over the coming days and weeks) for The One Show, being touted as a Nationwide for the 21st century, and with pedigree like that, Square Eyes had to give this a cursory once over. I think a more accurate comparison would be with Radio 4’s recently departed Home Truths, with a bit more bite. Certainly TV Today hero Adrian Chiles has that everyman amiability of the late John Peel and should be able to coax something workable from the format. Much like Nationwide, various reporters are sent out and about and report back to the studio, and the product has a very slick sheen about it. With credible support from Nadia Sawalha, The One Show could prove to be a highly welcome ease into the evening after a hard day at work.
If you missed the excellent double-header of Corrie wedding episodes (Monday, 7.30pm ITV1), you might want to look in at the latest spin-off from the Hollyoaks universe, In the City (Monday 9pm, E4). And then you’ll probably want to run straight back out. After the heights of Hollyoaks: Let Loose, Ben and Lisa (Marcus Patric and Gemma Atkinson) find themselves in a seedy underworld of drugs, gangsters, models and Philip Olivier in his pants… so, at least there’s something to recommend it at a certain level
After last week’s barnstorming opener (comedy nudity is always a winner), Kath and Kim (Monday 10pm, BBC2) beds in nicely for this second series run. Brett and Kim are having some DIY hell, and Kel attempts to take over the household chores, much to Kath’s arch dismay.
Finally, and you may need to sit down for this - I’m going to recommend Love Island (Monday 10pm, ITV1). “What?!” you cry, but ever so slowly, this TV aberration has been creeping into my peripheral vision, thanks to the utter lunacy of Sophie Anderton. Tonight, star of Celebrity Wrestling Kate Lawler is supposedly flying in, and the twist here is that Ms Anderton has it specifically written into her contract that she will not work with La Lawler. That sounds to me like a signal to hail Love Island as one of the greatest works ever to grace the reality genre. It’s still mindless, fairly tedious nonsense, but it finally found the button marked entertainment.
Channel 5 once again bucks the trend of its tawdry image with the return of Don’t Get Me Started (Tuesday 7.15pm, Five). Here, well-known figures talk with passion about a subject important to them, and in this first episode, Woman’s Hour legend Jenni Murray orates at length on her support for assisted euthanasia. It’s an emotive subject, for sure, and more so considering Murray’s recent declarations in the media. It almost makes me sorry that CSI: Miami (9pm) is the next best thing on Five that night.
Turn Back Time (Wednesday 10pm, BBC2) is turning into a very enjoyable series, not least because Dara O’Briain is just utterly brilliant in his hosting of this nostalgia-tinged trip down memory lane for his guests. Tonight, Jim Moir, otherwise known as Vic Reeves, delves into his past for some revelations, and it’s all very fluffy and lovely. But, as the recent repeat of Three Men in a Boat elegantly shows, O’Briain is always the star of the show.
If you fancy diving into the varied pool that is the world of multi-channel, set course for Sky Three for a repeat of the first season of Weeds (Wednesday 10pm, Sky Three). If you aren’t totally smitten with this US drama about a widow who now supports her young family by selling dope, then you have no heart. Not least of all, Mary-Louise Parker’s central performance should be enough to keep you mesmerised with this cable show that can give the likes of Six Feet Under and The Shield a run for their money.
Thursday night means two things – Dragon’s Den and Bad Girls. Dragon’s Den (8pm, BBC2) is nicely filling the void left by the (admittedly superior) The Apprentice. Compelling? Oh yes. Silly? You bet. Scary? Uh huh! The Dragon’s (ridiculous name, but somehow it fits) only have to belch at the bonkers ideas they’re supposed to invest in for me to jump out of my chair in fear.
And as for Bad Girls (9pm, ITV1), it’s wedding time at Larkhall as the marriage of Julie S’s son is blessed at the prison. But, this is nothing to the full-on bitch-fight that ensues round the back of the bins between Pat and Nat. They don’t call them bad girls for nothing.
And Friday seems a bit quiet. Aside from My Hero (snigger), there doesn’t seem to be a great deal… Oh, hang on. I completely missed the Big Brother Final (Friday 8pm, C4). Damn, how remiss of me. Erm… yeah, whatever. I’d actually forgotten it was still on, so…
Personally, I’d plumb for The Kumars at No 42 (Friday 9.30pm, BBC1). The Kumars is a show that previously, I just haven’t got, but the inclusion of Alan Alda as a guest this week has piqued my interest enough to tune in. Alda remains one of my favourite actors of all time, and the opportunity to see him speak is always to be cherished.