Taggart (Monday 9pm, ITV1)
This episode of Taggart gets onto the Square Eyes roster for the virtue that it’s actually a new episode, which is, on the whole, quite novel. It seems this most venerable of cop shows has been in repeat hell for the last five years, but it’s good to see Alex Norton, back from filming Pirates of the Caribbean. Here DCI Burke and the Taggart regulars investigate the death of an activist where the blame is very firmly placed on a property developer. Good, honest crime drama.
New Tricks (Monday 9pm, BBC1)
A frothy tale from the aged detectives who investigate the death of a cat-lover who appears to have been left as dinner for her feline charges. Was she murdered? Probably, and the suspects include her neighbour (a lovely guest-spot from the legendary Eric Sykes) and David Bamber’s camp cat- lover. Always a pleasure…
Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive (Monday 10.30pm, BBC3)
It might be a poor man’s Larry Sanders, but that’s no bad thing, and this fake game show with Rob Brydon playing, erm… Rob Brydon, has a little bit more underneath than that very simple thumbnail description. It’s an acquired taste, as we have to buy into the backstage antics of the celebrities and accept that Brydon might be a nasty git, but I quite like the nonsense that is the panel quiz that successfully apes some of the nonsense panel games we are subjected to for real.
Heroes (Monday 10pm, Sci-Fi)
Oh look! It’s Doctor Who (the other one who didn’t stick around). Leather jacket not included.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Tuesday 9pm, Five)
Grissom is back. And so is the beard. Now he looks like one of the orang-utans in Planet of the Apes. Boyd off of Waking the Dead must be confused now – beard or no beard for the new series?
Battlestar Galactica (Tuesday 9pm, Sky One)
Ooh, it’s season finale time, and this one is a belter. The trial of Gaius Baltar get underway, giving plenty of opportunity for the writers to show off their mastery of the rapier dialogue that has become a trademark of this great show. With it being BG and a season finale at that, expect a huge grenade to be thrown into the middle of the series to blow things apart and send everybody in a new direction for season four. Why hasn’t this made it to prime time BBC1? Or prime time anywhere for that matter? It’s just too damn good!
The Apprentice (Wednesday 9pm, BBC1)
The knives were well and truly out last week, and the ruthless hearts beating underneath the smiley face of The Apprentice are now showing themselves. This week, the teams are ordered to jump on a ferry to sell British food in a French market. The potential for cock ups of the highest order are rife here to make this one of the most entertaining episodes yet. It’s giving me warm fuzzies!
Who Killed Mrs De Ropp? (Wednesday 9pm, BBC4)
A cracking entry into the drama stakes of BBC4’s brilliant Edwardian season. Gemma Jones takes the title role in three adaptations of quirky, often macabre short stories by Edwardian writer Saki. As the domineering guardian of a group of children, Jones is rather marvellous (as you’d expect) as her young charges attempt to outfox and outwit her using their fertile imaginations. Also features Ben Daniels as Saki himself.
Hustle (Thursday 9pm, BBC1)
A fourth series for a solid BBC ratings winner sees the team of con artists minus Adrian Lester’s Mickey, pushing Marc Warren into point position. There’s also a change of scenery to compensate for Lester’s departure, and the gang head to the sunny climes of LA for some transatlantic grifting. As if the production values and great cast (although I could do without Jaime Murray) weren’t enough to keep most people satisfied, a top-drawer guest spot from Robert Wagner is the icing on the cake.
The Last Detective (Thursday 9pm, ITV1)
Peter Davison returns to one of his most satisfying roles of recent years, the plodding, dogged and thoroughly likeable DC “Dangerous” Davies. When an old-style gangster is murdered on his release from prison, Davies is on the case in his usual sedate manner. Did Jimmy the Gent’s vow to publish his memoirs bring him to this sorry state? Only Davies can find out. And as this is a Peter Davison drama series, it features a ubiquitous guest role for his daughter, Georgia.