Delia (Monday 8.30pm, BBC2)
Delia Smith is back and this time she’s teaching us how to cheat at cooking. Oh. I prefer it when she poaches eggs to be honest. Will the original domestic goddess show us she’s still gorrit, or will we be the ones left cheated? The jury is out!
White Girl (Monday 9pm, BBC2)
A beautiful addition to BBC2’s White season. Abi Morgan’s film stars Anna Maxwell Martin as the mother of a young teen who starts to attend prayer meetings at the local mosque. The girl, Leah, is trying to make sense of a chaotic upbringing with an alcoholic mother and an abusive step dad, and her involvement with the mosque helps her find solace and peace. It’s an engaging and thought-provoking piece, with a superb performance from young Holly Kenny as Leah. This could be a young actress to watch very, very closely.
The Fixer (Monday 9pm, ITV1)
We previewed this last week in a First Look, and our judgement remains the same. The Fixer is a promising drama thriller from ITV, and that in itself is something to be cherished. There are some faults (chiefly Tamzin Outhwaite), but the dialogue is taught and funny and, as first episodes go, this is not a bad effort at all. Considering it replaces The Palace, it couldn’t be much worse, could it?
W10 LDN (Monday 9pm, BBC3)
Continuing BBC3’s season of new dramas, W10 LDN is written by Noel Clarke (who also appears) and set on a London estate populated by some well-drawn teen characters.
10 Days to War (Monday 10.30pm, BBC2)
Following White Girl comes another thoughtful piece of drama from BBC2 this evening. This is the first of eight 10-minute dramas covering diverse moments in the lead up to the war in Iraq. Here, Juliet Stevenson plays a Foreign Office lawyer who resigns over legal issues relating to the invasion. These 10-minute dramas are difficult to do, but this seems to succeed quite effectively.
Bionic Woman (Tuesday 9pm, ITV2)
It’s probably been cancelled by now across the pond, but that’s no reason not to check out our very own Michelle Ryan in her first major US TV role. It’s not a bad start, so one has to wonder what went wrong to decimate the ratings. This new Bionic Woman perhaps tries a little too hard to avoid camp, and Ryan’s accent is a little hard to take. But those are minor quibbles in an exciting, punchy opener that also features Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff on villainous form.
Sport Relief Does The Apprentice (Wednesday 9pm, BBC1)
One of last year’s TV highlights was Sir Alan Sugar’s little show hooking up with Comic Relief for a celebrity themed version. This year, it’s the same deal, only this time it’s for Sport Relief, but expect the same mix of tantrums, asides to camera and grumblings from Sir Alan that we’ve seen many times before (and are hungry for more, it seems). This comes ahead of the imminent new series of The Apprentice.
Torchwood (Wednesday 9pm, BBC2)
Oh my, Torchwood does comedy and gets away with it. How marvellous! After the last few bleak (but high quality episodes), it’s good to see Torchwood can get in touch with its lighter side and not lose any momentum. It’s Gwen’s wedding Day, but a Torchwood operation has left her with a bite from a shape shifter and a very odd bun in the oven. And do I spy the legendary Nerys Hughes in the guest cast. Well yes, I do. God, I think I really might love this show.
Rock Rivals (Wednesday 9pm, ITV1)
Well, we do love an underdog here at TV Today, so it seems only polite to give this second episode a thumbs up, even if it is because we just feel a bit sorry for Rock Rivals.
Waterloo Road (Thursday 8pm, BBC1)
After a mammoth 20 episode run, this likeable series comes to an end, so well worth a look to see just where it’s at now. Waterloo Road is a much different beast these days, but still enjoyable and a solid addition to the BBC’s strong drama portfolio.
Ashes to Ashes (Thursday 9pm, BBC1)
It’s still not perfect (but then, was Life on Mars?) but Ashes to Ashes has settled down into a thoroughly satisfying piece of TV drama with a bit of everything. Sexy leads (Glenister and Hawes), great dialogue, fun characters and some good, solid crimes to solve. It’s more fanciful than its forebear, but could we have really coped with more of the same?