Glastonbury (various times, Friday-Sunday, BBC3/BBC2)
If you fancy a lazy weekend hanging around the house, then at some point you’re going to come across the Beeb’s Glastonbury coverage. It’s always well done, and a great way to see some of the acts while having access to a clean loo that doesn’t involve traipsing through miles of mud. Lauren Laverne, Edith Bowman, Mark Radcliffe and Zane Lowe are your presenters.
Coronation Street (Friday 7.30/8.30pm, ITV1)
I’m not quite sure why Steve McDonald went off and slept with Becky Granger. Steve’s relationship with Michelle Connor was a perfectly lovely soap coupling, but those pesky storyliners just can’t stop monkeying with things, can they? Michelle is on the warpath, accusing Leanne of being Steve’s illicit lover, but Lloyd spins an elaborate tale to help get Steve off the hook. It will all end in tears, mark my words!
Deadliest Catch (Friday 8pm, C4)
Well naturally, it’s one of the best shows on the box, so where else are you going to be? On the crab!
To The Manor Born (Friday 9pm, BBC1)
A very welcome re-run for the lovely Christmas revival of the BBC sitcom classic. A great antidote to the utter rubbish over on Channel 4.
Doctor Who (Saturday 7.10pm, BBC1)
After the last few weeks of more adult, psychologically taut tales, Doctor Who returns firmly to the high-octane, epic adventure we’ve come to expect from previous finales. The Stolen Earth is an audacious yarn from the pen of Russell T Davies - it’s like one of those cracking Marvel Comic team-ups that have Spider-Man, the X-Men and The Avengers all turning up in the same comic. Here we have Captain Jack and the Torchwood team, Sarah Jane Smith and her son Luke off of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Dr Martha Jones, all present and correct for the final battle with the Dalek Empire - and this time, they’ve brought a friend. Fantastic, huge, silly entertainment of the highest order.
Who Dares Sings! (Saturday 8pm, ITV1)
An odd concept for a show as Denise Van Outen and Ben Shephard challenge 100 members of a studio audience to take on the talents of Sam, a super computer with a penchant for karaoke. Bless. I don’t quite know what the point of this is, but with a £50,000 cash prize up for grabs, maybe there doesn’t have to be a point. It certainly never stops ITV.
How TV Changed Britain (Saturday 8pm, C4)
A move to Saturday night for this interesting little show that trawls through the archives of television past and asks how certain things were influenced within society. Terry Christian and Magenta DeVine are amongst the talking heads peppered throughout the clips this evening, so it isn’t hard to work out that this edition is covering how television catered for a younger audience over the years. Network 7, The Word and beyond all get a look in - beware, this could really make you feel your age.
Law and Order (Saturday 10.50pm, Five)
A landmark episode of Law and Order that sees Jerry Orbach’s final appearance as Detective Lenny Briscoe after 12 seasons.
Top Gear (Sunday 8pm, BBC2)
Spooks actors Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Firth are tonight’s stars in a reasonably priced car, Richard Hammond jumps in a swish Audi t challenge some French skiers, and no doubt James May will no doubt turn up looking like he’s just got out of bed. Brush your hair and stop dressing like a student from the late 80s!
The Royal (Sunday 8pm, BBC1)
It seems that tonight The Royal is the one drama that isn’t a repeat, which almost makes it worth watching. Almost. There’s no point in talking about the story on offer as by and large this show is the same week in, week in. It still looks lovely though, and the soundtrack is always a pleasure. And it least it’s brand new and doesn’t involve football or housemates - something of a rarity in tonight’s schedules.