Not Going Out (Friday 9.30pm, BBC1)
Some sit-coms just won’t go away, and so it is with Not Going Out, starring Lee Mack as Lee, who just never found the time to grow up on take on any adult responsibilities. Thing is, you can’t help but like Not Going Out, for all its down at heel, old fashioned, studio-bound feel. It’s certainly a cut above the now-defunct After You’ve Gone and woeful Life of Riley, and Mack, who serves as scriptwriter, is well versed in constructing intricate gags with a good payoff. Go on, give it a look. You might like it.
Pushing Daisies (Friday 10pm, ITV1)
This quirky US import was once the great hope of ITV’s Saturday night line-up, but the ratings soon dwindled and the channel royally screwed up broadcasting every episode. And now the show about a pie-maker who can bring dead things back to life by touching them is relegated to a Friday night, 10pm slot - and the fact that’s it been cancelled Stateside makes the picture even gloomier for fans of the show. Poor the Anna Friel. Some people called this show quirky. Me, I called it rubbish.
Boston Legal (Friday 10pm, Living)
Final season of David E. Kelly’s quirky legal drama starring James Spader and the Emmy-winning William Shatner. Yes, you did read that right… The Emmy-winning William Shatner. In a world where William Shatner can win an Emmy award for acting, all you can do is smile. Great show, enjoy it while it’s here.
Demons (Saturday 7.50pm, ITV1)
I’m like a dog with a bone when it comes to Demons. I just can’t stop myself going back for another gnaw at this ill-conceived, badly-acted, badly written show. The tone and violence of the whole thing is played so badly it makes you want to cry, and each episode does nothing to address any of the inherent faults within the format. Nice try, but I doubt we’ll be seeing Demons back for a second run. Ah well, we’ll live.
The Old Guys (Saturday 9.30pm, BBC1)
Any new sitcom by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, the sharp brains behind the excellent Peep Show is going to be worth a look, and this could have the makings of a classic. Roger-Lloyd Pack and Clive Swift star as the mismatched Tom and Roy, one a baby boomer who never left the 60s behind, the other an OAP with intellectual delusions of grandeur. Throw into the mix glamourous neighbour Sally (the still sexy as hell Jane Asher), who the boys have the hots for, and you have the makings of a classic sitcom. Fingers crossed…
Casualty (Saturday 8.40pm, BBC1)
Lark Rise to Candleford (Sunday 8pm, BBC1)
Quite possibly the best show on the box right now. In this episode, Dorcas collapses with the flu, leading to Laura (the dreamy Olivia Hallinan) stepping in as acting postmistress. And chaos ensues in the usual Lark Rise way - with gentleness, whimsy and lots of shots of beautiful scenery. Brilliant from start to finish.
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (Sunday 9pm, BBC1)
David Attenborough, bringing his years of experience in natural history broadcasting to the works of Charles Darwin, is about as good as it gets really. Attenborough is as charming and gentle as ever here, giving the enormity of the question of evolution the personal spin that only Attenborough can bring to a piece. If you watch only one thing this weekend, watch this.
Being Human (Sunday 10pm, BBC3)
I loved the pilot for this flat share drama with a difference, but the first episode proper of this supernatural-tinged series left me a little cold. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it may be down to the loss of the superb Andrea Riseborough as agoraphobic ghost Annie. Lenora Crichlow is a fine actress, but she doesn’t quite fit this. Still, tonight’s episode is lifted somewhat by Dean Lennox Kelly’s guest turn as a werewolf who comes to stay - and doesn’t intend to leave.