Have I Got News for You (Friday 9pm, BBC1)
David Mitchell is on hosting duties this evening for a show that remains as fresh and biting as ever.
Big Brother’s Big Quiz (Friday 10pm, E4)
Oh whatever - does anybody actually care any more?
Dexter (Friday 10pm, FX)
It’s not quite up to the standards of the highly feted seasons one and two, but this series of Dexter is still one of the most enjoyable, watchable and fascinating drama series on TV. Hopefully by the time this season wraps up, it will be firing on all cylinders again.
Friday Night With Jonathan Ross (Friday 10.35pm, BBC1)
One of the upsides of the post Sachsgate furore is the effect it has had on Jonathan Ross’s interviewing style on Friday Night With… He’s a bit calmer, less inclined to tit around and rely on tedious innuendo, and he actually chats to his guests a bit more. Tonight’s is definitely worth a look as Joanna Lumley, national treasure extraordinaire, pops in for a chat, along with music from The Killers.
Britain’s Got Talent - the Final (Saturday 6.45pm, ITV1)
The ratings-busting Britain’s Got Talent dominates this evening’s schedules as the hopefuls all line up for the grand final that is likely to see shocks and tears alike. If I’m honest, this show is not my cup of tea but it’s hard to deny how much BGT is a defining phenomenon of modern broadcasting in the UK. And then just think, in just a few short months Simon will be back with The X Factor 2009 - I don’t whether to cheer or cry.
Robin Hood (Saturday 7.25pm, BBC1/BBC HD)
Gisborne’s in the dungeon awaiting his fate, Kate is making doe eyes at Robin, and Isabella’s husband arrives. Just another day in Nottingham then.
Mumbai Calling (Saturday 10pm, ITV1)
This new comedy starring Sanjeev Bhaskar as the manager of a call centre in India might benefit from the lead in from BGT - or more than likely vanish without trace in post talent show fatigue. Any new comedy needs to be supported, but this sounds like it was dreamt up in a comedy workshop for media students. Ah well, it might defy expectation, and Bhaskar is always entertaining.
Benidorm (Sunday 9pm, ITV1)
While we wait to see if Mumbai Calling sets the world on fire, ITV’s comedy big gun, Benidorm, is back for a one off special ahead of the third series. The show is an acquired taste, but thankfully it has more texture and depth than the middle class flummery of Reggie Perrin over on the BBC. The cast play it with gusto, even if some of the material, centring on a bunch of mis-matched holidaymakers, doesn’t quite hit the mark. Not dreadful, not great. Perhaps that’s a perfect thumbnail of the modern ITV?
House (Sunday 9pm, Sky1/Sky HD)
The most notable thing about this new series of House is it’s new home, seeing the US medical drama moving from Five to Sky. So far, so ho hum. Irrespective of my previous criticisms of Hugh Laurie’s accent, I’ve always found House to be quite repetitive and tedious in its execution. Sorry. Witty dialogue and character is one thing, but after five seasons, I want something a bit more than what is effectively a glorified disease of the week show.