The Street BBC1, Monday 9pm
Star of this week’s slice of the best drama currently on television is Joseph Mawle, who plays a chef who makes no secret of his distate for the influx of foreign workers into the UK. When he and his mate Duffy come across a burning building in which a Polish girl is crying for help, events start to spiral…
Cowards BBC4, Tuesday 9.30pm
Deserved repeat for a 3-pepisode comedy sketch show series that didn’t get too much attention the first time round. Tim Key, Stefan Golaszewski, Llloyd Woolf and Tom Baden star.
Who Do You Think You Are? BBC1, Wednesday 9pm
David Mitchell is omnipresent on our TV screens these days, it seems — but his reserved nature makes for a refreshing take on the genealogy series that often revels in getting its participant to the brink of tears.
Roy CBBC, Wednesday 4.30pm
Shot as a documentary, this is a sitcom about Roy O’Brien, an 11-year-old growing up in the Dublin suburb of Ballyfermot. What marks this series out as different? Roy is a drawn character living in a world of flesh-and-blood people. Spun off from the short film Badly Drawn Roy, which was pitched at an older age range, this is the most inventive programme you’ll see all week.
Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen BBC4, Wednesday 9pm
The scheduling of this drama documentary is either brilliant or highly coincidental, as the nation continues to wonder how swine flu will affect the nation. Bill Paterson plays Dr James Niven, the physician who struggled to defeat the 1918 outbreak of Spanish flu that killed 228,000 in the United Kingdom and millions worldwide.
New Tricks BBC1, Thursday 9pm
A film producer has been murdered at Pinewood Studios. Cue much piss-taking at the world of actors and their egos. Sandra Dickinson has a small guest role, as does Imogen Stubbs. As you may be able to tell I’m finding it hard to summon up much enthusiasm — the fact that it’s a Square Eyes pick is more because of the paucity of good telly on this week.
The Funny Side Of… TV Talent BBC2, Thursday 9.30pm
A humourous look at the history of talent competitions on television. Which would be that much funnier it was half an hour long rather than a full hour.