Miranda BBC2, Monday 8.30pm
Miranda Hart’s sitcom is ridiculously silly, and that’s just part of the reason why I like it so much. Tonight, the joke shop owner decides that, as a single woman, she is carefree enough to jet off on holiday at a moment’s notice. But to avoid the hassle of long-distance travel, she books into a hotel across the road…
Mouth to Mouth BBC3, Monday 9pm & 9.30pm
This series of monologues is growing richer by the episode. Overlapping in time, each episode is presented from the point of view of a different character with some of the others occasionally chipping in — but each time, we’re shown that events as we know them are different when viewed through different eyes. Oh, and it’s brilliantly funny as well.
Margot BBC4, Monday 9pm
In BBC4’s third and final film about woman in the arts, Anne-Marie Duff plays ballerina Margot Fonteyn. At a time in her life when she was expected to retire from the Royal Ballet, the arrival of Rudolf Nureyev revitalised her on-stage career: but offstage, she was approaching middle age with a diplomat husband who was more concerned with his home country than he was with his wife.
Delia’s Classic Christmas BBC2, Tuesday 9pm
If you work in a shopping centre, you’d be sick of Christmas by now, I’d have thought — stores in my area have been celebrating the festive season since Halloween, it seems. But for the rest of us, Advent starts here — and with Delia Smith’s first Christmas-themed cookery programme in 19 years.
Paradox BBC1, Tuesday 9pm
The setup is ridiculous, the characters uninteresting and the dialogue trite. Yes, it’s the closest that the BBC has come to producing another Bonekickers — so just switch off your brains for an hour and enjoy.
We Need Answers BBC4, Tuesday 10pm
If a certain radio show hadn’t already grabbed the soubriquet of “the antidote to panel games”, this show may have laid a claim to the title. Mark Watson presents a second series of the show in which two celebrities (this week, Martin Offiah and Jenni Murray) are faced posers originally sent in to a text-message answer service.
Spooks BBC1, Wednesday 9pm
With CIA boss Samuel Walker’s sudden death — an apparent suicide — troubling Harry, Ros meets her old mentor. And as soon as you hear the words “old mentor”, you just know that there’s trouble, right? You’d not be wrong…
The Man Behind the Masquerade BBC4, Wednesday 9pm
Radio 4 has already celebrate the 30th anniversary of classic children’s puzzle book Masquerade by Kit Williams - now it’s the telly’s turn, which means we also get to enjoy the sumptuous artwork.
Gavin & Stacey BBC1, Thursday 9pm
Last week’s episode proved a fantastic opening to the new series, and there’s no sign of a let-up. This week, a curry is ordered, and a spa day ensures the return of Dawn and Pete (Julia Davis and Adrian Scarborough). Tidy.