Big Brother: The Ultimate Final Channel 4, Friday from 7.30pm
Yes, after the anti-climax of this year’s “proper” series final, which segued so seamlessly into Ultimate Big Brother that poor Josie’s win went almost unnoticed, tonight sees the final, last ever, ultimate, final of Big Brother. At least on Channel 4, as Richard Desmond’s Channel Five are rumoured to be interested in buying the format (a natural fit, as the Daily Star would have no news to report during the summer if it could not make mountains out of Borehamwood molehills every year).
Regardless of what one may think of the programme, I have to confess that this year’s instalment, which has taken extreme liberties with the format, has been one of the funniest, most entertaining in many years. So I’ll be, if not if floods of tears, at least dabbing my eyes on occasion. Nice to see Dermot O’Leary return to the Big Brother fold (for Dermot’s Last Supper at 9.30pm) too.
New Tricks BBC1, Friday 9pm
The old dogs of UCOS are back for more investigations and light whimsy. Hoorah.
Paul O’Grady ITV1, Friday 9pm
After leaving his Channel 4 daytime show, O’Grady returns to the channel he vowed never again to work for in 2006, after his contract was allowed to lapse. Freed of the constraints of daytime, don’t expect Graham Norton-style rudeness, but instead a more relaxed O’Grady. If you call joining Britain’s Got Talent winners, gymnastic troupe Spelbound, relaxing…
Strictly Come Dancing: The Reveal BBC1, Saturday 6.25pm
Celebrities. Professional dancers. Sequins. You know the drill, right? Well, after a couple of years of audience frustration at format tweaks and substandard competitors, the buzz for the 2010 series is proving promising. A return to basics in the format (Sunday results show, no dance-off) is set to be joined by some exciting changes (Claudia Winkleman co-hosting the results show, a professional troupe doing the show dances so competing professionals can concentrate on coaching their celebrity partners). The series proper starts on October 1 — this week we meet the 14 celebs, find out who their partners will be and meet some of the professionals who will be working on Strictly for the first time.
Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live BBC3, Saturday from 9.10pm
Two hours worth of the cream of stand-up performers who were performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Albert’s Memorial ITV1, Sunday 9pm
David Jason and David Warner are two old WW2 veterans, fulfilling their late comrade’s request to bury him in a field in Germany where the three faced an unspoken trauma that none of them have ever quite come to terms with. Gentle laughs and bucketfuls of pathos, as you’d expect from a drama with Jason’s name on the executive producer credits.