Leonardo CBBC, Monday 5.15pm
Okay, so you know I love this programme already. It does have its flaws — while it’s generally stronger when dealing with the emotional lives of the four young leads, when it does so the eponymous Da Vinci ends up being the least interesting character. That’s no discredit to Jonathan Bailey, who is a charismatic lead — but in recent weeks he and the rest of the cast have been eclipsed by Flora Spencer-Longhurst’s doe-eyed cross-dresser Lisa/Tomaso, who has become the real heart of the show.
It’s the penultimate episode this week, and Leonardo is tempted to join forces with Piero de’Medici when he reveals he’s had Leo’s designs built. But Piero has his own plans for Leonardo’s inventions that end up pitching Da Vinci against de’Medici…
Sirens Channel 4, Monday 10pm
Comedy drama starring Rhys Thomas, Kayvan Novak and Richard Madden as a trio of paramedics. Inspired by real-life exploits as documented by Brian Kellett in his blog (and later, book) Blood Sweat & Tea, the previews I’ve seen haven’t been all that promising, but the leads are charismatic enough.
Lead Balloon BBC2, Tuesday 10pm
I’ve been a bit disappointed with this series of Lead Balloon — the typical episode structure, where Rick’s publicity-hungry exaggerations and lies lead to his eventual humiliation, has seemed a little tired. So this week’s break from the format is welcome, as Rick is held hostage by a knife-wielding prisoner (Robbie Coltrane).
Liz Smith’s Summer Cruise BBC4, Wednesday 10.25pm
Another showing for Daisy Asquith’s emotional documentary following actress Liz Smith (The Royle Family) as she goes on her first real holiday, a cruise on the Adriatic.
Dance! The Most Incredible Thing about Contemporary Dance BBC4, Thursday 8pm
Contemporary dance can be one of the most maddening of arts disciplines. For me, when it works it can hit you right in the gut with intense emotion — but when it doesn’t, it just feels like a load of self-indulgent twaddle. Charles Hazlewood investigates the genre, immersing himself and participating in it, as well as interviewing some of the leading practitioners.