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Saturday, 20 June 2009

The TV Week - 28 June - 3 July 2009

9:30pm Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow BBC1 - With headliner Sean Lock
10:00pm Lee Evans: Wired & Wonderful Channel 4 - A repeat of his performance from Wembley Stadium
11:10pm Glastonbury 2009 BBC2 - Featuring performances from Kasbian and Florence & The Machine hosted by Lauren Laverne and Zane Lowe. Coverage begins at 7pm on BBC3
7pm Revelations Channel 4 - 8-part series on the impact of religion by filmmaker Jon Ronson
8pm Top Gear BBC2 - With Stephen Fry in the reasonably priced car.
8pm The Secret Caribbean with Trevor McDonald ITV1 -Three part series that sees Sir Trevor traveling across the Caribbean visiting some of the beautiful, dangerous and vibrant islands
9pm On Thin Ice BBC2 - James Cracknell and Ben Fogle attempt to race to the South Pole
5pm The Chase ITV1 - New quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh
8pm Madonna & Mercy: What Really Happened? Channel 4 - Documentary documenting the singer’s latest adoption attempt.
9pm Inside Nature’s Giants Channel 4 - Four-part science series uncovers the anatomical secrets of some of the animal kingdom's most extraordinary species beginning with Elephants.
9pm Dispatches Special Channel 4 - Looking at the terror attack in Mumbai
9pm CSI Miami Five - Series 7 of the crime drama.
10pm The Life and Times of Tim Virgin1 - US cartoon series about a normal guy living in New York who just happens to be the world's most awkward man.
11.10pm The Inbetweeners Channel 4 - Terrestrial airing of the second series
10.35pm Hollywood Lives ITV1 - Series looking at life in Hollywood
9pm Cops with Cameras
11pm Skins Channel 4 - Terrestrial airing of the third series of the teen drama.
8.30pm Physic Detectives
Biography -Medium Tony Stockwell unlocks the psychic powers of six members of the public.
9pm The Best Job in the World BBC1 - Documentary following the marketing campaign for an Australian State, which asked for potential caretakers for a beautiful barrier reef island
9pm Gerry’s Big Decision Channel 4 - Three-parter in which business troubleshooter Sir Gerry Robinson helps struggling businesses.
9pm Can I Get High Legally? BBC3 - Documentary fronted by George Lamb about legal party pills and herbal highs.
9pm Reaper E4 - Second series of the US comedy.
10pm Physic Investigators Biography -Series about crime cases in which psychics have been involved.
10pm Horne & Corden
BBC2 - Terrestrial airing of the duo’s sketch show
11.35pm Stevie Wonder BBC2 - Concert from London’s O2 Arena

Guest list
Sandra Bullock, Emma Watson, Liz Smith on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC1, Friday
Sugababe Keisha Buchanan & Shaun Williamson on All Star Mr. & Mrs. ITV1, Saturday
Jerry Springer, Martina Navratilova, The Black Eyed Peas on Alan Carr Chatty Man Channel 4, Sunday

Subject list
: Will the Scots Ever Be Happy? . BBC1, Monday
Real Crime: Sally Anne Bowman: Murder on the Doorstep. ITV1, Monday

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

That Mitchell and Webb Look, BBC2

Did we like it?
We’ve always been big fans of Mitchell and Webb whether it be in Peep Show, David popping up on panel shows or Robert skiving in The Smoking Room, but for some reason their sketch show has never really hit the mark. However, this first episode of series three had a higher hit rate than the less memorable second series.

What was good about it?
• Unlike recent sketch shows such as Little Britain or The Catherine Tate Show, Mitchell and Webb don’t repeat their material. In every series, most of the sketches are brand new and don’t rely on the same old punchline or catchphrases to make us laugh.
• The brain surgery and rocket science dinner party. Easily the funniest of the night.
• The Mitchell and Webb action figures raised a smile with David coming with quickfire panel show mode while the Webb action figure comes with a spare T-Shirt.
• While the sketch set in Victorian times was funny, perhaps the most surprising thing about it was that Robert Webb makes a convincing Queen Victoria. We look forward to seeing him in the role when the BBC announces its next big period drama.
• There have been so many poor sketch shows lately and we expect these things to be hit and miss but this was far better than recent offerings from Horne and Corden, for example

What was bad about it?
• Perhaps we should get over it but we miss Numberwang!
• The sketches featuring parodies of Poroit, The Apprentice and Spooks didn’t feel relevant as it seemed we’d seen them all before.
• The sombre sketch featuring Santa’s festival scheming brother is likely to run across the series but it just wasn’t funny.
• The absence of Olivia Coleman

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