Week in TV (Week 8)
If you don't like football, then you're in a bit of trouble, as, this week, the BBC1 and ITV1 schedules are completely dominated by it - heck, you know it's bad when ITV are only showing two episodes of Emmerdale as opposed to the usual six! But, I have scoured the schedules, and found some non-sporty things that are worth a look. Here they are...
1) Dead Boss - A new prison-set comedy starring, and written by, the BAFTA-winning Sharon Horgan, which starts on Thursday at 10.30pm on BBC3. And it's got Jennifer Saunders in it, so it's bound to be good!
2) Silk (Tue 9pm BBC1) - After a shaky first couple of episodes, Silk is well and truly back on form, so go on, now's a great time to give it a try. Trust me, you'll be cheering Martha (the marvellous Maxine Peake) on as she delivers another slamdunk in the courtroom.
3) Britain in a Day (Mon 9pm BBC2) - A groundbreaking one-off documentary, with a certain Ridley Scott as its Executive Producer; it observes a day in the life of ordinary Britons via YouTube videos, and is probably eyeing up a BAFTA...
4) Desperate Housewives finally comes to an end on Sunday at 10pm on E4. Does anybody care? Probably not, but it's a very slow week.
5) Missed out on Borgen earlier this year? Well shame on you! But fear not, BBC4 are beginning a rerun of the entire first series on Wednesdays at 9pm.
In the news
The Diamond Jubille Concert became the most-watched TV broadcast since last year's Royal Wedding, with almost 15 million viewers tuning in.
However, it's not all good news, as the BBC have received over 2000 complaints regarding their coverage ot last Sunday's pageant. Watching Ben Fogle rowing and Anneka Rice looking at watercolours clearly didn't appeal...
The Vocie UK saw a last-minute turnaround in its ratings decline (actually, is decline a strong enough word...?), but it seems that this hasn't done enough to launch the career of winner Leanne Mitchell, with the midweek music chart finding her at no.27. You never know, by Christmas, she might have got to Number 1!
Hilary Devey has quit Dragons' Den for a new Channel 4 series The Intern, meaning that, sadly, the upcoming tenth series will be her last. But who should replace her? I hear Dannii Minogue's looking for work...
The BBC have confirmed that The Matt Lucas Awards will return for a second series after a solid performance in its Tuesday night death slot.