Week in TV (Week 9)
If England doesn't make it through Euro 2012 this week, we can still celebrate: there’s scores of other programmes kicking about on the schedules that should provide a good substitute. Here’s our fixtures for the penultimate Week in TV of the term.
1) True Love – David Tennant and Billie Piper are some of the big names appearing in this improvised drama series that airs from Sunday to Wednesday on BBC One. Each episode is a different tale of love and relationships, but as Tennant and Piper are in separate episodes, there’s no chance of a Doctor/Rose reunion. Sob.
2) ITV are now showing the fifth series of time-travelling dinosaur extravaganza Primeval (Saturday, 6pm), which aired on digital channel Watch last year. Might need one of those time portals to go back and remember what's happened so far.
3) Make sure you’re not missing the funniest sitcom on our screens with Episodes (Friday, 10pm, BBC1). After a slow start, it’s since blossomed into comedy gold thanks to excellent performances from Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan and Matt LeBlanc.
4) A more leftfield suggestion, but Friday on BBC4 is David Bowie night, with two documentaries, David Bowie and the Story of Xiggy Stardust and The Genius of David Bowie airing back-to-back from 9pm.
5)And if you like artsy documentaries, All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry on Channel 4 (Tuesday, 10pm) is receiving good reviews, not least from us.
In the News
According to his blog, Ricky Gervais has finished with An Idiot Abroad and The Ricky Gervais Show, but is instead concentrating on an upcoming series of the divisive comedy Derek.
There are rumours that the The Voice UK allegedly ran over budget by approximately £650,000 in its first series. The BBC have not commented on this, but if the judges in Series Two are spinning around on Ikea office chairs, we’ll know why.
ITV have had to censor an episode of Poirot following one complaint from a viewer. Ofcom agreed that the episode 'Death on the Nile', which featured scenes of a woman shooting herself, were not suitable to be broadcast at the child-friendly time of 3pm on a Saturday afternoon.
And finally the producers of Game of Thrones have apologized for the appearance of George W Bush’s head on a spike during the series. The prop in question makes an appearance in the final episode of Season One and producers were quick to head off any suggestion that the action had been taken for anything other than budget reasons.