Week in TV (Week 10)
This is it. The last Week in TV of the academic year. I know, I know. It's heart-breaking, but it's a harsh world we live in. The good news for non-sport fans this week is that Euro 2012 is nearly over. The bad news is that Wimbledon's starting. So it's not exactly the most exciting week in the TV calendar that you've ever come across...
1) Line of Duty - A new cop thriller beginning on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC Two. The big question here is whether it will break the curse of oh so many BBC Two dramas, and actually bring some substance with its oodles of style .
2) Gordon Behind Bars (Tuesday 9pm Channel 4) - Gordon Ramsay goes to prison to set up a bakery. How more thrilling do you want?
3) Alan Partridge is back in a new spoof documentary, Welcome to the Places of My Life, on Monday at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. Not to be missed! Well, unless, like me, you don't have Sky...
4) Walking and Talking - The marvellous Kathy Burke stars in this new autobiographical series on Monday at 10.30pm on Sky Atlantic.
5) Dead Boss (Thursday 10.30pm BBC Three) - The barmy comedy continues. It's not art, but it is funny.
In the News
The marvellous Silk has been recommissioned for a third series. Martha Costello lives on to kick some more male butt with that accent of hers.
Euro 2012 is proving to be a ratings smash, with England's tedious match against Ukraine (well, I suppose it became more interesting in the second half) being the most-watched of the tournament so far, peaking at over 18 million viewers. Which is about 18 times more viewers than Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar had in the same slot a couple of weeks ago.
Thoroughly deserving BAFTA-winner Emily Watson is to star with David Tennant in a new political drama for BBC Two, The Politician's Husband, from White Heat writer Paula Milne.
In the most exciting news of the week, the BBC have confirmed that they have commissioned The Jim Henson Company to make a new puppet show called No Strings Attached (!).