Allan Crow takes a look at the week’s TV highlights
(Friday, Channel4, 9.00 p.m.) Grief - a multi-platform interavctive singing game show.
Alan Carr hosts this lively new attempt to make you get involved in the telly rather than just sitting and watching.
The format sounds relentlessly cheesy - when I say ‘cheesy’ I really mean ‘awful’ - with budding singers performing on a moving stage.
The moment they open their gobs to murder a pop classic, the audience at home -that’s you, so sit up straight and pay attention - presses their downloadable zapper and jetisons them to oblivion or forward to the next stage.
It sounds bit like watching ‘X Factor’ on fast forward - charging through the utterly awful auditions in the hope of finding someone who can actually hold a note.
With Carr at the helm it’ll be lively enough, but, on paper, it looks very close to my vision of TV hell. Now where’s that zapper thing - if I press it repeatedly will it make them all go away?
Elvis: That’s Alright,
60 Years On
(Friday, BBC4, 9.10 p.m.) At almost the same time as TV once again clears the shelves of wannabes, it’s ironic that BBC4 should be celebrating one of the true landmarks in music.
It’s 60 years since a young, fresh faced Elvis Presley walked into the Sun Studio in Memphis, recorded his debut single ‘‘That’s All Right’ and changed the face of rock ‘n’ roll in little more than three minutes.
This documentary traces Presley’s story as well as looking at the astonishing impact his first ever recording had.
We should offer a small prayer that, 60 years ago, there wasn’t a daft interactive audience singing show and downloadable zappers .
Tonight At The Games
(Friday, BBC1, 10.40 p.m.)
Must confess, I absolutely love this show - upbeat and a little offbeat it captures the absolute spirit of the Games thanks to two excellent hosts in the magnificent Claire Balding and Mark Chapman, and a wonderfully diverse guest list refreshingly free of celebs and hingers-on.
The Beeb’s coverage has been quite splendid throughout. Shame Gary Lineker had to spoil it with a churlish tweet saying how he was getting stick for not being Scottish while hosting the ‘Scottish games’. Aw diddums...
The Last Leg
(Friday, Channel4, 10.00 p.m.) Superb news - Adam Hills and his team are back for a new series of topical chat and humour.
Originally launched as part of the station’s Paralympic coverage in 2012, it has really found its niche thanks to the sharp wit and intelligence of Hills and his side kicks Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe.
The series still feels fresh and has much to offer.
Maybe the Boy Lineker should watch and learn for some tips on how to inject a bit of life into the role of anchoring a show ...
Blinging Up Baby
(Saturday, Channel 5, 8.00 p.m.) Nope it isn’t a typo - this really IS a documentary on parents who shower their weans in bling.
Yup, watch and cringe as we meet folk who use crystal-covered dummies for their babies and indulge toddlers with fake tans.
I really feel for kids lumbered with parents as shallow as this.
(Thursday, BBC2, 9.00 p.m.)
If ou are going to do an arts show then who you gonna call? Yup, step forward Lord Bragg.
It’s been a few years since he and the South Bank Show were jettisoned from the cooncil telly stations, so it’s good to see him back again with this new two-parter which starts with a profile of the 14th century preacher John Ball.
He’ll dare you to hit that zapper...