Allan Crow takes a look at the week’s TV highlights
(Nightly, stv, 9.00 p.m.) I doubt we will ever tire of watching celebrities being made to suffer and eat unmentionable parts of kangaroos.
The show hinges entirely on the Z-listers making fools of themselves, while up in the tree house the superb Ant & Dec set the standard all other reality show hosts aspire to.
This year’s jungle mates adhere to the usual mix.
There are a couple of models - gosh, can’t think why they got picked - plus the curious combination of rapper Tynchy Stryder, Craig Charles from Red Dwarf/Corrie, and ex-newsreader Michael Buerk.
Oh, and there is the obligatory non-entity from TOWIE. Quite why every reality show must have someone from this reality show is beyond me - it’s someone called Gemma Collins who, I am guessing, is quite well known in the Collins household.
Me? Wouldn’t recognise her if she was stood in front of me in the queue in Greggs.
Now, bring on the humiliation and hurt... may they suffer!
Ice Road Truckers
(Friday, Channel5, 8.00 p.m.) A brand new series of the show which tries hard to make truck drivers heading into the wilds of Canada and Alaska more exciting than it really is.
It kicks-off with a rival company setting up after a split among the bosses. Will there be races on snow-bound tracks? I’m almost interested enough to tune in...
Live At The Apollo
(Wednesday, BBC, 10.35 p.m.) A new series of stand-up comedy.
The tenth year brings some big names back to the box, including Frankie Boyle, Julian Clary and Russell Kane to name but three.
Secrets Of The Castle
(Tuesday, BBC2, 9.00 p.m.) A new series which looks at an ambitious project to build a medieval castle from scratch using the tools and materials available in the 13th century.
It’s a fascinating glimpse into the past and how medieval workers found incredibly clever solutions to problems.
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild
(Friday, Channel5, 9.00 p.m.) Escaping the rat race to live off the land is a dream held by many, and this new series sees Mr Fogle meet some who actually made the jump. He heads to the Namibian desert to meet a bloke who was an insurance salesman, and now is a bushman. There are more fascinating stories to come in this series.
Not Going Out
(Friday, BBC1, 9.30 p.m.) The gag-per-line sitcom always makes you laugh out loud at least once or twice - even if you don’t want to.
This week is a bit of telly eating itself as the cast become contestants on tea-time quiz, Pointless.
You can probably guess the rest ...
The Home That Two Built
(Friday, BBC2. 7.00 p.m.) Another rummage in the archives creates an entire series.
Mel Giedroyc looks back at the changing lifestyles captured by BBC2 over the generations.
So, rewind to the 70s - the era of flares and tanktops, inflation, and strikes - for a reflection or two from the usual talking heads.
Kenny Rogers: Cards On The Table
(Friday, BBC4, 9.00 p.m.) BBC4’s country season doffs its stetson to the master, Mr Rogers, the man who knew when to fold, knew when to roll ‘em, and brought the genre to a whole new audience.
He’s been a star for 50 years, sold something like 120 million albums, and performed with the greatest names around.
Oh, and he’s a nationally ranked tennis pro too!
A fascinating profile.