Allan Crow on this week’s TV highights
(Saturday, BBC2, from 8.00 p.m.)
Ah, come with me on a trip back in time to when we headed out on our Raleigh Chopper bikes (purple), wore tank tops, thought Slade were just uber cool, and Z-Car and Nationwide were hit TV shows.
Yup, the 1970s are back for one night only as BBC2 celebrates its 50th anniversary with a wee plunder of its archives.
First up is a classic episode of Fawlty Towers - the one where Basil is convinced a guest has smuggled a woman into his room.
Every line and scene remain funny to this day - a tribute to the writing and acting of all involved.
Then cue The Goodies, slapstick comedy which perhaps hasn’t aged quite as well as John Cleese’s masterpiece.
And just when you think it’s time to kick off your platform shoes, along comes Noddy Holder for ‘I Love 1973’ which takes a nostalgic look back to the hits and headlines of that year and celebrates the rise of Kojak - hey, who loves ya baby! - and that all-time classic fashion statement we knew and loved as the parka.
Ah, mine was blue with an orange furry hood! I rocked that look!
It may be sunny outside, but what better way to round off the night than the ‘TOTP 78 Christmas Show’ with Noel Edmonds introducing Abba, Boney M and - brace yourselves! - Darts. Daddy Cool ... now that’s what I call music!
(Tuesday, Channel4, 9.00 p.m.)
A new series which turns the spotlight on some of our most persistent complainers - and how they are shaping retailers’ response to their moan-y e-mails and social media mutterings.
If you’ve ever had the misfortune to stand in a queue while one of these folk goes on at length about rubbish service or rip-off charges then you’ll know what to expect.
Again, the programme needs its share of what TV folk call ‘characters’ - those outgoing, folk who made ‘good telly’.
I guess if the series is rubbish then we could always ...er, complain!
World Cup Epic Fails
(Saturday, stv, 8.30 p.m.) You can tell that Adrian Chiles and company are busy packing for Rio with the arrival of rather lame tosh such as this.
Angus Deayton looks at the funny side of the World Cup - basically an excuse to churn out all the bits from the archive along with the inevitable out-takes.
And you thought ‘World Cup Epic Fails’ was going to be a documentary on Scotland’s miserable efforts on the big stage ... tsk, tsk, tsk.
(Friday, stv, 9.00 p.m.) So much for the ‘who killed Tina?’ storyline as we all saw who shoved her off the scaffolding on Tuesday - and in all honesty it was a bit of a rubbishy lame death in terms of a soap exit. Doubtless there will be a twist - the obvious one being a drunk Peter copping the blame - but it strikes me they missed a wee trick here to milk it for a good few weeks. There again, it was never going to rival the ‘who shot JR’ hype of the 1980s.
Burning Desire: The Seduction Of Smoking
(Thursday, BBC2, 9.30 p.m.)
A two-part documentary on the tobacco industry’s bid to hold back plans for plain packaging.
Peter Taylor heads Down Under to see how the industry is tackling the issue, and how its actions there could end up impacting on the British market.
Britain’s Got Talent
(Saturday, stv, 7.00 p.m.)
The last live semi-final. Let’s hope a David Walliams-backed act wins ... just to leave Mr Cowell smirk-free for once ...