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Allan Crow takes a look at the week’s TV highlights


(Saturday, BBC1, 6.30 p.m.)

So how are we going to fill that Commonwealth Games shaped hole in our viewing this weekend?

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Tumble - another show which sets up celebs to try their hand at being sports stars.

Possibly not as bonkers as ‘Splash!’, this series aims to make gymnasts out of vaguely familiar faces off the telly ... so brace yourself for torn hamstrings, painful falls, and sprained ankles, all set to the usual musical soundtrack.

The celebs include the usual suspects - someone from Eastenders, someone from Dynasty, and Peter Duncan from the days when Blue Peter was a wee bit edgy.

Judges include Louis Smith hot from the Games’ medal rostrum and wee Nadia Comaneci from the 1980s.

Let’s hope there is much more to Commonwealth Games’ legacy than this rather silly wee cash in.

The Great British Bake Off

(Wednesday, BBC1, 8.00 p.m.)

I know folk who are beside themselves with excitement at the return of ‘Bake Off.’

Suddenly baking is the new rock ‘n’ roll, only with the sound turned down in case we disturb the neighbours.

Mel and Sue return as hosts for this quintessentially British show celebrating the humble sponge cake and treating it as an art form in its own right.

Mary Berry and all the usual suspects are back to watch as 12 new wannabes don their pinnies and prepare to create a wee masterpiece to go along with that midday cuppa.

Truly, I don’t get it. Everyone knows the best cakes are made by Mr Kipling...

The Great British Bake-Off: An Extra Slice

(Friday, BBC2, 9.00 p.m.)
With ‘Bake Off’ promoted to BBC1, Beeb 2 needed to fill that cake-shaped hole ... so why not copy the Apprentice style ‘extra’ show? Genius!

Jo Brand hosts this new companion to the main dish. Strictly for those who just can’t get enough Mary Berry in a week ...

Sweets Made Simple

(Friday, C2, 8.30 p.m.)
And how about another baking/food show - because clearly there are just not enough on the go right now?

Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood are your hosts in the quest to make the perfect sweets at home.

In The Club

(Tuesday, BBC1, 9.00 p.m.)
A new drama from the pen of Kay Mellor who gave us ‘Fat Friends.’

It follows a similar format, bringing together folk from different backgrounds and placing them in a shared setting, in this case a pre-natal parenting class.

It features Will Mellor and Jill Halfpenny in the usual strong cast of faces - and with Mellor you can expect all the heartstrings to be well and truly tugged.


(Friday, BBC1, 9.00 p.m.)
A new pilot for a comedy drama which stars Adrian Dunbar as an old-school cop saddled with a younger new partner aiming for the top.

To add to his woes, he’s a single parent with a teen daughter.

Kids With Cameras: Diary Of A Children’s Ward

(Thursday, stv, 9.00 p.m.)
You literally cannot move in our hospital wards for fly on the wall TV film crews.

Now, ITV has come up with a twist on the oldest subject by handing the cameras to the patients themselves, in this case kids - cue maximum emotional footage with the obligatory Take That/Coldplay soundtrack.

The bairns are all in Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital and the cameras let them record their experiences.