Allan Crow on the week’s TV highlights
(Daily, BBC1/2, from 9.00 a.m.) A glorious summer of sport justs keeps rolling along ...
World Cup. Done. Wimbledon. Check. The Open. Uh-huh.
Now for our own wee Olympics - the Commonwealth Games wrapped lovingly in a shortbread tin and served, hopefully, with a wee bit of gallus swagger.
Live from Glasgow, the event will dominate the next fortnight of telly, so if you are sick of sport, this is a good time to look for a late deal and an Easyjet ticket to somewhere hot.
From swimming to shooting, the Beeb is gearing up for wall to wall coverage - something it does very well.
And if they bring their usual high standards to the Glasgow Games then we may - in time - forgive them for the truly dire ‘Live From Edinburgh Castle’ show last Saturday.
If you missed it, consider yourselves fortunate - this was a terrible mish-mash of acts seemingly collated by The One Show’s random guest generator machine.
Alex Jones was a wooden host, the filling-in was cringe-inducingly awful, and poor wee Ronnie Corbett died on stage while wearing tartan breeks which even Rupert The Bear would have turned down.
Thank goodness sport now gets a chance to take centre stage.
(Sunday, BBC2, 8.30 p.m.) The dragons are back and ready to crush more entrepreneurs’ dreams with just two words - I’m out. Actually, they also are pretty good at spotting a business opportunity or two, and this show captures some great pitches.
The new series marks the last for grumpy Duncan Bannatyne - ach, I’ll miss him - so let’s see if he can go out in some style.
(Sunday, Channel4, 9.00 p.m.)
A new series which looks at a competition to find the country’s brightest young minds.
It also follows some of the contestants and their families as they prepare to answer questions which would have our brains turning to mush.
(Wednesday, Channel5, 9.00 p.m.) Telly folk just love the emergency services.
They provide drama and excitement in equal measure - you just need to find a character or two to tick every box to land a series on Channel5.
‘Emergency Bikers’ does what it says on the tin - it follows the work of emergency services who travel by motorbike.
You can fill in the rest ...
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Summer Special
(Friday, Channel4, 9.00 p.m.) The very words ‘summer special’ may spark memories of the days when BBC pitched a big circus tent in places like Bournemouth and Skegness, and Noel Edmonds introduced us to the world of light entertainment plus some circus acts.
The days of celebs sticking their heads into tigers’ mouths are gone - alas - and now we just slap a ‘summer special’ sticker on an existing show.Miranda Hart, The Inbetweeners and Vin Diesel make an unlikely line-up on Carr’s sofa.
The Secret History Of Our Streets
(Friday, BBC2, 9.00 p.m.).
An interesting wee programme which looks at - and behind - three very different streets in Scotland.
It kicks-off with Moray Place in Edinburgh, arguably one of the poshest addresses you could ever have.
It’s also the longest Georgian Terrace in Europe, so there isn’t much chance of the bedrom tax irritating these good folk.
(Nightly, Channel5, 9.00 p.m.) Yup, they’re still inside... and no-one is talking about them.