Allan Crow takes a look at the week’s TV highlights
(Monday, BBC1, 10.35 p.m.) For a man who churns out the most inoffensive comedy, Michael McIntyre doesn’t half divide the nation.
Some love his observational whimsy as he skips around the stage, while others see it as ‘stating the obvious.’
But there is no stopping the arena-touring Mr McI, and I guess it was only as matter of time before he nabbed his own chat show.
Quite why BBC has bunged it into a graveyard slot on Monday night is anyone’s guess - this is light enertainment at its frothiest - but maybe they’re concerned it’ll wilt if put up against the giants of the genre, Messrs Norton and Woss.
(Tuesday, BBC1, 9.00 p.m.) A welcome return for the crime thriller series which fits beautifully into the atmospheric setting of the Shetland Isles.
Dougie Henshall returns as DI Perez, charged with investigating some grim murders.
Even if you are not a fan of the genre, this is worth watching.
Law & Order: UK
(Wednesday, stv, 9.00 p.m.) Another welcome return for this cops and lawyers series which is also hugely watchable thanks to some strong storylines, great writing and acting.
Bradely Walsh gets a new sidekick on the crime front, but otherwise it sticks to a tried and very succesful format.
(Friday, Channel4, 9.00 p.m.) They said we’d never watch people snoring in bed and sitting staring out of the window, and then along came Big Brother.
A decade on, they said we’d never sit and watch a show about people wathcing telly - and along came Gogglebox.Series one was so successful, C4 promoted a second run into prime time Friday night.
It’s a marmite show - love it or loathe it - but there’s no doubt some of the characters filmed on their sofas commenting on what they are watching are probably more watchable and entertaining than the programmes they are tuned into.
The Voice UK
(Saturday, BBC1, 7.15 p.m.) With all the chair-spinning nonsense done and dusted, we are into the knockout rounds, and this is where it all went a bit off key last time round.
While some of the wannabes can sing, there’s no doubt a good few should have been charged with crimes against music as they screeched through some classics.
Funnily enough, although I can still wince at the memory of their efforts, I can’t for the life of recall a single name ...
Gene Clark: The Byrd Who Flew Alone
(Friday, BBC4, 9.00 p.m.)
Arguably the best music show of the weekend - a tribute to man who inspired The Byrds and then walked away from the superstars.
Clark ‘s songwriting was at the hilt of the band’s early albums but he shunned the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle and left the band. He was dead by the age of 46 through drink and drugs, but his influence lives on.
And as a wee bonus Beeb4 chucks in an hour of The Beatles and and celebration of California’s greatest music to round off the perfect evening .
(Thuresday, BBC4, 10.00 p.m.) A new sitcom that comes with a pretty good pedigree.
Set ina Dublin household, it was penned by Graham Linehan who gave is ‘The IT Crowd’, so is well worth checking out.
Hints of ‘The Royle Family’ meets ‘Father Ted’ is the general impression that comes across, and that’s not the worst place to draw your inspiration. It beats ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ any day ...