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Robbie Williams (right) with Miss Piggy
Robbie Williams (right) with Miss Piggy
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By Allan Crow

Robbie Williams: One Night At The Palladium

(Friday, BBC1, 8.00 p.m.)

Ah Robbie, the man who thinks be can croon like Sinatra.

Tonight he gets an hour of airtime to plug his new album of swing music - how generous of the Beeb to give him such a platform.

He’s joined by light entertainment favourites such as Miss Piggy, that well known pinao bar chanteuse, as well as Lily Allen and Rufus Wainwright, two great performers in their own right.

My problem with Williams is he’s all style and no substance.

The ‘cheeky chap’ personna wore thin many years ago, and to be honest as a songwriter he’s got his nose far too deep in a thesaurus to come up with anything other than O-grade standard ryhming couplets.
Still, ‘Angels’ was a nice ballad and made folk cry, even if it wouldn’t come close to touching the sides of my ‘Top 100 Songs To Break Your Heart’ compilation.

The Graham Norton Show

(Friday, BBC1, 10.35 p.m.)

Bit of a strange line-up this week - David Walliams, Mary Berry, Daniel Radcliffe and Cliff Richard along with Harry Hill.

I like David and I like Harry. There’s only one way to find out who’s best ... fight!!

Eastenders

(Thursday, BBC1, 8.00 p.m.)
I long since zoned out of Albert Square - worn down by its relentless misery and people shouting at each other.

Last week I tuned in to fine Alfie making a chump of himself at his own wedding and high tailing it to find Katy who was on a plane bound for a new life.

And whaddaya know ... he ran right through customs and up the steps of the plane, banged on the door and was let in without anyone calling security.

Ah Eastenders - you got to love its hammy approach to love stories.

Are they back together? Have they split again since then?

As much as am I beside myself with utter indifference I fear it’s all heading towards another big festive plot.

River City

(Tuesday, BBC1, 8/.00 p.m.)
I’ll happily admit to being a River City addict - consider it my weekly guilty pleasure (well, that and Holby City!).

But I’m getting a tad tired with all the mobsters and drug dealers moving into Shieldinch.

It can only be a matter of time before someone’s business is torched (again) or kidnapped (again) or beaten to a pulp (again).

By all means show the underbelly of city life, but let’s get a wee spotlight back on the ‘ordinary’ people please.

Liberty of London

(Monday, stv, 9.00 p.m.)
Another new fly on the wall documentary series, this time inside the famous London department store.

We get to go behind the scenes - oh lucky us - as the store gears up for Crimbo.

Other than the ‘Liberty’ tag it’s hard to see what new ground this series can hope to break.

Have I Got News for You

(Friday, BBC1, 9.00 p.m.)
Kathy Burke moves into the host’s revolving chair this week.

Must admit this series has been less than razor sharp - too many dull guests and average hosts - but as long as Paul Merton remains, there is always the prospect of comedy genius.

Blues America

(Friday, BBC4, from 9.00 p.m.)
Got dem ole end of the week blues? Ease them away in the company of the masters of the genre from Muddy Waters to the wonderful Bonnie Raitt and Robert Cray via Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, and Chuck Berry with contributions from a remarkable range of stars.

Wonderful!