The Last Leg
(Friday, Channel4, 9.30 p.m.)
This comedy chat show was conceived as part of Channel4’s coverage of the Paralympics, and it went down so well it has brought it back with a wider remit to comment on the events of the past week.
In Adam Hills it has the perfect host – he’s funny, smart, intelligent and engaging, a anyone who has seen his live shows will testify.
Under his control the show showed you could find laughs in disability.
Imagine letting Frankie Boyle loose with such a remit …
Hills is joined once again by two excellent sidekicks in Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker and they are promising a return to the ‘’Is it alright to…’’ segment in which they show the shock-jock comics how to handle potentially sensitive items and still get a laugh.
Celebrity Big Brother: Live Final
(Friday, Channel5, 9.00 p.m.)
It’s the vote you’ve not been waiting for that finally unveils a winner you couldn’t care two hoots about.
I sincerely hope it isn’t the deeply unlovable ‘’Speidi’’ – some husband and wife combo who seem to earn a crust appearing on endless reality shows having been spawned by the mutant genre in the first place.
Talk about television eating its self... .
It’s not that they are shallow and more two dimensional than any cartoon character you could care to mention, or the fact they’re not particularly witty or sharp, or they’re just playing a dumber (or, perhaps, smarter), game than anayone else.
It’s this. Last week in a conversation about Neightbours, Kylie Minogue’s name came up and how she became part of Peter Waterman’s hit factory.
‘’Pete Waterman – wasn’t he in Pink Floyd?’’ Speidi asked.
A nation slapped its palm to its forehead and exclaimed ‘’Doh!’’
The thought of the Floyd covering Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ makes me ill.
Not that I watch, you understand …
Bob Servant Independent
(Wednesday, BBC4, 10.00 p.m.)
A midweek gem which you simply must discover.
Brian Cox stars as the independent candidate trying to win a council seat in Broughty Ferry. He’s pompous and thin-skinned – he’ll fit right in at Council HQ – and he has his director of sauces from his cheeseburger van as his campaign manager.
It’s superb, perfectly written and gloriously unfunny.
Set the Sky+ forthwith!
Arena: Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way
(Friday, BBC4, 10.45 p.m.)
a perfect tribute to late, great jazz musician whose time signatures simply put him in a class of his own.
This is the magnificent 2010 documentary put together by Arena and a chap called Clint Eastwood. Hmm, know the name …
The Great Comic Relief Bake Off
(Thursday, BBC2, 8.00 p.m.)
Afraid I was the only person in the UK who didn’t fall for the charms of this truly British competition.
This is the final of the celeb version with Claudia Winkleman and Ed Byrne among others hoping their tarts will be tasty and their soufflés rise to the occasion.
Think I’ll go to Domino’s …