Allan Crow casts his eye over the week’s TV highlights
(Saturday, BBC1, 7.50 p.m.)
No doubt about the tele-visual highlight of the week - the debut of Peter Capaldi as the doctor.
Old sweary heid Malcolm Tucker promises to be grittier than Matt Smith as he grabs the levers in the Tardis and sets off on some new adventures.
Hopefully he will also be far less baffling - much as I enjoyed Smith’s tenure, there were times I was baffled by the complicated sub plots which just gave me a sore head.
No doubt it will take time to get used to an older Doc, but Capaldi is a fantastic actor, and he seems perfect for this iconic role.
Celebrity Big Brother
(Nightly, Channel5, 9.00 p.m.) There was a time when this show would have had the tabloids all fighting for exclusives.
No sooner was a new BB champ elected - nope, I’ve forgotten her name already - than along comes the celebrity version, won in 2013 by Jim Davidson.
This year’s line-up has its share of windae lickers , folk I’ve never heard of, people famous only because they have been on reality shows, soap stars and the obligatory pnuematic glamour model.
The opening night was one of those ‘‘so who’s he then’’ events (White Dee? Lauren Goodger? Someone from ’Gogglebox’?) ... and I suspect we’ll still be scratching our heads by Friday when the first one is turfed back out.
The only concern has to be boxing promoter Frank Maloney who, just a week after revealing he was now living as a woman called Kellie, has been thrown straight into such a public circus/goldfish bowl.
Regardless of who wins - and I truly don’t care - I hope he gets something positive out of the experience.
The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill
(Friday, BBC4, 9.10 p.m.) I can still recall the huge ‘wow’ factor that accompanied Bush’s debut on Top Of The Pops as she sang ‘Wuthering Heights’ for the very first time.
Ahead of her first live shows in 35 years, this splendid documentary looks back on her career and her impact on the music scene.
Contributions from a huge swathe of collaborators including Peter Garbriel, who sang the haunting ‘Don’t Give Up’ and oodles of great video footage from through the years.
It’s followed by a compilation of her appearances at the BBC - same great songs minus the talking heads. Sheer bliss!
(Monday, BBC1, 9.00 p.m.) Blimey, there’s still life left in ‘New Tricks’ - the cold case crime series where nothing too demanding ever happens.
The cast has completely changed since the start, save for the ever present Dennis Waterman.
His team now includes Dennis Lawson, ex-Eastender Tamzin Outhwaite and Rodney from ‘Only Fools’ in the guise of Nicholas Lyndhurst.
It has a certain charm, but ‘New Tricks’ is pretty undemanding viewing.
Match Of The Day At 50
(Friday, BBC1, 10.35 p.m.) A 50th anniversary is the perfect excuse to send a trainee into the archives to root around for old footage.
Add in contributions from the usual suspects, and you have an easy and entertaining look back at the history of MOTD - the show where old pros go after they hang up their boots.
Abba At 40
(Saturday, Channel5, from 7.10 p.m.) Haven’t we already celebrated this landmark? There have been so many Abba tributes of late they have all rolled into one giant ‘Mama Mia’ sing-a-long.
Still, if the music gets you up and boogying then Channel5 is your channel of choice as it goes all jump suit and disto-tastic for this Saturday night.
Andrew Marr’s Great Scots: Writers Who Shaped The Nation
( Saturday, BBC2, 9.15 p.m.)
In the second episode of the series, the life of Walter Scott, the prolific novelist and poet who wrote swashbuckling tales of romance and adventure is told. PresenterAndrew Marr also reveals lesser known facts about Scott such as that he was also a political fixer who believed in a proud Scotland inside the UK. Scott brought George IV to Scotland and, dressing him in tartan, created a myth of the country being populated by a brave and proud race.