Allan Crow on this week’s telly highlights
(Friday, BBC1, 9.00 p.m.) Blimey, has a full decade really passed since we last had a complete series from Mr Creek?
Save for one-offs such as Crimbo specials, it is indeed a yawning time lapse for fans. Chances are they probably only vaguely remembered the first thing about Alan Davies’ master iillusionist.
So what has he beenup to? Well,we find him as a married man, and one not that interested in returning to solving those pesky cases.
But then someone slides a dossier across the table which includes the standard ‘whodunnit’ fare of a body, a locked dressing-room in a west end theatre, and no obvious means of escape for them killer...
(Friday, BBC4, 9.00 p.m.) Grab your denim jacket and air guitar and get ready to rock the living room!
Those mighty three-chord wondersn anmasters of the perfect pop-rock hit single are the sxubjects of this documentary which finds them where they belong - on the road.
UIt was shot in 2012 so there is plenty to talk about given gthe band’s long career.
It’s followed b y guitar heroes at the BBC - so don’t pack away that air guitar until the wee sma’ hours!
The Storms That Stole Christmas
(Saturday, Channel4, 8.00 p.m.
A documentary which would seem more at home in a midweek slot than prime time Saturday night, but at least it is topical. Oh hang on, it’s also being screened on Thursday!
Channel4’s teamm look at the human stories behind the storms which struck the UK at Christmas - hence the title.
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
(Saturday, BBC2, 10.00 p.m.) A welcome return for the BAFTA-winning show fronted by the guru of comedy - and the undisputed King of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Lee takes on a different format each week for his stand-up routines - sharp, smart, incisive, he is always worth watching.
The Repo Man
(Thursday, Channel4, 10.00 p.m.)
Alas, snot the classic 1980s film, but another work-based documentary series. You’ll never guess which one it focuses on ...
Cameras follow bailiff Sean James as he tracks down debtors who haven’t coughed up and then takes gtheitr goods and chattles instead.
A grim job with somke sad stories behind every piece of official repo paperwork.
Pound Shop Wars
(Thursday, BBC1, 9.00 p.m.) And talking of work-place reality shows, Pound Shop Wars signs off after a series of shows which have been rather underwhelming.
I has covered the same ground as so many other shows in this genre - the usual ‘characters’ amid a sea of ordiunary folk getting on with their work.
The series wraps up with the shop’s bid to woo middle class folk by the unveiling of a new mascot.
(Thursday, itv4, 8.00 p.m.)
You’ll find ‘Storage Wars’ dotted around the daytime schedules - and it’s one of those shows which sucks you in.
Imagine nDavid Dickinson’s Bargain Hunt’ relocated to auction lots in America and filled with the most ghastly, competitive, rude people imaginable.
They all get to bid blind on the contents of assorted units, but spend more time bad mouthing each other and trying to psyche out their closest rivals.
It’s ghastly stuff and at time they even come to blows - grief, imagine throwing a punch in front of Mr Dickinson! He’d go pale with shock...!