Allan Crow takes a look at the week’s TV highlights
(Saturday, BBC1, 6.30 p.m.)
(Saturday, stv, 8,.00 p.m.)
Ah, ‘tis the witching hour, so here come the Hallowe’en specials of this two shows.
‘Strictly’ goes spooky with special dance routines which I hope includes the ‘Monster Mash’ if only to leave the judges totally speechless.
Meanwhile, X-Factor digs up all the usual themed-songs and places them in the hands of the wannabees to bludgeon into submission.
Guess the only question is who gets to maul Jacko’s ‘Thriller?’
Frankenstein & The Vampyre - A Dark And Stormy Night
(Saturday, BBC2, 9.00 p.m.) Docu-drama in which Lord Byron, Mary and Percy Shelley and pals gather to tell ghost stories.
Alex Polizzi’s Secret Italy
(Friday, Channel5, 9.00 p.m.) The host of the Hotel Inspector series returns to her home land for this wee series of travelogues.
I like her brand of tough love when it comes to sorting out ailing businesses - but this does seem a bit like a filler.
How much of Italy really is secret?
(Tuesday, BBC1, 9.00 p.m.) A new drama series that taps into every parents’ nightmare - their child goes missing on holiday.
James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor star as the couple whose lives are thrown into utter turmoil after their five-year old child disappears in France in 2006.
Eight years on he is still missing, and their relationship and lives have changed forever when new information comes to light.
(Friday, BBC1, 8.30 p.m.)
The return of a fairly standard sitcom with Adil Ray as the writer and star as Mr Kahn.
The first series didn’t do much for me, so it’ll be interesting to see if the team behind it has made any improvements.
24 Hours In A & E
(Thursday, Channel4, 9.00 p.m.)
The return of the incredible fly on the wall series which simply films whatever drama emerges through the doors of an A & E department.
It’s a cut above most documentaries because of the way it’s done - and the stories are utterly compelling and often moving.
On Weir’s Way With David Hayman
(Monday, stv, 8.00 p.m.) To a generation of viewers, ‘Weir’s Way’ was their weekly view of the great outdoors.
Tom Weir was a wonderful broadcaster who brought us many facets of Scotland in the 1970s and 80s.
Now actor David Hayman takes over the role to revisit many of his great destinations.
(Thursday, BBC1, 9.00 p.m.) Another utterly captivating, magnificent series hosted by the peerless David Attenborough.
The opening programme which looked at the extraordinary journeys of life and death made by many animals was just astonishing, and tonight, he charts the transition of anmals from tigers to an octopus as they grow up into the adult world.
The camera work is stunning, and Attenborough’s narrative is beyond outstanding.
(Daily, Channel4, 5.30 p.m.) A tea time slot for the cheap-as-chips reality show which chucks strangers on a coach, drives them round Europe and invites conflict by asking them to vote off the ones they least like.
It’s brain-dead telly, and yet you find yourself drawn into the pretty banal adventures of folk you don’t know and care even less about.
Tour guide Brendan brings relentless cheeriness to a coach party I’d happily avoid at all costs.