(Friday, Sky1, 8.00 p.m.) Every time I see ‘Glee’ I can’t help but think of ‘Fame’ and Leroy, the chubby kid, the elderly, wise teacher and everyone singing ‘‘I’m gonna live forever...’’
At the risk of incurring the wrath of the Glee-bers or Glee-ites - or whatever they call themselves - it really is just the 1980s sing-a-long drama rebooted for 2013.
And minus the leg warmers...
But the Glee-tastic news for those who love it is the show is back for another run, and it’s setting the bar high with an opening episode devoted to ‘Glee-tlemania.’
Yup, the songs of the Fab Four, the magnificent works opf Lennon and McCartney, are now just fodder for a bunch of wannabes in a paint-by-numbers drama.
Watch and weep music fans, watch and weep.
They’re actually shredding the very best of The Beatles across two epsiodes - and they say waterboarding is torture - before plunging into full sombre, touching tribute mode to remember cast member Cory Monteith who died from a drugs OD in summer.
It’ll be emulusional, as they say ...
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories
(Friday, stv, 9.00 p.m.)
Grab yer remote and prepare to turn the sound down as Brian Blessed booms out his life story louder than a 747 touching down at Edinburgh Airport.
Acting, teaching and mountaineering are all on Piers’ list of topics with Mr B who is a great raconteur and should make for an hour of entertaining telly.
The Great British Year
(Wednesday, BBC1, 9.00 p.m.) Got to admit, no-one covers nature quite like the Beeb - and this is anothner stunning series which brings the great outdoors into our living rooms.
It celebrates our four seasons and uses every technological skill in the book to capture nature at its very, very best
Elton John In Concert
(Friday, BBC4, 9.00 p.m.) Blimey we’re getting plenty of old Reg these days.
ITV have just done an hour long special to mark his Brits gong, and now he gets almost a night to himself on Beeb4.
The Elt-schedule starts with live concert footage recorded at the BBC’s Radio Theatre and he’s in top form cranking out all the old hits as well as stuff from his new album ‘The Diving Board.’
That should whet your appetite for a documentary on the making of his classic album ‘Madman Across The Water’ and if there is still an Elt-shaped hole in your heart, sate it with a late night mooch through the BBC archives.
It’s bound to feature him and Kiki Dee in those terrible outfits ...
Pain, Pus & Poison
(Thursday, BBC3, 9.00 p.m.) A new three-part series with the best title of the year!
Dr Michael Mosley takes the three Ps and looks at how scientists have basicallty sorted them out for us.
On pain control he covers everything from herbs to aspirin, and brings some amazing medical stories and inventions to life.
The Three-Day Nanny
(Wednesday, Channel 4, 8.00 p.m.) More simple, no-nonsense advice on how to control your kids.
Just as ‘Supernanny’ showed parents how to discpline by being consistent, this one kinda sets out the basics- don’t bully your bairns, don’t hit them, show them boundaries and praise ‘em.
And you only have to go along the High Street to see just how many parents have no concept of those very basics - probably the very people who wouldn’t think of watching this, let alone learning from it.
The Wonder Of Dogs
(Thursday, BBC2, 8.00 p.m.)
Does what it says on the tin - celebrates and, indeed the benefits, the joy of owning a dog ...