The Week on TV - with Allan Crow

A Night of Queen
A Night of Queen

Queen Night

(Friday, BBC4, 9.00 p.m.) It must be 25 years since I saw Queen live at Ingliston - and it remains a stand out gig.

Freddie Mercury was a true showman who knew how to work a crowd, so it’ll be good to be reminded of them in their pomp in this retrospective evening dedicated to the band who used to proudly claim ‘‘no synths!’’ on their album credits.

The night includes a documentary with Brian, Roger and John retelling their story and their memories of Freddie, and it’s followed by their 1975 gig at the Hammersmith in London.

If your knowledge of Queen’s music derives from the awful ‘We Will Rock You’ then do yourself a favour and tune in and see the real deal when they were simply the best.

The Boat Race

(Saturday, BBC1, 1.00 p.m.)

Crack open the Pimms and press my blazer - there’s a good chap.

Ah, the Boat Race, an event which the Beeb just loves and the rest of us whose only connection to Oxford or Cambridge is perhaps a wee day trip wonder what all the fuss is about.

Posh folk with names like Tristam Chinless -Wonder (always with a hyphen) get to race up the Thames while everyone cheers from the banks. It’s oh so quintessentially English.

This is the 158th race between the two unis, so pick your team and cheer ‘em to victory.

Or maybe just pop out to Asda and come back in time for The Masters just after three.


(Friday, BBC1, 8.00 p.m.) I’ve been away from Eastenders for months - the baby swap story had me reaching for the remote control.

Clearly nothing has changed. Everyone hates everyone else, the whole of Albert Square is as miserable as sin, and yet again someone has been killed in dodgy circumstances.

I caught the end of the Heather-Andrew love story - yikes! - and her subsequent exit with a photo frame to the back of the head, and the fall-out continues tonight as Dot reckons she maybe misjudged the groom -who-will-never-be.

Eddie Stobart Trucks & Trailers

(Friday, Channel5, 8.00 p.m.) Friday night telly and what do we get on Channel5? Truckers! Contain yourself, reader, contain yourself.

The Stobart airport team rush to deal with a waste spillage on the runway at Southend.

Bet you never knew Southend even had an airport...

The Apprentice

(Wednesday, BBC1,. 9.00 p.m.)

This series is shaping up to be a belter - lots of bitching in the boardroom coupled with some hysterical waffle from the contestants when they try to sum up their business acumen.

Chuck in Lord Shoogly’s gruff nonsense and you have, pure, utter TV gold.

We can only be weeks away from the legendary shopping channel challenge.

Harry Hill’s Best Of TV Burp

(Saturday, stv, 7.30 p.m.) No sooner had Harry announced the end of the fantastic ‘Burp’ than along comes the first of what I fear will be many best of compilations shown on a never-ending loop.