Welcome everybody to another edition of the Award Winning (That would be the Chris Nelson Award for Best Television Column written by Chris Nelson) TTWTWB, which this week is unfortunately going to be an abridged version due to my sinuses apparently trying to eat my head from the inside out.
Artist's rendition of what is happening inside my head
Sadly this means we don’t have the promised first edition of our Soap Profiles, rather we’ll dive straight in to the depths and see what is good and bad in the next week of television!
And we kick off those highlights with the return of the phenomena that is Dr Who. Shockingly, I very nearly broke out the purgatory section for this, as I have my doubts about Matt Smith as the irrepressible Doctor, but decided my reasoning of not being ‘grabbed’ by his brief appearance at the conclusion of David Tennant’s last episode was too flimsy to justify that. It does remain a concern of mine that Smith won’t be able to fill the gap left by Tennant, a concern I never had about Tennant’s own stint as I was won over in his initial scenes with Rose (Billie Piper), even though he was replacing Christopher Ecclestone (who is my favourite actor of all time), but I am very much willing to give Smith a chance to impress. Regardless of whether or not he wins me over (something which I’m sure would keep him awake at night…) Dr Who is a ratings juggernaut, popular with all sorts of people which is pretty much certain to squash whatever ITV puts up for the slaughter against it. The BBC definately can chalk up one in the ‘win’ column here.
Also returning to the BBC for a one off appearance is Jonathan Creek. The last time Alan Davies’ quirky sleuth was given an outing I was very impressed by the show, particularly by the turn given by Sheridan Smith as Creek’s new partner, which went a long way to repairing the damage that was inflicted on the show’s memory and legacy during the deeply disappointing Julia Sawalha years. Blackly comic and always unpredictable, crime drama enthusiasts will definately be kept rapt by the constantly changing pace of the plot.
Our final highlight features what is promised to be the last ever episode of A Touch of Frost, although I’m almost certain we’ve already had one of those. David Jason’s detective is always faced by dark and hard hitting crimes, and hopefully there is still enough in the Frost tank to give the excellent show the send off it deserves. I have to say though I remain unconvinced by the ‘last ever’ nature, given that David Jason vehicles always seem to come back, always a little worse for wear.
So with three stellar and frankly quite iconic additions to bolster the schedules, what horrors will be unleashed to dampen our enthusiasm?
Dear BBC, I would like to complain about the lack of imagination shown by your schedulers and producers in churning out another series of Points of View. There is a reason letter sections in newspapers don’t get much play and why audience participation always means death for a show, and POV manages to combine both those elements by airing suitably ill informed outrage from viewers. I’ve never understood the appeal of this show. If we wanted to complain or commend, we would have done so ourselves. We don’t need a rallying cry.
Speaking of a lack of imagination, Cash in the Attic returns for yet another formulaic trawl through people’s homes. There isn’t really much to say about this, other than express utter disbelief that this is the start of the 17th series. SEVENTEENTH!
With the lack of new additions to this category, I thought we had thankfully seen the last of the overly convoluted and contrived quiz show. Sadly I was wrong, as Divided, which is for some reason presented by Andrew Castle (who, lest we forget is a former British #1 Tennis Player, but only gets announced as a ‘Presenter’ now), arrives on ITV, the natural roosting spot for the doomed quiz show. Combining in equal parts The Weakest Link and Deal or No Deal, this follows the current game show formula to the letter, and is therefore likely to be pretty unbearable.
While on the subject of poor attempts to adapt an idea, I reacted with utter horror when I saw what Channel 4 has in store for our final lowlight of the week. Bruce Forsyth: A Comedy Roast, if done correctly would be a great tribute and an enjoyable night of humour. However, done badly, it will come off like a horrible, disjointed affair, missing the point of the tradition of the ‘Roast’ in US entertainment entirely. Jonathan Ross of all people heads the bill to pay comic tribute. This is the man who for the last 3 series of his show has made a running joke of how Bruce (a legend in my eyes) is too old and full of gaffes and mistakes to still be presenting. On top of that, we have the fact that Ross, unscripted and unmonitored will likely be crass and crude, and this just all seems like a Daily Mail witchhunt waiting to be set in motion. Definately something to avoid, let’s wait for a BAFTA tribute or BBC2 theme night or suchlike.
And that’s me for the week! Sorry about the short edition, but I’ll be back with a vengeance next week, spitting fury and talking Soap! Check out the rest of our great content, send any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments section below and remember to always stay safe.