The TV Week That Will Be 12/12/2009-18/12/2009

Aloha, Bienvenue and Buenos Aries everybody, and welcome to the latest edition of The TV Week That Will Be! Our theme music this week is brought to us by Jenny Lewis….take it Jenny!

Acid Tongue there, which featured at the conclusion of episode 14 of Without A Trace, a series with a significant amount of gas left in the tank it seems, despite this being the last ever series. At least it will be going out on top rather than ekeing itself out for far too long as do many TV series.

Now to business!

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This week, we’re going to feature just one member of the clan, our favourite son, Eli.

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Eli
Parents: Albert, Delilah
Sibling: Marlon

Perhaps more than any other, Eli, played superbly by Joseph Gilgun has suffered at the temperamental hands of soap writers. After being introduced as a comedy relief ‘black sheep’, a series of extremely well acted emotional storylines set both the character and actor apart as having something special, and oozing potential to be the next star of Emmerdale, the pet project around which future storylines could be built. All the while maintaining his wonderful comic timing, Gilgun portrayed heartbreaking regret at having accidentally shot his own brother in a robbery gone awry, a sole voice of reason in begging Marlon to take his wife back following an affair and then in what was the Soap’s dramatic peak in recent times, turned himself into a leading man, pursuing murderer Jasmine to save his cousin (and in true Dingle fashion, true love) Debbie from conviction, even falsely confessing himself to try and protect her from gaol. In their eternal wisdom however, the Emmerdale writers soon reverted to type following the conclusion of that storyline and Eli turned back into the loveable comedy putz, and despite still stealing every scene he appears in, he looks destined to stay that way until, brace yourselves ‘Dale fans, he leaves in the new year!

That’s right, Emmerdale is set to become a whole lot poorer soon as Joe Gilgun disappears for sunnier climes. Unlike several Soap departures for ‘bigger’ things though, this one looks to already be on the path to success after a great turn as an accomplice black market dealer in the vaunted independent film Harry Brown (which comes reccommended by none other than my Mother!). The door is open for a return as Eli in the future apparently, so we can always hope that we’ll get some more of that trademark wit in the Dales in the future. I would like to thank Joe for his entertaining and enthralling performances on the show and wish him the very best for the next step of his career.

Next week will be our final edition of The Dingle Files as we look to the new generation!

Elsewhere on television in the last two weeks we saw the end of the latest series in the UK of Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, not that you would know it with the way Five has neglected it during this series. Not one mention, not one promotion and not even a post episode voiceover telling us when it would be returning. Plenty of hype for Justice Shades in CSI:Miami though…

SVU is one of the very best crime dramas on television, with particularly good emphasis on the characters of the detectives themselves. Chris Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer and Ice T all have terrific range and great interplay, and on the whole deserve better treatment by Five than they currently get.

I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here mercifully ended too. Kim Woodburn is now on our blacklist alongside the Loose Women hosts. Please, please ITV, no more series of this!

But we’re here for a reason so let us get down to the business!

Our highlights kick off this week with the return of a BBC staple…

That’s right, Ski Sunday is back. Since it’s revamp, new life has been breathed into the programme, and made it much more accessible to your average sports fan. With an exciting season for winter sports ahead with the Olympics, this is essential viewing if you intend to keep an eye on the results.

The Xtra Factor: Best and Worst 2009 reminds us of the best part of the whole X Factor caboodle, with the dreadful auditions providing great comedy value. Siadenfraude might be a bit low, but we all need our kicks somehow!

Our final highlight for the week is the return of another revamped BBC classic in One Man and His Dog. It’s fun, relaxing and retains it’s twee quality without being over the top. If you watch it and get to know the course the competitors run too, it can be quite engaging, and you’ll find yourself rooting for the hairy little contestants. And their dogs.

But while we have a pleasing little trio of highlights, we also have two gaping chasms of trash to balance things out!

We start with a genre that the BBC seems desperate to expand on…Dance shows. You’d think they would just focus their attentions on Strictly Come Dancing and be happy with that success, but nooooooooo, that would be too obvious. After the flop that was Dance X we now have the quite heartless posthumous cash in Move Like Michael Jackson. That’s right, a talent show where people have to dance like Michael Jackson. Given that the BBC seems to not want to fully cash in on the audition rounds of talent shows like The X Factor does so well, this won’t even have the unintentional comedy that the genre should guarantee. As for the actual content, well, as impressive as Jackson’s dance moves are…why would we want to see numerous people imitating them?

Our other lowlight for the week doesn’t really need any more to be said about it. Come Dine With Me: Extra Portions is pretty inexplicable, so I’ll just leave it up to a friend of the column…

PLAY THEM OFF KEYBOARD CAT!!

I’ll leave you then in the capable paws of the keyboarding kitty. See you next week, send any feedback to chris@multimediamouth.com or in the comments below and remember to always stay safe.