Celebrity Apprentice USA
Oh dear. It's down to the wire now, with only the angelic Trace against the devilish Piers. I've got a horrible feeling Piers is going to win it, as (despite being loathed by virtually everyone on both teams), he's raised far-and-away the most money, which seems to be what it was ultimately all about.
It's been wonderful entertainment, and I hope it won't be too long before the BBC bring us more of The Apprentice USA, as there seem to have been lots of Series which haven't been broadcast over here. Even this one has been from 2007!
(Final Episode BBC1 Monday 11.35 pm)
The X Factor
Last week's show was SO entertaining; real 'feelgood' entertainment. The guy who was in love with Kelly was SOOO sweet, the man who proposed to his girlfriend made me cry, the lad whose parents didn't know he was there, the funny-looking fella doing another SuBo, and that great boy-band – come on; how much more could anyone want from a show? But would it last?
Last night proved it wasn't just a one-off. Another young lad in love with one of the ladies, fantastic auditions, and as for the one at the end … come on, who wasn't in floods of tears after Jade from Fife's performance (and her sweet old Granny crying her eyes out backstage)?
This is 'proper' Saturday night TV. The sort of show that makes you feel glad to be alive, and I truly hope that the Producers stick with this format and don't return to the methods of the 'Old Guard'.
It used to be like witnessing a Roman crowd baying for blood, and I'd often feel that some of the Acts might well have been stoned to death if that had been an option! The judges took delight in dishing out humiliation on a huge scale, and it was all very unpleasant to watch.
There was one point last night where the crowd thought Gary was going to be critical, and all started screaming and boo-ing. It's really importance that the show isn't ruined by screeching and shouting (to such an extent that you often couldn't hear the Singers/Judges), as it was in the last couple of Series.
I never thought I'd see the day where I couldn't wait for the next Episode of X Factor to come on, but roll on next week! (ITV1 Saturdays 8.00 ish)
Or the Hilary Hour – as I prefer to call it now! Ah, wasn't she good this week? I can't really tell you what happened other than that (as I wasn't really paying attention to anyone but her), but I do remember that the ones at the end (the Grant Mitchell look-alike and the other one), chose Deborah – when Hilary had gone through exactly the same thing that they were trying to do when she'd set up her Business. Not sure that was the smartest decision ever?
(Episode 6 BBC2 Sunday 8.00 pm)
The new Series started on Friday and – brace yourselves – I found it a little painful to watch. I saw the first Series when it quietly arrived on BBC1 in 2007, and loved it so much. I still watch it on DVD now – and still laugh out loud, but as it's gone on, the reliance on the children's spontaneity/one-liners for the humour's made it a little uncomfortable for me to watch in places, as I see/feel the adults 'feeding' them their lines with an almost anguished look of 'Please say something funny' on their faces.
It also felt to me as if the first and second 15 minutes had been written by two different people. The scenes between the two boys (where Jake pretty-much just repeated everything Ben said – in that exasperated teenager-y way), felt rather staged; as if everyone was trying just a little bit 'too hard' (like it does in some of the later Episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm).
You know when you're waiting for your child/dog to do the hilarious Party-Piece you've told everybody about and they either won't do it – or it's just not funny, and you end up sort-of cringing slightly in discomfort? Like that. I watched it again to be sure, and enjoyed it much more the second time (as I knew what was coming!), and will be curious to see what this week's Episode will bring.
(Episode 2 BBC1 9.00 pm Friday)
Have you heard The Archers recently? For each of the last two weeks someone's opened a bottle of fizz, but instead of a 'pop', the pathetic 'plip' sound-effect – which they used twice (there's nowt gets past me!), was about as realistic as watching someone on TV drinking out of a (clearly) empty mug and forgetting to swallow before carrying on talking!
Sometimes I really feel as if I'm not the same as everyone else, so when I saw a BBC Radio4 Series with that name last year I naturally listened-in, and this creepy little man with the creepy voice (his words!), made me laugh till I cried.
A second (4-part) Series starts this week, and I highly recommend it if you – like me – sometimes find life a bit trying! He's very different …
(What To Do If You're Not Like Everyone Else Radio 4 11.00 pm Wednesdays)