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Whats worth watching on the box: TV picks

What will you be watching on TV this week?

Here is our pick of the best of what is on the box for you to settle down to and enjoy.

*New Series* Vicious – Monday ITV 9.00pm
Comedy hasn’t been ITV’s strength of late but we bet they’re hoping it soon will be with this new sitcom starring Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, and Frances de la Tour. Created by Will & Grace writer Gary Janetti and playwright Mark Ravenhill the channel is so sure it’s success that they have already commissioned a Christmas special! So, what is it about you ask? - An ageing, catty, gay couple who have lived together in a shabby London flat for 48 years where they seem to constantly spend their time sniping at one another. In tonight’s opener they hold a miserly post-funeral party in which they do nothing but bitch and provide little food while their neighbour uses the occasion to flirt with a younger man.

*One Off* Dave Allen – God’s Own Comedian – Monday BBC2 9.00pm
For any of you old enough to remember Dave Allen and how funny he was you’ll be glad to tune in to see some old footage of him. For those of you that don’t remember then we recommend you give him a try. Allen lit up the TV schedules in the late Seventies with his laconic humour and his signature style that saw him perched on a bar stool while smoking and taking sips from his drink, which we always believed was whiskey. That would never be allowed now. As Mark Thomas points out he banned repeats so you never see his reruns popping up which meant he was in danger of being forgotten but hopefully this tribute will remind audiences just how great the Irish comedian was.

*New Series* The Job Lot – Monday ITV 9.30pm
So ITV complete their Monday night comedy hour with this new sitcom set in a West Midlands job centre. (We’re laughing already) The neurotic manager Trish (Sarah Hadland, previously seen in Miranda) oversees a strange crew of co-workers including, a sour-faced jobsworth Angela, biscuit munching Karl, and a mumsy security guard Janette. In tonight’s episode everything is going wrong for her when she has a world-of-work seminar to run , the temp is late, and her most difficult employee  Angela returns, fresh from winning a tribunal.

*Pilot* Banshee – Monday Sky Atlantic 10.15pm
This contemporary drama launches itself in a fairly vicious manner when in the first few minutes a man (Anthony Starr) leaves prison, picks up a waitress, is involved in a car chase , shooting, menaces the owner of a hairdresser and smashes it up until he tells him the whereabouts of his ex-girlfriend. He soon discovers that she has set up a new life, complete with an attorney husband and two children. If all this wasn’t enough he then decides to take on the identity of the town’s Sheriff who has been killed. Exciting, if very violent stuff.

*New Series* Sweat The Small Stuff – Tuesday BBC3 10.00pm
In trying to create the intimacy of a radio studio on a broader scale, BBC3’s latest attempt is with this panel show hosted by Radio 1’s, Nick Grimshaw which promises to discuss the personal and paranoid little issues of life which play so well on radio. The team captains are Ds Rickie and Melvin and their guest is Rochelle from The Saturdays who pops in to discuss the “little worries that take over your life and become big worries” Well, we’ve certainly got a few of those. Good fun.

*New Series* The Valleys – Tuesday MTV 10.00pm
The series returns with the nine hopefuls from South Wales Valleys who are dreaming of stardom and success. In tonight’s opener they are hoping to impress bosses AK and Jordan. Worth a watch even if it’s just to laugh.

*New Series* School Of Hard Sums – Wednesday Dave 8.00pm
Dara O Briain returns with his maths-made-fun show with questions set by Professor Marcus du Sautoy on the theme of crime. His guests include, Andrew Maxwell and Mark Watson, and the problems they’re asked to solve are such conundrums as, how to solve a murder in a park, plotting suspect’s routes with string, and how to survive a deadly triangle where everyone is pointing a gun at each other. Our heads are hurting just thinking about it.

*New Series* All Star Mr And Mrs – Wednesday ITV 8.00pm
Philip Schofield returns for his fifth series as host of this show (is he ever off our screens?) We’re sure you know the drill by now but if not we’ll fill you in. Celebrities and their partners are tested through a series of questions on how well they know one another in order to win money for charity. We have to admit (charity aside) we find it funnier when they get the answers wrong and squirm. Tonight’s stars are Coronation street’s Julie Hesmondhalgh, McFly singer Tom Fletcher, and Hairy Biker Dave Myers.

*Last in Series* Masterchef: The Final Three – Thursday BBC1 9.00pm
So, these three contestants could obviously stand the heat in the kitchen because here they are in the final cook off. So finally after eight weeks of trials and tribulations of the culinary kind we will discover who is the master chef of the country between Dale, Larkin, and Natalie, as they whip up their best dishes for the judges. Will Larkin revisit his chips and curry risk and will Dale be blubbing some more tears in to the cooking pots? As we all know, “cooking doesn’t get tougher than this”

*One Off* 12 Year Old Lifer – Thursday Channel 4 10.00pm
This is what you might call a grim documentary as the subject matter is very distressing and unpalatable. Three years ago, 12-year-old schoolboy Paul Gingerich and his friend Colt Lundy, aged 15, shot and killed Luncy’s stepfather in the ironically named Enchanted Hills in Indiana. Despite interviews with Lundy and his father it is never clear why he committed this crime or why his friend chose to go along with it. Whatever had gone wrong in their lives was not the concern of the American justice system who chose to try them as adults, sentencing them both to 25 years in prison.

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