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BBC121 Up New Generation
Tuesday, 22.35, BBC1

Ooh, we’ve mentioned this a couple of times recently and we’re pleased to learn that it wasn’t just us who’d remembered. This is the reboot of 7 Up they started in 2000 with the same intention though, obviously, with more women. They came back seven years later although the Beeb had seemingly already lost interest because it was dumped out on a Sunday teatime with no promotion, but they’re sticking with it because here – first part yesterday, second part today – we get to meet them for a third time. We’ve watched both previous films but we’re sorry to say we’ve totally forgotten everyone who’s taking part is, though we recall last time out they were all extremely well-adjusted and intelligent which was nice to see. Sounds like they’re all doing OK this time round too and, if it’s not quite as fascinating as its big brother series, it should make for an interesting record of the everyday life of your average 21st century young person.

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BBC4Return to Betjemanland
Monday, 21.00, BBC4

Metroland is at ten o’clock, John Betjeman’s rightly celebrated tribute to the suburbs behind the various stops on the Metropolitan Line, which was warmly nostalgic in 1973 and even more so forty years on. Before that it’s Betjeman’s biographer AN Wilson who pays tribute to the great man by taking a similar journey but a little further afield, exploring the places in Cornwall, Somerset and Oxfordshire that influenced his life and his work.

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ITVCome on Down! The Game Show Story
Sunday, 19.00, ITV

Been good fun, this series, far better than we really have any right to expect from primetime ITV, and they’re certainly coming up with the goods clips-wise in the montages, last week bringing us both Talkabout – a show which, though only from the early nineties, now looks more ridiculously outdated than anything from the sixties and seventies they show thanks to the lurid patterned waistcoats sported by everyone – and, best of all, Cannon and Ball’s Casino, a show Tom and Bob later referred to as “the monkey on our back”. Who knows what’ll crop up in this final episode?

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BBC1Doctor Who
Saturday, 19.30, BBC1

Really enjoyed this last week, you could probably argue the story didn’t particularly justify the extended running time but we never felt it dragged too much and if they want to put it on in the pictures we suppose they’ve got to make it worth people turning up. We particularly liked the restaurant scene and if there’s more of that comic crosstalk in this series we’ll be happy, and we liked the suggestion on Twitter that Matt could also phone up at the end of every episode with a moral, like He-Man. This one’s a Fantastic Voyage rip-off which sounds fun.

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BBC2The Perfect Morecambe and Wise
Friday, 22.00, BBC2

We’re not sure why we seem to have two different series of Morecambe and Wise clip shows dotted around the schedules at the moment, the hour-long Penelope Keith-fronted ones that review different aspects of their shows, and these half- hour presenter-free programmes that just string together clips, though the more we get the better, probably. We’re not sure how many of these they’ve made as they’re popping up in the schedules on an irregular basis, but they’re always a nice surprise.

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Sky Arts 1The South Bank Show Originals
Thursday, 21.30, Sky Arts 1

Back to 1983 this week to relive Melvyn’s encounter with David Hockney, and then if you stick with this channel you can see another vintage interview with the great man, although with the level of research you’ve come to expect from Creamguide, we’re afraid we haven’t got a clue when that one’s from.

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BBC Radio 2Established 1973 – 40 Years of Commercial Radio
Wednesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2

Why is radio advertising so dreadful, then? It’s remarkable how innovative it can be on television, online and even in print, yet the techniques of radio advertising don’t appear to have moved on one inch since the seventies, still relying on pedestrian humour, unconvincing dialogue and horrendous jingles, all topped and tailed of course by those high speed disclaimers delivered in a way nobody has ever spoken in any other context. That alone is enough to ensure Creamguide rarely strays from the Beeb, but of course ILR and its successors have been responsible outside the adverts for many innovations, though less so now they’ve been able to drop both the I and the L.

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GoldSeven of One
Tuesday, 00.50, Gold

We’re not sure we’ve ever billed this programme before, and even if we have we’ll do it again now because we’ve got nothing else to talk about. We all know the two famous episodes of Seven of One, one of which we just mentioned up there, but what about the other five? One was Ronnie and Roy Castle’s tribute to Laurel and Hardy which was never intended to be a series, one was the sitcom about gamblers that Ronnie thought should get one but nobody else did, and two others seem to have disappeared from the collective memory, but here’s the other one that spun off into a series of its own – but not with Ronnie and not on the Beeb, with My Old Man eventually being mounted on ITV with Clive Dunn instead and also, funnily enough, featuring Cheggers in a minor role. Presumably we’ll never see that again, but here’s the original.

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BBC Radio 2Radio 2′s Top 100 Greatest Guitar Riffs
Monday, 14.00, BBC Radio 2

“Great guitar coming up! Guitar break of a lifetime! Mister Jeff Beck! I’m in heaven!” It’s the climax of Radio 2′s guitar season with the result of the poll they’ve been banging on about for a couple of weeks. Numbers 100 to 31 will be played during the regular shows today and here’s Zoe Ball to take us down to the business end.

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ITVCome On Down! The Game Show Story
Sunday, 19.00, ITV

Hooray, clips from The Midas Touch, a show so obscure even its host Bradley Walsh doesn’t remember it. This one’s about contestants and will meet the family of the late Bob “Turkey” Johnson, although we doubt Brad will ask the question we’ll all dying to know the answer to, which is however convinced he was that “turkey” was such a fantastic answer, why on earth did he decide that would be enough for him to totally ignore all the other questions? Let’s hope we get the even more amusing Name A Famous Irishman round from the same episode.

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BBC1Doctor Who
Saturday, 19.50, BBC1

Oh yeah, this is back, as well. And later than ever as well, with the whole series seemingly being shown around this time, and this bumper extended episode – the longest one since it came back, we think – even creeping past the watershed, which is a bit of a jolt when in previous series the Beeb have always seemed extremely reluctant to put it on any later than the very youngest viewers can see it. Looks like there’s a change of heart with the new grumpy Doctor though we don’t doubt it’ll still be fun for the whole family and Peter Capaldi’s performance will be immaculate.

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BBC1Match of the Day at 50
Friday, 22.35, BBC1

“I remember when players used to celebrate with a light ale after the game!” We’ve still got the fortieth anniversary documentary on an old tape somewhere, but we certainly can’t get enough of old football so we’re really looking forward to this. Some of this you’ll doubtless have seen before but it’s always a treat to see again, and it’s worth celebrating too because the ratings are virtually the same now as they were twenty or thirty years ago which certainly isn’t the case with most shows. Some new stuff promised too, including an interview with theme tune composer Barry Stoller.

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CBBCBlue Peter
Thursday, 17.30, CBBC

Just because Richard Marson’s not involved anymore doesn’t mean that this show will stop going nuts about Doctor Who and indeed today’s show appears to offer nothing but, in preparation of the new series which is just days away. Peter Capaldi nips in for a chat and we can’t wait to see how he addresses the show’s youngest fans. We’re sure he’ll get on great with the kids, actually, not least because he was famously a massive Whovian where he was in short trousers.

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BBC Radio 2Established 1973 – 40 Years of Commercial Radio
Wednesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2

We see the Radio Centre has made their usual submission to the Beeb’s latest review of their radio services, complaining once more about the distinctiveness of Radio 1 and 2… and also Radio 3, and we’d love to know what station they think Radio 3 is stunting the growth of. It’s funny how, despite all the massive consolidation and centralisation of commercial radio over the years into quasi-national networks, their glory days came when they were all proudly local and independent, and beating the Beeb almost everywhere. This repeated documentary will recall that era, and we quite like the idea of Radio 2 doing it because it’s like Granada’s Tribute To The BBC on their opening night in 1956.

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BBC2Two Tribes
Tuesday, 18.00, BBC2

Nothing else on today, which appears to be our new catchphrase, so let’s take this opportunity to check out the new vehicle for lanky TV funnyman and top Creamer Richard Osman, who’s one of our favourite people on telly and on Twitter. In this new quiz he brings together a group of people and then separates them into teams based on some arbitrary condition in order to quiz them. Those who have seen it suggest Richard is the best thing about it but as long as it’s amiable quiz fun we’re sure it’ll do. Sadly Pointless is on repeats at the moment so we won’t be able to see Xander saying goodbye and Richard inviting us to see him again in a moment, or indeed Richard rushing onto the set of this all breathless.

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BBC Radio 2Anatomy of a Guitar
Monday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2

Radio 2′s guitar season continue apace with this special introduced by the great Harry Shearer, and recorded in front of a live audience. He’s going to trace the evolution of the guitar and explain why it’s such an influential instrument, literally stripping it down and putting it back together. And with Mitch Benn involved, we doubt it’s going to be entirely serious.

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ITVCome On Down! The Game Show Story
Sunday, 19.00, ITV

Enjoyed this last week, as good as you can get for primetime ITV, with interesting clips from One Out Of Eight which we’ve never seen before, while the new Celebrity Squares seems to have rustled up some decent guests lists so that may well be worth a look when it arrives. If Beadle was still about he’d tell us that the difference between quiz shows and game shows is that on a game show you stand up, which is not entirely correct – Fifteen to One an obvious example. This one’s about the quiz, in any case, with John Humphrys and Fred Housego considering the continued fascination of Mastermind.

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Channel 5TV’s Nastiest Villains with Joan Collins
Saturday, 21.00, Channel 5

It’s now got to the stage where we’re getting nostalgic about nostalgia shows, because this on a Saturday night reminds us of the golden age a decade or so ago when this kind of thing was on every week. And if Channel Four hadn’t stupidly scheduled a run of Top Ten against I Love so it looked like they was on all channels all the time, they could still be going strong today, because there’s nothing wrong with them, it depends what it’s a clip show of. To be honest, these are the clip shows we don’t much like because you don’t get anything from the talking heads you couldn’t get from just watching the clips, but there’s a pretty heavyweight guest list including Brian Capron, Linda Gray and two people who are actually on Pointless Celebrities tonight, Claire King and Stefan “Stiffy” Dennis.

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Sky1A Touch of Cloth III
Friday, 22.00, Sky 1

The glossy promo trailers and brochures for Sky’s original programming certainly look impressive, but that’s partly because they promote absolutely everything in one go and then eke it out over a ridiculously long period of time to make it look like they make way more than they actually do, hence why the third instalment of this Brooker-penned comedy is now finally being transmitted two years after it was filmed. Just about worth the wait, anyway, because while it clearly owes a lot to The Naked Gun, it’s very very funny. It was first shown on Saturday and here’s the first of a million repeats.

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Sky Arts 1The South Bank Show Originals
Thursday, 21.30, Sky Arts 1

We haven’t billed every episode of this series but we’re conscious this midweek has been a bit thin so here we are again. It’s the programme where Melvyn rummages through the LWT archives and reflects on some of his previous encounters, and this is one of the very first episodes from 1978 with Ingmar Bergman. And to make the most of it, The Seventh Seal is on afterwards.

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