CEREBRAL DOWNER after the Supermarionation splendour of CAPTAIN SCARLET. Speccy twat Joe Maclaine gets into a spinning wicker basket thing (called “The Big Rat”, for fuck’s sake) which then enables him to download “expert knowledge” so he can join MI5-style agency WIM, become top international blonde superspy, fight crime and dispense derring-do. A flop, all told, not least thanks to there being no demented vehicles with gadgetry a-plenty, plus episode titles like “International Concerto”, “The Unorthodox Shepherd” and “Business Holiday”.
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The Good Old Days
Sunday, 19.00, BBC4
Frank Skinner’s iPlayer series where he chats with a celebrity guest about what they’ve been watching is great fun, because Frank always seems to get on well with his guest, they have interesting things to say and he’s not afraid to say if he doesn’t like the programmes they pick. The other week he had great fun with Michael Ball as they discussed The Good Old Days, a series which seems to have been doing well for this channel because they’ve dug some more out. We think this is the oldest one they’ve ever shown, from 1972. Although, to be honest, you wouldn’t know, they all look ancient.
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