Monday, July 28, 2003
10 things to watch on TV today now Big Brother's finished
• RI:SE (Channel 4 6:55am): Join the three other remaining viewers to watch last year's Big Brother winner co-host the breakfast show that nobody cares about. Another post-BB career nears its end.
• Balamory (BBC2 10:40am): It's the daily soap opera for the under-fives, set in a primary-coloured Scottish village. It may not have had much press, but it's brilliantly done.
• Thunderbirds/Captain Scarlet (BBC2 from 11:15am): Even four decades on from their first screening, these Supermarionation classics still hold their place in the TV schedules. Fab.
• Diagnosis Murder (BBC1 2:35pm): If you work during the day, you'll have missed this cult US medical drama. Dick Van Dyke stars as insightful Dr Sloan in one of 178 remarkably similar episodes.
• Countdown (Channel 4 4:15pm): Three vowels and six consonants. That's only if the cricket is cancelled, you understand. And even then it's only a repeat. How rubbish is that?
• Nobody Likes A Smartass (BBC2 6:00pm): It's new. It features a panel of celebrity 'know-it-alls' being probed by the studio audience. It's hosted by Jo Brand. It'll be 20 minutes of unbridled sarcasm then.
• The soap hour-and-a-half (ITV and BBC1 from 7:00pm): "Scott proves to Chris that he's Jean's father." "Audrey forces Archie to reconsider his future." "Sharon's gift to Dennis leaves him feeling uncomfortable." And if you can match each synopsis to the correct soap, there's more than a little bit of addict about you.
• Thunderball (ITV 8:30pm): No, it's not the National Lottery's unloved offspring, it's ITV's annual trawl through the James Bond back catalogue. As old as Thunderbirds, and nearly as fab.
• Taboo (BBC2 11:20pm): Remember that programme a couple of years back that caused a huge fuss when Joan Bakewell gazed upon a young man's erection? They're repeating it, but I bet they still blur out the central figure.
• Big Brother USA (E4 from midnight): All the latest action from the Los Angeles house, and only 78 days to go. No, please, there are limits you know.
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