by David Dougan
Little Crackers, Sky1 – Monday-Thursday, 9pm
For the third run of Little Crackers, not only have Sky enlisted some more top talent, they’ve expanded the episodes from 15 minutes to 30. This week it returns with Joanna Lumley, Rebecca Front, Tommy Tiernan and Caroline Quentin’s Little Crackers, with Lumley’s starting the third series on Monday night.
Given the different talent involved in each episode, the series is likely to be a bit hit and miss, but it should make for another fun run of episodes regardless.
British Comedy Awards 2012, Channel 4 – Wednesday 9pm
The British Comedy Awards reward the biggest and best talent in British comedy…err, obviously. That is, of course, unless you think that the person or show winning any of the awards isn’t funny at all, but instead a massively over-rated bore whose used up all their best gags a decade ago (don’t worry, Peter Kay isn’t nominated).
There probably won’t be any acceptance speeches as outrageous as the infamous one Julian Clary once gave, but there’s at least a small chance that someone will say something they probably shouldn’t.
Blue Bloods, SkyAtlantic– Thursday, 10pm
The best moustache on television (that’s the one attached to Tom Selleck’s face) returns for season 3 of Blue Bloods. The season begins with a guest appearance from Michael Madsen, and you probably won’t be surprised to learn that he seems to be playing a dangerous nutcase, fresh out of prison with a grudge against Danny (Donnie Wahlberg).
CBS (the network that produces the show) have been in dispute with star Jennifer Esposito (who plays Jackie) as an illness has limited her availability for the show. This means that she’ll only appear in a few episodes, with guest stars appearing in her place. The show continues to draw huge viewing figures in theUS, Sky Atlantic will be hoping for similar results.
Jack Irish: Bad Debts, FX – Friday, 9pm
Australian novelist Peter Temple’s detective novels have been adapted into TV films by Aussie channel ABC1, and now come to UK television on FX.
Starring Guy Pearce as the titular character (which can’t be a bad thing), Bad Debts sees Irish exploring his past when a former client is found dead after making contact with him. I don’t really know much about Peter Temple or Jack Irish, but Guy Pearce is an always watchable actor, and his presence makes this something worth checking out.
Freeview Film Of The Week
Die Hard (1988), Film 4 – Monday, 9pm
You know the plot, you know the one-liners, you know everything you could possibly need to know about John McTiernan’s action classic, but will you watch what might be the ultimate Christmas movie? Of course you will!
It’s American Bruce Willis versus German Alan Rickman, there are guns, quips, fights and even more quips, and it’s utterly brilliant.