Forty years ago, it fell to West Bromwich of all places to promote black footballers and take on racists. On Sunday, BBC2’s doc about a strange but significant football match in 1979 defeated Channel 4’s Humans, as it did quite a few low-watt humans at the time.
Beyond the shouty entertainment shows elsewhere, Channel 4 went all beachcombery on Saturday night — while BBC2,s arts strand was like Bargain Hunt on acid.
I met Stephen Poliakoff once. It’s likely I remember it more clearly than The Great Beard does.
Some newspapers get into hysterical froths about anything these days, so it’s not surprising there are epic warnings of some kind of icy Armageddon bearing down on us – it’s best to keep every one cowed.
I am beginning to wonder if being human is all it’s cracked up to be.
Strictly sister show passes 2 million
It was a triumphant return for Channel 4’s The Crystal Maze on Sunday at 9pm (3 million/13.8%).
The current obsession with nostalgia continued this week as BBC2 took Culture Club’s hatted and plaited leader back to the suburbs of his yoof. Elsewhere, after BBC2’s desert tortoises, Channel 4’s Bear exited, with celebrities in tow.
This week, BBC1’s erstwhile Victorian London thriller, released from its Amazonian home and making its BBC2 debut, began rather handily.
On Monday, BBC2’s University Challenge returned at 8pm with 2.4 million/12%, followed at 8.30pm by Only Connect (1.9 million/9%)
On Sunday, C4’s Formula 1: British Grand Prix Live was its best of the week with 2.3 million/ 17%
The final episode of Top Gear on Sunday - and, it turns out, also Chris Evans’ last episode - was watched by just 1.9 million/ 9%
The best of BBC2’s coverage of Glastonbury was on Sunday at 6.30pm, when ELO and others averaged 2.4 million/13%
On Monday, the fifth episode of BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee achieved 2.4 million/10% at 9pm, the third best so far
C4’s Cutting Edge: Rich Brother, Poor Brother, helped by +1, defeated C5’s Big Brother with 1.3 million/6%
On Sunday, the second of BBC2’s new Top Gear dropped 1.5 million from last week’s 4.3 million/23% to 2.8 million/14%
The best of BBC2’s Chelsea Flower Show was 8pm on Monday (2.9 million/13%).
The fourth series of BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee opened with 2.4 million/11% on Monday at 9pm, just ahead of its 2015 launch: 2.3 million/10% at 8pm
On Monday at 10pm, BBC2’s Shakespeare comedy Upstart Crow launched with 1.3 million/ 8%, ahead of Channel 4’s returning Very British Problems
On Thursday, Peaky Blinders was back with 2 million/10% - that’s Champions League form
The best of stripped 10pm comedy- drama Flowers was Monday’s first double-bill, with 600,000/4%
On Saturday from 8.30pm, BBC2’s Shakespeare Live! From The RSC averaged 1.3 million/7% over two hours.
On Saturday, BBC2’s Tom Jones’s 1950s: The Decade That Made Me achieved 1.7 million
On Saturday, Channel 4’s coverage of its final Grand National averaged 3 million/24% from 2pm.
BBC2’s Bake Off: Crème De La Crème debuted with 3.5 million/15%, defeating C4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and C5’s Britain’s Horror Homes
The third episode of C4’s Indian Summers was watched by 600,000 on Sunday, its lowest of all in live ratings so far
BBC2 launched its four-part series Inside Obama’s White House at 9pm on Tuesday with 1.6 million
BBC2’s The Secret History Of My Family defeats Channel 5’s fifth episode of the similarly titled The Secret Life Of The Family
BBC2’s Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge launched with 1.5 million/6%
Channel 4’s Ugly House To Lovely House With George Clarke defeated the second of BBC2’s Big Dreams, Small Spaces
Only when you rewatch 1994’s slow car chase down the LA freeway do you realise just how bonkers and generally unsavoury the whole OJ Simpson thing was.
Stellar debut for Channel 5’s X-Files which was viewed by 3 million/14%
Channel 5’s best this week was Celebrity Big Brother: Live Final with 2.5 million/13% (47,000 +1) watching reality star Scotty T triumph at 9pm on Friday.
C4’s third series of The Jump kicked off 500,000 viewers short of 2015’s launch but still defeated ITV’s Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands and BBC2’s Dragons’ Den
The best of Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother this week was Sunday’s 2.4 million, the second best so far after the series launch
On Monday, 2 million sought the answer on Channel 4’s How To Lose Weight Well - a strong performance but still behind BBC2’s brainy duo of University Challenge and Only Connect
At 8pm, on what is apparently ‘Medical Wednesday’, BBC2’s Trust Me, I’m A Doctor defeated both C5’s GPs Behind Closed Doors.
BBC2 ends 2015 on top
Disney classic roars to top
BBC2 strips to TV success
Supermarket sweeps up
Nigella serves up quiz slump
Choir final hits the right note
SAS dares to win slot for C4
C4 thankful for TFI return
FBI outguns the RAF for C4
This Is England ends on a low
Life holds on as CBB falls
C4’s Spitfire doc takes off