Doctor Who’s 50th anniverary special has passed Downton Abbey to become the most watched TV drama of the year after adding 2.6m in the week after broadcast.
Maybe it’s because the news is so grim, but at 8pm on Tuesday nights people are eschewing the world of woe, perhaps delighted to fret instead about the state of strangers’ petit fours or Victoria sponges in a tent in the middle of a field; it’s as close to literally being eye candy as you can get.
This week had a certain fin de siècle about it as three dramas all ended on the same night, with mixed fortunes.
With exploited Victorian children and sadistic murderers, it’s currently August rather than TS Eliot’s April that is the cruellest month.
Working in TV can be quite glamorous, but when August arrives, things do slow down – to the extent that my big job seems to be pairing up the hundreds of socks I own.
Although August is the month of holidays and a time when the news goes a bit round the bend –Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury and whistling llamas on the Today programme was the starting gun – television still entices viewers.
And the heat goes on; it’s great.I’ve forgotten what long trousers are like.
Neil Cross’s drama returned to 5 million on its original TX, a decent number but slightly lacking the punch of the 5.5 million who tuned in for series two’s opener back in 2011.
It’s like working in the tropics: blinds on the windows, electric fan wafting warm-ish air from side to side and causing occasional trouser-fluttering surprise when I’d forgotten about it.
Does the god of news have a woe-ometer and is it cranked up to 10? Everything seems full of woe, and now it seems the lights may go out because the donkey peddling the power stations is running out of hay.
As demonstrated by the Live Aid performance, a Queen has a certain powerful aura.
When Swap Shop burst onto our screens all those years ago, it was like a TV programme beamed from Mars.
“This programme should be compulsory viewing for a generation.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.