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The week in TV: Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds; Queers; Dead Beautiful; Young and Promising

Four-year-olds are let loose in a retirement home to delightful effect. And Mark Gatiss and friends excel in Queers

Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds (C4) | All 4

Queers (BBC4) | iPlayer

Dead Beautiful (C4) | All 4

Young and Promising (C4) | All 4

A somewhat unwieldy title, and I can only imagine “Cradle to Grave” took a forcible early bath (likewise “Second Chance Zimmer” and “Ten Things to Do Before You… oh”) – but Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds made for some remarkably heartening television in a week, this first of August, when broadcasters traditionally, if momentarily, give up.

Young and Promising is guiltily watchable, simply because of the ever-present possibility of failure

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Peter Kay: comedy grafter gets back in the driving seat | Michael Hogan

The crowd-pleasing performer who runs all his gags past his mother returns with the Bafta award-winning Car Share

‘I’ll pick you up for work in the morning.” “Don’t be daft, it’s miles out of your way.” “I know. But maybe some things are worth going out of your way for.” And as our hero drives off with an infectiously soppy grin spreading across his face, Reo Speedwagon’s Can’t Fight This Feeling comes on the car stereo.

This, of course, is Peter Kay’s Car Share. The Boltonian’s sitcom about the daily commute of two supermarket employees returns this week for its eagerly awaited second series – complete with a surprise cameo from Elbow’s frontman Guy Garvey in the opening episode.

Beneath the baby face and bonhomie is a shrewd operator and prolific production machine

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Greg Wise, Alice Sykes join 'After Louise'

Exclusive: Pair will star in road comedy from UK production outfit Scoop Films.

Greg Wise (Sense And Sensibility) and Alice Sykes (Cradle To Grave) will lead After Louise, a road comedy from UK production company Scoop Films.

The film follows Kath (Sykes), a shy young woman who runs out on her wedding to go in search of her mother whom she has been separated from since childhood. In the process, she accidentally kidnaps Bob (Wise), a reclusive gardener with a sinister secret.

David Scheinmann (Believe) will co-direct with his brother Danny Scheinmann from a script by Michael Mueller (The Beat Beneath My Feet).

Mueller will produce alongside Fiona Gillies and Raj Sharma for Scoop.

The company’s previous feature The Beat Beneath My Feet starred Screen star of tomorrow Nicholas Galitzine and was nominated for a Crystal Bear at the 2015 Berlinale’s Generation 14Plus strand, as well as a Raindance prize at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards
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UK TV ratings: The Apprentice loses 800,000 viewers for second firing on Thursday

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

The Apprentice viewers were clearly upset with Dan's firing in episode one, as it lost around 800,000 viewers for Thursday's follow-up.

However, it did still top the night overall outside of soaps, as Lord Alan Sugar's second candidate grilling brought in an average overnight audience of 5.52 million (25.9%) at 9pm on BBC One. You're Fired! was seen by 1.67m (10.1%) at 10pm on BBC Two.

16 times tonight's episode of The Apprentice was too cringeworthy for public health

Earlier, Watchdog appealed to 3.91m (19.2%) at 8pm, while Question Time intrigued 2.38m (23.3%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Cradle to Grave concluded with a two-parter, amusing 1.32m (6.1%) at 9pm and 1.19m (5.6%) at 9.30pm.

On ITV, Paul O'Grady's For the Love of Dogs rose by 300k from last week to 4.24m (20.5%) at 8.30pm (235k/1.1% on +1), while Unforgotten dropped around 700k from its premiere to 3.87m (17.9%) at 9pm
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The Kennedys: more than just rose-tinted memories

Like Cradle to Grave and Danny and the Human Zoo, Emma Kennedy’s sitcom mines a 70s childhood, but behind the nostalgia, there’s a lot that is very timely

We’ve seen a lot of 1970s childhoods played out in the BBC schedules over the last few months. Cradle to Grave – adapted from Danny Baker’s autobiography Going to Sea in a Sieve, which detailed the broadcaster’s teenage years in south London – has just finished its first series on BBC2. In August, BBC1 aired the Lenny Henry-penned drama Danny and the Human Zoo, inspired by the comic’s formative years in Dudley. And this month, the channel began screening The Kennedys. Based on comedian and writer Emma Kennedy’s memoir The Tent, the Bucket and Me, the sitcom portrays Kennedy’s generally happy and apparently slapstick-heavy childhood in a new town in 70s middle England.

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It looks like Danny Baker's Cradle to Grave is returning for a second series

Danny Baker's autobiographical sitcom Cradle to Grave looks set to return for a second series.

Though the BBC is yet to make an official announcement, outgoing director of television Danny Cohen may have let the news slip on Twitter.

Thanks Danny. With Series Two commissioned all is well. Thank you for working with us on it! https://t.co/0RzCiEmKmz

Danny Cohen (@DannyCohen) October 13, 2015

When Baker quipped that Cohen's "work is done" after commissioning his sitcom, he responded: "With Series Two commissioned all is well."

Speaking to Digital Spy, a BBC spokesperson said: "We're having active conversations about a further series of Cradle to Grave. It's too early to confirm any details."

Based on Baker's memoirs, Cradle to Grave stars Laurie Kynaston as a young Danny, with Peter Kay adopting a cockney accent to play the boy's father Fred.

The 8-part first series wraps with a double-bill on October 15 on BBC Two.
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UK TV ratings: Unforgotten debuts with 4.5 million viewers on ITV

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Unforgotten premiered to 4.5 million viewers on ITV last night (October 8), according to overnight figures.

The crime drama, starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar, appealed to 4.53 million (22.5%) from 9pm, with a further 207k (1.4%) on timeshift.

Earlier on ITV, Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs returned to 3.91 million (19.5%).

Over on BBC One, Watchdog interested 3.75 million (18.9%) from 8pm, and Who Do You Think You Are? with Mark Gatiss attracted 3.15 million (15.6%).

BBC Two's Great British Menu cooked up 1.94 million (10.4%) in the 7pm hour. It was followed by World's Weirdest Events with 1.48 million (7.5%).

Cradle to Grave and Boy Meets Girl managed 1.39 million (6.7%) and 844k (4.3%) respectively, before Mock the Week entertained 1.28 million (7.9%) from 10pm.

On Channel 4, George Clarke's Amazing Spaces drew 1.38 million (6.9%). Hunted then continued with 1.1 million (5.5%) from 9pm, and First Dates averaged 942k (6.8%).

Channel 5 aired Aircrash: The Miracle of Flight 32, which was watched
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UK TV ratings: Strictly and England's Rugby World Cup defeat average nearly 8 million

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Strictly Come Dancing rose to nearly 8 million viewers last night (October 3), according to overnight data.

The BBC One dancing show nabbed 7.92 million (38%) and peaked with 8.95 million (43.1%) at around 7.30pm, despite competition from the Rugby World Cup.

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 live blog: Week Two and things are getting serious

England's defeat at the hands of Australia had an average audience of 7.98 million (36.5%) on ITV, with a peak of 10.96 million (45.5%) towards the climax of the match at 9.30pm.

Elsewhere on BBC One, Doctor Who episode 'Under the Lake' drew 3.74 million (16.3%) from 8.25pm before Casualty treated 3.77 million (17%) afterwards.

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On BBC Two, repeats of Dad's Army and Cradle to Grave managed 1.47 million (6.4%) and 542k (2.4%) respectively.

Channel 4's Celebrity Benchmark with Paddy McGuinness appealed to only 288k (1.4%) in the 7pm hour. Britain's Best
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Thursday’s best TV

  • The Guardian - TV News
The young Danny Baker acquires a video recorder in Cradle To Grave; Stephen Fry goes on an eco-jaunt; Ricky is still on the run in Hunted; Sky Arts showcases contemporary silent comedy in Three Kinds Of Stupid; plus profiles of Ada Lovelace and Capability Brown

Danny Baker’s cosy sitcom-memoir is starting to feel more like a TV show than a pile of anecdotes, with not quite so many gags you’d say were cliched or telegraphed if an unknown writer had invented them. Young Danny rashly agrees to buy a hot Vcr – has he inherited the knack of quickly finding a few quid? Meanwhile, magic patriarch Fred tries to steal a shipment of sherry from under the noses of the docks’ new jobsworth security guards. Peter Kay’s south London accent is bedding in too, slowly. Jack Seale

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UK TV ratings: Strictly Come Dancing comfortably comes out on top against The X Factor

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Strictly Come Dancing handily beat The X Factor, as BBC One's hit programme returned to impressive numbers.

The 13th series' launch show was watched by 8.69 million (41.7%) from 7.15pm - and improved year on year, topping last year's opening figure of 8.43 million.

Strictly also peaked with 9.47 million (45.2%) at around 8pm.

By contrast, The X Factor lagged behind on ITV with 7.13 million (32.8%) with a further 389k (2%) on +1, but remained steady with last Saturday's live figure of 7.11 million.

At 8.15pm, when the two shows briefly overlapped, Strictly enjoyed an audience of 9.04 million (40.1%) compared to The X Factor's 5.44 million (24.1%).

Earlier on BBC One, Pointless Celebrities entertained 3.99 million (23.3%) and The National Lottery: Five Star Family Reunion managed 3.84 million (18%).

Casualty then impressed with 4.79 million and a 25% share from 9.30pm.

On BBC Two, repeats of Dad's Army and Goodness Gracious pulled in 1.46 million (6.8%) and 730k (3.5%) respectively,
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The week in TV: Danny and the Human Zoo, The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Cradle to Grave, An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse

Lenny Henry’s fictionalised early life in Dudley was a triumph, Danny Baker’s in Bermondsey less so, while Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman made a splendid geezer and wife

Danny and the Human Zoo (BBC1) | BBC iPlayer

The Trials of Jimmy Rose (ITV) | itvplayer

Cradle to Grave (BBC2) | BBC iPlayer

An Evening With Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse (BBC2) | BBC iPlayer

“So, uh, we’ve got a young cullah’d fellah coming on next. I don’t think it’s fair to laugh at the afflicted, but… you know the reason their palms are all pink? It’s the way they stack ’em before spraying…” For most of us it took about 10 seconds of watching Danny and the Human Zoo, though I’ll accept 20 if you’re from outwith the M25, or a full 40 minutes if you happen to live in Sunningdale or Midwich, to suss that this was
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Boy Meets Girl: Have your say on BBC Two's trailblazing new sitcom

BBC Two launched a new comedy double-bill tonight, with Danny Baker's '70s-set Cradle To Grave giving way to the thoroughly modern Boy Meets Girl.

Written by Simon Carlyle, Elliot Kerrigan and Andrew Mettam, Boy Meets Girl is the first British sitcom to feature a transgender character - played by a transgender actor - in the lead.

The six-part series charts the romance between Judy (Rebecca Root) and Leo (Harry Hepple) - and the difficulties they come up against as others come to terms with their relationship.

Kristian Smith - BBC Commissioning Editor - described the show as a "heart-warming romantic comedy" that also promotes "affirming messages of humanity and acceptance."

Digital Spy wants to know what you thought of Boy Meets Girl - was the show a breath of fresh air? Did you fall head over heels for Judy and Leo?

Join the conversation in the comments below.
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Thursday’s best TV

  • The Guardian - TV News
Danny Baker’s Bermondsey boyhood relived in Cradle To Grave, a transgender love story in Boy Meets Girl and strange goings-on in World’s Weirdest Events. Plus: Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin on how to Eat Well For Less? and Jamie Oliver tries to turn the saccharine tide in Jamie’s Sugar Rush

“Potatoes – they’re cheap as chips! In fact, they’re even cheaper!” MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace and greengrocer Chris Bavin return for a cheery new series of Eat Well For Less?, helping families to, er, eat well for less. This week, the chummy twosome attempt to wean the Scott-Dents from Newport off their freezer food addiction. (They thought they spent £80. But no! They spent £97.81!) Just as usefully, it’s explained how much food we throw away and the often surprisingly high costs incurred. Ali Catterall

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