Sunday, April 20, 2008
TROPHIES! The British Academy Television Awards, BBC One, 8.00pm
Yes, it's that time again, the British Academy Television Awards. We know the film BAFTAs were a little underwhelming, but tonight is the more lowculture friendly ceremony anyway.
With LC favourites such as Harry Hill's TV Burp, Peep Show, Gavin and Stacey, Boy A, Cranford, Life on Mars, Secret Life, Coming Down The Mountain, Skins, Rome, The Street, Stricly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, EastEnders and Holby City there are very few categories in which we would quibble with any of the choices. Except perhaps if Benidorm wins best sitcom. Be warned, though, the whole thing lasts a whopping three hours...
BABIES! Gavin and Stacey, BBC Three, 9.00pm
Speaking of award-winning shows, the second series of Gavin and Stacey concludes tonight as Gavin and Stacey face the question of whether to live in Essex, Barry or break up and Nessa goes into labour.
Other than a couple of slightly saggy episodes in the middle, this series has maintained the quality of the first. It's been warm, engaging and very funny. As one review we read said, it's a show where there are no baddies, where you are rooting for all the characters.
This finale ticks all the boxes (well mostly, there are still some elements left unresolved by the end - but that's what third series are for) - laughter, sadness, awkwardness, loveliness and Bryn's musical taste. The cast are outstanding tonight, and if James Corden, Ruth Jones, Matthew Horne and Joanna Page don't move you to a little sniffle by the end, then you are a cold, cold person indeed.