Reality antics that make I'm a Celebrity ... look tame. Bravo continued its Booze Britain slot with a special focusing on the first night of 24-hour drinking. Cameras followed revellers in Newcastle, Birmingham and Cardiff. Some swift thinking from the Bravo team, who are creating a channel not wholly reliant on Knight Rider repeats.
The NME Yearbook 2005
The NME's end-of-year round-up brilliantly sums up the year in music. Glossy and perfect-bound, it comes in at a steep £4.99 but for ageing rockers trying to keep up with the kids, it's a great bluffer's guide to the likes of bands such as the Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire. Complete with some stunning photography, the Yearbook provides a great canvas for its sole advertiser, HMV.
Francis Fulford: Why England's F***ed
"I expect this was written by someone who wets their pants on a regular basis," was Francis Fulford's verdict on the Britishness Test on Sky One's Francis Fulford: Why England's F***ed. The opinionated aristo left Devon to find out why the English had lost their sense of identity. Fulford visited tower blocks in Roehampton, where he was recognised as "that bloke off the telly with the falling-down house, innit?" In Brighton, he took part in Gay Pride and decided most participants "only became gay to rebel". He finally met his type of people at Romford dog-track, where he chatted with working-class fellows about England's marvellous history in beating the Germans at war. Jaw-droppingly un-PC, we can't wait 'til he tackles the US.
The Jimmy Carr Show on Xfm
Jimmy Carr might be a smarmy know-it-all who is all over Channel 4 but his Sunday radio show is fast becoming the best thing on Xfm. More freeform than his stand-up routine, Carr mixes comedy with good music to provide a perfect Sunday soundtrack. It's good to see Xfm keeping up its reputation for getting quality names such as Ricky Gervais and Adam and Joe on its airwaves.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
Chris Evans' return to TV on ITV1 is a big disappointment. We liked TFI Friday, which was one of the most entertaining shows on the box back in the late 90s, but this attempt at recreating the original magic isn't working. Stunts such as displaying a giant pair of comedy inflatable breasts in public places doesn't impress audiences post-Little Britain. The final nail in the coffin is the guests, who appear to be picked on the basis of having a personal relationship with Evans (the first show featured his soon-to-be-ex-wife Billie Piper). Sorry Chris, but it's just not funny any more.