Media: Things we like

THE COMMANDER, ITV1

Monday and Tuesday nights are prime collapsing-in-front-of-the-TV evenings. But how often do you settle down with a cup of tea and a packet of Hob Nobs to discover the only thing on is re-runs of Location, Location, Location?

However, for the past three weeks, we've been pleasantly surprised by ITV's run of new dramas. This week's crime drama, The Commander, was even riveting enough to prevent us changing over halfway to watch ER on Channel 4.

PINOCHET IN SUBURBIA, BBC1

The BBC's dramatisation about the Chilean General Pinochet's enforced exile under house arrest in the UK was gripping Sunday-night entertainment.

The performances by the actors playing the Amnesty International activist Andy McEntee and the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, were spot-on. But at the centre of this extraordinary chain of events was the General himself.

Sir Derek Jacobi brilliantly conveyed the private and psychological story of Pinochet's own experiences, as his health deteriorated and his mind began to give way, within the surreal confines of a Surrey golf course.

THE ALBUM CHART SHOW, CHANNEL 4

Following its consistently strong coverage of the major music festivals every year and the thoroughly enjoyable Orange Playlist programmes, Channel 4 has brought its own inimitable style to live music shows with its new programme, the Album Chart Show. For far too long, Top of the Pops and CD:UK have reigned supreme in this arena, filling our TV screens with bland pop banality and never attempting to cater for a slightly older or more musically adventurous audience. With its mixture of performers, from Morrissey to A-Ha and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to the Liverpool songstrels The Zutons, the musical talent on show is both appealing and eclectic.

HARRY HILL'S TV BURP, ITV1

When Harry Hill first joined ITV, it was hard to see where his wacky humour would fit into its schedules. But his TV Burp is now a shining light in its early Saturday-evening line-up.

Hill tones down his surreal style a little for a mainstream audience but his observations on the week's TV are hilarious.

AND ONE THING WE DON'T ... Freeview reception

Isn't Freeview bloody great? Well, no, not really, because it still relies on you having a near-perfect reception through your traditional TV aerial.

If you don't have good reception in your area, it seems that you can pretty much forget about it. Imagine our excitement when we got our brand-new Freeview box home last weekend, connected it all up and got ready to watch More4. It didn't last long, as we found we couldn't get reception and had to return the box and get a refund.

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