Channel 4's timing was brilliant. On the eve of the Ryder Cup, it scheduled a showing of Happy Gilmore, one of the best golf films ever made. It seemed strange that Sky, which had the rights to the Ryder Cup, didn't do the same on its movie channels, so it was left up to Channel 4 to supply us with this Adam Sandler chuckle-fest. A triple bill with Caddyshack and Tin Cup would have been even more welcome.
EUROPE WINNING THE RYDER CUP
Sky's coverage of the Ryder Cup provided us with a whole weekend's worth of golfing drama as Europe beat the US squad to retain the Ryder Cup. The manner of the triumph was also a bonus for Sky Sports, which averaged more than one million viewers for its Sunday afternoon coverage. Highlights included Darren Clarke's tears, Ian Woosnam downing a pint of Guinness and Bill Clinton trying to look humble in the face of the American defeat.
Sky One's reality football show is proving to be compulsive viewing as the former England boss Graham Taylor assembles a team of "celebrities" to take on the football legends. The match itself, scheduled to be played at Newcastle United's St James Park, has yet to take place, but the build-up, including training sessions in Marbella, has been hilarious. Taylor increasingly resembles Alan Partridge as he huffs and puffs on the touchline.
After all that sporting action, it was time to settle down for some classy costume drama and the BBC's latest Sunday-night offering didn't disappoint. It might have been beaten in audience numbers by ITV's Midsomer Murders, but Jane Eyre is everything you'd expect from a BBC production: well acted and immaculately observed. Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens, the production's stars, deserve praise for their performances. Our only gripe: how much of an improvement is it really on the last version of Jane Eyre produced by the BBC - a 1983 effort starring the former James Bond Timothy Dalton?
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
There's nothing more annoying than trying to read a magazine, but being interrupted by a whopping great insert which keeps causing the pages to flick. There's currently a massive promotion for Magnet kitchens going in the weekend supplements which is guilty of just this. Publishers should never forget that magazines are there for reading. The comfort of the readers must never be sacrificed for advertising, no matter how lucrative.