Oh, how brilliant it was on Friday night to see Peep Show back on TV. And just to make the night complete, it lived up to expectations. The first episode of the fourth series was as disturbing as ever, with the main characters, Mark and Jeremy, involved in some countryside arson, while the latter ended up shagging the former's girlfriend's mum. All of which was backed up with the usual inner monologue, a gimmicky idea that could so easily become irritating, but which the writers always manage to keep fresh.
CAMRA'S "TAKE IT TO THE TOP" CAMPAIGN
It might be an unfashionable organisation run by a bunch of beardy bitter lovers, but few could argue with the merits of the Campaign for Real Ale's current crusade. It basically urges drinkers to sign an online petition to demand that pubs pour them a full pint every time - apparently, one in four pints is not topped up. If, like us, you're outraged by such a gross rip-off, then sign the petition at www.takeittothetop.co.uk and see if the Government does anything about it.
ROSS KEMP: TEENAGE GANGS OF SOUTH LONDON
Kemp has been travelling the world and investigating gang culture for Sky One, so it seemed a natural thing for him to make a programme about London's burgeoning gang culture. The results were a massive surprise: hard hitting, illuminating and, at times, shocking. The dominant feeling that emerged is that the kids believe the Government is deliberately flooding the streets with guns to keep them subjugated. Unsurprisingly, the home secretary, John Reid, denied this.
THE LADBROKES GRAND NATIONAL GAME
We're big fans of the Grand National, although once again, we were left ripping up our betting slips after our horse narrowly missed out on a place. There was consolation, though, in this excellent online game created by Ladbrokes to build interest around the National (www.ladbrokesgrandnational.com/game.aspx?source=17). It basically takes the form of a horse race, with users required to thump the keys on their keyboard to make the horse go faster. The good bit is that you are challenged by e-mail to beat the best times of your friends. Well done to Ladbrokes and its agency, Steel.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
THE BBC'S CRICKET COVERAGE
While Sky's coverage of the Cricket World Cup hasn't exactly sparkled, at least it isn't being funded by taxpayers' money. If we have to watch one more BBC sports reporter strolling along a Barbados beach in shorts while jokily introducing a highlights package, then we'll scream. Why oh why can't the Beeb introduce its highlights with a presenter in London? It would be cheaper and far less irritating for those of us not basking on Caribbean beaches.