TV Choice: Wimbledon, The Private Life of Cows & sex edBy Mike Pyle
July 01, 2010
Every week our square-eyed reporters take a look at what’s on TV – the highlights and the lowlights – and pick what they think you should watch or avoid.
Wimbledon: The Finals Women – BBC Two, Saturday, 1pm, Men – BBC One, Sunday, 1.30pm
Will this year be another Williams/Federer whitewash or could Andy Murray be in with a chance of winning on home soil?
I usually love Wimbledon but this year it’s been somewhat overshadowed by the World Cup.
First up is the women’s final. Tradition states there must be at least one Williams sister at Centre Court who will use brute strength to demolish either their sibling or some pretty Russian sounding girl while making noises like a bag of cats being bashed on a wall. With Venus knocked out at the time of writing only Serena can do that this year.
But now robot Roger Federer (his pretend shaving in the Gillette adverts is to fool you into thinking he wasn’t made in a lab) is out who will take the men’s title?
Will us Brits be celebrating?
The Sex Education Show, Channel 4, Monday, 9pm
This new series examines the nation’s sexual health with an uncomfortable mix of medical sterility courtesy
Dr Radha Modgil and sauciness from Anna Richardson.
In this first episode the duo go to an engineering college to give a lesson on the male anatomy (I hope they’ve put their blow torches down) and Anna visits and old people’s day centre to find out about the sexual habits of the elderly.
There are some things in life that we accept go on but would prefer not to acknowledge – the terrible things they do to make sausages, for example. Old folks having sex is one of them for me.
Identity, ITV1, Monday, 9pm
More Gritty Crime DramaTM from ITV.
I am so incredibly bored of TV series shot entirely in poor light and featuring flawed cops who solve the world’s problems while neglecting their own that this had better be blooming brilliant to get my attention.
This follows a tried-and-trusted formula: hard-boiled, experienced but jaded detective + maverick rookie + contemporary crime = TV series.
In this case, tough and dedicated DSI Martha Lawson tries to keep young and unpredictable DI John Bloom in line as they solve identity theft-based crimes.
This is a lot more serious than just getting people to shred their receipts. In the first episode and man is accused of shooting a police officer.
It turns out he is being framed by a bloke who is stealing people’s identities make it look as if they’ve committed crimes all because he wants to punish them for cheating on their lovers.
The Private Life of Cows, BBC Two, Wednesday, 8pm
Really? Unless presenter Jimmy Doherty (of Jimmy’s Farm fame) uncovers that cows are actually just biding their time before they overthrow humans as the dominant race on the planet having lulled us into a false sense of security with cheese, steak and nice shoes, I don’t see this being that interesting.
Don’t get me wrong, I like cows.
I just don’t want to be told how amazing or nice they are because
I want to carry on eating them with carefree abandon (sorry veggies).
This is the first of a series about the secret lives of farmyard animals and this week he visits a farm in Devon to find out just what sort evil plotting is going on behind those big brown eyes.