TV Choice: Eurovision, Soccer Aid & Would I Lie to YouBy Jon Nurse
May 24, 2012
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.
Would I Lie to You, BBC One, Friday, 8.30pm
There are many things I can do but one thing I definitely can’t do is lie. I’ve never won a game of Cheat because I can’t keep a straight face. I’ll put down an ace and a jack, look up as coolly as I can and say “two jacks’. And before you know it the whole circle is shouting ‘cheat!’ while I fail to hide a smirk.
So I would be an awful contestant in Would I Lie to You?, but that’s not to say I don’t love it. It’s such a beautifully simple concept.
Celebrities share utterly ridiculous tales and you try to decide whether it’s a truth or a lie.
Does news presenter Huw Edwards have an evil eye? Did actor Bradley Walsh once steal mashed potato from his teachers? Tune in and find out.
The Eurovision Song Contest, BBC One, Saturday, 8pm
In this immensely patriotic year, will we be getting the bunting out early to celebrate a shock British victory?
Britain’s boy band entry last time may have scored 100 points, but they only came 11th overall leaving us feeling… well, Blue.
All hopes this year rest on the shoulders of 76-year-old crooner Engelbert Humperdinck. While Graham Norton commentates from Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan, the England football team will be having a European contest of their own over on ITV, but BBC One is the place to spend your Saturday evening.
I think Humperdinck may have what it takes to have the crowds screaming out for “Ooo, Aaa, a little but more…”
Soccer Aid, ITV , Sunday, 6pm
The big charity match is back this weekend, where an extensive list of celebrities and football royalty face off in an England vs the Rest of the World game for Unicef.
Robbie Williams captains the England team, managed by Harry Redknapp, against the challengers captained by Michael Sheen and managed by Kenny Dalglish. True to form, the England team choked in a penalty shoot-out last time.
Dermot O’Leary presents the match at Old Trafford that kicks off at 8pm. Will Ferrell, Gerard Butler, James McAvoy, Olly Murs and John Bishop are just a few of the names set to battle it out.
Panorama, BBC One, Monday, 8.30pm
There's more than one major sporting event this summer and more than one concern about fans’ safety at them.
With less than two weeks to go before Euro 2012 kicks off in Ukraine and Poland, Panorama takes a close look at allegations of racist violence and anti-semitism in the nations’ football.
Chris Rogers is sent to investigate and sees a group of Asian fans attacked at a match in Ukraine and hears racist chants at games in Poland.
Will fans be safe during the European Championships? Should these countries have even been selected to host such a high profile tournament in the first place? This thought provoking episode will get you thinking.