What to watch and review this weekend, March 25 and 26.
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV, 7pm) Another 90 minutes of madness as the Geordie duo introduce more fun, games and celebrity guests. Tonight, the genial hosts try their hands at archery and Take That star in The End Of The Show Show.
The Voice (BBC1, 8.30pm) Nearly two hours of the semi-final hardly anyone cares about. The eight remaining wannabes compete for a place in the final. Four must go. And not a moment too soon. After switching from the Beeb, this is still the pub-singing contest that time forgot. What’s the point?
All Round To Mrs Brown’s (BBC1, 9.15pm) New chat show starring TV’s top cross-dresser Brendan O’Carroll’s creation Agnes Brown and her pretend daughter Cathy, played by Jennifer Gibson. After Cathy interviews the celebrity guests, Agnes takes them off for a far more intimate conversation away from the cameras. Sort of. Tonight’s glittering line-up includes Pamela Anderson, Louis Walsh, tennis mum Judy Murray and her mum Shirley.
Top Gear (BBC2, 8pm) Episode four of the series no one is talking about. In tonight’s low octane offering Matt LeBlanc and Chris Harris race across the Arabian Peninsula in a Bugatti. Rory Reid puts the Renault Twingo GT through its paces. And Tinie Tempah hits the track in the reasonably fast Toyota GT86. Great.
Line Of Duty (BBC1, 9pm) Switching from BBC2, here comes series four of TV’s best cop drama. Thandie Newton stars as DCI Roz Huntley on the trail of a serial killer rapist. After she clashes with her forensic officer Tim Ifield – played by the excellent Jason Watkins – Roz finds herself at the centre of an investigation by the anti-corruption squad. At the end of a brilliantly compelling first episode, prepare yourself for a jaw-dropping final scene.
Vera (ITV, 9pm) Brenda Blethyn returns as eccentric DCI Vera Stanhope. In tonight’s film length whodunit the discovery of a murder victim face down in a river plunges Vera into Newcastle’s murky drug underworld.