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10 things we learned from watching TV last week 12

Silent Witness cast

Feature Tim Carson

Here’s what we learned from watching TV between 9th April and 15th April, 2012.

1. Forensic pathologists seem to do a lot more than post-mortems. Good job too otherwise Silent Witness would be dull as dish water if a little gorier. Luckily, Leo, Harry and Nikki (pictured) seem to spend as much time investigating crimes and getting involved with the victims to make the show still one of the BBC’s most watchable crime dramas 15 series in.
Silent Witness, BBC1, Sunday and Monday, 9pm

2. It’s great to have Game of Thrones back. More blood, guts, sex and political intrigue all rolled up into one neat gripping package and we’re only two episodes in!
Game of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, Monday, 9pm
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3. Alcatraz manages to strike just the right balance between over-arching mystery and episodic investigation. It may not be the best JJ Abrams TV show but it’s good fun and the strong cast make it well worth watching.
Alcatraz, Watch, Tuesday, 9pm

4. How come the contestants on The Apprentice always seem much more normal and sensible on The Apprentice You’re Fired show than during the series where they come across as incapable numpties? Perhaps those 6am phone calls from Lord Sugar have a lot to answer for.
The Apprentice, BBC1, Wednesday, 9pm

5. Ringer continues to be hilariously complicated. It’s a show that’s not really so bad it’s good but it’s not the most serious show in the history of television. Script meetings must be great fun as they dream up each spectacular twist. Watch it, it’s great.
Ringer, Sky Living, Thursday, 8pm

6. Running a marathon while you’re under-going treatment for cancer having done hardly any training is not the worst thing you can do for your health. Taking too much cocaine when you’re over-weight and over-forty is a lot worse. Or so Cathy’s (Laura Linney) husband Paul (Oliver Platt) found out to his cost in the series finale of The Big C. One of the most consistently funny and touching shows around.
The Big C, More 4, Thursday, 10pm

7. Who knew The Good Wife could be so funny. Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) and his rival PR fixer Stacie Hall (Amy Sedaris) enjoyed an awkward but intense game of one-upmanship that ended up with them in bed together but still none the wiser to whether it was genuine attraction or just a power-play. Brilliantly handled by both actors.
The Good Wife, More 4, Thursday, 9pm

8. The Voice continues to be more fun than The X Factor helped by the choice of judges who seem to be having fun and have so far been far less cutting and obnoxious than Cowell and his cronies. Maybe that’ll change now the blind auditions are over but so far the show has been an enjoyable Saturday night treat.
The Voice, BBC1, Saturday, 7pm

9. It’s time for goal-line technology to be brought in to football. Far too many mistakes are being made by officials that could and do change matches and with it players, fans and clubs fortunes.
FA Cup Semi-Final Chelsea v Tottenham, ITV1, Sunday, 5.30pm

10. The most effective political change is one that affects you personally. Sgt Brodie proves the point as we get to see where he began to change allegiances during his eight years of captivity as he sees Abu Nazir’s young son, with whom he has formed a strong bond, blown up in a US drone attack. Although, of course, this being Homeland who knows what the truth is.
Homeland, C4, Sunday, 9pm
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