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10 things we learned from watching TV last week 2

Bigger Than Cheryl tv programme

Feature by Tim Carson

Here’s what we learned from watching TV between 23th January and 29nd January, 2012.

1. How do some of these programmes get commissioned? For example Bigger Than Cheryl what is that about and why? Three women who look nothing – I mean absolutely nothing – like Cheryl Cole compete to win a contract at a lookalike agency. Shockingly awful (pictured above).
Bigger Than Cheryl, Sky Living, Sunday, 8pm

2. Budgies are not dull. Watching the humble and popular pet in the wild was amazing. Earthflight captured footage of a flock of budgies that didn’t just amount to thousands but had millions of birds flying across the outback searching for food. Truly jaw-dropping.
Earthflight, BBC1, Thursday, 8pm

3. People are weird – especially the people who dressed up like characters from a Jane Austen novel to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility in Bath. They did get fed by the contestants in this year’s Masterchef for free so I guess it’s not all bad. MasterChef, BBC1, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9pm.

4. Having an ice-cream on the beach isn’t always fun. Or so Quinn (Philip Glenister) found out to his cost in this week’s Mad Dogs as he came face-to-face with the gangster who’s money they’ve stolen. David Warner managed to be intimidating with the ice-cream while looking like a harmless Englishman abroad. Mad Dogs, Sky1, Thursday, 9pm
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5. Alan Alda likes playing doctors. Best known for his role as whacky surgeon Hawkeye Pierce in MASH Alda cropped up as a cancer specialist in this week’s Big C – having played a doctor in, of course, ER.
The Big C, More 4, Thursday, 10.30pm

6. Alan Cumming continues to try and steal the show as PR fixer Eli Gold in The Good Wife. Hilarious as he tries to handle a cheese scandal.
The Good Wife, More 4, Thursday, 9pm

7. New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel can’t say “penis” or at least her character Jess can’t. Great fun as the cast make the most out of the “accidentally seeing a roommate naked” plot device.
New Girl, C4, Friday, 8.30pm

8. Saturday night finally got a good programme as Pan Am returned with a double episode on BBC2. More fun and frolics with the girls and boys from the Sixties with a bit of spying and murder thrown in.
Pan Am, BBC2, Saturday, 10.10pm

9. Scampi is apparently “chicken nuggets that taste like fish” or at least according to the Mark the manager of the Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay. Totally hilarious reality TV show. The Hotel, C4, Sunday, 8pm

10. Birdsong was one of the most moving programmes shown on TV in recent years. A more moving account of the First World War then Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and far less manipulative.
Birdsong, BBC1, Sunday, 9pm
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