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10 things we learnt from watching TV last week 2

Ryan in Educating Essex

Feature by Tim Carson

Here’s what we learnt from watching TV between 31st October and 6th November.

1. TV can really move you. Forget Downton Abbey‘s finale or the latest hopeful being kicked off The X Factor the two most moving things on TV this week were the latest episode of Southland with it’s tragic and unexpected ending and Ryan’s speech to his fellow students at Passmores School in Educating Essex, which even had his head teacher Mr Goddard in tears.
Southland, More 4, Thursday, 9pm and Educating Essex, C4, Thursday, 9pm
The X-Factor, ITV, Saturday, 8pm.

2. It’s sad that the second series of Downton Abbey is over. It’s even sadder that the 90 minute finale saw it rather fizzle out than go out with a bang. Absolutely nothing that happened was a shock or a surprise it was all far too predictable. Even if ITV hadn’t accidentally given away who died by revealing next year’s cast list it was pretty easy to guess who it was going to be. And as for the dramatic ending of Mr Bates’ arrest – anyone watching the show KNEW that was coming. For series three please work harder!
Downton Abbey, ITV, Sunday, 9pm.

3. Australian Master Chef is a way better TV show than the British version. As much as we love Greg and John the Australian have taken the format and made it slicker, more stylish and more dramatic. Putting it on every night and filming it like a quality drama just makes it gripping. Don’t believe me check it out on Watch. Australian Master Chef, Watch, Sunday-Friday, 7pm.

4. Never ever watch a full episode of The Only Way Is Essex. You might think that’s a fairly obvious statement (sorry any TOWIE fans) but having watched only bits and pieces of it TOWIE seemed utterly resistable. But then it happened and after “accidently” sitting through a whole episode it was clear it contained more laughs than My Family and was actually irresistible! Damn sucked in.
The Only Way Is Essex , ITV2, Sunday, 10.15pm.

5. Ringer is not all it’s cracked up to be. Touted as the quality TV show which persuaded Sarah Michelle Gellar to return to TV it started out pretty well. The story of one twin impersonating another while the other is supposedly dead but is actually living in Paris seemed a twisty clever plot – but writing it down makes it sound just as ridiculous as it’s now beginning to seem on TV. Ringer, Living, Thursday, 8pm.

6. Never volunteer for any of Derren Brown’s shows. While it looks like fun it could end up with you in a police station confessing to a murder you didn’t commit as happened to this week’s unsuspecting volunteer in The Guilt Trip. Cleverly done again but I never want to wake up thinking I clubbed someone to death with a croquet mallet. Derren Brown: The Experiments, C4, Friday, 9pm.

7. The Sy Fy channel has actually got some interesting shows. One of them is Persons Unknown. Created by Christopher McQuarrie the man who wrote Way of The Gun and Valkryie it’s a little bit like The Prisoner and Lost rolled into one as seven people wake up in a town in the middle of nowhere with no way to get out. A decent cast and enough intrigue to keep you guessing. Persons Unknown, Sy Fy, Monday, 9pm.

8. Blue Bloodsis running out of chances to get good again. The first series of the US cop show was generally great – it had a decent conspiracy element running through it and setting it around a cop family headed by the excellent Tom Selleck was a nice point of difference. But the conspiracy was wrapped up in the blink of an eye at the end of the first season and now it’s just a run of the mill generic cop show – and sadly some of the episodes mean it’s not even a very good one. This week things got even more disappointing as the new story arc sees one of the Police Commissioner’s sons going undercover in a New York crime family. Yes that’s right the son of the Police Commissioner – hmmm, stretching credibility just a tad there.
Blue Bloods , BBC1, Monday, 9pm

9. It’s hilarious when The X-Factor judges try to have a fight. Louis shouting at Gary Barlow after calling his act Frankie Cocozza ‘really bad karaoke’ was hilarious. He went on to say: “I don’t know how you are still here. You are not a rock star and never will be. The only thing you have going for you is your hair.” And then told Gary to “shut up” and had a dig at Kelly Rowland saying “at least I’m here very week!” fake but funny.
The X-Factor, ITV, Saturday, 8pm.

10. Russell Kane is not at his best on panel shows. He’s a great comedian and his live shows are hilarious but on 8 out of 10 Cats is by far the weakest performer and it’s a very, very funny series.
8 out of 10 Cats, C4, Friday, 10pm.

What did you learn from TV this week? Tell us…