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10 things we learnt from watching TV last week 7

The cast of Persons Unknown

Feature by Tim Carson

Here’s what we learnt from watching TV between 5th December and 11th December, 2011.

1. Never, ever try to escape from a moving vehicle by grappling with the driver. The abductees in the SyFy channel’s thriller Persons Unknown learnt this valuable lesson at the end of episode 12 as having escape from the strange town where they were being held they ended up crashing in a ditch having wrestled with a driver. Bad move.
Persons Unknown, Sy Fy, Monday, 9pm.

2. Britain has way too many empty homes. C4 does a good thing by running a week of programmes backing the campaign to get Britain’s hundred of thousands of empty properties back on to the rental market and filled with people who are having trouble getting a place of their own. Well done Phil Spencer, George Clarke and the rest of C4’s property related presenters.
Phil’s Empty Homes Giveaway, C4, Wednesday, 9pm

3. Doing a grand design isn’t all that easy as Kevin McCloud found to his cost when he tried to get a scheme of visionary homes built. All the advice he’s dished out to others over the years proved to be little help as he battled weather, neighbours and the council to get his scheme built.
Kevin’s Grand Design, C4, Thursday, 9pm

4. Show choirs competing in sectionals against two other choirs and in front of a bunch of bizarre judges has lost it’s thrill. Glee’s latest “sectionals” episode had a hint of desperation as the New Directions search for help put them on the trail of “Trouty Mouth” Sam who gave up his job as a stripper to return to college to save the day for the choir and the show which is just not the same when Sue’s not in it. Although Santana’s bitchiness almost makes up for it.
Glee, Sky1, Thursday, 9pm

5. Doing police work on drugs is not fun for anyone – criminals, fellow cops and most of all yourself. John Cooper may be a good cop but he’s got a bad back and a bad painkiller habit that is now hitting his ability to be “good police”. Will he sort himself out before something really bad happens – with one episode to go in this series we hope so.
Southland, More 4, Thursday, 9pm

6. If you create a three-part thriller surely you need to have something thrilling or intriguing happen at the end of episode one to make you want to watch episode 2? ITV’s Without You was good solid drama held together by a strong central performance by Anna Friel as a grieving widow trying to unravel the mystery of her husband’s death in a car crash. But the only hook into the second episode was the sneak peek you got into what would happen next week, which I’d say is not good enough.
Without You, ITV1, Thursday, 9pm

7. I miss The Walking Dead now it’s on a midseason break a lot more than I miss Ringer or Blue Bloods.

8. Yeah The X-Factor is finally over. The final was ridiculously over the top and if I were one of the final acts I’d be making the most of the next few months as long-term careers? I don’t think so. The only real winners this year were Coldplay and, of course, Simon Cowell.
The X-Factor, ITV, Saturday & Sunday, 8pm

9. Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits was as empty and vacuous as the talent shows he was trying to satirise. It looked good and was a clever conceit but ultimately was unsatisfying and not all that enlightening.
Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits, C4, Sunday, 9.30pm

10. The big reality TV show finale on Sunday was the final of Australian Master Chef it had more drama and taste for a start! Sadly it was only part one and we have to wait for tonight to find out who’ll win. (Unless of course you can’t wait and just Google it!)
Australian Master Chef, Watch, Sunday, 7pm

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