Sarah Jane Smith is investigating strange goings-on at a meditation centre in rural England; spooky alien spiders are controlling the minds of human beings in a fiendish plot to take over the world; and the Doctor is wearing a bowtie, because bowties are cool.
The final part of ITV1’s latest medical drama brings the series to a suitably watchable conclusion, although this is not a Casualty-style blockbuster climax, with no major calamity leaving bodies strewn all over the landscape and the hospital struggling to cope under the weight of the blood and gore.
As guiltily enthralling as your neighbours having a screaming row in their back garden, unaware that you’re peeking through a hole in the fence, BBC Four’s French police drama series Spiral is not exactly enjoyable; it’s hard to even define it as entertaining. Yet once you start watching, it’s increasingly difficult to stop.
After last week's rather bouncy and luridly erotic first instalment of BBC Two's four-part Victorian drama comes a more thoughtful and reflective episode, focusing on some of the other characters briefly met previously.
Kirke University, home to Channel 4’s new comedy series from the makers of Green Wing, is possibly the crudest college of higher education since the Central University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, its staff a collection of grotesque super-stereotypes whose self-absorption is matched only by their ability to break into verbosely obscene soliloquy at will.
The actual title of Spiral, BBC Four’s imported French police drama, is Engrenages, which literally translates as ‘cogs’ or ‘gears’ - and if your stomach can stand the gore and your heart can stand the shocks, watching the show will give your own cogs and gears as thorough a grinding as they’ve had since the climax of The Killing.
The second season of Nurse Jackie demonstrates quite how wonderful and under-rated this show is. Edie Falco was consistently one of the best things about The Sopranos over its six season tenure and so a starring TV vehicle for the actress was warmly welcomed when Nurse Jackie premiered in 2009.
Joining the gang in the Olympic Deliverance Team this week is Dave Wellbeck; an athlete who won two consecutive silver medals at the Olympics in the Noughties.
There are not many complete Patrick Troughton stories left in the world, but those that remain are held as glimmering icons of a bygone, genuinely classic era of Doctor Who.
A new époque is ushered in at ad agency Sterling Cooper as Mad Men goes from strength to strength with its fourth season, set in the heart of the swinging sixties.