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The Idiot Box: What To Watch This Week

14/08/2014 16:37 | Updated 22 May 2015

This week I'll mainly be spending my sofa time watching the UK Snooker Championship on BBC Two. My humble apologies in advance if you think what I'm about to write is an example of #EverydaySexism, but I'm guessing snooker isn't going to be the programming of choice for the majority of MyDaily readers, even if it is live from York. So while you're missing out on God's own sport, here's what else might keep you occupied in telly land during the upcoming seven days...

Must watch... Liberty of London (Channel 4, Monday, 9pm) is a fly-on-the-wall documentary series about the historic London department store in the build up to Christmas. Three episodes is probably pushing it but tonight's opener is an entertaining watch thanks to the eccentric bunch of characters that work in and around the store. At one point a chirpy receptionist says, "I'm not saying you have to be mad to work here..." Crucially, she doesn't finish the sentence. So we meet a succession of camp guys in sharp suits and bowties, a Su Pollard tribute act in the haberdashery section, and a magnificent saleswoman who has worked at Liberty since the dawn of time and demonstrates her skills by flogging a load of horrible parrot-design cushions to some poor sap. Manolo Blahnik, played by a nutty professor, also makes an appearance, while Grayson Perry pops into the store to buy some fabric. The Turner Prize winner takes the opportunity to show off his handbag modelled on a scrotum - what else would you want to watch on a Monday night?

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Maybe watch... I'd never normally recommend The Graham Norton Show (BBC One, Friday, 10.35pm), on the grounds that it's not very good, but this week's line up of guests is a belter. Not only is there Harry Hill, Daniel Radcliffe, and GBBO Queen Mary Berry, but also my Mum's favourite human being, Cliff Richard.

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Hanging out in the jungle with Matthew Wright would be more fun than watching... I can't be the only person who has so far been bored rigid by the third series of Homeland (Channel 4, Friday, 9pm), with its lack of Brody and pre-occupation with the Dawson's Creek style subplot involving Dana. Perhaps everything will shift up a few gears in the closing few weeks, but I'm not sure I'll bother sticking around to find out.

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Film of the Week... In Clear History (Sky Atlantic, Friday, 9pm), Larry David might be playing a marketing executive called Nathan Flomm, complete with flowing wig and beard, but essentially this is his Curb Your Enthusiasm persona dropped into a two-hour TV movie. There's a stellar cast queuing up to be offended by Larry/Nathan, including Eva Mendes, John Hamm and Kate Hudson. Curb fans will almost certainly be enthused.

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Catch up with... I'd usually be loath to recommend the stunningly average stand-up series, Live at the Apollo, but last week's episode featured a typically silly set from the acceptable face of Mock the Week, Milton Jones, that's worth scrolling to.

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