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The Idiot Box: What To Watch This Week

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

You might not have noticed but in between adverts for shops selling us Christmas, there are these things called TV programmes to momentarily distract us. This week there's a happy couple to love and a jungle to avoid...

Must watch... Him and Her is that rarest of things - a BBC Three sitcom that is actually funny. The fourth, and final series starts at 10pm on Thursday, and a risk has been taken as Steve and Becky (the excellent Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani) are seen away from their flat for the first time. All five episodes in the series will chart the wedding day of Becky's monstrous sister Laura and her fiancée Paul. Steve is best man, Becky is a bridesmaid, and everyone's favourite weird neighbour Dan is sure to pop up somewhere. Not to be missed.

Maybe watch... Who says TV producers can't come up with original concepts? Well, me for a start. Portrait Artist of the Year (Sky Arts 1, Tuesday, 8pm) seems to be little more than Great British Bake Off, only with the dough swapped for oil paints and Mel and Sue subbed for Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell. Maybe it will take off like GBBO did, or maybe it will be as fun as, er, watching paint dry.

Stabbing yourself in the face would be more fun than watching... I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! is back with the usual mix of TV no-marks, sports stars, and leftfield bookings (This year it's the bloke who played Carlton in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air). A lovely touch this year is that the show's producers have apparently installed a bikini-removing jungle power shower. According to the Daily Star, "Emmerdale's Lucy Pargeter is tipped to lose her swimwear," which I'm sure will be very pleasant for her. One of the highlights of last night's opener was when Big Mo out of EastEnders stated: "I don't mind eating testicles or penises, as long as it ain't hard." Another top moment saw Steve Davis and Rebecca Adlington set fire to a tampon. Best to avoid ITV1 for the next three weeks, then.

Also showing... It's Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, in case you haven't noticed, and this week the Beeb is screening about 300 different programmes to celebrate it, including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide (BBC Three, Monday, 8pm) and new drama, An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC Two, Thursday, 9pm).

Channel 5 brilliance... This week's Channel 5 highlight is the last in the ground-breaking series, Chris Tarrant Goes Fishing. Don't all rush at once now (Friday, 7pm).

Film of the Week... What do you get if you cross a floating plastic bag, falling rose petals, and Kevin Spacey masturbating? American Beauty, of course (BBC One, Wednesday, 11.35pm).

Catch up with... The fifth series of the excellent Misfits, which follows a group of teenagers dealing with all the usual adolescent traumas (acne, unrequited love, superpowers), is in full swing (E4, Wednesday, 10pm), and you can catch up with all the episodes in the current run at 40D.

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