TV: What to watch this week
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Switch on If you watch just one thing this week make sure it's The Chaser on ITV at 5pm Featuring everybody’s favourite cockney wide-boy Bradley Walsh (Danny Dyer, who?) this game-show is one for everyone. It seems many contestants are chosen merely for their ‘interesting’ personalities (and not intelligence), pitting their wits against the chaser, with Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett and Anne Heggerty (woman who looks like, and has a name of, a cruel Harry Potter character), being two of my favourite chasers. A bit like Eggheads. Only more ‘egg-on-your-face’. Similarly brilliant has to be Outcasts BBC, Monday, 9pm With nearly five million viewers, the Beeb’s new sci-fi hit bared its teeth to My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding on C4 in the same slot on Tuesday. The eight-part series follows a group of pioneers who get the chance to start afresh and build a new life on a new planet (sounds tempting doesn’t it?). After all the media coverage, as expected tulle, extensions and ‘grabbing’ did come out on top. Finally, we have to recommend Mad Dogs, Sky1, Thurs, 9pm Reuniting Life on Mars super-team Rob Glennister and John Simm, this show does big things. Another glossy drama churned out by the Sky factory, it welcomes Hustle star Ben Chaplin and Hotel Babylon’s Max Beesley too. The show is a psychological thriller about a group of friends from sixth form who end up 20 years later trapped in a web of murder, crime and deceit, all set in a paradise location. Think Sexy Beast. Great escapism TV. Switch Off Top Gear BBC2, Sunday, 8pm
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