Monday 11 December 2017

Date my mum

the campaign

WEdnesday, 9.35pm, RTE1

A timely choice, given the current political climate.

Will Ferrell's funniest recent film is an unsubtle knockabout yarn in which he plays a blundering Democratic congressman running against Zach Galifianakis's equally idiotic Republican for a congressional seat.

Cam Brady (Ferrell) of North Carolina's fictional 14th District is running for his fifth term unopposed. However, his campaign is damaged by the revelation of his affair with one of his supporters.

The corrupt businessmen brothers Glenn and Wade Motch use this opportunity to convince Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), tourism director for the town of Hammond and son of one of their associates, Raymond Huggins, to run against Cam on the Republican ticket.

Directed by Jay Roach of Austin Powers fame .

Lucky man

friday, 9pm, SKY 1

The first episode of 10 in a new crime drama created by Stan Lee.

A London cop with a gambling problem finds his fortunes change when he is given a mysterious bracelet.

Harry (James Nesbitt) is given then bracelet by Eve (Sienna Guillory) and soon finds a personal crisis eased by a casino owner's murder; but despite being a potential suspect, he insists on leading the investigation.

The cast also includes Eve Best, Omid Djalili, Amara Karan and Steven Mackintosh.

The viewer won't appreciate that an intended cliffhanger is immediately spoilt by an ill-conceived 'next week' trailer.

match of the day

Wednesday, 7.45pm, BBC1

Leicester City take on Tottenham Hotspur in a third round replay at King Power Stadium.

Both sides are riding high in the Premier League at the moment. Only goal difference has Leicester off top spot, while Spurs occupy fourth after beating Sunderland at the weekend.

When the teams met in the league at White Hart Lane on Wednesday last, a late goal gave the visitors victory.

Tonight, the clubs are more concerned about getting through to face Colchester United in the next round of the famous knockout competition.

It finished 2-2 the first time around.

Date my mum

thursday, 10pm, Channel 4

Experimental documentary in which two singletons are given the chance to find love online - but their children are in control of finding them a partner.

The scheduling of this show puts it way past the bedtimes of many of the participants.

The usual quibbles emerge about the ethics of kids appearing on television, such as when Jess realises towards the end of the show that: 'I'm not really looking for a dad or anyone like that. I just want my mum to be happy.'

However, a new step-parent is exactly what she will get, if Channel 4 has its way.

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