Tuesday, 9pm, Nine Episodes is a bit like Smash with less razzamatazz. Both programs are about putting on a show. In Smash, the producers strive to create a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. In Episodes, married English couple Sean and Beverly Lincoln (Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig) are persuaded to move to Hollywood to remake their BAFTAwinning sitcom, Lyman’s Boys, for an American audience. They are pressured by the network into casting Matt LeBlanc in the lead role for the sitcom, and they are not happy about it, even though they are charmed by LeBlanc’s frank and surprising innocence. And that’s about it. The humour, such as it is, is generated by Sean and Beverly’s terribly British reactions to almost everything Hollywood, including the personal lives, kooky relationships and neurotic fetishes of people with too much money and not enough taste. In tonight’s fifth episode, the pair try to look and sound excited about a famous stalker who has turned up, again, in Matt’s life. ‘‘ She’s the girl next door, if you live on crazy street,’’ Matt says of his stalker. Sean thinks she’s terrific. Beverly thinks she’s mental. They disagree quite often, you see, and that’s also a dynamic in the show. Is the American entertainment industry driving them apart? I suppose Episodes is a rung above Two and a Half Men and Anger Management in that it’s not always smutty and it’s not always puerile. It’s just a pity it’s not always funny.