Pick of the week
The Muppets Tuesday, 7.30pm, 7Flix Don’t dismiss this as just another kids’ show. First appearing on television in the US in 1955 and winning their own show in 1976, the Muppets — creator Jim Henson called them a blend of marionettes and puppets — are for anyone with a sense of humour. The scripts are clever and often skate over subtle adult themes. This latest series, which premiered in the US last year, is based around what goes on backstage in the Los Angeles studio as the late night talk show Up Late With Miss Piggy goes to air. In Walk the Swine, episode five, actress Reese Witherspoon ( Legally Blonde, Walk the Line) is the guest. Kermit is nervous that the fragrant Miss Piggy, who’s never got over the fact Witherspoon won an Oscar and she didn’t, is going to misbehave. After she loses her temper with Reese, her song I’m Sorry is very funny — so stay with it till the end. In the ExFactor at 8pm, Kermit makes the mistake of asking his ex-girlfriend Miss Piggy to help him choose a birthday present for his new love, Denise. And Kristin Chenoweth ( The West Wing, Glee, The Good Wife) agrees to sing at a gig with the Electric Mayhem to celebrate Floyd’s parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. But in the bus en route to their party she inadvertently raises the subject of relationships, which causes a brawl among the passengers. Apart from anything else it is an ingenious send-up of talk shows.