The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - YOUR MOVIE PLANNER -

We Wed­nes­day’s hour- long episode, sw switch­ing be­tween the Platts and the Bla Black­pool trip, was a mas­ter­ful piece of w writ­ing from Chris Fewtrell. Poignant with­out be­ing mawk­ish, it also had hila hi­lar­i­ous mo­ments, most no­tably from Ma Mary’s ap­ple-eat­ing in the church and her main fear when the Chris­ten­ing was hal halted: ‘Do you think all this will im­pact imp on the buf­fet ar­range­ments?’

T The Hay­ley/Roy ar­gu­ment con­tin­ues on onM Mon­day when Hay­ley col­lapses and is rushe rushed to hos­pi­tal with what turns out to be a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion (left, prob­a­bly from never wash­ing that pink dress­ing gown and red mac, I shouldn’t won­der). But on Wed­nes­day, she re­veals that she still hasn’t changed her mind about end­ing her life.

It makes all the Tim/Sally stuff look a bit tame. On Fri­day, Tim moans to Dev about Sally com­ing on too strong, but per­son­ally, I don’t be­lieve for one sec­ond she would be in­ter­ested in him. Sally’s a real snob and has as­pi­ra­tions; Tim would be at home in a ken­nel. When Sally apol­o­gises for be­ing too clingy, will he have sec­ond thoughts? I’m not even sure he has many first ones, so let’s not ex­pect too much.

When Den­nis pawned Rita’s en­gage­ment ring last week, Tracy told him it looked as if it had come out of a cracker – which to me was a lit­tle un­fair to crack­ers ev­ery­where – and she is back to her usual bitchy form on Mon­day, when Tina de­cides to buy back the ring. When Tracy lets slip to Rita where her ring has been, Tina is more fired up than ever, but on Fri­day gets a taste of just how nasty Tracy can be (as if whack­ing her boyfriend over the head was not al­ready proof enough).

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