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Daily Mirror - - DEARCOLEEN -

BBC1, 9pm

AF­TER years of glory with their beloved Manch­ester United, the foot­balling friends known as the Class of ’92 de­cided their next chal­lenge would be to buy and run a club.

And that’s not just any club, I mean the non-league Sal­ford City FC, just down the road from Old Traf­ford.

We first saw the group, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Sc­holes, when they first took charge in a two-part doc­u­men­tary last year.

And now, af­ter a suc­cess­ful first sea­son where the club won pro­mo­tion, we’re back to see if they can con­tinue to strike gold. How­ever, if you’re tun­ing in to see the Class themselves, then you’ll be dis­ap­pointed, as their to­tal screen time adds up to no more than one of Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’s post-match in­ter­views. In­stead, the show fo­cuses on the peo­ple at the heart of the club, rather than the money men be­hind it.

Those who work on the turn­stiles and be­hind the tea counter, who man­age the play­ers and clean the pitch, and who score the goals – or don’t, as is the case with their in­jured star striker.

The ex­cite­ment builds be­hind the scenes as the team ad­vances in the FA Cup and ac­tu­ally makes it on to Match of the Day on telly. While that might have been a weekly oc­cur­rence for the Class of ‘92 boys, it’s a life achieve­ment for Sal­ford City’s play­ers, who all have full-time jobs as fac­tory work­ers, ceil­ing fit­ters and lorry driv­ers.

It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing and funny look at grass­roots soc­cer – and a mil­lion foot­balling miles away from the The­atre of Dreams.

Chan­nel 4, 10pm Imag­ine Come Dine With Me scripted by the fun­ni­est, dark­est peo­ple you know, with a whole load of booze, bad lan­guage and even worse be­hav­iour thrown in for good mea­sure.

That’s the ba­sic premise of this new com­edy pi­lot.

And when you find out the brains be­hind it are Sharon Hor­gan and Den­nis Kelly – who wrote the crim­i­nally un­der­rated Pulling be­fore she moved on to Catas­tro­phe – it be­comes clear this will be some­thing spe­cial.

Gabe and Nat have left their happy old lives be­hind (we’re not en­tirely sure why) and moved to a new area. So they try to make friends by do­ing what’s ex­pected and go­ing round to the neigh­bours for din­ner. Which, let’s face it, no­body ever re­ally ac­tu­ally wants to do. Es­pe­cially when their neigh­bours veer to­wards the psy­cho­pathic.

The cast is led by Adeel Akhtar, bril­liant in both River and Utopia, plus Eva Birthis­tle, Vic­to­ria Hamil­ton, GoT’s To­bias Men­zies, Ni­cola Walker and De­siree Akha­van.

This might just be a one-off for now, but if au­di­ences have an ap­petite for it, here’s hop­ing Chan­nel 4 will serve up a full se­ries.

DEV­IL­ISH Class of ’92, and, in­set, the Sal­ford squad

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