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CATHER­INE Tate is rolling around on the floor with a lit­ter of bull­dog pup­pies, try­ing and fail­ing to fin­ish what she’s say­ing. “They are the cutest things I’ve ever seen,” she ex­claims.

PAS­SION­ATE Cather­ine with pups C4, 10pm

A hugely se­ri­ous sub­ject, tack­led with plenty of laughs, is a very fine line to tread – but it is ex­pertly ac­com­plished here.

This week’s visit to Elm Heath Chil­dren’s Ser­vices is some­what more bleak than usual, but there are still won­der­ful mo­ments of com­edy.

Nitin (Himesh Pa­tel) heads off to in­ves­ti­gate re­ports of an “un­kempt child” and finds her par­ents are heroin ad­dicts liv­ing in squalid con­di­tions. It’s a hor­ri­ble dis­cov­ery and a stark in­sight into what so­cial ser­vices must en­counter on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

But just when you feel suck­er­punched by re­al­ity, this com­edy clev­erly brings us light re­lief.

This time, Nat (Isy Sut­tie) tries to land a birth part­ner with the of­fer of free crisps and wa­ter.

And Rose (Jo Brand) wakes up to find she’s spent the night with Den­nis, in Denise’s house. It’s a rather awk­ward start to the day.

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