New TV com­edy

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Bad Move ITV, Wed­nes­day 20 Septem­ber, 8pm

The won­der­fully glum Jack Dee looked slightly awk­ward while pre­sent­ing The Ap­pren­tice: You’re Fired a cou­ple of years back, so it’s great to see him re­turn to the realm of com­edy. He had a good role in 2016’s Power Mon­keys, and here he stars as Steve, half of a mar­ried cou­ple who have watched too much Es­cape To The Coun­try. The pair de­cide that mov­ing from the city to the coun­try­side will be the an­swer to their dreams, but as the show’s ti­tle sug­gests, they’re wrong. Bril­liantly, Steve’s other half Nicky is played by Kerry Godli­man, who was so tremen­dous as Han­nah in Derek.

W1A bbc2, mon­day 18 Septem­ber, 10pm

The third and prob­a­bly final se­ries of the su­perbly ob­served com­edy about the ab­sur­di­ties of daily life at the BBC hits its stride with this hi­lar­i­ous first episode. Head Of Val­ues Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bon­neville) has to be front-fac­ing as the BBC’S new mis­sion state­ment of do­ing More Of Less gets ac­tioned. As he ne­go­ti­ates the power strug­gles be­tweeen Head Of Out­put Anna Ramp­ton (Sarah Par­ish) and Head Of In­clu­siv­ity Lucy Free­man (Nina Sosanya), naïve Will (Hugh Skin­ner) gets his idea for a cy­cling-based chat show used as part of a new BBC Me pro­posal, it­self shame­lessly pur­loined by PR Queen, Siob­han Sharpe (Jes­sica Hynes).



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