Tele­vi­sion You’ll soon take this fun­ny­girl to Hart

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Hobson’s Choice -

She’s one of those peo­ple with the Mar­mite fac­tor – folk ei­ther love Mi­randa Hart or dis­like her.

Thank­fully, mosto­fus­fall into the­former­cat­e­go­ryratherthanthe­lat­ter, andfind­her ef­fer­ves­centsense­ofhu­mour rather in­fec­tious.

T h e i mage Mira n d a projects on the screen is that of an over­grown child – but the lat­est episode ( Mi­randa Sun­day, BBC1 One, 9pm) sees her try­ing to prove she can be­have as an adult. It’s a task that is eas­ier said than done... Mi­randa thinks that ev­ery­one will be­con­vincedof her new, grown- up ap­proach to life if she can suc­cess­fully take care of a tod­dler and host a din­ner party for eight peo­ple.

Un­for­tu­nately, the young­ster in­side her can’t re­sist a soft play area, so in­stead of en­cour­ag­ing the tod­dler to climb on the ob­sta­cles, she ends up in an em­bar­rass­ing predica­ment on the play equip­ment.

And as for the din­ner party... well, you­can­prob­a­blyim- agine the chaos that en­sues

Given his crit­i­cally ac­claimed­turnsinShaneMead­ows’ This is Eng­land saga, it’s lit­tle won­der ex- Em­merdale star Joseph Gil­gun has seen his star rise so much in the past 12 months.

As clunky as Luc Bes­son’s er­ratic sci- fi yarn Lock­out was, Gil­gun’s psy­cho in­mate proved to be great value for money, while his swag­ger­ing turns in Mis­fits were also good rea­son to watch E4’ s Asbo X- Men saga.

Now he’s back on the box intheBBC’san­swer­toJohnny Depp­saga FromHell, the tale of Vic­to­rian- era CSIs track­ing down Jack the Rip­per, and em­u­la­tive killers ( Rip­per Street ( Sun­day, BBC One, 9pm).

The lat­est case in­volves Ernest Manby, a 60- year- old toy­maker beaten to death for a mys­te­ri­ous brass box and a few pen­nies.

Prime sus­pect is Thomas Gower, a 14- year- old boy who re­fuses to deny the charge, but or­phan­age governess Deb­o­rah Goren per­suades Reid that the lad is in­no­cent. Dig­ging deeper, our hero un­cov­er­savi­ciouschildgan­gan­dits bru­tal master.

When this se­ries first hit ourscreensin2011,( Deathin Par­adise, Tues­day, BBCOne, 9pm) it fo­cused on a strait­laced po­lice­man who was con­fronted by a sit­u­a­tion he didn’t feel com­fort­able with, in this case a sec­ond­ment to a Caribbean is­land whose res­i­dentsar­erather­more­laid back than he’d like them to be.

Grad­u­ally, we­sawhim­set­tle in and, thanks to the con­sum­mate skill of lead ac­tor Ben Miller, we learned to love the show.

So we’re pleased to see it back for a new run - not least be­cause its de­pic­tions of hot weather should warm up our win­tery nights.

Miller re­turns as po­lice­man Richard Poole who, along with his­team, must­dis­cov­er­who­has lethally wedged a ma­chete into the­back­of­form­er­sug­ar­plan­ta­tion owner Roger Sey­mour.

Back i n Fe­bru­ary, then new se­ries Pram­face may have reached the parts that other TV shows didn’t.

Now it’s back for a new se­ries ( Pram­face, Tues­day, BBC Three, 10pm) , and once more Laura ( Scar­lett Alice John­son) andJamie( SeanMichael Verey) are strug­gling to cope with the ev­ery­day chal­lenges of rais­ing their baby.

A big fam­ily event is the last thing they need, but with the chris­ten­ing loom­ing, they have to bite the bul­let, de­spite be­ing nowhere near ready for it.

As ever with sit­coms, it’s of­ten the pe­riph­eral characters that steal the lime­light, and Mike ( Dy­lan Ed­wards) has a good go.

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