BBC1, 9pm/BBC1 Wales, 9.30pm
HINK of me as Cliff Richard during a rain delay,” declares Jack Whitehall. “Here to entertain you until the covers come back off.”
During a summer of locked gates and empty stadiums, the comedian hosts this celebration of Britain’s finest sporting moments and achievements.
In a monologue that’s so sincere it’s unnerving, an earnest Jack says: “We are a nation of
– with no European Championships, Olympic Games or Wimbledon, Jack is here with a ton of archive clips.
From the odd events of the 1908 London Olympics to the English triumph of World Cup
66, when Jack yells: “Thank God there was no VAR”, all the trials and tribulations are here.
He also looks back over Britain’s unforgettable Super Saturday at London 2012 when “the gold flowed like water” and asks why it is that when the United Kingdom hosts a major sports event the world watches.
Jack is not afraid to look back over some of the more gutting moments, too, including the brilliant show of Euro 1996, which ended badly after THAT Gareth Southgate penalty.
Overall, it’s a comedic love letter to British sport.
Jack concludes: “Someday soon the stands will fill and we’ll be home again.”
IT’S the night before the wedding and Cathy and Marcus have their
‘pre-nup drink-up’ – but it’s not as fun as it sounds.
Cathy (Ellie White) is obsessed by the scuff on the wall that Marcus (Amit Shah) made when he was trying to throw her the car keys. She needs him to run to the DIY store mid-party if she’s ever going to relax.
Elsewhere, there’s a brilliant exchange between Marcus’s mum Mishti, played by Shobu Kapoor, who really doesn’t want to be there and wonders who Marilyn is.
Marilyn (Siobhan Finneran) sheds some light: “I made love to Cathy’s father for three glorious decades.” The pair bond over booze in the ladies’ loos.
Watch out also for Caroline Quentin as Tess’s annoying sister Dawn.
Cat (Lauren Socha) affectionately threatens Marcus that he had better treat her sister well.
And there’s a run-in with Cat’s old school bully and a paint job that gets out of hand.
Jack Whitehall takes us on a nostalgic journey through Britain’s sporting highlights
YOU want to make asparagus ribbons? Or de-seed a pomegranate? No? Well, you soon will. Chef Jamie Oliver has such an enthusiasm for his easy-peasy, failsafe cooking that by the end, we’ll all be speed grating lemon zest like pros. You only need five ingredients for each recipe, half an hour and probably a speed peeler and you’re set. “What are you waiting for, you shouldn’t even be watching anymore?” he says, having whipped up a hot salmon and asparagus tagliatelle. Next there’s a cherry chard rice, not something found on most people’s weekly menus. Ok, so you have to find chard. And sour cherries. But at least we’ve got rice… A no-nonsense family favourite is up next in the form of a sausage and apple bake. “A scruffy, brilliant combo” raves a Jamie Oliver shares his simple and tasty recipes clearly excited Jamie Finally, a spiced, whole roast cauliflower turns that veg everyone hates into a showstopper.
Wedding eve drinks for Cathy and Marcus
Cat and Tess