Hooked on Ruth fam­ily’s rid­dles

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WE found out what goes on in tots’ brains in Ba­bies: Their Won­der­ful World. BBC2 brought to­gether more than 200 lit­tle ones for an am­bi­tious study – and the ex­per­i­ments were fas­ci­nat­ing. But one in par­tic­u­lar seemed ir­re­spon­si­ble. In a test that frankly could have been spon­sored by Ap­ple, we saw techy tod­dlers who used smart touch­screens do bet­ter at tasks like build­ing tower blocks and draw­ing a straight line. Surely this shouldn’t mean we all rush out and buy our ba­bies the lat­est ipad? Oh good, my child is bet­ter at tap­ping and swip­ing, but he hasn’t blinked for three hours. Some bal­ance would have been nice. CHRIST­MAS fam­ily get-to­geth­ers could well be a lit­tle awk­ward for ac­tress Ruth Wil­son this year. First we had a mas­ter­class in 60s griev­ing, which saw the cou­ple’s poor son Nigel apol­o­gise for shed­ding a soli­tary tear, then get an awk­ward hug from his mum be­fore be­ing told to Keep Calm and Carry On.

Nigel, by the way, would be­come Ruth’s dad in real life – a thought that came to me as she played his mother. Yes, it’s all a bit odd if you think about it too much.

Later the door­bell went. It was Gla­dys Wil­son. There was an awk­ward stand­off as we waited for the real Mrs Wil­son to please stand up.

Turns out Alec never ac­tu­ally di­vorced Gla­dys. Never trust the pa­per­work of a se­cret agent.

Ali­son did what any right-minded per­son would do in this sit­u­a­tion – she ri­fled through his stuff.

Then she tracked down Alec’s han­dler who asked: “Does it even mat­ter now?” Er, yes, thank you very much, if Gla­dys is de­mand­ing a body for the fu­neral.

Back in 1940 we dis­cov­ered that Ali­son met Alec while work­ing at MI6. As they flirted over cham­pagne, Kee­ley Hawes lurked omi­nously.

First she popped up in the ladies’ loos. Later at fu­neral No1 she hov­ered, giv­ing dis­ap­prov­ing looks. She must be fairly im­por­tant, it’s Kee­ley Hawes, af­ter all. Did Body­guard teach us noth­ing?

At fu­neral No2, both wives and their sons stood around Alec’s grave in what looked like a scene from Em­merdale.

Or at least, it would have been if the women had launched at each other over the cof­fin.

Then there was an­other clanger I re­ally wasn’t ex­pect­ing. A mys­te­ri­ous man paid his re­spects to Ali­son, be­fore call­ing her Dorothy. “WHO’S DOROTHY?” pleaded Ali­son, clearly mas­sively over this by now.

But did any­one else spot some­thing rather in­ter­est­ing in the clos­ing cred­its?

Yes, ea­gle-eyed view­ers might have no­ticed that Hawes plays some­one called – yes, Dorothy. The plot thick­ens. WITHIN ★min­utes of the Big re­turn of Vic & Bob’s there was Night Out on BBC4 pick­led a song about eat­ing pota­toes. Vic onions and boiled his head and Bob had a ba­nana on a corn on the was speed-eat­ing and part bad cob. Part ge­nius au­di­tion, Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent sense noth­ing made any that’s what­so­ever. But why we love it.

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GRIP­PING DUET: Wil­son and Glen

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