TV Choice: Royal History of Pop, William at 30 & Alan Carr's SpecstacularBy Caroline Cook
June 07, 2012
Every week our square-eyed reporters take a look at what’s on TV – the highlights and the lowlights – and pick what they think you should watch or avoid.
Alan Carr’s Summertime Specstacular, Channel 4, Friday, 9pm
If you can move past the terrible pun used in the title of this programme then you’re in for some Friday night fun.
Alan Carr is throwing a party to celebrate all things British and anyone who’s anyone is going to be there. Well, not quite, but they have got Justin Bieber, The Saturdays, David Walliams, and the cast of Made In Chelsea.
Having seen Alan do stand-up at South Hill Park last year, and discovering he was very funny, and also rather lovely (he hung around signing autographs at the stage door afterwards) I’ve become a bit of a fan.
As part of the show he’ll be celebrating everything from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to British holidays.
I’ll be there watching from my sofa, probably still draped in bunting from all the street parties.
Notting Hill, ITV2, Friday, 9pm
I used to really like Hugh Grant. Then he got all whingey about the press and that floppy hair and posh British accent lost its charm faster than you can say ‘Oh, do be quiet Hugh.’
Nonetheless Notting Hill is still one of those brilliant Richard Curtis rom-coms which never loses its appeal.
In case you’re one of the 10 people who haven’t seen it, Notting Hill is about bumbling bookshop owner William (Hugh) who falls for a Hollywood actress (Julia Roberts) after a chance meeting.
Although Hugh and Julia are the classic 90s’ movie couple the best thing about the film is, without question, Rhys Ifans who is hilarious as William’s housemate Spike.
The Royal History Of Pop, Channel 4, Sunday, 10pm
Apparently four days of red, white and blue wasn't quite enough so Channel 4 are ekeing out the Jubilee celebrations with this offering.
The documentary investigates the relationship between the Royal Family and pop music over the last 60 years.
Singer Tommy Steele talks about being one of the first rock ’n’ roll stars to perform for Her Majesty and Brian May from, erm, Queen, talks about what it was like to play on the roof of Buckingham Palace at the Golden Jubilee concert in 2002.
I’m not too sure how much the Queen likes pure pop so whether we’ll see anything from the likes of Jedward and One Direction is anyone’s guess.
William at 30, ITV1, Thursday, 9pm
So it turns out its not just Channel 4 who don’t know how to stop waving their flags but for an hour of Prince William on telly I think we can let this one slide.
The channel is repeating its interview with the popular royal to give us another chance to drool over, I mean, get a fascinating insight into, Prince William.
The documentary looks back at his life from the loss of his mother to last year’s wedding to Berkshire’s own Kate Middleton.
The film uses rare photos and footage as well as interviews with his friends and family.
And there’s plenty of screen time with William to keep us happy too.