October 4, 2008

TV: I’M Betting on This Comedy’s Success

By Cathy Owen

Sunshine BBC1, Tuesday, 9pm WITH the combination of comedians Steve Coogan and Craig Cash, surely this comedy will be dynamite? We will have to wait and see, but it is definitely one to stick in your diary this week.

Steve Coogan plays Bob 'Bing' Cosby, a likeable chap with natural wit and optimism that is infectious to all those around him. The only problem is his inability to resist gambling a few quid on the occasional bet.

Bernadette, his childhood sweetheart and mother of their son, Joe, loves Bing for the person she's known all her life and, although she doesn't approve of and is often infuriated by his casual betting, she always reluctantly forgives him.

When Bing's gambling develops into something more serious than the occasional bet and the risks he takes become greater, it's no longer just a few quid that Bing stands to lose - potentially, it's everything.

The three-part series is written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey, the teambehind the BBC's hit comedy Early Doors and co-writers of the Bafta award-winning The Royle Family - Queen Of Sheba. What more can you say?

Big Cat Live BBC1, Sunday, 6.10pm One of television's most ambitious live projects is coming to the BBC this week.

Big Cat Live is a one-week live TV event set to explore the hidden side of Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve - its wildlife, its secrets and the perils of the dark. With cutting-edge filming techniques and live communications, Big Cat Live brings viewers all the danger and exhilaration of being out on the African plains, 24/ 7.

Kate Silverton and local Masai guide Jackson Looseyia join Simon King and Jonathan Scott at their camp, in the heart of Africa's most famous reserve.

Camping next to the Mara River, in the middle of lion territory, the team will be surrounded by African wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, zebras and more than one million migrating wildebeest in a landscape where anything can happen.

By day, the team follows the life-and-death fortunes of the lion, cheetah and leopard families.

Nightly transmissions bring the latest news from the previous 24 hours as well as live images of the nocturnal life in the reserve, using specially designed remote cameras capable of broadcasting live action as it happens in the dark.

Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong Channel 4, Friday, It seems strange not seeing Alan Carr with his sidekick Justin Lee Collins, but this solo project of his was so successful at the end of last year, it returns.

And this time with a double dose of celebrities. Last time out, he had a teamof 'normal' people against celebrities. For this series, the award-winning comedian hosts this topical showbiz game show with two teams of celebrities battling against each other for the winning prize each week. Among the teams, soap stars are pitted against the stars of a rival soap, boy bands take on girl bands and TV doctors and nurses compete against telly cops and robbers, all battling it out to prove who knows the most about the world of celebrity and showbiz gossip.

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