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Weekly TV preview: Jack Whitehall, the BRITs and sex

22/02/2016

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Want to know what delights are in store on that magical box of colours that sits in the corner of your living room? We have all the best picks of unmissable TV for you to enjoy throughout the week.

Fresh Meat

Monday 22nd February at 10pm on Channel 4 (CH 104)

X-Files

Jack Whitehall, Joe Thomas and the rest of the uni scamps and scallywags are back for more gutter-mouthed, filthy-minded, one-track-minded fun. Well, they're students. What else can you expect?

In a nutshell

Fresh Meat is so funny that even people with a natural aversion to Jack Whitehall… even those who wince at the sight of his too-neat facial hair and shudder at the sound of his cartoon-posh-boy voice (you can imagine him as the Bullingdon Club's court jester) can't help but love him in this. He's just too well cast as the sex-obsessed buffoon JP, and he's probably the number one reason Fresh Meat works so well.

It’s the last series, alas, but we can fully expect this to go out with a bang, as the riotous housemates brace themselves for the rude awakening of the real world. Life gets complicated for JP when his brother turns up out of the blue to give him a right talking to, while Howard has diligently created his very own purpose-built revision den. Meanwhile, Vod has come up with just the idea to overcome her money troubles. Dare we ask…?

What’s the verdict?

Well, graduation is beckoning for these scallywags, and it’ll be sad to see them go. Hmm, wonder if they’ll start from scratch next year with a whole new intake of students? They could call it Fresher Meat…

Who’s the Boss?

Tuesday 23rd February at 9pm on BBC Two (CH 102)

The Last Leg Goes Down Under

Is it really wise to let employees choose their own manager? We’re about to find out, in a series that follows companies which have opted for this hip new business model, with potentially amazing results.  

In a nutshell

On the face of it, a fruit and veg supplier based in Hertfordshire won’t strike you as having much in common with trendy tech companies in Silicon Valley. But wait. Reynolds, the company in question, is adopting a model that’s apparently popular over there. Basically, the employees get to decide who gets hired as senior staff. Think of this as a kind of crowdsourced Sugar-free Apprentice. And it’s every bit as intriguing as that sounds.

The candidates for the role of Distribution Manager will be put to work in a week-long “interview”, with plenty of tasks and challenges, without realising their every move is being monitored by the existing staff – from marketing execs to warehouse workers. Then, after being exhaustively watched for several days, their future at the company will be decided by staff vote. Sounds unusual, but hey – it beats being sat in a room and asked what their three key strengths are (and it makes for better telly too).

What’s the verdict?

We’re not sure if a set-up like this can really catch on outside of cool digital firms and TV shows, but it’s bound to be a fascinating exercise in workplace democracy. And there’ll be a fair few of us wishing we could have this kind of power in our own, more old fashioned workplaces.

The Brit Awards 2016

Wednesday 24th February at 8pm on ITV (CH 103)

Brit Awards

Ant and Dec are the masters of ceremonies, as singers old (Coldplay!), young (Bieber!) and trendy (Little Mix!) all fight for the gongs at this year’s pop-tastic extravaganza.

In a nutshell

These aren’t any old Brit Awards. These are the 36th Brit Awards. OK, not exactly a sexy milestone, but we’re sure it’s all the excuse they need for a good ole’ knees up. It promises to be a suitably impressive celebrity circus, with names from across all the main musical genres (apart from perhaps death metal, but you never know).

Ant and Dec, who can presumably do this sort of thing in their sleep by now, will be cavorting on stage and ensuring things run smoothly, with such whopping great names as Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Coldplay in attendance. The latter have had quite a year, with their Superbowl antics and the recent announcement that they’re headlining Glastonbury AGAIN, so we’re sure any prizes here will be cherries on the cake. Meanwhile, newly minted national treasure Adele will also be hitting the high notes, and garnering yet more fans in the process.

What’s the verdict?

So it's time to applaud the year's best – by which we mean, most money-making – musical acts. Still, selling ANY number of records in our piracy-happy times is an achievement, so let’s park the cynicism and egg the acts on. It should be a heck of a night.

The Great British Sex Survey

Thursday 25th February at 10pm on Channel 4 (CH 104)

Sex Survey

What are the British like in bed? More to the point, what do the British LIKE in bed? Channel 4 will be revealing all in this rather risqué look at our nation’s naughtiest secrets. Oo er.

In a nutshell

This programme could just as easily have been called Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex But Were Afraid to Ask. In other words, prudes should tread carefully, because we’re about to get the unashamed lowdown on what pushes our buttons, erotically speaking. Thanks to those clever people at YouGov, who’ve taken time out from their usual business of taking sober political polls, the full extent of British sauciness will be dramatically revealed.

The programme will take the form of a top 10, with our favourite kinks and fetishes discussed in juicy detail. Naturally we’ll be getting lots of talking head insights from psychotherapists and sexologists, who’ll be only too delighted to pick apart the underlying Freudian reasons for various sexual interests, but we’ll also meet ordinary folks who’ve agreed to discuss their bedroom shenanigans. Are you ready for this?

What’s the verdict?

We dread to imagine how the Twitter masses will react to this documentary, which promises to be enlightening and cringe-making in equal measure. We expect there will be spanking. Oh yes. Definitely some spanking.