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What was on Thursday 18th September

Glee

Sky1 - 9pm

Who's in it?

Hollywood legend and occasional Downton botherer Shirley MacLaine guest starred in the last episode of the penultimate season of Glee. Expect songs, probably.

In a nutshell

It's a tough life, being an up-and-coming showbiz icon. You have to deal with phonecalls from LA, and the prospect of having your young life immortalised in a TV pilot. We've all been there, right? Well, Rachel wasn't enjoying her ascent to stardom quite as much as she should have in last night's season finale, with the writer of the pilot in question not quite... getting... it. And she wasn't the only one coming to grips with her burgeoning career – Mercedes was also preparing for her album launch.

Blimey. It's a good thing there's so much angst thrown into Glee (ie, Blaine having an awkward confrontation with Kurt last night), or it would be a tad tricky for legions of us non-celebs to identify or even care about such blessed beauties. High points of the episode included a rendition of Pompeii by British rockers Bastille, as well as the reliably entertaining Shirley MacLaine, who didn't exactly have to stretch herself in the role of a hoity toity socialite type.

What's the verdict?

So that's season five out of the way, and hardcore Gleeks will know what that means: we're almost at the very end of the show, with only one more season to go. We can only imagine how many boxes of hankies we'll be blubbing into this time next year, and how big the final song-and-dance sequences will be. All of Manhattan breakdancing in unison? The population of California arranged into a perfect conga line? Yep, sounds about right.

Star rating: 3/5

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