TV Highlights

50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy

Sky1 - 9pm

Who's in it?

You've heard of bucket lists – mainly because it's become the most irritatingly overused buzzphrase since "work hard, play hard". But Irish TV adventurer Baz Ashmawy has gone further and created an "extreme bucket list". For his dear old mum.

In a nutshell

Did you ever watch An Idiot Abroad and think "This is good, but what it really could do with is more mother-son bonding"? If so, you're in luck. Because this is basically that: a crazed travelogue, a la Pilkington, only with the main guy dragging his 70-something mum along for the ride. OK, so he's upbeat where Karl is dour, but it's still a refreshingly irreverent take on the travel show genre. And it's got lines like, "If you think I’m going to shoot you with a Taser gun, you're thinking again." (From mum Nancy to son Baz, by the way.)

Having already had a full run of misadventures, the dynamic duo are back again for more unwary exploits. It kicks off tonight with a visit to a prison in the Philippines, where they’ll be a performing a dance with around 700 inmates. What is this, Midnight Express crossed with Riverdance? Oh, and there’s also the small matter of directing rush-hour traffic in the hectic city of Manila.

What's the verdict?

Chalk this up as another winner of a show from Sky1, and more uplifting about being in one's advancing years than all the episodes of Last of the Summer Wine put together. Join them, why don't you?

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07-07-2011