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What's on Tuesday 5th August

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

TLC - 9pm

Who's in it?

Mama June's not in the best of moods as the Boo Boo clan return for a new series of Deep South shenanigans. You're about to discover how hillbilly matriarchs deal with empty nest syndrome...

In a nutshell

The show that introduced us to the Redneck Olympics is back, so that low guttural rumble you're hearing is the sound of TV critics across the land falling into hopeless despair. But, while the show is undoubtedly as trashy and ridiculous, and about as intellectually and aesthetically appealing as a drunken trudge through your local pound shop, there's one thing it has in its favour. It's completely fun and completely addictive.

Each episode is like a massive platter of pork ribs slathered in a sugary, radioactive glaze: you know you're going to regret it, but you can't help diving in anyway. And how can anyone resist the prospect of tonight's episode, which sees Mama June moaning more than ever – this time because Anna and Kaitlyn are moving out (who can forget the oh so romantic moment Michael proposed to Anna over pizza?). Will a life-sized cut-out of US X Factor host Mario Lopez make her feel better?

What's the verdict?

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is arguably a sign of the imminent apocalypse. And a confirmation that we have indeed reached the very limits of what reality telly can waste its time chronicling. But when it's this enjoyable, who are we to complain?

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