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ALAN DAVIES'S TEENAGE REVOLUTION C4, 9pm
PLENTY of people were teenagers in the 80s, so you might be wondering why QI panelist Alan Davies has opted to give us his personal account of the decade.
The truth is, this is what is known as really getting your money's worth out of a concept.
Having already published his autobiography My Favourite People And Me, 1978-88, this is the TV version of Alan's formative years.
He's already done the hard work, so phrases such as: "It was 1980 and Mrs Thatcher was about to put Great Britain across her knee and spank it until it broke in two," trip casually off the tongue here as though they've just popped into his head.
But growing up in the blandly well-off suburb of Loughton in Essex, the young Alan was a long way from such searing political insights.
Instead he admits that when Thatcher became Prime Minister, "she was, for a few days, a heroine of mine."
His other heroes were motorcyclist Barry Sheene, John McEnroe, Paul Weller and Wolfie from the TV series Citizen Smith who led the Tooting Popular Front in a Che Guevara T-shirt although Alan admits that he didn't know who Che Guevara was.
This teenage memoir reveals how the young Alan viewed Britain and the world at large through a veil of childish ignorance.
And that includes the casual racism that went largely unchallenged at the time.
Bravely, Alan doesn't soft-pedal that in retrospect, recalling how boys would bring the National Front News into school because it was considered cool and how baiting the local Asian shopkeeper qualified as entertainment.
Which is why he's decided it's time to go back and apologise.
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GARETH MALONE'S EXTRAORDINARY SCHOOL FOR BOYS BBC2, 9pm
CHOIRMASTER Gareth Malone is back in short trousers - but this time there's no singing involved.
His latest educational adventure finds him at Pear Tree Mead Primary School in Essex, where, just as in many primary schools, boys are lagging behind the girls at reading and writing.
Can Gareth - who has no teacher training - motivate the boys and make lessons more exciting for them? He's been given a group of 10 and 11-year-old boys to work with and the first thing he does is get them out of the classroom and into the open air.
The boys are enthusiastic but headteacher Chris Thurgood is dubious that Gareth's games (which include letting the boys throw tomatoes at him and chop down some trees) don't seem to have much to do with literacy.
Which leads to my favourite line of the voiceover: "Mrs Thurgood has agreed, after a detailed risk assessment, to let the boys use cutting tools."
WE LOVE DRAMA
HOLBY CITY BBC1, 9pm
FRIEDA Petrenko is becoming one of the most interesting characters in Holby City. She's fearless, straight talking and her eyeliner is always applied with surgical precision.
Scarcely a week goes by without Frieda getting to show off her skills as super-nurse - sorting out a dislocated shoulder here, correctly diagnosing another condition there. And Penny's about to be shown up again by Frieda, who steps in to stop her accidentally killing another patient.
Not that she's likely to thank her for this. Penny seems to think that nurses are only there to empty bed pans and the pallid Ms Petrenko is far too full of herself for Penny's liking.
Meanwhile, Ric Griffin is refusing to consider any treatment for his cancer, knowing the prognosis won't be good. Annalese wants to stand by him, but Ric's having none of it, preferring to deal with his illness alone. "It's all about you, isn't it?" tuts Michael, disapprovingly, but in this case you'd have to say, "Yes."
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EMMERDALE ITV1, 7pm, 8pm
EVE'S off to check out a male stripper tonight - a Brad Pitt lookalike who we're very much hoping will be popping up as a regular fixture - it would brighten up all the dull, plotty bits no end.
Like tonight - Moira scours the streets of Hotten for Holly and comes home to find her house has been ransacked.
Imagine how much more gripping this storyline would be if, instead, she'd opened her front door to discover a hunky blond whipping off his Officer And A Gentleman uniform.
EASTENDERS BBC1, 7.30pm
"GET outta my pub!" It's Peggy Mitchell's last chance to screech those immortal words tonight. And for once, it actually turns out to be brilliant advice - if only Stacey had the sense to realise it at the time.
Peggy is still reeling from Stacey's confession that she was the one who killed Archie, but before long she'll have something else to worry about after a blazing row with Phil ends with the Queen Vic going up in flames like a gigantic Christmas pudding.
Don't miss this one, whatever you do.
CORONATION STREET ITV1, 8.30pm
IT'S all about families tonight - Ken arguing with his newly-found grown-up son and grandson, Molly and Tyrone naming their new baby, or Kevin and Sally fretting about missing Sophie.
But none comes close to the helpless fury Dev and Sunita feel when told their kids are being taken away - for their own safety.
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