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Byline: Jane Simon; Brian McIver

MATT Lucas's solo project, minus his comedy partner David Walliams, is the flip side to Room 101.

Instead of nominating the worst things in various categories, his guests each week will be nominating the best - although sometimes, as tonight, they're giving awards to the worst too.

This show started life on radio in 2009 called And The Winner Is.

They recorded an unbroadcast pilot last year which was staged to look like a glitzy award ceremony, but that felt too formal, and so they've THE MATT LUCAS AWARDS BBC1, 11.35pm taken the show in completely the other direction and it's now shot in a studio masquerading as Matt's front room.

His mother's in it, too, and it really is his mum - not just Matt in a wig.

It's a fun concept that ought to work - and it also deserves a Matt Lucas Award of its own for the Best Title Song for a Comedy Panel Show as well as Most Overqualified House Band. David Arnold, who's seated at the piano, didn't just write the theme tune for Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, he's most famous as the composer of the last five James Bond movie tunes.

The trouble in this first episode is the lack of chemistry between the guests.

Jason Manford is a safe pair of hands on any panel show and Graeme Garden tries hard but Henning Wehn - the self-styled German Ambassador for Comedy - is a bit of an acquired taste and, from the stony expression on Jason Manford's face, he doesn't get the joke either.

IT'S KNOT ON, HENRIK HOLBY CITY BBC1, 10.35pm "A SURGICAL ward is not the best place for domestic entanglements," announces Henrik Hanssen.

But it's the Swedish puppet master who's got his strings in a knot this week and if Sahira decides to quit, he'll have nobody to blame but himself.

It's thanks to Hanssen's meddling that Sahira, her husband Rafi and Greg Douglas have all ended up working together, and it's also his fault that Rafi now knows his wife's friendship with the Irish doc was more than strictly business.

Now Sahira is trying to choose between her marriage and her career, so perhaps it would help if she remembered that there are other hospitals out there.

Whether they could also serve up a terminally ill clown, a patient with amnesia, a man who's living under an assumed name, plus a guest role for DC Jo Masters off The Bill (Sally Rogers) is, however, doubtful.

SPALL TO PLAY FOR THE SYNDICATE BBC1, 9pm POOR Bob. As soon as doctors said they'd found something wrong in his head, you just knew that his days were numbered.

And tonight he gets the devastating results, along with his two sponger sons, who just so happened to appear after he won the lottery.

a It's always a joy watching Timothy Spall do his stuff and this is no exception - making character who is actually very loud, and so decent it's almost nauseating, into a thoroughly lovable one.

t While Bob starts thinking about his bucket list, his colleagues research brain tumours to see if someone, somewhere, has a miracle cure, and a guilt-ridden Stuart (Matthew McNulty) confesses to him, with surprising results.

,all What happens when Stuart tells Leanne (Joanna Page) about Bob's diagnosis will probably come as less of a shock, though. ut h. t There have been hints about where those two have been heading and we'll discover more next week when it's Leanne's story that's played out.

re GOSS F ALL THE GOSS FROM YOUR SOAPS EMMERDALE STV, 7pm THERE'S nothing sweet about Charity and, while Gennie's off sick, she totally steals her thunder by creating a brand new job for herself as Sharma and Sharma's sales manager, outraging Nikhil.

Meanwhile, Ashley's relationship with his dad continues to be a very rocky road.

EASTENDERS BBC1, 7.30pm BEN is off for his psychiatric assessment tonight and it must be a massive novelty for him to have someone actually listen to him for half an hour and appear even slightly interested for once.

Phil is worried that he might say too much. But they're both left speechless when Shirley discovers that a certain gift she gave Heather is missing.

RIVER CITY BBC1, 8pm COULD Gabriel be Lenny's latest recruit to the world of crime? Gabriel is taking nephews Conor and Adeeb to a concert, but blows it when he takes the kids to the arcade, just as the police arrive to search the premises.

With Lenny hiding a gun inside, Gabriel acts fast to get rid of the fire arm and earns Brownie points with gangster Lenny.

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