Poor old Ant and Dec. 'Saturday Night Takeaway' really has been cursed in the last few years. Two years ago Ant's troubles meant Dec ended up presenting solo, then last year the run was hindered by the pandemic, and now they have to do this years run with no audience and instead with one of those horrible audience walls everyone pretends are good.
Fair play to them for trying to keep the show going then. Despite some sound issues they make a good job of it, relying on lots of old favourite features to see them through.
The 'End of The Show Show' is perhaps becoming a bit of a stale element though. Once you've done musical numbers with West End stars and Riverdance where else is there really to go?
With the sound issues that plagued last weeks show now fixed the boys could focus on other things...like dealing with the time delays when trying to link up with people via technology.
'Read My Lips' and 'Sing Along Live' were both a bit hindered by this, but fair play to them for trying to keep these old favourite features going in difficult circumstances.
The big surprise was that the comedy serial concept that they have persisted with over the last few series, despite the last one ('Men in Brown') being terrible actually showed a lot of promise, so here's hoping that continues.
It would be nice to see some new features, but what the boys do well they do very well.
Your enjoyment of the 'End of the Show Show' will depend on how much you like the music of Rag and Bone Man. We do not.
Even Jermaine Jenas and Alex Scott would turn this down!
The BBC have coped pretty well during the pandemic- producing a steady steam of decent - excellent programmes. They managed to keep 'Strictly' on as well without much of a hiccup, which is more than ITV have done with 'Dancing on Ice'.
Their Kryptonite though has been new game shows, an area ITV do have the upper hand in.
First there was 'The Wheel', a terrible format fronted by someone pretending to be a game show host, and now we have virtually the same thing again with 'Bank Balance'.
Who on Earth came up with this format? Who on Earth thought that Gordon Ramsey was the best host for it? Were the Corporations favourite up and coming stars in Alex Scott and Jermaine Jenas both busy?
File this next to 'Pooch Perfect' as the worst Beeb programme during the pandemic.
Bedraggled and with its sense of purpose lost, 'Dancing on Ice' returns after being paused for a week, due to the sheer amount of people pulling out due to Covid and injuries.
I'm very critical of this show, I think it's long past its best, not to mention a sheer waste of the talented presenters and judges, but this episode at least tried to improve on the lackluster form it has been in this year.
There was a sense of fun about proceedings, which has long since been lost recently, from the judges introductions, to Holly being snuck up on by a dinosaur (don't ask). I'm not saying these were laugh out loud moments, but it did break the staid format a little.
As for the 'celeb' performances themselves, to fill the mammoth running time they had been extended to the point of pointlessness, and the scores seemed inflated to silly levels.
While Faye's determination is verging on annoying week on week I actually had a lot of time for the booted out Rebekah Vardy, who hasn't moaned, hasn't entered into the circus of the show, and has taken it for what it is.
Better, especially due to Torvill and Dean skating, but please ITV, find something better for next year.
The Dana/Casey story here was very tedious. Aaron Sorkin's bantering dialogue is great, but after a while when it's relentless and going nowhere it becomes wearying .The Dan storyline wasn't great either.
I've been a bit critical of Natalie in recent episodes, but here it was nice to see her doing a good job in Dana's absence.
'Everybody Loves Raymond' star Brad Garrett guests here, and unfortunately doesn't make much of an impact.
For me 'The Crazy Ones' is a show about nothing really. The other characters seem to be a little too thinly developed, just watching the sheer genius of Robin Williams (R.I.P) as he tries to milk every bit of comedic potential out of the material.
That's not to say this episode isn't fun, of course it is, but equally it's not surprising that it didn't go longer. I can't imagine what a Series 10 episode would've looked like.