At last there is going to be something good to watch on television. The first of five episodes of 'Cranford' will be shown on BBC1 tonight. The Beeb will be getting back to what it does so well, but so rarely nowadays, first rate dramatisation of literary classics. That will be followed by 'The Blair Years.' It is much too soon to get a balanced view of the ten Blair years but I shall watch with interest. I don't expect to see any regret but I hope for some honesty and I hope, too, that credit will be given for the achievements which have been overshadowed by the war and the shame of spin.
ITV will be competing for viewers with its own classic brand: 'I'm a celebrity get me out of here', 'Katie and Peter unleashed' and a darts championship. Was ITV taken over by the Sun newspaper or The News of the World when I wasn't paying attention?
I suppose I should be grateful for two watchable programmes in one evening. Last night, having trawled through all of the listings, the only programme I could find worth watching was a selection of favourite scenes from 'The Vicar of Dibley' on Sky. The MM and I were surprised at how funny and touching those scenes are still. We had intended to watch just for a short time over a glass of wine but we watched the lot and finished the bottle!