Don’t Scare The Hare
Saturday 23 April at 5.25pm, BBC One
With Hole in the Wall gone for good and Total Wipeout on hiatus, the Beeb has decided to throw another completely bonkers game show at us.
It also gives Jason Bradbury a chance to prove he’s more than just the wacky one on The Gadget Show too - he’s fronting what sounds like easily the most eccentric new series to hit our screens in the past year.
The idea behind it is that two teams are invited into a ‘forest’, where they will undergo a selection of physically and mentally demanding challenges - think The Krypton Factor with a hint of Watership Down thrown in, and you’ll get the idea.
The problem is, each task could frighten the hare - a 4ft animatronic creature voiced by Sue Perkins - and if that happens, the contestants stand to lose their prize money.
You have been warned - this is one seriously surreal programme.
Arena: Produced by George Martin
Monday 25 April at 9pm, BBC Two
Various men have been described as the ‘fifth Beatle’ over the years, but few could possibly lay as big a claim to the title as George Martin.
He is best known for his work as a producer and musical arranger for the Fab Four, and it’s hard to imagine them achieving quite so great a success without his guidance and skill.
In fact, it was he who originally signed them for the Parlophone label, not just because of their capabilities as musicians and songwriters, but because he believed the wit they displayed following their audition proved they were more than just humble pop performers.
But Martin has worked with many other artists over the years, including the likes of Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Ultravox, Kenny Rogers, Cheap Trick, Stackridge and Matt Monro. He also worked on the soundtrack to the James Bond movie Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney wrote and performed the theme song with his then-band Wings).
This documentary looks back on his amazing life and career.