The Spectator editor and Conservative MP for Henley Boris Johnson states his case for ridding the world of Daily Mail columnist Lynda Lee Potter, bans on smoking, and hard-boiled eggs in the second of an eight-part series.
Director Geraldine Dowd: Producer Victoria Payne (S)
9.30 Absolute Power
The satirical comedy that became a hit on Radio 4 begins a six-part run on terrestrial TV, starring Stephen Fry and John Bird as the wily political spin doctors who have now branched out into celebrity PR. History Man. When a famous TV presenter is caught lying, the devious duo try to get him off the hook. With Anneka Rice.
Written by Guy Andrews and Scott Cherry
Director John Morton: Producer Paul Schlesinger
10.00 Early Doors
In the last of the six-part pub comedy's repeat run, there's a day out to the races at York.
Written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey; Director Adrian Shergold
Producers Lucy Ansbro and John Rushton
Comedy Drama: Absolute Power 9.30pm BBC2
Absolute Power continues the tradition of successful Radio 4 comedies, such as The League of Gentlemen, Goodness Gracious Me and Little Britain, transferring to television. Those all crossed over well, but only time will tell if Absolute Power, about a company of PR spin doctors, will make the grade.
Frankly, the omens aren't good. The transfer from radio seems to have done little more than give the writers licence to make liberal use of the f-word. The humour is very broad, even smutty, though a lovely performance by that epitome of urbanity, Stephen Fry, just about saves the day.
There is surely a satire to be written about media manipulation, but with whiskery gags about Big Brother (does anyone care any more?), Absolute Power probably isn't it. (AG)