From Coronation Stret to Trollied, laughs come in all shapes and sizes

Leighton  in 'Trollied'
Leighton in 'Trollied'
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COMEDY comes in all shapes and forms, whether it’s on TV or brought to you by the postman in a bank statement or gas bill.

And if that’s not scary, you’ve always got those all-too-frequent shoppings bills.

As we all know they yo-yo all the time, more like the comedy in the second series of ‘Trollied’ on Sky 1 where workers are still coping with the changes brought about by the new manager, Lorraine, played by Stephanie Beacham, who leaves the cobbles of ‘Corrie’ to crack down on staff sickness at Warrington’s Valco supermarket.

Friday’s episode sees the ever-diligent Leighton, and the store, in hot water after he’s moved to the tills where he sells 2-for-1 bottles of cider to some kids in school uniform.

And when Lorraine’s sorted that out she could also check out the over-enthusiastic young checkout operator I encountered last week at Asda who seemed to chide me, and other shoppers, for not knowing about or being interested in the German heavy metal band Rammstein as the scanner went “beep beep,” which to me was a better sound than his heroes would ever make.

Valco’s boozy dilemma would be unheard of in the “British/ Pakistani sitcom” ‘Citizen Khan’ (BBC1, Monday), which seems to have as many critics as fans, as it gently pokes fun at the self-appointed community leader and loud-mouthed Mr Khan (played by co-writer and DJ Adil Ray) as he juggles his long-suffering family and faith commitments in Birmingham’s Sparkhill, which is set on my sat-nav as a must for a balti curry.

Kris Marshall, of ‘My Family’ and BT ads fame, has to use all his HR skills as manager of the mosque, especially when Mr Khan is determined to be the impresario behind a new call to prayer at the mosque and sets out to hold his own X Factor-style auditions.

Comedy with a distinct romantic twist is the theme behind ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ on BBC 1 next week starring theatre legend Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid (‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Dinnerladies’), both in their 70s and widowed, who rekindle feelings from their teenage years after their grandsons put them on Facebook.

But with family comes baggage as their respective daughters (Nicola Walker and Sarah Lancashire) are like chalk and cheese and can’t stand each other. Still there’s always the stunning Yorkshire scenery to enjoy, including many scenes in and around Skipton.


Dead Good Job -- BBC1, Wednesday. First of a three-part, behind-the-scenes series looking at the work of British undertakers as they care for the living and the dead at funerals.

Come Dine With Me -- More4, Wednesday. Nottinghamshire’s in the spotlight again this evening in a repeat of the culinary capers between U2 fanatic Lynn Negus, DJ/ photographer/ ex-gigolo Dennis Nyama, primary school teacher Maria Beal and former roadie Pete Chaffe.

The Bletchley Circle -- ITV, Thursday. The former wartime codebreakers close in on the killer who always seems one step ahead of the police.