MANSFIELD already has a place in Olympic history thanks to swimmer Rebecca Adlington’s gold run in Beijing four years ago.
Now the town’s back in the national and international spotlight with tomorrow’s Olympic Torch Relay (it’s Day 41 if you are counting) which is set to blaze its way through the area.
Chad will no doubt be out and about to record this historic occasion - especially as the relay will be routed via the former Sherwood Baths, now renamed the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre around noon - but I wonder on previous showings if TV will give us a fleeting five seconds of fame as the Olympic roadshow continues on its 8,000-mile, 70-day marathon to get the Games underway on the 27th of next month.
And for those who are too busy tomorrow, there’s another chance to catch the flame on Friday when it makes a late morning appearance in Glapwell before heading off into Derbyshire by way of Bolsover.
A marathon of a different sort gets underway this Friday on Channel 5 with the second series of ‘The Bachelor’ with posh reality star Spencer Matthews, who already has previous for his dalliances onscreen in ‘Made in Chelsea,’ who will have to up the flirting stakes as he looks for the woman of his dreams.
This is going to take 10 weeks, so pace yourself as Spencer has put up with a variety of group dates, as well as more intimate meetings gradually whittling down the 24-strong group of models and career women to one soulmate.
So, while you are wondering whether its green or blue bin day at home, think of Spencer holed up on his luxurious bachelor pad while the girls get on with the household chores at a nearby communal villa in sun-soaked southern Europe.
The sun’s also a great part of the attraction of the BBC1 whodunnit ‘Death in Paradise,’ starring Ben Miller as a fish-out-water London detective seconded to the Caribbean, which is returning for a second series. The quality scripts and the guaranteed sun in Guadeloupe no doubt proved too much of draw for Miller who will be joined by a number of guest stars, including Kelly Adams (‘The Hustle’), Patrick Baladi (‘Mistresses’) and former ‘Dempsey and Makepeace’ actor Michael Brandon, when investigations resume later in the year.
Bomber Command: A Tribute -- BBC2, Thursday. Coverage starts at 5pm as the Queen unveils a memorial in London’s Green Park marking belated recognition of the role of Bomber Command, which lost more than 55,000 crew members during World War II. Later in the evening, on the Yesterday channel, Stephen Fry provides the narration for ‘Who Betrayed the Bomber Boys?’ which gives some lie to why honouring their wartime sacrifice has been a long time coming.
The Exclusives -- ITV, Thursday. Final chapter for this trash TV series about wannabe-journalists with attitude that was anything but exclusive.
Blackout -- BBC1, Monday. Start of a three-part contemporary drama stars Christopher Eccleston as a disillusioned and corrupt council official, haunted by his own dark secrets and alcoholism, whose life looks set on a new course when he is persuaded to run for election as the city’s first political mayor.
7/7: One Day in London -- BBC2, Monday. Ambitious retelling of the day, seven years ago, when terrorists attacked the capital’s transport system, killing 52 people and injuring more than 700 others.