New TV show has gold medal line-up!

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WELL, that’s it . . . The Olympic Torch Relay has been and gone (with great crowd support along the route proving a winner over a heady mix of summer sun and torrential rain), we are out of the Euro 2012 and it’s another case of Wimbledon v the weather v the annoying gruntings.

So, there’s only one thing to look forward to . . . the London 2012 Olympics, which is just over three weeks away.

But for those who can’t wait until then to get their sporting fix, there’s a triple treat in store with ‘Let’s Get Gold’ (ITV, Thursday to Saturday) as Vernon Kay presides over teams from across the country as they use their sporting skills in a bid to win £100,000.

Judging the contestants will be former England captain Rio Ferdinand, making up for being left out of the Euro 2012 squad, who will be joined by former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff, ex-EastEnders’ actress Martin McCutcheon and Una Healey from the girl group The Saturdays. Yes, you’re right, it’s another medal-winning line-up!

If that’s too much like hard work you can always check in for a quick lie-down after approval from ‘The Hotel Inspector’ (Channel 5, Thursday) as Alex Polizzi returns to advise more struggling hotel owners how to pull in the guests.

And she would seem to have her work cut out in the opening episode as she heads to Birmingham where the no-clothes rule of a naturist retreat has some daytime takers, but does not prove a hit with overnight guests. Travelodge or Premier Inn it is not, but then you might know otherwise.

Doing things differently is one of the themes of the contemporary drama ‘Blackout’ (BBC1, Monday), which stars Christopher Eccleston as Daniel Demoys, 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 elected as the city’s first political mayor.

But his new-found position only serves to expose him to greater danger and investigation in the second of this three-part series, which co-stars Dervla Kirwan as Alex Demoys and Andrew Scott, who played the demonic Moriarty in ‘Sherlock,’ as dogged detective Dalien Bevan out to unravel this web of deception in which no one can be trusted.


Bomber Command -- ITV1, Thursday. Another chance to catch this earnest tribute to Bomber Command whose World War II role has only now been officially recognised, especially with last week’s unveiling by the Queen of a memorial in tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by 55,000 crew members during the war.

Undercover Lover -- Channel 4, Sunday. Where Mansfield leads, the rest follow as shown in this late-night documentary as rich boy Chris (24) gives up his swanky apartment, Ferrari sports car, Rolex watch and American Express card and dumbs down to join the cash-strapped boys’ brigade in search of true love. And when that happens, it only needs Paddy McGuinness to say: “Multi-millionaire, reveal yourself.”