Tony on TV : Endeavouring for more TV quality

SANTA New Year called at home soon after 2012 became a reality - an old tradition where any remaining items from the sleigh, be they useful or useless, are exchanged.

My present was a can of Cillit Bang, so it was a difficult decision whether to blitz the kitchen or send it onto TV bosses for a clean-up after some of the rubbish we were served up in 2011.

They included ‘Show Me the Funny’ (which wasn’t); ‘The Marriage Ref’ (who should have blown the whistle much earlier) and ‘OMG! With Peaches Geldof’ (which wasn’t one of my five a day).

There was also those dreadful regional reality shows -- ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ (TOWIE), ‘Made in Chelsea’, ‘Geordie Shore’ and ‘Desperate Scousewives’ -- before Ant & Dec got their colours in a muddle in ‘Red or Black,’ which had many viewers choosing “black” and switching off.

Other offerings which had me reaching for the remote included ‘Konnie Huq Under Pressure’ (she wasn’t alone), ‘Signed By Katie Price’ ( . . . but not delivered) and C4’s late night satirical show ‘10 O’Clock Live,’ which was rather dead, despite the efforts of comedian Jimmy Carr and others.

These three are unlikely to return, which is not the case for ‘Celebrity Big Brother,’which refuses to give up as can be seen on C5, as Loose Women’s Denise Welch and X-Factor bad boy Frankie Cocozza waste their time and ours when there is so much else to watch on TV.

Among the New Year must-see shows have been BBC1’s ‘Sherlock’ giving a new spin to Conan Doyle’s amateur sleuth (the final episode ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ is to be screened this Sunday on BBC1). while over at ITV TV bosses must be mulling over whether to make a whole series about the early days of ‘Morse’ after the well-received, single drama ‘Endeavour’ in which the rookie detective helped solve the mysterious death of a schooolgirl, despite some obstructive colleagues on the force.

Policing that was both real and local got national coverage on Monday in C4’s documentary ‘Coppers,’ the first of an eight-part series catching up on forces around the country, which kicked off in Mansfield where the CID team were struggling with a burglary epidemic.

Whether you watched this documentary, or tune into the repeat tomorrow at 11.10pm, it will prove an eye-opener to many as even when suspects are arrested, some crying crocodile tears, they are so familiar with the inside of a police station that interrogation holds no fears. The 24/7 nature of the job was also shown as away from chasing petty criminals, officers launching a man-hunt that ends with the discovery of a dead body in a wood and arresting a convicted paedophile after the attempted rape of a young boy.