Hooray for Hollywood

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Viewers will be seeing more of TV’s top baker, Paul Hollywood, this week.

And it’s not in “who ate all the pies” sense, but more of a double duty on consecutive days.

The first, on BBC1 tonight, is in his more usual role as he and Mary Berry continue judging the “battle of the buns” in the second week of The Great British Bake Off.

Then tomorrow he’s back on the screen again as the first subject of the latest series of Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1).

Paul - who now shares this TV family history honour with Mary Berry who featured in last year’s series - heads the latest round-up of celebs ready to find out who they really are.

The acting profession figures strongly with Jane Seymour, Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Frances de la Tour and Mark Gatiss all having their stories told, while other subjects include singer/actress Jerry Hall, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, who survived a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia, choirmaster Gareth Malone, and Anita Rani from C4’s Four Rooms.

Another group of TV faces who are hoping that history will “forgive them their trespasses” are the hapless and hopeless contestants involved in herding sheep and geese in Flockstars (ITV1, Thursday).

Gabby Logan hosts this rural rubbish, which shows viewers, especially those with long memories, how much better things were done during the era of BBC’s One Man and His Dog which rounded-up sheep, and audiences, for nearly 30 years.

Staying with the theme of animals, if only in name, try to catch the late-night placing of Mountain Goats (BBC1, Friday), a new comedy from Scotland set around the antics of a group of mountain rescue volunteers saving lives on a daily basis in the stunning Glencoe hills.

This is too new to be shunted off to the TV sidings, but that’s not the case for the offbeat detective drama New Tricks (BBC1, Tuesday) which is now into its 12th and final series. Since 2003 the work of the UCOS squad (Unsolved Crimes and Open Case) has proved popular with viewers despite various cast changes with only Dennis Waterman, as grumpy Gerry Standing, as the last original team member.

Now he’s gone out a high, or should it be low (being replaced by Larry Lamb) after the shock discovery of body in basement - Gerry’s old detective chief inspector from the 1980s.