Pat Stacey’s Weekend TV Pick: Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared Puppet Simulations Not Suitable for Children

Imagine an English Sesame Street filled with dark humor, surreal twists, existential anguish, psychological horror, and heaps of gore.

In short, hat, is a puppet show for adults Don’t hug me I’m scared (Channel 4, 11.05pm and 11.35pm), spin off of a six-part web sketching series that ran from 2011 to 2016 and has built up a huge following.

Entertaining someone for a few minutes at a time is one thing; Maintaining a joke for half an hour can be quite a daunting task. We shall see.

If there’s one series that exemplifies the “if you like that, you’ll love this” philosophy, it’s the German offering. Queen (Netflix).

In the 1850s, bubbly Austrian teenager Elizabeth von Wittelsbach (Devrim Lingnau) is attracted to the dashing young Emperor Franz Joseph (Philip Froissant). It is promoted like that of Germany Bridgertonas if the ghastly original wasn’t enough.

Tropical forest (Amazon Prime) is a bold new series about young black people living in a dystopian future in London where gun crime is rampant. If that doesn’t sound too radical, the fact that it’s actually a musical in which the characters engage in rap certainly is.

In the final episode of tension Munich game (Sky Atlantic, 9 p.m.), Maria’s life is falling apart when her husband and her bosses learn her Arab informant is her lover – but at least the Mossad man Oren and German police are pleased that there will not be a terrorist attack on Germany v Israel football friendly. However, a turning point is coming.

All is well with the world again – at least for the precious 50 minutes – now The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, 10.40pm) is back for a fresh run. As you’d expect, there wasn’t a single second-class guest in sight. . . well, in addition to Robbie Williams, who has a new single to plug.

Otherwise, it’s a sparkling lineup: Rami Malek, talking about his latest movie, Amsterdam; Jamie Lee Curtis on manufacturing Halloween is over (until they decide to reboot it) and Lydia West, who are discussing appearing in jokes but great Inside Human.

In a really strange coincidence, Jamie Lee Curtis and Graham Norton were both guests on The Late Late Show (RTÉ1, 9.35pm).

Also on the bill are Brian O’Driscoll, Richie Sadlier, cervical screening patient campaigners Stephen Teap and Lorraine Walsh, who will talk about Vicky, new film about terminally ill cervical cancer patient Vicky Phelan, and RTÉ’s latest favored sons, The 2 Johnnies.


On Monday’s Gastroesophageal Reflux Weekend, another Friday guest of Graham Norton, Robbie Williams, appeared in the latest issue of Reel’s story (BBC2, 8.45pm). He talks to Dermot O’Leary about his career as documented on film, from his appearances in Oliver! on stage for his recent hometown show in Port Vale.

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He reappeared later in a few iterations: his London Palladium show from 2013 (10:15pm) and a TOTP2 compilation of his BBC appearances (11:15pm).

The wedge between these – and more welcome – is the first in a series After . . . with Jools Holland (BBC2, 9:30pm). Guests included The 1975, performing some of the songs on their new album Fun in a foreign language, and Ural Thomas and the Pain with a song from their newest long-form player, Dance size.

Move Hitler: The Lost Tapes (Channel 4, 6.15pm) return to the teatime position midway to make room for Star Wars film shows that the series has not attracted much interest. It’s no surprise, as it looks strained to fill four episodes.

The thin theme in this penultimate volume is how hard the Nazi propaganda machine had to work to soften Hitler’s image after his half-niece was Geli Raubal, who where he was a terrifying, controlling phobia, committed suicide in his apartment.

Double bill of historic German boiler KaDeWe: Our time is now (BBC2, 9 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.) saw life take a turn for the worse for the owners of the Berlin department store – the Jandorf family – and its employees as the Nazis began to feel a presence. their presence in the Weimar Republic, soon crushed by jackboot.


More historical information about this item. Karen Pirie (ITV, 8pm) – sure to switch to Virgin Media soon – has confounded expectations by being cut from the usual run of ITV’s Sunday night crime dramas, largely is because of the novelty of both the character and the young actress who plays her, Lauren Lyle.

If only I could say the same thing about dog ears, dog ears Bloodlands (BBC1, 9pm), will likely be remembered – if it is remembered – less for the convoluted plot than for the hilarious glowing matches between James Nesbitt and Victoria Smurfit.

Or really of North Sea Connection (RTÉ1, 9:30pm). Whenever RTÉ gets a rating, it tells us that. But the silence on audience figures suggests it hasn’t produced a Kin-size sensational with viewers. Not surprised; it was a bland, less convincing Euro pudding.

Part one of CNN produced by CNN Stanley Tucci: Looking for Italy (BBC2, 8:30 p.m.) proved to be a winner earlier this year, the incredibly likable Mr T (he’s not bad at the old acting game either) captivated even those of us, people who are not natural eaters. On his second run, he began his culinary journey in Venice. Pat Stacey’s Weekend TV Pick: Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared Puppet Simulations Not Suitable for Children

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