on the box
Friday 28 June 1996
Another superstar to have graced our schedules recently is Billy Connolly. His BBC2 ratings performance on the Bank Holiday evening devoted to him on 27 May gives the lie to the notion that viewers are fed up with theme nights. Two shows from that evening appear in the BBC2 Top Five for the week ending 2 June. The World Tour of Billy Connolly, the second-placed show after the perennial chart-topper, Have I Got News For You, netted 5.93m viewers, while Billy Connolly's World Tour of TV was not far behind with 4.46m. Coming soon: the Big Yin reads the weather.
As if we were not already drowning in sport on television, the BBC is hurling more sporting bucket-fuls at us in the form of three hour-long Olympic Diaries. Starting on Sunday 7 July on BBC1, these documentaries chart the Olympic preparations of seven hopefuls, including rowers Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent, and sprint hurdler Tony Jarrett. Do we get medals for endurance sports viewing this summer?
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- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
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