1/ Bear Grylls: True Survivor

When was it on?
Channel 4, Saturday 8pm

Why should I watch it?
Bear Grylls is a ridiculous man. He does things like drinking water he’s squeezed out of shit even though it’ll definitely make him ill, and clambering down massive waterfalls when he could just go round them. Even more ridiculously, Grylls has recently been appointed Chief Scout; even though kids growing up doing what he does will all die. Maybe that's the plan. Kill all the Scouts. Maybe.

Anyway, on Saturday, Bear was unleashed (via a rope dangling from a helicopter) amidst trees and grizzly bears in Transylvania in Romania. He looked around and said something posh before eating snails and a trout that was still alive. Then he ate bear shit, without stopping to think about what the bears must have eaten to produce the ex-SAS man’s forest dinner of choice. Maybe he just hates fruit.

Show me where:
Watch it on 4oD.

2/ Going Postal

When was it on?
BBC2, Monday 10pm

Why should I watch it?
The weirdest thing about this feature-length documentary about Americans committing mass murder in public places (schools, factories, sorting offices), were the freaky religious overtones. At one point, the distraught father of a dead daughter tried to come to terms with his loss by saying, “maybe God just loved her so much, he wanted to see her sooner”. It was sad, but also mental, because it highlighted the way Americans hysterically turn to religion (rather than, say, clear thinking and time) when bad stuff happens. The country’s psyche: it’s all wrong. We Brits sort everything out with pies, ale and tea, and we’re all fine.

The best thing about Going Postal was the interview with Michael Carneal, a 26-year-old man serving a life sentence for shooting 3 people and wounding 5 others at Heath High School in 1997. He was 14. And then, like now, he was sad, confused, mentally ill and unsure why he’d done it. All he knew was being treated badly by kids at school probably had something to do with it.

Show me where:
Watch it on BBC iPlayer.

3/ We Need Answers

When was it on?
BBC4, Tuesday 10pm

Why should I watch it?
Mark Watson, Tim Key and Alex Horne are three comedians with good ideas and a funny way of delivering them. What they do is simple. They host We Need Answers, in which they get two celebrity guests and ask them funny questions sent in by the public. The questions are based around a specific theme, and this week’s was reading. The guests were professional feminist Germaine Greer and writer Michael Rosen. Frankly, it all sounds pretty bloody boring but, actually, was pretty bloody funny because of all the irreverent, BBC, middle-class comedian piss-taking that went on throughout.

Show me where:
Watch it on BBC iPlayer.