1/ Flight of the Conchords season two, episode one

When was it on?
BBC4, Tuesday 10:30pm

Why should I watch it?
The deadpan New Zealanders return for the second series of their fairly original trawl through the trials of being slightly worse than moderately successful musicians in New York. Episode one sees Bret and Jermaine split with manager Murray and agree to write the soundtrack for a toothpaste ad. It all goes tits up when the Conchords are exposed as proud and unaware illegal immigrants. And it’s all chuckle worthy stuff, because like any solid comedy act they have a strong enough ‘thing’ to carry them through when the gags aren’t first class.

Their other trick, of course, is the songs, and the first series yielded some surreal slacker classics. This episode seems to punt the music to the background a bit, though, and rely on one-liners and confused interplay between the characters. You’ll have to decide for yourself if that’s a good or a bad thing.

Show me where:
For a reason not known to us, it’s not on the BBC iPlayer so we’re forced to send you to TV Links.

2/ Pulling special

When was it on?
BBC3, Sunday 9pm

Why should I watch it?

The BBC’s record for putting out funny comedies is atrocious, which might be why Pulling is such a joy. Infinitely better than the inexplicably popular Gavin & Stacey, this hour-long finale was a filthy, rude, depraved and smart romp about sex and drugs seen through the eyes of three women. And superbly, the normally criminally underused Paul Kaye is in his element.

The man behind Dennis Pennis and Mike Strutter plays Billy the wreck-head (a role Kaye says came quite naturally), who ambles about off his tits while the three lead characters try to stop having sex with men they hate. They find it incredibly hard, and the consequences are awkward in a way that good TV comedy since The Office (think: Green Wing) has been. Depressingly, this is the last Pulling ever because some plank at the BBC thinks My Family is better. He should be fired immediately.

(Watch FHM interview Kaye, HERE.)

Show me where:
Watch it on BBC iPlayer.

3/ The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

When was it on?
More 4, Friday 8.30pm

Why should I watch it?
Jon Stewart is a hero. And on The Daily Show, the comedy show he presents daily, he slices through the bullshit within American politics more devastatingly than anyone else ever. The programme’s been going for nine years under Stewart, and carries itself like an ongoing series of Brass Eye. There’s nothing new about it but time and time again Stewart finds himself as a voice that people actually listen to. It’s fake news, but Stewart is fantastically smart and cuts deep down into the mound of lies that makes up politicians and their world. We desperately need something similar in the UK.

Show me where:
Watch it on 4oD.

Bad Ad of the Week: Irn Bru

Why so bad?
First of all, consider that Irn Bru is a drink consumed by burly Scottish men who use it as a refresher in between guzzling pints of whiskey and tossing the cable. Then consider how compatible that image is with one of Zac Efron and his chums dicking about in High School Musical. The answer is: not very. Which is why Irn Bru’s gathering together of loads of annoying twats and getting them to sing “it’s fizzy, it’s ginger, it’s phenomenal” is so corny and miserable. And then you have to deal with the genii at Irn Bru describing their own drink as “ginger”, which is something no beverage other than those containing actual ginger ever has been or ever will be. You. Fucking. Idiots.