1/ Twenty20 Cricket: England Vs India

When?
Sunday 11pm, BBC2

Why should I watch it?
Nothing unites a country like wars and sport. The galvanising effect of the English giving another nation a good spanking is unparalleled. But our ability to be victorious in combat or on a playing field isn’t very consistent. So when it looks like we could be in with a reasonable shout of not doing too badly in a world cup of any kind, everyone gets massively overexcited because maybe, maybe, we can relive the glory days when we were the greatest nation on earth.

But even though we totally annihilated defending champions India by three runs in the Super Eights stage of the way-more-exciting-than-anyone-expected World Twenty20 yesterday, it’ll probably never happen. Because ultimately, we drink too much ale. And there’s a chance that by the time you read this our heroic cricketers will have lost to the West Indies. But, whatever: “Eng-er-land! Eng-er-land! Eng-er-land Eng-er-land la la!”

Show me where:
Watch in on the BBC iPlayer.

2/ The Life and Times of Tim

When?
Tuesday 9pm, Virgin 1

Why should I watch it?
Seeing as The Simpsons and Family Guy still exist, are still going strong, and still make valiant efforts to be as good as they were ten and five years ago respectively, it’s tricky to get funny animation on TV that anyone will watch. The Life and Times of Tim is, then, a good effort. It follows Tim, an awkward and funny man who is kind of a cartoon version of a rude, introspective and quietly hate-filled Zach Braff, and documents his life which is occupied largely by hookers, twats at work, friends he doesn’t like and a girlfriend that just doesn’t understand, man. Which all sounds fairly standard, really.

Show me where:
Watch it on some weird website we found. Or go to the official website, for clips and info and stuff.

3/ Michael Macintyre’s Comedy Roadshow

When?
Saturday 9.30pm, BBC1

Why should I watch it?
Michael McIntyre has done well because he’s a really nice man. He’s not even that funny. Not really. He’s not Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, little-bit-of-piss-coming-out funny. But he’s lovely. He’s a great guy. He’d have your back, even if he didn’t really know you. He’d lend you money. Or milk. Or his wife. And that’s all it’s taken for the BBC to give him a prime-time comedy programme in which he tours the country taking the funnies with him. It’s a lot like Live at the Apollo but not at the Apollo and with less famous comedians. But McIntyre uses his status to introduce the likes of Rhod Gilbert, Mark Watson and John Bishop to the masses. Lovely. Such a lovely, lovely guy.

Show me where:
Watch it on the BBC iPlayer.

4/ Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire

When?
Thursday 9pm, BBC2

Why should(n’t) I watch it?
It’s hard to imagine what was going through the BBC’s minds when they decided ex-rubbish pop star and ex-rubbish character in Eastenders Sean Maguire should front a weird mediocre comedy. The key word here is ‘mediocre’, which, on refelection, is exactly why Sean Maguire and his American accent are in Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire. But to be fair to Maguire, even if Russell Crowe was playing acutely unamusing adventurer Krod Mondoon it would still be awful because it's the TV equivalent of a fancy dress party full of people you hate. Even the fantastically attractive India de Beaufort can’t make it good.

Show me where:
Don't watch it on the BBC iPlayer.