1/ Top Gear

When?
Sunday 8pm, BBC2

Why should I watch it?
Episode one of the 13th series of Jeremy Clarkson and his chums’ televised hobby ends with the non-revelation that Michael Schumacher is The Stig. Except he’s not. It's all a big joke. A very funny joke. But one that had to be made to get a Ferrari FXX on the programme, because there’s no way in the hottest and darkest pits of hell that anyone would let Clarkson, Richard Hammond or James May anywhere near one. Because they’re just not funky enough. And they like smashing stuff. Apart from that, Top Gear’s the same as ever: quite funny, pretty laddy and built around a multi-vehicle race, this time from London to Edinburgh with Clarkson on a steam train. More exciting is that the post-near-fatal-crash Hammond seems to be making a better case for appearing on menwholooklikeoldlesbians.blogspot.com every time he appears on TV.

Show me where:
Watch it on BBC iPlayer.

2/ James May on the Moon

When?
Sunday 9.05pm, BBC2

Why should I watch it?
Perhaps in a bid to outgrow his status as Top Gear’s whipping boy, James May has gone and made a serious documentary celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldridge’s landings were, as we all know, “one giant leap for mankind” and an event that dudes like May would have watched on TV when they were nippers. And despite James May on the Moon acting as the finale for BBC2’s absurd Sunday night JamesMayathon, this worked because space rockets are amazing, astronauts are cool and there’s something about planets and stars that are so other-worldly they propel people who’ve seen them up close to mythical status. May was accordingly in awe of and inspired by space and the people he met who had walked on the moon. He also got to fly really high in a U2 spy plane, which invoked the childlike reaction that we would probably all have: “this… is… amazing…”

Show me where:
Watch it on BBC iPlayer.

3/ Russell Brand Doing Life

When?
Saturday 10pm, Channel 4

Why should I watch it?
There’s a lot to love about Russell Brand. And a lot to hate. We all want to be him, a little bit, because we’d all like to do business the way he does business. He’s a self-obsessed ex-junky, ex-alcoholic, ex-fatty who panders to his own ego constantly while poncing about looking like a confused transvestite, sleeping with all the women in the world, wearing a commendable beard and parading around being irritatingly good looking and smarter than most people reckon. He single-handedly made Big Brother interesting for one year only, writes a football column for the Guardian, once had an excellent radio show and is (basically) a film star. But these are also reasons to hate him. So your opinion depends, ultimately, on whether you think he’s funny, or an undeserving fuckwit. And watching him perform his stand up show Doing Life live at the Hackney Empire from 2007 (filmed before he had a go at Manuel from Fawlty Towers) is a good way to find out.

Where:
Watch it on 4oD.

4/ Psychoville

When?
Thursday 10pm, BBC2

Why should I watch it?
Do you like dwarf porn, telekinetic dwarfs, depressed and disabled clowns, serial killers, fanatical nurses and blind, rich old men who’re obsessed with furry toys? Did you like The League of Gentleman? Are you a secret weirdo? If ‘no’, look away now. If ‘yes’ then Psychoville, a grotesque comedy thriller set in a weird town in Britain and written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton is probably exactly how you should spend the next 28 minutes and 54 seconds. Because it’s fairly hilarious, will freak you out and may well end in some violent and bloody murder. All for the love of the surreal. Recommended.

Where:
Watch it on BBC iPlayer.