Welcome to the first of our incredibly exciting, brand-spanking new look back at the best of last week’s TV that’ll make sure you never have nothing to talk about ever again. Each week we’ll dissect the best of what’s happened in and around your television, and point you in the right direction if you missed something good; which you probably did, because you’re so bloody busy. Ready? Go…

1/ Endgame

When was it on?
Channel 4, Sunday 9pm

Why should I watch it?
As a rule, the ‘80s don’t need revisiting. It’s just unnecessary to subject people to Fun House, Margaret Thatcher and big hair bands again. But Pete Travis and Channel 4 decided that the not-so-secret secret peace talks that took place on various occasions in Somerset in the late ‘80s that saw Nelson Mandela being released from prison and the eventual end of apartheid in South Africa was worth a rethink. And they were correct.

Proposed by British businessman Michael Young (a geeky looking Jonny Lee Miller) the talks were attended, chiefly, by ANC member Thabo Mbeki (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and philosophy professor Willie Esterhuyse (William Hurt). They were the focal point of a tense and exciting thriller based on one of humanity’s most disturbing periods of history. And it’s one that you should know about, because knowing about history makes you wiser. And wisdom equals power. And power is great. As long as you use it right, and don’t do stuff like apartheid.

Show me where:
Watch it on Channel 4's 4oD

2/ Newswipe

When was it on?
BBC4, Wednesday 10pm

Why should I watch it?
Wisdom is something Charlie Brooker has enjoyed bestowing upon viewers in his own bitter, bedroom-bound, hilarious way during the first series of his current affairs offensive, Newswipe. For the uninitiated, Brooker (a Guardian writer and the wit behind Nathan Barley and Dead Set) just uses his programme to get dementedly angry about the way news is delivered. This week he gets cross, really cross, about Susan Boyle.

Show me where:
Watch it on the BBC iPlayer

3/ World Championship Snooker

When was it on?
BBC2, all day Saturday and Sunday

Why should I watch it?
All that stress, anger and concentration on serious stuff is enough to make you want to want to watch re-runs of the World Championship Snooker final, an activity as calming as dozing on clouds. Seriously, watching Shaun Murphy and John Higgins tussle like mutes over £250, 000 and a chance to meet Ray Stubbs is as cathartic as a having gentle Thai massage while floating on the red sea.

Show me where:
Watch it on the BBC iPlayer

4/ Come Dine With Me

When was it on?
Channel 4, Sunday 8pm

Why should I watch it?
If snooker sounds too damn nice for you, try being a lairy, cooking bastard in the style of the desperate, dinner party mentalists who appear on this absurdly popular cult-cooking programme instead. It’s a reality show about people and cooking, with rubbish people and some pretty suspect cooking. It’s a miracle that it works.

Show me where:
Watch it on Channel 4's 4oD