Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pick of the Night: Terry Ramsey, TV Editor

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pick of the Night: Terry Ramsey, TV Editor

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The Only Boy For Me 9pm, ITV1 Only the other week I was wondering what had happened to Helen Baxendale - and suddenly here she is, popping up again on our screens in this soppy romantic comedy.

Baxendale, who made her name in Cold Feet, hasn't been seen much on TV since Friends and An Unsuitable Job For a Woman, more than five years ago.

But she hasn't changed much in that time - and nor, it seems, has the character she's playing.

She stars as Alice, a single mother and advertising executive, the sort of feisty, independent woman who really could be Cold Feet's Rachel a few years down the line.

Alice lives in the country with her demanding son Charlie, pursues her career and hasn't had a man for two years ("28 months, to be precise"). But on a trip to the coast to shoot an advert, she meets Mack (Patrick Baladi - Neil from The Office) on a beach, and he wows her with his opening line: "I was just listening to the limpets - they're very interesting."

Rather than running away, she tells him she's visiting her aunt (but, with her flat vowels, it comes out as "visiting my ant" - which may actually sound more interesting to a man who likes limpets).

And before you know it, they've embarked on one of those on-off love affairs that drags on for weeks and months (or 90 minutes of airtime in this case).

It's all very soft and gentle (and, at times, annoying and cliched), and it is hard to understand why Alice would be attracted to the selfish, dull Mack (although 28 months is a long time-).

Still, on the plus side, we now know that Ms Baxendale (above, with Baladi) is alive and well. Even though she's gone a little bit sugary.

Who Do You Think You Are?

9pm, BBC1 Is it my imagination, or has the list of participants in the surprise-hit genealogy show become a little more showbiz and a little less interesting with its switch from BBC2 to BBC1? Are people like Robert Lindsay, Nigella Lawson and David Dickinson really comparable to Ian Hislop, Stephen Fry and Jeremy Paxman?

Or is the programme running out of contenders?

Anyway, the series starts with Babara Windsor (left), whose story involves Pearly Kings and Queens, the workhouse and matchstick girls. …

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