Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Move on Up with the Big Spenders; PREVIEW

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Move on Up with the Big Spenders; PREVIEW

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Relocation Relocation 8pm, Channel 4

THEY haven't got a clue what they're looking for," says an unusually despondent Kirstie Allsopp to camera. "Or what they want.

Or what they need." She pauses. "I just don't even know what we're doing here."

Yes, the house-finding show is back, and gone are the days when this was a straightforward programme about sorting out new places to live for ordinary - albeit rich and aspirational - people.

Now it's about indecision, dream homes and monster budgets.

But for some reason it's still terrific telly - maybe because Kirstie and Phil are now firmly established as well-meaning older siblings rather than irritating lifestyle "experts" (or, of course, it could just be because nosing around other people's houses is always good value for money).

This week, Paul and Tamsin would like to buy a threebedroom flat in Clapham, Wandsworth or Balham, plus a bigger place at the seaside.

Their out-of-town gaff needs to be a family home and a good investment property - oh, and it should have an annexe as well. They don't want much, then.

Although, I suppose, if they just wanted to move down the road and buy an extra rabbit-hutch, they wouldn't have made the grade for the new series.

Desperate Housewives 10pm, Channel 4

EPISODE three, and thankfully the writing has retained the sharpness of last week's opening double-bill.

And ladies, guess who's back? It's only John the landscape gardener and his exciting body. He runs into Gabrielle at a glam health spa. Is there sexual tension in the air?

Do we even need to ask? Do they act on it? Do we even ...? Lynette should be accompanying Gabby at the spa, but has been summoned to the forest by the eternally feckless Tom. As if it wasn't enough to ask perma-stressed Lynette to drive all the way to the campsite, she is joined by nutty Norah, mother of Tom's lovechild.

The Vicar Of Dibley Story 9pm, BBC1

MILLIONS of us tuned in over Christmas and New Year to make the final two instalments of the story of the chocolate-loving lady vicar (played by Dawn French, right), who was happy enough preaching the word of God and all that, but really wanted to find love. …

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