A Perfect Day. Five Years Early; PREVIEW

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A Perfect Day. Five Years Early; PREVIEW


Byline: TERRY RAMSEY

Perfect Day - The Millennium 9pm, Five

YOU might remember last year's poignant comedy-drama, Perfect Day, which followed the wedding ups and downs of a group of university friends, with Claire Goose as Amy, the bride-to-be.

It was a welcome departure for Five, which isn't big on commissioning feature-length comedy-dramas. But it clearly proved to be a favourite because here comes a new "prequel" - taking us back five years to follow the same group gathering at a Welsh country house for a millennium party. What's more, Five has also commissioned a sequel to Perfect Day, to be shown in two weeks' time, with the original getting a repeat in between. The characters are the usual motley crew of university graduates - a teacher, a lawyer, a City girl and so on - with the leading lights being the radiant Amy (Goose) and her boyfriend Pete (Aidan McArdle). The gang are determined to "party like it's 1999 - because it is 1999". This means drunkenness, drug-taking and some unlikely sexual shenanigans. Just as with the original, there's a touch of Richard Curtis to this story of bright(ish) young things - although the humour is coarser and the characters less public-school. It isn't the funniest or the most sophisticated of comedies but it is enjoyable and surprisingly compelling.

Natural World 8pm, BBC2

THE tale of Tarka the Otter is one of the most enduring wildlife stories in the English language. Published in 1927, it is Henry Williamson's account of otter life and the trials and tribulations of the wild world on a stretch of the River Torridge, in Devon. For this documentary, filmmaker Charlie Hamilton-James revisits that same spot to find a family of wild otters and film their lives over a period of months. The result is a captivating portrait of these attractive creatures as they swim along the river, play with each other and grow up together. It seems that, even 80 years after the original, the spirit of Tarka lives on.

ID Fraud: They Stole My Life 8pm, BBC1

EVER put a shopping receipt or a credit card letter out with the rubbish?

You'll think twice after watching this. …

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