Quite a chunk of the population will be suffering from Olympics cold turkey when the games comes to a close this Sunday evening.
There’s still much left to enjoy, including the men’s 200-metre final tonight and Mo Farah going in the 5,000-metre final on Saturday and, after the stupendously good opening ceremony (thanks again, Danny Boyle) it’s likely record numbers will be tuning in for the closing ceremony at 9pm. It will be a hard act to follow, but Kim Gavin will be producing a farewell showpiece that will end with London mayor Boris Johnson handing the reins over to Rio De Janeiro, hosts of the 2016 games.
So what’s on offer to help us deal with the passing of London 2012? A fair bit as it happens. Set the record button (it’s odd scheduling on Saturday) when BBC2 lays on London - The Modern Babylon, Julian Temple’s documentary charting the development of our capital city over the past 100 years using a mix of archive material and period music (9.20pm).
Celebrity Masterchef is back next week at the equally odd time of 6.30pm (Mon-Fri, BBC2) and featuring a line-up that includes Jamie Theakston and Anne (Madge from Neighbours) Charleston while a new series of The Great British Bake Off returns at 8pm on BBC2 on Tuesday when 12 hopefuls are in the race for this year’s title in the foodie programme which attracted a huge following last year. Mention in dispatches too for the return of the excellent Lorraine Pascale on Monday at 8.30pm on BBC2. The title of her new series - Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food - says it all really.
Away from the kitchen, the stand-out drama of the week is Accused, Jimmy McGovern’s stunning series of anthologies focusing on how individuals came to be on court facing charges and starting with the unlikely sight of Sean Bean in full drag. The last series was sensational with twists at every turn and this one looks just as good too. Do not miss (Tues, BBC1, 9pm). Ruth Rendell is ever dependable when it comes to solid psychological thrillers and a two-part adaptation of her Thirteen Steps Down, set in London’s Notting Hill and starring Geraldine James, looks promising.
Just space to mention the return of a ninth - yes, ninth - series of Who Do You Think You Are? starting with Samantha Womack and the last episodes of the brilliantly funny Alan Partridge’s Mid-Morning Matters and Veep (Mon, Sky Atlantic, 9pm & 10pm).In other words plenty for those who’ve hated every minute of the past fortnight and just as much for those who need something new and fresh to fill the void left behind by Team GB.