TV Preview: Always reach for Sky-Plus on Sunday night

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THANK goodness for Sunday night TV to keep us going through the rest of the week when the schedules look a bit thin.

After the burst of excellent dramas and new series following the great British Summer of Sport, the go-to programmes in our house at least seemt to have collided at about 9pm on Sunday.

Thanks to some nimble use of Sky Plus (David Cameron was right to say it’s one of the great modern inventions) Andrew Marr’s excellent History of the World can be recorded while you watch Homeland on Channel 4 (mandatory watercooler chat at the Chron come Monday morning).

Which leaves Downton Abbey to ITV+1 at 10pm and a reminder to record Dragons’ Den late on Monday and crucially, our current guilty pleasure – the preposterous, but hugely entertaining antics of Section 20 in Strike Back: Vengeance, Sky 1’s answer to 24, (only with an even higher body count).

These recorded programmes will give some sustenance in a week where new offerings are few and far between.

Millions, however, will be tuned to the final of The Great British Bake-Off at 8pm on Tuesday on BBC2 where Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will be overseeing the three survivors during the last two days of competition.

Elsewhere, there’s a return for a third series of Getting On, the very funny (in a very dry kind of way) comedy medical drama starringJo Brand among others. (Wed, BBC4, 9pm).

Also on BBC4 on Monday, at 9pm there’s a pretty fascinating looking history documentary, World War Two: 1942 and Hitler’s Soft Underbelly examining the war around the Mediterranean and North Africa .

Wonderland; Walking with Dogs (Mon, BBC2, 9pm) is, by all accounts , a cracker of a documentary by film-maker Vanessa Engle. who spent months filming dog walkers on Hampstead Heath and asking them about the bond they had with their pets. Needless to say, it’s packed with brilliant glimpses into people’s lives and the stories they have about their dogs, many of which are deeply moving. The include a glamorous lady called Gilly who lives with her magnificent Weimaraner Bella... in a homless hostel of all places.

Finally, football, firstly with John Barnes on the penultimate Who Do You Think You Are? (Wed, BBC1, 9pm) and two iWorld Cup qualifiers. First up, uber-minnows San Marino (who once scored after seven seconds against Graham Taylor’s England) (ITV1, Friday, 7.30pm) and away in Poland, same time, same channel on Wednesday.