10 TV picks: double acts

In these 10 TV picks we celebrate double acts in all their guises, from the legendary to the just-formed, from comedy to documentary, from features to panel shows. All are available to watch on demand.

French and Saunders: Funny Women - Gold

There is surely no better guide to funny women than two of the funniest, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

The much-loved comedy duo returned to the set of their groundbreaking sketch show for this rip-roaring guide to women in comedy, from the early trailblazers and the comics who inspired them to today’s biggest stars.

Featuring the work of Julie Walters and the late Victoria Wood, Jo Brand, Ruby Wax and Miranda, it’s a fascinating and very funny trip.

What they say: ‘The pleasure the longtime comedy partners take in each other’s company is infectious. Insight and real emotion … a joyous two hours.’ Daily Telegraph

Kirstie and Phil’s Love it Or List It: Brilliant Builds - Channel 4

More than 20 years after Location, Location, Location first appeared on our screens, Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are the doyens of TV property shows.

In Love it Or List It the pair went head to head in a battle to convince owners either to sell their homes and buy somewhere new or stay where they are living and refurbish it instead.

And in Love It Or List It: Brilliant Builds, they return to some of the best renovations featured in the series to date and offer viewers tips on how to make the most of their own property.

What they say: ‘The past year has given many of us a new perspective on our homes and the way we use them … so it’s the perfect time for Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer to look back.’ Irish Examiner 

Rob and Romesh Vs Team GB - Sky One

Comedians and best mates Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan returned for a very special Olympic-themed take on their Sky One challenge show.

Rob and Romesh Vs Team GB sees the pair trying their hand at a whole variety of Olympic sports, from weightlifting to canoeing, taking on iconic Team GB stars including Denise Lewis, Max Whitlock and Andy Murray. 

Their odd couple antics are a joy to watch and it’s a fascinating glimpse into what it takes to succeed at the highest level. Gold medals all round.

What they say: ‘Rob and Romesh’s quest to find an Olympic sport they are comfortable with … is hilarious without even trying - and, in the end, surprisingly uplifting.’ Radio Times 

Morecambe and Wise: The Lost Episode - ITV

The legendary entertainers are back on ITV with an episode that hasn’t been seen since 1970 and was presumed lost.

But this remarkable find - an old unmarked film can discovered in the attic by Eric Morecambe’s son Gary - forms the centrepiece of this retrospective featuring the best sketches from the show and rare archive footage of the pair at work.

An absolute treat for Eric and Ernie fans, the hour-long documentary is narrated by Toby Jones and features Jonathan Ross, Ben Miller, Eddie Izzard and members of Morecambe’s family.

What they say: ‘The double act that topped them all … they brought and still bring sunshine.’ Radio Times 


Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend - Channel 4 

It’s been five years since we first met Dick and Angel Strawbridge and their attempts to renovate a 45-room chateau in northern France in Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau. 

Seven series later, they have become one of the most recognisable couples on TV and now they are offering their impeccable DIY advice to help other people transform their own homes.

Now into its second series, Make Do and Mend is always enlightening and entertaining and might even inspire you to do up your own place. And chances are you won’t have 45 rooms to worry about. 

What they say: ‘If you loved Escape to the Chateau, be prepared for plenty more of Angel’s creativity and Dick’s ingenuity … Feels especially timely.’ iNews

Intelligence - Sky One

David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed are the hapless duo at the heart of cyber crime sitcom Intelligence, which returned for a second series to Sky One and Now.

The former Friends star and series creator Mohammed make the perfect odd couple pairing in the workplace comedy where Schwimmer is the brash National Security Agent come to shake things up at GCHQ.

The new series opens with a nuclear attack pending and the world on the brink of disaster. Can Jerry (Schwimmer) and Joseph (Mohammed) save the day? 

What they say: ‘Schwimmer's comic timing remains pin-sharp and his chemistry with Mohammed is sweet. Slapstick, pratfalls and culture-clash comedy [with] a certain irresistible charm.’ Daily Telegraph

Craig and Bruno’s Great British Road Trips - ITV

Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli are our companions for this whistlestop journey along six of the best drives in Britain.

And it’s a very welcome breath of fresh air as the pair of motoring enthusiasts take on six scenic routes from Cornwall to the Cotswolds and the Lake District to the Yorkshire Dales.

Immersing themselves in different parts of Britain each week and with plenty of high jinks along the way, it’s a road trip to remember.

What they say: ‘Beautiful British scenery, plenty of driving (in a Union flag-clad Mini) and Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli giving it peak Craig and Bruno.’ iNews

Secrets of the London Underground - Yesterday 

Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway are our guides on this journey through some of the remarkable and little known hidden areas of the London Underground.

Dunn is already a familiar face to Yesterday viewers from his hit series Architecture The Railways Built and is joined for his latest trip by the London Transport Museum’s Siddy Holloway, a lover of London history and forgotten stories.

The six-part series sees the pair explore secret bunkers, deserted tunnels and London’s most clandestine tube station in this trip around the forgotten Underground.

What they say: ‘Tim Dunn and Siddy Holloway explore hidden byways of the Tube system … Full of intriguing glimpses of history.’ Radio Times 

Martin and Roman’s Weekend Best - ITV

Weekend mornings on ITV have become a family affair with Martin and Roman’s Weekend Best.

Father and son duo Martin and Roman Kemp were already a familiar double act to viewers of Channel 4’s Gogglebox and began their Saturday and Sunday show on ITV in April (having previously presented a Sunday-only edition).

A mixture of fun and games and celebrity guests, all in the capable hands of Martin and Capital breakfast DJ (and I’m A Celebrity … finalist) Roman, it’s the perfect recipe to wake up to.

What they say: ‘The biggest manifestation yet of this affable, handsome TV double act.’ iNews

Taskmaster - Channel 4

Greg Davies and Alex Horne are the fabulously funny double act at the heart of Channel 4’s Taskmaster.

Davies is the Taskmaster and Horne, the show’s creator, his put-upon assistant as they challenge five funny people to do very silly things while we get to luxuriate in the results.

Two series have aired since the Bafta-winning show transferred from Dave to Channel 4 and it will return this year for both a 12th series - featuring contestants including Guz Khan, Alan Davies and Victoria Coren Mitchell - and a Champion of Champions special. 

What they say: ‘Has a weirdly uplifting ability to make daft stuff that doesn’t matter at all feel like daft stuff that sort of does. As inspired as ever.’ The Spectator 

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