Haggard, Wednesday, 18.00, Forces TV
It has been a quiet old midweek, as you can tell by the fact we’ve highlighted the ten millionth screenings of the Doctor Who films and The History of Comedy on Sky Arts, and now it’s another oddity that Forces TV that has extracted from the archives. It’s a bloody good job their acquisitions policy seems to be throwing a dart at the ITV archive’s inventory of we’ll have had some even more barren days in recent weeks. Here’s another Eric Chappell series, although unusually for one of the most prolific comedy writers of his generation it’s actually an adaptation of Michael Green’s stories of a country squire in Georgian times, Keith Barron boozing and scheming his way through the adventures. First shown in 1990, it was perhaps a bit out of place on pre-watershed Saturday night ITV, and a second series was kept on the shelf for absolutely ages before finally getting a screening, during which it was demoted to Sunday afternoons. A bit of a novelty, though, like so much of this channel’s output.