The best of the box this weekend

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The best of the box this weekend

London Live’s Toby Earle gives his picks of what to watch this weekend. 

The New Statesman, Tonight, London Live 9pm

Alan’s time may be up as an MP as he’s to be deselected by the party for paying less attention to his constituency than his obsession with large cigars. His father-in-law is the driving force behind this humiliation. And yet the B’Stard cavalry may be riding in, taking the form of American fast food magnate Mr Guzzler and his delicious chain of lamb burger mince emporiums.

Black Sails, Amazon Prime

“Piracy is doomed - they're going to die, be hanged, or be pardoned. One way or another piracy was stamped out” Toby Stephens told us. 

He plays Captain Flint in this broody and bloody take on pirates of the Caribbean, and not once does he exude cocksure swagger. This second series picks up where the first left off, with Flint “backed into a corner” in his hunt for a legendary haul.

Drop the Dead Donkey, Tonight, London Live 9.30pm

You’d think as an executive always on the hunt for inefficiency and wastage, Gus wouldn’t waste his budget on a stress expert for the GlobeLink News office - especially not when George is there, who’s a real expert on stress. Be it dealing with a breaking story, dealing with spilt milk, or waking up, there’s nothing which doesn’t leave George an ever-ballooning opposite of a squeezed stress toy.

Mr Selfridge, Sunday, ITV 9pm

What a sad time to re-join Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) in 1918 – it’s the funeral of his wife, Rose, and even worse, he just dropped prices in the store’s mourning department. 

The ghost of the Great War hangs over the staff but there’s no time to be sad or introspective when Harry’s daughter Rosalie is set to marry the magnificently-named Russian flyboy Serge de Bolotoff, who downs several Bolotoff cocktails at their engagement party and proposes a business deal to Harry.

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