The show has topped the ratings - albeit in the middle of a soggy summer - but that should not come as a surprise.

Four quality actors and mostly half-decent scripts have meant for some good TV over the past few weeks.

That is mainly due to the work put in by James Bolam, Alun Armstrong, Dennis Waterman and Amanda Redman (pictured) who are all among the top echelon of TV actors.

Their individual track records - with The Likely Lads and Minder to the fore - stand them in good stead but the chemistry between them seems to spark the series to life.

The final show has Brian again teetering close to the bottle again and Jack (Bolam) embroiled in a fearsome row with a former colonel.

HE’S always watchable, especially in the comedy shows, but Clunes (right) takes on the challenge of working with animals in this new series. It promises much and not just for the dog-lovers among us.

ANYTHING with the delectable Keeley Hawes in it has to be worth a look; good in the Ashes to Ashes series and could be better here.

RIDICULOUS stunts after heroic exploits and dignity of the Olympics.