Peter Mullan gave one of the best TV performances of the week - and possibly the year - in Channel 4's gangster drama The Fear.
Stripped across the week in four episodes, the show started as a stereotypical violent gangland series (gory deaths, corrupt police, stupid sons of mob bosses), but slowly morphed into something far more gripping and original - an examination of a man's mental and physical breakdown with old age.
Mullan's Richie Beckett starts as the King of Brighton, menacing, dangerous and in control. He ended the week sat on Brighton Beach with soiled trousers.
There was a continuing story about an invasion of Albanians into Brighton's criminal underworld and Richie and his two son's (Paul Nicholls, Harry Lloyd) losing battle to remain top dogs in the seaside town, but this very much played second fiddle to Richie's crumbling mind.
I never felt particularly sorry for Richie. His dark edge and sizzling temperament and the grim underbelly that he created beneath Brighton's cheery seaside exterior made sympathy tricky to come by. But his deterioration from kingpin to hapless wanderer was enthralling, superbly acted and surprising.
All four episodes of The Fear are still available on 4OD
Don Draper. Harry Potter. Sky money. Short stories from Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. Understandably, there has been plenty of interest in the latest Playhouse Presents mini-series A Young Doctor's Notebook, but the results sadly didn't match the sum of its parts.
Once I'd got over the novelty of seeing Daniel Radcliffe on the small screen and the fact that Jon Hamm wasn't sipping whiskey and shagging his way around Manhattan, I struggled to truly fall for this bleak comic tale.
Hamm's older doctor looks back on his younger self (Radcliffe) struggling with his first grim days at practice, utterly out of his depth, with only cigarettes and a naive optimism able to get him through the day.
Adam Godley's desperately dull hospital orderly is a great character, brilliantly played, and Radcliffe's disastrous amateur dentistry scene (just a note, don't watch this if you're getting a filling next week) was a great moment of dark farce.
Meanwhile, Radcliffe and Hamm gave their all as the young and old versions of the same doctor (and were surprisingly believable, despite their height difference and varying acting style) and their exchanges when left alone on screen were far and away the best moments of the show.
Yet, despite having these two Hollywood A-listers at the top of the bill, it still felt like the adaptation was missing something. It wasn't truly dark enough to cause a thrill, but neither was it funny enough to raise more than a few sparse chuckles.
A Young Doctor's Notebook can be watched on Sky Go
Andrew Scott does unhinged very well. In fact, it's safe to say if you're looking for someone to play unhinged in 2012, he's the go-to-man.
So it came as no surprise that ITV's latest big drama series The Town, starring Mr Scott, had a sinister undercurrent running through it.
Scott plays Mark Nicholas, who returns home to the fictional town of Renton following the shock joint suicide of his parents. The combination of his mum and dad's death and his struggle to adapt to old town ways after living in London weigh heavy on Mark, but by the end of the first episode his slight twitches and eye flickers have grown into a full conspiracy theory as he believes there's more to his parents' passing than meets the eye.
It wasn't only the Sherlock star's oddball mutterings and ashen face that hinted at dark twists to come. Martin Clunes's mayor will hopefully turn out to be a dastardly villain - nobody ever suspects Doc Martin - and we'd place a hefty wager that Julia 'Miss Marple' McKenzie knows more than she's letting on as well.
Like Scott's performance, this may not have been anything we haven't seen before, but The Town teased me enough to lure me back for the rest of the series.
Catch up with The Town on ITV Player
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TOWIE Live is still available on ITV Player
Inside Claridge's - Back when reality TV was actually about real people, before the days of kangaroo testicles in the jungle and celebs dancing on ice in Lycra, there were more shows like this BBC Two gem.
A hilarious and intriguing behind-the-scenes look at one of London's most glamorous and famous locations, this three-part series is not to be missed. If the Little Britain-esque caricature that was general manager Thomas Kochs doesn't get his own spinoff show, we'll be outraged.
Inside Claridge's is still available on iPlayer