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Television (Friday, November 6)

The Kennedys (BBC1, 9.30pm)

The sitcom comes to an end tonight, also bringing the curtain down on the BBC’s mini-season of Seventies-set shows offering a fictionalised take on a celebrity’s early years.

Maybe next time they get three such similar ideas as Danny and the Human Zoo, Cradle to Grave and The Kennedys, it would be better to space them out a bit.

However, The Kennedys stakes out its own territory this week, as Tony gets his own way for once and takes the family on a camping holiday to Wales, with his mother and neighbours Tim and Jenny coming along for the ride.

Sadly, Tony may be left wishing that Brenda had put a stop to his plans when they discover the Gower Peninsula has been evacuated ahead of the worst storm to ever hit the region, Tim has forgotten to pack a tent, and his mother still isn’t very keen on Brenda.

Better Than The Original: The Joy of the Cover Version (BBC4, 10pm)

Dolly Parton may have been the first to record I Will Always Love You, but Whitney Houston turned it into a bigger hit.

Barry Manilow’s Could It Be Magic also received a new lease of life thanks to Take That’s up tempo version.

Yes, when it comes to cover versions, there’s no guarantee that the first incarnation is always the best, as this Meera Syal-narrated offering proves.

We follow the stories behind 10 cover songs, spotlighting the success of Moody Blues, Soft Cell and Alexandra Burke. They all topped the charts with their spin on someone else’s tune.