My dad keeps complaining that I don't write anything about the BBC America docudrama, "The Choir," which airs each Wednesday at 10 p.m.
"It's the best show on TV!" he said.
OK, so here it is. It may not be the best show on TV, but it is certainly one of the more interesting shows of the summer, and a must-see for anyone who has ever loved music.
The series follows Gareth Malone, a young singer and choirmaster who attempts to set up choirs at various schools that don't have them, and then have them perform in settings far outside of their comfort zone.
During the first few episodes, Gareth set up a choir at a relatively poor public school in England that ended up performing at the World Choir Championships in China. Currently, he's working at a slightly better off all-boys school.
Selling the concept of a choir to the non-musically inclined is not easy, as Gareth constantly learns. The boy students find singing to be girlish, and the faculty at the schools often doesn't see the value of it.
But what has made the show so compelling over the past few weeks is seeing normally shy kids come out of their shell and sing in front of their peers and parents. It's hard not to be won over by Gareth's infectious enthusiasm.
Last week, we saw Gareth triumph by getting the school's "alpha male" teacher, who would like nothing more to go to the pub and watch rugby with his mates, finally join a makeshift choir he set up among the faculty to inspire the kids.
Initially, the ads for "The Choir" were trying to sell the show as a real-life "Glee," but I don't think that's really apt, except that Gareth's enthusiasm surpasses even that of the fictional Will Schuester. "The Choir" gives us real insight into the problems facing youth and how sheer enthusiasm and love of music can overcome it.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: One nice thing about "The Choir?" Not a whole lot else on Wednesdays to compete with it.
The networks have only reality fare to offer, highlighted by a two-hour "MasterChef" on Fox.
On cable, there's a new episode of "Dark Blue" (TNT, 9 p.m.) and a new "Psych" (USA, 10 p.m.) Also, there's a new "Hot In Cleveland" on TVLand at 10 p.m.
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