Flying. Ugh. The trials an average airline passenger has to suffer just to get somewhere these days. Security. Seat-kicking toddlers. Manspreaders. Womanspreaders. Honestly, Samuel L Jackson’s mother-flipping snakes on mother-flipping planes were a breeze in comparison.

The person you really don’t want to see barreling down the aisle towards you is vascular surgeon Matthew Nolan, the central character in Red Eye (ITV1, Sunday). Bad luck and chaos seem to follow Nolan wherever he goes.

We first see him fleeing some angry bouncers in a Beijing club then crashing his car. Bleeding and woozy, he somehow manages to get to the airport and board a flight to London, where he is promptly arrested. A dead woman has been found in the crashed car and the Chinese authorities have questions. Nolan says he is being framed.

The script dances neatly around the fact the UK doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the People’s Republic of China. (I checked during the ad break. What, you think this job is just lounging around, inhaling chocolate digestives?) There’s muttering about him not being on British soil when he was arrested, and the Brits wanting to protect a “nuclear deal” with China.

Whatever the justification he’s offski. Accompanying him is a Hong Kong-born Met detective reluctant to go anywhere near China, but needs must when your racist bosses decide you fit the bill.

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Both Nolan and DC Hana Li (Jing Lusi) have reason to fear what awaits them in Beijing, but first they have to get there alive.

As thrillers go, Red Eye sits on the part of the spectrum that houses Air Force One, with occasional blasts of Airplane! It’s Sunday night ludicrous, but enjoyably so, and you learn a thing or two as well. For starters, never eat someone else’s vegan meal.

Joe and Kathryn’s Bargain Holidays (Channel 4, Thursday) wisely stuck closer to home for thrills. Joe is Joe Wilkinson, who was very good as Ricky Gervais’s hopeless postie in After Life and is on a lot of panel shows, and Katherine is the rather more famous Katherine Ryan.

The idea is she’s a Canadian travel princess who adores luxury and thinks nothing of going to Paris for dinner, while he’s a bargain-loving English eccentric who is going to show her you don’t need to spend a lot to have fun. Off they go to Norfolk for a “romantic break” that includes champing (camping in a church).

Except they are pals, not partners, and she’s pregnant, so why all the romance chat? Largely unscripted, the hour-long show relies on the pair being spontaneously funny, which doesn’t always come off. But they are genial enough sorts, even if his top tips sound like something out of Viz, or are things a two-year-old would know (roll, don’t fold, clothes to get more in a bag).

Glitter: the Popstar Paedophile (ITV1, Tuesday) made for depressing, enraging, distressing viewing, as you knew it would. It was Savile all over again, or rather at the same time. In one stomach-churning clip we saw Paul Gadd being interviewed by Savile, the two giggling along, sharing their secret jokes and getting away with it again.

Done in a no-frills documentary style, this was a different beast from The Reckoning, the BBC docudrama in which Steve Coogan played Savile. Glitter: the Popstar Paeophile set out in stark, chronological fashion the case against the glam rocker, with the voices of survivors being heard alongside experts and others.

More than one person noted how incredible it was that Gadd, like Savile, was able to hide in plain sight for so long. “What were we thinking?” said one children’s show presenter. Yet as we also saw in The Reckoning, some people did go to the police or raise the alarm in other ways, but nothing happened. It was easier to look the other way - easier for the abusers anyway.

At one point last week Baby Reindeer (Netflix) looked like it was about to take over the world. Created by and starring Scots comedian and actor Richard Gadd, the seven-part tale is based on the writer’s own experiences as a victim of stalking.

The show has won several awards since its Edinburgh Fringe debut, including an Olivier. But then Netflix came calling, word spread, and suddenly it was on the top spot on the international streaming site.

Baby Reindeer deserves this moment in the sun. Great storytelling, terrific performances by Gadd and Jessica Gunning as Martha, his devoted tormentor (she really isn’t Scottish you know), and it treats its subject with the complexity it deserves.

There were downsides to this “overnight success”, though. With the wall-to-wall coverage spoilers began popping up all over the place, ruining the element of surprise in the tale. Amateur detectives decided they were going to find the real protagonists - the irony of doing so entirely lost on them. One paper even blamed Gadd for leaving too many clues. Brought the frenzied speculation on himself, apparently. People. Ugh.