Friday’s TV tips

Friday’s TV tips

SPORT: GAA GPA All Star Awards 2014 (RTE One, 7pm)

Live coverage from the Convention Centre, Dublin of the GAA GPA All Stars 2014.

Michael Lyster and Joanne Cantwell present live coverage from the Convention Centre, Dublin of the GAA GPA All Stars 2014.

The Hurling All Stars will be announced live on the night with the Football winners announced the day before.

DATING: Take Me Out (3e, 7.35pm)

Friday’s TV tips

King of matchmaking, Paddy McGuiness, returns for the sixth series of the popular dating show Take Me Out, where 30 single ladies are all looking for their dream date on the Isle of Fernando with one of the eligible bachelors that arrive via the Love Lift.

The cheeky show sees four brave bachelor boys trying to impress the Flirty Thirty through various rounds, but with the shows catchphrase being “no likey, no lighty”, the women turn their lights off when they are no longer interested in the man, and the boys could face a black out which precedes a lone departure to Celine Dion’s All By Myself.

Current Mr Wales Michael Rae, musical-loving cleaner Jason, gardener and wrestler David and champagne importer Vincent attempt to woo the ladies.

FILM: Bad Boys (TV3, 9pm)

(1995) From top producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop 1 & 2, Days of Thunder) comes Bad Boys, with Academy Award nominee Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Miami cops who must find $100 million in stolen heroin before their department is shut down.

With time running out, detectives Burnett (Lawrence) and Lowrey (Smith) track a master thief into the Miami underworld, dodging bullets and bad guys along the way.

A sexy witness (Téa Leoni) can identify the suspect, but a mix-up causes her to believe Burnett is Lowrey, forcing the partners to switch identities.

Now, between shoot-outs and car chases, married man Burnett has to stick close to their only witness, while playboy Lowrey goes home to his partner’s wife and kids to learn the joys of parenthood . . . the hard way.

Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Tea Leoni

CRIME DRAMA: Lewis (UTV, 9pm)

The Lewis/Hathaway partnership may have got off to something of a rocky start, but at least it now looks like the pair could be reaching some semblance of a working relationship – especially now Hathaway appears to have got over his fear of Lewis treading over his newly promoted toes.

Even DS Maddox is managing to fit into the dynamic nicely, and if they’re not careful, the trio are at risk of becoming a tightly functioning unit.

However, they’re soon sternly tested when a body is pulled from the canal with stab wounds to the neck and torso.

The victim turns out to be American classics student Rose Anderson, about whom the phrase ’murky past’ might be said to be something of an understatement. It transpires that she was having an affair with young astrophysics professor, until he broke it off.

He’s looking a likely fit for her killer. But so, mind you, is his wife, Rose’s university supervisor – and any number of other candidates.

COMEDY: Not Going Out (BBC1, 9.30pm)

When a new wealthy couple move into the area, you might be forgiven for thinking that Lee and Lucy might not immediately fit in well with their affluent, cultured lifestyle. You would, of course, be entirely correct.

The fun starts when Lee manages to get himself and his platonic pal invited to a christening party hosted by the new couple – which means first they must spend a frustrating shopping trip trying to track down a suitable present. But what to buy the baby who has everything? (In case you’re wondering, a good starting point would be anything but Lee’s suggestions).

Comedian and actor Hugh Dennis and actress and Sharpe star Abigail Cruttenden join the cast, bolstering the series’ talent – a welcome move, as it had begun to feel ever so slightly thin since Tim Vine’s departure from the regular cast at the end of the fifth series.

ENTERTAINMENT: The Feeling Nuts Comedy Night (Channel 4, 11.05pm)

Friday’s TV tips

It won’t be the first time he’s been accused of talking a load of balls, but it will be the one occasion on which it’s deliberate – Jack Whitehall hosts this evening of comedy, entertainment and music aimed at raising awareness of testicular cancer.

Keeping one step ahead of the condition by regularly checking oneself is an example of perfect behaviour in men – but for those who prefer their Men Behaving Badly, Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey are reunited 16 years after last appearing on their beer-soaked sofa in a new mini-episode of the ever-popular sitcom.

Also appearing are Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse for some sketch-based fun, and James Corden and Rizzle Kicks who join forces for a musical collaboration.

Elsewhere in the show are One Direction, Nina Conti, Cardinal Burns, Terry Mynott, Angelos Epithemiou, Daisy Lowe and Cara Delevingne, while Jimmy Carr and Jamie Cullum form an unlikely alliance.

FILM: Out of Sight (UTV, 11.40pm)

(1998) Charming bank robber Jack Foley escapes from jail with help from a loyal friend on the outside, taking US Marshal Karen Sisco hostage in the process.

When the partners-in-crime manage to get away, Sisco takes it upon herself to track them down – but given the sparks that were flying between her and Jack, just what does she intend to do if she finds him?

After a string of disappointing films, some critics were starting to wonder if former ER star George Clooney was really cut out for the big screen – until this sexy, stylish crime caper from director Steven Soderbergh silenced the doubters for good.

Clooney is charismatic in the lead role, and has an incredible chemistry with a never-better Jennifer Lopez, while the witty screenplay successfully captures the flavour of Elmore Leonard’s novel.

Starring: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Michael Keaton, Albert Brooks

FILM: Black Snake Moan (Channel 4, 1.10am)

(2006) Set in rural Mississippi, it centres on Rae, a sexually insatiable young woman who is beaten and left for dead.

When Lazarus, a God-fearing bluesman, finds her semi-conscious near his home, he takes her in and attempts to cure her promiscuous ways – by chaining her to his radiator.

This was marketed as a good, old-fashioned trashy exploitation movie, but in fact Black Snake Moan plays its unusual subject matter fairly straight, with sometimes unintentionally hilarious results.

However, there’s no doubting the commitment from stars Samuel L Jackson and Christina Ricci who manage to make their unlikely characters more or less believable, even if it’s probably best not to think too hard about what exactly director Craig Brewer is trying to say about race and sexuality.

Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, S Epatha Merkerson, John Cothran Jr

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