Friday’s TV tips

Friday’s TV tips

CHRISTMAS: The Christmas Toy Show (TV3, 8pm)

Hosted by Brian McFadden and Karen Koster, with the help of singing siblings Jedward, The Christmas Toy Show at the RDS will see families experience Christmas magic with fun, games,and activities for the little ones and tons of entertainment and music, not to mention Ireland’s best Santa Experience.

The show will feature all the toys you need for Christmas under one roof, from this year’s must-haves to those all­important stocking fillers.

Energetic duo Jedward will be pitching in throughout the live 90­minute show, and getting involved in all of the action as only Jedward can!

The twins are back in the limelight after recently releasing their new single ‘Ferocious’ and the toy show is bound to turn into mayhem with the pair involved in proceedings!


ARTS: The Works (RTÉ, 8.30pm)

The Works meets illustrator and designer Steve Simpson who gives us an insight into the art of screen­printing, exploring the process of how a sketch in a notebook can become a framed piece of art.

Journalists Edel Coffey and Patrick Freyne join John Kelly to review Get On Up, a biographical drama based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures in music.

The Works explores The House Where It Happened, the new historical fiction book from author and journalist Martina Devlin, inspired by a true but little­known story about the last conviction for witchcraft in Ireland.

Printer Clips is the title of a new project from Paul Noonan of Bell X1, which took shape from a collection of songs he wrote as duets and recorded collaboratively in various hallways, basements and bedrooms in Montreal, New York, Dublin and London. Lisa Hannigan joins Paul to perform the song Apparatchik.

This week, musician Cait O’Riordan shares her personal recommendations and cultural highlights.


COMEDY: Citizen Khan (BBC1, 8.30pm)

Friday’s TV tips

Now, we’re not saying Nina Wadia is typecast, but the actress many EastEnders fans still think of as Zainab Masood definitely seems to have a knack for playing bossy characters.

She’s at it again in this episode, which sees Mrs Khan taking on more shifts at the local supermarket – which gives Mr Khan the run of the house, and the freedom to introduce some strict new rules, including packing Alia off on a work experience placement at a London mosque.

Even more excitingly, he can even take advantage of his wife’s staff discount to buy nappies that he can then sell on to the neighbours for a profit.

Unfortunately, both his business and his time in charge of the house look set to be cut short when Alia returns with her domineering Aunty Noor (Wadia) in turn, forcing Mr Khan to take drastic action to stop his wife finding out what he’s been up to.


MUSIC: Kenny Rogers: Cards on the Table (BBC4, 9pm)

As Kenny Rogers once memorably sang: “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.”

It seems the country music superstar’s own instincts for knowing when he’s on a lucky streak are pretty impeccable – over the course of his remarkable 50­year career, he’s sold over 120 million records worldwide. However, as this documentary points out, it wasn’t all down to the luck of the draw.

Singer and songwriter Kim Carnes reflects on her time with Rogers in the New Christie Minstrels folk group, explaining how it gave them both a springboard from which to launch their careers, while actor and musician Mickey Jones looks back at The First Edition whose hit Just Dropper In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) made Rogers an unlikely psychedelic poster boy.

But it was his ability mix a pop sensibility with country traditions that would arguably turn him into a phenomenon – although as the programme reveals, his talents aren’t just limited to music.


FILM: Never Say Never Again (ITV4, 9pm)

James Bond attempts to prevent egocentric criminal mastermind Blofeld and his sexy sidekick from taking over the world.

Sean Connery returned after a 12­year break to portray the suave spy, and although he looks a tad long in the tooth for the role, he still gives it his best and his natural charisma shines through as he seduces beautiful women, fights bad guys and saves the world once again. And if the plot seems familiar, it’s probably because it’s a reworking on Thunderball. The movie was directed by veteran film­maker Irvin Kershner who scored an earlier hit with The Empire Strikes Back.

Unlike most of the rest of the Bond franchise, the film was not produced by Cubby Broccoli’s Eon company. Instead, it was backed by Kevin McClory, one of the original writers of the Thunderball storyline who, after a long legal battle, retained the rights to film the novel. It was released in the same year as Eon’s more successful Octopussy.

Starring: Sean Connery, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, Kim Basinger, Rowan Atkinson


NEW ON NETFLIX: Think Like A Man

For one reason or another, friends Dominic (Michael Ealy), Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara), Michael (Terrence J) and Zeke (Romany Malco) just can't seem to seal the deal with the women in their lives.

When their lovely ladies buy a book by comic Steve Harvey and start to apply its advice to their relationships, this band of brothers gets all shook up.

Learning that they have been betrayed by one of their own, Dominic and his friends conspire to use the book's teachings to turn the tables.

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