Friday’s TV tips

Friday’s TV tips

FILM: Charlie’s Angels (3e, 7pm)

(2000) Charlie's private investigation company is addressed by programmer Eric Knox, owner of Knox Technologies, whose revolutionary voice-recognition software has been stolen.

Charlie's Angels Natalie, Dylan and Alex are sent to place a bug in the system of bitter rival Roger Corwin, who is under strong suspicion.

But after the deed is done, the Angels and their boss Bosley face the fact of a destroyed home base as well as Charlie's life in immediate danger.

But how do you protect someone you never met?

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu.


MUSIC: Fleadh Cheoil (RTE One, 7.30pm)

Friday’s TV tips

Fleadh Cheoil is a series of six television programmes from the Sligo Fleadh Cheoil presented by John Creedon and Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin.

The annual Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann returned to Sligo after a lapse of 23 years. The series will feature performances from musicians from Ireland, Britain, America, Spain and Colombia.

The series will showcase a host of musicians and singers who attended the Fleadh including Michael Rooney, Dermot Byrne, Bríd Harper, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Padraig McGovern, Peter Carberry, Tara Breen, Lisa Canny, Maura O’Connell, Brian Conway and Dave Sheridan.


FOOD: Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (Channel 4, 8pm)

When actor Michael Sheen isn’t making us blush in to our cuppas during Masters of Sex, or doing the rounds promoting his latest silver-screen effort, rumour has it you can often find him in the kitchen – so Jimmy and Jamie are keen to tap into his culinary likes and dislikes.

Michael has decided to go back to his Welsh roots by knocking up a lamb cawl for his feature dish in this penultimate episode of the Friday night favourite.

Meanwhile, Jamie feeds his diners his pork belly and beef brisket chilli, and Jimmy rolls up his sleeves to build a DIY Peking duck over in which to make crispy duck.

Plus, the boys head off to the seaside, but there will be little time to play with their bucket and spades – they’re exploring Southend’s fishing industry.


FILM: Lethal Weapon 4 (TV3, 9pm)

(1998) Two-time Academy Award winner Mel Gibson and Primetime Emmy nominee Danny Glover reteam as a pair of Los Angeles police detectives in this hilarious, slam-bang sequel.

Promoted to desk jobs to keep them out of trouble, the two cops join forces with a junior detective and a fast-talking private investigator to unravel a series of crimes involving immigrant smuggling and counterfeiting.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover


FILM: I Am Legend (ITV2, 9pm)

(2007) Post-apocalyptic thriller about the last survivor of a terrible catastrophe.

Virologist Robert Neville lives in the ruins of the Big Apple seeking a cure for the outbreak. Alas, he’s plagued by loneliness, madness and vampires.

For the first hour Will Smith’s natural charisma and likeability holds us spellbound. But it eventually becomes a big budget Resident Evil clone.

However, a disappointing finale didn’t stop it becoming one of Smith’s biggest hits of recent years. The $150m production grossed more than $585m worldwide.

Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Dash Mihok


FILM: The Road (BBC2, 11.05pm)

(2009) An unnamed husband and pregnant wife survive a terrible disaster to befall mankind.

Having given birth to the child, the mother tearfully abandons her man, walking into the darkness to her grim fate.

Years pass and supplies of fuel, food and water dwindle, forcing those that remain onto the road. The man and his 10-year-old boy try to stay out of plain sight, wary of survivors who now band together and hunt down stragglers as food.

The father’s only means of protection is a gun containing two bullets: one for himself and one for his boy.

An unremittingly bleak, post-apocalyptic thriller adapted by Joe Penhall from the novel by Cormac McCarthy.

Director John Hillcoat shoots everything through a grimy, colour-bleached lens and when misery is poured upon the characters’ heads, the consequences are chilling and often gruesome.

It's not an easy watch, but it's one of those movies that stays with you for quite some time.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron, Molly Parker


FILM: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Channel 4, 1am)

(1975) A newly engaged couple become stranded in the middle of nowhere and are forced to seek refuge in a weird castle.

The intimidating structure is home to a glam rock transvestite doctor called Frank N Furter, who is busy trying to create the perfect man.

It’s not long before the happy couple undergo a remarkable transformation of their own.

Even after 40 years, this cult comedy is still as fresh as ever.

The performances are first-class, especially from Tim Curry, who steals the show as Frank. The music, which includes songs like The Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite, is foot-tappingly catchy and there’s a good chance you’ll be humming these tunes for weeks to come.

Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Meat Loaf

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