Friday’s TV tips

Friday’s TV tips

Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis (ITV, 8pm)

The actor continues his mini-break tour of Britain.

Taking the camper van to Yorkshire, the Davises jump straight into some high-octane hill-racing in Scarborough, before stepping down a gear with a visit to the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival.

The kids then go sheep-racing and get lost in a maize maze, prompting their father to send out a drone in search of them, and the action-packed trip ends at Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough, where Warwick and his family get in touch with their spiritual sides.

FILM: X Men Origins: Wolverine (TV3, 9pm)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the first chapter in the X-Men saga, unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.

Hugh Jackman reprises the role that made him a superstar, as the fierce fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, adamantium claws, and a primal fury known as berserker rage.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Will.I.Am, Lynn Collins

Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones (ITV, 9pm)

The comedian begins the next leg of his trip in Kasama, northern Zambia. His first stop is the town of Mpika, where he meets college students training to be locomotive drivers.

Next, in the capital Lusaka, he reveals how the first railways were built to access the country’s rich mineral wealth, and watches craftsmen cutting emeralds and rubies – before being let loose on a pair of bejewelled cufflinks.

Griff then reaches the spectacular Victoria Falls on his way to Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, Bulawayo.

Iceland – Land of Ice and Fire: Natural World (BBC2, 9pm)

Friday’s TV tips

Juliet Stevenson narrates this documentary filmed over the course of a year that tells the stories of the animals and people inhabiting Iceland.

An Arctic fox family ekes out a cliff-top living, an eider farmer has his hands full with the arrival of a host of ducklings and Viking horsemen prepare to saddle up for the autumn round-up.

However, nature’s clock is ticking and the constant volcanic threat eventually boils over with one of the island’s biggest eruptions in more than two millennia.

ANZAC Girls (More4, 9pm)

New series. Award-winning Australian drama set in 1915, inspired by the real-life experiences of five young women during the First World War.

In the opening episode, a number of fledgling nurses arrive in Egypt and soon realise the war is not the adventure they thought it would be, as they deal with successive convoys of injured and dying men from the botched Gallipoli campaign.

Based on Peter Rees’s book The Other Anzacs, it stars Georgia Flood, Antonia Prebble, Laura Brent, Anna McGahan and Caroline Craig.

The Clare Balding Show (BBC2, 10pm)

The weekend alarm goes off and Clare Balding is hosting her Radio 2 show. You pop The One Show on later in the week and she’s promoting this series.

Yes, when it comes to ubiquity, Clare is more omnipresent than Ant and Dec combined it seems. But can she break the curse that befell Gaby Roslin and Davina McCall in the past: sustaining a prime time female-hosted chat show?

Well, it may take at least one series to iron out the wrinkles. Talking of which, this week she’s joined by a man who loves nothing more than such crease-reducing shenanigans: Chris Eubank.

The former world champion boxer and his son Chris Jr, currently the WBA interim world middleweight title-holder, discuss their professional and personal lives. Top tips on ironing welcome, Chris.

FILM: Cop Land (Channel 4, 12.15am)

(1997) Sylvester Stallone shed pounds from his wage packet and piled them on to his midriff to star in this gripping thriller, which reminds us that there’s more to him than Rocky and Rambo.

He plays Freddy Heflin, a portly, half-deaf New Jersey sheriff patrolling a small town that has become a haven for New York police officers.

Freddy idolises his cop neighbours, so he faces a major integrity crisis when Internal Affairs investigator (Robert De Niro) arrives, to look into a potential police cover-up.

Harvey Keitel, Robert Patrick, Michael Rapaport and Ray Liotta round out an outstanding cast.

FILM: Ruthless People (BBC One, 12.15am)

(1986) Danny DeVito is on terrific form in this ingenious black comedy that boasts more plot twists than the average thriller.

He’s Sam Stone, a scheming businessman who is planning to murder his wife Barbara (Bette Middler) – so when he discovers she’s been kidnapped, he’s thrilled that someone is going to do his dirty work for him.

Unfortunately for him, the abductors, Ken (Judge Reinhold) and Sandy (Helen Hunt), aren’t really cut out for a life of crime, and instead of bumping their demanding hostage off, they try to negotiate on the ransom.

And just to make life more complicated, Sam’s double-crossing mistress (Anita Morris) assumes he faked the kidnapping and sets out to blackmail him…

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