Friday's TV tips

Friday's TV tips

FILM: The Day the Earth Stood Still (Film4, 4.55pm)

(1951) An alien called Klaatu arrives in Washington to deliver an anti-nuclear warning. On landing, he offers the American city a powerful robot which can put a stop to all wars by punishing aggressors. But, although many welcome these ideals, not everyone is in favour.

One of the best sci-fi movies ever made. The special effects may be dated but the story is excellent, and for many fans it leaves the relatively recent Keanu Reeves remake – which swapped Cold War paranoia for environmental worries – light years behind.

It also boasts one of the most memorable scores of the 1950s. Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal head the cast.


BBC Young Dancer 2015 (BBC4, 8pm)

With the contemporary, hip hop and South Asian finalists announced, the line-up for tomorrow’s BBC Young Dancer of the Year final at Sadler’s Wells is almost complete. Tonight, ballet dancers Paris Fitzpatrick, Jenny Hackwell, Sayaka Ishibashi, Hamish Scott and Archie Sullivan battle it out in the last of the category finals.

The judging panel consists of Kenneth Tharp, Chief Executive of The Place, Ballet Master at Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dominic Antonucci, and Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet.


FILM: The Green Hornet (TV3, 9pm)

(2011) The famous comic book hero The Green Hornet finds his way off the page in this action-packed adaptation.

When newspaper owner Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) and his friend Kato (Jay Chou) witness a brutal mob hit, the pair team up to bring justice to the city's corrupt underworld.

Starring: Seth Rogen


Gogglebox (Channel 4, 9pm)

After having their say on the election campaign as part of last night’s series of special programmes presented by Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell, the UK’s favourite armchair critics return to share their opinions on the other TV they have been watching during the week.

The show captures their instant reactions and lively – sometimes emotional – discussions from the comfort of their own homes.

Royle Family star Caroline Aherne is a fitting narrator for the show, which has become a huge ratings hit. Last in the series.


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

He may have been taking a slow train, but Griff Rhys Jones has covered a lot of ground in just six weeks _ and now he’s about to reach the end of the line as he travels through South Africa.

The journey doesn’t get off to the best start as he finds himself in trouble for trying to eat his breakfast en route to Johannesburg, but things look up when he arrives in the city.

For a start, he gets to break out his finest threads as he goes ’swenking“, a miners’ tradition which sees young men competing to be the best dressed.

He also gets to catch one of the most luxurious trains in the world, the Pride of Africa, as he heads to Cape Town, but he won’t be relaxing in first-class, instead he’ll be earning his passage serving drinks to tourists.


FILM: Inglourious Basterds (More4, 10.20pm)

(2009) Quentin Tarantino’s unforgettable war opus is a blood-soaked fairytale set in Nazi-occupied France, divided into five hefty chapters.

He plays loose and fast with historical fact, and splices genres to dizzying effect across its over-long two-and-a-half hours, with Christoph Waltz providing an Oscar-winning supporting performance as a sadistic German officer and Brad Pitt as a larger-than-life Jewish American officer leading a platoon with only one thing on their minds - to kill the upper echelons of the Third Reich.

Eli Roth, Melanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender and Diane Kruger are also among the outstanding cast.

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