Friday's TV tips

(500) Days of Summer (Film4, 7.10pm)

(2009) Marc Webb’s quirky romantic comedy allows no happy ending for greeting-card writer Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who falls for his boss’s new assistant Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel).

From the first moment he sets eyes on her Tom is smitten, but as the 500 days of their relationship unfold, he comes to realise that while Summer might be perfect for him, he’s not her “Mr Right Now” or even her “Mr Right Ever”, as she steadfastly clings to her belief that true love is nothing more than a myth.

It’s a haunting tale of relationship woes and an exploration of the harsh reality behind the old adage “opposites attract”, with two strong lead performances.


Ripper Street (BBC1, 9pm)

Detective Inspector Drake must try to find his old friend Edmund Reid, who has disappeared following the death of Horace Buckley.

Meanwhile, H Division unites to track down the lost girl who escaped Buckley’s cellar prison and is now wandering the dangerous streets of the East End alone.

Although there is tangible evidence to finally arrest Long Susan’s duplicitous lawyer Capshaw, attempts to do so have devastating consequences.

Period crime drama, starring Matthew MacFadyen, Jerome Flynn and MyAnna Buring.


Katie Price: In Therapy (C5, 9pm)

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The TV personality and glamour model undergoes an intense month of psychological evaluations conducted by Dr Claudia Bernet, a leading expert in women’s mental health.

Interweaving her life story with scientific assessments and the views of those who know Katie best, this documentary aims to help her discover what toll 20 years in the public eye has taken on her emotional wellbeing and make sense of her turbulent career and personal life.


Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul (BBC2, 9.30pm)

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The ’Venice’ part of this series may not have excited viewers – we’ve lost count of the culinary travelogues exploring Italy’s food and culture. However, the rest of Rick Stein’s journey is turning up some real TV delicacies.

This week, the chef is in Croatia, where he savours the native oysters of Ston, before crossing the border into Albania, where he is joined by his son Jack and the pair sample local dishes such as chicken jufka and kokoretsi.

In his own kitchen on the Greek island of Symi, Rick cooks traditional Albanian dishes, including Lepur Comlek and Tave Kosi.


The Imelda May Show (RTE One, 9.35pm)

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Episode five of The Imelda May Show featureS Imelda May and her band, Marc Almond, Camile O’Sullivan, The Bionic Rats, Mike Sanchez and Delorentos.


The Punisher (TV3, 10pm)

(2004) This gritty tale of revenge and redemption stars Thomas Jane as Frank Castle, who as the unstoppable vigilante The Punisher introduces to the big screen one of Marvel’s top-selling comic characters.

The former Delta Force Op and FBI special agent is set to leave his violent life behind when an operation goes wrong and the son of businessman and underworld bigwig Howard Saint (John Travolta) is killed.

The vengeful Saint engineers the murder of Castle’s family, which leads Castle into a fierce ongoing battle with Saint’s hired thugs.

But his life’s work has begun: As The Punisher, he will provide justice for ordinary people and exact retribution from society’s villains.

Co-starring Laura Harring as Howard Saint’s vengeful wife and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as a woman climbing back from a troubled past.

Starring: Laura Harring, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, John Travolta, Tom Jane, Will Patton, Eddie Jemison.


The Best of Bad TV (Ch5, 10pm)

The series charting TV gaffes continues with a look at the memorable small-screen misfires of the 2000s including the wardrobe malfunctions of talk show hosts and the faux pas committed by impersonators of the decade’s most popular screen characters.

The programme also reflects on the decade’s obsession with talent searches and the rise of the reality star in series such as Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Last in the series.


Beowulf (UTV, 10.40pm)

(2007) This computer animated re-imagining of the oldest surviving poem in the English language boasts dazzling fight sequences, lusty serving wenches and mythic creatures, and is voiced by Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone and Angelina Jolie.

When a fearsome monster terrorises the realm of Danish King Hrothgar, a renowned warrior arrives to slay the demonic beast.

However, an encounter with its seductive mother gives rise to a terrible bargain, leading to tragic consequences as the years pass.

It’s violent and gory in places, but is a gripping adventure, breathing new life into the ancient tale of good against evil.


Mountain Goats (BBC1, 10.35pm)

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Whenever an eccentric character with a Scottish background is needed, there is one name that is top of all casting directors’ lists – Clive Russell.

What may surprise many is that he was actually born in North Yorkshire, although being raised in Fife has given him that unmistakable Scottish burr.

He’s appeared in the likes of Great Expectations, Boys from the Blackstuff, Merlin and King Arthur, and made a big splash in Game of Thrones. Now he’s adding weight to this otherwise fluffy comedic confection.

He plays Malton Jennings, the Mountain Rescue chief who insists the ragtag mob of volunteers must prove their fitness. Unfortunately, to do so, they must first successfully traverse an assault course nicknamed The Executioner.


Other Voices (RTE Two, 11pm)

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On the fifth instalment of Other Voices Series 13 we have indie rock band Wild Beasts performing songs from their highly anticipated fourth album ‘Present Tense’, Belgian jazz singer-songwriter Melanie De Biasio plays a stunning set in St. James’ Church, while Wyvern Lingo take a break from a UK tour with Hozier to perform some acoustic tracks in the breathtaking surrounds of the Dingle Peninsula.

The episode also features a performance from the winners of the IMRO Ireland Other Room Open Call, Staring At Lakes.


Dead Air (BBC3, 11pm)

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Radio 1 DJ Greg James makes his acting debut in this one-off comedy, and it seems he’s decided not to push himself too far too fast as he’s playing a disc jockey.

But before anyone criticises his lack of range, it’s worth pointing out that he also co-wrote the script. He stars as Jake Cross, who has won a cult following for his late-night broadcasts on a commercial station.

So, when he’s unexpectedly offered a shot at the coveted breakfast show, should he take it, even if it means selling out, or should he keep his integrity along with his graveyard slot?

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