Friday’s TV tips

Friday’s TV tips

Big Brother (TV3, 9pm)

Friday’s TV tips

Highlights of all the latest events inside the House as celebrities from the UK and USA take part in the ultimate CBB battle.

Expect all the excitement of a big sporting event as the Brits and the Yanks come head-to-head in a trial of tasks, challenges and twists.

It's eviction night - who will go?

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Film4, 9.00pm)

(2011) Scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, the disease which has slowly consumed his father Charles (John Lithgow).

Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough and tests his latest serum on chimpanzees, noticing dramatic increases in intelligence and brain activity in the primate subjects.

However, a high-profile showcase with shareholders goes spectacularly wrong and Will’s profit-driven boss demands the project is shut down.

Will smuggles a baby chimp called Caesar out of the lab and raises the infant with his father.

As the years pass and Caesar blossoms, Will falls in love with veterinarian Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto). Caroline warns Will that he cannot keep Caesar as a pet forever and meddling with nature has repercussions.


Ripper Street (BBC1, 9pm)

The vicious stabbing of local woman Ida Watts results in the exceptionally wealthy wife of a decorated war hero standing before the men of Leman Street charged with murder.

Lady Vera Montacute was found beside the corpse, yet it remains possible her only ’crime’ was her curiosity.

The investigators of H Division – now bolstered by a recovered Reid – are tasked with confirming the culprit before the weight of the authorities bears down upon them.

Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg star.


Piers Morgan’s Life Stories (ITV, 9pm)

New series. Singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Lionel Richie, who recently topped the album charts after appearing at Glastonbury, talks about growing up in Alabama against a background of racial segregation and his meteoric rise to fame after a string of top 20 hits.

He also reveals why he took a public stand against rapper Kanye West for using foul language at the 2015 Brit awards and opens up to Piers about his two failed marriages and adopting daughter Nicole, who he supported through drugs rehabilitation.


The Late Late Show (RTE One, 9.35pm)

Ryan Tubridy is at the helm as The Late Late Show returns for a record breaking 54th season.

This is the longest running chat-show in the world and provides a mixture of entertainment, music, in-depth interviews and discussions on the stories that have the nation talking.


Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul (BBC2, 11.05pm)

Friday’s TV tips

The chef continues his 900-mile road trip from Venice to Istanbul, sampling that array of gastronomic delights that lie on the route.

In the penultimate episode Rick arrives in the Greek Peloponnese where he samples mouth-watering dishes such as rooster stew hilopites with mizithra cheese, and a home-made moussaka he claims is the best he have ever savoured.

In his Symi island kitchen, Rick rolls up his sleeves to prepare galaktoboureko, a dessert of semolina custard in filo pastry, a favourite dish in Greece.


Mountain Goats (BBC1, 11.35pm)

The Beeb’s promising if slightly misfiring comedy set in the Scottish Highlands continues.

Jimmy doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who has spent much of his life in the spotlight, but he becomes an unlikely hero this week after saving a teenager hit by a golf ball – despite the fact that it was Jimmy who did the hitting.

While Bernie, Bill and Conor are thrilled that their friend is receiving some plaudits, Jules is jealous of the attention Jimmy is getting, and smells a rat – will she figure out what really happened?

But Jules herself is soon in the firing line. Conor thinks that if she was less brusque towards potential customers, the business may flourish – but getting her to curb her rudeness is far from straightforward.


The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (BBC2, 10pm)

There was once a time when baking cakes and biscuits was simple – you just chucked flour, fat and sugar together and then bunged it in the oven. But those days are over.

Food intolerances appear to be on the rise, which means that an ability to create sweet stuff without sugar, gluten and dairy is a must, even for amateurs.

This week, the remaining contestants have attempted to do just that, but what do Jo Brand and her panel think about the results? We’ll find out during this edition of the ever-popular (and often hilarious) spin-off show.

As ever, Jo and panel also taste goodies brought in by the studio audience, and enjoy a chance to chat to the latest baker to leave the competition.


The Fugitive (TV3, 10.30pm)

(1993) Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford stars as the wrongly convicted Dr. Richard Kimble, and Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones is U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard, his relentless pursuer, in this all-time classic intense thriller based on the hit television series of the 1960s, The Fugitive.

Kimble had the perfect life - a beautiful wife, medical career, an expensive townhouse - a perfect life until the night his wife was murdered, died in his arms and he was convicted of the crime.

On his way to the penitentiary, Kimble escapes. Now, like hunted prey, he keeps running, determined only to find his wife's murderer. Caught in a nightmare from which he cannot awaken, Dr. Richard Kimble is the fugitive.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward.


Radges (BBC3, 11pm)

Another one-off entry – and potentially the start of something big for stars Lois Chimimba, Lauren Lyle and Nick Preston – in the Comedy Feeds strand.

Set in a pupil referral unit, the quirky tale follows a group of disparate characters as they try to negotiate being ’weirdos“ in small-town Scotland.

Mab shocks the community when she acquires a new boyfriend before getting rid of her old one, while nervous Lauren attempts to shake off the unwanted attention she is receiving from the scary Erin.


Milk (BBC2, 11.05pm)

(2008) On November 27, 1978, Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California, was gunned down along with Mayor George Moscone by city supervisor Dan White.

Gus Van Sant’s stylish and haunting biopic celebrates the power of one man to take on the political establishment and to affect lasting change through a selfless, unwavering pursuit of equality for all.

Sean Penn delivers possibly the performance of his career, affecting Harvey’s speech patterns and mannerisms perfectly, Josh Brolin is utterly convincing as the disturbed killer, with excellent support from James Franco, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna.

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