Friday’s TV tips

Friday’s TV tips

Sport

The second round of the Pro12 features Glasgow Warriors v Connacht (TG4, kick-off 7.35pm), while soccer action comes from the Championship with Reading v Ipswich Town (Sky Sports 5, kick-off 8pm).

Both sides have several Irish players in their squads, including strikers Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick for the away side.

Celebrity Big Brother (TV3, 9pm)

Friday’s TV tips

Friday night is eviction night as another one of the celebrities faces the wrath of viewers.

Gogglebox (C4, 9pm)

New series. The nation’s favourite armchair critics return to share their opinions as to what’s good and bad about the week’s television.

From Saturday night entertainment juggernauts to the week’s big soap storylines, hard-hitting documentary series to gritty drama – the Gogglebox pundits offer sharp, insightful, passionate and sometimes emotional critiques of the week’s small-screen fare.

This innovative series picked up a Bafta award in 2014 and more recently a National Television award and is currently one of Channel 4’s biggest shows.

The Late Late Show (RTE One, 9.35pm)

Friday’s TV tips

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

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (C4, 10pm)

Friday’s TV tips

The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing are back, which means millions of viewers know what they will be doing with their Saturday nights between now and Christmas.

Channel 4 is making sure our Fridays are taken care off as well, as Alan Carr returns for a 16-episode run of this chat show, including a festive special.

The new series kicks off in style, as Alan is joined by actor Tom Hardy, who will be discussing his latest ambitious acting project, playing the dual role of twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray in the movie Legend.

Music comes from singer and actress Demi Lovato, who performs her latest single Cool for the Summer. Should someone break it to her that British TV is already counting down to December?

Seven Pounds (TV3, 10.30pm)

(2008) Academy Award® nominee Will Smith (2006, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Pursuit of Happyness) stars as Ben Thomas, a man at a crossroads searching for a way to redeem his heavy conscience.

He discovers he has the power to change the circumstances of seven strangers who deserve a second chance.

But when one of them captures his heart, he must decide if he should reveal his secret - even if it means giving up on his plan.

Fishbowl (BBC3, 11pm)

One-off comedy starring Mark Benton, Sally Lindsay and Katherine Rose Morley, following the misadventures of a hapless student and her family.

When Hattie endures a disastrous first term at university, losing all her money and racking up huge debts, concerned parents Phil and Ramona decide it’s best to bring back into the family home.

However, the youngster has other plans, and vows to do whatever it takes to avoid the horrors of suffocating parental love, unwanted childhood admirers and overbearing neighbours.

Rabbit Hole (BBC2, 11.05pm)

(2010) Director John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig And The Angry Inch) offers an assured adaptation of the play by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Nicole Kidman puts in a gut-wrenching portrayal of wife Becca, whose marriage to Howie (Aaron Eckhart) is buckling under the weight of grief from the senseless death of their young son.

Becca’s mother Nat (Dianne Wiest) provides no comfort from the anguish so the couple attends a therapy session, meeting Gaby (Sandra Oh) and her partner Kevin (Stephen Mailer).

While Howie continues to attend the sessions to air his feelings, Becca doesn’t see the point, finding an unusual way to exorcise her demons by befriending the high school student responsible for killing her angelic boy.

Byzantium (Channel 4, 12.40am)

(2012) Ballsy single mother Clara Webb (Gemma Arterton) arrives in a rundown seaside resort with her daughter Eleanor (Irish star Saoirse Ronan).

To make ends meet, Clara sells her body, earning just enough to keep the pair off the streets. Every now and then, she sinks her teeth into an unsuspecting punter and we discover, in flashback, that Clara is a vampire, and Eleanor is her equally bloodthirsty ward.

The vampires hit the jackpot when they meet a lonely misfit who lives in the decrepit Byzantium guest house. So while the older bloodsucker recruits local girls from the streets, Eleanor drifts around the resort, catching the eye of a young waiter who is fighting leukaemia.

When Darvell (Sam Riley), a Machiavellian face from Clara’s past, turns up at the guest house, battle lines are drawn.

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