Monday's TV tips

Monday's TV tips

Flying to the Ends of the Earth (C4, 8pm)

Arthur Williams travels to the deserts of northern Australia, the islands of the Coral Sea and the jungles of Papua New Guinea, where flying is the only way in and out.

He first visits a couple running a cattle station almost as big as Wales, where helicopters round up thousands of cows in a risky aerial ballet, before flying on to meet the Turner family, who bought their own desert island in the Coral Sea in 1985.

Finally, Arthur joins the flying missionaries of Papua, who brave perilous jungle airstrips to bring supplies – and the word of God – to remote villages.


The Americans (RTE Two, 9pm)

Monday's TV tips

Series 3, Episode 6 “Born Again”

Gabriel has surprising information. Elizabeth begins to take family matters into her own hands. Stan receives upsetting news from his past and turns to Sandra for support.

Series 3, Episode 7 “Walter Taffet”

Philip and Elizabeth feel the weight of a new family secret while following up on the KGB’s interests in South Africa. Stan faces struggles both at work and at home. Martha confronts a shocking development.


Knight and Day (Film4, 9.00pm)

(2010) June Havens (Cameron Diaz) is an unassuming Midwestern gal, who is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Boarding a flight bound for Boston, June is unexpectedly caught in the crossfire of a mid-air shoot out between paranoid government agent Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) and gun-toting assassins.

June wakes the next morning, in her bed, believing that her high altitude adventure was nothing more than a bad dream, only for Miller to abduct her from a diner in front of would-be suitor, Rodney (Marc Blucas).

The young woman is now marked for death and must quickly learn the tricks of the spy trade to stay alive and avoid an early grave at the hands of Antonio (Jordi Molla) and his henchmen.


Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild (C5, 9pm)

The ever-affable adventurer’s latest series draws to a close with a trip to French Polynesia in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, a place rarely explored by humans.

But two people who love it there and knows it better than most is 47-year-old Brit Rick and his 33-year-old Slovenian girlfriend Jasna.

Unlike previous participants in the series, Rick and Jasna don’t live in a shack on dry land – they describe themselves as sea gypsies, who wander the ocean in a tiny sailing boat.

Ben learns more about their lifestyle by finding out how to free-dive to drop anchor, preserve the food their catch and how to make wine.

He also gets up close and personal with some of the creatures who share the environment with Rick and Jasna.


Life in Squares (BBC2, 9pm)

It is 1937 and Vanessa is still at Charleston with Duncan and her children, but the outside world begins to affect her idyllic existence at the farmhouse.

A defiant Julian announces his determination to fight against Franco in the Spanish civil war, while Angelica – who remains unaware of her true parentage - escapes to London to become an actress.

While there she becomes close to Duncan and Vanessa’s old friend David ’Bunny’ Garnett. Conclusion of the drama, starring Eve Best and Rupert Penry-Jones. Last in the series.


Young, Free & Single: Live (E4, 10pm)

If you ever find yourself shouting at the screen during Made in Chelsea out of sheer frustration at the gang’s dating decisions, then E4 has the perfect show for you.

Presented by Steve Jones, it follows a group of six young singles as they spend the summer looking for love in London’s East End.

Each week, the sextet will be gathered together to watch the best and worst of the week’s dates back, live – and viewers at home will be able to offer their advice and opinions via social media. In fact, there could even be a chance to woo one of them yourself...


Under the Dome (C5, 10pm)

Monday's TV tips

The residents of Chester’s Mill are kept safe by the dome as the outside world is hit by a catastrophic meteor shower, but they have problems of their own to contend with and further unexpected alliances begin to form.

Eva tries to reinforce her influence over Barbie and indoctrinate him deeper into the Kinship, Julia turns to Big Jim when they find themselves isolated on Bird Island, and Joe is forced to accept help from Sam, the man who killed his sister.

Sci-fi drama, starring Dean Norris and Mike Vogel.


The Detonator (3e, 11pm)

(2006) In the wake of a shocking double cross that foils an important sting operation set to catch a black-market arms dealer, federal agent Sonni Griffith (Wesley Snipes) finds himself rotting in an Eastern European prison.

When his connections in the CIA arrange for his release, Griffith is assigned to return to the United States with a vital witness, Nadia Cominski (Silvia Colloca), in tow.

As Griffith struggles to protect Cominski, an army of Romanian criminals follows in hot pursuit.

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Silvia Colloca.


Damsels in Distress (Film4, 11.10pm)

(2011) Writer-director and indie fan-favourite Whit Stillman takes the helm of this whimsical comedy, which follows the various misadventures of three self-obsessed college students, Violet (Greta Gerwig), Heather (Carrie MacLemore) and Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke), who do more harm than good with a campus-based counselling service for depressed fellow undergraduates.

The plucky trio take well-adjusted new girl Lily (Analeigh Tipton) under their wing and slowly but surely they manage to warp her perspective on life, convincing Lily that the only way to stand out from the crowd is to be part of their crowd.

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