Saturday’s TV tips

Saturday’s TV tips

MUSIC: The Voice UK (BBC1, 7pm)

Saturday’s TV tips

Emma Willis and Rita Ora have been flashing a lot of flesh lately, either on Celebrity Big Brother or The One Show, so little wonder they’ve helped attract millions of viewers for this engaging search-for-a-star strand.

Here Emma and Marvin Humes front the second round of the competition to find the nation’s best new vocal talent.

Coach Rita, along with Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Ricky Wilson, sits with her back to the auditionees, hitting her button to spin her chair if she wants to mentor that singer – and allowing the hopeful to choose whose team they want to join if more than one coach turns.

The coaches’ aim is to build a team of 12 acts each and they’ll use every trick in the book to attract the ones they want. Hopefuls include Yorkshire lass Jade Hewitt, 19-year-old identical twins Classical Reflection from Peterborough, and Billy Bottle and Martine, a hippy couple from Devon.

FILM: The Sweeney (Channel 4, 9pm)

(2012) Flying Squad hard man DI Jack Regan and sidekick George Carter hunt a gang of wily European thieves led by slippery Francis Allen.

After apprehending Allen, unfortunately the team cannot find sufficient evidence to charge him and they are forced to let him go after hours of intense questioning.

Tensions within the department explode when Internal Affairs officer Ivan Lewis embarks on a personal crusade to bring down Regan, who just happens to be bedding Lewis’s wife Nancy.

Section chief Frank Haskins protects his boys and girl in the Flying Squad as much as he can, but Internal Affairs clearly has a vendetta and will stop at nothing until the team is disbanded and Regan languishes behind bars.

Starring: Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell

IMPORTED DRAMA: Spiral (BBC4, 9pm)

The joy of reading subtitled dramas clearly gives some viewers a buzz as they have to commit to every minute of the saga.

And that’s one of the reasons this Gallic series has become such a cult hit in Blighty over the years. (Given the fact most other dramas on a Saturday night aim at the lowest common denominator, it’s not hard for pseudo intellectuals to get hooked).

As series five continues, the double murder investigation points Laure’s unit in the direction of a group of bank raiders.

Laure doesn’t believe Jaulin is connected, but Roban stresses that the dad has failed to reveal the whole truth.

The cast includes Caroline Proust, Gregory Fitoussi, Philippe Duclos and Audrey Fleurot.

If this leaves you hungry for more slick Euro drama, don’t miss BBC Four’s screening of Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters later in the week. It’s a Norwegian cracker that will leave you reeling.

DRAMA: Casualty (BBC1, 9.15pm)

Saturday’s TV tips

A confrontation in a car park, a black eye and a post-shoplifting chase are just a few of the ingredients in this week’s show.

As ever, Amanda Mealing steals the episode as Connie, whose sparring with Hailey Blake proves to be compelling stuff.

Then there’s the patient who has started seeing mothers pushing prams as witches.

Hopefully Ethan can help sort her out. Meanwhile, Robyn is concerned about a couple who are unable to feed their children when she is brought in as a patient.

He rushes in to see her, but it becomes clear that the husband is desperately in need of medical attention when he unexpectedly collapses.

After almost three decades on air, the series is showing as much fatigue as the runaway mum (who’s involved in one of the worst chase scenes in the show’s history).

Fingers crossed the writers pull out all the stops for next year’s all important season.

UFC: UFC Presents, Rising: Conor McGregor (3e, 10pm)

In anticipation of the Irish featherweight’s Boston bout against Dennis ‘The Menace’ Siver, 3e brings you UFC Presents, Rising: Conor McGregor.

UFC Rising showcases the emerging stars of the Octagon and right now no star is shining brighter than outspoken Irishman, Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor.

While his attitude makes the world take notice, explore how he backs it up, breaking down his best performances and his overwhelming athleticism.

Then take a look at what's next for this featherweight supernova.

Tune in to 3e Tuesday 20th January to catch UFC Fight Night: McGregor V Siver.

FILM: All Good Things (BBC2, 10.30pm)

(2010) David Marks, the heir of a wealthy family, defies his father by marrying a medical student, but over time their marriage deteriorates.

When she disappears without trace, he is suspected of having murdered her, and while the accusation is never proven, it repeatedly resurfaces for years to come.

Despite boasting a fine cast, and featuring some good acting, it may be a little too cliched and ambiguous for some viewers.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella and Kristen Wiig

COMEDY: Greg Davies: The Back of My Mum’s Head (Channel 4, 11.15pm)

One of the funniest and most moving highlights of the festive period was the Man Down Christmas special, a riotous half hour which gave star and writer Greg Davies a chance to show off, while paying tribute to much missed series one veteran Rik Mayall.

Aside from popping up in two of the most lucrative films of the past few years - both Inbetweeners movies, Davies has also seen tickets for his stand-up gigs sell like hot cakes.

For those unable to attend, or didn’t fancy shelling out for the DVD, now is the chance to play catch up.

Stung by his mother’s suggestion that he is ’not normal’, Greg puts everyone else under the microscope in a petty quest to discover if anyone actually is.

His eponymous tour was extended to 94 dates, and Davies enjoyed multiple sell-out nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo and The South Bank Centre.

The perfect way to ease those January blues.

FILM: Always (UTV, 11.30pm)

(1989) After being killed in action, firefighting pilot Pete Sandich is denied entry into Heaven – until he helps his successor cope with the job’s demands, and makes sure his girlfriend finds love all over again.

Steven Spielberg’s whimsical remake of Spencer Tracy’s 1943 movie, A Guy Named Joe may not have generated ET-style box office numbers, but it remains a charming gem.

Yes it’s a little slow in places, but that thrilling finale more than makes up for it.

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Brad Johnson, Audrey Hepburn

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