Saturday’s TV tips

Saturday’s TV tips

FILM: WALL.E (BBC1, 5.10pm)

(2008) The technical wizards at Pixar (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles) dispel the myth that size matters in their latest computer-animated fable about a little robot cleaning up a futuristic planet Earth ravaged by pollution. His world is quiet and uneventful, until a survey droid called EVE arrives and steals his heart.

He spends the rest of the filming wooing her and finding out what happened to the human race.

WALL-E is a magical, out-of-this-world love story, distinguished by amazingly detailed visuals.

Director Andrew Stanton’s futuristic film shoots for the moon and exceeds the hype.


Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 6.55pm)

Alexander Armstrong quizzes another line-up of famous faces whose connection is that they all work on shows with a wildlife or natural history theme. Heading them up is birdwatcher extraordinaire Bill Oddie, who is joined by historian Tessa Dunlop.

Also featured will be Countryfile presenters John Craven and Shauna Lowry, TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin and Coast presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff, and Blue Peter hosts-turned-wildlife presenters Helen Skelton and Radzi Chinyanganya. Richard Osman is the man with the answers.


Live Snooker: The World Championship (BBC2, 7pm)

Saturday’s TV tips

We’re really down to the nitty gritty as Hazel Irvine presents coverage of the fourth and final session of the second semi-final at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, where the first player to reach 17 frames will progress to the final - somebody will be elated, while their opposing number will be devastated at coming so far, only to fall at the last hurdle.

This match produced a thriller last year between Mark Selby and Neil Robertson, with both men aiming to reach their second final, and it was Selby who prevailed 17-15 in an encounter that lasted more than 12 hours.

The commentary team includes former pros Dennis Taylor, Willie Thorne and Stephen Hendry. Subsequent programmes subject to change.


Britain’s Got Talent (TV3, 8pm)

Saturday’s TV tips

Ant and Dec host the fourth audition show, as the judges – Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon – give their verdicts on more of the nation’s best, and worst, performers.

Queuing up to take the stage, acts of all ages and abilities are determined to prove they’re worthy of the £250,000 cash prize and a slot at this year’s Royal Variety Performance, but while some of them will be deserving, the dream will be over for those whose auditions are cut short by the panel.


Casualty (BBC1, 9.20pm)

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Losing a friend is a traumatic ordeal for anybody, but to then be accused of their murder must be heartbreaking.

Connie Beauchamp hasn’t always been Casualty or Holby City’s most sympathetic character, but most people will have felt some sympathy for her when she was arrested and accused of ending her friend Alfred’s life a few weeks ago.

Now she’s about to stand trial for his murder, but there is one person who can save her from taking to the stand _ Rita. She has vital information, while Charlie could also have a part to play.

But will either of them come forward? Meanwhile, the staff rally round in an attempt to help a suicidal teenager they suspect is being abused at a local care home.


Play to the Whistle (ITV, 9.15pm)

Team captains Bradley Walsh and Frank Lampard are joined by guests including TV and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary and comedian Romesh Ranganathan in a head-to-head contest featuring quizzes and physical games – although the emphasis is more on having fun.

Holly Willoughby hosts the sports-based comedy panel show, with Seann Walsh in the umpire’s chair and born entertainer Jimmy Bullard on hand to help. Actually, Bullard is more of a hindrance than anything else, but at least he keeps the laughs flowing throughout.


FILM: Quartet (BBC2, 9.30pm)

(2012) Run with a gentle yet firm touch by on-staff medic Dr Lucy Cogan (Sheridan Smith), retirement home Beecham House heaves with eccentrics, including luvvie Cedric (Michael Gambon), who masterminds the annual fundraising concert attended by staff and wealthy donors.

Three of the residents – Reginald (Tom Courtenay), Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Cissy (Pauline Collins) once performed Verdi’s quartet from Rigoletto as part of a celebrated group.

The unexpected arrival of the group’s fourth member, Reg’s ex-wife Jean (Maggie Smith), sends shockwaves through Beecham House. Once Jean adjusts to the gentle ebb and flow of daily life at the home and rebuilds bridges that were burnt to a cinder, she rediscovers her passion for performance.


The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 (3e, 10pm)

The Awards, now in their fourteenth year, are the only national celebration of Irish style, and have grown in prominence each year.

Ireland's most fashionable celebrities including the Xpose team - Glenda, Karen, Lisa, Aisling and Peter - Rosanna Davison, Roz Purcell and many more pull out all the stops for the style event of the year.

Find out who gets it right on the night and who will be sacking their stylist. This spectacular ceremony will take place in Dublin's The Marker Hotel.


FILM: Dredd (Channel 4, 10.00pm)

(2012) In the near future, America has been reduced to an irradiated wasteland and more than 400 million people are crammed into Mega City One on the eastern seaboard, which is patrolled by law-makers called Judges.

The Chief Judge (Rakie Ayola) asks universally feared Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) to assess rookie Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a mutant with psychic powers. Reluctantly, Dredd mentors Anderson as they investigate reports of a triple homicide in an apartment block.

The Judges apprehend Kay (Wood Harris) for the murders and using her abilities, Anderson surmises that the suspect is linked to sadistic dealer Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). Before Dredd and his protegee can interrogate Kay, Ma-Ma locks down the block and orders the hoodlums and lowlifes in the building to kill the interlopers.


FILM: Manny (ITV4, 10.25pm)

(2014) The bout between Filipino world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr that takes place in Las Vegas tonight has been billed as the fight of the century by boxing fans, with tickets changing hands for thousands of dollars.

If anybody still needed to be convinced of its potential for excitement, then this documentary should do the trick.

Narrated by Liam Neeson and featuring contributions from Mark Wahlberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Freddie Roach and Jeremy Piven, it focuses on Pacquiao’s rise to fame, from his humble, poverty-stricken beginnings to his standing as one of the world’s most respected and feared boxers.

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