Saturday’s TV tips

Saturday’s TV tips

America’s Got Talent (3e, 3.30 and 4.30pm)

The first live episode of the season takes place at Radio City Music Hall. Host Nick Cannon is joined by judges Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howard Stern and Howie Mandel and a massive audience who have come to be wowed by tonight's acts.

Performers include SIRO-A, Alondra Santos, Vita Radionova, Triple Threat, The Gentlemen, Piff the Magic Dragon, Benton Blount, Craig and Micheline, Drew Lynch, Showproject, Paul Zerdin and Samantha Johnson.

The top vote getters will be announced in the next show, with the judges and America each choosing one act to save to the semifinal rounds.


Kung Fu Panda (BBC1, 5.10pm)

(2008) This box office hit features an all-star voice cast, with Jack Black leading the way as likable and cutesy Po the panda. Po has big dreams: he wants to be a martial arts ninja.

But the reality is that he is working at his dad’s restaurant serving noodles. However, his luck changes when he is given the opportunity to study with his idols (the Furious Five).

At first he is seen as little more than a nuisance, but he is eventually able to win over the gang with his impressive skills.

The tale is a rags-to-riches story displaying how true beauty can come from within, and armed with his belief and determination Po aims to make his dreams become a reality.

An impressive cast includes Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen and many more.


Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 7.20pm)

Alexander Armstrong presents the general knowledge quiz as famous faces from children’s television programmes take part.

This edition features CBBC presenters Anthea Turner and Andy Crane, CBeebies stars Justin Fletcher and Gemma Hunt, children’s TV hosts Dave Benson-Phillips and Gareth Jones, and former presenters Sally James and Geoffrey Hayes.

The famous faces try to come up with the least likely correct answers to a series of questions posed to members of the public. Co-host Richard Osman has all the answers.


The X Factor (TV3, 8pm)

Saturday’s TV tips

Although some viewers may still be undecided whether they prefer the old line-up (Dermot O’Leary, Louis Walsh and Mel B) to the new (Olly Murs, Caroline Flack, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora), there is little doubt that Simon Cowell’s summer shake-up has at least freshened things up a bit.

However, it will only be when the show’s arch-rival Strictly Come Dancing arrives in the schedules that the true value of the changes will become apparent.

Tonight, Olly and Caroline oversee the latest round of auditions, as more hopeful contenders seek to win over the panel and secure a place at Boot Camp.

Doing so means they must face the collective criticism of Cowell, Grimshaw, Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, along with the arena audience. Another instalment can be seen tomorrow at 8pm.


Last Night of the Proms: Part Two (BBC1, 9pm)

Saturday’s TV tips

Katie Derham presents live from the Royal Albert Hall, as the Proms season reaches the grand finale of its 120th anniversary year.

Soloists tenor Jonas Kaufmann, soprano Danielle de Niese and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor perform music by Gershwin, Lehar and James P Johnson, and Marin Alsop conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC singers.

Plus, Proms in the Park audiences in Belfast, Glasgow, Swansea and London join in to mark the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music movie with a medley of favourites.


It Was Alright in the 1980s (Ch4, 9pm)

Saturday’s TV tips

According to this amusing retrospective show, narrated by Matt Lucas, the 1980s was a decade of big hair, shoulder pads, brawny action heroes, aggressive poets, gay declarations, men co-habiting with sea lions, and monkeys playing tennis on ice. But how accurately did these fads reflect social attitudes of the time?

And how do the people of today, who were not around to watch them at the time, respond to them? Rustie Lee, Chris Tarrant, Gyles Brandreth and Lauren Pope are among the contributors reflecting on the best and worst of TV during a decade of revolution on the small screen.


This Is England (Film4, 9.00pm)

(2006) Struggling to cope with the death of his father in the Falklands War, adolescent loner Shaun becomes isolated from his caring mother Cynth and the other residents of his rundown council estate.

He forges unexpected friendships with skinhead Woody and his band of misfits, including Milky and Boy George fan Smell.

The volatile dynamics of Woody’s gang shift uneasily when one-time jailbird Combo returns to the estate and begins to exert his influence, encouraging the disaffected and highly impressionable youngsters to pledge their allegiance to the National Front.

Director Shane Meadows’ semi-autobiographical drama is another of the smaller, more intimate character studies he crafts so beautifully. He also gets a stunning performance from newcomer Thomas Turgoose as the cheeky urchin craving a male influence.


Choke (Channel 4, 1.45am)

(2008) Theme park worker and conman Victor Mancini has developed an ingenious way of paying for his mother’s medical bills – he pretends to choke in restaurants then cons the people who ’save his life’ into giving him money.

But when his mum reveals something he never knew about his father, he sets out to discover the truth.

Sam Rockwell is great at playing weird characters like Victor, and it’s Victor’s weirdness that drives the film. He may be a bit of a despicable man, but he really does love his mum, and their relationship is sweet.

Just don’t go getting any ideas from how he makes his money!

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