Saturday’s TV tips

RWC Live: Samoa v Japan (TV3, 2pm)

Saturday’s TV tips

Tommy Martin and Shane Byrne are live in studio as TV3 brings you live coverage from Pool B as Samoa take on Japan. Commentary from Simon Ward and Alan Quinlan.

RWC Live: South Africa v Scotland (TV3, 4.30pm)

Saturday’s TV tips

Matt Cooper, Keith Wood, Matt Williams and Shane Jennings are live in studio as South Africa take on Scotland.  With commentary from David McIntyre and Hugo MacNeil.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (5*, 5.05pm)

[media=youtube] Size matters, especially when deciding who to poke fun at, in this politically incorrect, comic spin on Die Hard, set in a New Jersey shopping centre under siege from armed robbers. Instead of lean, mean Bruce Willis in a sweaty-drenched vest, Paul Blart: Mall Cop places its trust in the sweaty palms of an overweight, lovesick father, whose dreams of joining the state police are thwarted by his body. But a group of highly organised criminals who target the mall on Black Friday have Paul going from zero to hero. Writer and star Kevin James does a fine job in the lead role, and his hapless antics will have you rooting for him every step of the way.

Robin Hood (Film4, 6.10pm)

(2010) Fearless archer Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) and his friends Little John (Kevin Durand), Will Scarlet (Scott Grimes) and Allan A’Dayle (Alan Doyle) head back to England after Richard The Lionheart (Danny Huston) is slain on the battlefield by the besieged French.

To secure safe passage home, Robin poses as slain knight Sir Robert Loxley (Douglas Hodge) and continues the ruse with the dead man’s wife, Marion (Cate Blanchett), to help her cling onto the family estate once ruled by the now blind and decrepit, Sir Walter Loxley (Max von Sydow).

Over time, Robin falls in love with Marion but any chances of an enduring romance are threatened by double-crossing Godfrey (Mark Strong).

RWC Live: England v Australia (TV3, 7pm)

Saturday’s TV tips


TV3 brings you live coverage as England take on Australia, with Matt Cooper, Keith Wood, Matt Williams and Shane Jennings  live in studio. Commentary from Conor McNamara and Liam Toland.

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.20pm)

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present the first of this weekend’s two shows - and this is when things get serious.

There are no more second chances for the twinkle-toed stars as they and their partners step out onto the dance floor again.

Tomorrow the first pro-celebrity couple will be leaving the competition, as their scores from judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell are added to those of the voting viewers. But which pair will have performed their last dance?

The ladies taking to the floor are Anita Rani, Carol Kirkwood, Georgia May Foote, Helen George, Jamelia, Katie Derham, Kellie Bright and Kirsty Gallacher.

Up for the men are Ainsley Harriott, Anthony Ogogo, Daniel O’Donnell, Iwan Thomas, Jay McGuiness, Jeremy Vine and Peter Andre. The results can be seen tomorrow.

Celebrity Benchmark (Ch4, 7pm)

Intrepid duo Chris Ramsey and Joe Swash battle it out for the contestant’s chair as Paddy McGuinness hosts another star-studded round of the game show.

This week, the Benchmarkers are Phil Tufnell, Susie Dent, Jason Byrne, Bobby George, Michelle Heaton, Louis Smith, Edwina Currie, Mark Watson and James Haskell, and the star who wins the opening duel must assess how well the celebrity panel answered to a series of tricky numerical questions if they hope to win £50,000 for their chosen charity.

Britain’s Best Loved Sitcoms (Ch4, 8pm)

Over the years they have made us laugh, occasionally cry and have turned jobbing actors into household names.

They are of course situation comedies, and Blighty has produced some of the best the world has ever seen.

Tamsin Greig has starred in a few of her own, including Episodes, Black Books and the wonderfully surreal Green Wing, so who better to narrate this two-part countdown of the nation’s favourite based on a recent poll?

Whether you’re a fan of old school classics like Dad’s Army, or the ratings-busting Mrs Brown’s Boys, there’s a little something for everyone here.

It also features interviews with a host of famous faces, including Brendan O’Carroll, Richard Wilson, Tony Robinson, Ricky Tomlinson and Wendy Craig.

Doctor Who (BBC1, 8.25pm)

The Time Lord and Clara set out to save the frightened crew of an underwater base who have come under attack from a mysterious threat.

However, when the facility’s residents starts getting killed, they refuse to stay dead – leading their colleagues to believe that ghosts are real.

Can the Doctor get to the bottom of the mystery before everyone is wandering around like zombies?

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman star, with guest appearances from Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Morven Christie (Grantchester) and Colin McFarlane (The Dark Knight).

The Blues Brothers (ITV4, 9.00pm)

[media=youtube][media](1980) One of director John Landis’ last great comic extravaganzas, this hilarious farce based on the characters from American TV’s Saturday Night Live sees John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd give career-best performances as the deadpan anti-heroes, and there are too many star cameos to mention. Loveable criminals Jake (Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Aykroyd) visit the Chicago orphanage where they were raised, only to discover that it will be closed unless the nuns who run it pay the back taxes they owe. Jake is furious to think of his former home being shut down, and launches a holy mission to revive the old Blues Brothers Band to raise money for its salvation.

The Ray D’Arcy Show (RTE One, 9.50pm) Saturday’s TV tipsRay is one of Ireland’s best known and best loved presenters and The Ray D’Arcy Show will play to his strengths by featuring an irreverent mix of chat, comedy and music alongside guests from all walks of Irish life.

Hunky Dory (BBC2, 11.00pm)

(2011) An unconventional drama teacher inspires her pupils to chase their dreams during the hottest summer on record, in this rites-of-passage drama set in 1976 Swansea.

Teacher Vivienne (Minnie Driver) struggles to stage a rock musical based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest set to songs of the era by David Bowie and Electric Light Orchestra.

Her unorthodox approach fails to curry favour with colleagues and Vivienne faces challenges from the pupils too.

Leading man Davey (Aneurin Barnard) fails to keep his emotions in check when his on-off romance with leading lady Stella (Danielle Branch) implodes.

As tempers flare, the school’s headmaster (Robert Pugh) weathers criticism before accepting a role as Prospero in Vivienne’s ramshackle production.

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