Sunday TV tips

Sunday TV tips

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) (Film4, 5.05pm)

Identical twins Jared and Simon and their sister Mallory’s lives take an unexpected turn when their mother inherits a spooky mansion from an elderly aunt.

Strange things begin to happen after they move in and as the youngsters investigate further, they are drawn into a mysterious world populated by fantastic supernatural creatures.

Freddie Highmore proves he is one of the most talented young actors of his generation with a brilliant dual leading role as very distinctive twins.

The impressive special effects wizardry casts a spell of enchantment over the proceedings and both adults and children alike will find something to enjoy here.


Britain’s Got Talent – The Final 2015 (TV3, 7.30pm)

Sunday TV tips

In one of the biggest live entertainment events of the year, Britain’s Got Talent reaches its exciting climax as the finalists compete to be crowned the winner of the 2015 series.

Award-winning hosts Ant & Dec preside over the event, with judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams donning their best outfits to take their seats behind the desk.

It promises to be a show like no other - packed to the rafters with the very best variety talent around.

Tonight, the finalists perform for the last time and the winner will be decided by the public.


Antiques Roadshow (BBC1, 8pm)

Sunday TV tips

Fiona Bruce and the team visit Ashton Court in Bristol, where they examine a piece of street art by Banksy in a local doorway.

Expert Rupert Maas reveals the difficulty of valuing graffiti by an artist whose identity is a closely guarded secret.

Other finds include a 19th-century automaton that can smoke a cigarette, a nautilus shell engraved with a picture of the city’s suspension bridge, a globe clock that provides a surprise to its owner and a posset pot that may have origins closer to home than expected.


Ainsley Harriott’s Street Food (More4, 8pm)

Ainsley’s mission to prove there’s more to street food than hot dogs leads him to Reykjavik, Iceland, where even in snow and sub-freezing temperatures, the converted fishing shacks around the city’s harbour are serving up lobster soup, salt cod and crayfish bakes.

The presenter meets some of the chefs who are making a reputation for themselves as part of the new Nordic cuisine, while also sampling more unusual Icelandic delicacies, including lamb smoked in dung, urine-marinated shark, and rancid whale meat.


For the Love of Cars (Channel 4, 8pm)

What do the VW Beetle, the VW camper van, the Porsche and the Citroen 2CV have in common?

Well, apart from all having a cult following amongst car lovers, they also caused a revolution thanks to their air-cooled engines.

This week, Philip Glenister and Ant Anstead are hitting the road in a VW Camper van to find out why it remains a favourite among surfers and hippies, and meet the proud owner of seven 2CVs.

They also take a call from a Beetle fan, who is desperate to restore his old car to its former glory in time for an auction.


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (BBC1, 9pm)

Strange arrives in Spain, only to find Lord Wellington has no use for him - until he demonstrates how his magical talents could be used to help fight the Napoleonic armies.

Back in England, Mr Norrell is battling to keep his secrets hidden, while Arabella discovers the recently resurrected Lady Pole has become dangerously unhinged – but when she tries to warn her husband, it turns out her letters are being intercepted.

The Gentleman plots to put a stop to her curiosity, and has a prophecy for Stephen.


Shutter Island (2010) (Channel 4, 9.00pm) - Premiere

The lunatics are taking over the asylum, or that’s what Martin Scorsese’s impeccably crafted psychological thriller would have us believe.

But then perception and reality are completely blurred in this 1950s-set mystery, adapted by screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis from the best-seller by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone).

Leonardo DiCaprio heads the cast as a US marshal with a traumatic past which threatens to catch up with him when he and his new partner are sent to a remote hospital for the criminally insane to investigate the disappearance of a murderous mother.

Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams and Ben Kingsley also star.


Armada: 12 Days to Save England (BBC2, 9.30pm)

As well as offering viewers the chance to see the former ruler of Queen Vic, ex-EastEnders actress Anita Dobson, as Elizabeth I, this three-part documentary series is also showing viewers just what was at stake during the Armada.

Drawing on recently discovered documents, Dan Snow takes us through some of the key points of the battle, exploring the tensions among the Spanish commanders.

However, this second instalment also looks at how divisions were also developing in England, despite the Queen’s strong public image.


FINAL EP: The Speech (RTÉ One, 10.05pm)

From arachnophobia to claustrophobia, most of us fear something. Snakes, bugs, dentists, heights; the list goes on and on. But one fear stands out above all others – including death – and that’s the fear of public speaking…

Despite being shy and quiet, 26 year old Jenni Houghton from Drogheda has decided to face one of her biggest fears on one of the biggest days of her life. She’s going to make a speech at her wedding.

After ten years on and off, boyfriend Chris proposed to Jenni on New Year’s Eve 2011 in London – and their wedding will be a celebration with deep significance, because the couple have been through some very harrowing times together.

In 2010, Jenni was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, and all throughout her treatment, Chris stood by her side.

Their wedding has been scheduled for November 19th, a very special date for the two of them, as it marks Jenni’s two year anniversary of being in remission from cancer.

Although Jenni can’t wait to get married, the idea of being centre of attention at her own wedding terrifies her.

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