Sunday’s TV tips

FILM: Wrath of the Titans (TV3, 5.20pm)

(2012) Sam Worthington returns as Perseus, the demigod son of Zeus (Liam Neeson) in this epic adventure sequel that takes place 10 years after his heroic defeat of the Kraken.

Trying to live a quiet life as a village fisherman, Perseus is recruited to join a battle for supremacy between the Gods and the Titans who spawned them.

Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon's son (Toby Kebbel) and the fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue his father, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes, Sam Worthington.


FILM: The Karate Kid (Channel 4, 5.20pm)

(2010) Will Smith’s diminutive 11-year-old son Jaden takes the lead role of Dre Parker, who begrudgingly leaves Detroit to follow his mother Sherry (Taraji P Henson) to Beijing for her work.

The young man struggles to adjust to his new surroundings but pretty classmate Mei Ying (Wenwen Han) helps with the cultural differences, sparking potential romance. Unfortunately, class bully Cheng (Zhenwei Wang) is rather fond of Mei too and he humiliates Dre in front of the other students.

After reclusive maintenance man Mr Han (Jackie Chan) saves Dre from a beating at the hands of Cheng and his buddies, the American youngster is forced to take part in an open karate tournament. So training begins in earnest, sowing the seeds of a touching friendship between the boy and his emotionally scarred mentor.


Sunday Night at the Palladium (ITV, 8pm)

New series. Return of the variety show from the West End theatre, featuring a different host each week.

Bradley Walsh introduces music by Olly Murs, and Madness perform some of their greatest hits and a surprise collaboration.

Tenor Alfie Boe takes on a song from the Who’s classic rock opera Quadrophenia and there’s a 10th anniversary performance by the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical.

Plus, slapstick comedy duo Men in Coats, stand-up star Jo Brand and acrobatic animal act Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent 2012.


The C-Word (BBC1, 8.30pm)

Sheridan Smith can do no wrong at the moment, everything she touches turns to gold. So big things are expected from this drama, which is based on the blog written by Lisa Lynch after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28.

Lisa gave writer Nicole Taylor her full backing and the pair worked closely together; Lisa also approved of Smith’s casting and the pair became friends. Sadly, she passed away before filming began.

The story begins as Lisa celebrates having everything she ever dreamed of _ a loving, supportive family, a happy marriage and a career on the up.

When she receives a devastating diagnosis, she becomes determined not to let it change her, and begins writing a blog that will have an impact on many people’s lives.


8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4, 9pm)

Sunday’s TV tips

The comedy version of the famous afternoon game show is back for a new series - although you probably hadn’t even realised it had been away. That’s because the programme rarely seems to be off our screens – not that we’re complaining, of course.

Jimmy Carr is in the presenter’s seat as Sean Lock, Bill Bailey and Paul Foot go up against guest captain Sarah Millican, who’s with Rob Delaney and Romesh Ranganathan. Nina Conti joins Countdown’s lexicographer Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, while Rachel Riley looks after the letters and numbers.


An Immigrant’s Guide to Britain (Channel 4, 10.05pm)

Comedian and first-generation immigrant Henning Wehn leads an irreverent guide to life in Britain from the perspective of some of its most notoriously polarising inhabitants.

From the key issues to the almost overlooked aspects of British life that people take for granted, the programme asks the big questions every prospective immigrant needs to know, such as: Can you learn to banter?

What exactly do the upper classes do? Is it good to swear at work? Why do we let animals sleep in our bedrooms? And is it possible to collect 100 apologies from the British public?


FILM: Monsters (Film4, 11.10pm)

(2010) Six years previously, a NASA probe returning to Earth with samples of an alien life form, crashed in Central America. Later, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an infected zone.

Photographer Andrew (Scoot McNairy) agrees to help his boss’s daughter, Samantha (Whitney Able), return home. The ports are about to close and Andrew is told he must pay an extortionate fee to get Samantha on the last boat before the borders are locked down. The only other option is be smuggled through the infected zone where the tentacled aliens roam.

Andrew and Samantha have no choice but to head off into the wilderness. As they near the US border and freedom, the couple encounter the gargantuan beasts and discover that the real monsters might just be mankind.


FILM: The Bourne Ultimatum (ITV2, 11.35pm)

(2007) This third instalment of the gripping thriller series is a corker. Matt Damon reprises his role as lethal assassin Jason Bourne, and this time, a meeting with a journalist awakens the former hitman’s memories.

Once again, he embarks on a deadly game of cat-and-mouse as he attempts to uncover who he really is, why he became embroiled in Project Treadstone and why the people who employed him now want him dead. Many ’threequels’ are mere rehashes of old successes, but this surpassed all expectations.

Damon is breathtaking in the leading role, and Paul Greengrass directs with aplomb. Julia Stiles offers strong support to Damon’s maverick agent and David Strathairn is mesmerising.

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