Sunday’s TV tips

Rio (Film4, 2.50pm)

(2011) Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) is a domesticated blue macaw who lives in relative luxury in the sleepy community of Moose Lake, Minnesota.

The bird doesn’t want for anything, his hot chocolate made to perfection with six mini marshmallows by his doting owner and best friend Linda (Leslie Mann).

Brazilian conservationist Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) arrives in Moose Lake to ask Linda to bring Blu to Rio de Janeiro, so the rare bird can mate with the only known female blue macaw, Jewel (Anne Hathaway).

No sooner has Blu met Jewel than the birds are kidnapped by greedy animal smugglers led by the nefarious Marcel (Carlos Ponce). Jewel orchestrates a daring escape bid, evading the clutches of the smuggler’s feathered sidekick, a conniving cockatoo called Nigel (Jemaine Clement).


Spider-Man 3 (Channel 5, 5.20pm)

(2007) Life appears to be good for Peter Parker. Spidey is immensely popular, Mary Jane has a starring role in a Broadway play and he himself is making ends meet selling pics to the Daily Bugle. However, the fly in the ointment is Harry Osborn.

He’s still fuming about Spider-Man’s role in his father’s death, and revenge is his only desire.

That, combined with the introduction of two new bad guys, setsup a gloriously action-packed thrill ride. Although not as good as the first two films in thefranchise, it’s certainly well worth a look, if only for the impressivespecial effects.

Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and Thomas Haden Church head the cast.


The British Academy Television Awards (BBC1, 8pm)

The leading lights of British TV get their glad rags on and head for London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, tonight, where Graham Norton is hosting the annual knees-up celebrating the best small-screen shows over the past 12 months. Some of the programmes battling for the gongs include Happy Valley, Line of Duty, The Missing and Marvellous, which all have three nominations each.

Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Nesbitt, Toby Jones and Jason Watkins are nominated for Best Actor, and Sheridan Smith, Sarah Lancashire, Keeley Hawes and Georgina Campbell have received nods for Best Actress.

Finally, Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow will be adding the Bafta Fellowship to his collection of colourful ties, as he is honoured for his work in journalism and broadcasting over the past 40 years.


FILM: Changeling (TV3, 9pm)

(2008) Inspired by actual events that occurred in 1920s-era Los Angeles, Clint Eastwood's The Changeling tells the story of a woman driven to confront a corrupted LAPD after her abducted son is retrieved and she begins to suspect that the boy returned to her is not the same boy she gave birth to.

The year was 1928, and the setting a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. As Christine (Angelina Jolie) said goodbye to her son, Walter, and departed for work, she never anticipated that this was the day her life would be forever changed.

Upon returning home, Christine was distressed to discover that Walter was nowhere to be found. Over the course of the following months, the desperate mother would launch a search that would ultimately prove fruitless.

Yet just when it seemed that all hope was lost, a nine-year-old boy claiming to be Christine's son seemed to appear out of thin air. Overcome with emotions and uncertain how to face the authorities or the press, Christine invites the child to stay in her home despite knowing without a doubt that he is not her son.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan


Home Fires (ITV, 9pm)

Drama about a group of Women’s Institute members in a rural Cheshire community at the outset of the Second World War.

As Frances and Joyce battle for leadership of the new group, the others face problems of a much more personal nature.

Erica and Will’s relationship is tested after his cancer diagnosis, Pat is struggling with her unhappy marriage and Miriam has one last chance to stop David enlisting. Newcomer Teresa Fenchurch gets off to a bad start in the village, but her mishap brings a dashing RAF officer to the village.

Francesca Annis and Samantha Bond star, with Frances Grey, Ed Stoppard, Claire Rushbrook and Leanne Best.


FILM: Prometheus (Channel 4, 9.00pm)

(2012) In 2089, astrophysicist Dr Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her partner Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) unearth an ancient cave painting that confirms the existence of an extra-terrestrial race known as the Engineers.

Wealthy industrialist Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) agrees to finance a voyage to the alien home planet.

A spaceship called Prometheus captained by Janek (Idris Elba) provides the transport for Weyland company executive Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and the crew, including geologist Fifield (Sean Harris) and medic Ford (Kate Dickie).

Operations android David (Michael Fassbender) casts a dispassionate eye over proceedings but as the explorers touch down on the Engineers’ home world, they are woefully unprepared for what awaits them.


FILM: Killing Them Softly (Film4, 10.55pm)

(2012) Low-level crook Johnny Amato (Vincent Curatola) learns that mob man Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta) staged a robbery at one of his own card games in order to steal the pot.

So Amato hatches a cunning plan to rob another card game and point the finger of suspicion squarely at Markie.

He hires Frankie (Scoot McNairy) to pull off the heist, and he in turn foolishly recruits unreliable junkie Russell (Ben Mendelsohn) as a second gun man.

Against the odds, Frankie and Russell manage to hold up the game card and they make off with the booty. However, this is the start of a nightmare for the duo as this gripping thriller gathers pace.

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