Sunday’s TV tips

Sunday’s TV tips

Cork Mega Port 2 (TV3, 5.15pm)

In the final episode of the series, winter is fast approaching but the port never stops, general housekeeping is essential and the pilot launch gets a well deserved bath, the crane drivers work hard to bring in grain for the agricultural industry, and a Milford Haven pilot who was stranded aboard a tanker due to very bad weather is rescued by the Port of Cork launch.

The last cruise ship of the year arrives and the Gerry O Sullivan tug takes a naval ship with no engines into the naval dockyard.

Rosh Hashanah (RTE One, 5.45pm)

Sunday’s TV tips

Four members of the Jewish community with a combined age of 387 discuss how, in a century of changes, family and faith have remained constant.

On their New Year Festival, Rosh Hashanah, they reveal how the Book of Life is only understood by looking back as well as forward.

Antiques Roadshow (BBC1, 7.30pm)

Sunday’s TV tips

On September 9, Queen Elizabeth II achieved the status of longest serving British monarch, so little surprise this edition features a special compilation of highlights from the series connected to the Queen.

Regular host Fiona Bruce introduces footage of her appearance on an episode filmed at Hillsborough Castle in 2014.

There’s also a recording of a speech the young Princess Elizabeth made for Children’s Hour in 1940, a behind-the-scenes account of the first televised Christmas message, and various pieces of royal memorabilia being valued.

Time Crashers (Channel 4, 8pm)

If you’re a newcomer to this engaging series, imagine a celebrity version of Quantum Leap and you get the idea.

This week, host Tony Robinson sends Kirstie Alley, Fern Britton, Louise Minchin, Zoe Smith, Meg Mathews, Keith Allen, Greg Rutherford, Charlie Condou, Jermaine Jenas and Chris Ramsey back to 1796, where they are challenged to work on a Georgian farm.

The men must prepare the animals and buildings for a visit from the landowner, while the women work in the dairy and prepare afternoon tea.

The King Who Invented Ballet: Louis XIV and the Noble Art of Dance (BBC4, 8pm)

Sunday’s TV tips

David Bintley, director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, examines how Louis XIV influenced dance in the 17th and 18th century as he prepares to produce a new ballet about the king.

The programme examines the vital social importance of dance in Louis’ court, and explores his innovations, which included founding the world’s first ballet school, introducing the first female ballerinas and commissioning the invention of dance notation.

An Inspector Calls (BBC1, 8.30pm)

Adaptation of JB Priestley’s stage play. In 1912, a detective (David Thewlis) arrives in a town where a young woman from a wealthy family has recently committed suicide.

He interviews her relatives in the midst of a lavish party, to unravel the events that led to her death.

His investigation has devastating repercussions as secrets are exposed and the members of the family begin to realise they have all unwittingly played a part in driving her to her death.

Also starring Miranda Richardson and Ken Stott.

Burlesque (ITV2, 10.00pm)

(2010) Not since Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis had cinema seen such a charismatic yet unexpected pairing as Christina Aguilera and Cher. Cast aside all your preconceptions because these two leads are nothing short of the perfect pairing.

When Ali (Aguilera) begins work as a cocktail waitress in a burlesque club, she’s under no false illusions – the place has had its day.

However, when the owner, Tess (Cher), gives her a chance to perform, she soon becomes the venue’s star attraction and brings the place all kinds of attention, wanted or otherwise.

Okay, so the plot seems to teeter rather closely on the verge of Coyote Ugly, but there’s no denying that this is great fun, showcasing some amazing talent. Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci co-star, as well as dancer Derek Hough’s little sister Julianne.

Quadrophenia (ITV4, 11.00pm)

(1979) After 36 years since its original cinema release, this cult drama has lost little of its edge but these days, it’s not so much as showcase for The Who’s music as it is a Who’s Who of the British entertainment scene.

There’s chirpy Parklife vocalist and ex-EastEnders actor Phil Daniels as the Sixties rebel whose life is changed forever by the battle between mods and rockers on Brighton beach.

Look out too for Sting as sharp-suited and enigmatic gang leader idolised by Daniels; Leslie Ash; future pop star Toyah Willcox; The Bill’s Mark Wingett and hardman star-turned-national treasure Ray Winstone.

Tyrannosaur (Film4, 11.25pm)

(2011) An alcoholic unable to control his violent temper befriends a charity shop worker, and soon learns she’s trapped in an abusive marriage, before agreeing to take her in when she runs away.

However, there’s only so long he’s going to be able to keep a lid on his destructive urges. This can hardly be labelled ’feel-good’ film of the week, but it is very thought-provoking and so well worth a watch.

Peter Mullan is exceptional in the lead role, but co-star Olivia Colman matches him every step of the way.

And while the acting is certainly something to write home about, credit too should be given to writer-director Paddy Considine who has managed to deal with a sensitive subject rather well indeed.

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