Thursday's TV tips

Thursday's TV tips

FOOD: The Lazy Chef (TV3, 8.30pm)

Thursday's TV tips

The Lazy Chef sees Simon Lamont share his secrets to cut every corner, offer tips, tricks and short cuts that will allow you to make complicated food in a simple way.

In this episode, Simon visits Kilkenny. Simon makes his way to Kilkenny, where he chances his arm at some fly-fishing for his whole stuffed trout dish.

A trip the market allows Simon to explore the street food that is taking the small city by hold and inspires his Asian Duck Noodle dish.

DRAMA: The Fall (BBC2, 9pm)

It’s been just over a year since we last saw serial killer Paul Spector, and those of us who were hooked on the first series have been eagerly awaiting the second run to find out what he’s been up to since then.

Actually, not that much because the drama picks up just 10 days after Spector was seen taking his wife and children away from their Belfast home.

However, life has changed dramatically for Jamie Dornan, the actor who plays him. He’s been cast in the eagerly awaited Fifty Shades of Grey movie, which is set to turn him into a major star on both sides of the Atlantic.

He’s sure to be running from fans before long, rather than the police. Not that Spector appears to be panicking, although he does have lots of loose ends to tie up in Belfast, especially as his final victim is still alive.

Gibson tries to help her remember her attacker, but it’s hearing how a face from his past is assisting the police that prompts Spector into drastic – and terrifying – action.

ENTERTAINMENT: Neil Diamond: For One Night Only (UTV, 9pm)

Thursday's TV tips

Rob Brydon adores Neil Diamond. He thinks he’s the bee’s knees, and calls him his musical hero.

Rob probably isn’t alone in that, of course, but he’s the only one of Diamond’s fans who has been asked to present this programme dedicated to his idol. It’s a wonder he can control his excitement.

Diamond will be performing some of his greatest hits during a one-off special recorded at the London Palladium, and there’s also a chance to hear tracks from his new album Melody Road.

Rob will also take a trip with Diamond back to Brooklyn, where the singer-songwriter was born and brought up. In fact, they visit his childhood home as well as such famous sights as Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Flatbush before sampling the atmosphere at Greenwich Village’s Bitter End Club, where Diamond has often wowed the regulars.

Will Rob get to sing a duet with his hero? Only time will tell.

DOCUMENTARY: Life Story (BBC1, 9pm)

Power – it’s something some of us have got, others aspire to have and even more will never get. And not just in the human world either.

The latest edition of David Attenborough’s enthralling documentary series focuses on how important power is in the animal kingdom too – and the effects of having it aren’t that different to our own really.

For a start, the creatures with power are the most attractive to the opposite sex, and get the best access to food and water. Those that don’t, well, they simply have to do the best they can.

To illustrate this point, footage of an orphaned chimp’s attempts to climb the social ladder of his troop is shown, and it’s not a pretty sight. There’s also a chance to see the initiation test devised for meerkats and a boxing match between a ruling kangaroo and those hoping to take his place.

REALITY: The Unemployables (RTE Two, 9.30pm)

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One-off episode of Jennifer Maguire and Darren Kennedy’s new lifestyle transformation programme.

In the show they take 19-year-old Andy living in Cavan and 23-year old Dubliner Kristyna, who consider themselves unemployable, under their wings.

They explore why Andy and Kristyna are struggling with employment, put them through their own job-seeking bootcamp and get to work at finding them a job.

A full series is currently in production for the new year.

COMEDY: Puppy Love (BBC4, 10pm)

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Detectorists turned out to be one of the TV highlights of the year, and many thought that BBC Four would have difficulty finding a series good enough to fill its shoes in the schedule – but they were wrong.

Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine co-created, along with Jo Brand, the acclaimed sitcom Getting On, and now they’re back with this promising new series.

They’re returning to the channel for a new comedy, this time set in the world of dog lovers. There’s a chance that those of us with a soft spot for man’s best friend may see something of ourselves reflected in the characters depicted here.

Scanlan plays Nana V, who runs a dog training class on the Wirral; Pepperdine takes the role of Naomi Singh, who attends the class. The plot charts their relationship as they bond over their headstrong dogs, impossible teenage children and preoccupied husbands.

Guest stars include Kayvan Novak, John Henshaw, Margi Clarke and Phil Cornwell. Plus, finance expert Alvin Hall also pops up in his first acting role. Strange, but true.

FILM: Horsemen of the Apocalypse (ITV4, 10.05pm)

(2009) Widowed detective Aidan Breslin is a bitter, grieving man who has become increasingly estranged from his two sons since their death of his beloved wife.

While investigating several terrifyingly violent crimes, he realises they’re linked by the war, famine, pestilence and death – the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as depicted in the Bible.

But how can he bring the reign of terror to an end?

Although it could never be described as a classic, there’s enough going on here to keep even the pickiest viewer occupied. Dennis Quaid offers a typically strong performance in the lead role too.

Don’t let the fact the film was released direct to DVD in the US and UK put you off either.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Ziyi Zhang, Lou Taylor Pucci, Barry Shabaka Henley, Patrick Fugit Rating: 40%

DOCUMENTARY: Guess Who’s Dead (RTE One, 10.15pm)

Ireland has an obsession with death notices: in the newspaper, on local radio, or online. The Death Notice is a unique symbol of Ireland’s healthy attitude towards death (as long as it’s someone else’s).

“The deaths” are the first page any self-respecting Irish person turns to in the papers every day, driven by some innate DNA: the desire simply to know who has died. It’s a habit, an instinct, a tradition handed down from generation to generation, and it is the opening line in any phone call from any Irish mother, “Guess who’s dead”.

In this documentary, Ardal O’Hanlon explores the changing life of the Irish Death Notice.

Ardal listens to the people around the country who share an interest, indeed a passion, in keeping up with the death notices – whatever media it may be on.

Moving from local radio stations to national newspapers, and from to the country’s undertakers, Ardal’s keen eye, inquisitive mind and razor sharp wit will get under the skin of a unique national obsession.

FILM: A Field in England (Film4, 1.45am)

(2013) In the midst of the English Civil War, three deserters escape the frontline only to be taken hostage by a mysterious alchemist and his assistant.

The trio are soon put to work digging for mythical treasure believed to be buried in a field, but as the task descends into violent paranoia, they begin to realise that the object of their search may hold a strange power.

It’s an interesting premise, shifting from historical wartime adventure firmly into the realm of horror, and comes with a strong pedigree: director Ben Wheatley earned praise for previous releases Sightseers and Kill List, while stars Reece Shearsmith and Michael Smiley, both best known for comedies, make an interesting pairing.

Starring: Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Ryan Pope, Richard Glover, Peter Ferdinando Rating: 87%

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