Today’s TV tips

Today’s TV tips

DRAMA: Midsomer Murders (UTV, 8pm)

The latest episode of the hit crime drama will feel a little bit like going back in time for some viewers thanks to the presence of two veteran guest stars - June Whitfield and Bernard Cribbins.

Both have had a resurgence in recent years, but they’re not the only famous faces making fleeting appearances alongside series regulars Neil Dudgeon and Gwilym Lee – Robert Bathurst and Laila Rouass also feature in a story involving aeroplanes and military heroes.

COMEDY: Outnumbered (BBC One, 9pm)

If Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner followed the old actors’ adage “never work with children or animals”, they’d have certainly missed a trick.

This fabulous family sitcom, which began its fifth run last week, has been one of the best and most consistent comedies to hit our screens for years.

This episode sees Karen competing in a swimming competition, but she ends up taking it a little too seriously for her parents’ liking.

Wherever did they go wrong? Fortunately for them, Jake is only too eager to tell his mum and dad exactly where they have failed in their daughter’s upbringing.

Alas, trying to get the family together for dinner proves far from easy, especially as one wants to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ and another wants to print off a chunk of their novel about a time-travelling samurai.

FILM: Horrible Bosses (RTE One, 9:35pm)

For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust.

Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few too many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...permanently.

There’s only one problem: even the best-laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

It’s a lively comedy lark, with a fantastic cast. The put-upon employees are funny, but it’s the bosses that really get the laughs.

Check out Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey as they really have fun with their characters.

You can’t go far wrong with this one.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 69%

FILM: The Matador (BBC One, 11pm)

The gags are sharp, the acting superb in this sublime black comedy.

World-weary assassin Julian Noble forms an unlikely friendship with down-on-his-luck businessman Danny.

But only when he thinks he’s established a bit of trust does Julian dare tell his new pal what he does for a living, and asks Danny to help with his latest ’job’.

Horrified, the entrepreneur refuses, and is aghast when, months later, Julian turns up on his doorstep.

It transpires his old employers think he’s past it and want him rubbed out, and he needs Danny’s help – but is the timid chap up to the task?

Pierce Brosnan puts in a Golden Globe-nominated performance by, laying Bond’s ghost to rest at last and proving he’s a much more versatile actor than he’s often given credit for.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 76%

DOCUMENTARY: Extreme Beauty Queens: Secrets of South America (BBC Three, 9pm)

In the first of three programmes, Billie JD Porter visits the Miss Venezuela beauty contest, and spends six months with contestants who go to extreme lengths to pose and pout their way to fame and riches.

But why is oil-rich Venezuela so obsessed with beauty when the country’s people are struggling with violence and poverty?

Billie attempts to find out, and also meets Laura, a 20 year-old farm girl who has given up university so that she can focus on the contest.

“They want perfection but it doesn’t exist,” she tells Billie about the demand put on the women to undergo cosmetic surgery.

We also meet troubled 18 year-old Meyer, who works seven days a week to earn enough cash to pay for the cosmetic surgery she believes she needs to get ahead.

COMEDY DRAMA: Inside No 9 (BBC Two, 10pm)

Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith were like a breath of fresh air when they burst onto the comedy scene in the 1990s with ‘The League of Gentlemen’, and unsurprisingly they have been much in demand since.

Over the next six weeks, the Psychoville duo present a series of darkly comic tales designed to intrigue and disturb, all set behind the door of a different ’No 09’.

Among them is a blood-soaked actor’s dressing room in the West End, and the one-bedroom flat of an apparently happy primary school teacher, but first up is a grand house where an innocent game of Sardines leads to some chilling revelations.

NEW ON NETFLIX: Dark Skies

From the producer of ‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘Insidious’, and ‘Sinister’ comes ‘Dark Skies’ - a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs.

As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels.

When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 38%

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