Today's TV tips

FILM: East is East (Film4, 9pm)

This comedy drama is set in Seventies Salford about a Pakistani takeaway owner who tries to keep his seven disruptive children under control.

The youngsters enjoy the pleasures of adolescent life and are determined to ignore the moral advice he has given them, but two of his sons are shocked to discover he expects them to go through with arranged marriages.

It’s an examination of class, multiculturalism and the importance of family life at its finest.

The cast are great and perfectly suit their roles, completely believable as a family, and more than capable of touching on important issues while simultaneously tickling some ribs. Rating: 78%

MUSIC: The Big Reunion (ITV2, 9pm)

The last series of ‘The Big Reunion’ proved that being in a pop group in the 90s and ’Noughties’ was definitely not as much fun as it looked.

Yet that hasn’t discouraged another batch of former pop idols, including Eternal, 3T and A1, from signing up for the new run – in fact, one group of singers are so keen to get involved, they are even forming a new band.

But we’ll get to 5th Story, the supergroup consisting of Adam Rickitt, Dane Bowers, Gareth Gates, Kavana and Kenzie in later episodes, as the first instalment largely concentrates on R&B group Damage and Girl Thing.

If the latter don’t sound that familiar, they were launched by Simon Cowell in a blaze of publicity and hyped as the new Spice Girls – the industry was so convinced they were going to be huge, the members pre-recorded an interview to celebrate their first number one before the charts were even announced.

So, when their debut single actually peaked at number eight, it was a huge anti-climax – and there were bigger disappointments to come...

DRAMA: Nashville (More4, 10pm)

If those Garth Brooks ticket sales are anything to go by, Irish people are quite partial to country music.

So dig out your stetsons and checked shirts, this addictive country music drama is back for a new series – and we get to find out what happened to Rayna and Deacon.

Not everyone is concerned about their plight – Juliette is just annoyed that Rayna is getting all the publicity.

Oh, Juliette did you not get enough scandal last year?

Scarlett and Gunnar have to decide whether they really can make beautiful music together again.

21st Century Child (RTÉ One, 10.15pm)

In 2007, RTÉ began to document the lives of a group of Irish children and their families from all over the country and all walks of life.

Presented by psychologist David Coleman, we have watched these children grow up in a post Celtic Tiger Ireland, a time of austerity and economic uncertainty.

But through the lives of these children we have helped tell the story of the modern Irish family and the issues they face.

In this, the first episode of the fourth series, the families reflect on the 21st Century Child experience over the past five years, as they prepare to send their children to school.

For mum and dad it’s a time for letting go.


John Carter is a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars).

Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic novel, John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who’s inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict.

It’s a world on the brink of collapse, and Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. Rating: 51%

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