Today’s TV tips

Today’s TV tips

Your daily, spoiler-free guide to what to look out for on the box.

24 Hours To Kill (TV3, 9pm)

Today’s TV tips

‘24 Hours to Kill’ rewinds the clock to relive the hours leading up to some of Ireland’s most brutal killings.

At the young age of 17, Thomas Murray took the life of 73-year-old bachelor Willie Mannion.

The unprovoked attack shook the people of Ballygar, Co Galway and Murray was sentenced to life in prison.

Twenty years later on Valentine’s Day 2000, while on unsupervised day release from Castlerea prison, Murray struck again. He murdered his former school teacher, 80-year-old Nancy Nolan.

DRAMA: DCI Banks (UTV, 9pm)

Today’s TV tips

With plenty of source novels to draw on as inspiration, it’s little wonder this series has gone from strength to strength as Stephen Tompkinson and the rest of the crew have found their feet and produced some compelling TV.

The conclusion of the latest two-part case gives us a chance to recap via a handy briefing. The body found on the moors is identified as Andre Petri, an 11-year-old lad first reported missing two weeks earlier.

DCI Banks suspects he’s been dead and buried for 10 days, but at the start of the show he has no cause of death.

Were the two boys linked by the illegal drug trade?

DOCUMENTARY: The Nolans (RTE One, 9:35pm)

There were six Nolan sisters – and they were one of the first pop acts from Ireland to achieve international success.

In the early 70s, they appeared frequently on the BBC's top entertainment shows – with regular slots on.

This hour–long documentary charts their international success - as all of the six sisters describe the ups and downs of their extraordinary career.

FILM: The Wrestler (TG4, 9:30pm)

Darren Aronofsky directs this Oscar-nominated independent drama starring Mickey Rourke as a retired professional wrestler in what is arguably the performance of his career.

Randy 'The Ram' Robinson, had his heyday in the late 1980s as a headlining professional wrestler but is now reduced to eking out a living by performing in high school gyms and community centres in New Jersey.

Estranged from his teenage daughter Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his ever-dwindling fan base.

When a heart attack forces him into retirement, his sense of identity starts to slip away, and he is forced to evaluate the state of his life.

But his fumbling attempts to reconnect with his daughter and forge a relationship with exotic dancer Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) are overshadowed by his strong desire to get back into the ring, whatever the cost. Rating:98%

COMEDY: The Life of Rock with Brian Pern (BBC4, 10pm)

Nearly all spoof rock documentaries and comedies are doomed to be pale imitators of ‘This is Spinal Tap’, but award-winning documentary filmmaker Rhys Thomas and fellow ‘Fast Show’ comic Simon Day do a good job of trying to make this one fly.

In what looks like an extended Fast Show sketch, Day stars as the eponymous ageing rock star and former frontman of groundbreaking progressive rock group Thotch; (Think Genesis meets Yes).

He presents his guide to The Life Of Rock from prehistoric man to the present day, in a spoof chronology charting some of the biggest moments in rock history.

Brian is joined by fellow band members, privileged guitarist Pat Quid (Paul Whitehouse) and keyboard player Tony Pebble (Nigel Havers – complete with fetching beard).

The rest of the famous faces popping up include Matt Lucas, Michael Kitchen, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, David Baddiel, Jools Holland, Mike Read and Roger Taylor.

FILM: The Runaways (Film Four, 11:15pm)

‘The Runaways’ is a biopic of the 1970s rock band, following Joan Jett’s alliance with eccentric producer Kim Fowley to create an all-female group.

Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart work well together, having already teamed up for the ‘Twilight’ movies, and of course it’s always nice to see the latter in some role other than that of a sulky teenager.

This is one of the better music biopics of recent times, and the script does a good job of telling a good story without trying to preach one side of events like so many biopics do these days. Rating:69%

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