Today’s TV tips

Today’s TV tips

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

FILM: Iron Man (E4, 7.35pm)

Charismatic tycoon Tony Stark gets a taste of his own medicine when one of the warheads his company makes detonates after a sales pitch.

Captured by terrorists, they leave him long enough to craft a suit of armour, escape their lethal attention, and then return with a new model suit to wreak revenge.

Thanks to a great performance from Robert Downey Jr , this was one of the best superhero movies since ‘Spider-Man 2’.

Cleverly directed by Jon Favreau, it features excellent turns from Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges, while the special effects are superb, making this the perfect choice for whiling away a couple of hours.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating:93%

FILM: The Shawshank Redemption (ITV2, 9pm)

Banker Andy Dufresne is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and her lover in 1940s America, and receives two consecutive life sentences.

Winding up in the oppressive Shawshank Prison, he finds peril every step of the way from both his fellow inmates and the brutal guards. However, after making a few friends he comes to adapt to life behind bars and over time starts to change the penitentiary for the better.

One of the most acclaimed dramas of all time, the story is both tragic and uplifting. Spanning a period of nearly two decades, the movie charts the change in culture over time, and the way in which it can stand still for those who are cut off from the world.

Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in the lead roles, and James Whitmore as the ageing crook Brooks Hatlen, are especially notable in a film full of captivating performances.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating:90%

DOCUMENTARY: Ireland's Animal A&E (TV3, 7.30pm)

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On this week’s brand new episode of Animal A&E, they address the increasing problem with re-homing rescued dogs… behavioural issues.

In this episode, we gain unlimited access behind the scenes at the Dog’s Trust Centre, in Dublin and the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford, where specialist dog behaviourist Brian Rosney works to retrain, rehabilitate and reshape dogs’ behavioural skills, preparing them for a new life in a new home.

For the first time, we get exclusive behind the scenes access to this effective training and see the real results from when you teach an old dog new tricks.

DOCUMENTARY: Births, Deaths and Marriages (UTV, 9pm)

Nosy bunch that we are, this short series has proved incredible viewing, and there’s plenty more drama in tonight’s concluding instalment.

Head registrar Alison has her hands full – she’s had to stop a wedding after discovering the groom is already married after drunkenly tying the knot in Las Vegas 20 years ago.

Kerry Cosgrove is on one of her regular visits to Westminster Register Office. It’s her job to register the deaths of people who have no family, and cameras follow her to the home of a man in his sixties who’s recently passed away.

CRIME: Kidnapped: Ireland's Tiger Raids (TV3, 10pm)

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‘Kidnapped: Ireland’s Tiger Raids’ explores a terrifying crime wave that first appeared on Irish shores.

In this week's episode, James and Lelia Beechinor offer up their harrowing account.

James and Lelia, the owners of several Express Stop petrol stations outline their ordeal which occurred in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, where a criminal gang fled with a significant sum of money following a terrorising hold-up in their home.

ENTERTAINMENT: Troy (E4, 10pm)

Watch out, Dynamo, there’s a new magician in town. Unassuming South Londoner Troy may look like any other 24-year-old, but that just makes it easier for him to catch members of the public off guard with his blend of close-up magic and spectacular stunts.

In the first episode of his new series, he certainly manages to wrong-foot a shop assistant in a Camden vintage store, where he starts handling some very expensive sunglasses.

There are other surprises in store, as Troy heads to a Chinese food stall to find out whether fortune cookies really can predict the future.

He’s also about to go speed dating, where he’ll have approximately three minutes to wow the ladies with his illusions.

COMEDY DRAMA: Nurse Jackie (RTE Two, 10.45pm)

An overturned bus makes for a crazy day at All Saints.

Two new doctors join the staff: Dr. Carrie Roman, a resident who slept her way to the middle, and Dr. Ike Prentiss, a badass Army doc.

And in the middle of the chaos, Akalitus gives Eddie back his old job.

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