Today’s TV tips

Today’s TV tips

GAME SHOW: The Lie (TV3, 8pm - 8.30pm)

The Lie is a brand new exhilarating game show hosted by Jonathan McCrea that gives contestants the chance to win big money; all they have to do is survive a nail-biting series of rounds, risking an increasing amount of cash on their ability to spot the lie.

In each round they are faced with a series of statements in a chosen category, from pop culture to current affairs.

There will always be one lie but as they get closer to the jackpot, the number of true statements and inevitably the number of pitfalls increase.

The anticipation levels rise as the rounds go by, with the lies becoming more difficult to spot.

Join our contestants as they battle it out for nine rounds of competition in the quest to win a top prize of €10,000. It all comes down to one simple question - can you spot the lie?

MUSIC DOCUMENTARY: BB King – The Life of Riley (BBC FOUR, 9pm - 10.35pm)

On New Year’s Day 2013, American blues singer-songwriter BB King took to the stage of the Hard Rock Café in Orlando.

Surrounded by his band, the music legend gave a performance that left the packed out venue beaming.

For a guitarist to keep an audience in the palm of their hand in their 40s is impressive. At twice that age, it’s extraordinary, and BB shows little sign of settling for an easy life a year on.

In this film, the 88-year-old reflects on his rags-to-riches story, from the cotton plantations of Mississippi to become ’king of the blues’.

The programme features contributions from famous musicians including Eric Clapton, Bono (who he memorably worked with on 1988 tour and film, Rattle & Hum), George Benson and Mick Hucknall, this Morgan Freeman-narrated profile should help ease any February blues.

CHAT SHOW: The Graham Norton Show (BBC 1, 11.05pm - 11.55pm)

Today’s TV tips

Graham Norton is a fantastically safe bet for that much-needed Friday night entertainment.

He certainly knows how to get the laughs with good old-fashioned clean fun; the result being that The Graham Norton Show remains a staple of our begin-the-weekend viewing.

Among the guests on Graham's sofa are actors Dominic Cooper and Miriam Margolyes and popstar Lily Allen.

And an audience member gets subjected to the dreaded red-chair treatment...


FILM: Role Models (E4, 9pm - 11pm)

(2008) A pair of irresponsible energy drink salesmen land themselves in trouble after crashing the company truck while trying to prevent it from being towed away.

Hoping to avoid jail time, they agree to undertake community service, acting as role models to two troubled youngsters – a painfully geeky teenager obsessed with live-action role-playing games and a foul-mouthed youth who has driven away all the other adults he has been previously paired with.

However, they soon start to wonder if prison may have been the easier option.

Although you may feel like you know where this comedy is going - yes, the grown-ups do end up learning life lessons from the kids – it’s a lot of fun getting there.

Starring: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb’e J Thompson, Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch

RottenTomatoes.com Rating:77%


FILM: Synecdoche, New York (BBC 2, 11.05pm - 1.05am)

(2009) Caden Cotard, a neurotic theatre director who’s suffering from a variety of ailments and a failing marriage, wins a prestigious grant and uses it to finance a wildly ambitious project – a play based on his own life.

As well as recreating New York in a warehouse, he also casts actors as many of the main people in his life, which leads to complications when he starts having an affair with the performer playing his real-life lover.

It’s one of those films that divides audiences – some will want to see it again, just to figure it all out, while others will think that if you can’t understand what’s going on first time round, then it’s probably all a bit too clever by half.

But it’s such an original and thought-provoking movie that it’s definitely worth a look – and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman is predictably great in the lead role.

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Emily Watson, Hope Davis, Michelle Williams

RottenTomatoes.com Rating:68%

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