Today's TV tips

Today's TV tips

REALITY: Operation Transformation (RTE One, 8.30pm – 9pm)

Kathryn Thomas helps six members of the public improve their health.

Marc, Sarah, Paudie, Jennifer, Deirdre and Siobhan finally show off the fruits of all their hard work.

It’s what the leaders, and the entire country, have been waiting for – their time to shine on the catwalk.

Truly transformed the six leaders Marc, Sarah, Siobhan, Paudie, Jennifer and Deirdre show friends and families the efforts of all their hard work and Kathryn takes a look back at the last eight weeks.

SCIENCE: The Fantastical World of Hormones with Professor John Wass (BBC FOUR, 9pm – 10pm)

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What do window cleaners, slow motion commuters, doughnuts, and relationships have in common? Well, according to this self-explanatory film, they are all tied together with hormones, that biological phenomena which turns children into adults, governs our appetites, and affects our passions.

“They are fundamental to making us who we are”, explains Dr John Wass.

He a professor of endocrinology at Oxford University, and has spent 40 years studying the hormones, so who better to present this show?

During the course of the programme he comes face to face with a chicken, slices up some meat, and waxes lyrical about opera.

Hormones are a compelling subject matter to Opera-lover John, so little wonder he’s desperate to pass that enthusiasm to the viewer.

Naturally, like all good science films examining a subject, the documentary turns into a detective story, and Wass picks up the trail in the 1730s...

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: Party Wright Around the World (ITV2, 9pm - 10pm)

Originally called Wright Off the Beaten Track, this new series give TOWIE veteran, I’m a Celebrity runner-up and all round nice guy Mark Wright a chance to travel the world and have a good time.

ITV2 have done their best to convince us there is a degree of pressure and hard work involved.

Mark promises us he is, “Determined to take on whatever challenge comes my way.”

Each week, Wright is challenged to take on some of the weirdest and wildest parties on Earth, learning about the people he is planning a bash for, and throwing them an event they’ll never forget.

“I know the Essex party scene inside out, but I’ve no idea what to expect about the people I’ll be meeting or the parties I’ll be throwing,” he explains.

First stop is Miami, where he samples salsa dancing, watches drag artistes, and helps organise an eye-popping celebration for birthday girl Joanna.

LIVE CHAT: Midweek (TV3, 10pm – 11pm)

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Presented by Colette Fitzpatrick, this live weekly show looks at the human stories behind the headlines as well as providing a platform for local issues to be addressed nationally.

Midweek puts the honesty of Dubliners to the ultimate test in a special ‘wallet drop’ experiment.

In tonight’s Midweek, we see a total of ten wallets dropped in various locations around the capital in an effort to find the most honest neighbourhood.

Five wallets were dropped on the south side of Dublin and five wallets were dropped on the north side.

Tune in to find out the results of the experiment with Midweek reporter Michael Ryan.

FILM: Road to Perdition (Film4, 9pm – 11.15pm)

(2002) Michael Sullivan is a devoted husband and father who lives a secret life as a mob hit-man in Depression-era Chicago.

When his son witnesses his involvement in a killing it results in a fellow gangster attempting to kill off Sullivan’s entire family – forcing him and his surviving son, Michael Jnr, to go on the run.

His desire for revenge eventually leads him to cross the infamous mob boss Al Capone – with terrible repercussions.

Based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins, director Sam Mendes’ follow-up to American Beauty is a very different affair.

This dark period chase drama is meticulously constructed and boasts an incredible cast, most notably a suitably restrained Tom Hanks as Sullivan and the downright eerie Jude Law as assassin Harlen Maguire.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Tyler Hoechlin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Daniel Craig.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 81%


FILM: Beginners (Channel 4, 12.05am – 1.50am)

(2011) Los Angeles-based illustrator Oliver Fields is devastated by the passing of his mother, but his grief turns to stunned amazement when his 75-year-old father Hal reveals that he married his wife knowing he was gay and he has denied his true self since he said, “I do”.

Free to explore his sexuality, Hal immerses himself in the gay scene, winning the heart of a forty-something boyfriend, Andy.

Christopher Plummer delivers one of the finest performances of his career in Mike Mills’s heartbreaking comedy drama inspired by the writer-director’s relationship with his own father.

At 82, Plummer made history as the oldest Oscar-winner. The previous record was held by Jessica Tandy who got her plaudit for Driving Miss Daisy at 81.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, China Shavers, Melissa Tang.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 84%

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