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SPORT: Uefa Europa League Live: Tottenham Hotspur v Dnipro (3e, 7.30pm – 10.20pm)

Tottenham Hotspur v Dnipro – Live!

The UEFA Europa League continues this evening with the second leg of the last-32 encounter between Tottenham Hotspur and Dnipro at White Hart Lane.

With the draw for the last 16 having already been made, the winners of this tie know they will face either PAOK Salonika or Benfica in the next round for a place in the quarter-finals, and Spurs will look to make home advantage count.

Commentary from Gary Stevens and Trevor Welch, studio analysis from Brian Kerr.

Presented by Tommy Martin, including highlights of Napoli v Swansea.

HISTORY: Jumbo: The Plane That Changed the World (BBC2, 9pm – 10pm)

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On February 9, 1969, the Boeing 747 took its first flight.

A year later, it entered service for the first time with Pan Am, and has since become one of the most widely used and recognisable aircraft in existence.

Nicknamed the Jumbo Jet, it’s an icon that many viewers will probably have travelled on at some point.

This documentary charts the plane’s development, and reveals that it wasn’t all plain sailing (or flying).

And there’s even a cameo from John Travolta, who explains how he qualified as a 747 pilot – although apparently even he can’t afford to own one himself.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: The Storms That Stole Christmas (Channel 4, 9pm – 10pm)

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100mph storms assaulted the UK on February 12. Many streets are still underwater, and dehumidifiers are working round the clock.

This documentary should touch a chord with anyone who was stuck on a stranded train with no tea, or those who made do by candlelight as they hoped their power would be restored.

Yes, Christmas 2013 was certainly memorable, though with trees felled, trains cancelled and homeowners powerless, many are hoping it’s not something they have to endure again in a hurry.

There was no shortage of amateur footage documenting the festive disaster. So, with the aid of personal clips, eyewitness testimony and expert commentary, this documentary tells the stories of those who suffered the winter – and Christmas - of discontent.


REALITY: Don't Tell the Bride (RTE Two, 9.30pm – 10.30pm)

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Michael Blount and Gillian Gorman have been together since they were 16 years of age.

Now together for over sixteen years, they have three children – Saoirse, Aine & Doireann.

The girls in Michael’s life – rule the roost. He is not renowned for his organisational skills and they do everything for him. But now he has taken on the massive challenge of organising the big day for Gillian.

He also has three other women to keep happy plus the scariest of all is Gillian’s mum Una. If her daughter does not get the day she deserves, Michael is going to have to answer to his mother-in-law for the rest of his life.

Gillian wants a castle. Michael wants the home of Dublin GAA – Parnell Park. Will Michael organise the day he wants or what Gillian deserves?


FILM: Strength and Honour (TV3, 9pm – 10.50pm)

(2007) Strength And Honour is a powerful boxing movie about one man’s love for his son and his refusal to leave him die.

Set in contemporary Ireland, this powerful film tells the story of a young Irish boxer who accidentally kills his friend in the ring.

However, years later when he discovers his only son is dying of the same hereditary heart disorder, which has taken his wife, he is forced to break his promise.

Starring: Patrick Bergin, Vinnie Jones, Michael Madsen, Richard Chamberlain.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 72%


FILM: Serenity (ITV4, 9pm – 11.20pm)

(2005) Spun-off from the defunct series Firefly, it concerns adventurous starship captain Malcolm Reynolds and his gallant crew as they fight the all-powerful Universal Alliance.

His sidekicks are feisty second-in-command Zoe, her pilot husband Wash, muscle-bound brute Jayne and demure mechanic Kaylee.

When Reynolds takes on two new passengers – a young doctor and his telepathic sister River – he is caught between the Universal Alliance and cannibalistic savages known as the Reavers.

12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor gives a stunning performance as bad guy The Operative, and while some of the action scenes may appear unoriginal, writer/director Joss Whedon manages to fashion a compelling adventure which never takes itself too seriously.

Starring: Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Chiwetel Ejiofor

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 82%

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