Tonight's TV tips

Tonight's TV tips

FILM: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (9pm, TV3)

Golden Globe winner Steve Carell stars as nice-guy stock supervisor of Smart Tech store Andy.

One night, his colleagues David, Jay and Cal invite him for a poker game, after which they find that Andy is a 40-year-old virgin. So they decide to help him.

When he meets the divorced Trish, the owner of "We Sell Your Stuff on eBay" store, they agree to have no sex before their 20th date. Things don’t go as smoothly as he hoped for Andy though.

This is the movie that really brought Steve Carell into the comedy zeitgeist, and he’s in typically hilarious form here.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating:85%


FOOD: Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast (Channel 4, 8pm)

Tonight's TV tips

Dexter Fletcher started out as a child actor with parts in ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘The Bounty’, before successfully making the transition to adult roles thanks to ‘Band Of Brothers’, ‘Layer Cake’ and ‘Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels’.

Here’s he chats to Jamie and Jimmy about some of his showbiz highlights while preparing some central American snacks.

Also appearing in this, the last episode of the series, are comedy titans – and real-life married couple – Jennifer Saunders and Ade Edmondson. She’ll be helping Jamie prepare a classic Italian porchetta for her hubby to devour.

ENTERTAINMENT: Room 101 (BBC1, 8.30pm)

Some celebrities can be magnetic on TV and film while on radio they lose a little something. Take for example.

The other week, Miles Jupp was interviewed by Steve Lamacq for Radio 2 and sounded like he’d rather be anywhere else. However, on TV shows such as ‘Have I Got New For You’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’, he’s like a different man; witty, blissfully condescending and often one of the highlights of each show.

We imagine there are plenty of things that wind Jupp up, and a handful of them will be featured in this week’s show.

Frank Skinner also welcomes ‘Splash!’ presenter Vernon Kay, as well as interior designer and ‘Dragons’ Den’ entrepreneur Kelly Hoppen.

Among the trio’s personal bugbears are litter louts, toilet-roll covers and loud noises - but who hates which subject, and which will be assigned to the Orwellian room?

MUSIC: Neil Sedaka: King of Song (BBC4, 9pm)

American music legend Neil Sedaka has always known how to put on a good show, and at the age of 74, he’ll no doubt have a few stories to tell.

So the Beeb’s decided it’s about time we heard the story of his life and career, focusing on two distinct periods of success.

Having broken on to the scene towards the end of the 1950s, Sedaka managed to sell over 25 million records in the space of five years. That’s not bad going, but he hadn’t counted on the success of the Beatles and the British Invasion hitting the States, and his career felt the strain.

However, he was by no means a quitter, and after finding popularity in the UK in the early 1970s, he then returned to his homeland and achieved fresh stardom.

This one-off programme pays tribute to the musician, and Sedaka himself talks about how he created catchy classics like ‘Calendar Girl’, ‘(Is This the Way To) Amarillo’ and ‘Breaking Up Is Hard to Do’.

FILM: The Naked Gun (Channel 4, 11.20pm)

The much-missed Leslie Nielsen has rarely been better as incompetent detective Frank Drebin, who investigates a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth II.

He bumbles his way through an investigation and finds love along the way.

One of the funniest comedy films of the 1980s, it still stands up to repeated viewings thanks to the glut of sight gags going on behind the principal players – watch out for the montage set to ‘Something Good’ by Herman’s Hermits.

Priscilla Presley – who was considered a risky choice for leading lady at the time – earns her comedy spurs as Drebin’s love interest, and Ricardo Montalban is deliciously evil as the wealthy villain, although it is slightly strange to see a pre-scandal OJ Simpson in there as well.

NEW ON NETFLIX: House of Cards

Warning: Season 1 spoilers in trailer

Buckle in and prepare for some serious binge-watching, as the second season of Netflix’s flagship drama series is revealed.

Kevin Spacey stars as Machiavellian congressman Francis ‘Frank’ Underwood, hell-bent on climbing the ranks of US politics, aided and abetted by his wife Claire.

In amongst the mix is cub reporter Zoe Barnes, who Frank uses to leak stories and help set the agenda to further his aims.

It has won a Golden Globe and three-time Primetime Emmys, and although, interestingly, not as popular as it’s lower-budget stablemate ‘Orange Is The New Black’, it’s a well-paced and tense political drama.

Check out the BBC’s original ‘House of Cards’ too – although very much of its time, it’s riveting stuff.

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