Tuesday's TV tips

FILM: Romancing the Stone (Film4, 6.45pm)

A romantic novelist in ill-fitting shoes sets off for deepest, darkest Columbia to exchange her kidnapped sister for a treasure map. However, she’s soon dodging bullets and fighting for survival. Into her life comes an action man who agrees to keep her safe and escort her to the nearest town. But romance quickly blossoms between the pair.

It’s absolutely terrific and easily one of the best adventures of the 1980s. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner make a superb on-screen pairing and have since re-teamed twice in front of the cameras, while Danny DeVito provides great comic relief in support.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 87%

HOME IMPROVEMENT: Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free (Channel 4, 8pm)

For many young folks these days, the property ladder can be more slippery than an eel coated in olive oil. You may get a foot on it, but due to the high cost of living, it’s not always that easy to gain traction.

Such is the case with Louise from Essex. Her first-time flat purchase proved to be such a money pit that she’s decided to move back in with her folks.

She’s renting out the property’s only habitable bedroom to cover her mortgage, so little wonder the arrival of Kirstie Allsopp goes down rather well.

Staying in Essex, we meet Ferne and Peter, a young couple who dream of the time their new home is fully furnished.

Ms Allsopp offers them good-quality items sourced for free, and also visits a Somerset cottage owned by film-set designers. There she reveals clever ways to decorate on a budget.

NATURE: Hive Alive (BBC2, 8pm)

Tuesday's TV tips

Given his ability to fill large chunks of dead air on Springwatch, Chris Packham deserves an award for his improv ability. It’s little wonder the BBC regard him as one of their most valuable presenters in the nature department.

So when the folks at BBC2 decided to make a programme about bees, Packham seemed like a natural choice, along with journalist and beekeeping enthusiast Martha Kearney.

In this show, they are joined by expert Professor Adam Hart to explore the extraordinary secrets of the habits and lives of those busy creatures.

The past few weeks have been a crucial time for these flying insects as they need to gather enough food for the winter.

And as we’re a nosy lot in TV land, and millions have grown bored of Big Brother, here’s a chance to see the bee version.

With the aid of a specially designed hive filled with cutting-edge technology, the team oversee their progress, and also put the latest scientific findings to the test.

COMEDY: New Girl (E4, 9pm)

If you travelled back in time 34 years, you could have bet that Zooey Deschanel and her sister Emily would wind up in showbusiness.

After all, their dad Caleb is a multi-Oscar-nominated cinematographer, while mum Mary Jo appeared in The Right Stuff and 2010.

The fact that they would both go on to star in two of America’s biggest shows, New Girl and Bones, would have been a far bigger gamble, but thanks to Zooey’s effortless charm, she has made this one of E4’s most attractive imports of recent years.

In the latest offering, Jess plans to throw a Halloween party in the hope of winning over Cece. More bizarrely, she decides to adopt the identity of Michael Keaton when she realises Schmidt feels he has a connection to the actor.

With a fine supporting cast including Max Greenfield and Hannah Simone, this should help ease any Tuesday night blues.

FILM: From Dusk Till Dawn (Film4, 11.05pm)

Two criminal brothers on the run are hotly pursued by the Texas police and bound for Mexico.

The villainous Richie and Seth Gecko abduct ex-preacher Jacob, his daughter, Kate and adopted son Scott, and end up at an all-night bar where the brothers intend to meet their contact, Carlos, and live a life of luxury down Mexico way.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez with screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, it’s a film of two halves. The first is a gritty road movie; the second a full-blooded fang-in-cheek horror thriller.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 63%

NEW ON NETFLIX: Downloaded

In 1998 Shawn Fanning, a teenage hacker and programmer, created the code that would become the basis for all peer-to-peer file sharing.

In 1999, Fanning and his business partner, fellow teenager Sean Parker, launched the file-sharing service Napster. And what had begun as a largely unknown underground distribution medium erupted into a full-blown global revolution.

‘Downloaded’ explores this revolution from its genesis to its peak, and explains Napster's downfall.

“It's about the music and the bands, the fans and the moguls, and the brilliant young minds that ignited the biggest youth revolt since Alan Freed hit the radio,” says director Alex Winter.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 67%

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