Tuesday’s TV tips

Tuesday’s TV tips

DOCUMENTARY: Cat Watch 2014: The New Horizon Experiment (BBC2, 8pm)

Tuesday’s TV tips

They’re loveable and affectionate, but they can be missing in action for hours at a time – ever wondered what your moggy gets up to when you’re not around?

Liz Bonnin knows you’re not the only one and so she is going to bring us all the answers in this new three-part series which studies the behaviour of cats.

She’s joining forces with some of the world’s leading feline experts to bring us this groundbreaking study, which sees 100 cats hooked up to GPS trackers and mini cameras in three different environments to see exactly what it is they get up to when they leave the house.

First up, the programme looks into how cats see, hear and smell their way around the world with senses developed by their wild ancestors – which could be making life difficult for them in the modern world.

REAL-LIFE: Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (Channel 4, 8pm)

Telly bosses behind this series had a stroke of genius when they came up with its premise – obsessively clean, hygiene-obsessed folk paired up with people whose homes are unloved, untidy and whose living room carpet likely hasn’t seen the light of day in years.

Yep, it’s brilliant telly – especially when the OCC’s first come into contact with their project.

As the programme returns, we meet London hairdresser Claire, who spends 22 hours a week keeping her one-bedroom flat immaculate. But she’ll now be putting those hours in at 67-year-old Charlie’s place in Hemel Hempstead. He’s down to his last clean teaspoon...

Meanwhile, Andy, who likes to clean things in even numbers, meets keen historian and collector Ian in Colchester – and his 300 troll dolls which clutter his two-bedroom house.

This series also sees OCD-diagnosed Hayley discussing her cleaning rituals with other obsessives.

DRAMA: The Driver (BBC1, 9pm)

David Morrissey has a CV that would be the envy of many an actor, but stick him on the same project as Danny Brocklehurst, and as predicted, it’s been TV gold.

Before filming began for this thrilling drama, award-winning writer Brocklehurst sung his lead’s praises, saying: “I have always wanted to work with Dave Morrissey, one of the UK’s finest actors, and I’m delighted to be finally getting the chance.”

And their talents displayed together on the small-screen have not disappointed.

In tonight’s final episode, Vince’s life is set to go from bad to worse.

With Ros now fully clued up about her hubby’s illegal activities, she wants him out of the house, and to make matters worse, he now seems to be in the police’s sights after they uncover new evidence.

Forced into a corner, he decides to work with the authorities, but he’ll have to be careful not to put a foot wrong, or he could end up with a lengthy prison sentence, or a fate altogether more final courtesy of The Horse.

FACTUAL: Human Universe (BBC2, 9pm)

Professor Brian Cox returns with a new series that tackles the biggies, as he questions why we are here, what made the universe and whether or not we are alone.

In this first instalment, Cox explores how it came to be that in a universe made of stars, rocks and endless space, a civilisation emerged.

He’s fascinated by the fact that of all the creatures on Earth, we’re the only ones who have evolved the ability to escape the planet – and according to the prof, this is our biggest achievement.

He heads off to Ethiopia to meet our distant ancestors, the geladas. Once Africa’s most successful primate, found across the entire continent, they can now only be found in one place in the Ethiopian highlands. Cox questions why this is, when we have expanded everywhere.

He then looks into exactly how we managed to get our species into space...

DRAMA: Homeland (RTE Two, 9.30pm)

Tuesday’s TV tips

Carrie’s career at the CIA takes off when she becomes an overseas station chief in a highly volatile region, but every drone strike and tactical raid comes at a cost and she quickly learns the true price of power. Saul must come to terms with being a private citizen while still remaining in the intelligence game.

Series 4, episode 1: “The Drone Queen”

As CIA Chief of Station in Kabul, Carrie makes a critical decision when her counterpart in Islamabad delivers urgent intelligence on a high value target. Back in the States, Saul struggles to adjust to his new role in the private sector.

COMEDY: Doing It for the Laughs - The Revolution Will Be Televised (BBC3, 10.30pm)

If you fancy a few mid-week laughs, it’s usually a safe bet BBC3 will be able to offer a good helping.

Tonight, they don’t disappoint, as Bafta Award-winning satirical comedy The Revolution Will Be Televised returns to our screens. And we’re in for a treat with this latest series, given that this time, Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein have filmed in America as well as on home turf.

Rubenstein explains: “This is our biggest and boldest series ever. How could it not be in the great US of A. It’s always been our ambition to bring our brand of comedy over the pond because it raises the stakes. Why? Because you know when you’re filming that everyone we are targeting is either packing a gun or being guarded by someone who’s got one.”

In this first episode, Dale Maily gets the inside story of guns in America, while James Twottington-Burbage and Barnaby Plankton ask Bill Clinton for advice.

FILM: Big Fish (Film4, 6.25pm)

(2003) Will Bloom has spent his entire life listening to his father Edward regale family and friends with his mythical exploits as a less-than-ordinary young man.

Edward’s tall tales never fail to delight his adoring wife, but Will has grown weary of the elaborate fantasies and believes his old man to be a liar and a fraud.

When Edward falls gravely ill, the younger man is drawn back to the family homestead, where he hopes to settle his differences with his dad and in the process he remembers why he loved these stories in the first place.

The plot glides back and forth in time, always returning to the present day where Will wrestles with his distrust of everything that issues from his father’s lips. Their estrangement melts gradually in some beautifully written interludes, culminating in a hospital bed scene that unleashes a tidal wave of emotion.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito

FILM: Along Came A Spider (TV3, 9pm)

(2001) Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) stars alongside Hollywood beauty Monica Potter (Con Air) in this truly gripping thriller.

A girl is kidnapped from a school by one of the teachers. She turns out to be the daughter of a senator, and the kidnapper soon makes a call to a police officer whose partner died eight months ago, involving him in the kidnapping.

One of the secret service people that failed to protect the girl at the school decides to help him.

But not everything is what is seems, and many surprising twists follows as the two attempt to catch the spider.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter

FILM: For Those in Peril (Film4, 12.40am)

(2013) Aaron is part of a close-knit community for which fishing is a traditional way of life. A terrible accident at sea claims the lives of five men including his older brother, Michael.

Aaron is the sole survivor, but he has no recollection of the horrors at sea and can offer no words of comfort to his family, friends and neighbours in this time of grief.

His sense of helplessness escalates and gradually, Aaron clings onto the belief that Michael and the other men didn’t die after all and somehow survived their ordeal.

Paul Wright’s excellent debut feature premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and features a fine turn from much in demand George MacKay (Pride, Sunshine on Leith, How I Live Now).

A haunting yarn which treads a fine line between fantasy and reality.

Starring: George MacKay, Kate Dickie, Michael Smiley, Nichola Burley, Brian McCardie, Jordan Young, Conor McCarron, James Cunningham

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