SOCCER: Live UEFA Champions League (TV3, 7.30pm)
Manchester City welcome Bayern Munich to the Etihad Stadium this evening for their latest Group E fixture, needing a victory to give themselves a realistic chance of progressing to the knockout stage.
Any hopes that City had of establishing the club among the European elite have been dashed so far this season, following a dismal campaign, in which they have failed to win any of their four matches against CSKA Moscow, AS Roma and the German champions. The double header against the Russians has proven particularly costly, as City threw away a two-goal lead in Moscow to draw 2-2, before losing on this ground, and seeing midfield duo Fernandinho and Yaya Toure sent off as their game unravelled.
However, the one thing that has kept their hopes alive has been the results garnered by Munich, whose complete dominance of the group leaves second place still up for grabs, with their own qualification as group winners already secure.
Pep Guardiola may even be able to help City’s chances further should he rest some of his key players, but the hosts still face a formidable task if they are to head into their final match in Rome with some chance of progression.
COMPETITION SHOW: The Taste Of Success (RTÉ One, 8.30pm)
It’s the quarter final of The Taste of Success and only 8 candidates remain to battle it out to win 100,000 euro and get their product on the shelves of every Lidl store in Ireland.
Now the regional food mentors need to get behind their candidates and do everything they can to improve their products.
But will Catherine Fulvio, Martin Shanahan, Domini Kemp and Noel McMeel steer them in the right direction?
The 3 Lidl judges make their first appearance and the episode ends in a nail biting finale as half the contestants are eliminated.
DRAMA: The Missing (BBC1, 9pm)
James Nesbitt has been a force to be reckoned with for some time now, a triple threat who can turn his hand to just about anything, whether it’s hosting and singing through the Empire Awards, propping up heavyweight fantasy epics such as The Hobbit movies, or fronting devastating dramas like this.
It’s a sprawling, misery-inflected Euro-drama which has given Nesbitt and fellow Hobbit Ken Stott the sort of juicy roles many actors would give their eye teeth for. (Stott certainly doesn’t seem to mind soaking up the sun on a luxury yacht for the latest offering).
As the case develops, Tony takes matters into his own hands, and has a violent showdown – with life-altering repercussions. In the present day, Julien and Tony, recall their steps in Paris as they attempt to find a man they think is connected to Oliver’s disappearance.
FILM: A View to a Kill (ITV4, 10pm)
Blond, blow-dried baddy Christopher Walken has hit upon a diabolical scheme to flood Silicon Valley – so 007 (Roger Moore) rushes to the rescue, although, by this time, he looks as though he might get out of breath climbing the stairs to bed.
And, talking of ’bed’, the suave superspy romances two playthings in this adventure: heroine Tanya Roberts and villainess Grace Jones.
After a 12-year tenure as James Bond, Moore was too old to play the evergreen secret agent. Nevertheless, he gave it one final stab in this big-budget adventure. There’s a lot wrong with the production, not least Roberts’ performance. However, Patrick MacNee lends a touch of comic relief as Bond’s ageing sidekick while Jones is a feral force to be reckoned with as the lean killer, May Day.
David Bowie was offered the part of villain Max Zorin, who was eventually played by Walken. The singer turned it down to take a starring role in Labyrinth as Jareth, the Goblin King.
Starring: Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Patrick Macnee, Tanya Robert, Grace Jones.
DOCUMENTARY: Connected (RTÉ2, 10pm)
Nicole turns 21 with her family and realises she has a lot to be grateful for.
Alanna is celebrating her 21st too with a big gathering of friends and family that shows her she is far from alone in the world.
Elayne has a headline gig, can she look forward to a bright professional and personal future?
Elayne, Kate, Nicole, Alanna, Anna and Venetia look back on their experience of being in the TV series Connected.
Has filming their daily lives impacted on their reality?
And what about the future, has the show given them any insight on their expectations?
NEW ON NETFLIX: Jack Reacher
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a man drives a van into a parking garage across the Allegheny River from PNC Park and, after dropping a quarter into the meter, readies a sniper rifle.
He takes aim and kills five people on the river’s North Shore Trail from long range before fleeing in the van.
The police soon arrive at the scene of the murder, headed by Detective Emerso, and discover a shell casing as well as the quarter used to pay for parking. A fingerprint taken from the coin points to James Barr, a former U.S. Army sniper.
When the police raid his house, they find the van, equipment for reloading rifle cartridges, the rifle in question, and Barr, fast asleep in his bed.
During an interrogation by Emerson and the District Attorney, Alex Rodin, Barr is offered a choice between life in prison in exchange for a full confession or guaranteed death row, as Rodin has never failed to convict.
Thinking Barr is going to confess when he takes the notepad, they are bewildered when he instead writes "Get Jack Reacher".