Tuesday’s TV tips

Tuesday’s TV tips

The Five-Year Engagement (Film4, 9.00pm)

Love hurts, though not too badly, in Nicholas Stoller’s romantic comedy about a doe-eyed couple whose rose-tinted dreams of marital bliss are undone by the pressures of everyday life.

Penned by leading man Jason Segel and director Nicholas Stoller, The Five-Year Engagement trades heavily on the winning rapport between Segel and Emily Blunt.

The leads, who are friends in real life, gel delightfully in front of the cameras and kindle sparks of sexual chemistry that have us rooting for their soon-to-be-weds when fate conspires to tear them apart.

Hunt for the Arctic Ghost Ship (C4, 9pm)

In 1845, maverick sea captain Sir John Franklin set off with 128 men on Royal Navy ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror to chart the elusive Northwest Passage - and was never heard from again.

There were plenty of theories about what happened, including a descent into madness, starvation and even cannibalism, but 150 years of searching only turned up a few tantalising clues.

But then in September 2014, a state-of-the-art expedition finally provided some answers when it found HMS Erebus, still intact and upright on the Artic sea floor.

This documentary looks at the chain of events that led up to the remarkable discovery, while also telling the story of that first ill-fated voyage.

New Tricks (BBC1, 9pm)

New series. Part one of two. As the detective drama returns, Gerry is spooked by the discovery of UCOS’s latest victim – a cop, whose body has lain untouched under a basement for 30 years.

As accusations of police corruption and underhand dealings begin to surface, Gerry has to face up to some skeletons in his own closet and it’s a race against time for the team to help before his murky past catches up with him.

While babysitting his grandson, Gerry becomes convinced that only he holds the key to the investigation and goes Awol to uncover the truth. Starring Dennis Waterman and Denis Lawson.

Not Safe for Work (Channel 4, 10pm)

Sadly, this excellent series reaches its conclusion this week – here’s hoping it will be back for more in the near future. But will the Immigration Pathway department survive much longer anyway?

Following the presentation for the minister, its fate is by no means clear.

Katherine wonders if cutting her losses and moving on now would be a good idea, but a surprise visitor and some unexpected news force her to make big decisions.

Hair (BBC2, 10pm)

It’s the grand final of the hairdressing competition, and the remaining contestants have to prove they are capable of creating a style that will make someone feel special on what is supposed to be the happiest day of their life.

First, presenter Katherine Ryan and judges Alain Pichon and Denise McAdam head to London’s funkiest wedding fair, where the three finalists have to dream up avant garde bridal hairstyles for the models who will be taking to the stage in front of 900 invitees, showing they can think beyond classic updos and delicate braiding.

Then they face the arguably more difficult challenge of giving real brides the wedding day hairdo of their dreams.

Then She Found Me (BBC1, 11.35pm)

Based on the novel by Elinor Lipman, actress Helen Hunt’s feature film directorial debut charts one woman’s journey of self-discovery and the search for a biological mother.

Then She Found Me considers familiar themes of abandonment and identity, as seen through the eyes of a late thirty-something schoolteacher whose desire for a child is fuelled by her adoption at birth.

By raking over the smouldering coals of her past, the heroine finds answers to questions which have lingered her entire life, though not perhaps the resolution of which she always dreamed.

Hunt herself heads the cast, which also includes Matthew Broderick, Colin Firth and Bette Midler.

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