Tuesday’s TV tips

Tuesday’s TV tips

The House That £100K Built (BBC2, 8pm)

Tuesday’s TV tips

Heidi grew up in the countryside near Inverness, but she and husband Steven can’t afford a home there.

They’ve decided to try to construct one, but their strategy is a risky one.

Heidi’s parents have agreed to temporarily re-mortgage their own home to fund the £70,000 build cost.

The couple are keen to do as much of the work as possible, so Kieran Long takes them to see a property which is full of low-cost ideas that could add character to their home.

Meanwhile, Piers Taylor visits a boat yard and a plastics bending factory in his search for design solutions that could be achieved on Heidi and Steven’s budget.


Inkheart (E4, 8.00pm)

(2008) Based on the best-selling novel by Cornelia Funke, Inkheart is a fantastical family adventure about a secret class – the Silvertongues – who possess the power to literally bring books to life.

But for every fictional character allowed to leap across the divide, a real person must take their place.

Doting father Mo Folchart (Brendan Fraser) has kept a terrible secret from his daughter Meggie (Eliza Bennett) since she was three-years-old: he is a Silvertongue and inadvertently sent his beloved wife Teresa (Sienna Guillory) into the pages of a book called Inkheart.

When Mo stumbles upon an old copy of the book, he finally believes he could be reunited with Teresa only for the past to catch up with him.


Christian Louboutin: The World’s Most Luxurious Shoes (C4, 9pm)

Thanks to their distinctive red soles, many people who couldn’t normally tell their Primark from their Prada can recognise a Christian Louboutin shoe.

His stilettos, which can cost up to £6,000 a pair, grace the feet of the rich and famous, and have arguably helped to turn the high heel into an icon of eroticism.

Now, as the world’s most famous cobbler plans to expand his empire into the new super-rich markets of Asia, this documentary offers a glimpse into his world.

It shows that while fittings with celebrity clients and meetings with Vogue are all in a day’s work for the designer, it’s in his Milan factory that Louboutin really comes alive.

But will a new line inspired by a visit to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan prove to be a step too far?


New Tricks (BBC1, 9pm)

Part two of two.

Danny takes Gerry on the run as they search for the proof they need to prove his innocence – despite Gerry remaining tight-lipped about his involvement with dodgy dealings in his old unit.

The stakes are high as the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad goes after one of the biggest crime families in London, and it’s those closest to Gerry who are put in the firing line.

Starring Dennis Waterman in his New Tricks swan song, along with Nicholas Lyndhurst, Tamzin Outhwaite and Denis Lawson.


Find a Home for My Brother (BBC Three, 9pm)

Tuesday’s TV tips

Many teenagers dream of the day they can leave home (and school) and become independent, but others will continue to need some form of support as they reach adulthood.

In this documentary, Amal Fashanu looks into the care provisions available to young people with learning difficulties in both the UK and Ghana.

In the process, she visits homes, local communities and alternative set-ups, but will any of them be the right option for her own younger half-brother, Amal?


The Totally Senseless Game Show (BBC Three, 10.30pm)

Tuesday’s TV tips

At first glance, this game show may not sound totally senseless so much as slightly tasteless, but don’t worry – it’s part of BBC Three’s excellent Defying the Label Season, and manages to raise some interesting issues.

Presented by Martin Dougan, the programme sets out to ’disable’ celebrity contestants such as presenter Rick Edwards, athlete Greg Rutherford, Sugababe Amelle Berrabah and reality TV star Casey Batchelor, before getting them to take part in a series of games like ’Para-oke’ and ’The Drunk Grand National’.


Throne of Blood (Film4, 1.40am)

(1957) Akira Kurosawa’s masterful re-setting of Macbeth to feudal Japan explores the complex relationships between men of valour, who are wrestling with their supposed destinies.

The direction is sublime, sustaining almost unbearable dramatic tension as the carnage promised by the title comes to pass.

Samurai warriors Taketori Washizu (Toshiro Mifune) and Yoshiaki Miki (Minoru Chiaki) quash a rebellion aimed at their daimyo, Tsuzuki (Takamura Sasaki). En route to an audience with the warlord, the samurai encounter an evil spirit who predicts great things ahead for Washizu, and for Miki’s son.

Washizu’s scheming wife Asaji (Isuku Yamada) compels him to murder the daimyo and assume the throne. Unfortunately, the betrayal begets more blood and violence.

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