Wednesday's TV tips

Wednesday's TV tips

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: Surprise Surprise (ITV, 8pm)

Wednesday's TV tips

Hard to believe it?s 30 years since this evergreen favourite first saw the light of day, but the format has stronger legs than Usain Bolt.

Back in the day, Cilla Black was in charge of course and steered the show from one success to another before the plug was finally pulled in 2001.

However, as we all know, Holly Willoughby has done a fine job of re-energising the format.

In this week?s starry offering, Katherine Jenkins stuns a fundraising fan with a workout he will never forget, before performing in the studio. Singer, presenter and supermarket salesman Peter Andre turns a community volunteer?s garden into something special with help from the 60 Minute Makeover team.

Plus, an Emmerdale fan pulls a pint in the Woolpack, and in one of the most moving features, a mother receives a gift for her work setting up a charity to support families with children suffering from a rare genetic disorder.


QUIZ: The Celebrity Chase (TV3, 8pm)

Can the four finest quiz brains in the country succeed in their mission to chase each celebrity contestant out of the game?

Bradley Walsh presents a series of celebrity special versions of hit daytime quiz show The Chase.

Celebrities set to brave the wrath of The Chaser - in a bid to win thousands of pounds for their chosen charities.


COOKING: Rachel Allen: All Things Sweet (RT? One, 8.30pm)

Wednesday's TV tips

Rachel?s latest collection of sweet recipes is the basis for this new series.

This week Rachel takes us back to childhood with milk chocolate mousse, crunchy chewy ginger cookies and deep fried honey puffs.

In addition to the recipes, each programme features part of the ?Tricks of the Trade? strand, filmed on location at Ballymaloe Cookery School, where Rachel shares professional techniques to help everyone produce tasty dishes.

She also visits people across Ireland involved in the food industry to learn their specialist skills.


BUSINESS: The Apprentice (BBC1, 9pm)

Wednesday's TV tips

After a decade on the box, there was always a danger of this glorified job interview turning into a parody of itself.

Little wonder the show runners wanted to shake things up a little this time, so the other week when Lord Sugar fired not one but three contestants, Apprentice addicts were rocked to their core. It was an unprecedented move, and helped breathe new life into the asthmatic format.

In the latest task, the entrepreneurs have to come up with advertising campaigns for soft drinks and pitch them to experts in New York.

However, while half the teams having to stay behind in London to create and brand the drinks, a power struggle ensues to get a seat on the plane.

We?ve already said goodbye to Chiles, Robert, Scott, Lindsay, Nurun, Steven, Sarah and Ella Jade among others, so who knows how many will be kicked out in the latest edition?


REALITY: Confessions of a Copper (Channel 4, 10pm)

Britain has changed almost beyond recognition over the past half century. Teachers could enforce their authority with the cane and belt, police officers exuded power and respect while patrolling our streets, doctor always knew best and it was mostly men in charge in the workplace.

With the arrival of stricter regulations, health and safety rules and political correctness, this new four-part series, examines whether many of our professionals have lost the authority and respect they once held so dear and took for granted.

Featuring shocking, surprising and candid confessions, everyday law enforcers, teachers, GPs and secretaries spill the beans on their working lives.

Thanks to rare archive footage, the strand gives us a visceral sense of the social upheavals that we?ve experienced since 1964, and asks: were things actually better in the good old days?

In this opener, eight police officers reveal how they feel life for those in the force has changed forever.


FILM: Obsessed (BBC One, 11.35pm, regions vary)

What?s It About? Idris Elba plays an executive with a super-successful career, a happy family life, and not really all that much to complain about. That is until a temporary worker is assigned to his office. She becomes desperately fixated on him and goes to even more desperate lengths to seduce him. However, when he rejects her, he and his wife find their lives may be in danger.

Is It Any Good? You see a cast line-up of Idris Elba, Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter, and you still ask that question? It?s a brilliantly put-together thriller that?s sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats until those end credits roll. Sure the premise has been done to death, but this is a stunning-looking effort from director Steve Shill and that top-drawer cast work wonders with the clever script.

Anything Else? This is Beyonce?s first movie role where she?s not singing, and Steven Shill?s feature film directing debut. Also, it might interest trivia fans to note that LL Cool J was originally lined up to play Elba?s part.

Starring: Idris Elba, Beyonce Knowles, Ali Larter.

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