HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power (BBC2, 8pm)
There are some turning points in history which were so decisive that it’s hard to imagine what life today would be like had they not occurred.
Granted, it doesn’t take a genius to see that true equality has not yet been gained, however without the suffragettes’ hard work and remarkable sacrifices, we could be in an even more regrettable position right now.
Here, Amanda Vickery concludes her series examining the history of their long-running fight by looking at the campaigners’ increasing reliance on violence as a means to getting their message heard, and asking whether these tactics were successful.
The Consumer Show (RTE One, 8.30pm)
In this second episode, the team shows you what to look out for when buying a puppy so you can be sure your new pet has been well cared for.
Through-out the series the team will also give tips on how to save money and shop smart, explain the best time of year to buy certain products, show how to save money on your car and will help guide you through the complicated world of gifting cash to your children.
FILM: Jeepers Creepers (5*, 9pm)
(2001) Brother and sister Darry and Trish are travelling home for the holidays through the Florida countryside when they cross paths with a hulking man hauling what looks like a dead body into a pipe sticking out of the ground next to an abandoned church.
He turns out to be an age-old demon known as The Creeper, a bogeyman who appears “every 23rd spring for 23 days” to feast on human body parts, according to the town’s psychic.
This starts off well with lashings of tension and the sort of premise which will keep the audience hooked.
However, when things take a sharp left-hand turn, some viewers may feel a little bit cheated.
Starring: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck, Patricia Belcher, Eileen Brennan
CHARITY DANCE CONTEST: The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief (BBC1, 9pm)
Imagine if you could take part in your favourite TV show.
While many of us would cynically opt for something such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, there’s plenty of people who would happily forgo a fortune for the chance of tripping the light fantastic on the same stage as their Strictly heroes, and this series has given a handful of lucky folk just such an opportunity.
As the show draws to a close tonight, the six contributors finally take to the dancefloor with their professional partners, as they see the weeks of training pay off.
As they bid to impress with just one dance, we’re guided by judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Anton Du Beke and reminded to choose our favourites before the winner is announced on Friday’s Comic Relief programme.
CRIME DRAMA: DCI Banks (UTV, 9pm)
As the two-parter which opened series four reaches its conclusion, there still seems to be a lot of investigating for the stubborn DCI to do.
The officers are still reeling from the impact of the arson attack – which, they’re devastated to learn, has injured Michael and killed his son Robbie – but they’re soon hot on the heels of a suspect as they bring local bully Gary McCready in for questioning.
Meanwhile, the investigation into Katrin’s murder continues, and the body of an older man who died of natural causes is found buried near her grave. The threads begin to lead towards one another as Banks suspects Jason McCready of abduction, leading him towards a shocking conclusion.
As if he didn’t have enough on his plate already, he also delivers a heart-rending speech at his mother’s funeral. At least the ordeal brings him closer to his father.
REAL LIFE: 24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4, 9pm)
For some of us, a hard day at the office includes little more than one’s email playing up and the coffee machine running out of cups.
So spare a thought for the people featured in this series, following life in a busy A&E department - where matters of life and death are constant.
This week, the staff help Nikki, 50, and her mum Angela, 68, after they are involved in a serious road traffic accident, leaving both of them with several complex injuries.
Nikki, who was driving, may have suffered internal injuries and so is sent for a CT scan, while Angela has head injuries and a dislocated elbow to contend with.
Meanwhile, 53-year-old Ellen arrives at the unit after falling over in a shop and injuring her elbow, and seven-year-old Jack is rushed to hospital after suffering an open fracture to his arm and a blow to the head as a result of an accident at a wedding.
DOCUMENTARY: Stop Cutting Our Girls: A Comic Relief Special (BBC3, 10pm)
While we love Comic Relief for the sheer entertainment value, most people would agree the annual charity appeal’s biggest success – asides from the huge financial contributions – is the boost in awareness it affords many issues which too often go underrepresented throughout the rest of the year.
One issue which unfortunately remains a taboo amongst some sectors – and which drastically needs discussing in the open – is that of female genital mutilation.
An estimated three million women and girls around the world are at risk of FGM every year, and here, writer and actress Zawe Ashton leads a hard-hitting report into the appalling practice.
She begins by attending a workshop in a school in east London, where she realises how hard it is for many girls to talk openly about their bodies.
From there she heads to Kenya, where she confronts a woman who actually admits to illegally cutting British children for money.
FILM: Passenger 57 (3e, 11pm)
(1992) An airline security expert must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it.
Starring: Wesley Snipes.
FILM: Vanilla Sky (Film4, 11.35pm)
(2001) Vain womaniser David Aames has a great job and women throwing themselves at him, but he can’t commit to any of his lovers, not even the gorgeous Julie.
So, when it looks like he has finally fallen in love with a woman named Sofia, a jealous Julie tries to kill herself and David in a car crash.
He survives, but is left disfigured, and as he struggles to recover, David increasingly retreats into a world where fantasy and reality collide.
Cameron Crowe’s version of Alejandro Amenabar’s Spanish thriller isn’t as good as the original, or some of Crowe’s more personal works, but it’s still a stylish, atmospheric movie in its own right.
Tom Cruise is well cast in the lead, although the real revelation is Cameron Diaz as the woman scorned.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee, Noah Taylor, Timothy Spall, Tilda Swinton
FILM: The Darjeeling Limited (Channel 4, 2.35am)
(2007) Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other – to become brothers again like they used to be.
Their “spiritual quest”, however, veers rapidly off course, and they eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert with eleven suitcases, a printer, and a laminating machine.
This film funny, touching, and very odd. In essence, it’s got everything that fans of Wes Anderson’s movies have come to expect (including an appearance by Bill Murray), and with a cast to die for, it’s well worth settling down to puzzle over.
Owen Wilson proves he doesn’t have to rely on his good looks by wearing bandages and sticking plasters over most of his face throughout the film.
Starring: Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston