Wednesday's TV tips

Wednesday's TV tips

Big Brother: Catch Up (3e, 7pm)

The reality television series returns. This year, the clock is ticking and housemates' past, present and future will be in the hands of Big Brother.

As Big Brother plays with the concept of time, the tasks, secret missions and twists promise to have tension, drama and intrigue. How will this affect the housemates?

Time may be a friend or an enemy and for some it may well run out.

Inspector George Gently (BBC1, 8pm)

Last week, Gently investigated a case that looked like suicide, but turned out to be murder.

This week, he does the same thing again although, thankfully, the circumstances are very different.

This time, the body is that of Scott Parker, who is found lying on a rubbish pile under the Tyne Bridge, shortly after celebrating his 40th birthday with his best friends Petey and Michael. All Scott had on him was a pawn broker note, a betting slip and the number for Gwendolyn Howard.

It turns out he had been pawning items under a false name and was in serious debt, but who is Gwendolyn, and does she hold the key to the mystery? Watch out for a guest appearance by Jim Moir, aka Vic Reeves, as a very dodgy character indeed.

The World’s Most Expensive Food (Channel 4, 8pm)

Like many cities, London is a place of opposites.

There are poverty-stricken estates peppered across its expanse, but there are also areas of great wealth too. In fact, it’s been estimated that the capital is now home to more billionaires than any other city on the planet.

These mega-rich folk may live the kind of lifestyles the rest of us can only dream about, we all have at least one thing in common with them, the need to eat.

But what do those with untold millions enjoy? We’re guessing that nipping down to their local supermarket isn’t on their daily agenda.

This two-part programme aims to lift the lid on their habits, as well as offering an insight into the catering companies trying to keep up with their changing appetites.

Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud 2 (Channel 5, 8pm)

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A second compilation of cat-orientated videos from the internet, proving just how much the world loves felines – especially when they are kind enough to do something amusing in front of a camera.

Participants include Viva, the star of a viral Batman spoof that clocked up seven million hits on YouTube, and Lil Bub, second only to Grumpy Cat as the internet’s most famous moggy.

Presenters Dave Spikey and Zoe Lyons are joined by animal behaviour therapist Professor Peter Neville, who provides a little scientific background to the displays.

Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC1, 9.30pm)

John has had a fancy new hands-free phone kit fitted in his car, but he arrives at Kayleigh’s house only to discover she is far more excited by the previous night’s events.

Comedy about the daily journeys of supermarket employees John Redmond and Kayleigh Kitson, who have been thrown together in a company car share scheme, with each trip bringing fresh insight into their lives, as well as twists and turns in their unlikely relationship.

Co-written by and starring Peter Kay and Sian Gibson, with Simon Greenall.

The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne (TV3, 10pm)

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For the first time in Irish television, TV3's Constituency Debates are taking place in all 40 constituencies in the country, before "live" audiences and the TDs that dare to face an audience of their own constituents.

Also featuring entertainment features, followed by a preview of tomorrow's newspapers.

Tonight the debate will take place in the Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells for the Meath East constituency.

Big Brother (3e, 10pm)

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Brand new to 3e, the sixteenth series of the groundbreaking reality show, Big Brother, hits our screens with a brand new bunch of eccentric, entertaining and unique housemates.

Hosted by Emma Willis, the new ‘Timebomb’ theme will see a Mad Men-influenced, '60s-style decor for the new house as part of an upbeat, glamorous, thrilling and mischievous series.

Big Brother will play with time during tasks and have secret missions to create tension in the house.

Nashville (E4, 10pm)

It’s already got the much hyped Empire, and now E4 proves it really is the home of enjoyably soapy US dramas set against the backdrop of the music industry by poaching the third season of Nashville from More4.

As the series begind, country music queen Rayna is torn between her old flame Deacon and her new love Luke.

Meanwhile, Juliette wants to repair her relationship with Avery, but doesn’t totally forget her career as she auditions for a biopic, and Layla tries to come to terms with the news that her husband and reality TV co-star Will is gay.

Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (3e, 11pm)

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Rylan Clark returns to host BB Bit on the Side, the only place to catch up on all things Big Brother!

If you just can’t get enough of the brand new reality show then tune in for more fun, chat and banter from the House.

Join Rylan for the latest news and reactions from the House, plus a host of special guests each week and live debate in the studio.

The King Of Comedy (Film4, 1.25am)

(1983) Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese’s partnership has created some classic movies down the years, including Goodfellas, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.

This film is rather different to those in that it’s a black comedy rather than a gritty thriller or drama. On its release in 1983, The King of Comedy flopped on both sides of the Atlantic and gained little critical acclaim. However, it’s now seen as a superb satire on the power of TV.

De Niro plays Rupert Pupkin, an aspiring stand-up comic willing to do almost anything to get a shot at TV stardom – to the extent of kidnapping the host of his favourite chat show and taking over the programme. Jerry Lewis also stars in a rare dramatic outing, alongside Sandra Bernhard.

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