Wednesday’s TV tips

Wednesday’s TV tips

The Great British Bake Off (BBC1, 8pm)

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins put the bakers to the test again, this time asking them to prove their pastry skills to judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

Their tasks see them attempt to make frangipane tarts for their signature challenge, before a Cypriot flaouna for the technical bake leaves some of the the contestants struggling with ingredients they’ve never heard of before.

The showstopper is to be constructed from vol-au-vents, but getting the puff pastry folded and chilled in time proves to be a huge challenge.

Red Rock (TV3, 8.30pm)

Wednesday’s TV tips

Katie goes for a scan and finds out she’s expecting a boy. There are complications, however. Meanwhile, a meeting between Garda Paudge and criminal Beady probably isn’t for the benefit of law and order.

In tomorrow’s episode, the plot thickens between the two as The Ridge is raided.

Garda Down Under (RTÉ One, 8.30pm)

Wednesday’s TV tips

The former gardaí who joined the police in Western Area probably knew they’d be facing hotter temperatures, but here we see how having to work in 35C and beyond can really take its toll.

Homesickness is also a factor for Martin Mitchell, so he and girlfriend Niamh visit the Irish store for some familiar home comforts.

Inglourious Basterds (Film4, 9.00pm)

(2009) “Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France...” begins Quentin Tarantino’s long-mooted war opus, a blood-soaked fairytale divided into five hefty chapters.

For most of the vengeful characters in Inglourious Basterds, there is no ’happy ever after’ – the body count is staggeringly high and almost nobody reaches the end credits unscathed.

However, Tarantino’s distinctive vision does end on an upbeat note as it plays loose and fast with historical fact, particularly with regards to the Third Reich, and splices genres to dizzying effect across its two-and-a-half hours, with Christoph Waltz providing an Oscar-winning supporting performance as a sadistic German officer and Brad Pitt plotting to kill the upper echelons of the Third Reich.

Grand Designs (Channel 4, 9pm)

Wednesday’s TV tips

There’s a distinct shortage of Irish property porn on offer at the moment, but this new season of Kevin McCloud’s show offers a chance to view some truly spectacular properties across the pond.

The first episode features one of the biggest homes they’ve ever featured, with an owner putting some ambitious plans and loads of money into a house in Sussex.

Second Captains Live (RTÉ2, 9.55pm)

A timely return for the Second Captains crew has them discussing the Euro 2016 qualifiers, the Rugby World Cup and the climax of the GAA seasons in football and hurling. (Film4, 12.05am)

(2010) The multi-talented Noel Clarke wrote and co-directed this oddly compelling crime thriller which follows emotionally unstable Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond), ditzy socialite Cassandra (Tamsin Egerton), fiercely independent Kerrys (Shanika Warren-Markland) and supermarket checkout worker Jo (Emma Roberts) – best friends who unwittingly become embroiled in a diamond heist that has gripped London. Unaware of their pivotal roles in the robbery, the young women go about their daily lives.

Over three eventful days, the pals discover the truth about the robbery and they employ all of their feminine wiles to stay alive and outwit the thieves.

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