Wednesday’s TV tips

Wednesday’s TV tips

UEFA Champions League (RTE Two, 7.30pm)

Darragh Maloney presents live coverage of Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal in Group F plus highlights of Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv and Roma v Barcelona. (KO 7.45pm, commentary from George Hamilton).

The Great British Bake Off (BBC1, 8pm)

Wednesday’s TV tips

The remaining home-bakers face a brand new Bake Off challenge, as Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry challenge them to prove their mastery of classics recipes from the Victorian era.

For the signature bake, the contestants are asked to produce a game pie, which gives one enthusiastic competitor a chance to use a genuine antique from 1850.

Horizon: Are Video Games Really That Bad? (BBC2, 8pm)

Wednesday’s TV tips

Around 1.2 billion people regularly play video games across the planet, while sales of games will soon exceed 100 billion per year.

However, gaming’s popularity has left it open to accusations of corrupting the young, and causing violence and addiction.

This documentary reveals a scientific community divided on the issue and shows how there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that video games may provide some sort of brain training, and could soon revolutionise how we combat the mental decline associated with old age.

Big Brother (TV3, 9pm)

Wednesday’s TV tips

All the drama and excitement of Celebrity Big Brother as it happens, with exclusive live streaming from the house.

Doctor Foster (BBC1, 9pm)

Gemma Foster’s investigation into her husband Simon’s suspected infidelity has uncovered more shocking secrets than she previously expected, and the discoveries have shaken the usually composed GP to her core.

If she is to follow through with her mission, she must gather her wits and make a crucial decision. However, a visit from a surprise patient means she must balance the problems between herself and her spouse with an acute professional dilemma.

Drama, starring Suranne Jones and Bertie Carvel.

Rush (Film4, 9.00pm)

(2013) During the 1970s, rubber burnt and tempers frayed between two very different Formula 1 drivers: charismatic ladies’ man James Hunt and incredibly ambitious Austrian speed fiend Niki Lauda.

Their daredevil duels reached a horrifying crescendo at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring when Lauda’s Ferrari burst into flames, trapping him in the inferno.

An incredible six weeks later, Lauda emerged from hospital with extensive scarring, determined to prevent Hunt from claiming the chequered flag at Monza.

This incredible story of courage and resilience is dramatised in Rush, Ron Howard’s superb biopic that charts the rivalry between Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) from their early days through to the glamour of the Formula 1 circus.

The Krays (ITV4, 9.00pm)

(1990) Spandau Ballet siblings Gary and Martin Kemp are oddly impressive as Ronnie and Reggie, the vicious Kray twins, who ruled 60s London’s underworld with fear and violence.

A stark and occasionally brutal drama, which deals rather well with the complex influences – maternal power, filial devotion and homosexual tension – that shaped the gangland supremos.

Billy Whitelaw gives an impressive performance as the boys’ doting, but wily, mother. A new take on the Krays’ story, Legend, was recently released, with Tom Hardy playing both of the twins.

It should be interesting to compare both projects.

The Ultimate Fighter (3e, 9pm)

Series following the fortunes of a group of amateur mixed martial arts enthusiasts as they compete to become UFC fighters.

This series sees new interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor coach against former WEC champion Urijah Faber, pitting lightweight fighters from America against their counterparts from across Europe.

Competitors endure gruelling training, and at the end of each week one fighter from each team fights in the Octagon to avoid being eliminated from the competition.

Later – with Jools Holland (BBC2, 10pm)

Wednesday’s TV tips

Despite the fact that he doesn’t look much different to he did in his early days during the late 1970s, Jools Holland actually turned 57 back in January.

Nevertheless, the pianist, bandleader and composer shows no signs of slowing down, and returns here with the second set of this year’s live music showcases.

Jools has proved over the years that he is not is one to hog the spotlight and generously provides the chance for his and other band members to shine.

Tonight though, he gets the opportunity to plug his own material, as the group he made his name with, the reformed Squeeze, are among those performing sets.

Also on the bill are English indie rock band Foals, Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket and California’s Rickie Lee Jones.

Plus. there’s a performance by Disclosure, who are joined by Sam Smith and Kwabs to showcase tracks from their second album.

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