Today’s TV tips

Your daily, spoiler-free guide to what to look out for on the box.

Today’s TV tips

Your daily, spoiler-free guide to what to look out for on the box.

DOCUMENTARY: Ireland's Animal A&E (TV3, 7.30pm)

On this week’s brand new episode of Animal A&E, Andrea is once again out on call with the ISPCA.

In Cork, Inspector Lisa O’Donovan has a nervous Jack Russell with a serious skin condition, and a herd of horses are discovered roaming freely on abandoned development land.

Meanwhile in Co Offaly, ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling and Inspector Michael Keane call in local gardaí and question an owner, when they discover a large herd of neglected equines with overgrown hooves on a plot of wasteland.

Over in Bairbre O’Malley’s clinic, an unusual breed of cat with a rare skin condition arrives at the clinic.

GAME SHOW: Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (ITV, 8pm)

“Is that your final answer?” It’s a question that’s going to sound unexpectedly poignant this week as Chris Tarrant presents the last-ever episode of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’.

After nearly 16 years, this one-time ratings topper is being retired. Whatever the reason for the show’s demise, at least it’s going out in style as celebrity contestants play for their chosen charities.

This week’s pairing are ‘The Hobbit’ actor James Nesbitt and hidden camera-man Dom Joly, Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy and comedian Kevin Bridges, and Hairy Biker Dave Myers and ‘Countdown’ star Rachel Riley.

If the last two in particular sound like an odd pairing, they did both recently compete against each other on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Let’s hope their general knowledge is better than their ability to paso doble, because wouldn’t it be nice for someone to actually win a million?

FILM: Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief (E4, 8pm)

A teenager is shocked to discover he is the son of Greek god Poseidon and has been accused of stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt.

The youngster is given 14 days to find the culprit and return the missing item before the furious deity instigates an apocalyptic war.

The product placement is annoying, as are many of the computer-generated effects.

Director Chris Columbus tries to repeat the magic of his first two Harry Potter films, but this comes across as just a slick carbon copy.

However, while Logan Lerman, Brandon T Jackson and Alexandra Daddario may be instantly forgettable, it’s good to see the likes of Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean and Steve Coogan adding much needed gravitas. Rating: 49%

CRIME: Kidnapped: Ireland's Tiger Raids (TV3, 10pm)

Part one of a two-part special, this series explores a unique and terrifying crime wave that, incredibly, first appeared on Irish shores.

In this week's episode, Joe McLaughlin and his partner Tess offer a first-hand account of their shocking experience as their Post Office in Castlebellingham, Co Louth was targeted in February 2010.

The programme looks back at the Irish origins of the tiger kidnapping phenomenon, which are traced back to the 1970s.

Former branch manager “David” and his wife “Janet”, who have asked to remain anonymous, reveal their tiger kidnapping experience, where raiders demanded €1m from David’s branch in central Dublin in exchange for Janet’s safe return.

In December 2004, £26.5m was stolen from the Headquarters of the Northern Bank in Belfast, the most infamous robbery of its kind on Irish soil.

The programme investigates the case which unfolded over the years that followed and speculate as to who was responsible for the crime.

DOCUMENTARY: Secrets of the Pickpockets (10pm, Channel 4)

Millions will head to Spain for their holidays this year. What many don't realise is that they're flying into the arms of some of the most determined pickpockets the world has ever known.

From those who practise 'the reptile' - stealing bags from distracted couples on the beach - to the carjackers of the coastal highways, the criminal gangs of Spain have developed ever more sophisticated techniques for targeting unwary tourists.

With access to the police agencies of Barcelona and Benidorm and a cast of frustrated local expats, this programme gets a close-up view of the action as tourists arrive for their holidays.

NEW ON NETFLIX: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

A movie is going to be made about Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith)'s characters from a comic book, and when the duo discover they will receive no royalties for the use of their characters, they decide to go to Hollywood to sabotage the film.

During their travels across the country, they meet up with a team of sexy diamond thieves and an escaped orangutan. With a federal wildlife marshal on the lookout for the missing orangutan, Jay and Silent Bob finally arrive at the studio where their movie is being created, among others.

A real Marmite of a film – fans of Kevin Smith films such as ‘Clerks’ will delight in the antics irreverent Jersey shore pair, while others may finds it low-brow.

Look out for a star cameo from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as they send themselves up shooting a fictional follow-up to ‘Good Will Hunting’ that is just beyond hilarious. Rating: 51%

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