Today’s TV tips

Join Ryan Tubridy as this years Eurovision entry is decided live on the show. Also, there’s plenty of films on the box tonight.

Today’s TV tips

CHAT SHOW: The Late Late Eurosong 2014 special (RTE One, 9.35pm – 11.45pm)

It’s the Late Late Eurosong 2014 special this week as this year’s Eurovision entry is decided live on the show.

Join host Ryan Tubridy as he introduces the five acts in the running to represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision in Denmark in May.

Last November RTÉ nominated five mentors with proven experience in the Irish music industry and asked each of them to select an act and a song which they believe has the potential to be a Eurovision winner.

The five acts were announced on 5 Feb and they are Patricia Roe, Eoghan Quigg, Can-linn, Andrew Mann and Laura O’Neill.

This year’s Eurovision will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, with Ireland competing in the second semi-final on Thursday 8 May. The Eurovision final takes place on Saturday 10 May.

COMEDY QUIZ: 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4, 9pm – 10pm)

Synergy is one of those management-speak buzzwords, flung around in meetings with little heed to its actual meaning.

Literally, it refers to something being greater than the sum of its parts, in which case there’s really no better example than 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Originally no more than a one-off ’mash-up’, it proved monumentally popular, and is arguably more entertaining than either of its parent shows.

Now its latest short run draws to a close, with Kevin Bridges and James Corden joining team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson.

Actor, writer, comedian, voice artist and director Peter Serafinowicz sits alongside Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, while Joe Wilkinson again turns up to ’help’ maths whizz Rachel Riley.

It’s so perfect it should be shown in boardrooms up and down the country, as a demonstration of how great things can be when they work together.

FILM: Wanted (TV3, 9pm – 11.10pm)

(2008) Based upon Mark Millar's explosive graphic novel series and helmed by stunning visualist director Timur Bekmambetov, Wanted stars Academy Award-winners Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman as members of a secret fraternity of assassins.

James McAvoy portrays a slacker who is unexpectedly recruited to join the ranks of these elite fighters.

As his powers and skills increase under their tutelage, however, he begins to waver between heroism and vengeance, and discovers that there is more to his dangerous associates than meets the eye.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 71%

FILM: Airplane! (E4, 9pm – 11pm)

(1980) If Star Wars is the ultimate sci-fi movie, this is easily the greatest spoof of all time.

The passengers on board an ill-fated airliner become increasingly nervous when the crazy flight crew are laid low by food poisoning.

Meanwhile, the ground control team struggles to ensure the plane lands safely as a traumatised war veteran among the passengers is forced to take the controls.

Zucker, Zucker and Abrahams’ comic masterpiece is ageless and the cast, which includes Robert Hays and Leslie Nielsen, have never been funnier.

It’s safe to say your sides will ache by the end of the film, for Zucker, Zucker and Abrahams barely give you more than a couple of seconds respite before unleashing the next hilarious gag.

Starring: Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

RottenTomatoes.com Rating:98%

FILM: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (BBC2, 11.05pm – 1.15am)

(1975) A feisty misfit convinces governors he is crazy to escape the drudgery of work detail at a prison farm.

Soon enough he enters an asylum and inspires his fellow patients to assert themselves, much to the chagrin of the strong-willed head nurse, who decides to fight back.

A charming, disturbing and humorous film that is guaranteed to have you choking back the tears by the end.

Produced by Michael Douglas, and sporting a fine cast, the film won all five top Oscars. It is based on the novel by Ken Kesey.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, William Redfield, Will Sampson.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating:96%

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Channel 4, 12.20am 1.45am)

(2006) Sacha Baron Cohen ditches his more famous alter ego, Ali G, in favour of donning the silly facial hair and glazed expression of his affable but daft reporter.

Here, Borat is in the US of A, where he hopes to give his compatriots an insight into life in America.

However, while channel-hopping in his hotel room, he comes across a re-run of cheesy drama Baywatch and falls head over heels for actress Pamela Anderson.

Now his journey takes on new meaning as he sets out to find her – and make her his wife.

The gags come thick and fast and (mostly) at the Americans’ expense. If you are a shy and sensitive flower, perhaps this jaw-dropping comedy won’t be for you.

However, those who like their jokes ladled out with a good deal of non-PC humour should adore it

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Pamela Anderson

RottenTomatoes.com Rating:91%

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