Tonight's TV tips

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Tonight's TV tips

REALITY: Telly Addicts, Gogglebox (Channel 4, 9pm – 10pm)

Okay, watching people watching telly really shouldn’t be so addictive. This Big Brother-style series has proved a hit with the nation.

Whatever the reason for its likeability, bosses have thought it popular enough to bring it back for a third series, and in a Friday night prime-time slot nonetheless.

Narrated by Caroline Aherne, the series will feature the opinionated British households that have become so well-recognised, as well as some new faces.

Loveable Leon and June, posh tipplers Steph and Dom, hairdresser Christopher and Stephen are all back on the sofa and offering their unique thoughts about what they’ve been watching during the week.

And there’s plenty to discuss in this first episode, including The Oscars, The Voice, The Taste and Saturday Night Takeaway.

Expect more near-the-knuckle comments and hilarious anecdotes – welcome back telly addicts.

DOCUMENTARY: Storyville: Muscle Shoals – The Greatest Recording Studio in the World (BBC4, 9pm – 10.50pm)

Back in 1969 in Alabama, musicians Barry Beckett, Roger Hawkins, Jimmy Johnson and David Hood made history when they left FAME studios to create their own studio.

Soon known as The Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section, they were the first rhythm section to own their own studio.

This programme takes a look inside the legendary music hub, located alongside the Tennessee River, which proved an unlikely breeding for some of America’s finest artists.

It tells how, under the influence of the ’Singing River’, as Native Americans called it, the studio’s output has played a hand in creating some of the most important songs of all time.

Rick Hall, who founded FAME studios, overcame poverty and tragedy, and brought black and white musicians together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility.

Expect plenty of contributions from the likes of Greg Allman, Bono and Clarence Carter.

FILM: Step Brothers (TV3, 9pm – 11pm)

(2008) Two aimless middle-aged good-for-nothing sons still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents get married.

Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (Reilly) get up to all sorts as they bicker and fight, then learn to live with each other.

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly & Mary Steenburgen.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 55%

FILM: Bruno (Channel 4, 12.05am – 1.30am)

(2009) A gay Austrian fashion journalist becomes a public hate figure in his own country, so heads for America in search of celebrity with his adoring assistant in tow.

He embarks on a campaign of publicity stunts to make himself famous, encountering prejudice and meeting people just as desperate for stardom as he is.

Sacha Baron Cohen has made a living from taking a certain kind of American (not very bright, horribly opinionated and remarkably intolerant) and holding them up for ridicule.

So if that’s your cup of tea, you should have a great time.

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Banagale

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 68%

FILM: Rushmore (Film4, 1.15am – 3.10am)

(1999) A rebellious teenager makes life for his teachers a living hell thanks to his outrageous behaviour, and matters are made no easier when he falls for one of the staff members.

An unhappy businessman strikes up a friendship with the lad, and he seems to turn a corner. However, all bets are off when the older chap falls for the same woman.

It’s written and directed by Wes Anderson, the man behind The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and new movie The Grand Budapest Hotel (released on March 7), so if you like those offerings, then this is must-see viewing.

It’s not going to appeal to everyone, but if you yearn for something a bit off-the-wall, with a lot of intelligence, you can’t do better.

Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Brian Cox, Bill Murray, Seymour Cassel, Luke Wilson

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 87%

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