Tonight's TV tips

Tune in tonight to watch award-winning chef Neven Maguire create delicious dishes using ingredients from local producers.

Tonight's TV tips

COOKERY: Neven Maguire: Home Chef (RTE One, 7.30pm – 8pm)

Neven is in Cork this week to visit Les Gourmandises – winner of 2012 “Best Restaurant in Cork“, “Best Restaurant in Munster” and “Best Chef in Cork” from the Restaurant Association of Ireland, Chef Pat Kiely, his wife Soizic and their award winning team pride themselves on sourcing the best local ingredients Cork has to offer while matching them with quality international wines.

Pat cooks a braised top side of beef with smoked bacon and celeriac. Neven’s dishes in this week’s programme are fragrant roast chicken with sausage stuffing, and ravioli of Swiss chard and ricotta with smoked garlic foam.

“Our unique selling point is that our stock is produced from our own farms which is very unusual in this day and age”, says Cork beef and lamb producer Michael Bresnan.

“We offer a quality product that no-one else can match. You can really taste the difference. We deliver to a number of high quality restaurants in the city and county. Being a member of the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme means that my customers know that the lamb and beef they are buying from me has been produced to the highest Bord Bia Quality Standards”.

DOCUMENTARY: Storyville: Brakeless - Why Trains Crash (BBC4, 10pm – 11pm)

Cast your mind back to 2005.

Many of us will struggle to remember what we were even up to that year, but for a certain amount of Japanese people, 25th April 2005 is a date that will never be forgotten.

It played host to one of the nation’s biggest train disasters, and as we approach the ninth anniversary of the tragedy, thoughts are once again turning to it.

A packed commuter train crashed into an apartment building, killing 107 people, and it was later discovered the cause was due to a driver trying to catch up with a delay of just 80 seconds.

This insightful programme remembers the tragedy, piecing together personal accounts of those affected by it, as well as featuring contributions from experts and former train driver. But most thought-provokingly of all, it poses a question for a society that equates speed with progress.

The chances are that this powerful offering will stay with you long after the end credits have rolled.

CHAT: Second Captains Live (RTE Two, 10.20pm – 11.20pm)

In this episode, Irish Rugby coach Joe Schmidt and the now-beardless Gordon D'Arcy talk about Paris and winning the 6 Nations plus Ken Doherty, Shane Lowry and Derval O'Rourke.

Presenters Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early and Ciarán Murphy will once again fuse sport, entertainment and comedy in front of an energetic live studio audience.

Each week the Second Captains team will be joined by three of their favourite Irish sports stars and together they’ll discuss the week’s major stories, drawing on their guests’ experience of top class competition.

The show will also feature an additional big interview with a major guest, some classic RTÉ archive and the clever and original use of inserts. The list of the top ten Irish sportspeople of all-time will again be up for debate in one of the most feverishly debated slots on Irish television, The Good Wall.

FILM: Fight Club (ITV4, 11pm - 1.50am)

(1999) An insomniac office worker grows tired of his boring existence. He meets mysterious soap salesman Tyler Durden on a plane back from one of his business trips, and they establish a club where similarly frustrated men come to vent their anger in the form of bare-knuckle fighting. However, all is not as it seems with either of them.

With a star-studded cast, this pitch-black comedy became an instant cult classic.

Based on the outstanding novel by Chuck Palahniuk, it pokes fun at big businesses and how most guys are numbed by life in the late 20th century.

A great soundtrack by the Dust Brothers, some clever computer-generated effects and outstanding performances from the lead players all add up to one of the most impressive movies of recent times.

Starring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Jared Leto

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 80%

FILM: Brokeback Mountain (Channel 4, 12.05am - 2.20am)

(2005) Based on a story by Annie Proulx, this absorbing romantic drama chronicles the illicit love affair between shepherds Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, during a 1960s summer.

When the job comes to an end, the men do their best to live heterosexual lives, marrying and raising families.

However, as the years pass, they manage to snatch a few days together here and there, until tragedy strikes.

It’s outstanding and so much more than just a ’gay cowboy’ movie.

The relatively young cast turn in subtle, inspired performances, while the cinematography is just breathtaking. It is probably the finest work of Heath Ledger’s short career.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 87%

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