Tonight's TV tips

Sean Moncrieff presents a new quiz show, Crossfire, on TV3 at 8pm tonight.

Tonight's TV tips

QUIZ SHOW: Crossfire (TV3, 8pm – 8.30pm)

A brand new prime-time quiz show presented by Sean Moncrieff, where four contestants undergo the pressure of three fast-paced general knowledge rounds.

Over the course of the programme the four players compete to force each other out of the game. Competitors must get their answers correct in order to attack the opposition.

The tension mounts as the rounds go by, with the winner staying on to the next show, all in the hope of potentially winning big if they can stay on and survive the crossfire.

The series premiere sees contestants Ray Tobin (52), a Sales & Customer care consultant from Dublin, Craig McMahon (28), a prison guard from Dublin, Christine Kwak (35), a pharmaceutical technician from Offaly and Dan O’Malley (39), an IT manager from Dublin face the pressure of the fast passed quiz show as they compete to force each other out of the game.

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

A show that lets viewers watch other people watching TV – when Gogglebox was first launched, some people thought it was a sign that Britain’s programme-makers had officially run out of inspiration.

Instead, it’s turned out to be such a brilliantly simple idea that many of us are now wondering why no one thought of it sooner – maybe they just couldn’t find any TV addicts as hilarious as Leon and June, Christopher and Stephen, or posh B&B owners Steph and Dom.

Whether they are debating news coverage of the UKIP party conference, the North-South divide or whether the opening credits of Grease have always been animated (let’s settle that for them right here – yes, they have), they are never less than entertaining. But just what have they’ve all been watching this week?

Not that it matters, of course – our beloved commentators are capable of making even the dullest televisual events hilarious.

MUSIC PROFILE: The Genius of Bert Jansch: Folk, Blues and Beyond (BBC4, 10pm – 11.30pm)

When Glaswegian singer-songwriter Bert Jansch died in 2011 at the age of 67, those in the know were shocked – the Pentangle founder-member had just played Glastonbury with having reformed the much-loved band a few months previously, and many thought it was simply the beginning of a new lease of life.

Now, two and a half years on, friends and fellow musicians pay tribute to the folk legend, with Ralph McTell, Robert Plant, Donovan and Bernard Butler among the stars queuing up to sing his praises.

There’s also a selection of interviews with Jansch and rare archive footage of his lesser-known performances – including a memorable multi-artist concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson and Lisa Knapp are also among the contributors, while Jansch’s own bandmates also offer their views of one of folk’s most influential performers.

PROFILE: Joanna Lumley Meets (BBC1, 11.05pm – 12.05am)

No, you’re not seeing things. Joanna Lumley really is chatting to the Black Eyed Peas frontman in what promises to be a slice of TV gold.

As anyone who saw The Voice judge on The Graham Norton Show will testify, Will is great value for money, especially when he chatted to Miriam Margolyes.

Now fellow showbiz veteran Ms Lumley is invited to Will’s LA home, where she gets to know the man behind those iconic specs.

“I have long been fascinated by and leapt at the chance of meeting him and finding out more about his extraordinary life and achievements,” said Joanna.

The former Avenger spends four days dining with his friends and family, and chats to his mother, who has been a major influence in Will’s life.

They also explore the social housing projects of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles where he grew up.

FILM: Scent of a Woman (ITV, 11.05pm – 1.50am)

(1992) Director Martin Brest crafted this extraordinary and moving account of a hard-drinking, blind war veteran who pays a naive college student to accompany him on a trip to New York City for a weekend break.

He’s hoping to make the most of his life – and before long, the pair are indeed embarking on all manner of life-changing adventures – but what the lad doesn’t know is, his companion plans to end his own life once their trip is over.

Al Pacino, who heads the cast with Chris O’Donnell, received an Oscar for his efforts in a tale loosely based on the 1974 Italian film, Profumo Di Donna.

While the whole thing has a certain downbeat feeling, there are some lighter moments including a very sexy tango with Gabrielle Anwar.

Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, Gabrielle Anwar, James Rebhorn, Philip Seymour Hoffman Rating: 88%

FILM: Thirteen Days (BBC2, 11.05pm – 1.20am)

(2000) Retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis as the US and Soviet Union confront each other with nuclear arsenals primed.

Events unfold through Kenneth P O’Donnell’s eyes (Kevin Costner) as he sees bitter opposition between diplomats JFK (Bruce Greenwood) and his brother Bobby (Steven Culp), and the warmongering military.

When the American U2 plane spies the Russians planting ballistic missiles in Cuba, the next 13 days sees mind games played out in Washington amid unbearable tension...

Greenwood plays JFK with admirable subtlety, while Costner remains appropriately understated throughout as our observer.

The whole thing is held together by some thrilling, tense storytelling, and whether you’re old enough to remember the events or not, you will be gripped throughout.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp, Dylan Baker, Michael Fairman Rating: 83%

FILM: Zoolander (Channel 4, 12.20am – 1.50am)

(2001) Dim but well-meaning male model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is ousted from his post as the world’s top model by newcomer Hansel (Owen Wilson).

He is taken in by megalomaniac fashion designer Mugatu (Will Ferrell) who brainwashes him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia after child labour comes ’under threat’.

Time magazine journalist Matilda (Christine Taylor) rumbles the plan and tries to stop Derek from killing the premier at a star-studded fashion show.

After flying under the radar upon its initial release, Zoolander became a cult hit with some classic one-liners (“Have you ever wondered if there was more to life other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?”) and a manic performance from star-in-the-making Ferrell.

It’s intelligently silly stuff that takes an affectionate swipe at the fashion industry.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor Rating: 64%

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