Tonight’s TV tips

Action from the 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final ties on TV3 at 7.30pm tonight.

Tonight’s TV tips

Action from the 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final ties on TV3 at 7.30pm tonight.

SPORT: Manchester United v Bayern Munich: Live (TV3, 7.30pm – 10.30pm)

Manchester United face a daunting task when they welcome reigning champions Bayern Munich to Old Trafford for this quarter-final first-leg tie.

Despite their domestic troubles, United have been in fine form in front of their own fans in this season’s competition, winning all three of their home group games before recording a 3-0 win over Olympiakos in the previous round to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

That victory, which saw Robin van Persie score a hat-trick, was surely David Moyes’ best night as manager of the Red Devils to date, and it is hoped the result will give them a new-found belief.

However, this match represents their biggest challenge so far, with Bayern fancied by many to become the first team to retain the trophy in the competition’s current format.

The Germans have won every away fixture they have played so far in their European campaign, including a 3-1 victory against Manchester City in the group stage and a 2-0 triumph at Arsenal in the last 16, and go into this match as the favourites.

SCIENCE: Horizon: Living with Autism (BBC2, 9pm – 10pm)

For those who may not be familiar with it, tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day, and so this edition of Horizon looks in to our understanding of the condition which affects more than half a million people in the world.

Despite the fact it’s 70 years since the condition was given a name, we still know very little about it.

This film focuses on pioneering developmental psychologist Professor Uta Frith, who started her training back in the 1960s, as she met a unique group of bright-eyed children who seemed completely detached from the rest of the world.

They had just been given the very new diagnosis of autism, and since then, Uta has devoted her career to studying the autistic mind.

“By spending time with many different people on the autistic spectrum, I want to show you what a complex condition it is,” remarks Ute.

She explains how autistic people perceive and interact with the world, as well as meeting those who have extraordinary talents.

DRAMA: Revenge (RTE Two, 9.55pm – 10.45pm)

Season 3, episode 15

“Struggle”

As Emily’s blackouts grow increasingly violent, her only hope lies with the person she betrayed most.

Victoria makes a drastic move to deal with someone from her past.

ILLUSION: Killer Magic (BBC3, 10pm – 10.30pm)

There’s obviously a danger of TV imploding unless programme-makers don’t stop feeding us with new contests. So, after baking, sewing and hairdressing, we now have a magic-off, and like The Voice’s most over-used word, contestants are also ’battling’ it out.

Prepare to meet Ben Hart, aka The Gent, who does a great trick with a cup of coffee.

We also meet Damien O Brian (The Geezer), and Tim Minchin lookalike Dee Christopher, who also goes by the name of The Goth.

Jaz Vegas adds a touch of glamour as The Girl; not very inventive is it?

Though her card-kicking trick is. Finally, because Chris Cox wears glasses, he’s called The Geek, naturally.

How will they get on when they attempt the killer trick – catching a bullet in their teeth?

It’s killed 12 magicians over the years, so let’s hope it doesn’t claim a 13th.

It’s been banned in the UK, so the showrunners decide to use paintballs instead.

MUSIC: George Michael at the Palais Garnier, Paris (BBC1, 11.35pm – 12.35am)

There’s been much hype about George Michael’s long-awaited comeback, with anyone who’s anyone putting in their two penn’orth about his latest album Symphonica – including, bizarrely enough, long-term friend Kate Moss, who temporarily turned her hand to music reviewing and gave it a rave one we might add.

It’s a big deal, after all – this is the singer’s first album in 10 years; a decade that’s been dotted with tabloid-worthy incidents.

But now he’s back in the papers for all the right reasons, namely his music, and if you’ve not yet got your hands on a copy of Symphonica, tune in to see George performing at the historic French opera house, Palais Garnier in Paris, which was recorded for the live album.

Songs include A Different Corner, Cowboys and Angels, Roxanne, Wild is the Wind and Praying for Time, but George will also offer his thoughts on his favourite numbers, rehearsals with the Symphonica orchestra and backing singers, and producer Phil Ramone, who passed away a few months later.

FILM: Skin (BBC1, 12.35am – 2.20am)

(2008) A black baby in apartheid-era South Africa is born to white parents, who were unaware of their mixed-race ancestry.

During her childhood, they fight for her right to be treated the same as white children, but when she falls in love with a black man in her teens, her father disowns her, and she is confronted with the harsh racial divisions in the country.

Sophie Okonedo has never given a bad performance in any project, and this is no exception.

Critics certainly warmed to the movie as it won 19 festival awards, including a gong at the Belize International Film Festival and a Rising Star Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival (for Ms Okonedo).

Starring: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 85%

FILM: Sarah’s Key (Film4, 12.50am – 3.15am)

(2010) Moving drama centred on the real-life round-up of Parisian Jews at the Velodrome d’Hiver in July 1942, many of whom were transported to Auschwitz.

In the present day, magazine journalist Julia and her architect husband Bertrand inherit an apartment in the quarter where the Jews were herded almost 70 years earlier.

Julia becomes fascinated by the history of the building and she learns that the apartment once belonged to the Starzynski family, which included 10-year-old Sarah and her little brother Michel.

Through letters and public records, Julia discovers the heartbreaking fate of the children and their parents.

Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Melusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frederic Pierrot

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 73%

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