Tonight's TV tips

Tune into BBC1 at 10.35pm tonight as Graham Norton is joined by Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe, screen siren Cameron Diaz, and comic actor and director Richard Ayoade. Plus music from the queen of pop, Kylie Minogue.

Tonight's TV tips

ARTS: The Works (RTE One, 8.30pm – 9pm)

NOVEL

John Connolly tells John Kelly about his new Charlie Parker novel The Wolf in Winter in which the detective with more than a hint of darkness about himself gets embroiled in sinister goings-on in a town called Prosperous, Maine.

MUSIC INTERVIEW

At 83, pianist and composer Ahmad Jamal (pictured) has been a key part of the jazz canon in the US for nearly 60 years. He played with Charlie Parker, was regularly name-checked by Miles Davis as a seminal influence and yet feels that only now he is at the top of his game. John Kelly meets a real living legend.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Anticipation is building about the debut album, due later this year, of Overhead, the Albatross, a six-piece Dublin band bestknown for intricate layered melodies and exciting live gigs. Tonight on The Works they play the tune Telekinetic Forest Guard.

FILM

Journalists Patrick Freyne and Aoife Barry join John Kelly to review The Double, a thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska.

QUIZ: Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm – 9.30pm)

In recent weeks the mystery of THAT plane has caught the imaginations of millions worldwide, and if this series was starting a couple of weeks earlier, you could bet your bottom dollar it would feature highly when this series begins its latest run.

So, what will be included in the programme? Well, as this episode is recorded close to transmission, that’s anyone’s guess. But if we had to have a stab at it, we’d say the crisis in the Crimea and, maybe, that infamous aircraft.

One thing that is for sure is that Jennifer Saunders will be returning to the series for the first time since her appearance as a panellist last year.

This time she will be in the host’s chair for the start of the 47th series: “I shall pitch myself somewhere safely between Kirsty Young and Kathy Burke,” said Jennifer recently.

As ever, team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton will be hoping to guide their fellow guests to victory.

COMEDY: The Trip to Italy (BBC2, 10pm – 10.30pm)

It’s been a good 12 months for Steve Coogan.

He successfully resurrected his most famous character, Alan Partridge, on the big screen, and won a Bafta and was Oscar-nominated for co-writing the screenplay for Philomena, in which he also appeared.

In fact, he’s been a busy bee, which perhaps explains in part why it’s taken him and Rob Brydon four years to make a sequel to their hit sitcom The Trip.

Brydon’s kept himself occupied too with various projects, but we’re pleased to see the duo back together, and we can expect more thinly veiled backbiting as this time they swap Britain for Italy, where they’ve been commissioned to carry out six more of their idiosyncratic restaurant reviews while following in the footsteps of such romantic poets as Byron and Shelley.

As ever, Brydon and Coogan play fictionalised versions of themselves, but there are some overlaps with their actual lives – and working out where reality becomes blurred is all part of the fun.

CHAT: The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, 10.35pm – 11.25pm)

The showbiz world has a lot to thank Neighbours for – it helped launch the careers of both Russell Crowe and Kylie Minogue.

Crowe is in the UK plugging new movie Noah, while his fellow Ramsay Street veteran will be promoting her work on The Voice UK.

Sadly, Cameron Diaz has never stepped foot in Ramsay Street, but her unforgettable performance in Ridley Scott 2013 flop The Counsellor made Sharon Stone’s leg-crossing antics in Basic Instinct look tame by comparison. She’ll be plugging new relationship comedy The Other Woman.

Graham also welcomes one of Blighty’s best actor-directors, Richard Ayoade.

Following the success of The IT Crowd, and his debut movie Submarine, he’s stepped back behind the camera for new movie The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska.

And if there’s time, more brave members of the public face upended humiliation in THAT chair.

FILM: Yes Man (TV3, 9pm – 11.05pm)

(2008) Jim Carrey stars with Bradley Cooper, Zooey Deschanel and Molly Sims in the true story of a man who goes an entire year without uttering the word "no," a normal, everyday citizen who, with a single word, becomes a most extraordinary Yes Man.

Freelance BBC radio producer Danny Wallace (Carrey) takes three simple words uttered by a stranger on a bus-"say yes more"-as a challenge and says "yes" to everything for a year.

He says "yes" to pamphleteers on the street, the credit card offers stuffing his mailbox and solicitations on the Internet.

He attends meetings with a group that believes aliens built the pyramids in Egypt, says "yes" to every invitation to go out on the town and furthers his career by saying "yes" in meetings with executives.

And, yes, he does win $48,000, meet the world's only hypnotic do, earn a nursing degree and travel the globe. It may be stranger than fiction, but every hilarious moment is true!

Starring: Jim Carrey, Bradley Cooper, Zooey Deschanel, Molly Sims

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 45%

FILM: Michael Clayton (BBC2, 11.05pm – 1am)

(2007) George Clooney ditches his hunky hero status to star in this compelling, character-driven drama.

Michael Clayton is a lawyer who specialises in sorting out cases that threaten his firm’s standing. He’s called in once again when a colleague suffers a nervous breakdown after realising the corporation he’s been defending might actually be guilty.

Michael moves in to start a damage-limitation exercise, but finds his own conscience pricked, which puts him in danger.

This film is old-fashioned in the best sense – instead of using CGI and a wisecracking hero, it’s a tense tale of corruption at high levels.

Starring: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Sydney Pollack

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 90%

FILM: Coming to America (Channel 4, 12.30am – 2.30am)

(1988) Akeem Joffer, prince and heir to the throne of the fictional country of Zamunda, tires of the pampering he has received all his life.

The final straw comes when his parents present him with the woman they expect him to marry, despite having never met her before. He decides to pack his bags and head to America in search of a wife of his own choosing.

One of several popular fish-out-of-water comedies that came out in the Eighties, this wonderful rib-tickler provides a stage on which to examine various cultural differences and take a look at the way we treat one another.

Also championing the cause of growth through personal struggle, the film is in no way short on laughs and benefits from some superb turns, especially by lead Eddie Murphy and James Earl Jones as his father, King Jaffe.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Eriq La Salle

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 68%

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