Tonight’s TV tips

Tune into TV3 at 7.30pm for live coverage of the Uefa Champions League quarter-final, second-leg match at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

Tonight’s TV tips

Chelsea v Paris Saint-Germain: Live (TV3, 7.30pm – 10.30pm)

It’s the second leg of the quarter-final between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge.

Despite not knowing the result of the first leg at time of writing, it is unlikely that the tie will have swung hugely in one direction, as the two clubs seem to be evenly matched.

Both have spent fortunes in recent years, with Chelsea bankrolled for over a decade by Roman Abramovich and PSG now owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, making it one of the richest outfits in the world.

That money has been invested in a multi-national squad that includes the likes of Edinson Cavani, Yohan Cabaye, Thiago Silva and talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the intention of winning Europe’s most prestigious tournament uppermost in their minds, having blown away their French opponents in the domestic league.

The Swedish star has never tasted European glory, while Jose Mourinho is aiming to win the competition with his third different club, after success at Inter and FC Porto.

DRAMA: Grey's Anatomy (RTE Two, 9pm – 9.55pm)

On the day of April’s wedding, the Grey Sloan Memorial doctors are all preoccupied with their own drama.

Cristina tries to downplay the success of her recent ground-breaking procedure before a room full of VIPs, but Shane isn’t shy about saying she hit a home run. This ticks off Cristina, who thinks he may burn himself out.

Derek is asked to talk to folks who are behind the presidential initiative on brain mapping. He’s offered a sizeable amount of money to be a consultant but will he accept the position?

Alex continues to battle with his feelings about his father Jimmy who abandoned him as a child.

Meredith and Cristina continue to argue about their research and careers. The day of the big wedding arrives. Will April’s bridesmaids be able to put aside their own issues before she walks up the aisle?

MEDIA: The Battle for Britain’s Breakfast (BBC2, 9pm – 10pm)

In the red corner: TV-am, including the likes of Anne Diamond, Nick Owen, David Frost, Angela Rippon, Lorraine Kelly and Kay Burley; in the blue corner: the BBC’s Breakfast Time, with the likes of Sue Cook, Jill Dando, Fern Britton, David Icke, Nick Ross and Jeremy Paxman.

Thus the battle lines were drawn in 1983, when breakfast television rose to prominence and the two big players fought for supremacy for the best part of a decade.

In this documentary, famous faces from morning TV shows past and present drop in to discuss what life was like before this time, when morning viewing choices were limited to educational shows or the test card, and after.

Not everyone is a fan _ as contributor Gyles Brandreth remarks, “Britain before breakfast television was a civilised place – people had breakfast at breakfast time, and read a newspaper”.

Nick Ross agrees: “Television in the morning was outrageous – it was just decadence beyond belief”.

REALITY: The Call Centre (BBC3, 9pm – 10pm)

They are the bane of our existence: cold callers interrupting our dinner, and usually trying to sell us stuff we don’t want.

Of course for the million-plus people on the other end of the line in the ’factories of our time’, those calls put food on the table, and in the case of BBC Three’s hit docusoap The Call Centre, make money for the likes of Nev Wiltshire.

You may remember him, the larger-than-life CEO of Swansea’s largest call centre who runs his 600 staff with a firm hand, but has a broad sense of humour.

“What sums up my management style? Some say I’m barking orders. Some say I’m barking mad, but there’s life in the old dog yet.”

Now Nev and the team are back for a new run, and in the opener he gives his managers a pep talk, tea girl Hayley takes a staff member to task, and Abii reveals the secrets of HR.

GAME SHOW: Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC3, 10pm – 10.30pm)

Nick Grimshaw may have had a rollercoaster ride in terms of ratings for his Radio 1 breakfast show, but clearly he’s doing something right with BBC3’s answer to Celebrity Juice.

In mid-March it was announced that STSS had been given a green light for two more series after this one, so clearly rounds such as On the Quiff of Grimmy, and The Sweatbox have touched a chord with the masses.

Taking part in the first of a new series are team captains Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom.

Plus, The Call Centre’s Nev (“Get out of my office!”) Wilshire and comedians Holly Walsh and Ed Gamble hope they have what it takes to win as Nick makes a big deal about the little things in life.

It won’t make you think too hard, if at all, but it is a great way to ease any Tuesday night blues.

FILM: The Simpsons Movie (E4, 8pm – 9.50pm)

(2007) When Homer undermines attempts to clean up Lake Springfield by dumping a silo full of pig waste in it, the government decides the only way to avert an ecological disaster is to encase the entire city under a giant dome.

The Simpsons manage to escape to start a new life in Alaska, but then they discover that the next stage of the government’s plan involves wiping out their home town all together...

The Simpsons had already been on the air for 17 years by the time this film hit the cinemas, but anyone who feared that their moment had passed or that the writers would struggle to pad it out to feature length was definitely proved wrong.

The animation is great, the script is sharp, and the voices are as perfect as always. Maybe in another 17 years, they’ll get round to making a sequel.

Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Marcia Wallace

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 90%

FILM: The Box (BBC1, 12.15am – 2am)

(2008) In 1970s Virginia, NASA employee Arthur and his wife Norma are visited by a stranger, who gives them a wooden box and a proposition – if they push the button on the top of the box, they will receive a million dollars, but somewhere in the world, someone they don’t know will die.

Given the shaky state of their finances, Norma takes him up on the offer, but the couple feel increasingly guilty about their decision, and uneasy about where the box came from and what will happen next.

This film is based on Richard Mattheson’s short story Button, Button, which was previously adapted for an episode of The Twilight Zone, and some viewers may conclude the intriguing premise is probably better suited to a 30-minute running time.

But director Richard Kelly does take the story in some intriguing directions, while strong performances from Cameron Diaz and James Franco keep it from lurching too far into the ridiculous.

Starring: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn, Holmes Osborne, Sam Oz Stone

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 45%

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