Tuesday's TV Tips

Here's our guide to the best TV to watch tonight.

Tuesday's TV Tips

Here's our guide to the best TV to watch tonight.

Living the Wildlife (RTÉ One, 7pm)

Emmy Award winning cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson travels to the four corners of Ireland, meeting a host of interesting characters and fascinating species.

In this episode, Colin visits one of Ireland’s most beautiful world heritage sites for a truly unique filming opportunity. Peppered with ancient beehive dwellings, this remote monastic outcrop off the Kerry coast is home to brightly-coloured puffins, elusive Manx shearwater, predatory gulls and the biggest gannet breeding colony in Ireland.

At night, the island becomes a fascinating and eerie world where the haunting calls of the Manx Shearwater pierce the air. These nocturnal creatures normally breed in the same warrens as the puffins but, on this island, Colin has discovered something quite remarkable.

In an extremely unusual move, one plucky shearwater couple have set up home in one of the beehives, giving Colin a unique opportunity to film a rare and magical sight.

FILM: Independence Day (E4, 7.30pm)

Essentially a reworked version of War of the Worlds, Independence Day sees a whole host of aliens visit Earth, intent on destroying it.

After the world’s landmarks are laid to waste spectacularly, it seems to fall to the Americans – in the form of cocky, courageous fighter pilot Will Smith, computer genius Jeff Goldblum and plucky president Bill Pullman – to save the planet.

Switch off your brain for a while and don’t let the flagwaving US patriotism put you off - or the Grand Canyon-sized plot holes (such as Smith’s remarkable capacity to fly an alien space ship and Goldblum hacking into an alien mainframe with not so much a system error in sight) for that matter – this is glorious escapism.

Featuring top-notch performances, a super David Arnold score and great special effects, this is well worth a watch.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 60%

DOCUMENTARY: Lisa Cannon: Presenter to Powerlifter (TV3, 8pm)

Glamorous ‘Xpose’ presenter Lisa Cannon is swapping studio lights and glitzy red carpets for the gym in this new TV3 documentary.

In the space of just eight weeks, Lisa is aiming to go from novice to pro power lifter, pushing the boundaries of her physical and mental state.

Lisa is setting herself the ultimate challenge of competing in the Powerlifting Championships, alongside women from all over the country, some of which have been training for many months and even years.

Following an extremely strict diet and heavily regimented exercise plan alongside top personal trainers, the presenter is aiming to drastically transform her body.

TV3 will document the highs and lows of her journey.

Will Lisa fail or succeed in becoming one of Ireland’s next female power lifters?

FOOD: MasterChef Ireland (RTÉ 1, 8.30pm)

It's quarter-final week on MasterChef Ireland and the contestants are challenged to cook for 24 invited guests at the Michelin-star kitchen at the Cliff House Hotel.

It’s been a tough journey in the kitchen – and now Charlie, Niamh, Mark, Hugh, Diana and Edel are back to face Nick and Dylan – who will choose which of them goes through to next week’s semi-final.

Their challenge today, is to give Nick and Dylan a fine dining dish that celebrates the wonderful ingredients of the Irish Sea.

Hugh handled the pressure best in the House lunch service. For Nick and Dylan, he produced the dish of the day. His advantage is that he gets first pick of the pantry ahead of the other five contestants.

DOCUMENTARY: The Town That Caught Tourettes (TV3, 10pm)

This programme tells extraordinary story of how a group of teenage girls in a small American town suddenly developed what appeared to be Tourette's syndrome.

In October 2011, in the tiny town of Le Roy, New York, a handful of teenage girls from the same high school suddenly developed symptoms that looked like Tourette's syndrome: facial twitching, violent limb gestures and uncontrollable verbal outbursts.

Some doctors believed they were victims of conversion disorder, where real physical symptoms - in this case tics - are triggered not by a physical cause, but by psychological trauma.

But within a few months 18 students were sick and the diagnosis became 'mass hysteria'.

As a cry for help, the girls went on national TV and their story caused a global media frenzy.

This remarkable documentary meets the people at the heart of this outbreak, including the girls who have recovered, as well as those who are still affected.

MUSIC: Later Live – With Jools Holland (BBC2, 10pm)

Stockholm-born vocalist Neneh Cherry was THE face and voice of 1988. She last had a chart hit in 1999, so there’s a chance her new solo album ‘Blank Project’ could put her back in the public eye.

As ‘Later Live – With Jools Holland’ returns for its 44th run, Ms Cherry plays breakout hit, ‘Buffalo Stance’, while Elbow return to the studio.

Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Pete Turner and brothers Craig and Mark Potter perform a selection from recent album ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’.

That stormed to the top of the album charts, becoming the first of their projects to do so.

Plus, there are turns from seasoned crooner Engelbert Humperdinck; Cambridge electronic outfit Clean Bandit and vocalist Jess Glynne. They perform their number one smash Rather Be.

Leeds alt-rock group Eagulls and Danish singer-songwriter/pianist Agnes Obel, who will also be promoting their new work.

EDUTAINMENT: Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums (Dave, 10pm)

Irish comic-turned-presenter Dara O Briain seems the is everywhere at the moment.

But when he’s not interviewing the most recently sacked Apprentice candidate, or discussing life’s mysteries in his Science Club, Dara can usually be found here, attempting to solve various mathematics conundrums.

Of course, he’s not on his own in his problem solving – he’s got the help of Oxford maths genius Marcus du Sautoy, and each episode feels far from a maths lesson what with the various comedians who get involved each week.

In this latest instalment, Dara is joined by Jon Richardson and Stephen K Amos in an attempt to come up with answers to more problems.

NEW ON NETFLIX: Dark Days (2000)

‘Dark Days’ explores the surprisingly domestic subterranean world of a homeless community living in a train tunnel beneath NYC.

Through stories heartbreaking and hilarious, tunnel dwellers reveal their reasons for taking refuge and their struggle to survive underground.

With a hypnotic soundtrack by legendary DJ Shadow, ‘Dark Days’ is still an enduring classic.

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 94%

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