Tonight's TV tips

BBC1 @ 10.20pm: Graham Norton continues his award-winning talk show, with guests Ricky Gervais, Ronnie Corbett and Juliette Binoche, plus music and chat from Irish pop star Imelda May.

Tonight's TV tips

GAME 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.

Paul Hughes, Vivienne Phelan, Tommy Mcdonnell And Darren Hughes

Can anyone beat returning champion Paul Hughes?

In this episode of Crossfire, Paul takes on Vivienne Phelan, a veterinary student from Co Laois, Tommy McDonnell, a teacher from Blessington and student Darren Hughes from Longford.

Will Paul once again be able to survive the game where points are deadly or will he get caught in the Crossfire? There’s a whole lot of cash at stake!

CHAT: Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4, 10pm - 11.05pm)

The eponymous host really earned his money a few weeks ago at Selby Town Hall as a rowdy audience insisted on telling him about their dogs, interrupted his show by begging him to come out partying after the gig, and being more raucous than a stag night organised by Charlie Sheen.

Ever the professional, Alan Carr rose above it all, and will no doubt do the same here if Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton get too rowdy.

They’ll be plugging new movie The Other Woman, while TV chef and baker Paul Hollywood discusses the Get Your Bake On UK tour.

Here’s hoping he spills the beans on The Great British Bake Off too, although we doubt he’ll have any gossip about cooking queen Mary Berry.

There are also contributions from ITV regular Paddy McGuinness, co-host of new cross-generational game show Amazing Greys, and Katy B provides the music.

CHAT: The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, 10.20pm – 11.05pm)

Graham is joined by comedy superstar Ricky Gervais, talking about the second series of Derek; comedy legend Ronnie Corbett, proving that reports of his retirement from showbusiness are somewhat premature; and Oscar-winning French actress and star of The English Patient and Chocolat, Juliette Binoche, appearing in new movie A Thousand Times Goodnight. Plus music and chat from Irish pop star Imelda May.

FILM: Becoming Jane (BBC2, 4.35pm - 6.30pm)

(2006) A look at the supposed relationship between Jane Austen and promising Irish lawman Thomas Langlois Lefroy.

While Jane’s parents disapprove of her literary ambitions, they are intent on finding her a wealthy husband – despite Jane’s own determination to only marry for love. However, things really become difficult for her when the charming Lefroy catches her eye.

Falling head over heels for one another, their plans to marry are dashed when they meet resistance to the match from both their families – and the course of true love refuses to run smoothly.

Starring: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Ian Richardson, Maggie Smith, Laurence Fox Rating: 57%

FILM: The Bourne Supremacy (UTV, 10.15pm - 12.15am)

(2004) Jason Bourne and his girlfriend Marie are trying to carve out a new, peaceful life, only to be forced to go on the run when a Russian agent is dispatched to Goa to kill the amnesiac assassin.

Believing his pursuer to be a CIA operative, Bourne decides to find out more about Ward Abbott, the shady high-ranking US Government official, and newcomer Pamela Landy, who is leading an investigation into the failed black-ops exercise Treadstone.

The second film in the Bourne franchise is one of those rare sequels that manages to be even better than the original movie.

It feels more realistic than your average thriller – there are no improbable gadgets or cheesy one-liners on display here – without sacrificing any tension or excitement.

In fact, with a terrific cast, screenplay, stunts, editing and score raised the action thriller bar so high, even 007 had a job topping it.

Starring: Matt Damon, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, Karl Urban Rating: 81%

FILM: The King of Comedy (Channel 4, 12.15am - 2am)

(1983) Delusional would-be comedian Rupert Pupkin is determined to become a star, and hopes that his hero, talk show host Jerry Langford, will give him his big break.

However, when the star refuses to give the unknown a slot on his programme, Pupkin joins forces with another one of Langford’s obsessive fans to kidnap him.

Critics and audiences didn’t seem to know what to make of Martin Scorsese’s pitch-black comedy when it was first released back in 1983.

Fortunately, the years have been extremely kind to The King of Comedy, which now looks like a sharp and remarkably prescient satire on our celebrity-obsessed culture.

Robert De Niro is on typically great form as Pupkin, but the real revelations are Sandra Bernhard as his partner-in-crime and Jerry Lewis, who is so good as Langford that you are left wondering why he didn’t take on more dramatic roles.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Sandra Bernhard, Diahnne Abbott, Catherine Scorsese, Leslie Levinson Rating: 90%

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