Tonights TV tips

Judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams give their verdict on a brand new batch of weird and wonderful performances in Britain's Got Talent on TV3 at 7pm tonight.

Tonights TV tips

HOME VIDEO: Let Me Entertain You (UTV, 6pm – 6.30pm)

Britain’s got so much talent, it seems ITV can’t fit it all into just one Saturday night show.

So, they’ve launched Let Me Entertain You, which is perfect for people who want to share their singing and dancing abilities with the nation, but don’t fancy the idea of having to hear Simon Cowell’s assessment of their abilities afterwards.

Instead, they can record themselves performing at home, and then send the clip off to presenter Michael Underwood, who will share it with the viewing public, alongside some of the best videos the internet has offer. We’re promised everything from body-popping zookeepers to Beyonce-impersonating toddlers, not to mention some Lady Gaga parodies that even the genuine article might find a little out there.

And if you end up thinking you could have done a better job, Michael will no doubt be explaining how to submit your own clip.

ENTERTAINMENT: Britain’s Got Talent (TV3, 7pm – 8.15pm)

Every spring in playgrounds and workplaces around the UK it’s the same question: ’Did you see Britain’s Got Talent at the weekend?’

On April 14, as many of us tried to get through another Monday morning, one woman dominated the chat of many. Paddy, the pensioner who had taken up Spanish dancing, and was being hurled around the BGT stage like a woman a quarter of her age.

Though Simon Cowell buzzed her and dancer partner Nico, he soon regretted his decision when the routine got going. Amanda Holden was so impressed, she was the first judge to hit her golden buzzer, fast-tracking the duo through to the next stage of the contest.

Of course now we have a new group of wannabe stars all hoping they have what it takes to impress Simon, Amanda and fellow judges Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

As ever, hosts Ant and Dec will be giggling in the wings.

MUSIC: Mozart in Prague: Rolando Villazon on Don Giovanni (BBC2, 8.30pm – 9.30pm)

On October 29th 1787 in Prague, Don Giovanni, one of the best-known operas of all time, had its premiere performance – and now acclaimed tenor Rolando Villazon is telling its story, making this a must-see for music fans.

He explores the run-up to the candlelit first showing, taking in the music and discussing the social setting, before recreating the finale of the opera in great detail.

In this hour-long programme, Rolando pays a visit to the Estates Theatre, where Mozart conducted Don Giovanni’s premiere, working with local orchestra Collegium 1704. He discusses the revolutionary techniques Mozart used, and credits him with being a genius as a composer.

He will also be talking with a range of experts and drawing on historical sources to give us the detailed picture of the world in which the opera was performed.

GAME SHOW: The Guess List (BBC1, 9.30pm – 10.10pm)

It will probably never take the place of Pointless in our hearts, but there is something very likeable indeed about this game show.

Perhaps it’s host Rob Brydon’s natural charm and wit that makes it so watchable, or the fact that, after making us laugh for so many years, he can still laugh at himself.

But whatever the reason, we’re already hoping it won’t go the same way as Don’t Scare the Hare and will be back for a second run sometime in the near future. But that’s a way off.

For now, enjoy the latest round in which another crop of famous faces – McFly’s Harry Judd, wildlife presenter Kate Humble, comic Jason Manford, Loose Women’s Carol Vorderman and choirboy-turned-TV/radio host Aled Jones – attempt to help members of the public win a tailor-made prize.

This is perfect Saturday night viewing to be enjoyed with your feet up and a glass of your chosen tipple.

ANIMATION: Madagascar (BBC1, 5.20pm – 6.40pm)

(2005) A group of animals appear to be living the good life at New York zoo – adoring crowds, meals on demand – but Marty the zebra yearns to experience life in the wild.

When he makes an escape attempt, his friends Alex the lion, Melman the giraffe, and Gloria the hippo try to get him back, but instead the entire gang manages to end up stranded on an African jungle island.

How will the pampered creatures survive when forced to rely on their animal instincts instead of the zoo keepers?

This is not quite in the Pixar league, but this animated adventure from Dreamworks Studios is still a lot of fun, thanks to some great jokes and a very well chosen voice cast.

And if you enjoy it, it’s definitely worth checking out the surprisingly inventive sequels.

Starring: Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Andy Richter, Cedric the Entertainer Rating: 55%

FILM: Avatar (Channel 4, 8.15pm – 11.25pm)

(2009) A paraplegic soldier uses technology that allows him to control a genetically engineered body on a mission to a dangerous jungle world.

His assignment is to infiltrate an alien tribe on behalf of a corrupt mining corporation, which wants to drive them from their land.

However, the more time he spends there, the more he comes to sympathise with the plight of the natives, and helps them fight back against his employers.

The plot is a bit on the generic side and James Cameron’s script may leave a lot to be desired, but what he lacks in narrative freshness he makes up for with the incredible visual effects.

Even when seen in 2D on the small-screen, Avatar still retains its eye-popping magic.

Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang Rating: 83%

ANIMATION: Toy Story 3 (BBC3, 8.15pm – 9.55pm)

(2010) Now their owner Andy is all grown-up and headed off to college, it looks like Buzz, Woody and co are going to have to resign themselves to a life in the attic.

So, when they are instead accidentally packed off to a daycare centre, it looks like they are going to get a new lease of life – but instead they find themselves at the mercy of a bunch of rowdy kids, and a sinister teddy bear who runs the place like a prison camp.

As ever with this groundbreaking saga, the CG animation is superb, the pacing is excellent and the jokes are inspired.

But where the movie really succeeds is in its assault on the heartstrings - remember to have your tissues at the ready.

Starring: (The voices of) Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger, Timothy Dalton Rating: 99%

FILM: Contraband (TV3, 9.15pm – 11.20pm)

(2012) Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg stars as a security guard and former alcohol smuggler who is tempted back into the illicit business by his brother-in-law after encountering financial troubles.

The thriller also stars Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Diego Luna, and Giovani Ribisis, and is directed by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur, re-imagining his original film in this high-octane remake.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster Rating: 51%

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