Tonight's TV tips

Caroline Flack hosts Viral Tap, on ITV2 at 10pm. A brand new topical comedy show which searches for the week's best online clips and viral videos.

Tonight's TV tips

SINGING COMPETITION: The Voice of Ireland (RTE One, 6.30pm – 8.30pm)

Tonight the remaining four contestants, Kellie Lewis, Jamie Stanton, Brendan McCahey and Laura May Lenehan, will take to the stage, for one last time, for a chance to win a recording contract with Universal Ireland.

And for the first time this series the coaches have no power, the winner will be decided by the public vote only.

Each act will perform two songs and their coaches will travel to their home town to meet family and friends. There will be music from Clean Bandit.

Presented by Kathryn Thomas.

ENTERTAINMENT: Viral Tap (ITV2, 10pm – 10.50pm)

Caroline Flack makes the headlines for all kinds of reasons including her fashion sense and her love life – it’s easy to forget that actually, she’s a half-decent presenter and that’s why she should be featuring in the column inches.

So as if reading our minds, ITV2 has lined her up, alongside Carly Smallman and Xtra Factor pal Matt Richardson, to host this cheeky panel show.

The three of them, joined each week by a mix of comedians and online superstars, will be searching through viewers’ videos to find the funniest and most outrageous ones.

The trio will explain how you can submit a video, but if you’re more of a shy and retiring rather-sit-back-and-laugh-at-others type, perhaps this will change your mind: viewers can earn up to £1,000 a clip if they’re played on the show.

Keep an eye out for the A-list stars of the viral video world, including John Chapman, whose videos have had over 48 million views.

ART: Perspectives: Gary Kemp – Kick Out the Jams (UTV, 10pm – 11pm)

While Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp might initially seem like a strange choice to investigate the modern art world, all will become clear.

He’s better known as a musician and actor but Kemp is also an art enthusiast, and is keen to build up his own significant collection of British art and furniture.

In the latest programme from this thoroughly entertaining strand, he studies the modern art world 25 years after it was shook up by the arrival of the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin – the Young British Artists. His argument is that the rock ’n’ roll style of the YBAs made contemporary art relevant and even altered Britain’s culture.

Kemp visits galleries and studios around London, as well inviting us inside his house to view his own artwork.

We can also expect interviews with several of the YBAs, including Sam Taylor-Wood and Gavin Turk.

DOCUMENTARY: The New Saints: A Beyond Belief Special (RTE One, 10.35pm – 11.35pm)

Following the canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, Mick Peelo is joined by a select panel to discuss the lives, legacies and pontificates of the new saints, the purpose and meaning of sainthood and its relevance for today.

On Sunday 27 April, Pope Francis celebrates the canonisation of two of his predecessors, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, in St Peter’s Square Rome with live coverage on RTÉ One.

Following the morning’s canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, Mick Peelo presents ‘The New Saints – A Beyond Belief Special’. He will be joined by a select panel to discuss the lives, legacies and pontificates of the new saints, the purpose and meaning of sainthood and its relevance for today.

The panel includes: Mark Patrick Hederman, Abbot of Glenstal; Dame/Baroness Nuala O’Loan, member of the House of Lords, former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland and contributor to the Irish Catholic Newspaper; Bishop John Fleming, Bishop of Killala, (former director of the Irish College in Rome 1992 – 2001), Archbishop Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and Grainne Doherty, theologian and lecturer at All Hallows College, Dublin.

FILM: The Artist (BBC2, 9pm – 10.35pm)

(2011) In 1920s Hollywood, George Valentin is a huge star – he’s so famous, chorus girl Peppy Miller gets her big break just by being pictured bumping into him at a premiere.

So, when ’talking pictures’ come in, George sees no reason to change his style, convinced the audiences will still turn up to see him in silent movies. Instead, he finds himself left behind by the new technology, while Peppy’s star continues to rise.

This is a (mostly) silent French film in black and white – on paper it sounds like an art-house movie. But there’s a reason that The Artist went on to become a huge, Oscar-winning hit, and that’s because it’s a genuine crowd-pleaser.

Jean Dujardin is hugely charming in the lead role – and certainly looks like 1920s matinee idol – and the whole film has so much joie de vivre, it’s impossible to resist.

Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Malcolm McDowell

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 98%

FILM: The Other Guys (Channel 5, 9pm)

(2010) Mild-mannered NYPD cop Allen Gamble is more comfortable pushing pencils than busting bad guys. Hot-headed officer Terry Hoitz is Gamble’s reluctant partner and, try as he might to get back on the streets, a previous embarrassing encounter has left a sizable black mark on his record.

Meanwhile, hard-nut Detectives Danson and Highsmith always get their man. However, when the pair are sidelined, it’s time for Gamble and Hoitz to prove their mettle and save the day.

Director Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are clearly a winning combination – they previously worked together on Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers.

This police buddy comedy is up there with their best, and while Mark Wahlberg proves a welcome addition to the team.

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Steve Coogan, Eva Mendes, Samuel L Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton, Ray Stevenson

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 79%

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