Today’s TV tips

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Today’s TV tips

COMEDY: The Savage Eye (RTÉ Two, 10pm)

The Savage Eye returns for a fourth series today.

The critically acclaimed series takes a satirical look at subjects close to the hearts of the Irish people.

Each show explores one subject and is framed around a question that the show then seeks to answer through the positing of a number of reasons (which may be at times accurate, at times ridiculous and purely for comedic effect).

The series welcomes back the much loved and familiar characters; Publican Mick ‘The Bull’ Daly, Ireland’s President for Life and her Housebound ‘It’ and the Garda trainees.

The show deals with issues that are provocative and divisive, and lifts a mirror to parts of Irish society that we may not like to admit exist, but at all times in a savagely funny manner.

SPORT: Live Snooker: The World Championship Final (BBC2, 2pm & 7pm)

The snooker season reaches a climax this afternoon and evening at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, where the remaining two players take to the table for the concluding session of the World Championship final.

The home of snooker has once again seen the masses entertained by the world’s finest, with a number of thrilling matches and nail-biting moments, culminating in the match that all snooker stars aspire to being involved in.

There is a chance Ronnie O’Sullivan will be one of the players still standing as he looks to win the tournament for the third year in succession and the sixth time in his career.

That would move him level with Steve Davis of the modern greats, and just one victory behind Stephen Hendry.

While the Rocket safely negotiated the opening round, there were other leading contenders who fell at the first hurdle, most notably Ding Junhui, who had been tipped by many to conclude his incredible season with a first Crucible triumph.

DOCUMENTARY: Cork Megaport (TV3, 9pm)

10 million tonnes of shipping pass through the port of Cork each year, with giant cruise ships, roll-on roll-off ferries, massive container ships, the Irish Navy, and Ocean going yachts.

They all to be managed by the teams of pilots, security, stevedores and shipping agents, the port of Cork is a 24/7 operation for 365 days of the year, it is one of Ireland’s greatest success stories, and vital to the country’s economy.

This fast paced fly-on-the-wall series goes behind the scenes with a cast of colourful characters, who over the series will become familiar faces on our screens.

They deal with demanding cruise ship passengers, wayward yachtsmen, drug smugglers and millions of tonnes of foreign goods… welcome to Cork - Ireland’s Megaport.

FILM: National Treasure (BBC1, 3.45pm)

Ben Gates is the intrepid archaeologist whose family has been trying to find the Knights Templar Treasure ever since it was hidden by America’s founding fathers.

Gates must not only tackle the cryptic clues that stand between him and the fortune, but also the ruthless enemy who wants the riches for himself.

To stop him, our hero decides to steal the Declaration of Independence – the key piece of the puzzle – but his reckless action only serves to attract the attention of the FBI, who are now hot on his tail.

It’s one of the best family action-adventures in ages and a worthy successor to Indiana Jones – or if you’re feeling slightly less generous, a more grown-up Goonies.

Keep an eye out for an in-joke. On the yellow piece of paper in which Sean Bean’s character is working out the clues, look at the top of the page.

There are two crossed swords with a circle between them. This drawing is the logo for Bean’s hometown football club, Sheffield United, known also as The Blades. Rating: 44%


John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson), owner of a construction company, receives a call from his ex-wife Sylvie Collins (Melina Kanakaredes).

His estranged son Jason (Rafi Gavron) is being charged for distribution of narcotics; while Jason is not actually a dealer, his friend set him up in a sting operation to reduce his own sentence after being caught. Jason's charges carry a minimum of 10 years in prison.

John feels responsible because he was not there for his son, and he becomes desperate as he realizes that Jason may be killed before he finishes his prison sentence.

Using his connections, John arranges several meetings with the local US Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon), who is running a very aggressive anti-drug campaign to bolster her chances for election to Congress.

Joanne agrees to reduce Jason's sentence if John can inform on a drug dealer, but states that he'll receive little help from her and that the risk will be all his. Rating:56%

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