Today’s TV tips

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Today’s TV tips

DOCUMENTARY: Ireland By Night (TV3, 8pm)

In the first episode, we get a truthful view into the world of security as we document one

company through their night shift.

During the night we also follow the local milkman of the greater Dublin area as he

ploughs along his shift delivering dairy products to all.

It’s 3am and for many it’s the middle of the night but for Joe Duffy the owner of

Smithfield’s oldest flower stall it’s time to get up and get ready for the busy day ahead.

This brand new TV3 fly on the wall documentary highlights the task in hand of working

through the night while the majority of the people sleep soundly.

Ireland By Night explores the night-shift workers as they go about their respective duties.

DRAMA: The Mentalist (RTÉ One, 10.35pm)

When a masked intruder tries to kill Rigsby and Van Pelt, they travel to Austin and

regroup with Lisbon and Jane.

Abbott gives them clearance to help the team track down the CBI killer.

Meanwhile, the body of Dan Becker, an anti-fracking advocate, has been found on a

fracking site west of Austin.

The locals are blaming the oil company for Dan’s death, but the corporation thinks that a

militant hacker group was behind the murder.

Patrick Jane (series star Simon Baker), an independent consultant with the California

Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes

by using his razor sharp skills of observation and psychological manipulation.

EDUCATIONAL: Mr Drew’s School for Boys (Channel 4, 9pm)

Lads aged 12 and under are six times more likely than girls to be kicked out of school,

and 90 per cent of young offenders previously excluded from school, so it’s clear

something needs to be done to keep pre-teenage boys on the right track.

That’s the goal of Stephen Drew, the inspirational head teacher from Educating Essex.

If you missed last week’s opening episode, his mission in this series is to help 11 boys

whose behaviour is threatening their future by enrolling them - and their parents – in a

unique residential summer school.

The series continues a week into the project, and Mr Drew believes he has a good sense

of where each family’s problems lie. Beginning with 10-year-old Dominic, he is stunned

by video evidence of how he speaks to his mother.

There are also issues caused by the school’s healthy snacks policy, and a day at the

seaside leads to a battle of wills between 11-year-old Clark and Mr Drew.

FILM: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (UTV, 7.30pm)

Harry returns for his fourth year at Hogwarts to find someone has volunteered him for

a prestigious but potentially deadly magical tournament, which will see him competing

against the cream of the wizarding world’s other boarding schools.

To make matters worse, it appears the evil Lord Voldemort is planning a comeback, and

Harry and Ron face the even more terrifying prospect of finding dates for the Yule Ball.

It’s one of the best of the Harry Potter films – darker and more complex than the early

instalments, but easier to follow than the later movies, which can be a bit mystifying if

you haven’t read the books.

Young stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson rise to the challenge

admirably, while the supporting adult cast is chock full of some of Britain’s best

actors, with Brendan Gleeson proving a particularly welcome addition to the Hogwarts


Look out for a pre-Twilight Robert Pattinson as Harry’s rival Cedric. Following Ian

Brown of the Stone Roses cameo in Prisoner of Azkaban, this one features Jarvis Cocker

and members of Radiohead playing the Hogwarts Yule Ball. Rating: 87%


Rabbit Hole is a 2010 American drama film starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and

Dianne Wiest.

Becca and Howie Corbett mourn the death of their 4-year-old son Danny who was killed

in a car accident when he ran out into the street after his dog.

Becca wants to give away Danny's clothes, remove Danny's things, and sell their house,

but Howie is angry at Becca's elimination of anything that reminds them of their child.

Becca and Howie attend a self-help group, but Becca is irritated by some members of the

group, particularly by one couple who attribute their child's death to God's will. Rating: 86%

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