Today’s TV tips

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Today’s TV tips

GAME SHOW: Crossfire (TV3, 8pm)

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.

It’s the game show where points are deadly but who will hold their own and avoid getting caught in the crossfire?

Defending champion Shane O’Hagan from Derry this week takes on Michael O’Dowd, from Dublin, Pam Roche, also from Dublin and Keith Millar, a student from Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Who will survive the three gruelling rounds to be crowned this week’s champ?

PANEL COMEDY: Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm)

This week it’s the turn of actor and comedian David Mitchell in the host’s well-worn chair, so we can be guaranteed some quick-witted laughs anytime he goes off-script.

David is no stranger to this sort of thing having been a panel game staple over the past decade.

After all he’s been a team captain on Would I Lie To You? for the past seven years; appeared in 21 episodes of QI, and is one of HIGNFY’s most reliable front men, having guest-starred in the show three times, and fired the questions six times (before this offering).

Aside from regular captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop (provided as standard), the latest offering features the added bonus of Andy Hamilton.

A veteran writer/director of some of the best-loved British sitcoms ever, including Shelley, Who Dares Wins, Drop the Dead Donkey and Outnumbered, he’s already appeared in this quiz 13 times before, so you know you’re in safe hands.

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

They don’t get a lot of A-list comics in Selby, North Yorkshire, so when Alan Carr announced he was playing the town a few months ago, tickets sold out super-fast.

Although the toothy comic had to put up with a few over-excited audience members texting their mates during this warm-up gig, you get the feeling it’s not the worst crowd he’s ever played to.

Of course most of the time on slick TV shows like Chatty Man, we only see what the cameras want us to, which is Dorset’s finest comedy export entertaining major celebrities.

He’s spent the past five years hosting this Bafta-winning comedy vehicle, so little wonder he’s signed a lucrative deal with Channel 4 which should see him on the box until well into next year.

This week, Lily Allen chats and performs her new single Our Time, and American rocker Courtney Love discusses her pending UK tour.

And best of all, there’s not a texting audience member in sight.

FILM: Definitely, Maybe (More4, 9pm)

Will Hayes is a thirtysomething political consultant and single dad to 10-year-old Maya.

She’s a tenacious child who’s obsessed with finding out more about Will’s early life – in particular the women he dated, and how he and her mother got together. Will decides to relive his past for Maya, from his early days in New York, through his relationships with three very different women.

He changes their names and challenges his daughter to guess which one became her mum.

Was it Will’s college sweetheart, his long-time best friend, or a free-spirited but ambitious journalist? That would be telling...

Sweet-natured if a little twee, this offering from writer-director Adam Brooks is well worth tuning in for, if only for the excellent central performances from Ryan Reynolds and especially Abigail Breslin, who’s outstanding as Maya. Rating: 70%

FILM: GoldenEye (UTV, 11.05)

In this adventure, James Bond travels to Russia, but this is no Cold War adventure.

Instead, 007 is trying to locate the source of a new satellite designed to destroy the world’s electronic devices – but ends up face to face with a ghost from the past determined to thwart his plans.

It’s one of the best Bond offerings and was a fine debut as the secret agent for Pierce Brosnan.

Sean Bean is terrific as the bad guy, Famke Janssen steals the show as sexy assassin Xenia and Izabella Scorupco is a likeable heroine.

Fine support also comes from Alan Cumming, Robbie Coltrane and Judi Dench.

New Zealand-born director Martin Campbell returned to the franchise to make Casino Royale in 2006. He was also the first non-English man to direct a Bond movie. Rating: 82%

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