Friday’s TV Tips

Our pick of what’s best on the box tonight.

Friday’s TV Tips

REAL-LIFE: Ice Road Truckers (Channel 5, 8pm)

It’s the last episode of the series and as the temperature rises, so do the tempers of the truckers as they rush to complete their final runs before the ice begins to thaw.

Unfortunately, in Manitoba the road surface has already degenerated so badly that it’s no longer ice, but rather an impassable slushy swamp – and Rick and Hugh still have to find a way home after making a delivery, otherwise they’ll be stuck and out of business.

Meanwhile, Jack is keen to retain his title as the load count king by transporting a vital piece of drilling equipment to an oil field, but with Darrell breathing down his neck, anything could happen.

Plus, Austin has got his truck back on the road after a breakdown, and he’s given another oversized load, confirming his status as a heavy hauler.

FOOD: Masterchef: The Finals (BBC1, 8.30pm)

‘MasterChef’ is about to launch another eager amateur chef upon us, and perhaps it’ll be their cookbooks we’re buying as Christmas presents this year.

OK, we might be getting a bit ahead of ourselves there (it’s not even summer yet, after all), but whoever is crowned champion in tonight’s final, we can at least rest assured they’ve been brought up to scratch by some of the best in the business. Judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace take no prisoners.

This final is tougher than ever. After a formidable eight-week competition, the three finalists must push themselves to the limit for one last time, before John and Gregg crown their champion. But just how much have they learned?

We’ll soon find out, as they have three hours to demonstrate what sort of cooks they have become.

FILM: Dumb And Dumber (TV3, 9pm)

The hilarious comedy duo, Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey and Golden Globe nominee Jeff Daniels, team up in this side-splitting comedy blockbuster.

It’s all about the cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends who drive across the United States to return a client's briefcase.

Brilliantly written and directed by the Award winning Farrelly Brothers who also brought us ‘There’s Something About Mary’ and ‘Shallow Hal’.

DOCUMENTARY: The Story of Women and Art (BBC2, 9pm)

Visit most of the world’s major galleries and museums, and you’ll find that the majority of the work within them is by men.

Does this mean that over the centuries, women have struggled to find creative outlets, or could it be that there have always been great female artists, but their work just hasn’t always been recognised?

Professor Amanda Vickery tends towards the latter explanation, and in this new series, she tells the stories of some of the remarkable women who have overcome some huge obstacles to fulfil their artistic ambitions.

Vickery looks at the work of sculptress Properzia de Rossi, who honed her skills on peach stones, and a portraitist, Sofonisba Anguissola, whose subjects included the most powerful figures in 16th-century Europe.

Vickery also takes in the Protestant Reformation in the Dutch Republic, and reveals how a female paper cutter would go on to outsell Rembrandt.

FILM: The Thing (ITV4, 11.20pm)

Kurt Russell heads the cast of this gruesome thriller, ably assisted by Wilford Brimley, Keith David and David Clennon.

A group of American scientists uncover a space ship buried in the Antarctic ice. Unfortunately they also discover a frozen alien which promptly thaws out and begins wreaking havoc by taking the shape of anyone and anything it likes.

It’s certainly gory, and while it has plenty going for it, John Carpenter’s effects-laden shocker is a slight disappointment compared to other films of its genre.

It’s certainly a great cast, and sees Kurt Russell in a brilliantly challenging role – all in all, it’s well worth a look.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, TK Carter, Keith David, Richard Dysart

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 79%

FILM: Lone Star (BBC2, 12.10am)

Sam Deeds, the sheriff of a Texas town, investigates the discovery of a 40-year-old skeleton buried secretly in the desert, which he realises is the body of a corrupt predecessor.

Sam’s father became a local hero for driving the crooked lawman from office, but as his son digs up the past, he finds the situation was far more complicated than he suspected.

A haunting offering from cult film-maker John Sayles, who was Oscar nominated for Best Screenplay.

It’s a great offering – even if it is tucked away late in the schedules. Set your box to record it, this isn’t one to be missed.

Starring: Chris Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Pena, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 93%

NEW ON NETFLIX: Easy Money

Lower-class business student JW (Joel Kinnaman) falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm's wealthy elite.

To keep up the façade of his lifestyle, he's lured into a world of crime.

Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and Serbian mafia. He hopes that brokering a massive cocaine deal will allow him to escape for good.

Mafia enforcer Mrado is on the hunt for Jorge, but his efforts are complicated when he's unexpectedly saddled with caring for his young daughter.

As JW's journey ventures deeper into the dark world of organized crime, the fate of all three men becomes entangled and ends with a dramatic struggle for life and death.

Rotten Tomatoes.com Rating: 85%

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