Tonight's TV tips

Our pick on what to look out for on the box tonight.

Tonight's TV tips

DOCUMENTARY: The Supervet (Channel 4, 8pm)

Pet owners will tell you that there’s nothing more heartbreaking than dealing with an animal that is ill or injured.

They can’t, after all, tell you what’s wrong or how they’re feeling, and attempts to ease their pain usually fall flat – in a nutshell, their human guardians tend to feel hopeless.

There’s also the worry that their injuries are so severe, the vet will say it’s kinder to put them to sleep, and that dread must cross the mind of Diane, the owner of Pixie, a 12-year-old cat who has been hit by a car.

The poor creature is currently unable to walk, but Noel Fitzpatrick, the supervet himself, thinks he can get her back on her paws with the help of a bionic implant.

It may sound like science fiction, but such things are increasingly becoming science fact – eat your heart out, Six Million Dollar Man.

The short but sweet series concludes with a Great Dane with a spinal problem and a new arrival at the practice.

DOCUMENTARY: Del Boys & Dealers (BBC1, 9pm)

It’s probably a bit unfair to describe the people featured on this programme as ’Del Boys’.

Mr Trotter of Only Fools and Horse fame was more of an ageing wide boy, somebody constantly flirting with the wrong side of the law in an attempt to make a fast buck.

But those in this series aren’t like that – they’re strictly above board.

You could, however, argue that some of them are a tad eccentric.

Take Sharon and Al, for instance. They usually deal in novelty goods and use a hearse as their premier mode of transport – perhaps they’re big fans of The Munsters.

They’re travelling to France in it this week, where they hope grab some great deals at a local auction, despite not knowing the lingo.

Canterbury women Stevie and Denise bought a bundle of second-hand clothes at auction and are literally hoping to turn rags to riches via a market stall.

SPORT: World Cup’s Best Ever Goals, Ever! (BBC3, 9pm)

The high number of Brazil-themed programmes and football-related shows in our TV schedules recently was to be expected really – the World Cup is a matter of weeks away, and as both the Beeb and ITV have invested a lot of time and money in covering it, they will have been keen to drum up as much excitement in the event as possible.

The latest programme to do just that is this hour-long special which, as the slightly bonkers title says, showcases the greatest netbusters ever to feature during the tournament.

So, what’s on that list? Well, if Maradona’s second goal against England in 1986 isn’t on the list, we’ll eat our leather casey. We’re not talking about the so-called Hand of God, but rather his individual effort that took out various England players before he slotted past Peter Shilton.

Michael Owen’s effort against Maradona’s Argentinian countrymen 12 years later should be there too.

The Great Irish Bake off (TV3, 10pm)

It is getting hot in the tent this week for the bakers – this week it is all about Pastry. Pastry is a favourite of both the judges Biddy While Lennon and Paul Kelly.

There are 11 bakers remaining – they are dreading the Technical challenge – which is set by Biddy this week – they have to show their skills with hot water crust pastry and Biddy’s wild ingredients.

Will Dave be able to keep his cool this week and prove to the judges he is more than capable? Will Treasa’s time keeping improve?

The Great Irish Bake off is presented by Anna Nolan.

FILM: The History Boys (BBC4, 9pm)

(2006) Alan Bennett’s comedy-drama about eight boys preparing to take their Oxbridge exams.

They’re exposed to the contrasting styles of two very different schoolmasters – intellectually enthusiastic Hector, and the more cynical new arrival Irwin, who intends to equip the lads with the specific information needed to get ahead.

While some might prefer to see the stage show of the play (it became a smash hit in London in 2004, premiering at the Royal National Theatre) which you can usually find on various tours, the film does have its highlights – Alan Bennett’s screenplay really brings the whole thing to life.

Richard Griffiths, Stephen Campbell Moore, Frances de la Tour and company put in great performances and look very at home in their characters – largely because this is the same cast in that original play at the National Theatre.

Starring: Richard Griffiths, Stephen Campbell Moore, Frances de la Tour, Samuel Anderson and James Corden Rating: 65%

FILM: Total Recall (UTV, 11.40pm)

(1990) A construction worker from 2084 dreams of going to Mars.

Five minutes in, the plot takes a wild left turn – but Doug Quaid soon learns that he is the victim of a memory wipe and that he is actually a secret agent whose ’wife“ has been assigned to spy on him.

To find his true identity, he sets off for a trip to the red planet and does battle with its evil governor.

Paul Verhoeven’s gory sci-fi thriller was billed as one of the first great sci-fi films of the 1990s, and it certainly lived up to that promise.

Stunning stuff with Oscar-winning effects created by Rob Bottin of Robocop fame. Loosely based on Philip K Dick’s short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, this is fast, furious and very enjoyable – but not for the squeamish.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox Rating: 84%

FILM: Beginners (Film4, 11.35pm)

(2010) A man starting a relationship looks back on the last years of his father’s life, when he came out as gay at the age of 75.

He recalls the old man’s passionate new outlook on life, and ponders what the experience can teach him about his current romance.

This is a marvellous comedy drama which finally landed Christopher Plummer an Oscar. He became the oldest winner, surpassing Jessica Tandy’s previous record.

He also picked up a Golden Globe and Bafta and several other awards for the performance.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller Rating: 84%

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