Friday's TV Tips

Your daily, spoiler-free guide to what to look out for on the box.

Friday's TV Tips

TALENT COMPETITION: America’s Got Talent (TV3, 9pm)

Nick Cannon hosts the search for the hottest variety and novelty acts from across the US. Acts range from the weird to the spectacular, with the quest to find the best talent on offer. Starring returning judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum.

There are NO age limits... NO talent boundaries... and NO second chances!

Judgement week begins tonight as acts perform to become one of the 47 that will be selected to move on in the competition to Radio City Music Hall next week.

The 48th and final spot will be the act that was selected as the winner of the “Today’s Got Talent” contest. The show will begin with the judges personally informing 8 acts that they were selected to go straight to the live performance shows.

FOOD: Gino’s Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun (UTV, 10.40)

He’s sampled plenty of British cuisine as well as some of the ’delicacies’ of the Australia jungle on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, but for Gino D’Acampo, when it comes to food, there’s no place like home.

And now he’s giving viewers a taste of – or at least, a look at – the best of Italian cooking as he spends a summer touring the country.

The first stop on his itinerary is the beautiful Renaissance Florence, home to all manner of art and culture as well as the ’bistecca alla Fiorentina’ – the finest, thickest, juiciest steak in Tuscany.

It’s enough to inspire Gino to make his own take on the dish, featuring sliced T-bone steak with courgette ribbon and goat’s cheese salad.

But will he be quite so take with one of the city’s other specialities, ’lampredotto’, a street food made from cow’s stomach?

COMEDY: 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4, 9pm)

Some people will be surprised to learn that 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is back, mainly because it feels like it’s never been away.

In fact, viewers who are normally out of the house during the afternoon may be under the impression that Jimmy Carr now spends more time in the question master’s chair than regular Countdown host Nick Hewer.

That doesn’t mean we’re not glad to see it back for a new three-episode run though, especially as in the first edition team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by a guest contestant who seems like he would be almost at home on the daytime version of the quiz – David Mitchell.

But will Roisin Conaty prove to be more of a whizz with words and numbers? Meanwhile, Phill Jupitus is taking up residence with Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, and Joe Wilkinson will be ’helping’ the long-suffering Rachel Riley with the letters and numbers.

COMEDY: Big School (BBC1, 9.30pm)

It’s Miss Postern’s birthday, but what does she really want for a present this year?

Well, some form of acknowledgement from the rest of the staff would be nice, but it looks like she may be about to get an unexpected gift in the form of a new geography teacher Dr Dalton (Jimmy Akingbola).

He’s good looking, dashing and soon he’s getting right on Mr Gunn’s nerves, especially as the games teacher has just splashed out on a flashy new motor that he was hoping would impress the birthday girl. (Please tell us it’s a Quattro, in a nod to Philip Glenister’s Ashes to Ashes days.)

Mr Church could also do without the extra competition, but he’s hoping that finding the perfect present will put him ahead in the race for Miss Postern’s affections.

However, it looks like a romantic dinner at the French teacher’s house could just lead to even more complications...

CHAT SHOW: The Late Late Show (RTE One, 9.35pm)

The Late Late Show returns for a brand new season of entertainment, ,music and interviews.

Ryan Tubridy is back with a brand new season of The Late Late Show. This is the longest running chat-show in the world and provides a mixture of entertainment, music, in-depth interviews and discussions on the stories that have the nation talking.

FILM: American Beauty (BBC Two, 11.05pm)

(1999) Lester Burnham is stuck in an unfulfilling career and a crumbling marriage.

Determined to make a change, he quits his job, but his teenage daughter is less than impressed by the other manifestation of his midlife crisis – he’s developed a crush on one of her classmates.

However, she’s soon struck up a relationship of her own with a new neighbour, who also makes his influence felt on Lester.

No matter how many good movies Sam Mendes directs in the future, it’s hard to imagine that any of them will be as fantastic or memorable as this, his first foray behind the camera. It won five Oscars, including one for Mendes, another for star Kevin Spacey, and for the film itself.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Mena Suvari, Wes Bentley

FILM: Terminator Salvation (Film4, 11.25pm)

(2009) Man battles the machines once again in an all-guns-blazing reboot of the Terminator series, which sows the seeds of John Connor’s rise to leader of the Resistance in the aftermath of Judgment Day.

It takes place in post-apocalyptic 2018, where John leads the dwindling human race against Skynet and its relentless army of Terminators, flanked by his doctor wife Kate, second-in-command Barnes and feisty lieutenant Blair.

Like the machines, John searches in vain for Kyle Reese, the man who is destined to be sent back in time to protect his mother.

Director McG and his crew conjure an arresting and desolate vision of the near future, while stars Christian Bale and Sam Worthington do a fair job with the so-so script.

Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard.

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