Friday’s TV tips

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

Friday’s TV tips

COMEDY: Off Their Rockers (TV3, 8pm)

Proving that age really is nothing but a number, Off Their Rockers returns with a new hidden camera series that sees senior citizens turn the tables on unsuspecting members of the public with a host of funny and unexpected pranks.

A band of fearless seniors roam the streets causing mayhem with their irreverent behaviour, brazenly funny sketches and saucy pranks.

Featuring an ensemble cast of gregarious golden oldies, ranging from 67 to 84 years old, our Rockers are determined to have a blast as they grow old disgracefully in this feel good new series.

With a fresh and edgy look, there's nothing old-fashioned about this series.

PANEL SHOW: Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 8.30pm)

Breathe a sigh of relief.

Normal service of a Friday evening has been resumed – the ridiculously talented Rob Brydon and co are back to kickstart our weekend with plenty of belly laughs and absurd facts and plausible lies about themselves.

The show has come a long way since its first series launched to an uncertain audience way back in 2007. A couple of awards, a host change and seven years later, it’s compulsory Friday night viewing.

As usual David Mitchell and Lee Mack head the two team trying to hoodwink each other (well, why change a winning formula?).

Kicking off the series are Micky Flanagan, Fiona Bruce, Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones, with stories including a a striptease at a lacklustre hen party and saving P Diddy from drowning.

This is the eighth series of the fantastic show, and it promises to be a good one, so grab a glass of your favourite tipple, put your feet up and enjoy the non-stop gags.

BIOGRAPHY: Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Andrew Flintoff (ITV, 9pm)

Stern-faced journalist and all-rounder Piers Morgan has always had a way with his guests on this biographical show.

He’s got that certain something that means his interviews seem to go one of two ways; his relentless prying either gets celebrities backs up, or sees them turned into to a blubbing mess (not mentioning any names, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini).

This week, though, Piers may have finally met his match, as he comes face to face with cricketer Andrew Flintoff, who reflects on his life and career as one of Britain’s best-loved sporting heroes.

’Freddie’ looks back at the key role he played in England’s 2005 Ashes triumph, and also explains that while doctors told him never to run again when he retired in 2010, he’s recently made a return to county cricket.

Piers might only have filmed three episodes for this latest series, but all three are definitely ones to watch.

SPORT: Thank GAA It’s Friday (RTÉ Two, 9.05pm)

This weekend the All-Ireland Camogie finals take centre stage at Croke Park and we catch up with one of the game’s greats.

Patricia Woods won five All-Irelands with Dublin in the sixties before starting her own medals and trophies business – which now makes the All-Ireland medals presented to the winning teams in camogie, hurling and football.

We follow Patricia around the factory floor as this year’s Celtic Crosses are being minted.

The All-Ireland Under-21 hurling final is also down for decision in Thurles.

With this in mind we look back on the great Limerick team of 2000-’02 that won a three in-a-row, but never managed to carry that form through to senior level.

We talk to key players like Stephen Lucey and Brian Begley as well as manager Dave Keane about that heady time and the reasons why Limerick weren’t able to make the step up to senior success with these brilliant sides.

Tyrone isn’t a county that’s often associated with hurling. Christopher Cross scored a goal for the Red Hand County in a Nicky Rackard Cup final, but that isn’t the only thing that’s special about him.

He is also a bricklayer turned dance teacher. During a stint in Argentina doing charity work he learnt how to tango and it ignited his passion for dance, which he now fuels by teaching adults and children how to move their feet to the rhythm.

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

The bespectacled chatty man returns for his 13th series tonight, which promises to be another impressively star-studded affair.

It’s hard to believe that way back in the beginning, he didn’t think chatting was one of his fortes. Thankfully for us, somebody obviously had a harsh word with him and now several years – probably more than he’d care to admit to – down the line, his infectious personality has clinched that famous sofa some the most talked about bottoms in the celebrity sphere.

In the last series, Alan chatted to the likes of Cameron Diaz, Ian McKellen and Amanda Seyfried.

Tonight, he kicks the season off with a goodie, as comedian and actor Jack Whitehall drops by to discuss the return of his sitcom Bad Education.

Music for the evening comes courtesy of Kasabian, who will be performing their latest single Bumblebeee.

Good to have you back, Alan.

Moonlight Mile (BBC Two, 11.05pm)

Joe Nast is about to tie the knot with fiancee Diana, but his world is flipped upside down when she is murdered.

Struggling to come to terms with the loss of the love of his life, Joe moves in with her grieving parents. Much to Joe’s horror, he begins to have feelings for another woman and has to contend with his emotions while also trying to bring his fiancee’s killers to justice.

Writer/director Brad Silberling’s polished drama blends a simple premise with more complex emotional undercurrents that are superbly evoked by the strong cast. Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon credibly convey the emotional highs and lows. However, it’s the awkwardness and vulnerability of a youthful Jake Gyllenhaal that wins the plaudits.

The film is loosely based on Brad Silberling’s own experience. He was romantically involved with actress Rebecca Schaeffer when she was murdered by an obsessed fan in 1989.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Ellen Pompeo, Holly Hunter Rating: 63%

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