Wednesday’s TV tips

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Wednesday’s TV tips

CHANNEL LAUNCH: Welcome to ITVBe (ITVBe, 7pm)

Peter Andre and Jamelia: together at last.

No, you haven’t stepped back into the 1990s – this is indeed 2014 and it’s a very important time of year for ITV.

After weeks of teasing it, they are finally launching the much-anticipated entertainment and lifestyle channel, ITVBe, and from 7pm, Andre and Jamelia are our hosts with the most, getting the whole thing kick-started.

Ahead of an evening of The Only Way is Essex spin-offs among other shows, in a glitzy, gossip-filled one-off two-hour celebration, the presenters are given the task of bringing to our living rooms all the glamour and familiar faces of the launch event.

Expect the two of them to be schmoozing with guests including TOWIE favourites and the cast of The Real Housewives of Cheshire and Seven Days With..., among others.

And not to worry, if that has whetted your appetite, stick with the channel for plenty more surprises throughout the night.

FILM: The World Is Not Enough (ITV2, 7.30pm)

(1999) Pierce Brosnan returns as suave hero James Bond who, here, attempts to pacify an international power struggle threatening the world’s oil supply, all the while protecting an heiress.

The action is as stylish and fast-paced as ever. John Cleese makes a memorable appearance as assistant to Q (Desmond Llewellyn died just after the film was released), while Robert Carlyle stars as a villain unable to feel pain. Denise Richards and Sophie Marceau provide a touch of glamour, while Judi Dench returns as M and Samantha Bond is Moneypenny.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Robert Carlyle, Sophie Marceau, Robbie Coltrane, Denise Richards, Judi Dench, John Cleese, Desmond Llewelyn, Samantha Bond

HISTORY: Long Shadow (BBC2, 8pm)

As the nation continues to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, David Reynolds concludes his explorations of its legacy, testing various attitudes and questioning why interpretations of the war have changed through time – an offering for which he’s been praised for its depth and contemporary sensitivity.

In this final instalment, the historian looks at the explosion of nationalist fervour across Europe, and argues the point that the conflict made national identity a stark matter of ’us versus them’.

He journeys to the Sudetenland in the Czech Republic and to the Palace of Versailles in France, where he investigates the drastically changed map of middle Europe in 1919, and reveals how the new states brought together from the ruins of the Habsburg Empire destabilised the whole European continent for many years of the 20th century.

FILM: Downfall (BBC4, 9pm)

(2004) It’s a fact-based Second World War drama starring Bruno Ganz. It recreates the claustrophobic events in Hitler’s bunker during the final days of the war. As the Fuehrer struggles to deal with the collapse of the Third Reich, his most loyal followers are faced with quite the predicament – should they flee, kill themselves or face capture?

Ganz is superb as Hitler – a tricky role that he grasps brilliantly – and you’d be hard-pushed to find fault with the rest of the cast. This is a stunning yet hard-hitting piece of film, that really packs a punch when you consider the subject matter. Hats off to all those involved.

Starring: Bruno Ganz, Juliane Kohler, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Matthes

DRAMA: Our Zoo (BBC1, 9pm)

It’s the final episode of the series, but whether that means the Mottersheads will get answers about the zoo tonight remains to be seen.

The family is on edge as they realise that a visiting inspector from the Ministry of Health – who could overturn the council’s decision to ban the zoo - is their last hope.

Amid all the upheaval and stress, George isn’t doing too well. With the aviary nets slashed, he begins to lose his self-control, which is a great worry for Lizzie, as she wonders if his behaviour might mean they lose out on their last chance to save the zoo. She resorts to desperate measures; getting legal help - but it doesn’t come cheap.

As emotions run high at the hearing, everyone is shocked when a secret is revealed that could tip the balance.

And while an inspection of the zoo is held, the final decision could take weeks to come back – can the family stick it out that long?

Expect sterling performances as per usual from Lee Ingleby and Liz White and the rest of the stellar cast.

DETECTIVE DRAMA: Scott & Bailey (UTV, 9pm)

Being second choice is a bitter pill for Rachel to swallow this week, and she punishes Janet for keeping the truth from her.

In fact she’s so annoyed, that not even Will can manage to put a smile on her face – until he tells her that she’s been chosen for a Vice initiative. But how will her confidence hold up after this latest blow?

Meanwhile, Janet is keen to clear the air with her colleague, and make her understand that she was simply honouring Gill’s request. However, things aren’t running all that smoothly in her private life either, and Dorothy thinks she’d benefit from having a good man in her life.

But that’ll have to wait, because an unconscious baby has been rushed to hospital, with injuries that don’t match his parents’ explanation of events.

The water gets murkier still when an unregistered childminder and her boyfriend enter the equation.

DRAMA: Downton Abbey S5 (TV3, 9pm)

The multi award winning period drama Downton Abbey returns on TV3 for a fifth, promising even more twists and turns, high-stakes drama, laugh-out-comedy and romance, played out by some of the most iconic characters on television.

Set in 1924, the series will continue some of the storylines established in series four, including Mary Crawley’s relationship with Anthony Foyle and Charles Blake, Tom Branson’s flirtation with Sarah Bunting, Edith Crawley’s pregnancy and the aftermath of Rose MacClare’s broken engagement with Jack Ross.

DOCUMENTARY: Our Island (TV3, 10.05pm)

Our Island delivers a great insight into the people, places and beautiful surroundings of our coastline.

The programme discovers the great relationships people have with our shores as they reveal how their lives are dominated by the sea and ocean that surrounds our 5,631km perimeter.

This observational documentary series will be looking at the wildlife that lives off the coast, with a focus on the businesses and townspeople that thrive from it. Truly stunning aerial views of our landscape and unique stories from remarkable people make Our Island a real journey through proud and panoramic beauty.

Episode 1

In the first episode of the series, Dick Warner talks fish, island survival, Nazi warships, smuggling and shipwrecked Spaniards - all along the extraordinary coastline of Ulster, from Bundoran to Warren Point.

REAL-LIFE: Extreme Brat Camp (Channel 4, 10pm)

So-called Brat Camps are an interesting idea, albeit one that hasn’t caught on over here yet.

Over in America, it’s almost the norm to send misbehaving children to the camps, an extreme disciplinary concept that’s firmly embedded in their culture - in fact, it’s estimated that the industry is worth over 2billion.

It’s a last resort for put-upon, desperate parents in an attempt to get their kids to change their less-than-desirable behaviour. But are these camps really the best way forward?

This documentary explores the controversial industry’s beliefs and ambitions, which contrast starkly with British norms.

The show reveals that although these programmes seem to be well-organised with some form of regulation, there are worries that others may not be meeting certain standards, and often with no federal body to monitor the quality of care, there might even be the possibility of abuse at play.

FILM: Hope and Glory (Film4, 11.05pm)

(1987) Director John Boorman’s semi-autobiographical drama explores the Second World War from the point of view of London schoolboy Bill. To him, the Blitz seems like a big adventure as he collects shrapnel and plays in derelict buildings, while his teenage sister also enjoys herself, thanks to the Canadian soldiers stationed in the neighbourhood.

But for mum Grace, whose husband Clive has re-enlisted in the army, it’s a chance to reflect on how her life may have turned out differently if she’d followed her heart instead of her head.

This funny, touching drama is a delight from start to finish, whether Bill is roaming the bomb sites with his new gangs, or trying to make sense of the grown-ups’ emotional outbursts. And when the action moves out of London and into the country, we get Ian Bannen’s gloriously over-the-top performance as Bill’s cantankerous grandfather.

Starring: Sarah Miles, Sebastian Rice-Edwards, Susan Wooldridge, Ian Bannen, Sammi Davis, Derrick O’Connor

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