Saturday’s TV tips

Check out our spoiler-free guide to what to watch on TV tonight.

Saturday’s TV tips

ENTERTAINMENT: Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.30pm)

EastEnders fans, have you ever wondered why Max Branning is so irresistible to the women of Walford? Well, it seems we now have an answer – they must have seen his dance moves.

Actor Jake Wood was a revelation in the third live show, as he unleashed a snake-hipped salsa that culminated in him playing ’keepy-uppies’ with his professional partner’s head. But can he maintain that extraordinary form, or is he destined to slip back down the pack as Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman introduce the latest round of the ballroom battle?

There’s no Hollywood theme this week, but Strictly is never lacking for glitz, glamour, drama and dazzling costumes – and that’s just judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell.

However, for someone it’s going to be a weepy as one of the contestants will be going home tomorrow – and in the unlikely event it is Jake, can the EastEnders bosses please transform Sharon’s cocktail bar into a salsa club so we can see those moves again?

REALITY: The X Factor (TV3, 8pm)

Here’s a sobering thought – this year, even the contestants in the ’Overs’ category are barely old enough to remember the 1980s.

But that’s not about to stop them belting out some of the decade’s biggest hits, as the second live show goes back to the era of legwarmers and Rubik’s Cubes. And if that’s still drawing a blank for some of the teenagers, they can always ask their mums or the more mature judges for pointers.

As anyone who can remember the 1980s will tell you, there are a lot of great songs to choose from. Last year’s eventual winner, Sam Bailey, marked herself as one to watch with an impassioned version of Jennifer Rush’s The Power of Love, but will the class of 2014 also stick to power ballads, or take a more poppy approach?

As ever, Simon Cowell, Cheryl, Mel B and Louis Walsh are on hand to let them know if they captured the Eighties spirit.

DRAMA: Doctor Who (BBC1, 8.25pm)

In theory, being a Time Lord’s companion sounds quite fun – you get to travel around the galaxy, having all sorts of adventures, and if you do encounter a monster, at least the Doctor will be on hand to deal with it.

However, two episodes ago Clara discovered that you can’t always rely on the Gallifreyan to help you out in a crisis, when he left her to essentially decide the fate of humanity on her own (although, she did have a stroppy teen and an astronaut to debate the issues with.)

No wonder she was a little bit angry – and this week, she also has reason to feel very frightened as she faces a menace from another dimension, which exists beyond human perception. Hiding isn’t an option, as the walls provide no protection, but will the Doctor come through for her this time?

Watch out for guest appearances from Christopher Fairbank (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) and former Casualty actor Matt Bardock (paramedic Jeff).

DRAMA: The Code (BBC4, 9pm)

Some viewers may have been slightly confused when they tuned in to the first episodes of BBC Four’s latest drama series last week, and discovered it didn’t have subtitles.

However, just because it comes from Australia and not Sweden, Denmark or Italy, it doesn’t mean The Code isn’t up to the standards of the channel’s other Saturday night thrillers.

If you missed the opening episodes, it stars Dan Spielman as Ned, an internet journalist, who thinks he may have found a career-making scoop when he learns about a collision that took place in the outback between two teens in a stolen car and a transport truck with a very secret cargo.

He recruited his hacker brother Jesse to help, but this week Ned is starting to think that might not have been such a good idea as his sibling goes missing.

And even when the brothers are reunited in the second half of his double bill, it looks like they are both going to have to find a new hideout.

FILM: Fast Five (Channel 4, 9pm)

(2011) In this high-octane sequel set in South America, criminal Dominic Toretto is broken out of prison by his partners in crime and together they flee south. They start assembling a gang of crooks to carry out a heist in Rio, but the FBI’s leading manhunter is in town and hot on their trail.

Given the passing of Paul Walker last year, this increasingly popular live action video game of a franchise now has an added degree of poignancy. Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Jordana Brewster also star in a mindless slice of tyre-squealing escapism which is easy on the eye.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster

FILM: The Way (BBC2, 11.15pm)

(2010) Tom is an American doctor in France for a very sad reason - he’s there to collect the body of his son who was killed after a storm hit the Pyrenees while he was walking The Way of Saint James.

Tom decides to walk the routine himself in tribute to his child, and it turns out to be a life-changing process. En route, he meets other pilgrims, who each reveal their reasons for taking the challenge.

This is one of the most thoughtful and compelling if lowbrow movies made in the last five years. Martin Sheen is superb as Tom, but it’s his son Emilio Estevez who deserves the plaudits – he directed the movie and adapted the screenplay from a book by Jack Hitt.

Starring: Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, Emilio Estevez

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